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CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM The Christian Life Program (CLP) is an integrated course intended to lead the program participants into a renewed understanding of and response to God's call to them as Christian women. The program has a total of 13 separate sessions, usually held once a week. Goals of the CLP Specifically, the CLP is intended to achieve the following: 1. Bring the participant to repentance and a renewed faith in Jesus. 2. Empower the participant in the Christian life through baptism in the Holy Spirit. 3. Integrate the participant into a strong environment of support and ongoing formation. Content of the CLP The CLP starts with an orientation session, then goes into 3 further modules of 4 sessions each. The first module presents the absolute basics of Christian life. The second module presents the kind of life that God calls us to, and helps participants to make a reorientation of their lives around Jesus. The third module helps the participants to appropriate for their lives the power of the Holy Spirit, and provides the basis for continuing spiritual growth. The topics of the sessions are: Module 1: THE BASIC TRUTHS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY 1. God's love 2. Who is Jesus Christ? 3. What it means to be a Christian 4. Repentance and faith Module 2: THE AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN LIFE 5. The Christian ideal: loving God 6. Loving your neighbor 7. Handmaids of the Lord and the Christian family 8. Life in the Holy Spirit Module 3: LIVING A SPIRIT-FILLED CHRISTIAN LIFE 9. Receiving the power of the Holy Spirit 10. Growing in the Spirit 11. The life and mission of HOLD 12. Transformation in Christ Expanded Outline The expanded outline we use for HOLD CLP is based on the outline of Couples for Christ's "Christian Life Program", except for talks 4, 7, 11 and 12. Speakers (CFC wives) should be conscious that this is a HOLD CLP, therefore, they must relate the topics to the different life situations of the handmaids. 1
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HOLD PFO. Revised for HOLD Use. April 2007. 77 pages. CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM ORIENTATION SESSION GOAL : To present a relationship with Jesus as the only way out of the sorry state of the world today and to offer the audience a concrete way of entering into that relationship through the CLP and ultimately an ongoing involvement in CFC.
Expanded outline A. Introduction. 1. Why should we take time and effort to participate in a program such as this? To answer that, we have to consider first why Jesus himself came into this world. 2. Luke 4:16-21. Jesus proclaims his mission. a) The salvation promised by God was to be fulfilled in and through him. He was to announce the good news of God's reign (Lk 4:43). b) His mission is for all. His proclamation is timeless. The promise applies to us too. B. Do we understand Jesus' message? If for us, how have we received his offer of salvation? 1. Jesus refers to four kinds of people. Do we recognize ourselves among them? a) The poor. These are those who live lives apart from God. b) The captives. We can be in captivity to things, desires and ideas of no real worth. We can be slaves to money, power, work, achievements--those things the world values. c) The blind. We can be blinded by prejudices, pride, wrong self-image, false ideals and ideologies. We often do not recognize the things that are of real value. d) The oppressed. We can be oppressed by our bondages--to unrighteous relationships; to hatred or intolerance; to greed and immorality in business; to fears, worries, anxieties, insecurities; to alcohol, drugs, illicit sex. 2. But Jesus came precisely to bring salvation to us in all these areas. a) He brings glad tidings to the poor. What is of real value is the good news of salvation and a real relationship with God. 2
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b) He proclaims liberty to captives. Jesus can free us from our captivity to worldly things that are of no true and lasting worth. c) He gives sight to the blind. With Jesus, we will never be in darkness, unable to see. John 8:12. d) He lets the oppressed go free. Only Jesus can truly set us free from our bondages. C. But are we experiencing today the salvation that Jesus offers? abundance, are we living in freedom, do we see with God's eyes? Do we have spiritual
1. What do we see in the world today? Moral degeneration in all levels of society. a) Upsurge in sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, perversity. b) Rampant greed and dishonesty. c) Workaholics leaving no room for God. d) Alarming break-up of families due to a lack of commitment of spouses. e) Spiritual blindness, giving rise to man-made religions and cults. 2. Why are Christians behaving like this in the modern world? a) Superficially, one may point to "economic hard times" as the reason. When times are hard, people look for concrete things which can help them. * * * Bribing in order to win a contract. Alcohol, drugs and illicit sex to cover up difficulties. Turning to the occult for good luck.
b) Others point to sociological reasons. * * If everyone is doing it, it must be OK. In society today, there is a lack of objective moral norms for right conduct.
c) But these can only be partially correct. Because we see that throughout history, especially for the early Church, Christians did not easily trade off their Christian values, even in the face of imprisonment, pain and death. d) Thus we can only conclude that the Christianity we know today is no longer the same brand of Christianity as the one the early Christians knew. Our Christianity today is lacking in power and effectiveness.
Some Christians are not living in the power of the Holy Spirit. Luke 24:49. a) Sin in our lives blocks the power of God. b) The world is a hostile environment for Christians. * * The disciples were emboldened and empowered. b) But in order for us to receive power. He is God who is far away in heaven. Christianity spread quickly. One may be a good person. b) And the Spirit did come. Jesus is out of reach. we must have a direct link-up with the source of power. John 16:7-8. 2. act and relate to others. the body of Christ. but many still live a split-level Christianity. on the day of Pentecost. And within a couple of centuries. Acts 1:8. * * * Jesus affirms the Spirit's importance. 4 . live. 4. April 2007 4/76 D. 3. 5. There are those who have no Christian support. Why are we lacking in spiritual power as Christians? There are a number of reasons. We may be satisfied with an emotional experience and not allow our conversion to effect concretely the way we think. Jesus told the disciples to wait for power from on high. a) For many Christians. This power will be given when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. We need the care and support of others in order to become better Christians. 1. the whole Roman Empire was converted. John 15:5.CLP.Revised for HOLD. Some are unwilling to give up sin. a) We are called to be part of a body. But many Christians do not know the Spirit nor understand his role. b) Or there may be no serious sin. Before his ascension. but conversion to the Lord is not full. a) We believe in the Trinity and we know well the Father and the Son. Many do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. We can easily become assimilated into the values and points-of-view of the world.
maturity and power in Christian living.CLP. but can take each of the sessions as they come. understand that we are not meant for this world but for a higher life with God. b) The first step is to join this Christian Life Program. What then must we do about our situation? 1. * And this same spiritual power is available to us. * * The CLP has 3 modules of 4 sessions each. Rev. Concretely. approach this in faith and know that your God is extending to you an invitation.Revised for HOLD. Right now. a) Our stay in this world is transitory. c) At the end of the CLP. 3:20. 3. you will be invited to join CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD so you can continue to receive support for your Christian life. Our true citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20). Investigate for yourself what Jesus is offering. then we should not just invest ourselves in this world. concrete expression of his reality in your lives in an ongoing way. You do not have to commit yourself to the whole CLP. b) If true. We should invest for the next. what does this invitation mean for you? a) Our Lord wants to offer you a personal. d) All these will bring you to the doorway to spiritual freedom. 5 . 2. E. To begin with. Don't just pass it up. April 2007 5/76 c) This was the power of the Holy Spirit at work.
April 2007 6/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. we have learned better and more productive ways of increasing the yield of the land. (Cite some of the current wars going on). * Starvation in different parts of the world. fear. there is loneliness. In food production.Revised for HOLD. a) There is war. through the ultrasound technique. * Particularly despicable is abortion. resulting in the killing of millions of unborn children. 3. Expanded Outline A. But millions of people are still dying of malnutrition and starvation. On a personal level. The human race has not learned to share God's provision with their less fortunate members. we can discover the sex of a child before it is born. c) There is murder. There is serious disorder in the world today. 1. Everyone agrees that something major is needed to correct the situation in the world. a) Man has made various efforts to improve the world. But some people decide to kill the unborn child if found defective. b) There is poverty. For example: * In the field of medicine. * Man cannot be completely trusted to use God's wisdom properly. etc. * Poor people even in rich countries. 6 . 2. The situation in the world today. or if it is not the desired sex. mistrust. depression. insecurity. but their efforts are not succeeding. 1 : GOD'S LOVE GOAL: To communicate the truth that God loves us and has a plan for our welfare. d) There is social injustice.CLP.
He directed Noah to build an ark that would deliver the righteous from death. the wickedness of man continued to provoke the wrath of God. However. things did not turn out according to God's plan. and is not as God intends. Marxism. b) Man is not succeeding because all these efforts are based on man's wisdom. illustrated by the building of the tower of Babel. a) God punished Adam and Eve when they sinned. yet He had compassion. 2. B. b) God punished Cain for murdering his brother Abel. Examples: TM. God sent a flood to eradicate the evil on earth. What God creates is good. b) Gen 1:27. we read about the wickedness of man in the time of Noah. God did not abandon him. * The disruption in our relationship with God is our doing. a) Gen 1:31. New Age. What is the way of God? Does God have a plan for bringing us out of our confusion and disorder? 1. Man is meant for friendship with God. 7 . * What is needed is God's wisdom and ways. even if God punished man. c) Further on in Genesis (Gen 6 ff). God created man in His image. Original sin entered the picture. And from then. man continued to turn against God and His ways. d) Still further in Genesis (Gen 11:1-9). yet God extended to them a gesture of grace: He gave them clothing (Gen 3:21) and even promised that the offspring of the woman will crush the head of the serpent (Gen 3:15). Yes! The starting point for understanding God's plan is found in the story of creation in Genesis.CLP. yet He gave Cain a mark to protect him from being killed on sight (Gen 4:15). April 2007 7/76 * Some even propose solutions through man-made religions and other ideologies. 3. c) Gen 3:8-9. But still.Revised for HOLD. * The confusion and disorder is not in accordance with the plan of God. * The ugliness and sin in the lives of people today are not in accordance with God's will. Is 55:8-9.
* On our own strength. We need God's point of view. When we look at the world around us. * * We are not just confronted with particular wrongs in society or in ourselves. b) In fact. * God does not want us to live lives of pain. John 15:5. Jn 3:16. He is the vine from which we draw life. justice and happiness. On our own. we can see how God loves the human race. But this incident of the tower of Babel is immediately followed by the story of Abraham (Gen 12). a) God is not indifferent nor distant. * * He is a spiritual being more powerful than Satan. it seems impossible. Eph 6:12. 2. Satan is orchestrating these evils.Revised for HOLD. He is interested in the details of our daily lives. c) This is God's plan! It is an expression of His love. 5. strength and power. b) In fact. Jer 29:11. injustice. 3. Eph 1:9-10. which is the beginning of the great restoration that Jesus was to bring. * Is 48:17. how God would not leave man alone to his fate. Christ is the fullness of God's love. to restore our fellowship and intimacy with him. April 2007 8/76 4. b) God also says that our human efforts apart from Him will prove useless. God is someone who loves us and is interested in having a personal relationship with us. God wants to bring us all back to Himself. God wants the world to be a place of peace. we cannot overcome the challenges in our Christian life.CLP. From these accounts. How can God's plan happen? 1. 8 . A place in which He would reign! C. So what is the solution? Jesus Christ! a) Christ is the answer. What does God say about life's realities? a) The Bible tells us about the reality of Satan. Behind all these is something bigger. poverty. we cannot overcome Satan. we need to turn to God's wisdom. Again.
What do we need to do? 1. So God has done His part. a life of freedom. come back next week. 9 . E. 2. then who needs a savior? Who needs Jesus? He came for nothing. 1. 2. some silly superstition. * If there are no more sins. a) What this means will become clearer as we move on in this CLP. Jesus turned to the other disciples and asked if they were going to leave too. dignity. what is important to know is simply this: * * * God loves us. a) Some say the devil is pure imagination. peace and happiness. A final word. a life of slavery under Satan. in Jesus we experience the love of God. b) But for now. Let us begin to truly experience God's love. Rom 10:9. a) The choice is ours: to live under the dominion of darkness. And in Jesus. c) Some even question the divinity of Jesus Christ. Thus. You too will be confronted with the basic truths of the gospel of Jesus. It is now our move.Revised for HOLD. some were turned off (Jn 6:60). They could not accept the truths Jesus revealed to them and they left (Jn 6:66). April 2007 9/76 4. In Jesus we are saved and restored to our relationship with God. b) Let us accept Jesus and the salvation that he brings. and that in today's liberal views there are no more sins. God sent Jesus His own Son. When Jesus spoke to his disciples. or to live in the kingdom of God. God's plan for restoration can begin to happen. Some of you may find difficulty accepting them. They stayed.CLP. We need to simply accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Some people do. Is Jesus really God? * For the answer. b) Some say sin was just a concoction of a rigid Victorian era. Not so. with the fullness of life He intended. D.
