Tips for Sharing Your Faith
Equipping any Believer
Throughout the years, Miriam and I have been privileged to lead many Jewish people to faith in Messiah Yeshua. Upon asking what we do to assist these people in their spiritual search, many are surprised by how simple witnessing can be. Here, I’ll share with you 3 diagnostic questions we use when speaking with pre-believers. These 3 questions can be used to equip any believer in their witness to Jewish friends, neighbors, and family members.
Q#1: If I could show you evidence that Yeshua is the Messiah, would you believe it?
This question qualifies the individual’s sincerity and willingness to genuinely examine the biblical evidence for Yeshua to be the Messiah. It does not merely ask, “would you like to look at the data on the subject?”, but “Are you willing to believe based on the facts?” Often, a person’s unbelief does not stem from a lack of proof. It stems from the thought of what they might lose if they chose to believe: their relationships with family members, their standing at their workplace, etc.
One Jewish woman named Hannah* was very concerned that her new faith would break her mother’s heart and damage their relationship. With encouragement from the Scriptures, Hannah was assured that though there may be an initial reaction, in time her mother would likely see that because of Yeshua, Hannah had become the kind of forgiving, caring daughter that she had always wanted to have.
So, what if the person to whom you pose this question answers that with a “yes”, are they ready to seriously consider the evidence that Yeshua is the Messiah? Once a person is truly willing to look at and believe the biblical facts about Yeshua, there are many key passages in the Hebrew Scriptures that you can share with them:
Isaiah 59:1-2 – How our sins separate us from God
Isaiah 53 – How Messiah would die for our sins
Micah 5:2 – How Messiah was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem
And many more Messianic prophecies…
Q#2: Can you think of one thing that keeps you from coming to faith in Yeshua as Messiah?
This question addresses any unspoken issues the person may have lying below the surface. These hindrances may be intellectual (e.g. “I don’t understand the need for atonement”). Many times, they are emotional or even psychological in nature.
Many years ago, a Jewish woman named Sarah* was dying from cancer in a hospital in NYC. When I went to visit, I shared with her the facts of forgiveness in Yeshua from the Scriptures, and then asked her the question. Sarah shared with me that her Israeli husband had married her only so he could get a Green Card, and that when she was diagnosed with cancer, he left her. “If I forgive him, she told me, it’s like he’s getting away with it!” From Scripture, I assured her that no one actually gets away with anything; eventually all will have to pay for their sins, for the “Judge of all the earth will do right” (Gen. 18:25). Sarah saw that she had to get past her bitterness to fully trust in Messiah.
Usually, unless there is a deep emotional hindrance that needs to be ministered to (as in Sarah’s case), intellectual arguments melt away in light of the overwhelming biblical and historical evidence that support the truth of God and the case for Yeshua as Messiah. For those who have questions to which you do not know the answer, always remember that it is ok to say, “I don’t know, but I can find out for you!” We are here to assist and encourage you as you bring the Good News to your Jewish friends and neighbors.
Q#3: Would you like to trust in Yeshua right now to have forgiveness and eternal life?
If the person’s answer to this question is, “I’m not ready to trust in Yeshua,” don’t get discouraged. Just go back to the second question and explore the issues that keep the person from trusting in Messiah Yeshua. Of course, we do not want a person to merely “pray a prayer” unless they actually believe in the One they are praying to. Prayer cannot save; Yeshua saves by one’s personal faith in Him. Many times, when I ask this question, the answer is, “Yes, I would like to very much!”
Perhaps you have yet to personally trust in Messiah. Right now, take a moment to consider the above 3 questions for yourself.
If your answer to any of these is “Yes,” then contact us and one of our staff will be glad to share further with you about the Good News of Messiah Yeshua. If you are already a believer in Yeshua, then acquaint yourself with these questions so that you might be a ‘ready witness’ for the Lord.
My book, Even You can Share the Jewish Messiah! (see page 4) has more information on how to share Yeshua with your Jewish (and non-Jewish) friends. We pray that this will be a valuable tool to assist you in communicating the Good News even more effectively!
Visit wordofmessiah.org for your own copy of Even You can Share the Jewish Messiah!