In the first chapter of John in the Bible we learn about God the Father and the Son:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John1:1-5
In the fourteenth chapter of John we learn of the role of the Holy Spirit in instructing us:
“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, that the Father will send in my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” John14:26
Before we can engage others, we must immerse ourselves in Scripture. As St. Jerome has indicated we must know Scripture to know Christ.
“I interpret as I should, following the command of Christ: Search the Scriptures, and seek and you shall find. Christ will not say to me what he said to the Jews: You erred, not knowing the Scriptures and not knowing the power of God. For if, as Paul says, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, and if the man who does not know Scripture does not know the power and wisdom of God, then ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ…” St. Jerome from from his prologue to the book of Isaiah.
The Bible instructs us:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2Timothy3:16-17
Through prayerful study of Scripture, we come to know who Jesus is, who we are, and the Father’s will in our lives:
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews4:12
A couple definitions for “engage” are:
- occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention);
- participate or become involved in (share in, play a part in).
The Cursillo Movement (short course of Christianity) has a saying “Make a friend, be a friend, and bring a friend to Christ.” By our lives and interaction with others we can attract others to the love of Christ. In the world today however, the message of Jesus Christ is often counter cultural, so as Christians when we evangelize or engage others we are told in Scripture:
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians6:17
A very helpful aide in immersing oneself in Scripture and encountering Jesus Christ is the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is a non-profit research and educational institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in the Catholic tradition… We read the Bible from the heart of the Church, in light of the Church’s Liturgy and living Tradition. In this way, we hope to help people experience the heart-to-heart encounter that Jesus’ disciples experienced on that first Easter night, when they knew Him in the breaking of the bread: “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us…while He opened to us the Scriptures?” (see Luke24:13-37)
Dr. Scott Hahn is the founder and president of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He holds the Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Find out more about Dr. Hahn HERE
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St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents:
Dr. Scott Hahn discusses how evangelization is not something that is over and done with in a day, but more like the process of falling in love.
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