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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.


Jesus is out of reach. John 16:7-8. but many still live a split-level Christianity. a) We are called to be part of a body. act and relate to others.CLP. we must have a direct link-up with the source of power. Why are we lacking in spiritual power as Christians? There are a number of reasons. 4. * * The disciples were emboldened and empowered. on the day of Pentecost. but conversion to the Lord is not full. 2. Some are unwilling to give up sin. We may be satisfied with an emotional experience and not allow our conversion to effect concretely the way we think. the body of Christ. * * * Jesus affirms the Spirit's importance. a) Sin in our lives blocks the power of God. the whole Roman Empire was converted. a) For many Christians. He is God who is far away in heaven.Revised for HOLD. 3. John 15:5. b) And the Spirit did come. But many Christians do not know the Spirit nor understand his role. There are those who have no Christian support. Luke 24:49. 4 . We need the care and support of others in order to become better Christians. Christianity spread quickly. We can easily become assimilated into the values and points-of-view of the world. One may be a good person. Some Christians are not living in the power of the Holy Spirit. a) We believe in the Trinity and we know well the Father and the Son. 1. Many do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. Acts 1:8. b) Or there may be no serious sin. live. And within a couple of centuries. b) The world is a hostile environment for Christians. 5. Before his ascension. Jesus told the disciples to wait for power from on high. April 2007 4/76 D. b) But in order for us to receive power. This power will be given when the Holy Spirit comes upon them.

CLP. Don't just pass it up. then we should not just invest ourselves in this world. Our true citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20). Right now. but can take each of the sessions as they come. 2. what does this invitation mean for you? a) Our Lord wants to offer you a personal. you will be invited to join CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD so you can continue to receive support for your Christian life. * * The CLP has 3 modules of 4 sessions each. What then must we do about our situation? 1. You do not have to commit yourself to the whole CLP. b) The first step is to join this Christian Life Program. c) At the end of the CLP. We should invest for the next. Investigate for yourself what Jesus is offering. To begin with.Revised for HOLD. approach this in faith and know that your God is extending to you an invitation. concrete expression of his reality in your lives in an ongoing way. E. April 2007 5/76 c) This was the power of the Holy Spirit at work. b) If true. a) Our stay in this world is transitory. 3:20. understand that we are not meant for this world but for a higher life with God. d) All these will bring you to the doorway to spiritual freedom. Rev. * And this same spiritual power is available to us. 5 . maturity and power in Christian living. Concretely. 3.

etc. a) There is war. c) There is murder. through the ultrasound technique. 6 .Revised for HOLD. we have learned better and more productive ways of increasing the yield of the land. There is serious disorder in the world today. * Man cannot be completely trusted to use God's wisdom properly. (Cite some of the current wars going on). mistrust. On a personal level. a) Man has made various efforts to improve the world. For example: * In the field of medicine. * Particularly despicable is abortion. d) There is social injustice. In food production. fear. The human race has not learned to share God's provision with their less fortunate members. Expanded Outline A. 1 : GOD'S LOVE GOAL: To communicate the truth that God loves us and has a plan for our welfare. or if it is not the desired sex. * Starvation in different parts of the world. insecurity. 3. 1. we can discover the sex of a child before it is born. The situation in the world today. But some people decide to kill the unborn child if found defective. b) There is poverty.CLP. resulting in the killing of millions of unborn children. * Poor people even in rich countries. there is loneliness. but their efforts are not succeeding. April 2007 6/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. depression. 2. Everyone agrees that something major is needed to correct the situation in the world. But millions of people are still dying of malnutrition and starvation.

c) Gen 3:8-9.Revised for HOLD. things did not turn out according to God's plan. * The ugliness and sin in the lives of people today are not in accordance with God's will. He directed Noah to build an ark that would deliver the righteous from death. And from then. yet He had compassion.CLP. b) Gen 1:27. * The disruption in our relationship with God is our doing. April 2007 7/76 * Some even propose solutions through man-made religions and other ideologies. * What is needed is God's wisdom and ways. God created man in His image. Yes! The starting point for understanding God's plan is found in the story of creation in Genesis. b) Man is not succeeding because all these efforts are based on man's wisdom. d) Still further in Genesis (Gen 11:1-9). * The confusion and disorder is not in accordance with the plan of God. God sent a flood to eradicate the evil on earth. 3. c) Further on in Genesis (Gen 6 ff). 7 . the wickedness of man continued to provoke the wrath of God. and is not as God intends. God did not abandon him. Original sin entered the picture. Examples: TM. Is 55:8-9. What is the way of God? Does God have a plan for bringing us out of our confusion and disorder? 1. we read about the wickedness of man in the time of Noah. B. What God creates is good. New Age. However. Man is meant for friendship with God. illustrated by the building of the tower of Babel. 2. a) God punished Adam and Eve when they sinned. Marxism. b) God punished Cain for murdering his brother Abel. even if God punished man. a) Gen 1:31. man continued to turn against God and His ways. 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). yet He gave Cain a mark to protect him from being killed on sight (Gen 4:15). But still.

which is the beginning of the great restoration that Jesus was to bring. When we look at the world around us. b) In fact. Jn 3:16. strength and power. we cannot overcome the challenges in our Christian life. * * He is a spiritual being more powerful than Satan. 3. God wants the world to be a place of peace. to restore our fellowship and intimacy with him. A place in which He would reign! C. justice and happiness. it seems impossible. Jer 29:11. Again. c) This is God's plan! It is an expression of His love. b) God also says that our human efforts apart from Him will prove useless. we need to turn to God's wisdom.Revised for HOLD. 5. On our own. He is interested in the details of our daily lives. We need God's point of view. He is the vine from which we draw life. Eph 1:9-10. From these accounts. how God would not leave man alone to his fate. * On our own strength. Behind all these is something bigger. * God does not want us to live lives of pain. God wants to bring us all back to Himself. April 2007 8/76 4. poverty. we can see how God loves the human race. How can God's plan happen? 1. John 15:5. So what is the solution? Jesus Christ! a) Christ is the answer. Eph 6:12. 2. 8 . Christ is the fullness of God's love. we cannot overcome Satan. injustice. b) In fact. God is someone who loves us and is interested in having a personal relationship with us.CLP. What does God say about life's realities? a) The Bible tells us about the reality of Satan. Satan is orchestrating these evils. * Is 48:17. * * We are not just confronted with particular wrongs in society or in ourselves. a) God is not indifferent nor distant. But this incident of the tower of Babel is immediately followed by the story of Abraham (Gen 12).

some were turned off (Jn 6:60). So God has done His part. what is important to know is simply this: * * * God loves us. It is now our move. some silly superstition. April 2007 9/76 4. 2. Let us begin to truly experience God's love. A final word. c) Some even question the divinity of Jesus Christ. Jesus turned to the other disciples and asked if they were going to leave too. They stayed. 2. We need to simply accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. then who needs a savior? Who needs Jesus? He came for nothing. Thus. b) But for now. E. * If there are no more sins. Is Jesus really God? * For the answer. D. What do we need to do? 1. You too will be confronted with the basic truths of the gospel of Jesus. Not so. Some of you may find difficulty accepting them. a life of slavery under Satan. b) Let us accept Jesus and the salvation that he brings. God sent Jesus His own Son. a) The choice is ours: to live under the dominion of darkness. And in Jesus. 1. come back next week. with the fullness of life He intended. in Jesus we experience the love of God.CLP. dignity. or to live in the kingdom of God. 9 . peace and happiness. When Jesus spoke to his disciples. Some people do. God's plan for restoration can begin to happen. Rom 10:9. a life of freedom. a) What this means will become clearer as we move on in this CLP. a) Some say the devil is pure imagination.Revised for HOLD. b) Some say sin was just a concoction of a rigid Victorian era. In Jesus we are saved and restored to our relationship with God. They could not accept the truths Jesus revealed to them and they left (Jn 6:66). and that in today's liberal views there are no more sins.

CLP. along with us. The choice is given to each of you.Revised for HOLD. 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. 10 . to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (Jn 6:68). April 2007 10/76 3. a) Will you continue to investigate how God's plan can work in your life? Will you continue to explore.

poverty. Discussion starter 1. 2. * God is interested in our lives. Share with one another how you came to the Christian Life Program and what you expect or seek to experience. * Serious disorder in society: war. * Satan is real and is behind the evils in the world. * On a personal level: loneliness. God has a plan for bringing us out of confusion and disorder. fear. Jesus Christ is the answer. we cannot overcome the challenges in our Christian life. etc. * God wants to restore our fellowship and intimacy with Him.CLP. Share about how you have personally experienced God's love. * In Jesus. 1 : GOD'S LOVE Brief Outline The situation in the world today. etc. April 2007 11/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. The ultimate manifestation of this love was sending God's own Son to suffer and die for you. * On our own strength. * Jesus is the fullness of God's love. 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. We need God's point of view. depression. 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. murder. * Man makes various efforts to improve the world but is not succeeding because these are not based on God's wisdom. * We need simply to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Start with a brief introduction about your life.Revised for HOLD.

But this was not so for his contemporaries. who restored us to our relationship with God. Socrates or other wise men. Even the person who this very day founded a new religion. 2. the Bible. Confucius. b) How is Jesus different from them all? 3. realizing the importance of this person to us. 3. Three things that make Jesus an absolutely unique figure in human history: 12 . April 2007 12/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. Introduction. And so we ask: "Who is Jesus Christ?" B. Lao-Tze. we take for granted our conviction that Jesus is the Son of God. is easily the No. a) Millions today claim to be his followers. we want to know him more fully. b) Countless numbers have been martyred for their faith in him. or that they were gods. 1. c) The book about him. He is truly impressive. one whom we can be truly proud of. 2 : WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? GOAL : To attract people to Jesus and to challenge them to respond to his deity and lordship.Revised for HOLD. What we want to know is whether there is any reason not to put Jesus on the same level as Buddha. It is this person who won for us our salvation. 1. Expanded Outline A. we derive our identity from a person.000 years after his death. almost 2. or that they bore messages from God. As Christians. 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. The uniqueness of Jesus. Having been born and raised as Christians. 2. In him we can have a full and a new life. Thus. 1 best seller of all time. They found it hard to accept that he was not just an ordinary person (Mk 6:3).CLP.

