MIS6630 Theories & Methods of Sharing Your Faith with Jewish Friends

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Kevin O’Brien

Course Description:

Explores advanced principles and best practices of Relational Evangelism and provides opportunities and learning experiences needed to develop a cultural competency among Jewish friends that allows for effective sharing of the Gospel. The two greatest objections Jewish people have to believing in Jesus are, first, that belief in Jesus is not a Jewish thing to believe and, second, they may feel fearful of the social consequences of becoming a Christian. What is needed is a Jewish frame of reference through which the Gospel can be shared. Through reading select resources, reflection and discussion, students will demonstrate: how the Gospel can be shared from the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible); how to explain key Messianic prophecies; the use of correct terminology that is sensitive to a Jewish hearer; how to discern when a friends faith and receptivity may be open to learning new ideas about Jesus; how to share a testimony effectively.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Romans 1:16 says, For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. This course addresses the need for students to answer the call to faithfulness in sharing the Gospel with friends who are Jewish. Topics include relational evangelism, as well as cultural competency and social sensitivity to the particular needs of Jewish people and the objections they may have to believing in Jesus as the Messiah.

Why This Course Is Important:

One of the fastest-growing segments of Judaism today is Messianic Judaism, which suggests that some Jewish people despite serious objections are turning to Jesus with faith, trust and belief. Studies show that it is through disciple-making conversation with trusted, genuine Christian friends that is the catalyst for these life-changing decisions. This course is important because it teaches MU students how to effectively share the Gospel and how to share their own testimony of Jesus among Jewish friends.