LCJE bulletin 001

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LCJE bulletin 001

In August 1983 the Lausanne Committee Task-Force on Jewish Evangelism {L.C.T.J.E.) held an international conference in Newmarket, England. The 52 delegates who attended came from ten countries in five continents and represented seventeen mission agencies and seven theological institutes and study centres. The conference focussed its attention on the following key issues:

a)The centrality of Jewish evangelism in the mission of the universal church.

The delegates were eager to emphasise their common understanding of the essence of the gospel and the import· ance of their evangelistic ministry to the Jewish people.

In a survey and critique of contemporary trends in Christian -Jewish relations. Dr. Gerald Anderson of the Overseas Ministries Study Centre, New Jersey, USA, gave expression to this consensus and to the sentiment of the consultation: "The Christian conviction that Jesus Christ is for everyone is so fundamental and pervasive in the New Testament that to believe and maintain otherwise requires one either to ignore the New Testament, or to do surgery on it and elimin:ite the substance of this thrust, or to engage in revisionist an_d speculative interpretation of Scripture. All three of these approaches have been advocated and employed by those scholars who maintain today that the Church has no missionary obligation to the Jews: that the Jewish people have their own covenant which is sufficient for salvation and do not need the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and that therefore the mission of the Church does not pertain to the Jews.

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