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Charlotte Fister

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March 19, 2021

PSPSE Team Photoop quiz! If you were asked right now and without the use of the internet, could you describe what the Kerygma is? No judgement here, Saint Paul Street Evangelization is for people at all points in their spirituality journey; the only way to get better is to learn! Don’t be afraid to admit if it is one of those terms that you feel like you should know. You know you have heard the word Kerygma before, and you know it is important; it’s kind of like right there on the tip of your tongue and you are not quite sure how to articulate it.

That is what the St. Paul Street Evangelist team worked on during the last meeting. The Kerygma is HUGE! If you know the meaning and are able to translate that message to others, you can drastically change lives by moving people closer to Jesus. In order to Evangelize, you don’t need to memorize the Bible, you just need to get to the heart of the message of Catholicism and that is the good news!

The definition of Kerygma according to Merriam Webster is “the apostolic proclamation of salvation through Jesus Christ”. Wondering where to begin? St. Paul Street Evangelist Online School spells it out in four parts:

  1. The Plan: “The loving plan of God for human beings,”
  2. The Bad News: “Sin and it’s devastating consequences, especially separation from God.”
  3. The Good News: “God’s answer to our predicament is in the sending of his Son for our salvation,”
  4. The Invitation: “The response this gift calls for from every person: to repent of our sins, believe in Jesus and be baptized, so we can be filled with his Holy Spirit and live a new life in his family, the Church”

Here is the SPSE example of how this might be shared conversationally with someone you encounter on the street:  “God loves you. He created you out of love to be in relationship with Him. He has a plan for your life (1 Jn 4:16; Jer 29:11). But due to sin, we’re separated from God. Sin is destructive and leads to eternal separation from God in hell (Rm 3:23, 6:23). God sent His Son Jesus to become man and make atonement for our sins by dying on the cross, and to rise from the dead to give us eternal life (Jn 3:16). We receive this gift of salvation, and the Holy Spirit, when we put our faith in Jesus, repent of our sins, are baptized, and become His disciples (Eph 2:8-9; Acts 2:38). Jesus established the Catholic Church to teach in His name, empower us by His grace, and restore us to salvation if we fall (Mt 16:18-19; 1 Jn 1:9)”

This message is absolutely beautiful! Your SPSE team has been tasked with praying about this and to then make the words their own. Imagine encountering a stranger and giving them the most important message in the whole world! How would you feel- Adrenaline kicking in a little bit? Maybe feeling some imposter syndrome? You don’t want to sound scripted, and you certainly don’t want to miss any key elements. Each member of the team is going to write the Kerygma in their own words and then practice saying the words out loud to the rest of the team. This practice will help us to make sure that when we encounter people on the street that it feels genuine and that others can hear the Holy Spirit working through us to deliver the message of salvation. What would your Kerygma say?