Some details about his life. which saw its fulfillment in Jesus. people for a long time were waiting for the messiah. A major attraction of the times. He gave orders to nature which were obeyed. * * * He broke long-standing traditions for the sake of a higher righteousness. What was he like? a) A very attractive personality. 1. Because of Old Testament prophecies. a) Within 3 years he was dead. People are constantly amazed at his teaching and works. e) A man of extraordinary authority. f) Not confused or unsure of himself or of his mission. C. b) Strong in mind and body. b) Once he appeared on the scene. c) Down to earth. he is surely the most famous. Jesus was a young carpenter in Nazareth.Revised for HOLD. He summoned Simon and Andrew (Mk 1: 16-18). dynamic. personal. He healed the disabled and the sick. Jesus came into the world to die. and later as a man who did not have their educational advantages. Not a romantic or a dreamer. c) Every other person who came into this world came into it to live. killed in little Jerusalem on the fringes of the Roman empire. he struck history with such impact that he split it in two. Instead. Warm. His death was the goal and fulfillment of his life. honored. He was crucified for stirring up the people. and best-loved person who ever walked the earth. d) A magnetic leader. He outwitted the leaders of his day in discussion as a boy of twelve. b) By right he should simply have faded into complete oblivion. He was never more than 100 miles from his home. 2.000. and Levi (Mk 2:14). who all followed him immediately. He had never been into cities with a population larger than 50. * He resisted the desire of his followers to make him a political king. 13 . Courageous. For three years he became an itinerant preacher. James and John (Mk 1:20). He was able to fast for 40 days. April 2007 13/76 a) He was preannounced and his coming was expected. Mk 9:15.CLP. dividing it into two periods: BC and AD.

which was early morning. 2.Revised for HOLD.CLP. 1. sadness (Mk 14:34). a) Mk 14:61-62.S. But is there more to him? a) Is Jesus worthy to be the center of my life? b) The answer is yes. 5. * Quote from C. love (Mk 10:21). Mk 2:3-12. Jn 12:45. b) Quote from C. 14 . Jesus' claim to be God. He even had his favorite time. Also. 8:58. g) Very human. None of them ever claimed to be God. Jesus time and again speaks of his divinity. compassion (Mk 1:41).S. lunatic. Liar. D. Mt 16:21-23. Lewis (see quote A). Jesus' claim to divinity is a far different claim than Buddha or Confucius or Mohammed ever made. or Lord. BECAUSE HE IS GOD. 10:30. Jesus is totally unique from any other personality and so is clearly worth knowing. a) Story of the paralytic at Capernaum. 4. He is worth paying more attention to than any other man. A man could work miracles and not be God. b) In John. 3. Jesus claimed that he could forgive sin. Time and again throughout his public ministry. E. Lewis (see quote B). There is something more to Jesus than to any other person. b) So how do we know? The answer simply is that Jesus himself told us so. April 2007 14/76 * He rebuked Peter for standing in the way of his fulfilling the mission given by the Father. Jesus claimed to be God. He experienced anger and grief (Mk 3:5). How do we know he is God? a) By his miracles? Miracles only show that God is working through a person. Jn 14:12. * * * He showed tenderness and personal concern.

because he told others to trust him for their eternal destiny. and is. sound intellect. his words and his work to conclude that he could not have been a liar. A fool. perfect. Could Jesus have lied? a) If he lied. 15 . Could Jesus have been a lunatic? a) In Jesus we do not see any abnormalities or imbalance that usually go along with being deranged. then we have two and only two alternatives. b) But we need only look at his person. c) Such a man cannot be a liar. He carried out a plan of unparalleled beneficence. and sacrificed his own life for it. * * * * Look at his moral purity. dignity. If he could not back up his claims and knew it. A demon. the only alternative left to us is that Jesus did speak the truth. or he did not know it was false. in which case he would be a lunatic. his poise and composure would be amazing if he was insane. etc. Would he die for a lie? The results of his life and teachings have been lives changed for the better. whatever the cost. But not only would he have been a liar. 3.Revised for HOLD. He was. moral magnitude and sublimity. while he himself taught and lived a colossal lie. Consider his character that is so original. thieves made honest. because he told others to be honest. then he would have been deliberately deceiving his followers. high above human greatness. If not a liar or a lunatic. If false. Either he knew it was false. 4. in which case he would be a liar. Jesus' claim to be God must be either true or false. In fact. c) Such a man cannot be a lunatic. then he was unspeakably evil. because it was his claim to being God that led to his crucifixion. 2. consistent. April 2007 15/76 1. the Son of God as he claimed. b) He spoke some of the most profound sayings ever recorded. hateful individuals becoming channels of love. air of truth. he would also be: * * * A hypocrite.CLP.

Who is Jesus Christ? Liar. As many as there were who accepted the divinity of Jesus. Jesus is a man whose words and life demand a response from us. Mt 27:54. Only Jesus' tomb is empty. b) But the most conclusive proof is Jesus' own resurrection from the dead. God Himself confirmed it. Lk 4:41. 1. F. a) In the miracle of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. a) b) c) d) e) f) Simon Peter. God alone was the one who had the prerogative to give life or to take away life. because we do not want to be followers of a liar or a lunatic. G. Mt 8:29.CLP.Revised for HOLD. 2. Thomas. 16 . To the Jews. The tombs of Buddha. b) But if he is God. 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. then we should have nothing to do with him. Jn 11:27. Muhammed and the founders of all the great world religions are still with us. The centurion. 1. Mk 3:11. Jn 1:49. Mt 16:13-16. lunatic or Lord? The choice is yours. Nathanael. God confirmed Jesus' claim. Mk 1:24. Martha. a) If he is not God. Our response will have eternal consequences. Jn 11:41-42. Throughout scripture. Conclusion. then we should seriously consider him. there were also others who refused to accept him. April 2007 16/76 5. He is making claims that affect us. * * Jesus was giving a demonstration. Jn 20:27-28. Even the evil spirits.

Lewis. claims which. these words would imply what I can only regard as a silliness and conceit unrivalled by any other character in history". On the other. 'Are you the son of Bramah?'. "On the one side clear. definite. C. 'Remarks which are not in accordance with nature are in bad taste'. this is really so preposterous as to be comic.S. In my opinion. We can all understand how a man forgives offenses against himself. If you had gone to Socrates and asked. compared with whom Hitler was the most sane and humble of men. 'My son. Lewis. if not true.S. The idea of a great moral teacher saying what Christ said is out of the question. moral teaching. are those of a megalomaniac. 'Are you heaven?'. If you had gone to Buddha and asked him. April 2007 17/76 Quote A.CLP. you steal my money and I forgive you. In the mouth of any speaker who is not God. If you had asked Confucius. But what should we make of a man. This makes sense only if He really was the God whose laws are broken and whose love is wounded in every sin. and never waited to consult all the other people whom their sins had undoubtedly injured. 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. Mere Christianity. 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. he would first have rent his clothes then cut your head off. Yet this is what Jesus did. the person chiefly offended in all offenses. and there is no parallel in other religions. himself unrobbed and untrodden on. 'Are you Zeus?'. 'Are you Allah?'. "Now unless the speaker is God. There is no half-way house. He unhesitatingly behaved as if He was the party chiefly concerned. C. he would have laughed at you. he would have said. 17 . He told people that their sins were forgiven. you are still in the vale of illusion'.Revised for HOLD. You tread on my toe and I forgive you. I think he would have probably replied. If you would have gone to Mohammed and asked.

Share about your Christian background. 2. 38-44 The challenge Jesus is God. * His coming was pre-announced through Old Testament prophecies. The impact of Jesus on history. Discuss how you saw or thought of Jesus before. * A magnetic leader. * He struck history with such impact that he split it in two: BC and AD. Jesus claimed to be God. * He came into the world not to live but to die.CLP. April 2007 18/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. Jesus was a very impressive person. * No other great religious leader claimed to be God. 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. 3.Revised for HOLD. * He claimed that he could forgive sin. * Many of his contemporaries came to the realization that he indeed was God. Are you willing to accept him as Lord of your life? As Lord. 2 : WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? Brief outline 1. something only God can do. will you allow him to rule your life totally? 18 . * He clearly was not a liar or a lunatic. 2. * A man of extraordinary authority. * A very attractive personality. and what new insights you have gotten through the talk. Discussion starter 1. * God confirmed his claim by raising him from the dead.

* Going to Mass. a) A set of do's and don'ts. like the Apostles Creed. 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. April 2007 19/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. 1. As such. we are his followers. b) Avoiding those things that can make you go to hell. b) A set of religious practices.e. c) Knowing or reading a lot about God. Our religious practices ought to be experiences of faith and not mere rituals we do as a matter of habit. And so now we want to learn about what it really means to be a Christian. 1. * Faith remains on an intellectual level. In fact.. novenas. and that he is our Lord and Savior. Christianity is reduced to a mere religious system. 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. as Christians. 2. etc.CLP. we carry his name. a set of rules regarding right and wrong. Expanded Outline A. Introduction.Revised for HOLD. Misconceptions or incomplete notions about Christianity. 2. we base our values and lives on these doctrines we believe in. d) Doing a lot for God. i. B. 19 . Christianity is a mere moral system. ** All the above are misconceptions or incomplete notions unless what we believe in is translated into our lives.

