• Dan and Patty plan to return to Israel in October
• Gary K will come on full time to fill in the vacuum to give
congregational development in America
• Dan sees himself as the bridge between our network and Jerusalem, for the
word of the Lord comes out of Jerusalem
• Unprecedented opportunity in Israel, stronger response among Israel than in
• In the north, Eitan Shiskoff has on the drawing boards his third and fourth
congregations, following the model of cell groups and raising up leaders; one
in Acco, two in Kraiot (one Russian-speaking and one Hebrew-speaking, more
oriented to youth) and one in Haifa
• The challenge is to raise up leaders; there’s a need for a bible college;
MJBI may come into Israel
• In the south, Asher Intrater and Eddie Santoro, both Tikkun Emissaries, give
us a strong connection to the Tel Aviv congregation, now the most successful
congregation reaching Sabras, over 200 now.
• Vision for discipleship, leadership training and multiplication of
• Connected to 24/7 prayer support, partnership with Mike Bickle in Kansas City
• Vision for the power of the Holy Spirit bringing signs and wonders into the
• Need for teaching; many Messianic congregations in Israel are actually
• In part because of Israeli reaction to ultra-Orthodox
• However, the society that gave us Torah is largely lawless
• Just to get Torah embraced is a huge battle
• In the late 80’s, Asher said that he and Eitan were like Joshua and Caleb
sent to scout out then take the land, while Dan was to be like Moses and stay
on the other side of the river.
• Dan wondered whether he had done something to offend the Lord and Asher
wasn’t willing to tell him what.
• Then about five years ago, Dan began to get the word that he was to go to
• Then for Dan and Patty to get citizenship was a sign and a wonder. (Amen!)
• Their daughter Simcha got excited about moving to Israel and now moving up in
the IDF, where she is an evangelist
• So unlike Moses, it looks like he gets to go on the other side of the Jordan
Keys to successful Messianic Jewish outreach
• Five crucial, foundational facts, proven again and again (in Barna
1. 90% of people who come to know the Lord come through the witness of a friend
• But we spent 90% of our money on what is 10% effective
• It is a friend who relates, a friend who is there
2. 90% of Jewish people who become members of Messianic Jewish congregation
have come through the witness of a Christian friend who is not a member of a
Messianic Jewish congregation
• Christians know many more Jewish people than we do
• Romans 11:13-14: “I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle
to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry in the hope that I may somehow
arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.”
• A Christian friend brings the Messianic congregation that closes the deal
• Others wind up in Christian churches where they do not get discipled as
3. The most successful Messianic congregations are the ones that are attractive
to average secularized Jew
• The great majority of Jews are secularized, not Orthodox
• It’s not going to be because we can daven faster than they can
• The average secularized Jew still has a Jewish identity
• Here’s what he’s looking for: it’s still Jewish, the sights, the sounds, the
atmosphere is Jewish
• Things he can remember from before his bar mitzvah, when he graduated from
• The most successful congregation have a blend of modern style and liturgy
• Present a good impression, not a bunch of people who look like they just got
out of mental hospital
• Messages are clear but not full of in-house evangelistic jargon
• The head is Jewish but not above the heads of the visitor
• Liturgy is done with fervor and participation
4. 80% of people who confess Yeshua as Messiah do so before the age of 25
• The most successful congregations emphasize youth
• Bob Winer (Maranatha Ministries) wants to see a new Yeshua movement on
• Caution: education/intellectual models of maturity come out of the
• We need to realize that young people are a proof of reality to us
5. The most successful Messianic Jewish congregations disciple people both in
the depth of spiritual life and Jewish covenantal responsibilities
• Without teaching about how to fulfill their Jewish covenantal
responsibilities, they will lose their identity
• Gentiles by and large do not have the same Torah calling (despite FFOZ etc.)
• Important to pass something to the next generation
• There was a season where we figured that if we just have revival, God will
take care of our Jewishness
• This is a wrong direction
Six prescriptions for Messianic Jewish congregations:
1. Honestly evaluate what your congregation project in terms of maturity,
preaching, Jewishness, flakiness
• People who prophesy should tested and mature
• Invite the Lord to show up in supernatural power; this will demonstrate the
power and truth of God’s word
2. Have quality working relationships with open churches
• It is a difficult, narrow road to relate to the church while not being
swallowed up in its culture
• Present your congregation as the place their congregants can bring your
• Have events for churches about how to do reach out to Jewish people
• Offer training events so that people understand Messianic Jewish
congregations so that they don’t think we have horns
• Join church of the city movements if available; if not, challenge free
enterprise ecclesiology with its emphasis on competition
• Present Messianic Judaism so that some will partner with you
3. Train your people for its quality and comprehensibility of Jewish life
• Weigh what is good and acceptable and showing a balanced appreciation
4. Develop a quality follow-up program to meet visitors
5. Develop a quality discipleship program for a new believer with a major
emphasis on Jewish heritage
6. Back all of this with much prayer
Membership is connected to havurah groups
• What’s in the bible is not a large congregation but house groups
• The house is key to discipleship
• Having said that, central synagogue service is very important; havurah is odd
to Jewish people; they are more ready to connect to a synagogue service
Changing the effectiveness of our members
• Are we succeeding because of what we’ve done or in spite of what we’ve done?
