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.

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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!

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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  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.

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    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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