The first year we started Gateway Church, we began to give to Jewish evangelism—first. To this day, before we give to any other ministries or missionaries, we give to Jewish evangelism. It’s such a priority with me that I told our business pastor, “On the first day of every month, I want you to write a check to such-and-such Jewish ministry. I want you to do it on January 1, February 1, March 1, April 1, and all throughout the year. Make sure the very first check we write each month is not to the electric company or even to pay the staff—the first check we write is for Jewish evangelism.

As a result, God has blessed us tremendously as a church. We paid cash for 14 acres of land when we were 10 months old. We paid cash for our first building. We paid cash for an expansion, and we now own 190 acres next to the freeway, 10 minutes west of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. God has blessed us with resources, and I believe it’s because we’re doing it His way—we’re giving to the Jewish people first.

–Pastor Robert Morris, The Blessed Life

“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.”
Romans 1:16

At Gateway, 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.

While this principle is true, please know that we recognize that to the Jew first does not mean to the Jew only.” The heart of Gateway Church is to bless ministries all over the world. We accomplish this in various ways, but it’s especially reflected in our financial giving. A portion of all tithes and offerings received by Gateway is allocated to Gateway Outreach. From that, a portion goes to various Jewish ministries around the world as a “first fruits” offering from the church. To the Jew first is a first fruits principle similar to a tithe in the sense of it being an expression of the heart. It is not a “give to get” philosophy.

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 (Romans 9:4–5). 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.

 

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