The Old Evangelization: How to Share the Faith Like Jesus Did

The Old Evangelization: How to Share the Faith Like Jesus Did

by Eric Sammons


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The Old Evangelization: How to Share the Faith Like Jesus Did by Eric Sammons

It Seems Like Every Day somebody comes out with a new trick for bringing people into the Faith. Mixing pop psychology with spiritual fads and marketing jargon, these techniques seen last only until the next big idea comes around. And despite their hype, they usually don't win many souls. As a diocesan director of evangelization, Eric Sammons saw a lot of these trends come and go, without bearing fruit, until one day he finally had enough. If we're serious about spreading the gospel, he reasoned, the first place we should look is to the original master evangelist: Jesus himself. In The Old Evangelization, Sammons goes back to the source, taking a look at what Jesus did (and didn't do) when he preached the Good News and drawing out the lessons he taught us. All evangelization begins with a personal "encounter." And so Sammons examines Jesus' most instructive Gospel encounters- with the Samaritan woman at the well, for instance, or with the rich young man-and discovers within each a particular truth that, even 2,000 years later, can help us make new disciples. He makes these truths concrete and accessible, showing how the saints practiced them and offering practical tips for putting them to use. Evangelization is not an option but Christ's express command (Matt. 28:19-20). What better way to answer this call than by imitating his supreme example?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683570301
Publisher: Catholic Answers Press
Publication date: 05/28/2017
Sales rank: 647,313
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Getting Started

1 Jesus Commands His Disciples to Evangelize 17

The appearance to Mary Magdalene John 20:1-18

2 Jesus Teaches the Value of Prayer 32

The healing of the boy with a "dumb spirit" Mark 9:16-29

3 Jesus Does More than Welcome Others 46

The confrontation with the Pharisees and scribes Luke 11:37-52

Overcoming Doubts

4 Jesus Sometimes Fails to Bring About Conversion 65

The encounter with the rich young man Matthew 19:16-22

5 Jesus Makes the Impossible Possible 77

The raising of Jairus's daughter Luke 8:40-56

Joining the Battle

6 Jesus Confronts the Devil 93

The battle with the Gerasene demoniac Mark 5:1-20

7 Jesus Refuses to Tolerate Sin 106

The encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well John 4:1-26

8 Jesus Doesn't Water Down His Teachings 119

The dispute with the Pharisees regarding divorce Matthew 19:3-9

Being a Truly Catholic Evangelist

9 Jesus Proclaims the Fullness of the Faith 133

The desertion by some disciples over the Real Presence John 6:51-66

10 Jesus Brings About Repentance 147

The contrition of Peter after the miraculous catch Luke 5:1-10

11 Jesus Arouses Our Reverence 160

The appearance to John on the island of Patmos Revelation 1:9-20

Conclusion 174

About the Author 176

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