K is for Kerygma

K is for Kerygma #atozchallenge @fillpraycloset on TwitterKerygma. I am sure there is at least one reader who has NO idea what this is. I had no idea what this was until just last year. How does that happen? RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults) or how I came into the faith, provides you with a wonderful overview and hits all of the important points (there’s that Sacrament word again), but its up to you, the pilgrim, to continue learning.

I won’t judge you if you haven’t read yesterday’s post on judgement.

What is it?

Kerygma, pronounced \kə-ˈrig-mə\ is the Greek word used in the New Testament for the initial and essential proclamation of the the Gospel. That’s it.

Why did I choose to share this particular “K” with you?

Kerygma #atozchallenge @fillpraycloset #Catholic
Cosimo Rosselli Sermon on the Mount (1439-1507)

Surprisingly, not many Catholics have ever heard of the Kerygma or know what it means, when they do! I was. Last May, when I started this blog, I responded to a series called Lawn Chair Catechism, where we delved into Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherri Weddell where an entire chapter was devoted to the Kerygma. A key takeaway for me:

“So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ” (Romans 10: 17), where by “preaching” the same thing is understood, that is, the “gospel” or kerygma.

For more resources, please read the Lawn Chair Catechism Series hosted by CatholicMom I responded to.

Sherri Weddell also has a Facebook Group just for this book and it’s quite lively. Forming intentional disciples isn’t a one and done process!

Come back tomorrow for to read all about my Catholic take on the letter L. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same. 

Please support the bloggers of the #AtoZchallenge by visiting, sharing or commenting. We have all worked long and hard to prepare these posts, some prepping for a couple of months, as we posted our regular schedule, took care of our children, went to work, had the flu…well, you get the idea.


26 thoughts on “K is for Kerygma

  1. Glad to learn these new concepts from your posts!! I am bookmarking them for a second time read later!

    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!


  2. I learned the term during my senior year at my alma mater, Resurrection High School. It was introduced, not in our religion class, but in a special class that a few dozen of us attended on Saturday mornings for many weeks. We were being trained as catechists, and Kerygma was a constant theme. You are correct that most Catholics are unfamiliar with the term.


    1. Isn’t that something? A special class was given where the word was “broken open” for you like bread? I think that we, as Catholics, should be catechized as if we were going to become catechists – not just for those already Catholic, but just because we are Catholic and should know as much as we can!


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