THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL - 2
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.
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).
4 elements comprise the first four talks of the Life in Christ
Seminar (LCS). This is the kerygma. This is sharing
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).