2. as Jesus did. personal relationship with God. Our whole life becomes an expression of this relationship. never gets angry. Titus 3:3-7. our religion is our life. Gal 2:20. There is no life and joy. because Christians are not taught to escape problems but to face them. * 2 Cor 5:17. It is for the weak. ** An incomplete notion because it leaves out the deity of Christ. a) It is a relationship initiated by God. b) Everything else we do (viz misconceptions above) merely expresses this relationship. and limits Christianity to merely being a good Samaritan. out of His mercy and love for us. made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. but as an expression of our relationship with God and with our brethren. Christianity is an escape from the realities of life. b) In Christianity. Rather. He is a nice man or woman who always smiles. a Christian can get angry. We do or don't do certain things not because the rule book says so. a) What makes us Christians is our loving. April 2007 20/76 ** These are incomplete notions because they make religion legalistic and sterile. In fact. What is Christianity? 1. non-Christians can do good. b) A Christian is someone who does good and is kind. The essence of Christianity is union with God. Since God is the source of Christianity. and tries to please everyone. * * * Eph 2:4-8. 20 . an opium of the poor and the oppressed. we become a new creation and participate in the very life of Christ. C. In fact. Christianity is a social. We have to take the word of God as is and base our life on it. They cannot be reduced or watered down to suit man's fancy or convenience.Revised for HOLD. Some important truths about Christianity. for those who cannot cope with life. its truths are enduring and unchanging. is friendly. 4. 3. humanitarian system. ** A wrong notion.CLP. a) Equating Christianity with humanitarianism.

honor and esteem for each other which you do not find anywhere else. a) In fact. * We share in the eternal life of Christ. Since we all have the same Father. 1. Heb 13:5-6. Our identity changes and we become sons and daughter of God (Gal 4:4-7). Our life does not end with physical death. D. 2. As Christians. b) God's plan for us. There is more where it came from. 4. Because God is our Father and He loves us and cares for us. He is providing for us right now (Tick off blessings). If you believe all these (quickly enumerate the above 4). a) Any other attitude is unreasonable and illogical. Open yourself up and receive more. Therefore. b) Who do you think is providing for you? Lk 12:22-31. Practical implications of being a Christian. b) As brethren. trust Him! a) God has a plan for us and it is good. 3. 21 . whatever it is. is the best. then what should our attitude be as Christians? Only one attitude can be reasonable: be peaceful at all times. Thus we just need to seek His plan out and live our lives accordingly. There is a sharing of life. Paul realized this (Phil 3:8). or joy or sorrow. do not invest yourself here. There is respect.CLP. Our Father knows our needs and He will provide for us. * Col 3:5-10. April 2007 21/76 * We enter into the same relationship that Jesus has with the Father. Jer 29:11-13. We cannot expect anything better. we are committed to support and care for one another. 5. we learn that life on this earth is temporary. people really experience this brotherhood and sisterhood. If God is our Father.Revised for HOLD. c) We take on the nature of God: holiness. 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. a) What should our goal be? Phil 3:14.

We can count on Him completely. 1. 22 . and experience the tremendous peace of Christ flowing into your lives and into your family. If we are Christians. How do we know these things? God said so! We can count on His Word. we are the most fortunate and privileged of people. or our economy collapses completely. Be peaceful! E.CLP. We need never be afraid of anything. 2. for God will care for us. For God Himself is our Father. Put your lives now completely in God's hands. But God does not lie. April 2007 22/76 b) Even if a revolution comes tomorrow. Conclusion. God is committed to help us and provide for us. Not to believe this truth is to call God a liar.Revised for HOLD. 3. or any other event.

* It is a relationship initiated by God. 2. ready to place yourself completely in His hands? 23 . * We can have peace and joy in spite of any circumstances. 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. we are to look to things that will enrich us for our eternal life rather than for this earthly life. * A mere moral system. out of His mercy and love for us. * We can trust in God because He is our loving Father. April 2007 23/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. 3.CLP. 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. * Since life on earth is temporary. * A social or humanitarian system. Misconceptions or incomplete notions about Christianity. * We can stop worrying because God knows our needs and will provide for us.Revised for HOLD. * A mere religious system. Practical implications of being a Christian. * In Christianity. * An escape from the realities of life. Discussion starter 1. * We are brothers and sisters in Christ and are committed to care for one another. we become a new creation and participate in the very life of Christ. The essence of Christianity is union with God. * We take on the nature of God. made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What misconceptions about Christianity do you identify with? 2. 3 : WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN Brief Outline 1. which is holiness.

which literally means a change of mind. motives. have faith in Jesus and the message he brings. God has done all these things for us. b) Repentance and faith go together. repentance means a turning away from sin. Our proper response is repentance and faith. Further. about the relationship initiated by God with us. it refers to a change in direction. So far we have heard about God's love. to reform our lives. i. Repentance. Repentance affects the way you think and act. It is a double-action response. The Greek word for repentance is "metanoia". thought and behavior. 24 .. We cannot just have one without the other. evil. i. a) It is not just a simple confession of wrongdoing. 2. your attitudes. Rather. 1. about what Jesus has done for us. it is turning to a life of obedience to God and having Jesus on the throne of your life. B. wrongdoing and running your own life..e. Now it is time to respond. a) We need to repent. To simply believe without doing anything to reform our lives to become pleasing to God is also inadequate. Introduction. * * 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. April 2007 24/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. * * To just reform our lives is an inadequate response to God.CLP. 4 : REPENTANCE AND FAITH GOAL: To lead people to repent of sin and turn to renewed faith in Jesus Christ. We need to believe in Him and in His plans and promises.e. Mk 1:14-15. b) More specifically. Expanded Outline A. And we need to believe in the gospel.Revised for HOLD. 1.

* This includes witchcraft. 4. These serious sins are: a) Non-Christian religions (involvement in such is seriously wrong for a Christian). b) It is not being sorry for sin because we are afraid of the consequences. seances. * Call a spade a spade.g.. These are serious sins that are totally incompatible with a relationship with God. Admit that we have sin in our lives. If it is sin. and be willing to receive help from the Lord to change. * Rather. Actively turn away from sin and decide not to do it again. b) Exercise humility. What repentance is not. 2. 25 . fortune telling. etc. We are not referring to just so-called "small-stuff" (e. lukewarmness (Rev 3:15-16) and neglect of our Christian responsibilities. d) Ask God's forgiveness. Lk 15:11-24. * * 1 Jn 1:9.Revised for HOLD. c) Renounce sin. it depends on an objective decision to accept only God's righteousness into one's life and reject anything not compatible with this. New Age. * This includes such "religious" as Freemasonry. We must hate sin itself. What must we do to repent? a) Be honest.CLP. character flaw like always getting irritated). a) It is not dependent on feelings. There are specific sins we need to renounce. * We should not confuse sorrow for sin with sorrow for the consequences of sin. Story of the prodigal son. playing spirit of the glass. * Be willing to change. do not call it a "growth experience". b) Spiritualism and the occult. Transcendental Meditation. Don't expect to be able to change all by yourself. April 2007 25/76 * It includes turning away from doublemindedness. 3.

April 2007 26/76 c) Sexual wrongdoing. corruption. b) It is an individual act. 2. but believing in our hearts that he came to be our personal Savior. Faith. The next move is ours. Jesus. We need to let Jesus have the run of things. It has several aspects (Rev 3:20). Faith is belief in the gospel. etc. We already know that Jesus came into this world and died for our sins. He is now standing outside the door of our hearts and is knocking. 1. It would be helpful for you to talk to your facilitator this week about how to turn away from them. * This includes sexual intercourse outside marriage. No one can decide for us to do so. which is the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. a) Our lives need to come under his management. 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. Faith is both belief in the messenger. e) Drunkenness (not just drinking but drunkenness) and getting stoned on drugs. d) Serious crimes such as murder (abortion). Repentance only becomes complete after totally turning away from evil and accepting Jesus as Lord. but to decisively turn away from them. and in the message that he brings. ** Note carefully which of these apply to you.CLP.Revised for HOLD. a) It is a definite act. C. c) It is a deliberate act. 26 . We must open the door if Jesus is to come into our lives. e) It is an indispensable act. b) Accepting Jesus and letting him be Lord of our lives require faith. active lesbianism. Remember that the point here is not to feel bad about yourself for past sins. Faith means not just believing with our minds (an intellectual belief) that Jesus is the Savior. robbery. d) It is an urgent act. We need to decide on our own to open the door. adultery. Faith is a personal act and decision. 5. The future is uncertain and time is passing away.

We are called to turn away from sin and all obstacles to God.Revised for HOLD. 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. God promises us salvation from sin. What faith is not. D. Faith is accepting that life and letting God show us how to live it. E. Acts 16:31.CLP. and expect to experience the peace and joy and power of the Lord in your lives. Example of Peter walking on the water (Mt 14:25-29) 3. Faith is relying on all God has said. Consequences of repentance and faith. God has promised us new life. It is not based on illusions or personal desires. * Rather. Then take God up on His promises. and actually do it. forgiveness and reconciliation. Accept the challenge to repent and believe in Jesus. eternal life. b) It is not just wishful thinking. Jesus sounded the call to repentance and faith. 2. death. a) A promise of new life in the Spirit.000 years ago. 1. 2. 3. * Peter stepped on the water because Jesus invited him to. 4. b) We can pray for a greater release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we respond positively. no matter what we feel. a) A promise of salvation from sin. and the power of the Holy Spirit for our lives. We must be willing to do whatever God wants of us. 2. b) A promise of forgiveness and eternal life with God. April 2007 27/76 * * It is part of our double-action response. but on God's word. Conclusion. a) It is not just a feeling. we accept God's word as truth. and to accept Jesus as Lord. Satan. 1. 27 . It is the same call to us today. It is the step needed to receive all God has promised. c) It is not a blind leap. Luke 11:9-13.

it is turning to a life of obedience to God and having Jesus on the throne of your life. Faith is belief in the good news of salvation in Jesus. 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. corruption. * New life in the Holy Spirit.000 years ago. God loves us. Serious crimes (murder. * Specifically. It is a change in the way we live our lives. Sexual wrongdoing. 2. * Further. This is the same call to us today. 3. God sent His own Son to die for us.CLP. Turn away from sin and all obstacles to God. 4. * It is a change of direction in life. Satan. death. Share areas where you need to grow in faith. 2. April 2007 28/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. which literally means a change of mind.Revised for HOLD. Consequences of repentance and faith: * Salvation from sin. Discussion starter 1. 28 . abortion. evil. and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. The greek word for repentance is "metanoia". etc. * It is a belief in Jesus as our personal Savior.). Share with one another areas where you need to turn more fully to God. Drunkenness and drugs. repentance means a turning away from sin. Spiritualism and the occult. Our proper response to all God has done for us is repentance and faith. Then take God up on all His promises. wrongdoing and running your own life. * Forgiveness and eternal life with God. dropping an old set of ideals and values and adopting new ones. God has initiated a relationship with us as Father. Specific serious sins we must renounce: non-Christian religions. 4 : REPENTANCE AND FAITH Brief Outline 1.

