Suppose we look at the New Testament as a field manual for evangelization. Within its pages, we have story after story of people’s lives being transformed from distant seekers to dedicated disciples. If we look at these stories and the many examples of conversion in the New Testament, we start to see similarities between the situation in Israel two thousand years ago and the situation we are in today.
This chapter is a kind of lectio divina for a present-day evangelizer. It is meant to guide you in reflection on particular people in the New Testament in order to inspire you to think and pray about how you can become a better disciple. By imagining ourselves in the shoes of these figures, contemplating each person’s feelings and motivations, we can learn from them and grow in our own efforts to evangelize, not just in our ministries, but in all aspects
of our lives.