Thousands Reached on the Streets of Mexico City

By Jonathan Gannon,
Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

DATELINE: Mexico City
September 5, 2012

A view of Mexico City from the prayer room.

Greetings once again from Mexico City, where things are running with great intensity. We have been amazed with the results on the streets from the past few days. The theme of the past two days has been “breakthrough.”  The testimonies we are hearing from “Denny” and the street outreach team are “Book of Acts” amazing.

The role of the street outreach team (nearly 200 people every day) is to strategically saturate areas of the city (primarily Jewish community areas) with Festival invitations (a.k.a fliers). In the process of handing the invitations to people on the streets, the team is trained to engage people in evangelistic conversations.

The results have been staggering: Sunday – 40,000 invitations and 52 salvations, Monday – 90,000 invitations and 80 salvations, and Tuesday – 130,000 invitations distributed and 170 salvations. The running tally after three days is this: 260,000 distributed Festival invitations and 302 salvations. Praise the Lord! (more…)

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Opposition Brings Opportunity to Minister in Argentina

Hear O' Israel! Festival poster in Rosario, Argentina 2011

Hear O' Israel! Festival poster in Rosario, Argentina

By Jonathan Gannon,
Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

Our own Jonathan Gannon weighs in during the pre-festival preparation for the Hear O’ Israel! Festival of Jewish Music & Dance outreach, which will be held in Rosario, Argentina August 19- 29, 2011.

Greetings from Rosario.

As my first week draws to a close here in Argentina, I would like to give you an update from the field. First let me say thank you for your diligent prayers for our team, the Jewish community here in Rosario, the volunteer/participant group, the performers, and especially Jonathan Bernis as he prepares to lead the festival.

The day I arrived we received a press release written by the local community opposing the outreach. We are not letting this type of opposition bother us. In fact, this press release proves that the advertising is working, there is a buzz in the city over the festival outreach, and the controversy will continue to increase. And as we know, where there is controversy, there is curiosity. And when people are curious, they show up to see for themselves. (more…)

Three Troubling Theologies

In a recent vision meeting for the staff of Jewish Voice, President and CEO Jonathan Bernis offered these three challenges to Messianic Jewish ministry. Each of these theological stances hinders the introduction of Jewish People to their Messiah Yeshua, and each of these has found prevalence in the Christian church at some point in history. We list these to make you aware of some philosophies that may be creeping into your places of worship that should cause concern.

Replacement Theology—This is the doctrine that Jews have been replaced by the Church—that God no longer is interested in saving Jewish People, nor does He have a plan for them—because of the idea that Jews originally rejected Jesus. While the majority of the first century church was composed of Jews, it was the Jewish leadership that rejected Jesus. Because of this, replacement theology says that the promises originally meant for Israel have now been transferred to the Church. References to Israel are simply spiritual, and no longer refer to a people or a Land. To believe in replacement theology makes God out to be a liar and unfaithful. Simply put, He is not! (more…)

Should I Convert to Messianic Judaism?

By Jonathan Bernis,
President and CEO of Jewish Voice

I personally don’t believe in a conversion to Messianic Judaism. I believe in a change of heart. Biblically, conversion means “to turn” toward God. But there are many kinds of turnings. For instance, when an anti-Semite becomes a Christian and finds out that Jesus was a Jew and begins to love and appreciate the Jewish people, that’s, in a sense, a turning.

God may be giving you a love for and a commitment to the Jewish People, and that’s a wonderful revelation. The blindness is coming off of your eyes. Jews have a blindness that keeps them from recognizing Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah; and many in the church have a blindness that keeps them from understanding their Jewish roots and God’s plan for Israel because they have bought into replacement theology. (more…)

Messianic Faith and Your Jewish Friend: Terms to Avoid

A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days bookHere are 4 terms to avoid when sharing the Good News of Yeshua with a Jewish friend:

  1. Don’t talk about being converted or being a convert to Christianity. This sounds like, “Stop being a Jew and become a Christian.” It’s not mutually exclusive to be Jewish and believe in Yeshua. It’s OK to be both. This is how Rabbi Jonathan Bernis explains it in his book A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days: “I’d love for Christians to tell their Jewish friends, ‘I’m not suggesting that you convert to another religion or change who you are. You were born a Jew and you’ll die a Jew. But this is your Messiah, and I want you to know Him.'”
  2. The word church has negative connotations. The word has no Hebrew origins and is identified with Christianity; therefore, it will raise a red flag in the Jewish mind. (more…)

Pastors Thank Jewish Voice

Jewish Voice Ministries and Jonathan Bernis have been great blessings to Phoenix First Assembly and to me personally. Jonathan is a very gifted speaker, communicator, and a passionate soul winner. He is also one of the nicest men I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Jonathan has a heart not only for people, but for churches.”

— Pastor Tommy Barnett
Phoenix First Assembly

“Because we believe God when He told Abram: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse…” we sought help from Jewish Voice Ministries to learn our responsibility to His Chosen People. We believe God is using Jewish Voice Ministries to cause Christians to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and to “hear” the truth about our responsibility to Israel.”

— Pastor Arnold M. Ritchey
Central Community Church of God
Coolidge, AZ

“We have had the opportunity and blessing to have Jewish Voice in our church a number of times. The message was relevant and enlightning. We believe in the Jewish Voice ministry and strongly recommend them to any church body.”

— Ken Dutton
Without Walls Christian Center
Chandler, AZ

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Do Pastors Get Burn Out?

Ready to be shocked beyond belief? I’m about to tell you some things you’re not going to enjoy hearing, but ignoring the problem won’t make it go away.

Did you know that…

  • 1,500 pastors leave the ministry each year.
  • 4,000 new churches begin every year, but more than 7,000 churches close.
  • 50% of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but they have no other way of making a living.
  • About 75% of pastors go through a period of such great stress that they consider leaving the ministry, and nearly 40% actually do.

As a pastor, I can relate. And I can tell you why this is happening. (more…)