"As I have observed our Messianic Jewish Community for almost 39 years, I have come to the conclusion that the joining of anointing with integration is sadly the exception and not the rule."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The New Covenant Scriptures constantly show that Jewish evangelism (and, I would add, any evangelism to other people) takes place only when there is anointing with integration."
 
 

Effective evangelism is so important! It should be our passionate desire. The Kingdom is extended first of all through evangelism. From the base of a growing number of believers, we then expand congregations and influence the world around us. Therefore the equipping institutes in the Tikkun America network have dedicated this year to Jewish evangelism. We recently finished our first institute - in the state of Tennessee - with four congregations in attendance. We are bringing in friends and members of Tikkun who are leaders in evangelism. While I was preparing the introductory message on Evangelism for the institute, two words came powerfully to mind, anointing and integration. To have any effect in evangelism, we need to be walking in the anointing, the power of the Holy Spirit, and to be integrated into the larger Jewish world. Effective evangelism requires significant points of life intersection with Jewish people who do not know Yeshua.

Integration without Anointing

As I have observed our Messianic Jewish community for almost 39 years, I have come to the conclusion that the joining of anointing with integration is sadly the exception and not the rule. Some Jews and Gentiles in the Messianic Jewish community have sought to break out of the ghetto of isolation from the larger community. They have joined synagogues and Jewish community centers and become employees in Jewish Federations and Zionist organizations. Though there are exceptions, most have made little gain with regard to Gospel penetration. Some have even testified to their faith in Yeshua and have still been accepted, even by those who have not yet embraced the Good News. On the other hand, some have become so close to the Jewish world and its cultural influence that they have grown lukewarm to the central realities of our faith. Some have even abandoned faith in Yeshua and simply become traditional Jews, while some Gentiles have converted to non-messianic Judaism.

Anointing without Integration

Others have earnestly sought spiritual depth with Yeshua. They have purposefully developed devotion to Him, gone to conferences and intentionally pursued being part of congregations where there are outpourings of the Spirit (Toronto, Pensacola, Redding and southern Alabama). They have experienced dreams, visions, healings and being under the power of the Spirit for long periods, but there has been little fruit in Jewish evangelism. It is because the anointing is not being applied to the cutting edge of outreach. This is church space and there are few Jews to be found who do not already believe in Yeshua.

Anointing and Integration

The Bible shows the progress of the Kingdom through anointing and integration coming together. In Acts 1:8 Yeshua tells the disciples that they will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon them, and then they will be effective witnesses. In Acts 2 we read of the mighty outpouring of the Spirit just ten days later at the Jewish feast of Shavuot: Pentecost. Contrary to popular understanding, and as attested in the New International Version Study Bible notes, this probably took place when they were gathered in Solomon's Portico in the Temple. This powerful "baptism in the Spirit" anointing took place in a public Jewish place, in the Temple. The miracle was publicly witnessed and thousands responded to the message of the Gospel.

The New Covenant Scriptures constantly show that Jewish evangelism (and, I would add, any evangelism) takes place only when there is anointing with integration. Though Paul was called to the Gentiles, he was also working as an evangelist-apostle to the Jewish Diaspora. His point of integration was the synagogue. He reasoned with people in the synagogues in most of the cities of his travels (Acts 13:5, 14; 14:1-3; 17:2-4; 17:10-12; 18:4-20; 19:8-20). The Jewish people responded in large numbers in Berea and in small numbers in Corinth where the leader of the synagogue became part of the new community in Yeshua.

Paul demonstrated the anointed confirmation of the Holy Spirit through signs and wonders. In Ephesus (Acts 19:8-20) we read of extraordinary miracles done under the power of the anointing and a great number of Jews and Gentiles came to faith. We sometimes forget that the Jewish contingent was foundational in these congregations, for the Jews had knowledge (and the written copies) of the Scriptures, whereas the Gentiles did not. The summary of first century understanding in Mark 16:15 speaks of the anointing when it says, "these signs will follow those who believe". The power of the anointing and the mandate of evangelism are for all followers of Yeshua. Leaders equip the saints to do the work of the ministry! (Ephesians 4)

Walking in the Anointing

The Bible also teaches us how to walk in the anointing of the Spirit. In John 15 we have a large passage on abiding in the vine, based on His Word abiding in us. Yeshua is the Vine. A deep devotional life in the Word is foundational. In John 6 we are told that we have to eat the flesh of Yeshua and drink His blood. Most scholars connect this somewhat disarming and offensive text to the importance of regular participation in the Lord's Supper. I Corinthians 11 further illuminates this truth; we realize that life, healing and anointing is renewed by our participation in the Lord's Supper. Ephesians 5:18 tells us that we need to be being filled with the Holy Spirit by singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. I Peter 1:3, 4 ff. calls us to participate in the divine nature by building faith in His precious promises. This comes by meditating and confessing the Word of God (Romans 1:17).

