How to Share the Kerygma 101

I went to a public high school and it was there that I came to know Jesus at a more personal level. I remember after going to one of my first retreats I was in such a spiritual high to share the gospel and I wanted to tell all my teachers and friends, but simply didn’t know how to put what I had experienced into words, let alone what God has done for us. 

I think we’ve all been there, getting to the top of the roller coaster ride where your relationship with Jesus is at its highest and you just want to explain to the rest of the world what you’ve been through but you just don’t have the words! It is a tough place to be in, and it can get frustrating. 

It wasn’t until last year, I didn’t know how to share my experiences and it was tough, I just wanted to tell others, “Hey, Jesus died for you and he loves you so much!!”. I was so afraid of getting details wrong or missing main points, and I remember talking to one of my closest friends about this and he asked me, “have you ever thought about sharing the four-point kerygma?” and of course my reaction was “WHAT THE HECK IS THE KERYGMA?” He explained that the word kerygma is greek and is used in the new testament, which means “proclamation.” Learning how to share the kerygma has made it so easy to share the Gospel with youth and everyone else I’ve encountered. 

You’re probably wondering, “Angie what is the four-point kerygma and how do you share it?” Well to answer your question, we are made to be in a relationship with God. 

  1. In the beginning, Adam and Eve + God = a perfect relationship. UNTIL...
  2. Adam and Eve had the forbidden fruit, ruining our perfect relationship with God and in a way building a wall between God and us.
  3. God loves us SO much that he sent his ONLY BELOVED SON to die for us (spoiler alert it’s Jesus Christ) and now the wall is broken, and it isn’t easy but Jesus’ cross became a bridge for us. Temptation is still there, but...
  4. It is your decision, whether you'd like to follow God or fall into sin. 

Many miracles can happen by sharing the kerygma, one time I took an uber and my driver was talking bad about the Catholic faith, so I shared my testimony with him as well as the kerygma, he started crying, and then decided to commit his life to Christ. It is so simple and you can say it in your own way, as long as you hit those points. I know for myself, I really enjoy getting more on the funny side so by explaining the kerygma, I am confident that I will get the message across and it can truly help the youth understand. 

Angie Sanchez, Team 5