April 2007 10/76 3.Revised for HOLD. The choice is given to each of you. to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (Jn 6:68).CLP. a) Will you continue to investigate how God's plan can work in your life? Will you continue to explore. 10 . how God's love can make a difference in your life? b) Or will you just walk away like the disciples who left Jesus? c) I hope that just like Simon Peter you will say: "Lord. along with us.
2. Start with a brief introduction about your life. * Man makes various efforts to improve the world but is not succeeding because these are not based on God's wisdom. * God wants to restore our fellowship and intimacy with Him. * On a personal level: loneliness. murder. * Serious disorder in society: war.Revised for HOLD. Will you open your heart to receive the fullness of His love? Will you open your mind to explore the richness of God's plan for you through the rest of the Christian Life Program? 11 . God's plan for restoration can begin to happen in our lives. poverty. Discussion starter 1. April 2007 11/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. God has a plan for bringing us out of confusion and disorder. The ultimate manifestation of this love was sending God's own Son to suffer and die for you. fear. etc. * We need simply to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Share with one another how you came to the Christian Life Program and what you expect or seek to experience. etc. We need God's point of view. * On our own strength.CLP. * God is interested in our lives. Jesus Christ is the answer. * In Jesus. Scriptures for daily prayer Day 1 2 3 4 Isaiah 55:8-9 Isaiah 48:17-19 Jeremiah 29:11-14 John 15:4-7 Day 6 7 5 Ephesians 1:7-10 John 3:16-18 Romans 10:9-13 The challenge God has loved you with an eternal love. depression. 1 : GOD'S LOVE Brief Outline The situation in the world today. * Jesus is the fullness of God's love. we cannot overcome the challenges in our Christian life. Share about how you have personally experienced God's love. * Satan is real and is behind the evils in the world.
the Bible. almost 2. 1 best seller of all time. And so we ask: "Who is Jesus Christ?" B. we want to know him more fully. But this was not so for his contemporaries. 2. He is truly impressive. April 2007 12/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. Three things that make Jesus an absolutely unique figure in human history: 12 . b) How is Jesus different from them all? 3. we take for granted our conviction that Jesus is the Son of God.000 years after his death. Even the person who this very day founded a new religion. is easily the No. Socrates or other wise men. c) The book about him. Was Jesus more than just a great religious man or moral teacher? a) History is full of men who have claimed that they came from God. Expanded Outline A. or that they were gods. Introduction. Lao-Tze. one whom we can be truly proud of. a) Millions today claim to be his followers. 1. They found it hard to accept that he was not just an ordinary person (Mk 6:3).Revised for HOLD.CLP. 2. It is this person who won for us our salvation. Confucius. we derive our identity from a person. 3. 1. In him we can have a full and a new life. What we want to know is whether there is any reason not to put Jesus on the same level as Buddha. b) Countless numbers have been martyred for their faith in him. Thus. 2 : WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? GOAL : To attract people to Jesus and to challenge them to respond to his deity and lordship. Having been born and raised as Christians. The uniqueness of Jesus. realizing the importance of this person to us. who restored us to our relationship with God. or that they bore messages from God. As Christians.
Courageous. 2. He summoned Simon and Andrew (Mk 1: 16-18). people for a long time were waiting for the messiah. Some details about his life. He had never been into cities with a population larger than 50.000. d) A magnetic leader. dynamic. personal. Not a romantic or a dreamer. James and John (Mk 1:20). He gave orders to nature which were obeyed. Because of Old Testament prophecies. C. * He resisted the desire of his followers to make him a political king. He was able to fast for 40 days. His death was the goal and fulfillment of his life. c) Down to earth. and Levi (Mk 2:14). b) By right he should simply have faded into complete oblivion. 13 . b) Once he appeared on the scene. Jesus was a young carpenter in Nazareth.CLP. and later as a man who did not have their educational advantages. b) Strong in mind and body. He healed the disabled and the sick. he struck history with such impact that he split it in two. He was crucified for stirring up the people.Revised for HOLD. April 2007 13/76 a) He was preannounced and his coming was expected. He was never more than 100 miles from his home. killed in little Jerusalem on the fringes of the Roman empire. Warm. People are constantly amazed at his teaching and works. f) Not confused or unsure of himself or of his mission. he is surely the most famous. c) Every other person who came into this world came into it to live. A major attraction of the times. Mk 9:15. who all followed him immediately. * * * He broke long-standing traditions for the sake of a higher righteousness. a) Within 3 years he was dead. Instead. Jesus came into the world to die. and best-loved person who ever walked the earth. What was he like? a) A very attractive personality. e) A man of extraordinary authority. 1. For three years he became an itinerant preacher. He outwitted the leaders of his day in discussion as a boy of twelve. honored. which saw its fulfillment in Jesus. dividing it into two periods: BC and AD.
Lewis (see quote B). Mk 2:3-12. There is something more to Jesus than to any other person. How do we know he is God? a) By his miracles? Miracles only show that God is working through a person. April 2007 14/76 * He rebuked Peter for standing in the way of his fulfilling the mission given by the Father. 2.CLP. He even had his favorite time. Jesus' claim to divinity is a far different claim than Buddha or Confucius or Mohammed ever made. None of them ever claimed to be God. Time and again throughout his public ministry. But is there more to him? a) Is Jesus worthy to be the center of my life? b) The answer is yes. He is worth paying more attention to than any other man. BECAUSE HE IS GOD. Jesus' claim to be God.Revised for HOLD. D. love (Mk 10:21). which was early morning. g) Very human. b) So how do we know? The answer simply is that Jesus himself told us so. Jn 12:45. lunatic. Lewis (see quote A). 5. 4. 14 . * Quote from C. b) Quote from C. 3. or Lord. 1. a) Story of the paralytic at Capernaum. Jesus claimed to be God. compassion (Mk 1:41).S. Jn 14:12. 10:30. Jesus is totally unique from any other personality and so is clearly worth knowing. b) In John. He experienced anger and grief (Mk 3:5). Jesus time and again speaks of his divinity. * * * He showed tenderness and personal concern. A man could work miracles and not be God. Liar. Jesus claimed that he could forgive sin. sadness (Mk 14:34). a) Mk 14:61-62. Also.S. E. Mt 16:21-23. 8:58.
the only alternative left to us is that Jesus did speak the truth. He carried out a plan of unparalleled beneficence. dignity. b) But we need only look at his person. c) Such a man cannot be a lunatic. whatever the cost. 4. 3. and sacrificed his own life for it. sound intellect. 2. etc. Would he die for a lie? The results of his life and teachings have been lives changed for the better. because it was his claim to being God that led to his crucifixion. the Son of God as he claimed. his words and his work to conclude that he could not have been a liar. Could Jesus have lied? a) If he lied. then he would have been deliberately deceiving his followers. But not only would he have been a liar. A fool. his poise and composure would be amazing if he was insane. hateful individuals becoming channels of love. or he did not know it was false. perfect. A demon. Consider his character that is so original. while he himself taught and lived a colossal lie. high above human greatness. Could Jesus have been a lunatic? a) In Jesus we do not see any abnormalities or imbalance that usually go along with being deranged. because he told others to trust him for their eternal destiny. then we have two and only two alternatives. in which case he would be a lunatic. air of truth. c) Such a man cannot be a liar. and is. If he could not back up his claims and knew it. April 2007 15/76 1. consistent. If false. If not a liar or a lunatic. thieves made honest.CLP. In fact. Either he knew it was false. in which case he would be a liar. moral magnitude and sublimity. Jesus' claim to be God must be either true or false. * * * * Look at his moral purity. 15 . he would also be: * * * A hypocrite. then he was unspeakably evil. b) He spoke some of the most profound sayings ever recorded.Revised for HOLD. He was. because he told others to be honest.
Mt 16:13-16. b) But the most conclusive proof is Jesus' own resurrection from the dead. Even the evil spirits. Jn 1:49. Conclusion. because we do not want to be followers of a liar or a lunatic. God confirmed Jesus' claim. April 2007 16/76 5. Mt 27:54. Mk 1:24. Martha. He is making claims that affect us. a) In the miracle of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. As many as there were who accepted the divinity of Jesus. Nathanael. Jn 20:27-28. Throughout scripture. Lk 4:41. Mk 3:11. The tombs of Buddha. a) If he is not God. 1. The centurion. then we should seriously consider him. F. Thomas. Only Jesus' tomb is empty. Muhammed and the founders of all the great world religions are still with us. b) But if he is God. Jn 11:27. 2. then we should have nothing to do with him.Revised for HOLD. lunatic or Lord? The choice is yours. To the Jews. G. there were also others who refused to accept him. Who is Jesus Christ? Liar. Jesus is a man whose words and life demand a response from us. 1. 16 . God alone was the one who had the prerogative to give life or to take away life. Jn 11:41-42. a) b) c) d) e) f) Simon Peter. Mt 8:29.CLP. How can we have confirmation of Jesus' divinity? 2. we can read about a number of Jesus' contemporaries coming to the realization that he was God. * * Jesus was giving a demonstration. God Himself confirmed it. Our response will have eternal consequences.
these words would imply what I can only regard as a silliness and conceit unrivalled by any other character in history". If you had gone to Socrates and asked. Lewis. If you had gone to Buddha and asked him. definite. 'Are you heaven?'. Mere Christianity. We can all understand how a man forgives offenses against himself. But what should we make of a man. On the other. Lewis. 'Are you Zeus?'. this is really so preposterous as to be comic.CLP.S. he would have laughed at you. compared with whom Hitler was the most sane and humble of men.Revised for HOLD. he would first have rent his clothes then cut your head off. I think he would have probably replied. you are still in the vale of illusion'. 'My son. April 2007 17/76 Quote A. and never waited to consult all the other people whom their sins had undoubtedly injured. you steal my money and I forgive you. "Now unless the speaker is God. he would have said. the only person who can say that sort of thing is either God or a complete lunatic suffering from that form of delusion which undermines the whole mind of man" Quote B. and there is no parallel in other religions. who announced that he forgave you for treading on other men's toes and stealing other men's money? Asinine fatuity is the kindest description we should give of his conduct. if not true. This makes sense only if He really was the God whose laws are broken and whose love is wounded in every sin. In my opinion. You tread on my toe and I forgive you. "On the one side clear. If you had asked Confucius. There is no half-way house. 'Are you Allah?'. Yet this is what Jesus did. He told people that their sins were forgiven. The idea of a great moral teacher saying what Christ said is out of the question. He unhesitatingly behaved as if He was the party chiefly concerned. claims which. C.S. himself unrobbed and untrodden on. 17 . 'Are you the son of Bramah?'. C. In the mouth of any speaker who is not God. If you would have gone to Mohammed and asked. are those of a megalomaniac. 'Remarks which are not in accordance with nature are in bad taste'. the person chiefly offended in all offenses. moral teaching.
CLP. 3. 2. something only God can do. * He claimed that he could forgive sin. * God confirmed his claim by raising him from the dead. Jesus was a very impressive person. * He struck history with such impact that he split it in two: BC and AD. 2. * A very attractive personality. The impact of Jesus on history. Jesus claimed to be God. 38-44 The challenge Jesus is God. and what new insights you have gotten through the talk. * He came into the world not to live but to die. Discuss how you saw or thought of Jesus before. will you allow him to rule your life totally? 18 . Discussion starter 1. * His coming was pre-announced through Old Testament prophecies. 2 : WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? Brief outline 1. * He clearly was not a liar or a lunatic.Revised for HOLD. * No other great religious leader claimed to be God. * Many of his contemporaries came to the realization that he indeed was God. Share about your Christian background. * A magnetic leader. April 2007 18/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. Scriptures for daily prayer Day 1 2 3 4 John 6:32-40 John 10:7-15 John 14:6-11 John 5:18-24 Day 5 6 7 Mark 2:5-12 John 8:51-58 John 11:25-27. Are you willing to accept him as Lord of your life? As Lord. * A man of extraordinary authority.
