Who we are
We are a non-denominational Christian organisation, seeking to lift up the name of Jesus in all we do to bless His Jewish brethren and share the message of His love both for Israel and the Church.
A true friend is faithful in all circumstances. As Jews in the past have suffered great persecution in the name of Christ, we seek to show them real friendship and love in His name.
... of ISRAEL
Israel means the Jewish people, both inside the nation and in the Diaspora throughout the world. It also means the modern nation of Israel, which includes both Jews and Arabs, all precious to God.
So, we are Christians who love Israel and its peoples and believe that God has a special place for them in His Kingdom purposes before the return of Messiah.
An international ministry
Christian Friends of Israel has offices or representatives in many nations of the world, all working to further its aims of serving the church through education and blessing Israel with support of the Jerusalem office and Distribution Centre.
For further information on the international work, follow these links:
How We Began
Christian Friends of Israel began with a meeting of a few Christian leaders in Jerusalem in December 1985, from the UK, USA, France and Israel, who were aware of an urgent need to set up a framework in which they could serve the Lord and bless Israel as true friends.
Out of a number of names proposed, that chosen - "Christian Friends of Israel" - expressed exactly how we believed Christians should relate to the Jewish people, both in view of the Church's past history and also all that God was leading Israel through.
With the particular help of Lance Lambert and David Bivin, the principles and aims of CFI were worked through word by word, and these Foundation Principles stand unchanged today.
What we do
Our ministry has two main focusses
1. Blessing Israel
Bridges in place of barriers
We seek to break down barriers and build bridges of genuine friendship with Israel and the UK Jewish community. Relationship leads to reconciliation and mutual understanding. Today as anti-Semitism again rises world-wide, Israel and Jewish people are deeply touched by Christian solidarity and support.
We help Christians to bless Israel by:
- Encouraging informed prayer
With regular prayer letters and resources, a weekly prayer line and broadcast, the Wall of Prayer project etc.
- Channelling support to projects in Israel
Helping holocaust survivors and new immigrants, terror victims and the poor and needy, Jewish and Palestinian children, Christian believers in Israel, etc., in the name of Jesus.
- Joint events with the UK Jewish community
At national and local level, for Holocaust Memorial Days, solidarity meetings, Israel Independence celebrations, etc
- Taking tours to Israel
CFI staff promote selected tours to Israel each year.
- Providing accurate news from the Middle East
Countering misinformation and propaganda with truthful reporting from Christians on the spot.
2. Serving The Church
Making the connection
Although many Christians of past generations understood the importance of Israel's restoration in God's Kingdom purposes and actively promoted it, today this legacy has largely been lost. There is great ignorance, impoverishing the church. CFI helps Christians understand the biblical relationship between Israel and the Church and reconnect with the Hebraic roots of their faith (Romans 11:16-18). We also seek to give a truthful and balanced perspective on events in the Middle East and be a prophetic voice bringing 'understanding of the times'.
We accomplish this through:
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- Resources including books, videos, teaching tapes, Hebrew learning, the Kesher Course... CFI has the largest selection of resources on Israel and Hebraic roots in the UK. View our catalogue online or write for a free copy.
- Teaching Conferences and Ministry Tours
With international speakers on Israel or the Hebraic background to the New Testament
- Regional seminars and workshops
Learn about God's purposes for Israel, and how to communicate this message. Why not invite us to visit your church, or to hold a day seminar in your town?
- Area Representatives
We have local representatives in many parts of the UK who are there to serve you. Contact us for further details.
- Working together with others
We are part of Love Never Fails, an umbrella organisation bringing together over twenty ministries in the UK who understand God's purposes for Israel, to spread this message at Christian events nationwide.
Christians and Jews - blood brothers or separated brethren? Israel - political accident or covenant people? And where does the Church fit in?
MAKING THE CONNECTION
These and other questions are explored in the Course's 10 main teaching sessions (approx. 50 minutes each) showing the connection between Judaism and Christianity, Israel and the Church.
Additionally, each programme includes a 10-15 minute study on important Hebrew words: Kesher, Yeshua, Mashiach, Torah, YHVH, Halleluyah, Chesed, Kadosh, Shalom, Amen. These are designed to enrich our understanding of the Bible.
This popular course has recently been completely revised and updated. It comes as a boxed set of 5 DVD's (in PAL format: running time 524 minutes), complete with Leader's Manual and one copy of the Student Manual.
Recommended for personal study, or for churches and home/cell groups as a study course to cover in a school term.
Subjects covered in the main sessions:
- The Jewishness of Jesus
- Jesus the Rabbi
- Jesus the Messiah
- The Jewishness of the Scriptures
- Salvation is from the Jews
- The Great Divide
- Physical Restoration and Rebirth of Israel
- Israel: Prophecy Fulfilled
- Israel Today and Tomorrow
For more information and / or sample clips please go here .