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S4 EP2 | Why Christians Should Care about Messianic Judaism

Why should Christians care that Messianic Judaism exists in the world? In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra analyze three reasons why a Messianic Jewish expression of faith in Jesus is important and why Gentile Believers should appreciate it. They also discuss whether or not this means Christians should go all in and attend a Messianic congregation and about how there are many thousands of people with Jewish heritage that attend Christian churches.


Along the Way

Along the way, you’ll also hear:

  • How the Jewish people are a testimony to the existence, power and faithfulness of God
  • The curious phrase “the Chosen People” and the Jewish and non—Jewish questions it evokes
  • Why it’s important that Christians not skip or skim over Romans 9–11, even though you might be more drawn to chapters before and after
  • How, while, for Jewish people, it is a foreign idea to believe in Jesus as Jewish and the Messiah, it may be equally odd for Gentile Believers to see themselves as those who believe in the God of Abraham – but are either of these correct views?
  • The most foundational historical mandate of the Jewish people
  • Jesus is not “the God of the Christians” who showed up to begin a new religious system, and how the Church unknowingly perpetuates this misbelief with the language it uses to describe faith in Jesus
  • A challenge to Christians: What message are you holding out to Jewish people? Is it “conversion” to your religion, or is it “the God of Israel brought me near to Himself through your Jewish Messiah, Jesus”?
  • What Paul means by “provoking” the Jewish people to jealousy
  • The invitation for Gentile Believers to worship in Messianic Jewish congregations and some questions to ask yourself if you feel drawn to them


Words You Might Learn in This Episode

Ecclesia (or ekklesia)


Scriptures Referenced in This Episode

John 3:16, Matthew 15:24, Jeremiah 35̶ -36, Romans 11:23, Isaiah 43:8–12, Romans 8: 31–39, Romans 8–11, Genesis 15:6/Romans 4:3/Galatians 3:6, Romans 6:4, Zechariah 14:8–9, Romans 11:28, Romans 11:14


Previous Episodes Mentioned

S4 E      Is Messianic Judaism a Jewish or Christian Religion?

S1 E3    The Difference Between Messianic Judaism and Christianity

S1 E20 The Difference Between a Messianic Congregation and a Christian Church          

S1 E21 Behind the Scenes of a Messianic Congregation

S1 E45 Gentile Christians: Where Do They Fit in Messianic Judaism?

S1 E47 The Difference Between Jewish and Christian Worship

S2 E1    Jewish in America – What the Pew Survey Missed

S2 E2    Why are Christians Acting Like Jews?

S2 E10 Making Messianic Less Messy

S3 E2    What Covenant Am I Under?



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