* Faith remains on an intellectual level.e. as Christians. Our religious practices ought to be experiences of faith and not mere rituals we do as a matter of habit. 1. And so now we want to learn about what it really means to be a Christian. ** All the above are misconceptions or incomplete notions unless what we believe in is translated into our lives. d) Doing a lot for God.. we base our values and lives on these doctrines we believe in. Misconceptions or incomplete notions about Christianity. a set of rules regarding right and wrong. c) Knowing or reading a lot about God.CLP. i. Last week we asked the question "Who is Jesus Christ?" And we should have come away with the conviction that he is God. a) A set of doctrines to believe in. 1. B. 3 : WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN GOAL : To make clear what Christianity is and to get people to appreciate the blessings of being a Christian. April 2007 19/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. Christianity is reduced to a mere religious system. 2. we carry his name. novenas. a) A set of do's and don'ts. Expanded Outline A. As such.Revised for HOLD. etc. Christianity is a mere moral system. and that he is our Lord and Savior. In fact. * Going to Mass. Introduction. b) A set of religious practices. 2. b) Avoiding those things that can make you go to hell. like the Apostles Creed. we are his followers. 19 .
Our whole life becomes an expression of this relationship. We do or don't do certain things not because the rule book says so. a) What makes us Christians is our loving. ** A wrong notion. ** An incomplete notion because it leaves out the deity of Christ. b) In Christianity. We have to take the word of God as is and base our life on it. 3. but as an expression of our relationship with God and with our brethren. The essence of Christianity is union with God. for those who cannot cope with life. * * * Eph 2:4-8. 2. personal relationship with God. Gal 2:20. Since God is the source of Christianity.CLP. Rather. April 2007 20/76 ** These are incomplete notions because they make religion legalistic and sterile. humanitarian system. Titus 3:3-7. as Jesus did. Christianity is a social. and tries to please everyone. b) Everything else we do (viz misconceptions above) merely expresses this relationship. What is Christianity? 1. 20 . because Christians are not taught to escape problems but to face them. a Christian can get angry. a) It is a relationship initiated by God. its truths are enduring and unchanging. C. never gets angry. we become a new creation and participate in the very life of Christ. * 2 Cor 5:17. They cannot be reduced or watered down to suit man's fancy or convenience. out of His mercy and love for us. Christianity is an escape from the realities of life. He is a nice man or woman who always smiles. is friendly. It is for the weak. 4. made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Revised for HOLD. There is no life and joy. an opium of the poor and the oppressed. Some important truths about Christianity. our religion is our life. and limits Christianity to merely being a good Samaritan. In fact. b) A Christian is someone who does good and is kind. a) Equating Christianity with humanitarianism. In fact. non-Christians can do good.
There is more where it came from. Paul realized this (Phil 3:8). * Col 3:5-10. 5. * We share in the eternal life of Christ. is the best. 2. Since we all have the same Father. We cannot expect anything better. do not invest yourself here. people really experience this brotherhood and sisterhood. 3. 4. we learn that life on this earth is temporary. Because God is our Father and He loves us and cares for us. 1. If God is our Father. b) As brethren. b) God's plan for us. a) Any other attitude is unreasonable and illogical. There is respect. Practical implications of being a Christian. then what should our attitude be as Christians? Only one attitude can be reasonable: be peaceful at all times. what does that make of us? Brothers and sisters! a) In a vibrant Christian community (such as CFC). b) Where do we really belong? Phil 3:20. b) Who do you think is providing for you? Lk 12:22-31. Therefore. If you believe all these (quickly enumerate the above 4). c) We take on the nature of God: holiness. whatever it is. Our life does not end with physical death. April 2007 21/76 * We enter into the same relationship that Jesus has with the Father. we are committed to support and care for one another. Thus we just need to seek His plan out and live our lives accordingly. Jer 29:11-13. Open yourself up and receive more. There is a sharing of life. honor and esteem for each other which you do not find anywhere else. Our identity changes and we become sons and daughter of God (Gal 4:4-7). He is providing for us right now (Tick off blessings).Revised for HOLD. a) In fact.CLP. a) What should our goal be? Phil 3:14. 21 . trust Him! a) God has a plan for us and it is good. As Christians. Heb 13:5-6. Our Father knows our needs and He will provide for us. or joy or sorrow. D.
or any other event. If we are Christians. For God Himself is our Father. 22 . We need never be afraid of anything. for God will care for us. 3. We can count on Him completely. 2. we are the most fortunate and privileged of people. Be peaceful! E.Revised for HOLD. or our economy collapses completely. Put your lives now completely in God's hands. Conclusion. and experience the tremendous peace of Christ flowing into your lives and into your family. But God does not lie. How do we know these things? God said so! We can count on His Word.CLP. 1. April 2007 22/76 b) Even if a revolution comes tomorrow. God is committed to help us and provide for us. Not to believe this truth is to call God a liar.
What misconceptions about Christianity do you identify with? 2. April 2007 23/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. * In Christianity. * A social or humanitarian system. Misconceptions or incomplete notions about Christianity. ready to place yourself completely in His hands? 23 . which is holiness. 3. Are you experiencing the practical implications of Christianity in your life? Scriptures for daily prayer Day 1 2 3 4 Titus 3:3-7 Galatians 4:4-7 Colossians 3:5-10 Jeremiah 29:11-13 Day 5 6 7 Luke 12:22-31 Luke 11:9-13 Romans 8:28-39 The Challenge God is a loving Father Who cares for us and has a plan for our lives.Revised for HOLD. we become a new creation and participate in the very life of Christ. * Since life on earth is temporary. Discussion starter 1. we are to look to things that will enrich us for our eternal life rather than for this earthly life. The essence of Christianity is union with God. made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. * It is a relationship initiated by God. * We are brothers and sisters in Christ and are committed to care for one another. * A mere moral system. * We can stop worrying because God knows our needs and will provide for us. * An escape from the realities of life. * We can have peace and joy in spite of any circumstances. Practical implications of being a Christian. out of His mercy and love for us. * A mere religious system.CLP. 3 : WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN Brief Outline 1. 2. * We take on the nature of God. Will you continue to be open to discover the fullness of God's plan for you? Can you do this in absolute trust in God. * We can trust in God because He is our loving Father.
about what Jesus has done for us. * * It is a significant change in the way you live your life: dropping an old set of ideals and values by which you live your life and adopting new ones. Mk 1:14-15. And we need to believe in the gospel. it is turning to a life of obedience to God and having Jesus on the throne of your life. So far we have heard about God's love..e. it refers to a change in direction. We cannot just have one without the other. Expanded Outline A. i. a) It is not just a simple confession of wrongdoing. Rather. Introduction. motives. We need to believe in Him and in His plans and promises. a) We need to repent. your attitudes. have faith in Jesus and the message he brings. wrongdoing and running your own life.CLP. about the relationship initiated by God with us. God has done all these things for us. repentance means a turning away from sin. B. April 2007 24/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. To simply believe without doing anything to reform our lives to become pleasing to God is also inadequate. Now it is time to respond. 1.Revised for HOLD. * * To just reform our lives is an inadequate response to God. It is a double-action response. i.. thought and behavior. 1. 4 : REPENTANCE AND FAITH GOAL: To lead people to repent of sin and turn to renewed faith in Jesus Christ. Further. 2. which literally means a change of mind. Our proper response is repentance and faith.e. b) Repentance and faith go together. 24 . evil. Repentance. The Greek word for repentance is "metanoia". b) More specifically. to reform our lives. Repentance affects the way you think and act.
* Rather. b) Exercise humility. New Age. We are not referring to just so-called "small-stuff" (e. a) It is not dependent on feelings. lukewarmness (Rev 3:15-16) and neglect of our Christian responsibilities. If it is sin. seances. 3. We must hate sin itself. playing spirit of the glass. April 2007 25/76 * It includes turning away from doublemindedness. What must we do to repent? a) Be honest. * Call a spade a spade.g. b) It is not being sorry for sin because we are afraid of the consequences.Revised for HOLD. 4. 2. * We should not confuse sorrow for sin with sorrow for the consequences of sin. character flaw like always getting irritated). Story of the prodigal son. * This includes such "religious" as Freemasonry. it depends on an objective decision to accept only God's righteousness into one's life and reject anything not compatible with this. These serious sins are: a) Non-Christian religions (involvement in such is seriously wrong for a Christian). Don't expect to be able to change all by yourself. Transcendental Meditation. * This includes witchcraft. These are serious sins that are totally incompatible with a relationship with God. and be willing to receive help from the Lord to change. Lk 15:11-24. What repentance is not. c) Renounce sin. fortune telling. b) Spiritualism and the occult.CLP. There are specific sins we need to renounce. d) Ask God's forgiveness. Actively turn away from sin and decide not to do it again. Admit that we have sin in our lives. * Be willing to change. * * 1 Jn 1:9. 25 .. do not call it a "growth experience". etc.
C. Jesus. e) Drunkenness (not just drinking but drunkenness) and getting stoned on drugs. b) Accepting Jesus and letting him be Lord of our lives require faith. We do not have to wait for a supernatural light to flash upon us from heaven (like Paul's experience) or an emotional experience to overtake us. Remember that the point here is not to feel bad about yourself for past sins. It would be helpful for you to talk to your facilitator this week about how to turn away from them. 1. a) It is a definite act. We must open the door if Jesus is to come into our lives. b) It is an individual act. Faith. April 2007 26/76 c) Sexual wrongdoing. which is the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. etc.CLP. but to decisively turn away from them. active lesbianism. Faith is both belief in the messenger. The next move is ours. Faith is a personal act and decision. e) It is an indispensable act. Faith means not just believing with our minds (an intellectual belief) that Jesus is the Savior. We need to decide on our own to open the door. 26 . 2. It has several aspects (Rev 3:20). ** Note carefully which of these apply to you. corruption. d) Serious crimes such as murder (abortion). c) It is a deliberate act. Repentance only becomes complete after totally turning away from evil and accepting Jesus as Lord. d) It is an urgent act. We need to let Jesus have the run of things. He is now standing outside the door of our hearts and is knocking. * This includes sexual intercourse outside marriage. The future is uncertain and time is passing away. a) Our lives need to come under his management. No one can decide for us to do so. Faith is belief in the gospel. but believing in our hearts that he came to be our personal Savior.Revised for HOLD. 5. adultery. We already know that Jesus came into this world and died for our sins. robbery. and in the message that he brings.
