Supernatural Evangelization

How God brings our loved ones to Christ

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John 14:12 is an amazing command from Jesus. God wants to do work supernaturally through us to bring others to conversion and faith growth. None of us can convince our loved ones who are rejecting Christ to change their minds and become faith-filled believers — not by our own efforts. God needs to intervene with supernatural evangelization.

This is why Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these.” What was the work of Jesus? Everything he did was for the sake of the salvation of souls. Preaching the truth was just part of how he served as Savior. He also did supernatural works: healing diseases, raising people from the dead, multiplying the food — etc. When he sent his disciples out to help him with his mission, he gave them the power to do what he did. Later, after his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit empowered every follower of Christ to do the same.

When he sent his disciples out to help him with his mission, he gave them the power to do the same. Later, after his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit empowered every follower of Christ to do the same — and even greater works. The Book of the Acts of the Apostles is filled with evidence of this. Signs and wonders give testimony to the truths that are preached. 

Take, for example, how St. Peter did it in Acts chapter 11. Peter raised a few eyebrows when he broke the rules of tradition while ministering to non-Jews, the Gentiles. Here is an example of how to convince – without debating – people who are believers but they object to something you have done or want to do.

What about convincing non-believers? Is there anything in scripture that shows us how God changed the hearts of non-believers through his supernatural intervention? Yes – and let’s look at a very tough case. Someone who was very, very opposed to the truth about Jesus Christ. Paul.

Two thousand years later, much of the Church has lost that original fervor. Most of us have not been taught how to fulfill Christ’s command to bring others to conversion. Sure, we know we’re supposed to share our faith — we’re supposed to talk about it and we’re supposed to live the faith in such a way that our lives prove the veracity of what we say. But something is missing here. Something big. Something essential, absolutely essential.

God’s divine, supernatural intervention.

How God brings our loved ones to Christ

Instead of relying on our lives to prove the truths we teach, we should be relying on God (because we live the truth so imperfectly). Instead of expecting our words to make a difference (and then getting frustrated and angry when we don’t succeed), we should — and can — expect God to do something supernatural.

So how do we become like the first Christians, so alive in the faith that signs and wonders help us bring others to conversion? There’s only one way: a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, which is strengthened by what is often called “baptism of the Spirit” or, as St. John the Baptist called it, “the baptism of fire”.  It comes from asking for a renewal and charging up of the in-filling of the Holy Spirit we received when we were baptized with water.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill me. Come, Holy Spirit, renew me. Come, Holy Spirit, You have my permission to change me.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

If you have teen or adult children who have left the Church, you can find helpful prayer resources on our website. See our Prayers for Parents at gnm.org/prayers-for-parents/.

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