3. Ideals are important to move us on.. influencing and directing our lives.g. our place in it. Introduction (may be omitted or modified if the team leader already gives this). Thus God made it into a commandment of the highest priority. The Christian ideal of loving God. b) Humanist or philantrophic endeavors. b) How we can apply God's plan in order to experience His power and His peace. then this falls short. We are now starting the second module.Revised for HOLD. 5 : THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: LOVING GOD GOAL : To explain the meaning of the first and greatest commandment. we talked about: God's plan for the human race. 1. 29 . and here we will focus on: a) How we can live successfully as Christians in the modern world. In the first module of our CLP. b) God wants us to make loving Him our highest ideal. Some people try to express love for God in different ways: a) Psyching up pious feelings. Expanded Outline A. B. 1.CLP. what should be our ideal? a) We can give our lives to pursuing good goals (e. the centrality of Jesus in salvation history. Mk 12:28-30. and to teach people how they can start to live out this Christian ideal. As Christians in the world. * Money? Position? Fame? b) Our goals become our ideal of life. but if loving God is not our ideal. 2. a better society). a) Goals direct our human behavior and plans for life. and God's call for us to repent and believe in the good news. 2. April 2007 29/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No.

What it means to love God with all our mind. Jn 14:15. * The heart is the symbol of the core of man. In English. When God created us. 1. What it means to love God with all our heart. 1. A personal experience arising from our relationship as His sons and daughters. He enabled us to think. a decision to love. In prayer. which are changeable. C. 3. How do we put the Lord first in our life? a) It requires a decision to obey Him. but rather based on a commitment. because the kind of love God requires cannot depend on feelings. b) We need to develop a personal relationship with Him. a) Modern day understanding = feeling or emotion.Revised for HOLD. along with feeling. To love God with all our heart is to be totally committed to Him. In reading the Bible. c) We need to spend regular time with Him. c) The Biblical understanding makes more sense. not legalistic. we would use "mind" or "will". April 2007 30/76 c) Acts of piety ** These are not wrong actions. 30 .CLP. * * A relationship that is dynamic and alive. to be loyal to Him. It is a decision to put God first. who the man is. 2. He did this so we can figure out how to love and serve Him. a) It is similar to the commitment we make in marriage. a) A good mind is not necessarily an intelligent mind. b) Biblical understanding of heart: the seat of intelligence and decision. It includes intelligent thought and will. b) It is a commitment to seek the Lord first and foremost. First understand what Jesus meant by heart. but they are also not adequate expressions of loving God. D. to place His will and interest above our own.

How you can please God. To love God with all our mind means to serve Him with the use of our mind. Keep our minds be free of worries. * * * Free of all evil thoughts. nuclear bomb.Revised for HOLD. b) Use your mind according to God's truths and not according to the ways of the world. 31 . b) Or it can become an instrument for destruction (e. * Be very discerning in the use of T. which can expose our minds to inputs not consistent with Christian living. Our decisions and choices must be guided by God's word in the Bible. Using our minds can have incredible consequences for society. neurosurgery). * * * 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. and other media. Mt 7:1-5. April 2007 31/76 b) The question is not so much how best to develop our mind. and not how you can glory in the praises of men. but rather how our mind can fulfill its main purpose--to love God.. biological warfare). a) It can be applied to contribute to world progress (e. because God promises to provide and care for us. Mt 5:28. How do we love and serve God with our mind? a) Keep your mind clean and holy. Free of uncharitable thoughts. 3.CLP. 2.g. Away from suspicion that can lead to estranged relationships.V. c) Let your mind be preoccupied with the things of God. not just how you can be rich materially.. or simply to make available our minds for His purposes.g. science. 4. * * How you can be holy. d) Protect and preserve your mind from unholy influences so that God can use you for His purposes.

abilities. we merely manage it. He owns us. gifts. April 2007 32/76 * Fill your mind with thoughts of God. but for others. 2. 32 . * Develop proper attitudes towards money. not because He needs it. e) Use your mind actively for God's purpose. etc. In Christian service. Mt 6:21. Read the Bible and other helpful Christian literature which can help form your Christian mind. Concrete steps we can take: Tithing. b) Time. We must act according to God's interests. * Have the proper attitude: We do not own our time. This means giving God all our resources--time. What we call "ours" is not really ours but His. * * In your business. not owners.CLP. energy. family. a) We are God's creation. We are stewards. We need to be generous with our time. possessions. b) We must not set limits on our giving.Revised for HOLD. money. peer group. but in order to see the condition of our heart. We have a responsibility to manage and use well the resources given to us. E. Mal 3:7-10. What it means to love God with all our strength. * God is interested in our money. Almsgiving. Use it not just for ourselves. 1. What are the concrete ways we can love God with our resources? a) Money.

3. Loving God is a very high ideal. sleep? These are not wrong. April 2007 33/76 * Concrete applications: Seek God's direction as to how you are to spend your time. G. Movie. practical actions. Conclusion. decisions and commitments. But you cannot do it merely by deciding to do it. 2. F. Mk 1:35. He was obedient unto death. Jesus showed us the way. Lk 22:42. Mt 14:23.CLP.. 33 .Revised for HOLD. 2. but time can be better spent (e. Examine what you do with your free time. 1. Volunteer to do Christian service. Jn 4:34. novel. He was constantly seeking the Father's will. it involves specific. What will make it possible is the power of the Holy Spirit. Rather. 1. Bible. Jesus is our model in loving God. Christian books). He was dedicated to accomplishing his mission.g. Loving God is not as vague and impractical as you might think.

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. energy. and spend regular time with Him in prayer and the Bible. * Obedient unto death. which is changeable. * We protect and preserve our mind from unholy influences. * We give God all our resources--time. practical actions.CLP. We are to love God with all our mind. * We use our mind according to God's truths and not according to the world's ways. money. We are to love God with all our heart. a decision to love. We are to love God with all our strength. gifts. Thus God made it into a commandment of the highest priority. * Constantly seeking the Father's will. God wants us to make loving Him our highest ideal. * Not an emotion. 5. decisions and commitments. abilities. possessions. * We need to have a personal relationship with God. * We preoccupy our mind with the things of God. April 2007 34/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. 4. * Dedicated to accomplishing his mission. It involves specific. but rather a commitment. 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 . to put Him first. * We keep our mind clean and holy. * We are to be totally committed to God. 5 : THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: LOVING GOD Brief Outline 1. * We are to serve God with the use of our mind. 2.Revised for HOLD. Jesus is our model in loving God. 3.

Introduction. b) We have the wrong concept of a loving person as a nice guy who tries to please everybody. a) Love is often equated with feelings of sexual attraction. 6 : LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR GOAL : To explain the meaning of Christian love and to help people apply Christian love in their lives. Jesus summed up the whole law in these two greatest commandments. Expanded Outline A. Thus it is clear: no love for others.Revised for HOLD. What Christian love is not. 2. a) Love is risky business. b) But feelings change and thus cannot be the sole basis for love. 1 Jn 4:20-21. 1. 2. Today we look at the second. Love is not only having positive feelings. 1. but love is not equal to feelings. * Sometimes you are unable. Love is not always saying "yes". 35 . together with loving God. The two go together. April 2007 35/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. Last week we looked at the first and greatest commandment. Love is not defensive. B. personal affection. warmth. Sometimes you should not.CLP. form the core of the Christian life. c) Feelings follow true love. What if one betrays you? What if your loved one dies? Love seems to set one up to get hurt. no Christianity. Mk 12:28-31. 3. Loving neighbor. even if able. a) To serve others or to put them first does not mean never turning down opportunities to serve. 3.

and the injury is sustained through forgiveness.. By a self-sacrificial love. a) 15:9-10. Love is not manipulative.Revised for HOLD. b) We recognize that putting others first can be bothersome or inconvenient for us. C. praying for others. b) Christian love is not guaranteed to be painless. 2. difficulty and trial then become a condition attached to love. imparting our wisdom. By its nature. but dying for others. But most are not called to actually die for others. etc. But the pain is endured through commitment. c) How does Jesus love? Jn 15:13. Jn 15:12.CLP. Jn * * There can be no Christian love apart from righteousness. 4.g. Christian love is ready for self-denial. sex outside marriage). b) Because love is so powerful. b) Jesus was specific about how we are to love one another. 36 . compatible with sinning. Answer in John 15. But this is a conditional form of love. etc. Loving is not The world's experience shows that love apart from God has become convoluted with sin (e. Avoidance of pain. Love is not self-seeking.. 5. How then do we translate love into practical everyday terms? a) The answer is in John 13:1-5 (the footwashing episode). Jesus spoke of a love that is connected with keeping God's commandments. a) You manipulate when you give love as a reward or withdraw love as a punishment. people are tempted to use it in this way. forbearance. a) The focus in loving is not ourselves but others. * We are not free to change or dilute Jesus' direction. April 2007 36/76 * Thus guarded love tries to protect itself from injury. So what is Christian love? What does God mean by love? 1. * It is not just giving our time.