Consequences of repentance and faith. We are called to turn away from sin and all obstacles to God. * Rather. 1. Accept the challenge to repent and believe in Jesus. and the power of the Holy Spirit for our lives. no matter what we feel. c) It is not a blind leap. E. Example of Peter walking on the water (Mt 14:25-29) 3. a) A promise of salvation from sin. God has promised us new life.000 years ago. It is the same call to us today. We must be willing to do whatever God wants of us. 4. God promises us salvation from sin. What faith is not. 2. 27 . It is not based on illusions or personal desires. Luke 11:9-13. forgiveness and reconciliation. D. and to accept Jesus as Lord. Then take God up on His promises. It is the step needed to receive all God has promised. He relied on what Jesus said because he trusted Jesus would not lie and because he knew Jesus had the power to do whatever he said he would do. 2. and expect to experience the peace and joy and power of the Lord in your lives.CLP. 1. Faith is accepting that life and letting God show us how to live it. Satan. b) It is not just wishful thinking. a) A promise of new life in the Spirit. but on God's word. April 2007 27/76 * * It is part of our double-action response. Jesus sounded the call to repentance and faith. Conclusion. Acts 16:31. 2. a) It is not just a feeling. and actually do it. Faith is relying on all God has said. * Peter stepped on the water because Jesus invited him to. As we respond positively.Revised for HOLD. death. we accept God's word as truth. b) We can pray for a greater release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. eternal life. 3. b) A promise of forgiveness and eternal life with God.
and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Share with one another areas where you need to turn more fully to God. * Forgiveness and eternal life with God. * Further.). Consequences of repentance and faith: * Salvation from sin.Revised for HOLD. 4. corruption. evil. It is a change in the way we live our lives. Satan. 4 : REPENTANCE AND FAITH Brief Outline 1. abortion. April 2007 28/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. Sexual wrongdoing. God sent His own Son to die for us.CLP. 28 . The greek word for repentance is "metanoia". * It is a change of direction in life.000 years ago. * It is a belief in Jesus as our personal Savior. it is turning to a life of obedience to God and having Jesus on the throne of your life. Turn away from sin and all obstacles to God. Spiritualism and the occult. dropping an old set of ideals and values and adopting new ones. Specific serious sins we must renounce: non-Christian religions. repentance means a turning away from sin. death. Faith is belief in the good news of salvation in Jesus. 3. * New life in the Holy Spirit. Share areas where you need to grow in faith. God loves us. etc. which literally means a change of mind. Discussion starter 1. 2. * Specifically. wrongdoing and running your own life. 2. Our proper response to all God has done for us is repentance and faith. Serious crimes (murder. Drunkenness and drugs. This is the same call to us today. 5. Scripture for daily prayer Day 1 2 3 Mark 1:14-15 Day Galatians 5:29-21 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Ephesians 5:1-10 7 4 5 1 John 1:5-10 Luke 15:11-24 6 Luke 11:9-13 Hebrews 11:1-40 The Challenge Jesus sounded the call to repentance and faith 2. Then take God up on all His promises. God has initiated a relationship with us as Father.
a better society). 1. and God's call for us to repent and believe in the good news. Ideals are important to move us on.CLP. We are now starting the second module. 5 : THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: LOVING GOD GOAL : To explain the meaning of the first and greatest commandment. the centrality of Jesus in salvation history. a) Goals direct our human behavior and plans for life. Expanded Outline A. we talked about: God's plan for the human race. As Christians in the world. * Money? Position? Fame? b) Our goals become our ideal of life. Thus God made it into a commandment of the highest priority. In the first module of our CLP. b) How we can apply God's plan in order to experience His power and His peace.. influencing and directing our lives. Introduction (may be omitted or modified if the team leader already gives this). 3. B. what should be our ideal? a) We can give our lives to pursuing good goals (e. our place in it.Revised for HOLD. 29 . 1. April 2007 29/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. 2. and here we will focus on: a) How we can live successfully as Christians in the modern world. Some people try to express love for God in different ways: a) Psyching up pious feelings. b) Humanist or philantrophic endeavors. but if loving God is not our ideal. 2.g. Mk 12:28-30. and to teach people how they can start to live out this Christian ideal. then this falls short. b) God wants us to make loving Him our highest ideal. The Christian ideal of loving God.
a decision to love. It is a decision to put God first. How do we put the Lord first in our life? a) It requires a decision to obey Him. a) It is similar to the commitment we make in marriage. To love God with all our heart is to be totally committed to Him. a) Modern day understanding = feeling or emotion. b) It is a commitment to seek the Lord first and foremost. which are changeable. we would use "mind" or "will". but rather based on a commitment. 1. What it means to love God with all our heart. along with feeling. 3. In reading the Bible. b) Biblical understanding of heart: the seat of intelligence and decision. * * A relationship that is dynamic and alive. When God created us. because the kind of love God requires cannot depend on feelings. D. a) A good mind is not necessarily an intelligent mind. April 2007 30/76 c) Acts of piety ** These are not wrong actions. In English. c) We need to spend regular time with Him. A personal experience arising from our relationship as His sons and daughters. c) The Biblical understanding makes more sense. 1. First understand what Jesus meant by heart. who the man is. What it means to love God with all our mind. He enabled us to think. b) We need to develop a personal relationship with Him. 30 . to place His will and interest above our own. He did this so we can figure out how to love and serve Him. In prayer. * The heart is the symbol of the core of man. C.Revised for HOLD.CLP. Jn 14:15. to be loyal to Him. not legalistic. 2. It includes intelligent thought and will. but they are also not adequate expressions of loving God.
3. and other media. neurosurgery). Our decisions and choices must be guided by God's word in the Bible. Using our minds can have incredible consequences for society. Mt 7:1-5. not just how you can be rich materially. which can expose our minds to inputs not consistent with Christian living. Keep our minds be free of worries..V. How do we love and serve God with our mind? a) Keep your mind clean and holy. Free of uncharitable thoughts. but rather how our mind can fulfill its main purpose--to love God. science.CLP. b) Use your mind according to God's truths and not according to the ways of the world. * * How you can be holy. and not how you can glory in the praises of men. because God promises to provide and care for us. April 2007 31/76 b) The question is not so much how best to develop our mind. b) Or it can become an instrument for destruction (e. Away from suspicion that can lead to estranged relationships. To love God with all our mind means to serve Him with the use of our mind. or simply to make available our minds for His purposes.g. * * * Free of all evil thoughts.. 2. 31 .Revised for HOLD. biological warfare). 4. Mt 5:28.g. How you can please God. * Be very discerning in the use of T. c) Let your mind be preoccupied with the things of God. d) Protect and preserve your mind from unholy influences so that God can use you for His purposes. a) It can be applied to contribute to world progress (e. nuclear bomb. * * * The way we think and act must reflect the fact that we are not just living for this temporal world but for God's eternal kingdom.
a) We are God's creation. money. 32 . What it means to love God with all our strength. * Develop proper attitudes towards money. abilities. peer group. E. Mal 3:7-10. We need to be generous with our time. 2. * Have the proper attitude: We do not own our time. possessions. Use it not just for ourselves. In Christian service. Mt 6:21. He owns us. not because He needs it. e) Use your mind actively for God's purpose.CLP. What we call "ours" is not really ours but His. we merely manage it. We must act according to God's interests. * * In your business. not owners. April 2007 32/76 * Fill your mind with thoughts of God. Read the Bible and other helpful Christian literature which can help form your Christian mind. We are stewards. b) We must not set limits on our giving. Concrete steps we can take: Tithing. * God is interested in our money. We have a responsibility to manage and use well the resources given to us. energy.Revised for HOLD. b) Time. family. etc. but in order to see the condition of our heart. gifts. Almsgiving. This means giving God all our resources--time. 1. What are the concrete ways we can love God with our resources? a) Money. but for others.
But you cannot do it merely by deciding to do it. He was constantly seeking the Father's will. novel. 2. Loving God is not as vague and impractical as you might think. Mk 1:35. What will make it possible is the power of the Holy Spirit. He was dedicated to accomplishing his mission.Revised for HOLD. Bible. 1. Jesus showed us the way. Volunteer to do Christian service. Mt 14:23. F. He was obedient unto death. Movie. 2. it involves specific. Jn 4:34. Examine what you do with your free time. 3.CLP.g. practical actions. Loving God is a very high ideal. Conclusion. April 2007 33/76 * Concrete applications: Seek God's direction as to how you are to spend your time. 33 . decisions and commitments. Rather. Lk 22:42. sleep? These are not wrong.. Jesus is our model in loving God. but time can be better spent (e. Christian books). 1. G.
4. * We protect and preserve our mind from unholy influences. * We preoccupy our mind with the things of God. Thus God made it into a commandment of the highest priority. Jesus is our model in loving God. gifts. and spend regular time with Him in prayer and the Bible. 3. * We are to serve God with the use of our mind. abilities. a decision to love. April 2007 34/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. 5. It involves specific. * We give God all our resources--time. money. * Constantly seeking the Father's will. * We use our mind according to God's truths and not according to the world's ways. Can you make loving God your first and highest ideal? Are you ready to make Jesus the model of your life? Suggested reading “God First” by Ken Wilson 34 . which is changeable.CLP. practical actions. decisions and commitments. 5 : THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: LOVING GOD Brief Outline 1. We are to love God with all our mind. God wants us to make loving Him our highest ideal. * We keep our mind clean and holy. Discussion starter How have I loved God in a concrete way? Scriptures for daily prayer Day 1 Matthew 22:36-38 and Mark 12:28-30 2 John 14:21-24 3 Romans 12:1-2 Day 4 Matthew 7:1-5 5 Malachi 3:7-10 6 1 Timothy 6:7-14 7 John 4:34 The challenge Loving God is not as vague and impractical as you may think. to put Him first. We are to love God with all our heart. 2. * Dedicated to accomplishing his mission. * We are to be totally committed to God. * We need to have a personal relationship with God. energy. * Obedient unto death. possessions. but rather a commitment.Revised for HOLD. We are to love God with all our strength. * Not an emotion.
Love is not defensive. c) Feelings follow true love. Thus it is clear: no love for others. form the core of the Christian life. 2. Expanded Outline A. Last week we looked at the first and greatest commandment. together with loving God. 1 Jn 4:20-21. Today we look at the second. The two go together. 35 . 3. 6 : LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR GOAL : To explain the meaning of Christian love and to help people apply Christian love in their lives. warmth. 1. What Christian love is not. What if one betrays you? What if your loved one dies? Love seems to set one up to get hurt. Love is not only having positive feelings. b) We have the wrong concept of a loving person as a nice guy who tries to please everybody. Sometimes you should not. * Sometimes you are unable. a) Love is often equated with feelings of sexual attraction. 1. Introduction. B. Mk 12:28-31. 2. April 2007 35/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. 3. even if able. but love is not equal to feelings. Jesus summed up the whole law in these two greatest commandments. Love is not always saying "yes". no Christianity. b) But feelings change and thus cannot be the sole basis for love. a) To serve others or to put them first does not mean never turning down opportunities to serve.Revised for HOLD. personal affection.CLP. Loving neighbor. a) Love is risky business.
b) We recognize that putting others first can be bothersome or inconvenient for us. Avoidance of pain. etc. but dying for others. c) How does Jesus love? Jn 15:13. But the pain is endured through commitment. people are tempted to use it in this way. praying for others. By its nature.Revised for HOLD. 36 . etc. April 2007 36/76 * Thus guarded love tries to protect itself from injury. By a self-sacrificial love. forbearance. and the injury is sustained through forgiveness. Answer in John 15. Jn 15:12. a) 15:9-10.. b) Because love is so powerful. imparting our wisdom. Loving is not The world's experience shows that love apart from God has become convoluted with sin (e.. C. b) Christian love is not guaranteed to be painless. compatible with sinning. difficulty and trial then become a condition attached to love. Love is not manipulative.CLP. How then do we translate love into practical everyday terms? a) The answer is in John 13:1-5 (the footwashing episode). * We are not free to change or dilute Jesus' direction.g. Love is not self-seeking. b) Jesus was specific about how we are to love one another. 2. a) You manipulate when you give love as a reward or withdraw love as a punishment. Christian love is ready for self-denial. a) The focus in loving is not ourselves but others. * It is not just giving our time. Jesus spoke of a love that is connected with keeping God's commandments. 4. So what is Christian love? What does God mean by love? 1. 5. But this is a conditional form of love. sex outside marriage). Jn * * There can be no Christian love apart from righteousness. But most are not called to actually die for others.
