Israel – First Fruits
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
The first year Gateway Church Brady started , we began to give to Israel —first. To this day, before we give to any other ministries or missionaries, we give to Jewish evangelism. It’s such a priority on the first day of every month, a check to Save A Child’s Heart, a Jewish ministry is written out as a tithe of GCB. As a result, God has blessed us tremendously as a church. We paid for 2 heart surgeries since we have begun our giving to Save A Child’s Heart. In February of 2016 Pastors Ruede and Debbie along with some leadership from Gateway Brady were blessed to take a trip to Israel and visit Save A Child’s Heart.
Please visit http://www.saveachildsheart.org
God has blessed us with resources, and we believe at GCB it’s because we’re doing it His way—we’re giving to the Jewish people first. To the Jew first is a first fruits principle similar to a tithe in the sense of it being an expression of the heart.
At Gateway Brady, we believe in practicing to the Jew first. The gospel initially came to the Jewish people. In Jeremiah 31:31, the Lord said, “I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” Although the gospel is for all the nations, it came through the Jewish people.
As believers, everything we have has come from the Jewish people. The Scriptures, the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, and even our Messiah have all come through God’s chosen ones.
who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen. Romans 9:4–5
Jesus was fully Jewish. A Jew does not stop being a Jew when he accepts Jesus. Jews who accept Jesus as Messiah are encouraged to continue practicing their Jewish traditions.
We desire to honor our Jewish brothers and sisters for all they’ve given us. We encourage you to join us in blessing the Jewish people.