FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL – 2
April 7, 2016
Today’s reading: Acts 5:27-33
The missing first step in evangelization today is the proclamation of the gospel. People cannot be led to faith in Jesus unless they hear the gospel of salvation in him proclaimed. This is the good news. Thus the apostles and early disciples always focused on this proclamation. This was even the case when the apostles were brought before the Sanhedrin.
First Peter and the apostles spoke about Jesus the Messiah. “The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior” (v.30-31a). Second, they presented themselves as those called to witness, to speak about what they had seen and heard. “We are witnesses of these things” (v.32a). Third, the intent of the proclamation is to bring people to repentance and faith in Jesus. Salvation is about “repentance and forgiveness of sins.” (v.31b). Fourth, people who then meet Christ are able to start to live Christ by the power of God, as they are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. They are empowered by “the holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey him.” (v.32b).
These 4 elements comprise the first four talks of the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS). This is the kerygma. This is sharing Christ.
The world will oppose the gospel and persecute those who proclaim it, just as what happened to the apostles. But Jesus has sent his disciples, including us today, to proclaim the good news of salvation in him. We know what we must do. “We must obey God rather than men.” (v.29).
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