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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


Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother. Towards our parents a) The Lord established that children should respect and honor their parents. April 2007 40/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. God's Plan for Families 1. male and female. 2:18-24) a) The family as a basic of society is no accident of history.Revised for HOLD. whether she is a * * * * Single parent Single mature woman Widow wife of oversees worker B. God's Plan for the Family 1. b) God created man. 2. with their physiology so formed as to enable man to increase and multiply and fill the earth. not independent individuals producing babies." 40 . because these are the values that affect our relationship with everyone in the family. Basic unit of society (Gen 1:27-28: Gen. supporting and loving one another. The family is a place for caring. Even with the temporary or permanent absence of a husband or father to your children in your life. It was meant to be so even at the beginning. 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. 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. so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.CLP. We need to review our own values and see the place of Jesus in our lives. God intended man and woman to be one. a unit in society. but husband and wife raising a family. every member of the Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD) is a member and part of the family.

honor is something we owe to our parents regardless of their particular merits and limitations. etc.. priests. 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. Towards our brothers and sisters a) To love them since they are our closest neighbors. Bear witness to God's greatness. it will serve as reparation for the sins (Sir 3:12. 3. which is a lifelong responsibility. "Do not exchange . to honor: to hold in respect.CLP. forgiveness for the times we have caused them pain (Mt 18:21-22).) 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. Towards our spouse. * The woman as a helpmate is not  Ask also for Pastor for husband . For a kindness done to one's father will never be forgotten. e) Forgive and forget any hurt feeling that we have experienced. a) God has created you to complement as head of the family and you as suitable partner and helpmate (Gen 2:18-25). 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. do not be disrespectful to him while you are in full health. 2. nuns. to confer distinction.14). b) To take care of your father in his old age and not to cause him sorrow as long as he lives..Revised for HOLD.not showing his fault 41 .g. have patience. b) Be faithful to your brother. Even if he has lost his mind.

a) The family is a place to transmit wisdom and values of life. my way Coach: figure head. shifting of roles when husband is at home and when husband is away. We nurture and care for 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. Review your own values and see the place of Jesus in your lives because these are the values our children will learn. directing how he should discharge his responsibility as head of family b) Express love and respect. 20:21) comes in the everyday activities at home. 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.Revised for HOLD. Teaching is not formal (Det 6:6-7. God has given us the task of being the heart of the home. D. C. But God's Plan for families is not happening? Why not? 1. c) His personal needs are cared for. his way vs. presence of God should permeate the home. Towards our children. 42 . God has lost His central place in the family. Parents are (in the case of HOLD. There is a confusion of roles today. b) Wisdom: is not a mere knowing a lot of things but is a practical way of living according to God's ways.CLP. April 2007 42/76   Foe: not a tug of war. honor and respect the father Pray and intercede for the husband 4. a) Husbands and wives do not follow God's order for them. mothers assume the role of the father. * * Raise children to love. * confusion of roles especially for wives of overseas workers. . etc.

a) People are constantly on the go and are too busy to interact or to relate. 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.) 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. * * Live-in Divorce or separation This has made it difficult for lasting 3. d) Stress on materialism and an easy life. a) Through the years. relationships to develop. b) Livelihood is taking a big chunk of the time of fathers. Livelihood in factories or offices. 43 .Revised for HOLD. * * Education in schools. This is the trend abroad that is creeping into Philippine society. e) Confusion/pain sometimes affect responsibilities and changes in Roles because of changes in the family set-up. video games etc. 2. 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. c) Mothers assume role of father and mother and therefore spend more time outside the home.CLP. The pace of modern life has become fast. b) Modern recreation facilities allow very little interaction among family members (TV. Family is losing its importance. * * Separated/widowed women have to hurdle hurts/loneliness/bitterness which greatly affect their responsibility in handling their children. many of its responsibilities have been taken over by other groups in society.

to become a reality. a) The devil wants to break up the family. such as secular humanism and communism. April 2007 44/76 4. a) Pray together as a family. you want God's plan to happen.CLP. trust and understanding. As a result. 5. Make a decision that in your family. Cor 1:12-14. b) The devil promotes many things that work to undermine the family. a) Examine your daily life to ensure that you have time with (make it quality and not residual time) your family. Family is under attack by evil forces. Make prayer a daily common occurrences in your family. This is the highest expression of love and most pleasing to our God the Father. 44 . Take the lead in building a relationship that is built on love. Take an active role in the formation and especially for growing or older members of the family reformation of Christian values.Revised for HOLD. which is the basic foundation for a healthy society. 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. * * * * mother with young or even growing children grandmother with single. there is growing differences and disparity in interests. values priorities thus widening the gap between and among members of the family. E. Take time and give attention to the task of building a strong family life. Basic decision is important. c) Share your experience in the Lord. 2. WHAT CAN WE DO? 1. b) For wives whose husbands do not share their spiritual life intercede for them.

sharing in household chores). and by growing in prayer and closeness to God. Would you accept the offer? 45 . a) This is what you can look forward to in our HOLD community. * HOLD will provide you support and formation. The vision and objective is a Christian lifestyle in the home and family. giving advice or counsel or putting your skills in action and be useful in practical ways (e. * Do not limit yourselves to regular meetings. but look for opportunities to be together. These are starting points. 7. April 2007 45/76 d) Introduce to other members of the family. 6.Revised for HOLD. and be in regular fellowship. In times of need. seminars.CLP. reading scriptures and other religious books. For you and your children/your spouse whether living with you. 5. Seek other Christian women who are your concern about family life. 4. Share your talents by helping the little ones in their schoolwork. (children or grown-ups) the Christian practice of thanksgiving for blessings and petitions to the Lord in times of needs. You are called to work in God's vineyard. Learn more about God's vision for your family. share your bounty with others for that will give glory to God. attending HOLD and other CFC activities.g. b) You can look forward to developing real friendships and life-giving relationships. 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.

April 2007 46/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. * Seek other Christian women who share your concern about family life. God's plan for the family * The basic unit of society. 3. 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. supporting and loving one another. Discussion starter 1. and be in regular fellowship with them. God's plan for the family is not happening. * A place for caring. * Learn more about God's vision for the family. * The pace of modern life is too fast. 2. * The family is under attack by evil forces. We are called to respond to His divine efforts and to be a part of His work.Revised for HOLD. * The family itself is losing its importance. * A place for training leaders for the church. How have you experienced the negative effects of the world's ways on your family? 2. * Make a decision that you want God's plan to happen in your family. 7 : HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD AND THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY Brief Outline 1. 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. 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.CLP. * God has lost His central place in the family. * Pray together as a family. 2:18-24 2 1 Timothy 3:4-5 3 Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

speaking to them. Much of Christianity today looks weak. it conquered the Roman empire. giving them gifts. Our topic. lacking in power and effectiveness. we see the Holy Spirit acting among them. 1. a) But Christians have not always been so lifeless. * From a small sect. men gain: 47 . They truly experienced the Holy Spirit at work. strong. 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. * * But while we know the Father and the Son. We need to realize that true Christian living is not just a matter of human willpower. That is the power of the Holy Spirit. a) This life in the Spirit was normal for the early Christians.Revised for HOLD. b) We need to know the Holy Spirit not just as a doctrine. because it is this kind of life that God wants for us. Expanded Outline A. guiding them. a new life from God. * In the book of Acts. April 2007 47/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. and His action in our lives. is a very important topic. but as a Person Who truly affects our lives. life in the Holy Spirit. attractive.CLP. The early Christian movement was dynamic. The Spirit's importance was stressed by Jesus. b) With the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who enables us to experience God. Jn 16:7. 3. Introduction. a living relationship with Him. b) That same power is available to us today. a) We cannot do it on our own steam. but a new heart. many do not know the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 2.

42-47. The experience of the early disciples. We now have spiritual power for living the Christian life. A new nature. 4.1-4. Lk 24:49.14-21. 2 Cor 5:17. powerful apostles. They stay in Jerusalem and wait. Power to serve as Jesus' witnesses. V. The Holy Spirit created bonds of love and unity among the new Christians. d) Others as well received the Holy Spirit. The disciples were transformed from frightened men into bold. 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. Acts 1:8. Acts 2. fire. Peter explained they were not drunk but that the Old Testament prophecies (Joel) were coming true. V. V. Peter proclaims the gospel. Acts 19:1-6 (Ephesus). 3. Those who received the Holy Spirit knew the Lord more personally and more experientially. Acts 1:8. Same transforming power. c) The day of Pentecost (a Jewish holiday).40-41. Noise like a strong wind.37-39. It created a big stir. A new relationship with God as Father that is deep and personal. Peter tells them the response needed. a) Jesus promises the Holy Spirit. Eph 2:18. V.22-36.CLP.000 are converted! V. Acts 10:44-46 (Cornelius). The Church was born. 1. speaking in tongues. V. 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. An exciting event. * * Same relationship with Jesus. God wants all men to have this new life. 2.Revised for HOLD. * * Acts 8:14-17 (Samaria). * * * * * * * V. April 2007 48/76 * * * Union with God. 48 . b) The disciples do as they are told.5-13. B. Receiving the Holy Spirit (what does it mean?).

