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“…to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
Many people know Hudson Taylor for the profound and lasting impact he had on the spread of the gospel in China. But not many know that on January 1st each year, Taylor wrote a check to a group dedicated to blessing the Jews of Europe. On that check he always wrote four simple words: “To the Jew first!”
Hudson Taylor understood that there is spiritual power in prioritizing what God says to put first. He believed what the apostle Paul had grasped thousands of years before: that the Word of God links the awakening of the Jews to the success in the church’s vision to spread the Good News of the Messiah to the whole world.
“To the Jew first” is not just a principle from the words of Scripture— it’s the heart of God radiating forth in our generation.
We see in the Bible that God instructs us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalms 122:6) and “give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:7). Commit to dedicating 1% of your time each day — only 14 minutes — to praying that God would bring peace to Israel and establish her once again as a “light to the nations.” (Isaiah 49:6)
Whether you’re an individual or you represent a ministry or business, pledge to give 1% of your income this next year to bless the people and nation of Israel. Maybe you want to give to Messianic congregations in Israel. Maybe you have a heart for training Messianic leaders around the world. Or maybe you want to bless widows and orphans in Israel in the name of Jesus. Whatever your passion is, we want to help you find effective, Biblically-grounded ministries to partner with.
FIRM isn’t just about giving money, it’s about building relationships. We remember the words of Jesus: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) FIRM works to help you establish lasting, two-way friendships and partnerships with ministries around the world, achieving the great aim of the Bible — Jews and Gentiles working together as One Body in the Messiah.