Today we have the great joy of welcoming our good friends, Moshe and Batel from Israel. This morning at 10:30am at Conner Prairie, Moshe will be sharing a message “What Is God Doing in Israel?”
Since our inception as a church in November of 2011 we have been very intentional in supporting Israel. Although it is not always popular, even in Christian circles, we stand in solidarity with Israel and her people.
Here are 6 reasons why we support Israel and the Jewish people:
- JESUS WAS BORN FOR THE SALVATION OF JEWS AND GENTILES—Simeon declared Jesus (a Jewish baby) was God’s salvation for the Jews and Gentiles alike,
Luke 2:30–32 (NLT) I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
- SALVATION IS FROM THE JEWS—My Savior is Jewish. Jesus told the Samaritan woman,
John 4:22 (NLT) You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.
- THE GOSPEL IS FOR JEWS & GENTILES—The Apostle Paul said the Gospel was for the Jew first, and also for the Gentiles,
Romans 1:16 (NIV84) “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
- God is not done with Israel—Paul strongly declares,
Romans 11:1a (NLT) I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not!
- Jesus Will Rule the Earth from Jerusalem—It is our belief that when Jesus returns, He will rule the world from David’s throne in Jerusalem,
Isaiah 9:7a (NLT) His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
- GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO BLESS ISRAEL—God told Abraham,
Genesis 12:3 (NIV84) “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you”
So how can we bless Israel?
We want to experience God’s blessings by being a blessing to the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. We do this in the following ways:
- PRAY FOR ISRAEL—Psalm 122:6 commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Psalm 122:6 (NLT) Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.
- UNDERSTANDING A THEOLOGICAL DISTINCTION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH
Many Christians hold a position of “Replacement Theology” (also called supersessionism) in which they believe the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. We reject this position as being non-biblical. We believe that God made promises to Israel that have not yet been fulfilled, but that these promises will be fulfilled literally to Israel in future days.
Romans 11:26 (NLT) And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, “The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness.
- ISRAEL BIBLE STUDY TOURS—In order to accomplish several goals we lead a tour to the Holy Land approximately every two years. The goals of these tours are:
(a) That Christians would fall more deeply in love with God as the Bible comes alive when they “walk where Jesus walked.”
(b) That Christians would love the land of Israel and connect the places of the Bible with the actual places in Israel.
(c) That Christians would love the people of Israel.
- MISSIONS GIVING THAT SUPPORT MINISTRY TO ISRAEL—We support a number of ministries and missionaries all over the world, but we have committed mission dollars to support several ministries that share the love of Jesus with those in Israel. Our first mission dollars given each month are in support of ministry to Israel.
- SHARING JESUS THE MESSIAH WITH JEWISH PEOPLE—Millions of people in the world have come to know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through Jesus the Messiah (I am one example). Israel is not just a nation; Israel is a person…Jacob…and supporting Israel includes our outreach to his descendants the Jewish people—not only in Israel, but in our local community. It is our calling and purpose to lovingly, and respectfully, share the grace of God given through the New Covenant with the Jewish people.