Paul teaches that we are built up by a congregational life where the gifts of the Spirit flow, especially prophecy. Hebrews 10:25 notes that we must gather together to build one another up. Life in the community that builds us up is essential to walk in anointing. Experiencing communities where there is an outpouring of the Spirit is very helpful. In all these ways we are to pursue a walk in the Spirit, in the anointing.

Walking in Integration

Yeshua exhorts us to not hide our lights under a bushel basket. We are to let our lights been seen (Matthew 5:14-16). This is a call for integration or at least an intersection where those not committed to Yeshua can see Him in us.

There are so very many opportunities for integration, both in Israel and in the Diaspora. If one learns some basic sensitivity and does not barge in with the Gospel without the leading of the Spirit, one may find points of longer-term integration. There are community centers with dancing, courses, hiking clubs and so much more. Some synagogues have classes and activities as points of integration. In Jewish areas one can be part of parent-teacher associations. There are Zionist organization chapters, political parties, and more. One friend manages a baseball team in Israel! There are businesses and artist associations. There are NGOs (non government organizations) for human rights and a host of causes that have significant Jewish populations. If one lives in a Jewish area, many of the recreational activities are points of Jewish integration. If we befriend people who do not know Yeshua, there will eventually be opportunities to pray for many of them. If they see Yeshua come through in times of need, this can lead them to embrace Him. I desire that all those in the Messianic communities would pray and seek God to lead them to their points of integration.

I am looking for congregations that have a significant number of the people walking in both integration and anointing. This is the biblical model and a key to the forward progress of the Gospel.

By Daniel Juster
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22:12 28Feb11 Linda Schauer -
Right on Dan! Excellent article and so very true. I am always being asked, "How do I witness to Jewish people". Your article describes it quite well.

23:53 28Feb11 Ps. Donald Anamalai -
Thank you for this wonderful article. God has a plan in all this. There are no shocks and surprises with God.

08:17 01Mar11 LO -
What an awesome article and a great admonition to ALL followers of Yeshua Jew and Gentile alike! The Great Commission is one that is sadly lacking in all areas of our faith and if we want to see our world change and help those in darkness find the "Light of the World" we cannot sit in our congregations and wait for them to come to us! We MUST go out into the world and engage those who do not yet believe and we can only succeed with the Power of the Holy Spirit in these desperate times. I pray every leader of every congregation would read this and begin to equip their congregations to be "in the world but not of it"!

15:33 01Mar11 anon -
We attend a Native American Fellowship ... our specific focus is Native American ministries (Indians). We deal with the same issues of integration here. Much of the ministry for many years that has been done on the Reservations has been without integration and without anointing. Only when both are present do we see a lasting difference. Unfortunately, many here who live on the reservations oppose integration (cultural forms of worship and ministry that is culturally relevant), as does the Church at large.

  -- Dr Juster replies: Good comments. I am aware of the issues and may we see major change.

20:57 01Mar11 CP -
I am a Gentile believer in Yeshua. God has given me a love for my Jewish neighbors and has placed me strategically around the corner from the local synagogue. Last year God opened the door for me to take a basic course in Hebrew which has been a long held desire. Through that small class of which I was the only Gentile, I have made two friends. Needless to say, I have been so excited as they have embraced me knowing my beliefs. Your above article has encouraged me as at the moment Im only making myself available to God and my friends. I have been invited as well to Rash Hoshana

  -- Dr Juster replies: This is a wonderful example. I would only encourage you to two things; strong fellowship among believers who will back you in prayer and deep commitment to listening to the Spirit to know what and when you should do what. This may be a long term commitment.

00:21 02Mar11 Ruby Brown -
This is a very enlightened article. The Holy Spirit is truly anointing you and many others to pray for the healing of Jerusalem and the return of the rightful citizens of the Kingdom. May the LORD haste the day when we have peace on earth and good will to all men.

00:39 08Mar11 David Wright -
A word for this season, or for every season? Most of my life I have had a secular job. For the past 22 years of that I have worked closely with Israelis both secular and religious. It is those congregational members who work for and alongside the Jewish people who need to work to an exemplary standard to win the right to witness and operate in signs and wonders. I cannot point to anyone who became a believer because of my witness but my trust is in God that my lifestyle was a good testimony.


Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Eitan Shishkoff: On Their Shoulders
Moshe Morrison: Lord of the Hamentaschen
Jonathan: Sha'ar HaKerem Discipleship Center
A Day in the Life of Sha'ar HaKerem