My Evangelization Story: discovery, discipleship and declaration

Evangelization: what does it mean? (Part 1 of 4) 

According to the document “Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States”, evangelizing means bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself.

There are 2 basic factors involved here: (1) the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ, and (2) the response of a person in faith, which are both works of the Spirit of God. It further says that evangelization must always be directly connected to the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no true evangelization if the name, teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom and the mystery if Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed.

In summary, the “Go and Make Disciples” document inspired the Diocese of Camdem, New Jersey to conclude that evangelization is not a program rather is to bring people into a relationship with Jesus.

My evangelization story can be summarized as experiencing a continuous three-step process of:  (i) discovering Jesus through a personal encounter with him; (ii) following Jesus, becoming his disciple; and (iii) proclaiming the Good News is to be a witness of Jesus. [1] http://www.camdendiocese.org/what-is-catholic-evangelization/

 

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