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July, 1996: Christian Witness to the Jews

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"The Most Fruitful of All Missionary Work"

The 1838 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland appointed a four-man team to investigate evangelistic opportunities among Jews in Europe and Palestine. The older men were Dr. Alexander Keith and Dr. Alexander Black, and the younger two ministers were Robert Murray M'Cheyne and Andrew Bonar. On their return, the General Assembly debated at length the question of the most suitable location—either Pesth (Budapest) or Palestine. Eventually it was agreed that the work should begin in Pesth, and a team of workers led by Dr. John Duncan was appointed.

John Duncan

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A Continuing Purpose

Does God still have a plan for the Jewish people? Does he have a design that continues to this very day—and beyond? Or has God cast the Jews aside, rejecting them and replaced them with the church as God's "chosen people"?

Such questions have been at issue in the church of God throughout the centuries. Numerous theologians at various times have developed opposing theories. There have been many attempts to understand and explain the tenacious unbelief of the majority of Jews. Why do they refuse to acknowledge Jesus as the promised Messiah? Also, there is the question of the church's relationship to them. In essence, the question is: If God has indeed called the Jews, why do they persist in their unbelief? And, how should the church relate and respond to them? Read more

Anyone at the Cross Could Have Written That!

In my youth, I spent every afternoon studying Hebrew. As I grew older, I worshiped every morning and evening in the synagogue.

Then one cold, clear, midwinter night, my life was shattered. My father had a heart attack, and when I ran to the one place where I thought I would find comfort and hope, the synagogue, I found the doors locked. As I banged on them, I looked into the star-filled sky, cursed God, and turned away from him. Read more

 
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