PAUL’S SERMON

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

(Part 130)

PAUL’S SERMON

April 30, 2015

Today’s reading:  Acts 13:13-25

The kerygma, which is the apostolic proclamation of the good news of salvation in Jesus, is done by us in LCSC through the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS). We have our 9-session version, and we have our 5-session version. The latter is based on the speech by Peter on the day of Pentecost, after which 3,000 people accepted the faith.

We have already seen how our LCS follows the pattern of Peter’s speech on the day of Pentecost (see The New Evangelization, Part 121). Peter followed the same pattern when he spoke to the Sanhedrin (see The New Evangelization, Part 125) and when he spoke to the Israelites after healing the crippled beggar (see The New Evangelization, Part 126).

Now it is Paul’s turn. This is what is contained in Paul’s address in the synagogue (Acts 13:16-41).

* Session #1:  Jesus the Messiah

“God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.” (v.23)

* Session #2:  Called to Witness

“These are now his witnesses before the people.” (v.31b)

* Session #3:  Repentance and Faith

“John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.” (v.24)

“You must know, my brothers, that through him forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you” (v.38a)

Our basic work, through the LCSC LCS, is the kerygma. “We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you” (v.32a). This is in general the missing first step in the Church’s work of evangelization. We need to proclaim Christ anew, because many Catholics today are baptized pagans.

God will provide the opportunity for us to share Christ with others, for this is God’s intent today, especially for lapsed Catholics. What we proclaim is great news. This gospel of salvation we need to speak. “My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” (v.15b).

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