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What Jesus did was most unusual, because it was the task of the youngest slave. Thus Peter objected.
b) Thus, dying on the cross was not the only example Jesus gave. He demonstrated Christian love as service love. c) When he finished, Jesus told them to do likewise. Jn 13:14-15. * Later he commanded them to love each other according to his example. Jn 13:34.
d) Christian love is committed service. Gal 5:13b-14. 3. And who is your neighbor? Can you choose whom to love? a) The answer is in the parable of the good Samaritan. Lk 10:29b-37. * The Jews hated the Samaritans, who had inter-married among the gentiles. Thus it was remarkable for this Samaritan to help the Jew who was robbed and beaten.
b) The implication for us: All men in need of your help are your neighbors. D. How do we love in everyday life? 1. Characteristics of Christians love. 1 Cor 13:4-7. a) Patient - slow to anger; able to give allowance for the shortcoming of others. b) Kind - not an attitude of criticism, but posture and speech that is upbuilding and encouraging. c) Not jealous - not coveting what others have, or begrudging another for having something you do not have. d) Not pompous or inflated - humble, not thinking of your own importance; more impressed with your own unworthiness than merit. e) Not rude - accord honor and respect to one another. f) Not self-seeking - not focused on having your rights met, but more on your duties. g) Not quick-tempered - able to master your emotions and feelings. h) Not brood over injury - not holding grudges or resentments. i) Not rejoice over wrongdoing - always seeking the good of others, even enemies. 37
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j) Rejoices with the truth - telling the truth to one another. k) Forbears - can bear insult, injury, disappointment, without taking counter action; has self-control. l) Trusts - believing the best about other people. m) Hopes - having a positive attitude towards life and problems; can remain joyful and peaceful under any circumstances. n) Endures - can bear things, not with passive resignation but with triumphant fortitude. 2. Read the passage yourself but substitute "I" for "love". E. Conclusion. 1. Christian love is a command, and it is essential to Christianity. a) We have seen what it is not (enumerate). b) We have seen what it is (summarize) c) We have also taken a look at the various characteristics of love. 2. If you come to the conclusion that Christian love is difficult or even impossible, you are right. a) Given the nature of love and also our own human limitations, mere human effort will fail. It is impossible without God's help. b) But He who commanded us to love also gives us the power to love. To enable us to love, God made us temples of the Holy Spirit. * Rom 5:5.
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CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. 6 : LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR Brief Outline 1. Loving neighbor, together with loving God, form the core of the Christian life. 2. Love is not only having positive feelings, not always saying "yes", not defensive, not self-seeking, not manipulative. 3. Christian love is: * Connected with keeping God's commandments. * A self-sacrificial love. * Committed service to others. 4. Our neighbor is anyone who is in need of our help. 5. Characteristics of Christian love in 1 Cor 13:4-7. * Substitute "I" for "love". Discussion starter 1. Do you understand the Biblical meaning of love as contrasted with that of the world? 2. How have you failed to love in everyday life? Scriptures for daily prayer Day 1 Matthew 22:37-40 and Mark 12:28-34 2 John 13:1-5,12-15,34-35 3 John 15:9-17 4 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 5 1 John 2:7-11 6 1 John 3:16-18 7 1 John 4:7-21 The challenge Jesus showed us the way to true Christian love by the parable of the good Samaritan, by his washing of his disciples' feet, and most of all by his dying for us on the cross. Are you prepared to love others in the way Jesus loved you? Suggested reading “Decision to Love” by Ken Wilson
2. not independent individuals producing babies. God's Plan for Families 1. every member of the Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD) is a member and part of the family. with their physiology so formed as to enable man to increase and multiply and fill the earth." 40 .CLP. Basic unit of society (Gen 1:27-28: Gen. whether she is a * * * * Single parent Single mature woman Widow wife of oversees worker B. The family is a place for caring. God's Plan for the Family 1. It was meant to be so even at the beginning. supporting and loving one another. because these are the values that affect our relationship with everyone in the family. so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. April 2007 40/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. a unit in society.Revised for HOLD. We need to review our own values and see the place of Jesus in our lives. 7: HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD AND THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY Goal : To stress the importance and give practical advice for building up a strong Christian Family Expanded Outline A. Even with the temporary or permanent absence of a husband or father to your children in your life. but husband and wife raising a family. God intended man and woman to be one. male and female. 2:18-24) a) The family as a basic of society is no accident of history. b) God created man. c) An expanded concept of family is evident especially in a country like the Philippines where close family ties and extended families is very common. Towards our parents a) The Lord established that children should respect and honor their parents. Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother.
g. forgiveness for the times we have caused them pain (Mt 18:21-22)..Revised for HOLD. to honor: to hold in respect. honor is something we owe to our parents regardless of their particular merits and limitations.14). Even if he has lost his mind. nuns. "Do not exchange .. which is a lifelong responsibility. Towards our spouse. 2.CLP. * The woman as a helpmate is not Ask also for Pastor for husband . Bear witness to God's greatness. b) Be faithful to your brother. April 2007 41/76 Although there has come to a point when we are no longer under obligation to obey our parents and their authority ceased: * * * * * when we got married (Mt 19:4-6) when we committed ourselves to God's work (Mk 3:31-35) (e.not showing his fault 41 . For a kindness done to one's father will never be forgotten. to confer distinction. have patience. Towards our brothers and sisters a) To love them since they are our closest neighbors. do not be disrespectful to him while you are in full health. priests. 3. e) Forgive and forget any hurt feeling that we have experienced. it will serve as reparation for the sins (Sir 3:12. a) God has created you to complement as head of the family and you as suitable partner and helpmate (Gen 2:18-25). b) To take care of your father in his old age and not to cause him sorrow as long as he lives. etc.) and when we chose our vocation and have achieved independence (Luke 2:41-52) this must not be allowed to obscure our obligation to honor them. a real brother for the gold of Aphir (Sir 7:18) c) Do not lie against your brother (Sir 7:218) d) Be a good example to them and bring them close to God by our words and deeds.
Parents are (in the case of HOLD. his way vs. Teaching is not formal (Det 6:6-7. etc. presence of God should permeate the home. D. 20:21) comes in the everyday activities at home. shifting of roles when husband is at home and when husband is away. We nurture and care for our children. April 2007 42/76 Foe: not a tug of war.CLP. God has lost His central place in the family. . * * Raise children to love. a) Husbands and wives do not follow God's order for them. my way Coach: figure head. God has given us the task of being the heart of the home. c) His personal needs are cared for. C.Revised for HOLD. Review your own values and see the place of Jesus in your lives because these are the values our children will learn. a) The family is a place to transmit wisdom and values of life. or in some instances leaders even for older members of the family as applicable to single mature women with parents and other members of the family) to be the priest of their families. b) Wisdom: is not a mere knowing a lot of things but is a practical way of living according to God's ways. * confusion of roles especially for wives of overseas workers. mothers assume the role of the father. Towards our children. Place for training leaders (1 Tim 3:4-5) A man who is a proven leader in his home can be a church leader. There is a confusion of roles today. 42 . But God's Plan for families is not happening? Why not? 1. directing how he should discharge his responsibility as head of family b) Express love and respect. honor and respect the father Pray and intercede for the husband 4.
) c) The family has become dispensable. c) More and more parents look to psychology as source of wisdom for raising their children. Stability and security threatened by loss of partner and by death or by separation. * * Separated/widowed women have to hurdle hurts/loneliness/bitterness which greatly affect their responsibility in handling their children. b) Livelihood is taking a big chunk of the time of fathers. many of its responsibilities have been taken over by other groups in society. video games etc. April 2007 43/76 * husbands take the lead on temporal concerns but wives take the lead on the spiritual development of other members of the family. The pace of modern life has become fast. b) Modern recreation facilities allow very little interaction among family members (TV. * * Live-in Divorce or separation This has made it difficult for lasting 3. e) Confusion/pain sometimes affect responsibilities and changes in Roles because of changes in the family set-up. Family is losing its importance. relationships to develop. a) People are constantly on the go and are too busy to interact or to relate. * * Education in schools.CLP. c) Mothers assume role of father and mother and therefore spend more time outside the home. and oftentimes of the mothers. d) One of the sad realities of our times is more and more mothers are economically forced to work outside of the home. a) Through the years. d) Stress on materialism and an easy life. This is the trend abroad that is creeping into Philippine society. 2.Revised for HOLD. 43 . Livelihood in factories or offices.
2. 5. * * * * mother with young or even growing children grandmother with single. a) Examine your daily life to ensure that you have time with (make it quality and not residual time) your family. WHAT CAN WE DO? 1. Make prayer a daily common occurrences in your family. This is the highest expression of love and most pleasing to our God the Father. Take the lead in building a relationship that is built on love. E.CLP. there is growing differences and disparity in interests. Basic decision is important. Family is under attack by evil forces. Take an active role in the formation and especially for growing or older members of the family reformation of Christian values. values priorities thus widening the gap between and among members of the family. Make a decision that in your family. trust and understanding.Revised for HOLD. 44 . April 2007 44/76 4. c) Share your experience in the Lord. a) The devil wants to break up the family. which is the basic foundation for a healthy society. Cor 1:12-14. a) Pray together as a family. As a result. b) For wives whose husbands do not share their spiritual life intercede for them. you want God's plan to happen. married children and especially grandchildren time with aging parents making the most of time together with children when spouse from abroad has limited time to spend with family * Others 3. b) The devil promotes many things that work to undermine the family. Take time and give attention to the task of building a strong family life. to become a reality. such as secular humanism and communism.
but look for opportunities to be together.g. and by growing in prayer and closeness to God. attending HOLD and other CFC activities. 5. April 2007 45/76 d) Introduce to other members of the family. sharing in household chores). share your bounty with others for that will give glory to God. 7. Seek other Christian women who are your concern about family life.Revised for HOLD. reading scriptures and other religious books. These are starting points. and be in regular fellowship. The vision and objective is a Christian lifestyle in the home and family. You are called to work in God's vineyard. seminars. Share your talents by helping the little ones in their schoolwork. * HOLD will provide you support and formation. a) This is what you can look forward to in our HOLD community. (children or grown-ups) the Christian practice of thanksgiving for blessings and petitions to the Lord in times of needs. In times of need. b) You can look forward to developing real friendships and life-giving relationships.CLP. For you and your children/your spouse whether living with you. 4. * Do not limit yourselves to regular meetings. 6. Would you accept the offer? 45 . Learn more about God's vision for your family. abroad or separated from you/as grandmother with grown children and with grandchildren/as one with responsibilities over relatives/ as one who is alone and who can help others) * By attending Christian teachings. giving advice or counsel or putting your skills in action and be useful in practical ways (e.
* The pace of modern life is too fast. * Make a decision that you want God's plan to happen in your family. * Seek other Christian women who share your concern about family life. * A place for training leaders for the church. * Learn more about God's vision for the family. 3.CLP. * The family itself is losing its importance. God's plan for the family * The basic unit of society. * Pray together as a family. 2. * A place for caring. 20-25 4 Ephesians 5:21-6:4 5 1 Peter 5:8-10 6 1 Peter 3:1-7 7 Sirach 3:1-16 The challenge God is trying to restore the Christian family back to His original plan. * God has lost His central place in the family. Discussion starter 1. and be in regular fellowship with them.Revised for HOLD. We are called to respond to His divine efforts and to be a part of His work. God's plan for the family is not happening. supporting and loving one another. 7 : HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD AND THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY Brief Outline 1. April 2007 46/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. * The family is under attack by evil forces. What areas in your family life need to change in order to conform to God's plan? Scriptures for daily prayer Day 1 Genesis 1:26-28. Will you take the steps necessary to have God's plan happen in your family? 46 . * Take time and give attention to the task of building a strong Christian family. What you can do. How have you experienced the negative effects of the world's ways on your family? 2. 2:18-24 2 1 Timothy 3:4-5 3 Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
b) We need to know the Holy Spirit not just as a doctrine. is a very important topic. but as a Person Who truly affects our lives. 8 : LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT GOAL : To stir up expectant faith and an eager desire for a greater working of God in people's lives through the Holy Spirit. speaking to them. a) But Christians have not always been so lifeless.Revised for HOLD. We need to realize that true Christian living is not just a matter of human willpower.CLP. life in the Holy Spirit. 1. That is the power of the Holy Spirit. because it is this kind of life that God wants for us. strong. * * But while we know the Father and the Son. men gain: 47 . giving them gifts. * In the book of Acts. b) With the Holy Spirit. we see the Holy Spirit acting among them. Much of Christianity today looks weak. a living relationship with Him. it conquered the Roman empire. lacking in power and effectiveness. * From a small sect. and His action in our lives. but a new heart. a) This life in the Spirit was normal for the early Christians. April 2007 47/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. attractive. b) That same power is available to us today. It is the Holy Spirit Who enables us to experience God. The early Christian movement was dynamic. They truly experienced the Holy Spirit at work. many do not know the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 3. 2. Jn 16:7. guiding them. Our topic. Introduction. Expanded Outline A. The Spirit's importance was stressed by Jesus. a new life from God. a) We cannot do it on our own steam.
