Table of Contents:
WordBytes on Evangelization Ministries for Today’s World
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You are a gift because God has created you to be gift. You are a gift because you desire to give of your skills and talents. You are unique; therefore, your evangelization ministry is unique. No one besides you can perform this service quite like you. God has matched the perfect ministry to your abilities and spiritual growth. The question of our calling is not: “What should I do to take God to others?” Rather, the question is: “What should I take of God to others? What has He given me to share?” (Excerpt from God has gifted you for ministry.)
- How to bring loved ones to Christ (video podcast)
- Supernatural Evangelization: How God brings our loved ones to Christ (video podcast)
- Do you know what to say to your unbelieving loved ones?
- Apostolate of the Laity (podcast series)
- The Passion to Evangelize Boldly
- Polite or Prophetic?
- The Proof the World is Seeking: Turning Scandals into Evangelization
- Sharing the Light of Christ
- How to do effective ministry
- What does it mean to be an apostle today?
- How to Be a Handmaid of the Lord
- If Jesus could have used email
- Angels in Las Vegas
- Your Christian Vocation
- The Testimony of Christian Galvan: “Ministry is joyful self-sacrifice”
- The Testimony of Patrick Campbell: “I want to be Batman!”
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- God has created you for a definite service
Saint John Henry Newman wrote:
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may not know what it is in this life. But I shall be told in the next….
- God has gifted you for ministry
How generous are you with the gift of yourself? At your funeral, will people honor you because of what you did? Will they talk about how God gifted you? Will they discuss with each other the difference you made? You are a gift because God has created you to be gift. You are a gift because you desire to give of your skills and talents.
- Don’t underestimate your value
Too often, instead of listening to God tell us who we are, we believe what our parents, teachers, and other significant people have said about us. “You’ll never amount to anything!” may have been meant as a challenge to encourage us to strive for our full potential, but the child in us absorbed it literally. The words destroyed our self-image. Intellectually, we may have disagreed with the assessments of others, but deep inside, where the child blindly trusts those in authority, the child’s interpretation of the words has taken root.
- How can you be sure that is God’s will?
Discerning God’s will is not a complicated business. It is in reality, simple. It’s always available, and God always speaks in the vernacular — He speaks our language, because He wants us to hear Him. It’s His great desire that we hear Him. The complications set in when we try to hear God without doing our part to open the channels of communication. Divine guidance is God simply communicating with His children.
- What keeps us from knowing God’s will?
Here are the 10 most common ways that we block ourselves from knowing what God’s will is for our calling and any other guidance he wants to give: Resentment, Praying wrongly, Idolatry, Human reasoning, Opinions of others, Human desires, Disobedience, Taking too little time to listen, Doubt, and Distrust.
- 3 stages of Finding Your Calling
Calling … Confirmation … Commitment. The calling to ministry usually grows slowly out of the events of our life, work, talents, learned skills, and areas of interest. Most likely, you won’t wake up one morning with God’s voice booming, “Go forth and serve My people!” Nor will He send a fax. But if you pay attention to your inner urgings, to the types of service that bring you satisfaction, to the types of work that energize you, and to the gifts that others see and admire in you, the calling becomes recognizable.
- God does the extraordinary with ordinary people
Are you looking for a way to make a difference using the gifts God has given you? Would you like to do something extraordinary? Since the earliest days of the Church, the apostles worked side-by-side with lay people in ministry. “Scripture clearly shows how spontaneous and fruitful was this activity,” the bishops of Vatican Council II tell us in the Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People. “No less fervent zeal on the part of lay people is called for today,” they wrote of the laity’s “special and indispensable role in the mission of the Church.”
- Corporal and Spiritual Ministries of Mercy
Ideas on how to get involved in the ministries of the 7 Corporal Works of Mercy and the 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy. (1) Feed the hungry: Provide food and extend God’s mercy to needy individuals by teaching them how to work or farm to solve their food problems. (2) Give drink to the thirsty: Fight against water pollution; lead the spiritually thirsty to Christ; help the needy pay water bills….
- Self-Assessment Tests for Discerning Your Special Calling
(Test #1) Getting to Know Your Giftedness: Think of any ministry you are currently involved in, no matter how small or insignificant it seems to be. How does this ministry advance the Kingdom of God? Why did God call you (instead of your neighbor) to the particular ministries in which you’re already involved? What makes you special in the eyes of God? What makes you special to the people around you? What is it about your personality that contributes to this?
- A prayer to become God’s Instrument
To be God’s instrument of ministry is the calling of every Christian.
O, my heavenly Father,
I give all of my life to you
in the name of Your Son,
my Lord Jesus Christ,
and through the power of
Your Holy Spirit. …