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Kerygma (Proclamation)

Kerygma - The Ministry of Proclamation
Readings: Reflections, pp.23-25; UC Perspective, p.6; RC Perspective, p.6
What words or phrases stand out for you in the following passages?
For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’.
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?
And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?
As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
But not all have obeyed the good news,
for Isaiah says ‘Lord who has believed our message
So faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
Romans 10:13–17
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up,
he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.
He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.
He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.
The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
Then he began to say to them,
‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’

- Luke 4:16-21
Excerpts for Reflection and Discussion
  1. "The Reformation gave centrality to the sermon. The pulpit was higher than the altar, for Luther held that salvation is through the Word and without the Word the elements are devoid of sacramental quality, but the Word is sterile unless it is spoken."
    - Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
  2. "This proclamation includes telling the story of salvation achieved through Christ in the power of the Spirit, demonstrating its power through lives of faith, as well as offering to others the possibility of salvation through present encounter with Christ in the Spirit. This proclamation is central to the worship of Catholics; it is central to the church’s outreach of evangelisation to the whole world."
  3. "Communion exists in Jesus Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit and opens up for all people the possibility of their entering into a life-transforming relationship with God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, a relationship that will save and liberate, will bring reconciliation, redemption and sanctification. This is only possible if all Christians share in the mission of witnessing to Jesus Christ by their lives and in their words."
  4. "In Christ God proclaims the beginning of a new order of righteousness and love, pointing the creation towards its promised end: union with God. This good news of salvation is given for the church to share."
  5. "The proclamation of Christ as Lord takes place first and foremost in the context of the congregation and is given a sacramental quality in the Basis.... However, the firm belief found in the Basis is that all people are called to respond to God’s love in Christ and the proclamation must be made beyond the gathered congregation also."
  6. "Whilst recognising that there are particular gifts in evangelism, that is to say bringing others to faith, 'The Uniting Church affirms that every member of the Church is engaged to confess the faith of Christ crucified and to be his faithful servant.'"
  7. "The proclamation of the gospel by the church is not simply the means by which men and women are summoned to faith, but the ongoing proclamation of the gospel within the church continually addresses the people of God with the claims of the gospel and thereby draws them more deeply into being the church and therefore more deeply into the missio Dei."
  8. Do you think people are reluctant to share their faith? Why?
    What ways do you see the Churches proclaiming the message of salvation to the world?