From 16-21 August 2015 more than 200 participants from six continents met in Jerusalem – the city from where the gospel went forth into all nations – for the tenth International Conference of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE). At the end of the conference the delegates issues a joint statement. Here is some of that statement:
We, the participants at the 10th International Conference of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism, as Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus, rejoice that in every generation there have been Jewish people who embrace Jesus as Messiah and continue to identify as Jews.
We thank God for the increasing number of such Jewish people worldwide, especially in the land where Messiah lived, died for our sins, rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God.
We rejoice in the impact of a new generation of Jewish followers of Jesus on Israeli society through their bold witness and contribution to the country in education, the arts, health care, the military and start-up companies, and by providing help to the marginalised within society.
We rejoice also that God is working among Arab believers in the land and pray for their effectiveness in proclaiming Jesus in these troubled times.
With the wider Lausanne Movement we affirm that Jesus, through his saving work, has ‘broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility’ and we applaud those Messianic Jews and Arab Christians who live out this reality. We also affirm:
• The Jewishness of Jesus who, as Israel’s Messiah, is the Saviour of the world.• The Jewishness of the Christian faith.• The irrevocable character of God’s gifts and calling in relation to Israel.• The special importance of taking the gospel to the Jewish people as an ever-present obligation on the Church, in accordance with Romans 1:16.
Visit the LCJE website for the rest of the statement and more details of the conference.