4. V. The Holy Spirit created bonds of love and unity among the new Christians. Acts 2. Lk 24:49. Acts 1:8.1-4. Receiving the Holy Spirit (what does it mean?). Those who received the Holy Spirit knew the Lord more personally and more experientially. * * Same relationship with Jesus. * * * * * * * V. The Church was born. The disciples were transformed from frightened men into bold. Acts 19:1-6 (Ephesus). The experience of the early disciples. We now have spiritual power for living the Christian life. A new relationship with God as Father that is deep and personal. Noise like a strong wind.Revised for HOLD. April 2007 48/76 * * * Union with God. powerful apostles. They stay in Jerusalem and wait. Peter tells them the response needed. b) The disciples do as they are told. 1. a) Jesus promises the Holy Spirit.42-47.14-21. 2. Power to serve as Jesus' witnesses. Same transforming power.CLP. V. V. 2 Cor 5:17. God wants all men to have this new life. This new life in the Holy Spirit is available to all who turn away from a life of sin and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Peter proclaims the gospel.37-39. d) Others as well received the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8.40-41.22-36. * * Acts 8:14-17 (Samaria).000 are converted! V. 3. c) The day of Pentecost (a Jewish holiday). B. A new nature. fire. V. Acts 10:44-46 (Cornelius). 48 . speaking in tongues. It created a big stir. Eph 2:18. Peter explained they were not drunk but that the Old Testament prophecies (Joel) were coming true. An exciting event.5-13. What does receiving the Holy Spirit (or being baptized in the Spirit) mean for us today? a) We can experience the same power and gift of the Spirit that the early Christians did. V.
others). We just need to ask in faith. 5. April 2007 49/76 * * Same deep worship. We already received the Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation. It is an important first step. 49 . a) For Christians. Better relationships (with spouse. What being baptized in the Spirit means for us. * * * * * Tongues is a common experience with the baptism in the Spirit. How can we receive the baptism in the Spirit? God has promised us the Holy Spirit. Obstacles to receiving God's gifts. and is often the gateway to a fuller life in the Spirit. c) A word on the gift of tongues. children. Tongues can have great consequences on one's spiritual life. c) Give a brief personal testimony. tongues is a gift that is immediately manifest. more of thanksgiving and praise rather than petition. 4. this will not be the initial reception of the Holy Spirit. Unlike the other spiritual gifts. We ask our Father to give us the Holy Spirit. * * * * * * Knowing God more personally. Praying in a new way (more God-centered. guidance. It is a gift from God. 3. 1 Cor 12:1. Just like in Acts. So we simply take God up on His promise. etc. * We can be sure we will receive the Spirit because God said so. Same power for speaking the gospel. b) We can receive the same spiritual gifts.4-11. Thus it is important. more of listening).Revised for HOLD. b) Rather. A new joy despite problems. especially prayer and worship.CLP. Much more: peace. answered prayers. what will be experienced is a fuller release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Lk 11:9-13. The Bible comes to life.
because God has so promised. We will start the praying over with the "Commitment to Christ". d) Doubt. of being overtaken. f) Being selective as to what gifts we want. April 2007 50/76 a) An unrepentant attitude. D. or irrational doubt. This will be an opportunity to clear up any questions and to receive greater clarity on baptism in the Holy Spirit. Mainly. He is losing his grip. a) So beware of temptations this week. Attitude of not wanting or needing God's gifts. Take time also to review your intentions and expectations in this CLP. Better yet. or of strange circumstances that Satan may pose in order to keep you from attending next week. you are making Satan very unhappy.CLP. e) Pride. and then the discussion group leaders will pray with each person individually. but will not give up. 2. Simply call on Jesus' name to resist Satan and his works. b) Be open to it. b) Feeling unworthy. 2. desire it. a) This new life in the Spirit is the normal Christian life. Each of you should meet individually with your discussion group leader before next week's prayer session. 1. Take time to read it through and get yourself behind the words so you can pray it sincerely. And have faith that you will receive it. Be prepared to pray this next week. 3. of looking foolish. C. What are you seeking? Is God's offer clear to you? How do you intend to respond? 3. we will pray. We will have corporate prayer. Of what others will think. Refusing to admit sin as sin. 50 . What we will do in the prayer session next week. c) Fear.Revised for HOLD. 1. One important warning: Since you are doing so well responding to God (you have finished 2/3 of this CLP). God offers each of you new life. Conclusion. b) But do not be afraid. God desires it for all.
Rather. * This new life in the Holy Spirit is available to all who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Clark 51 .CLP. * This was the experience of the early disciples at Pentecost. Much of Christianity today looks weak and is lacking in power and effectiveness. For this. How to prepare yourself for next week's prayer session. 2. Whom we already received at baptism. doubt. Discussion starter Share about your experience of God's Spirit in your life. Obstacles to receiving God's gifts: an unrepentant attitude. which we will all pray next week. * God wants all men to have this new life. 3. 8 : LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT Brief Outline 1. * Think and pray about the "Commitment to Christ". * Have an individual meeting with your facilitator during the week. a new life from God. fear. April 2007 51/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. * True Christian living is not just a matter of human will-power. Clark “Spiritual Gifts” by Stephen B. Scriptures for daily prayer Day 1 Ezekiel 36:25-27 2 Jeremiah 31:31-34 3 Joel 3:1-5 4 John 14:23-26 Day 5 6 7 Luke 11:9-13 Acts 1:8. feeling unworthy.2:1-12 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 The Challenge God is calling us to live a life of holiness and spiritual power. * We simply take God up on His promise. We ask our Father to give us the Holy Spirit. 4. Call upon Jesus' name. what will be experienced is a fuller release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.Revised for HOLD. * Be aware of Satan's action. * We can experience the same power and gifts of the Spirit that the early Christians did. * This will not be the initial reception of the Holy Spirit. pride. Will you trust in the promise of your Father? Will you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Will you ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit in your life? Suggested reading “Baptized in the Spirit” by Stephen B. What it means to receive the Holy Spirit. being selective. God has promised us the Holy Spirit. but a new heart.
April 2007 52/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. Lk 11:9-13. b) How people will pray over them. B. What the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. a) Commitment to Christ. 1. Some important points: This is not a second baptism (for Catholics). the Holy Spirit. spiritual power. 2. The outward dimension. 1. b) Power to serve.Revised for HOLD. The inward dimension. 2. We are here to claim God's promise of the Holy Spirit. but a release of the power of the Holy Spirit. This is what God said to them: a) Ez 36:26. God's promise of help and power to do what is right. Expanded Outline A. 9 : RECEIVING THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT GOAL : To lead people to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues. Gal 5:16-23. like many Christians today. The Holy Spirit that God promised through Ezekiel. Jesus gave to his disciples. b) Ez 36:27. b) Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit. 52 . The Holy Spirit gives us the power.CLP. What will happen in the prayer session (procedure). God wants all men to have this new life. God's promise of the Holy Spirit. men gain: a) A new nature. God sent His Son into the world so that we could be given the source of the new life. Acts 1:8. With the Holy Spirit. Many people during the prophet Ezekiel's time were enmeshed in sin and spiritual lifelessness. Introductory explanation prior to praying for baptism in the Holy Spirit. 3. 3.
a) More courage to live the Christian life. We won't laugh at you. C. And expect it to happen! c) Different things will happen to different people.CLP. etc. That is what makes it important. b) Don't be afraid. b) Also. * * Don't entertain thoughts that you might look or sound foolish if you begin to praise God in a new way. Receiving the gift of tongues. The more relaxed you are. strength to fight temptation.Revised for HOLD. But it is basically between you and God. 1 Cor 12:4-11. c) Don't be concerned about how you might act as you respond to the Spirit's promptings. It is one of God's gifts. b) Yielding to the gift. 53 . 3. ask for the gift of tongues. We love you. We are just instruments. Receiving God's gifts. April 2007 53/76 * * We will lay hands on you and pray with you. Just turn to the Lord and receive the new life of the Holy Spirit from Him. It is harder to put something in a clenched fist than in a relaxed and open hand. * * Don't seek a particular kind of experience. by raising your hands or speaking in tongues. You know what you need. Thus you ask God to give you what He promised. Ask for it. The Lord is here with us. God is offering you various gifts. He wants you to experience His love in a new way. We will rejoice and be glad with you. the easier it is to receive God's gifts. Some important right attitudes: a) Relax. 2. 1. * After you have asked to be baptized in the Holy Spirit (and the ones praying over you have asked for this). more knowledge of God. a) Tongues is a gift of praise. and He loves you very much. God wants you to have this gift. * Be open to whatever God wants to give you.
Then start speaking out in tongues. a) While waiting. b) We want to maintain an atmosphere of prayer and reverence. Explain the procedure quickly. 4. begin by uttering meaningless sounds (e. have a short worship time (including singing in tongues). * * c) Thus to sum up: you first of all desire the gift of tongues. 5. please return to your seat. Do not be analyzing the sounds or focusing on the experience. because it is a gift from God. D. Final words: a) God wants you to have His gifts because He loves you and wants to live in you by His Holy Spirit. After all have been prayed with. Pray for your brothers and sisters here as well. Let us all give the Holy Spirit a welcome into our lives. 3. Desire God's gifts! b) God offers and gives His gifts. Begin by just praising God in your own words. 4. you can continue to pray in your heart. then you ask for it in faith.CLP. Sing a song (Create in me). Do the prayer of "commitment to Christ". Our part is to accept.. and then you cooperate with God's Spirit by opening your mouth and speaking out. Resist the temptation to think that it is just you and not the Holy Spirit forming the sounds. Let us not do anything that will disturb those being prayed with. The Holy Spirit will form these sounds into tongues. The prayer session. (Analogy: it is easier to manipulate the steering wheel of a car when it is in motion rather than stationary). Just focus on the Lord and offer Him your utterance as prayers of praise. After you are finished being prayed with. April 2007 54/76 * * Yield to the leading and prompting of the Spirit. 54 . la-la-la).Revised for HOLD. 2. Praying over for baptism in the Spirit.g. We have some closing remarks and then we will all end together. 1. If necessary.
c) In your prayer time this week. Be aware that Satan can tempt you to doubt. Do not equate being baptized in the Spirit with getting the gift of tongues. look for the new way that God is at work in you and respond to it (e. 5. But now you have a new power to use in working them out. Be faithful to a regular time of daily prayer. 3. And continue to be open to the Lord forming your praise into tongues. a new desire for prayer.g. etc. a) Feeling is not the important thing. For him the next best thing to keeping you from getting is to keep you from using it. b) If you did not speak in tongues. and you will see it.. Pray in tongues everyday. Just remember the fact that God promised it and that you asked for it. 2. for Scripture. Spend a good portion of your prayer time in praise and thanksgiving in your own words. give plenty of time to praise and thanksgiving. April 2007 55/76 E. 4. if you can without disturbing others. Rather. a) Satan is seeking to rob everyone of God's gift. Closing exhortation. But not everything will change. Do not expect all your problems to go away all at once.). though many will.Revised for HOLD. * Do this aloud. The Holy Spirit will make a big change in you. 55 . do not worry about it. Different people have different experiences.CLP. b) Do not let feelings of doubt bother you. What happened tonight is just a beginning. 1. Some things will take a while to get worked out.
ask for it in faith. April 2007 56/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. 3. Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit. and the power to serve. God offer us various gifts. One of these is the gift of tongues. * Tongues is a gift of praise. 4. * Do not allow Satan to rob you of your gift. Will you commit yourself fully to Jesus Christ and grow into the life in the Holy Spirit? 56 . though many will. We turn to him and receive the new life in the Holy Spirit from him. behold.Revised for HOLD. Scriptures for daily prayer Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Galatians 5:16-25 Romans 8:5-13 1 Corinthians 14:1-5 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5 Ephesians 6:18 Matthew 25:14-23 The challenge You have claimed Christ's promise of the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks. spiritual power. You have begun a new life in faith. God has promised the Holy Spirit to His people. You are "a new creation: the old things have passed away. With the Holy Spirit. 9 : RECEIVING THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Brief Outline 1. we gain a new nature. You have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and have received a new life from the Lord. and cooperate with the Spirit's promptings in speaking out.CLP. 2. new things have come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). we simply desire it. We must nurture the new life and God's gifts. * Do not expect all problems to go away at once. * To receive this gift. * Be faithful to a regular time of daily prayer.