* * * * * Tongues is a common experience with the baptism in the Spirit. We already received the Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation. c) Give a brief personal testimony. 1 Cor 12:1. answered prayers. and is often the gateway to a fuller life in the Spirit. b) We can receive the same spiritual gifts.Revised for HOLD. especially prayer and worship. what will be experienced is a fuller release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.CLP. What being baptized in the Spirit means for us. Thus it is important. children. Much more: peace. So we simply take God up on His promise. Obstacles to receiving God's gifts.4-11. * * * * * * Knowing God more personally. tongues is a gift that is immediately manifest. etc. It is an important first step. * We can be sure we will receive the Spirit because God said so. Just like in Acts. A new joy despite problems. others). this will not be the initial reception of the Holy Spirit. Better relationships (with spouse. c) A word on the gift of tongues. April 2007 49/76 * * Same deep worship. b) Rather. We ask our Father to give us the Holy Spirit. 5. How can we receive the baptism in the Spirit? God has promised us the Holy Spirit. We just need to ask in faith. 4. It is a gift from God. Lk 11:9-13. more of listening). guidance. Tongues can have great consequences on one's spiritual life. more of thanksgiving and praise rather than petition. a) For Christians. Praying in a new way (more God-centered. 49 . Same power for speaking the gospel. 3. The Bible comes to life. Unlike the other spiritual gifts.

We will have corporate prayer. of being overtaken. Be prepared to pray this next week. e) Pride. Attitude of not wanting or needing God's gifts. b) Feeling unworthy. d) Doubt. you are making Satan very unhappy. C. b) But do not be afraid. 3. Take time to read it through and get yourself behind the words so you can pray it sincerely. Mainly. 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. 1. 50 . What we will do in the prayer session next week. God offers each of you new life. f) Being selective as to what gifts we want. Simply call on Jesus' name to resist Satan and his works. desire it. This will be an opportunity to clear up any questions and to receive greater clarity on baptism in the Holy Spirit.Revised for HOLD.CLP. Take time also to review your intentions and expectations in this CLP. Refusing to admit sin as sin. One important warning: Since you are doing so well responding to God (you have finished 2/3 of this CLP). Better yet. or of strange circumstances that Satan may pose in order to keep you from attending next week. And have faith that you will receive it. b) Be open to it. April 2007 50/76 a) An unrepentant attitude. of looking foolish. We will start the praying over with the "Commitment to Christ". D. because God has so promised. 2. c) Fear. a) So beware of temptations this week. we will pray. and then the discussion group leaders will pray with each person individually. 2. What are you seeking? Is God's offer clear to you? How do you intend to respond? 3. or irrational doubt. but will not give up. He is losing his grip. Of what others will think. Conclusion. God desires it for all.

* We can experience the same power and gifts of the Spirit that the early Christians did. 3. Call upon Jesus' name. * God wants all men to have this new life. doubt. 4. Discussion starter Share about your experience of God's Spirit in your life. what will be experienced is a fuller release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. * This new life in the Holy Spirit is available to all who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. April 2007 51/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. 2. Rather. being selective. We ask our Father to give us the Holy Spirit. pride. * This will not be the initial reception of the Holy Spirit. but a new heart.2:1-12 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 The Challenge God is calling us to live a life of holiness and spiritual power. For this. How to prepare yourself for next week's prayer session. which we will all pray next week. fear. 8 : LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT Brief Outline 1. * Be aware of Satan's action. * This was the experience of the early disciples at Pentecost. What it means to receive the Holy Spirit. God has promised us the Holy Spirit. Whom we already received at baptism.CLP. * Think and pray about the "Commitment to Christ".Revised for HOLD. 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. * Have an individual meeting with your facilitator during the week. Clark 51 . Much of Christianity today looks weak and is lacking in power and effectiveness. Clark “Spiritual Gifts” by Stephen B. * We simply take God up on His promise. feeling unworthy. 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. * True Christian living is not just a matter of human will-power. a new life from God. Obstacles to receiving God's gifts: an unrepentant attitude.

This is what God said to them: a) Ez 36:26. 2. b) Ez 36:27. What will happen in the prayer session (procedure). God's promise of the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit. 52 . God wants all men to have this new life. Some important points: This is not a second baptism (for Catholics). Many people during the prophet Ezekiel's time were enmeshed in sin and spiritual lifelessness. the Holy Spirit. 3. 3. like many Christians today. April 2007 52/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. 1.Revised for HOLD. men gain: a) A new nature. b) How people will pray over them. B. 1. Gal 5:16-23. God sent His Son into the world so that we could be given the source of the new life. b) Power to serve. Jesus gave to his disciples.CLP. 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. Lk 11:9-13. We are here to claim God's promise of the Holy Spirit. God's promise of help and power to do what is right. but a release of the power of the Holy Spirit. 2. Acts 1:8. spiritual power. The Holy Spirit that God promised through Ezekiel. Expanded Outline A. The outward dimension. What the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. a) Commitment to Christ. The inward dimension. b) Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the power. Introductory explanation prior to praying for baptism in the Holy Spirit.

* * Don't seek a particular kind of experience. Some important right attitudes: a) Relax. He wants you to experience His love in a new way. We love you. 3. C. Ask for it. and He loves you very much. The Lord is here with us. by raising your hands or speaking in tongues. * Be open to whatever God wants to give you.Revised for HOLD. Just turn to the Lord and receive the new life of the Holy Spirit from Him. And expect it to happen! c) Different things will happen to different people. April 2007 53/76 * * We will lay hands on you and pray with you. It is harder to put something in a clenched fist than in a relaxed and open hand. more knowledge of God. b) Also. a) Tongues is a gift of praise. 53 . God wants you to have this gift. We are just instruments. It is one of God's gifts. * After you have asked to be baptized in the Holy Spirit (and the ones praying over you have asked for this). 1 Cor 12:4-11. 1. Thus you ask God to give you what He promised. the easier it is to receive God's gifts. * * Don't entertain thoughts that you might look or sound foolish if you begin to praise God in a new way. ask for the gift of tongues. a) More courage to live the Christian life. strength to fight temptation. The more relaxed you are. etc. 2. Receiving God's gifts. c) Don't be concerned about how you might act as you respond to the Spirit's promptings. b) Yielding to the gift. We will rejoice and be glad with you. Receiving the gift of tongues. God is offering you various gifts. b) Don't be afraid.CLP. That is what makes it important. You know what you need. But it is basically between you and God. We won't laugh at you.

. Sing a song (Create in me). and then you cooperate with God's Spirit by opening your mouth and speaking out. then you ask for it in faith. 3. a) While waiting. please return to your seat. 5. b) We want to maintain an atmosphere of prayer and reverence. Let us not do anything that will disturb those being prayed with. Just focus on the Lord and offer Him your utterance as prayers of praise. After all have been prayed with. April 2007 54/76 * * Yield to the leading and prompting of the Spirit. D. Let us all give the Holy Spirit a welcome into our lives. Then start speaking out in tongues. The prayer session. (Analogy: it is easier to manipulate the steering wheel of a car when it is in motion rather than stationary). The Holy Spirit will form these sounds into tongues. Explain the procedure quickly. We have some closing remarks and then we will all end together. you can continue to pray in your heart. 4. Desire God's gifts! b) God offers and gives His gifts. 54 . la-la-la). have a short worship time (including singing in tongues).Revised for HOLD.g. Resist the temptation to think that it is just you and not the Holy Spirit forming the sounds.CLP. Praying over for baptism in the Spirit. because it is a gift from God. Final words: a) God wants you to have His gifts because He loves you and wants to live in you by His Holy Spirit. 1. If necessary. Do the prayer of "commitment to Christ". 2. Begin by just praising God in your own words. * * c) Thus to sum up: you first of all desire the gift of tongues. 4. begin by uttering meaningless sounds (e. Pray for your brothers and sisters here as well. Our part is to accept. After you are finished being prayed with. Do not be analyzing the sounds or focusing on the experience.

Pray in tongues everyday. etc. Be aware that Satan can tempt you to doubt. 1.CLP. Do not equate being baptized in the Spirit with getting the gift of tongues. b) Do not let feelings of doubt bother you. Different people have different experiences. Closing exhortation. Do not expect all your problems to go away all at once. 4. April 2007 55/76 E. * Do this aloud. Rather.Revised for HOLD. The Holy Spirit will make a big change in you. for Scripture. 2. For him the next best thing to keeping you from getting is to keep you from using it. Just remember the fact that God promised it and that you asked for it. give plenty of time to praise and thanksgiving. do not worry about it. And continue to be open to the Lord forming your praise into tongues. if you can without disturbing others. a) Satan is seeking to rob everyone of God's gift. 5.). b) If you did not speak in tongues. Some things will take a while to get worked out. 55 .g. and you will see it. But not everything will change. 3. c) In your prayer time this week. a) Feeling is not the important thing. But now you have a new power to use in working them out. Spend a good portion of your prayer time in praise and thanksgiving in your own words.. look for the new way that God is at work in you and respond to it (e. Be faithful to a regular time of daily prayer. What happened tonight is just a beginning. though many will. a new desire for prayer.

2. * Tongues is a gift of praise. You have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and have received a new life from the Lord. 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. and cooperate with the Spirit's promptings in speaking out. we gain a new nature. new things have come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). behold. God offer us various gifts. 3. * Do not allow Satan to rob you of your gift. We must nurture the new life and God's gifts. With the Holy Spirit. * Be faithful to a regular time of daily prayer. God has promised the Holy Spirit to His people. 4. Will you commit yourself fully to Jesus Christ and grow into the life in the Holy Spirit? 56 . though many will. spiritual power. Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit. we simply desire it. ask for it in faith. You have begun a new life in faith. and the power to serve. One of these is the gift of tongues. * To receive this gift. April 2007 56/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No.Revised for HOLD. * Do not expect all problems to go away at once. You are "a new creation: the old things have passed away. 9 : RECEIVING THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Brief Outline 1. We turn to him and receive the new life in the Holy Spirit from him.CLP.

