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“Why should Christians learn about the Jewish Roots of their faith?”

HERE ARE 36 REASONS

This list is only a sampling of the many reasons why every follower of Christ needs to study the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith. These thoughts are meant to stimulate you to further study, prayer and action. For deeper study, visit the Jewish Roots Teaching Resources available through this ministry.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to write to us.

  1. To help believers discover or rediscover the richness of the Hebrew or Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith by providing some historical background.
  2. To develop a Godly burden and love in the heart of the Christian for Jewish people, their nation Israel and their land.
  3. To teach Christians how to effectively share the Gospel of Messiah Jesus with Jewish people and disciple them.
  4. To educate Christians about God’s ultimate plan and purpose for the nation of Israel and their role in accomplishing it. 
  5. To help understand the Bible from a Jewish frame of mind and perspective.
  6. To be aware of the debt Gentiles owe to the Jewish people according to Romans 15:27.
  7. To learn how we are bound to the Jewish people in our shared destiny.
  8. To learn why and how to pray for Israel and the Jewish people.
  9. To learn that we are to pray regularly that Jerusalem will become the praise of all earth according to Is. 62:6-7 and for it’s peace according to Psalm 122:3.
  10. To learn how to establish and maintain relationships of love, understanding, acceptance and mutual respect between Christians and Jews.
  11. To learn the various ways and means of providing comfort and support to the Jewish people and the land of Israel.
  12. To learn why and how the Jewish people and their nation are at the center of God’s program for the world: past, present and future.
  13. To learn of Israel’s eternal or everlasting covenants and how it relates to all believers in Christ and to the world.
  14. To emphasize that the Lord made His new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah according to Jer. 31:31-34 and Heb. 8:8-12.  Not with the nations of the world which means that Gentile believers as a wild olive tree are supernaturally grafted into Israel’s olive tree and thereby became partakers of the root and fitness of their olive tree according to Romans 11:17-24.
  15. To learn according to Romans 10:19 and 11:11,25 through Israel’s fall and blindness salvation has come to the Gentiles to provoke them to Godly jealousy and emulation and that their blindness is only until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
  16. To learn of the many compelling reasons why Christians should bring the Gospel message to Jewish people without compromise.
  17. To learn the reasons why most of the Jewish leaders in the time of Jesus rejected Him as their promised Messiah.
  18. To learn of the long history of Anti-Semitism in its various forms and how to combat against it.
  19. To learn the many scriptures on how God severely judges Israel’s enemies.
  20. To learn the meaning of various key Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish and Greek words and sayings.
  21. To learn from both the good and bad examples of Israel’s history recorded in the bible. See I Cor. 10:6-11 NKJV; Phil. 3:17 NKJV; Romans 15:4 NKJV; II Tim. 3:16 NKJV.
  22. To learn why the nation of Israel and the Jewish people will never be totally destroyed.
  23. To learn the difference between law and grace.
  24. To learn about the Jewishness of Jesus and His disciples.
  25. To learn who really was responsible for the death of Christ.
  26. To learn about the long history of persecution and suffering of the Jewish people that sometimes came at the hands of so called Christians done under the banner of the cross and “for His glory.”
  27. To learn about the many Old Testament types and shadows fulfilled in Jesus, His church and His followers. See Col. 2:17 NKJV; Heb. 8:5-6, 10:1 NKJV.
  28. To understand Paul’s words in Romans 11:18 NKJV, specifically, his warning to the Gentiles that says, “Do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.” 
  29. To be reminded that according to Romans 15:27 Gentiles have been made partakers of the Jew’s spiritual things and therefore their duty is also to minister to them in material things.
  30. To understand that God’s ideal was not for the church to become a predominately Gentile religion that severed its vital connection with its biblical Jewish foundations.
  31. To understand that a Jew does not need to become a Gentile to be a follower of Jesus.
  32. To grasp the spiritual and even the cultural understanding that our Savior was a Jewish Rabbi named Yeshua, recognizing that many of His teachings can only be fully understood against the historical and religious background of the day.
  33. To take hold of the prophetic significance of the biblical calendar, beginning with the Feast of Passover that prophetically speaks of Yeshua’s death and ending with the Feast of Tabernacles that prophetically speaks of the final ingathering of the nations to the land of Israel.
  34. To recognize that Israel plays a special role in world redemption and therefore the good news of the Messiah is to the Jew first according to Romans 1:16.
  35. To understand according to Mt. 23:37-39 Jesus will not return to earth until His own people, the Jews, welcome Him back.
  36. To learn according to Romans 11:11-15 that Israel’s salvation will mean life from the dead.
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