Introduction. service and fellowship. we need to make use of the basic means of growth which the Lord provides us. there is a fifth tool to growth: the sacraments. A successful prayer life involves 3 important principles. The first tool: prayer. the spokes are the means of putting our whole life in contact with Christ. * b) Note: For Catholics. Decide on the practical details. This is the part of the wheel from which the power inmates to the rim. . It holds the wheel together. a) Our prayer must be faithful. * * Decide to spend time with the Lord everyday. 2. B. 1.Revised for HOLD. These transmit the power and direction from the hub to the rim. . The power is that of the Holy Spirit. study. The hub. who is at the center of our lives. In order to grow. In Christian experience. 2. Prayer is the primary means for establishing and maintaining a deep and loving personal relationship between ourselves and God. The baptism in the Spirit is only a beginning. Now we need to grow in this new life in the Spirit. It has three components: * * The outer rim. Find a place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. Expanded Outline A.CLP. 57 .Where? Mt 6:6.When? Decide on a specific time of the day. 10 : GROWING IN THE SPIRIT GOAL : To teach the basic tools to growth and maturity as Christians. The hub is our Lord Jesus Christ. The spokes. which you can then protect. so that our life can be transformed by his power and direction. a) The Christian life can be pictured as a wheel of a cart. April 2007 57/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. This represents daily Christian life. These are: prayer. This is the part of the wheel that meets the road.
People can get wrapped up in techniques.Use daily prayer guides (e.g.We should make it a goal to read the whole Bible.ACTS. . 58 . God's Word Today). April 2007 58/76 * .Revised for HOLD. but to grow in our relationship with the Lord. * Scheduled and structured prayer is helpful. Be open to changing your format as the Spirit leads. Adoration. * * This is the most important. Supplication. Thanksgiving. what He has done. Adopt a format to begin..How long? Begin with 5 to 10 minutes. We should read the Bible daily. . and what He wants us to do. prayer is really very simple. C. and increase later. focused exercise of the intellect. . the intercession of Mary and the saints is a powerful tool of prayer. It teaches us who God is. We can draw on spiritual insights and study throughout the life of the Church. Concentrate not on prayer but on the Lord.Start with 10 to 15 minutes.CLP. The second tool: study. In the Catholic tradition. but could make our prayer dry and mechanical. we can read what men have said about God. 2. 1. b) Our prayer must be led by the Holy Spirit. Study is a deliberate. * After reading what God has said of Himself (Bible). c) Our prayer must be centered on a relationship with Jesus. Contrition. 3. While these can help. a) The Bible. not an end in itself.Pursue a more deliberate study of portions of the Bible. . We need to know God and understand Him and His ways. b) Spiritual reading. A devotion to Mary and the saints is part and parcel of a Catholic’s faith. . It is a matter of loving God and being loved by Him. Three ways we can learn more about God. Our goal is not "to pray" or even "to pray well". not referring primarily to scholarly or academic endeavor but to the wider process of understanding more about God so we can love and better serve Him. * * * Prayer is a means to an end. because this is the very word of God.
and the world at large. D. c) Teachings and preachings. We need to take on the heart of a servant. Jesus.CLP. Pursuit of righteousness and holiness. treasure.g. Be alert to opportunities to share your faith verbally with family. articles. * * Daily prayer and Scripture reading. a) As we put the Lord first in our lives. The word of God spoken in the Sunday homily. b) Service helps us grow because it touches the most basic attitudes we have of ourselves and our independence. as employee. in conferences. not just for our personal development but also to equip us for effective service for him and his people.Revised for HOLD. he calls us to reach out also to others. Begin the habit of taking notes. Mt 20:26-28. * E. neighbors. is at work in us.. * E. . etc. hospitality. talent. etc.. To serve others is to be humble. co-workers. magazines. c) Then we serve our fellow men by recognizing the many built-in opportunities for service in day-to-day life. in parish events. 1.g. d) We give witness to our faith in Jesus by the way we live our lives. We need to take on a mentality of service so that we see our whole life given over to God's work. April 2007 59/76 * This includes reading spiritual books. as parent. babysitting. through the Holy Spirit. friends. offering a ride. We also serve by performing the basic responsibilities God has given us in our daily lives. 2. 59 Our time. e) Make ourselves and our resources available for God's work. 3. etc. * * * Our teaching and formation program in CFC. Ways we can serve: a) First we serve God by the way we live. as spouse. visiting the sick. etc. The third tool: service.
E. We must be joined to others in order to experience the fullness of Christian life. 2. 1. 60 . Fellowship is not an optional extra. 1. Support through prayer and financial giving sound Christian ministries that further the spread of the gospel. b) Though communion is required only once a year. In the Catholic tradition. April 2007 60/76 * * * Do good works. we should receive communion much more frequently. b) We need to do things together. Some ways to experience Christian fellowship. a) Worship in liturgies.Revised for HOLD. c) Serving together (like the team in this CLP). with the proper disposition. the most important tool for spiritual growth are the sacraments. The fourth tool: fellowship. We do not become complete Christians by ourselves. d) Social gatherings. The fifth tool (for Catholics): the sacraments. that we are brothers and sisters belonging to one family. They are the main channels of God's grace for our lives. Mention invitation to join CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD. 3. It is the concretization of a spiritual reality. Fellowship refers to almost everything that Christians do together as a body.CLP. F. 4. We recommend frequent confession and communion. we should avail of this more often. a) Though confession is required only once a year. which will be discussed fully next week. conferences. b) Coming together for teaching and formation. 2. Look for opportunities to give your time and energy to serve in a Christian group on a regular basis. a) We need the support of others. prayer meetings. We need their wisdom and strength. James 2:14-17.
1. the baptism in the Holy Spirit--all these are just the beginning of a new life. April 2007 61/76 G. you will not be disappointed. your commitment to Christ. 2.CLP. Conclusion. If you are faithful. Make use of the tools provided by God.Revised for HOLD. This CLP. We are "babies in Christ" and we need to grow. 61 .
2.Revised for HOLD. * By the way we live. The primary means for establishing and maintaining a deep and loving personal relationship with God. d) Fellowship. * Performing our basic responsibilities in life. April 2007 62/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. God has provided us with the tools for growth. c) Service. * Teachings and preachings. * Must be led by the Holy Spirit. magazines. * The Bible. Now we need to grow in this new life of the Spirit. b) Study. * Spiritual reading (books. * Must be faithful. There are 4 basic tools to growth (5 for Catholics): a) Prayer. Pray daily.CLP. Pursuit of righteousness and holiness. To this end. 10 : GROWING IN THE SPIRIT Brief Outline The baptism in the Spirit is only a beginning.). * Must be centered on a relationship with Jesus. articles. e) Sacraments (for Catholics). Will you eagerly avail of these tools and strive to be holy as God is holy? Suggested reading “Growing Closer to God” by Tom Gryn 62 . talent and treasure. * Giving of our time. * Serving our fellow men. * Giving witness to our faith in Jesus. etc. Read daily. Discussion starter What tools to Christian growth have not been fully utilized in your life? Scriptures for daily prayer Day 1 1 Peter 1:13-16 2 Matthew 6:5-13 3 Matthew 18:19-20 4 Hebrews 4:12-13 Day 5 6 7 Matthew 20:26-28 James 2:14-17 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 The Challenge God's call for every Christian is to grow in holiness.
Brief history. 11 : THE LIFE AND MISSION OF CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD GOAL: To explain the life and mission of Handmaids of the Lord and to inspire women with the desire to be a part of this committed group of Christians. One tool is the need to be in regular fellowship and supportive relationships with other Christians. What is Handmaids of the Lord? 1.It is an integral part of the family ministry of Couples for Christ. such as: single parents and widows separated women unmarried mature women married women whose husbands are working in another country or are not willing nor able to participate in any religious affiliation. especially Christian women. b) Read the "HOLD Statement of Philosophy".It is a Christian renewal and support ministry for mature women. Last week we talked about the basic tools for growth in our Christian life. Expanded Outline A. 3. . 4.CLP. Today we will discuss with you in greater detail how we can learn to appropriate God's wisdom and power in our environment as we enter into committed relationship with one another as Christian women.Revised for HOLD. most especially to women. The HOLD was officially born on June 18. What is Couples for Christ? It is a global evangelistic community created by God for the evangelization and renewal of families. B. It was a response to God's call to Couples for Christ (CFC) to establish a wholistic family ministry. What are we called to do? a) Read the "HOLD Statement of Mission". April 2007 63/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. Description. . 1993. * * * * 2. 63 .
we make a commitment to grow together as Christian women to grow to maturity as individual Christians. By our committed relationships. without which our Christian life would lack joyful expression. You will develop real friendships and true sisterhood. More than once a week may become a burden and may take time that is more properly allocated to work. on rotation basis from week to week. (Read covenant card and explain briefly. Holding the household meetings in our homes has the following values: * Worshiping the Lord in our home makes the truth that the home is a domestic church a concrete reality. you will be assigned to a household. Thus.CLP. a) The purpose of a household group is to have a smaller and more intimate environment for personal support in the Christian life. that we have a responsibility to encourage and support one another in the Christian life. At the end of this CLP. * * Less than once a week would not provide enough contact to have adequate support and encouragement in the Christian life. on the same day of the week as mutually agreed on by its members. April 2007 64/76 C. And God's blessings will surely descend upon the home where God's people can be found. c) The household meets once a week. personal needs or Christian service. and to provide a means for encouraging and hastening growth as a Christian. and is set up immediately after the CLP. Through households. All members of HOLD belong to cell groups which we call "households". b) We have a 5-point commitment which is embodied in a small white card which we carry with us. * * * Here you can share life experiences and God's practical wisdom.) 2. You can be helped to overcome obstacles in the Christian life.Revised for HOLD. if you make your commitment to HOLD. family. 64 . d) The household meetings are held in the homes of the group members. b) A household is composed of from 4 to 7 members and is headed by a leader. to serve the Lord and to fulfill our vocations as mature Christian women in our environment. worshipping Him together and growing in faith together. a) We believe first of all. How do we support one another in HOLD? 1.
brothers and sisters perhaps our parents. the people who are closest to us--will be aware of what we are involved in and what we do every week. Anniversaries. 3. Evangelization Rallies. * * * Covenant Orientation. 4. neighbors and friends. we are also seeing God's loving hand in our lives. * e) There are basically three ingredients in a typical household meeting: an extended period of prayer and worship. especially to our relatives. April 2007 65/76 * The people living with us--our children. in prayer meetings.CLP. b) Lord's Day celebrations. there are many other courses (name some) and various training modules for those who will undertake services in HOLD. a) There is a formal first-year teaching program. Evangelization Training. b) We are called to be part of God's work and we should gladly respond to this call. c) Social activities. D. etc. 65 . and other occasions. Explain refreshment: one solid. a) Monthly prayer meeting. By the other regular activities of our community. and some time for fellowship. c) Various teachings will also be given through our newsletter Ugnayan. What we do in our home may be used by the Lord as an effective tool for evangelization.Revised for HOLD. one liquid. a time for sharing or discussion. By our ongoing teaching and formation. household help. 1. Handmaids Enrichment Retreat. b) Beyond the first year. As we see the deterioration of Christian values all around us in all parts of the world. Conclusion. We are living in exciting times. a) We need to see this spiritual drama with the eyes of faith. To them we will become people who are living their Christian faith openly and powerfully. Leaders Conferences. Family Days.
