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‘Yielding to the Power of God’

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“The seed on good ground are those who hear the word in a spirit of openness, retail it, and bear fruit through perseverance” (Lk 8:11-15). Image credit.

Sr. Ann Shields’ booklet Yielding to the Power of God: The Importance of Surrender, Abandonment, and Obedience to God’s Will is now available on Renewal Ministries’ website as a free download. You can access the booklet here.

Sr. Ann wrote Yielding to the Power of God in response to a talk she gave at Steubenville in September 1981 that convicted and changed the lives of many people. She writes, “People were on their knees, weeping and repenting of sin. It was a night of God’s power, and all I could do was stand back dumbfounded and watch God act.”

This booklet answers the questions: Who is this God who wants us to deliver ourselves fully into His hands? Is He really the God of love, mercy, and justice we declare Him to be?

By sharing stories from her own journey, Sr. Ann reminds us us of God’s intimate and personal love for each of us and challenges us to surrender all doubt of that. The reward for doing so, she explains, will be greater holiness, joy, and power than we have yet known.

As she states at the booklet’s opening, “One of the most exciting promises in Scripture is, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you” (Acts 1:8). Many of us believe this word in faith; this book is for those of us who desire to live out the reality of this Word in our relationships, our service, and our personal lives.”

Evangelization Needs a Game Changer

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Renewal Ministries’ latest booklet, by i.d.9:16 Director Pete Burak.

Renewal Ministries recently released Game Changer, a booklet by i.d.9:16 Director Pete Burak. Below, Pete reflects on the inspiration behind Game Changer, which examines how a close relationship with the Holy Spirit is the key to fruitful engagement in the New Evangelization.

Over the last several years, many, many accomplished and respected Catholic leaders have promoted, educated, trained, and inspired people towards the New Evangelization. Reams of paper have been printed, gigabytes of information sent, and hours of talks recorded—all with the intention of helping people understand and embrace their call to “go make disciples of all nations.” Praise God for this movement of His Spirit! Praise God so many have answered His call! Praise God for all the INCREDIBLE resources available to those who long to grow!

And yet, as I digested as many of these tools as possible, I noticed an unsettling trend: in New Evangelization-specific content, the role of the Holy Spirit is often understated, diminished, or not even mentioned.  Just like all trends, this one doesn’t encompass or apply to everything, and there are excellent resources focused on helping people live in the power of the Spirit, but overall, I kept seeing an inadequate portrayal of the Holy Spirit’s indispensable role in evangelization.

A restlessness developed in me as more New Evangelization “equipment” emerged without helping people connect to the necessary power source. We keep telling people, “You must evangelize,” and we tell them how to do it, but often we stop short of bringing them into direct contact with the same Spirit who launched the first apostles from the Upper Room. Pentecost follows the Great Commission, because Jesus wanted them to know their mission so they could immediately begin when the Holy Spirit came to fill them with holy power.

Game Changer presents a fresh perspective on the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelization. It is a far from sufficient treatment of these huge topics, but I hope it helps fill a gap in the current New Evangelization conversation. Jesus said, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (Jn 16:7).

Do we believe Him?

Get your copy of Game Changer at Renewal Ministries’ bookstore!