Of all the world religions, Judaism is the one that Christians are most tempted to think they understand.
We worship the same God don’t we? We read the same Holy scriptures?
Surely it’s just a simple matter of explaining the good news of Jesus in order to help Jewish people understand.
While these two world religions come from the same source, appreciating modern Judaism is far more complicated than we might think.
Jewish people have endured unbelievable suffering and hardship for over three millennia. They have endured undoubtedly by the grace of God. They have endured also because of their incredible tenacity and sense of family loyalty to one another.
To be Jewish is more than ethnicity or belief. To be Jewish is to be a part of a worldwide family that traces its ancestry all the way back to Abraham.
This Sunday we are going to learn a little about how Judaism evolved into what it is today; focusing not on a history lesson but the development of ideas and practices following the destruction of the Jewish Temple c.70AD.
We will spend some time hearing from someone’s personal experience of Judaism.
All of this will serve as a foundation for exploring how Christian people can engage in respectful, meaningful dialogue with those of Jewish faith.
We’d love you to join us!
Pastor Jono Smith