“Does your mother know what you are doing?” – Jewish Mother
“You should be ashamed of yourself!” – Jewish Jeweler
“Didn’t the Jews killed Jesus?” – Catholic Girl
“The Jews don’t need Jesus, they have Moses.” – Secular Guy
“Stop forcing Jews to convert!” -Angry Jewish Guy
“Just call yourselves Christians.” – Confused Gentile Protestant
These are just a few response I have heard from the street of New York city where Jews for Jesus has made the Gospel know since 1974. New York City is full of people from every culture and belief. People are very opinionated and it is always interesting to hear a response to the question, Who Is He? That is, who is Jesus. Many base their answer from something some had told them or movies or popular opinion. Rarly does anyone answer according to the Bible and in conversation you will soon learn that most people have never read the bible.
This summer I had the privileged to produce a second film with Jews for Jesus and the Kossover and Company. The film is titled “Awakening”. It is funny because when I look up “awakening” on IMDB I find countless other films with this title, mostly in the horror genre. All of them having some sort of spiritual theme, so I guess our film kinda fits?… But our film is much more than cheap film with even cheaper sequels, it is about real life and the ultimate question that can transform a human heart.
The film is a first hand look at the vision and mission of Jews for Jesus in NYC, against all odds 20 young people take the message of Jesus to the streets. Evangelism is a tricky word today especially in the Church of America. To proclaim ones faith in public is not exactly the encouraged way to share ones faith. When I went through Jr High/High School and College I met many “believers” who had their own style of evangelism. The most popular style growing up was to wait for you non Christian friends to ask you what you believe. The problem was that nobody ever asked. When I was in High school I read through the Gospels and did a study on the Early Church, I discovered that God sent His Holy Spirit to the Church and through proclamation many were saved. If Jesus had used the same style of Friendship Evangelism there would be no disciples, remember all of the 12 were “called.” So my opinion is that “Friendship Evangelism” is much easier and require little to no boldness, it is safer in that you will not offend anybody. On the other hand, “proclamation evangelism” require great boldness, it require that we rely on God strength and wisdom to answer difficult questions. It is dangerous, last time I check most of the disciples died terrible violent deaths because they offended many with the Gospel.
Ok back to the Film, I got to meet Stephen Baldwin in a meeting where he agreed to narrate the film, let me tell you audience, Stephen is a Jesus Freak to the max. He loves God with all his heart and he is not afraid to tell the world. My prayer is that through Stephen all of his family will be saved. You never know, keep praying. Stephen has also agreed to be a part of the World Premier of the film on March 9th in Manhattan. RSVP here.
Our hope in this film is that the Church would come alive and in boldness step out in faith as the early church once did. Though there are many who oppose the message, God is stronger than them and will continue to save the lost.