Messianics focus on Jewish evangelism
SAN ANTONIO (BP)--Aslam Masih, a church planting missionary with the North American Mission Board, and Jack Kinsella, editor of The Omega Letter website, will be the featured speakers at the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship's June 8-10 meeting in San Antonio.
"Continuing to Bear Fruit and Build up the Saints" is the theme of this year's meeting, which will open with a 7 p.m. Shabbat service in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 008A on the river level.
"We're working on developing relationships with local churches and associations and state conventions to promote a lifestyle evangelism effort because as Messianic Jews we have to relate to the Jews in a way that they understand," Ric Worshill, president of the fellowship, told Baptist Press. "One of the ways to do that and to prove that we understand is to actually exhibit the biblical facts that they recognize as truth so that they can see -- once they get to know us -- who the real Messiah is.
"A good percentage of them are seeking, they just don't know where to look," Worshill said.
Masih and Kinsella will address the Messianic fellowship during the Saturday morning session in Room 008A/B of the convention center, and in the afternoon members of the fellowship will assist some of their congregations in ordaining five Messianic ministers.
After dinner, the fellowship will hold its annual business meeting at 7:30, also at the Gonzalez Center.
On Sunday, Connie Saffle from Shalom Adonai Messianic Baptist Fellowship in Wichita, Kan., will lead a Davidic worship dance training session from 2-4 p.m. in Room 008A of the convention center.
Mashi is a NAMB consultant to state conventions, associations and churches in planting Middle Eastern and South Asian churches in North America. He'll speak to the fellowship on how it can serve as a resource to NAMB in the mission board's efforts at reaching people of Jewish descent.
Kinsella, a Baptist minister, author and Christian television scriptwriter, will speak about Messianic prophecy in the Word of God and how it relates to current events. The Omega Letter, online at omegaletter.com, features news and commentary about issues pertaining to the end times.
The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship was created in 1990 by a group of Southern Baptist leaders seeking to reach out to Jewish people with the Good News of the Messiah from a biblically Judeo-Christian perspective.
"Jewish people at first think we're traitors. They don't understand we have just found who the Messiah is but we still worship in a biblical Jewish way," Worshill said. "In that, we're able to speak to them and teach them the Messiah in the biblical feasts, in the Old Testament."
Many Southern Baptists are not aware that they can call upon the Messianic fellowship for training in how to do Jewish evangelism, Worshill said, so the group is working more closely with NAMB to get the word out. Anyone interested in Jewish evangelism is invited to attend the meeting in San Antonio, Worshill said.
For more information, visit www.sbmessianic.net.