Church teaching is an important part of our Catholic Faith. Today, Mike and Dave are going to show you how to incorporate the church into the kerygma.
They explain how fellowship is not socializing and why the Church comes before the individual in the plan of God.
“Our love for Jesus and for our neighbor impels us to speak to others about our faith. Each believer is thus a link in the great chain of believers. I cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others, and by my faith I help support others in the faith.” (CCC 166)
Snippet from the Show:
You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others. (CCC 166)
5 Practical Tips
- Meet someone at your parish that you have never met before. It can be as simple as introducing yourself.
- Read 2Timothy 2.
- Read CCC 176-184.
- Pray for the staff of your parish all week long.
- Look at the four steps of the kerygma below and compare them to your personal testimony. (You can also go to the shownotes on at ascensionpress.com/everykneeshallbow.) Pencil in what parts of your testimony line up with the kerygma. This will help you make the kerygma center stage of your testimony and not your personal story.
- 4 steps of the kerygma:
- God has a plan for your life.
- Sin interrupts that plan and separates you from God.
- Jesus Christ died and rose so that you could be forgiven of these sins and be united to God in heaven.
- Through faith and his Church, you can be united to God forever.
- 4 steps of the kerygma:
- Fr. Spitzer’s book New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy
- Rev. Timothy Keller’s book The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
- C.S. Lewis’ book Mere Christianity
- Dr. Peter Kreeft’s book Fundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics
- CCC #166
Meet Your Hosts
Michael “Gomer” Gormley
Michael has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past ten years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries.
He is also the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com, and the producer and cohost of a Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which discusses the collision of Faith and Culture.
He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon. Together they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him.
David “Dave” VanVickle
Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen. Since then, he has dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.
He is a speaker and retreat leader. His programs focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.
Dave resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Amber and their five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.