• God wants us to be integrated into the Jewish community, not a Messianic
• Caution: some people abandon Yeshua for traditional Judaism is because we
have not discipled them into the power and glory of Yeshua
• People in the Jewish community do what Ed Silvoso calls “prayer evangelism.”
In the context of relationship, you can say, “Can I pray for you?” I’d like to
pray for you in the name of Yeshua, is that OK? When prayers are answered,
people are healed, the IRS backs off, they are going to get jealous.
• Key is empowerment with integration.
• Every member (especially Jewish members) should find a way to be integrated
as part of the Jewish community
• That’s why we are here: to be a light to those around us
• Synaoguge Minyans, political party (Democrats!), book discussion groups,
social action groups (heart or cancer society), JCC dance classes….
• Outreach paradox: if we live a Jewish life because that is a call, then it
will help your witness, but if you do for evangelism than it will be
ineffective because it will appear as superficial, it has to be part of who we
• We are on earth in part for the sake of reaching our people for the Lord.
• We are to motivate people in outreach because it is a commandment: "preach
the good news, make disciples and teach them to observe all I have commanded
• In the context of this commandment, Yeshua promises that he will be with you.
• What we are doing is eschatologically important to the plan of God.
Coach McCartney left Promise Keepers to start a new ministry called Road to
• Why? Because he has come to see that as little as we are what we are relates
to the redemption of the whole world.
• We have to have God’s heart for our people who are lost without the good
• We need a contingent of mature leaders who integrate into the Jewish
community as examples
• Paul and the Jewish Law by Peter Thompson
• Jewish Law in Gentile Churches, Marcus Bachmuhl?
• Church made a distinction between moral and ceremonial law because it was
fulfilled in Messiah
• Modern scholars make a distinction between universal law and covenantal
• Gentiles are called to universal ethical teaching (as found in the New
• See Galatians 5, Acts 15 (it was understood as an addition to ethical laws
which was understood as part of the Roman world), Romans 1-2
• Paul comes out of the Hillelite understanding that they could be saved by
believing the one God and keeping the ethical law, versus the Shammaite
understanding that Gentiles had to keep the whole law including circumcision
• Prophetic identification with Israel
• Patty consider herself blessed that God is sharing his heart with me.
• She has been pondering God’s sovereignty and man’s free will, what our part
and His part is.
• The issue of the heart keeps coming up, trying to grasp how our hearts are
hard or tender to him.
• Israel has a leadership role in the last days, the head and not the tail.
• Leaders require training. Generals are not made in boot camp but in the
midst of battle.
• God plans testing in order to bring about training; so he tested Abraham,
Joseph and the other heroes of faith.
• Many are called but few are chosen; few make it through the process of being
• Thank God I still have the heart left, that it still beats, that I can still
• Why did God tell Abraham that he descendants would suffer as slaves for 400
• We tend to think of suffering or humiliation as something that God would not
• In the natural, it seems that our greatest shame is our greatest defeat, but
to God is the opportunity of greatest victory, as it was for Messiah Yeshua.
• It’s in our DNA: if we don’t understand what our ancestors went through, we
won’t understand what our Jewish people are going through now.
• That’s why God warned Abraham, so that they could pass it on from generation
to generation; that’s why Joseph was confident that God would deliver him, and
would eventually bring his people out of Egypt and take his bones with them.
• That’s why Joseph responded to his suffering in the prison the way he does.
• God was preparing him to be a leader; he was dealing with the “it’s not fair”
or the roots of self-righteousness.
• The roots of self and self-righteousness must be dealt with so that the roots
of mercy would go deep in you.
• He will break you, so that you would please the Father to please the Son.
• Why are we willing to trust a doctor more than God? Even if a doctor
inflicts pain in order to bring healing, so that there might be life?
• How much more should we trust our heavenly Father, the doctor of our souls?
• If there is going to be a transformation, a turning of the Jewish heart,
which has been calloused, we must give up getting our healing from man instead
• Circumcision of the heart may hurt. Will we let God do that?
• Joseph did not choose to make his brothers suffer. On the contrary, he said
it wasn’t you who sent me to Egypt, but God, that many lives might be saved.
Come up higher and see the suffering of the Jewish people from a higher
• A gentile might see from a partial perspective—you are suffering because you
• But there is something bigger here, a prophetic, intercessory purpose.
• We see this pattern in the ancient history of Israel, they would stray, and
God would send a people to discipline them, then they would suffer, then they
• Then God sends Babylon to punish them most severely, and Habakkuk says that
is not fair, they are worse then we are.
• But Israel is the plumb line of God’s standards for the nations.
• How can God bring justice to the nations if he does not bring it Israel?
• We’ve got to come up the top, that’s where the reconciliation is, where God
• God has the world in view. It’s not going to stop until every knees bow.
• If we are going to understand this, we’ve got to have courage.
• Did Joseph’s brothers send him to Egypt? Yes. Did they sin because of their
• Yet Joseph saw that it was the hand of God. Yes.
