Who better to look to for guidance on evangelization than the Apostles and disciples of the early Church? And what better place to read their stories than in the firsthand account of the Acts of the Apostles? In the ten-part series Evangelization and the Acts of the Apostles, Dr. Mary Healy combines insightful biblical study with Church teaching and practical advice to show how modern Catholics can effectively impact their world for Jesus Christ.
She explores topics such as the call of Jesus to evangelize, the power of the Sacraments, the role of charisms for building up the Body of Christ, techniques from St. Paul for reaching a secular culture, and more.
Using the Lectio Divina approach of reading, reflecting, responding, and contemplating, the accompanying workbook presents classic artistry, penetrating questions, and personal reflection to take the teachings to a deeper level.
We'll talk about signs of our modern times—sobering reminders of how desperately our world needs a restoration of a biblical worldview. We also look at the missionary character of the Church and answer the question: How can the evangelization efforts of the early Church help us today?
"The descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost brought about a radical transformation in the Apostles and, through them, the whole world. That same Spirit is still at work in the Church and the world today. How can we rediscover the dramatic power of the Spirit in our lives?
"How is Jesus working in our lives to fulfill his call to evangelize? Christ has commissioned each of us to be his missionary disciples, just as he has individually chosen each instrument of evangelization from the beginning of the Church.
"How do the Sacraments impact our spiritual life and work? We'll study the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes in a mighty way on Pentecost and births the Church. And we'll see that it is through the Sacraments of Initiation that we are born to new life as sons and daughters of God and co-heirs w...
"Why does the Catholic Church have so many different levels of authority? We'll explore the origins of various leadership roles within the Church and remove once and for all any confusion about the roots of our apostolic faith.
"What in the world is a charism? And do we all have them? Join us as we delve into the subject of charisms and the Holy Spirit's generous use of them among the laity for the building up of Christ's Body, the Church.
"The Holy Spirit gives us the gift of fortitude to enable us to conform our lives to Christ and faithfully witness to the Gospel, but how are we called to respond in the midst of conflict, rejection, and outright persecution?
What can St. Paul teach us about reaching a diverse culture with the Gospel? We'll look at the people he encountered, both Jews and Gentiles, and how he sought first to affirm some portion of their belief system before building upon it to incorporate the Gospel of Christ.