. The first tool: prayer. 1.When? Decide on a specific time of the day. Now we need to grow in this new life in the Spirit.Where? Mt 6:6. It has three components: * * The outer rim. 2. The hub is our Lord Jesus Christ. . This is the part of the wheel that meets the road. we need to make use of the basic means of growth which the Lord provides us. Prayer is the primary means for establishing and maintaining a deep and loving personal relationship between ourselves and God. * * Decide to spend time with the Lord everyday. service and fellowship. * b) Note: For Catholics. It holds the wheel together. which you can then protect. Introduction. study. there is a fifth tool to growth: the sacraments.Revised for HOLD. These are: prayer. Find a place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. 2. These transmit the power and direction from the hub to the rim.CLP. The power is that of the Holy Spirit. who is at the center of our lives. A successful prayer life involves 3 important principles. 10 : GROWING IN THE SPIRIT GOAL : To teach the basic tools to growth and maturity as Christians. April 2007 57/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. Decide on the practical details. a) Our prayer must be faithful. In Christian experience. This represents daily Christian life. In order to grow. 57 . so that our life can be transformed by his power and direction. Expanded Outline A. a) The Christian life can be pictured as a wheel of a cart. This is the part of the wheel from which the power inmates to the rim. B. The hub. the spokes are the means of putting our whole life in contact with Christ. The spokes. The baptism in the Spirit is only a beginning.

c) Our prayer must be centered on a relationship with Jesus. Study is a deliberate. because this is the very word of God. Supplication. the intercession of Mary and the saints is a powerful tool of prayer.. 58 . C. It teaches us who God is. Our goal is not "to pray" or even "to pray well". While these can help. a) The Bible. April 2007 58/76 * . . We should read the Bible daily. prayer is really very simple.Start with 10 to 15 minutes. People can get wrapped up in techniques. but could make our prayer dry and mechanical. .ACTS. It is a matter of loving God and being loved by Him. and increase later. * * * Prayer is a means to an end. . The second tool: study. We can draw on spiritual insights and study throughout the life of the Church. We need to know God and understand Him and His ways. . but to grow in our relationship with the Lord.Use daily prayer guides (e. Three ways we can learn more about God. Thanksgiving. Concentrate not on prayer but on the Lord.CLP. not an end in itself. what He has done. * Scheduled and structured prayer is helpful. and what He wants us to do. we can read what men have said about God. Be open to changing your format as the Spirit leads.We should make it a goal to read the whole Bible. God's Word Today). A devotion to Mary and the saints is part and parcel of a Catholic’s faith.g.How long? Begin with 5 to 10 minutes.Revised for HOLD. Adoration. b) Spiritual reading. . 2. b) Our prayer must be led by the Holy Spirit. In the Catholic tradition.Pursue a more deliberate study of portions of the Bible. * After reading what God has said of Himself (Bible). 1. Contrition. Adopt a format to begin. * * This is the most important. 3. 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. focused exercise of the intellect.

as parent. We also serve by performing the basic responsibilities God has given us in our daily lives. The word of God spoken in the Sunday homily. * E. c) Teachings and preachings. Mt 20:26-28. through the Holy Spirit.Revised for HOLD. * * Daily prayer and Scripture reading. hospitality. Begin the habit of taking notes. as spouse. friends. in parish events. etc. babysitting. etc. he calls us to reach out also to others. 59 Our time. Jesus. visiting the sick. To serve others is to be humble. The third tool: service. 2. Pursuit of righteousness and holiness. etc. and the world at large. treasure.CLP. * * * Our teaching and formation program in CFC. b) Service helps us grow because it touches the most basic attitudes we have of ourselves and our independence..g. in conferences. articles. etc. as employee. We need to take on a mentality of service so that we see our whole life given over to God's work. d) We give witness to our faith in Jesus by the way we live our lives.. April 2007 59/76 * This includes reading spiritual books. e) Make ourselves and our resources available for God's work. co-workers. a) As we put the Lord first in our lives. Be alert to opportunities to share your faith verbally with family. 1. talent. D. not just for our personal development but also to equip us for effective service for him and his people. neighbors. We need to take on the heart of a servant. 3.g. c) Then we serve our fellow men by recognizing the many built-in opportunities for service in day-to-day life. Ways we can serve: a) First we serve God by the way we live. magazines. is at work in us. . offering a ride. * E.

a) We need the support of others. Mention invitation to join CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD. We do not become complete Christians by ourselves. b) Though communion is required only once a year. 60 . Support through prayer and financial giving sound Christian ministries that further the spread of the gospel. 3. E. 4. We need their wisdom and strength. Look for opportunities to give your time and energy to serve in a Christian group on a regular basis. 1. the most important tool for spiritual growth are the sacraments. that we are brothers and sisters belonging to one family. We recommend frequent confession and communion. we should receive communion much more frequently. We must be joined to others in order to experience the fullness of Christian life. Fellowship refers to almost everything that Christians do together as a body. conferences. a) Worship in liturgies. The fourth tool: fellowship. d) Social gatherings. b) We need to do things together. a) Though confession is required only once a year. 2. 2. James 2:14-17. which will be discussed fully next week. In the Catholic tradition. with the proper disposition. we should avail of this more often.Revised for HOLD. Fellowship is not an optional extra. 1. They are the main channels of God's grace for our lives. c) Serving together (like the team in this CLP).CLP. The fifth tool (for Catholics): the sacraments. It is the concretization of a spiritual reality. b) Coming together for teaching and formation. prayer meetings. April 2007 60/76 * * * Do good works. Some ways to experience Christian fellowship. F.

This CLP. 2. 1. Make use of the tools provided by God. you will not be disappointed. 61 . April 2007 61/76 G. If you are faithful. the baptism in the Holy Spirit--all these are just the beginning of a new life. Conclusion. your commitment to Christ.Revised for HOLD.CLP. We are "babies in Christ" and we need to grow.

c) Service. 10 : GROWING IN THE SPIRIT Brief Outline The baptism in the Spirit is only a beginning. Read daily. * Spiritual reading (books. Pursuit of righteousness and holiness. There are 4 basic tools to growth (5 for Catholics): a) Prayer. * Must be centered on a relationship with Jesus. talent and treasure. * By the way we live.Revised for HOLD. 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 . Pray daily. d) Fellowship. * Performing our basic responsibilities in life. God has provided us with the tools for growth. b) Study. * Teachings and preachings. * Giving of our time. * Must be faithful.CLP. 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. April 2007 62/76 CFC-HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM Participant's Handout SESSION No. To this end. * Serving our fellow men. * Giving witness to our faith in Jesus. etc.). * The Bible. articles. The primary means for establishing and maintaining a deep and loving personal relationship with God. 2. * Must be led by the Holy Spirit. magazines. Now we need to grow in this new life of the Spirit.

especially Christian women. most especially to women.CLP. Last week we talked about the basic tools for growth in our Christian life. What are we called to do? a) Read the "HOLD Statement of Mission". b) Read the "HOLD Statement of Philosophy".Revised for HOLD. The HOLD was officially born on June 18. April 2007 63/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. . What is Handmaids of the Lord? 1. .It is an integral part of the family ministry of Couples for Christ.It is a Christian renewal and support ministry for mature women. 3. It was a response to God's call to Couples for Christ (CFC) to establish a wholistic family ministry. * * * * 2. 1993. Description. 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. 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. 4. One tool is the need to be in regular fellowship and supportive relationships with other Christians. B. 63 . Expanded Outline A. What is Couples for Christ? It is a global evangelistic community created by God for the evangelization and renewal of families. Brief history. 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.

on rotation basis from week to week. b) A household is composed of from 4 to 7 members and is headed by a leader. that we have a responsibility to encourage and support one another in the Christian life. if you make your commitment to HOLD. b) We have a 5-point commitment which is embodied in a small white card which we carry with us. and is set up immediately after the CLP. 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. April 2007 64/76 C. personal needs or Christian service. How do we support one another in HOLD? 1. worshipping Him together and growing in faith together. without which our Christian life would lack joyful expression. c) The household meets once a week. Through households. * * * Here you can share life experiences and God's practical wisdom. At the end of this CLP.CLP. family. More than once a week may become a burden and may take time that is more properly allocated to work. You will develop real friendships and true sisterhood. we make a commitment to grow together as Christian women to grow to maturity as individual Christians. and to provide a means for encouraging and hastening growth as a Christian. You can be helped to overcome obstacles in the Christian life. All members of HOLD belong to cell groups which we call "households". By our committed relationships. a) The purpose of a household group is to have a smaller and more intimate environment for personal support in the Christian life. And God's blessings will surely descend upon the home where God's people can be found. d) The household meetings are held in the homes of the group members. you will be assigned to a household.) 2. on the same day of the week as mutually agreed on by its members.Revised for HOLD. a) We believe first of all. Thus. to serve the Lord and to fulfill our vocations as mature Christian women in our environment. * * Less than once a week would not provide enough contact to have adequate support and encouragement in the Christian life. (Read covenant card and explain briefly. 64 .

As we see the deterioration of Christian values all around us in all parts of the world. and some time for fellowship. 3. 65 . To them we will become people who are living their Christian faith openly and powerfully. We are living in exciting times. etc. 1.CLP. By the other regular activities of our community. c) Social activities. Leaders Conferences. we are also seeing God's loving hand in our lives. By our ongoing teaching and formation. especially to our relatives. What we do in our home may be used by the Lord as an effective tool for evangelization. a) We need to see this spiritual drama with the eyes of faith. b) Lord's Day celebrations. a time for sharing or discussion. * e) There are basically three ingredients in a typical household meeting: an extended period of prayer and worship. Conclusion. one liquid.Revised for HOLD. April 2007 65/76 * The people living with us--our children. * * * Covenant Orientation. Evangelization Training. Handmaids Enrichment Retreat. a) There is a formal first-year teaching program. there are many other courses (name some) and various training modules for those who will undertake services in HOLD. c) Various teachings will also be given through our newsletter Ugnayan. neighbors and friends. Family Days. Evangelization Rallies. and other occasions. 4. household help. in prayer meetings. a) Monthly prayer meeting. Anniversaries. Explain refreshment: one solid. D. b) Beyond the first year. b) We are called to be part of God's work and we should gladly respond to this call. 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.

not yet fully in place. Think and pray about "The Covenant of HOLD". come back next week. a) Look on the covenant as an ideal. You accept it as helpful and in fact necessary for Christian living. ready to make the covenant. 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. but just the beginning. b) What is important for you to be able to make the covenant is that: * * * You understand it. but as what God calls us to. You will try to live it out. 2.Revised for HOLD. Our last session next week is not the end. 66 .CLP. 3. If you decide that HOLD is for you.