• Moses—why did he have to wait eighty years to fulfill his destiny?
• He spent forty years, so broken that he could be the most humble man on the
face of the earth.
• God brings his leadership through the fire, to expose the self-righteousness
in our own heart, to get rid of the complaining, to get rid of “it’s not fair.”
• Because there’s going to come a time when the nations will come against
• And it won’t be fair. It isn’t fair.
• God intends Israel to be an intercessory people, even as Moses was an
intercessor for Israel.
• You have no power to bring healing when you are wounding.
• You will not recover if you look at the people who have wounded you from a
• They—the people who hurt you, who abused you, who betrayed—don’t have the
life to give you. What you need is resurrection life.
• Look at Jacob wrestling with the angel of the Lord; he had to come to place
of not letting God go until he came into his purpose and destiny, even if he
meant he would limp for the rest of his life.
• God wants Israel to come to the point of looking at Israel and seeing him
whom they have pierced and weeping for him, because they identify with him, and
then they will be set free and receive their healing from him.
• The danger of the Christian church is to have this picture of the heavenly
Jerusalem, that pie in the sky, instead of seeing the bomb shelter.
• Yet how is God going to wrap all these things up? He is going to bring
heaven to earth.
• This involves transformation of this world into the kingdom of heaven.
• This is the Jewish understanding of the world to come.
• Rom 3:1-2: “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew…? Much in every
way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.”
• We need to get hold of this truth, in this time when the love of the Jewish
people is increasing while the hatred is increasing. Which will triumph? We
know that love is greater than hate.
Patty draws a picture of the relationship of Law and Love.
• When we rely upon the law for our justification, we become alienated from the
life of God.
• Gal 5:4: “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from
Christ; you have fallen away from grace.”
• The problem is not with the law, but with our hearts.
• But what happens is that external observance of the law causes
performance-orientation, fear and shame.
• The ultra-orthodox seek to motivate people with shame because of
• To try to follow law in our own strength is bondage.
• So we react in lawlessness.
• People try to find life in different ways.
• When you are depressed, when you are cut off from life, when your life is
hardened, we try to find life, apart from God, through immorality or alcohol or
• What do you do when you depressed, lacking emotional energy?
• Do we turn to God for life? Or do we turn to things that give us a temporary
• Eph 4:19: “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to
sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust
• This leads to a vicious cycle, of depression, a temporary lift which fades,
leading to depression.
• This also happens in the life of believer: from bondage of performance to
fear and shame to repentance to bondage of legalism to fear and shame.
• When will we cross over the Jordan River and no longer have a slave
• We must be free to love, no longer in bondage and alienation?
• How are we going to break free from self-righteousness, bondage and
alienation, to real freedom and love?
• God is looking for leadership who have been set free from bondage to love?
• Then the hearts of the father can turn to the hearts of the children and the
children to their fathers.
• We see this conflict of law and lawlessness played out in the world: the
bondage of law in Islam and the bondage of lawlessness in western culture.
• When those with the homosexual cannot get their agenda of immorality, how do
they respond? With anger, hatred and rage?
• What do those in bondage of law do? They also have anger, hatred and murder
in their hearts?
Rom 1:24: “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts
to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They
exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things
rather than the Creator—who is for ever praised. Amen. Because of this, God
gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations
for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations
with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent
acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their
perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worth while to retain the
knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to
• First stage: God gave them over to their desires (carnality).
• Second stage: They give themselves over to immoral lust for each other.
• Third stage: God gives them over to a depraved mind (wickedness).
• Wickedness is when God has to pour out his judgment.
• And just as when the wickedness of the Canaanites reached its fullness, God
was able to bring judgment and deliverance for Israel from slavery, so that is
• But we must not miss this by thinking of ourselves as victims but as walking
• How do we get to that place of freedom?
• Yeshua did not see himself as a victim, when they were taunting him.
• He said, you don’t have any power over to me except that it was given by the
• We’ve got to get this understanding. How can we reconcile suffering with
• This is our inheritance, glory through suffering.
• Naturally, when a mother gives birth to a child, she groans in the pains.
She is no longer riding the pain, the pain is riding her, until she lets out a
scream, and then comes the cry of the child.
• At that moment, the mother sees she has to endure for the sake of the baby.
• We are going to see the value of that baby, we are going to endure, for the
sake of the salvation of the world.
Matt 27:26-52: “About the ninth hour Yeshua cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi,
Eloi, lama sabachthani?" —which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken
me?" When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He’s calling
Elijah." Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine
vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Yeshua to drink. The rest said,
"Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him." And when Yeshua
had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the
curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and
the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who
had died were raised to life.”
• He cried out with a loud voice, with all the pain of all who have suffered
intense pain and brokenness.
• Then the barrier between God and man is ripped, and the resurrection comes.
• So it will be again.
So Yeshua says, I want you to love, as I have loved you.
• He wants us to be free to love, to love him, and to love one another, as he
• If you are that victim, come out of the victim’s place, for he is the source
of life, and says arise and shine, for your light has come!