Our last session next week is not the end. You will try to live it out. April 2007 66/76 c) We are inviting you to be a part of God's work by being a part of us in HOLD. You accept it as helpful and in fact necessary for Christian living. come back next week. 2. 3.CLP.Revised for HOLD. b) What is important for you to be able to make the covenant is that: * * * You understand it. Think and pray about "The Covenant of HOLD". ready to make the covenant. but as what God calls us to. but just the beginning. not yet fully in place. If you decide that HOLD is for you. 66 . a) Look on the covenant as an ideal.
3. Avoid sin and situations which can lead to sin. retreats. Make myself an instrument in bringing other women to an active life in the parish or community. * * Attend all courses. I shall live as a follower of Christ. workshops and conferences of the CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD. Intercede daily for the group and its mission. whenever I am called and follow directions of those who have responsibility for my service. Give generously of my time and resources to the Lord's service. Put good order into my private life and take responsibility for those who depend on me for support in their Christian life. I will be a committed and active member of the CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD. I am the handmaid of the Lord. * * * * Bring other women to the CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD. Diligently study all materials given to me. I shall study and seek to grow as a woman of God. 4. April 2007 67/76 COVENANT OF THE CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD "Behold. * * * * Pray and read scripture everyday. May the Lord Jesus Christ help me to be faithful in living out this commitment everyday for His greater honor and glory and for the good of my sisters. Trusting in the Lord's help and guidance: 1. May it be done to me according to Your Word" (Luke1:38). 2.Revised for HOLD. ________________________ Signature 67 . Relate in love. loyalty and respect to all my sisters in the body. Support the work of Couples for Christ and its Ministries. Faithfully participate in all the activities of the group. Participate regularly in the worship life of my church. I will make myself available to the Lord for service.CLP. * * * * Attend my small group meetings regularly and support the good order of the meeting.
to be formed by his word in Holy Scripture and to strive each day to live upright lives. to seek to give more of ourselves each day in humble service. We commit ourselves to selflessly seek the good of our neighbor and to strive with all our strength to bring the Lord's light and life to many others. from which flow its Christian attitudes. teachings and approaches to Christian renewal. God has given us a special call. WE BELIEVE that as Handmaids of the Lord. 68 . as well as its programs. As such.CLP. we are to reflect his divine image in all our actions and relationships". WE BELIEVE in the family as the basic unit of God's Kingdom where human life begins and is nurtured. WE BELIEVE that we can fulfill our call by inviting Jesus to be the Lord of all areas of our lives and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us and empower us to live the life he called us into. We commit ourselves to be women of prayer. "WE BELIEVE that God creates every human being in his image. values and behavior. We believe in the need to protect the family in the midst of the great changes and challenges confronting it.Revised for HOLD. thus bestowing us with personal worth and dignity. April 2007 68/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY The following embodies the beliefs and ideals of the CFC Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD) as a family ministry of Couples for Christ. To grow as holy women. to be holy as he is holy. To serve him.
WE BELIEVE in the family as the basic unit of God’s Kingdom where human life begins and is nurtured. as well as its programs. . may it be done to me according to your word. THE HOLD VISION Women in the Holy Spirit. 69 . We commit to God and neighbor our humble and selfless service.” in selfless love and discipleship. HOLD MISSION STATEMENT The Handmaid of the Lord is a creation of God distinctly called to the mission of personal transformation.Revised for HOLD. from which flow its Christian attitudes. teachings and approaches to Christian renewal: WE BELIEVE that God creates every human being in His image. we are to reflect His divine image in all our thoughts. STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY The following embodies the beliefs and ideals of the CFC Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD) as a family ministry of Couples for Christ. II. values and behavior. We commit ourselves to be Christ-like by being prayerful.CLP. evangelization to bring other women to a renewed life in the Lord and wholehearted service to bring glad tidings to the poor. As such. thus we women have personal worth and dignity. studying and living out God’s word. hence the need to protect and prepare it to face the changes and challenges confronting it. April 2007 69/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD STATEMENT OF VISION AND MISSION I. by living out her fiat: “I am the Handmaid of the Lord. God has called us to be holy women. thus . We can fulfill this call by inviting Jesus to be the Lord of all areas of our lives and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us to live the life He called us into. to strive with all our hearts and strength to bring the Lord’s love and light to others. words. III. joyfully proclaiming the greatness and glory of God as Mary did. actions and relationships. WE BELIEVE that as Handmaids of the Lord.
talent and treasure. As partners in mission of CFC and of the Church. 70 . HOLD IN RELATION TO CFC Handmaids of the Lord is an integral part of CFC that is called to participate in fulfilling the CFC mission and the Church’s work of global evangelization and renewal specifically through the personal transformation of adult women who are without spouses literally and physically or spiritually (single/ separated/ divorced/widowed/alone in the spirit/ wives of overseas workers/ migrant workers). actively participate in all aspects of the work of CFC and its various ministries. April 2007 70/76 IV.CLP. especially the work with the poor. . live a full Christian life that reflects God’s divine image and love in all their actions and relationships. support God’s work with time. HOLD members pledge to: .Revised for HOLD. .
Revised for HOLD. 71 . 1 Pet 1:15-16. Now you need to allow the Lord to continue the process of your transformation in Christ. a renewed faith in God. We need to grow to become more and more like Jesus. 1.CLP. 12 : TRANSFORMATION IN CHRIST GOAL: To encourage women to live out actively the new life in the power of the Holy Spirit. and to excite them about becoming a part of the mission of Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD). The Holy Spirit is at work so that you can grow to know. Expanded Outline A. a) Your repentance. a) A deeper relationship with God. April 2007 71/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. * * Growth in holiness. God desires your transformation. God's purpose. We have before us a whole new life with God and with one another. It is exciting! 2. But this is not the end. 1. Mt 16:24. We need to learn what it means to be truly a disciple of Jesus. This is how we can be truly worthy of Jesus. personal conversion. Introduction. The Lord has laid the foundation for this new life throughout this CLP. d) And now the continuing support you will receive in CFC Handmaids of the Lord. but just the beginning. B. c) Your empowerment through baptism in the Holy Spirit. b) Your acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior. love and serve God more. 3.. b) A deeper relationship with one another. Growth in discipleship. Mt 10:37-39. We have come to the end of our CLP.
a) The family is the basic unit of society. what is God about? God wants women to enter into a renewed life with Him.CLP. Take part in the mission of Couples for Christ in building strong Christian families and homes. And as you grow and are transformed. the bringing of the same good news we have received to others. Eph 1:10. c) Eagerly undergoing the HOLD formation program. neighbor. b) For the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Take part in the mission of HOLD in seeking out other women and helping them into a renewed life in the Lord and in serving God's people. Continue to grow in personal holiness. The work of evangelization. CFC Handmaids of the Lord and to other CFC family ministries. Mt 28:18-20. Church. b) Faithfulness to the HOLD covenant. a) Daily prayer and Scripture. How can God's purpose be fulfilled through HOLD? How do we respond to God's call? 1. b) Be a light in your neighborhoods. 72 . country. c) A greater commitment to service. c) Bring your relatives to Couples for Christ. Mk 16:15. 2. * CFC of which HOLD is an integral part has been tasked with a global mission of evangelization and renewal. April 2007 72/76 * * Becoming truly brothers and sisters to one another in the larger family of Couples for Christ (CFC) and sisters in HOLD. society. Uphold the God given dignity and true worth of women as seen in the light of the word of God. The condition will determine the condition of everything else. C. Church and country.Revised for HOLD. Also growing in friendships and caring for one another. * * Service to God. 3. a) For the fulfillment of God's plan. 2.
God has much more in store for us. 2. The leader explains the commitment ceremony. c) We ought to respond with gratitude and humility. 2. Let us move on. Phil 3:7-8. YFC. 4. 1. a) This is the global mission of CFC of which HOLD is an integral part. Bring others to HOLD in order to meet Jesus Christ. a) Look expectantly to the future. Pursue our work of evangelization. Have the attitude of Paul. a) Having a personal relationship with Jesus and being in a vibrant community such as CFC Handmaids of the Lord. It is worth all your effort and all your strength to live your lives totally for him. The leader invites everyone to stand. Conclusion..12-14. b) Give your all for God! * * Jesus is the greatest treasure you can have. D. April 2007 73/76 * KFC. SFC and SOLD. but simply by God's mercy and grace.Revised for HOLD. c) Let us rejoice that Jesus is our Lord. * * * DEDICATION CEREMONY 1. It is a great privilege to be where we are now. A song of offering oneself is sung (e. Amen Our Hearts Cry).g.CLP. b) This has happened through no worth of our own. * * * * * * 73 . b) Every HOLD member must become an evangelist.
4. inviting the old members to pray in their hearts with her. April 2007 74/76 3. They all read out loud together. 74 . Spirit of the Living God).. This is followed by spontaneous greeting and welcoming of the new members by the old members. The leader prays over the newly committed sisters.Revised for HOLD. 6. The leader invites everyone to read out the covenant of the Handmaids of the Lord.CLP.g. it is appropriate to insert one solemn song (e. Fellowship follows. The music ministry plays "Welcome to the Family" and "Magnificat". The leader welcomes the new sisters to HOLD and invites the old members to express acceptance by means of one big applause. 5. During this time of prayer.
we thank You for Your Goodness in calling our sisters to the Christian Life Program of the CFC Handmaids of the Lord. Lord. defend them from the attacks of the evil one. Father. Lead them to reconciliation. Thank you for Your love and support to our brothers and sisters in Couples for Christ. send her a Christian partner. to lead them according to your plans for them. inspite of our unworthiness. their families and loved ones. Use them. we present to You our sisters at the end of this Christian Life Program. Let them realize that You love them and care for them more than any person can love them. Lord for this time with You to dedicate ourselves to You. Father. fill our sisters with the hunger for Your Word and the desire to follow You and obey You. Give them strength and inspiration. accompany them in their journey through life. Thank you for the messages that You sent us through our speakers and also for the inspiring songs of our music ministry. For our sisters who are blessedly single. Thank You. 75 . Lord as instruments to draw other women closer to You. someone she can see as a gift from You. but most of all peace and joy even as this reconciliation is unattainable at this time.Revised for HOLD. Lord. Continue to be generous with Your Holy Spirit and help them to be faithful in their covenant with You so that they will grow more and more to know You. Give them servant's heart so that they may serve You and others through You. grant them forgiveness and the humility to seek forgiveness. Teach them to rely more and more on You and seek guidance always from You as she strengthens her family and provides for her children their material and spiritual needs. especially as they face trials and difficulties in life. We thank You for taking good care of them and their loved ones as well. Heal them of their hurts. and our sisters in the Handmaids of the Lord. resentments and worries. Father for providing us with our daily needs and even more. Lord. console them in their moments of loneliness and help them cope with the challenges and responsibilities of being single parents and being alone in their lives. Let all of us share in the love of Your mother and look up to her for intercession. Thank you for blessing them with good health and constant protection. Continue. Bless each one of them and embrace them in Your love. Lord. open the gates of heaven for their beloved departed ones. Bless their homes. Thank You. April 2007 75/76 Prayer During the Dedication Ceremony Note : This is only a guide.CLP. Thank you for your faithfulness to us. For our sisters who are separated from their spouses. Please be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit Almighty and eternal God. If You will it. for our sister to have a partner in life. Lord. For the widows. let them understand of Your specific plans for them. to love You and to serve You.
one God forever and ever. welcome to the CFC Handmaids of the Lord. and to the bigger family of Couples for Christ. Sisters.CLP. Amen. I am handmaids of the Lord. 76 . All these we ask in the mighty name of our Lord who lives and reigns with You.Revised for HOLD. to be truly Your handmaids as they individually proclaim. in the unity of the Holy Spirit. may it be done to me according to Your word". April 2007 76/76 Help them father. "Behold.