I will make myself available to the Lord for service. retreats. ________________________ Signature 67 . May it be done to me according to Your Word" (Luke1:38). 2. workshops and conferences of the CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD. I am the handmaid of the Lord. Faithfully participate in all the activities of the group. Trusting in the Lord's help and guidance: 1. * * * * Bring other women to the CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD. I shall live as a follower of Christ. April 2007 67/76 COVENANT OF THE CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD "Behold. Relate in love. * * Attend all courses. I will be a committed and active member of the CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD. 4. Make myself an instrument in bringing other women to an active life in the parish or community. loyalty and respect to all my sisters in the body. Participate regularly in the worship life of my church. I shall study and seek to grow as a woman of God. Diligently study all materials given to me. Support the work of Couples for Christ and its Ministries. Avoid sin and situations which can lead to sin. * * * * Pray and read scripture everyday.Revised for HOLD. * * * * Attend my small group meetings regularly and support the good order of the meeting.CLP. 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. 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. Intercede daily for the group and its mission. Put good order into my private life and take responsibility for those who depend on me for support in their Christian life. 3.

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. values and behavior. to seek to give more of ourselves each day in humble service.CLP. We believe in the need to protect the family in the midst of the great changes and challenges confronting it. thus bestowing us with personal worth and dignity. "WE BELIEVE that God creates every human being in his image. to be formed by his word in Holy Scripture and to strive each day to live upright lives. we are to reflect his divine image in all our actions and relationships". from which flow its Christian attitudes. As such. To serve him.Revised for HOLD. 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. WE BELIEVE that as Handmaids of the Lord. 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. to be holy as he is holy. 68 . We commit ourselves to be women of prayer. God has given us a special call. To grow as holy women. 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. teachings and approaches to Christian renewal.

69 .CLP. evangelization to bring other women to a renewed life in the Lord and wholehearted service to bring glad tidings to the poor. HOLD MISSION STATEMENT The Handmaid of the Lord is a creation of God distinctly called to the mission of personal transformation.Revised for HOLD. studying and living out God’s word. III. as well as its programs. values and behavior. teachings and approaches to Christian renewal: WE BELIEVE that God creates every human being in His image. by living out her fiat: “I am the Handmaid of the Lord. We commit to God and neighbor our humble and selfless service. 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. . THE HOLD VISION Women in the Holy Spirit. WE BELIEVE that as Handmaids of the Lord. thus . II. 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. joyfully proclaiming the greatness and glory of God as Mary did. actions and relationships. to strive with all our hearts and strength to bring the Lord’s love and light to others. God has called us to be holy women. WE BELIEVE in the family as the basic unit of God’s Kingdom where human life begins and is nurtured.” in selfless love and discipleship. from which flow its Christian attitudes. we are to reflect His divine image in all our thoughts. As such. hence the need to protect and prepare it to face the changes and challenges confronting it. words. April 2007 69/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD STATEMENT OF VISION AND MISSION I. may it be done to me according to your word. thus we women have personal worth and dignity. We commit ourselves to be Christ-like by being prayerful.

especially the work with the poor. 70 . HOLD members pledge to: . actively participate in all aspects of the work of CFC and its various ministries. live a full Christian life that reflects God’s divine image and love in all their actions and relationships.Revised for HOLD. . support God’s work with time. As partners in mission of CFC and of the Church.CLP. talent and treasure. 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). April 2007 70/76 IV. .

April 2007 71/76 CFC HANDMAIDS OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM TALK No. But this is not the end. B. Mt 16:24. but just the beginning. God desires your transformation. Mt 10:37-39. It is exciting! 2. d) And now the continuing support you will receive in CFC Handmaids of the Lord. We have come to the end of our CLP. We have before us a whole new life with God and with one another. Expanded Outline A. Growth in discipleship.Revised for HOLD. 1. We need to learn what it means to be truly a disciple of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is at work so that you can grow to know. The Lord has laid the foundation for this new life throughout this CLP. 12 : TRANSFORMATION IN CHRIST GOAL: To encourage women to live out actively the new life in the power of the Holy Spirit.CLP. 1. love and serve God more. a) A deeper relationship with God. a) Your repentance. Introduction. Now you need to allow the Lord to continue the process of your transformation in Christ. This is how we can be truly worthy of Jesus. b) Your acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior.. God's purpose. personal conversion. a renewed faith in God. c) Your empowerment through baptism in the Holy Spirit. 3. b) A deeper relationship with one another. 1 Pet 1:15-16. We need to grow to become more and more like Jesus. and to excite them about becoming a part of the mission of Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD). * * Growth in holiness. 71 .

2. 3. c) Bring your relatives to Couples for Christ. c) A greater commitment to service. Continue to grow in personal holiness. C. Church and country. the bringing of the same good news we have received to others. what is God about? God wants women to enter into a renewed life with Him. * CFC of which HOLD is an integral part has been tasked with a global mission of evangelization and renewal. b) For the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Mt 28:18-20.CLP. b) Be a light in your neighborhoods. country. CFC Handmaids of the Lord and to other CFC family ministries. Eph 1:10.Revised for HOLD. society. Take part in the mission of Couples for Christ in building strong Christian families and homes. And as you grow and are transformed. neighbor. 72 . 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. How can God's purpose be fulfilled through HOLD? How do we respond to God's call? 1. Church. The condition will determine the condition of everything else. Mk 16:15. c) Eagerly undergoing the HOLD formation program. a) Daily prayer and Scripture. Uphold the God given dignity and true worth of women as seen in the light of the word of God. Also growing in friendships and caring for one another. 2. The work of evangelization. a) For the fulfillment of God's plan. 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. b) Faithfulness to the HOLD covenant. * * Service to God. a) The family is the basic unit of society.

. God has much more in store for us. 2. 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.Revised for HOLD. but simply by God's mercy and grace. Bring others to HOLD in order to meet Jesus Christ. * * * DEDICATION CEREMONY 1. Conclusion. April 2007 73/76 * KFC. D. Phil 3:7-8. A song of offering oneself is sung (e. b) Every HOLD member must become an evangelist.g. 1. Amen Our Hearts Cry). Pursue our work of evangelization. a) Look expectantly to the future. The leader invites everyone to stand. Let us move on. The leader explains the commitment ceremony. c) Let us rejoice that Jesus is our Lord. YFC. b) This has happened through no worth of our own. b) Give your all for God! * * Jesus is the greatest treasure you can have. 2. It is a great privilege to be where we are now. c) We ought to respond with gratitude and humility. Have the attitude of Paul.CLP. * * * * * * 73 . a) This is the global mission of CFC of which HOLD is an integral part.12-14. SFC and SOLD. 4.

Spirit of the Living God). They all read out loud together.Revised for HOLD. April 2007 74/76 3. During this time of prayer. 4. it is appropriate to insert one solemn song (e.g. This is followed by spontaneous greeting and welcoming of the new members by the old members. 6. inviting the old members to pray in their hearts with her.CLP. The leader invites everyone to read out the covenant of the Handmaids of the Lord. 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. The leader prays over the newly committed sisters. Fellowship follows. 74 . 5.

Thank You. Father. For the widows. Heal them of their hurts. let them understand of Your specific plans for them. Lord for this time with You to dedicate ourselves to You. April 2007 75/76 Prayer During the Dedication Ceremony Note : This is only a guide. Continue. 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.Revised for HOLD. Father. send her a Christian partner. resentments and worries. Lead them to reconciliation. Lord. Give them servant's heart so that they may serve You and others through You. we thank You for Your Goodness in calling our sisters to the Christian Life Program of the CFC Handmaids of the Lord. Thank You. someone she can see as a gift from You.CLP. open the gates of heaven for their beloved departed ones. Give them strength and inspiration. Use them. If You will it. 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. Bless each one of them and embrace them in Your love. Lord. defend them from the attacks of the evil one. Thank you for blessing them with good health and constant protection. Thank you for your faithfulness to us. grant them forgiveness and the humility to seek forgiveness. and our sisters in the Handmaids of the Lord. Let them realize that You love them and care for them more than any person can love them. For our sisters who are blessedly single. 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. Lord. Lord. For our sisters who are separated from their spouses. for our sister to have a partner in life. fill our sisters with the hunger for Your Word and the desire to follow You and obey You. Bless their homes. inspite of our unworthiness. but most of all peace and joy even as this reconciliation is unattainable at this time. Thank you for the messages that You sent us through our speakers and also for the inspiring songs of our music ministry. Please be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit Almighty and eternal God. 75 . we present to You our sisters at the end of this Christian Life Program. Thank you for Your love and support to our brothers and sisters in Couples for Christ. Father for providing us with our daily needs and even more. accompany them in their journey through life. to love You and to serve You. Lord as instruments to draw other women closer to You. to lead them according to your plans for them. especially as they face trials and difficulties in life. Lord. their families and loved ones. We thank You for taking good care of them and their loved ones as well. Let all of us share in the love of Your mother and look up to her for intercession.

I am handmaids of the Lord. Amen. April 2007 76/76 Help them father. "Behold. and to the bigger family of Couples for Christ. Sisters. to be truly Your handmaids as they individually proclaim. 76 . may it be done to me according to Your word".Revised for HOLD. in the unity of the Holy Spirit. All these we ask in the mighty name of our Lord who lives and reigns with You.CLP. welcome to the CFC Handmaids of the Lord. one God forever and ever.

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