Everything we believe and do as Catholics
rests on the firm
foundation of the Kerygma, or
the Great Story of Jesus.
1. God loves you and
wants you to be part of His Kingdom. – We Catholics proclaim that God is
love. He created you, and everyone, for
a life with Him full of love, peace, truth, beauty, goodness and meaning. It is a life that begins now, lasts forever,
and can never be taken away. “I came so
that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
2. Sin destroys life
and separates you from God. – Nothing is so destructive in our life and
this world as sin. It is desire gone wrong, and it is rooted in the lie that
creation rather than the Creator can help and save us. Each sin is like a brick in a wall that
ultimately separates us from God. “The
wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
3. Christ Jesus died
to save you. – Our way to God was cut off by sin. By dying on the cross,
Jesus broke down the wall that sin had put up between us and God. Rising from the dead and ascending into
heaven, He has re-opened the way to the Father, our hearts’ true desire. “For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
4. Repent and believe
the Gospel. – To repent means to feel sorrow for our sins and to come to
understand and accept the Gospel–that the Lord loves us, is calling us and wants
to save us from our sins. Each of us
must come to believe in this Love God has for us and accept the promise and
salvation of His love: Jesus Christ and the saving truth He proclaims. “Repent and believe in the Good News.” (Mark
5. Be baptized and
receive the Holy Spirit. – In baptism our sins are washed away, we are
incorporated into Christ, and we become a member of His Body. The Holy Spirit–the life, love, serenity,
joy and wisdom of God–comes to dwell in us and begins the work of transforming
us into His disciples. “No one can enter
the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3:5)
6. Abide in Christ
and His body, the Church. – We must continue to grow in this relationship
with Jesus and His Father in the Holy Spirit by sharing in the life of the
Church, which is Jesus’ Body in this world. In the Eucharist, we receive Jesus’ own Body,
Blood, soul and divinity, and we are nourished for the lifelong journey of
being a disciple of Jesus. When we
stumble and fall, as we certainly will, we receive His healing grace in the
sacrament of reconciliation. “I am the
bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in
me with never thirst.” (John 6:35)
7. Go and make
disciples. –Each of us who has heard and answered Jesus’ call is called in
turn to the joy of proclaiming the Gospel to others. “Go into the whole world and proclaim the
Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
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you the joy of being Jesus’ disciples in the midst of the Church He
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*We are indebted to Monsignor Charles Pope’s blog and to Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples for this
presentation of the Kerygma.