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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 Christians. 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 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 singles to make a reorientation of their lives around Jesus. The third module helps the singles 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. 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 CFC Singles for Christ 12. Transformation in Christ
CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program First 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 Singles for Christ.
EXPANDED OUTLINE I. Introduction. A. 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. Luke 4:16-21. Jesus proclaims his mission. 1. The salvation promised by God was to be fulfilled in and through him. He was to announce the good news of God's reign (Luke 4:43). His proclamation is timeless. The promise
2. His mission is for all. applies to us too. II.
Do we understand Jesus' message? If for us, how have we received his offer of salvation? a. Jesus refers to four kinds of people. Do we recognize ourselves among them? 1. The poor. These are those who live lives apart from God. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. 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. b. But Jesus came precisely to bring salvation to us in all these areas.
1. 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. He proclaims liberty to captives. Jesus can free us from our captivity to worldly things that are of no true and lasting worth. 3. He gives sight to the blind. With Jesus, we will never be in darkness, unable to see. John 8:12. 4. He lets the oppressed go free. Only Jesus can truly set us free from our bondages. III. But are we experiencing today the salvation that Jesus offers? Do we have spiritual abundance, are we living in freedom, do we see with God's eyes? a. What do we see in the world today? Moral degeneration in all levels of society. 1. Upsurge in sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, and perversity. 2. Rampant greed and dishonesty. 3. Workaholics leaving no room for God. 4. Alarming break-up of families due to a lack of commitment of spouses. 5. Spiritual blindness, giving rise to man-made religions and cults. b. Why are Christians behaving like this in the modern world? 1. Superficially, one may point to "economic hard times" as the reason. When times are hard, people look for concrete things that can help them. a. Bribing in order to win a contract. b. Alcohol, drugs and illicit sex to cover up difficulties. c. Turning to the occult for good luck. 1. Others point to sociological reasons. a. If everyone is doing it, it must be OK. b. In society today, there is a lack of objective moral norms for right conduct. 1. 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. 2. 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.
2. 1. And the Spirit did come. This power will be given when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. we must have a direct link-up with the source of power. b. 2. The disciples were emboldened and empowered. Sin in our lives blocks the power of God. d. We need the care and support of others in order to become better Christians. 1. Why are we lacking in spiritual power as Christians? There are a number of reasons. c. This was the power of the Holy Spirit at work. the body of Christ. But in order for us to receive power. Many do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. live. Before his ascension. 1. the whole Roman Empire was converted. b. Some Christians are not living in the power of the Holy Spirit. John 16:7-8. a. We are called to be part of a body. 1. but many still live a split-level Christianity. Some are unwilling to give up sin. a. Jesus affirms the Spirit's importance. c. For many Christians. He is God who is far away in heaven. Christianity spread quickly. There are those who have no Christian support. act and relate to others. but conversion to the Lord is not full. The world is a hostile environment for Christians. Jesus is out of reach. a. 1. V. But many Christians do not know the Spirit nor understand his role. e. Acts 1:8. What then must we do about our situation? . Or there may be no serious sin.IV. b. ♣ And this same spiritual power is available to us. 2. 1. Jesus told the disciples to wait for power from on high. Luke 24:49. And within a couple of centuries. John 15:5. on the day of Pentecost. We can easily become assimilated into the values and points-of-view of the world. We believe in the Trinity and we know well the Father and the Son. We may be satisfied with an emotional experience and not allow our conversion to effect concretely the way we think. One may be a good person.
b.a. The first step is to join this Christian Life Program. maturity and power in Christian living. 2. 1. Don't just pass it up. you will be invited to join CFC Singles for Christ so you can continue to receive support for your Christian life. At the end of the CLP. The CLP has 3 modules of 4 sessions each. then we should not just invest ourselves in this world. If true. You do not have to commit yourself to the whole CLP. concrete expression of his reality in your lives in an ongoing way. approach this in faith and know that your God is extending to you an invitation. what does this invitation mean for you? 1. Our Lord wants to offer you a personal. Revelations 3:20. 2. To begin with. Right now. . c. All these will bring you to the doorway to spiritual freedom. 2. Concretely. a. Our true citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). 1. b. but can take each of the sessions as they come. We should invest for the next. Our stay in this world is transitory. understand that we are not meant for this world but for a higher life with God. Investigate for yourself what Jesus is offering.
b. In the field of medicine. etc. For example: a. On a personal level. There is poverty. or if it is not the desired sex.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program The Basic Truths About Christianity TALK No. b. we can discover the sex of a child before it is born. a. There is serious disorder in the world today. depression. There is murder. Everyone agrees that something major is needed to correct the situation in the world. Starvation in different parts of the world. a. a. . EXPANDED OUTLINE I. there is loneliness. ♣ Particularly despicable is abortion. The situation in the world today. There is war. Poor people even in rich countries. A. through the ultrasound technique. 1: GOD’S LOVE GOAL : To communicate the truth that God loves us and has a plan for our welfare. c. There is social injustice. mistrust. insecurity. but their efforts are not succeeding. B. A. a. fear. resulting in the killing of millions of unborn children. But some people use this technology to decide to kill the unborn child if found defective. Man has made various efforts to improve the world. (Cite some of the current wars going on). ♣ Man cannot be completely trusted to use God's wisdom properly.
1. 1. ♣ The disruption in our relationship with God is our doing. we read about the wickedness of man in the time of Noah. What is the way of God? Does God have a plan for bringing us out of our confusion and disorder? a. 3. Marxism. we have learned better and more productive ways of increasing the yield of the land. ♣ The confusion and disorder is not in accordance with the plan of God. But millions of people are still dying of malnutrition and starvation. and New Age. But still. Further on in Genesis (Genesis 6 ff. Genesis 1:31. a. In food production. Original sin entered the picture. yet God extended to them a gesture of grace: He gave them clothing (Genesis 3:21) and even promised that the offspring of the woman will crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). What God creates is good. ♣ The human race has not learned to share God's provision with their less fortunate members. Man is not succeeding because all these efforts are based on man's wisdom. Yes! The starting point for understanding God's plan is found in the story of creation in Genesis. a. and is not as God intends. Genesis 3:8-9. And from then on. God punished Cain for murdering his brother Abel. However.). God sent a flood to eradicate the evil on .a. a. God punished Adam and Eve when they sinned. ♣ II. Genesis 1:27. even if God punished man. ♣ The ugliness and sin in the lives of people today are not in accordance with God's will. Man is meant for friendship with God. God created man in His image. What is needed is God's wisdom and ways. b. man continued to turn against God and His ways. God did not abandon him. yet He gave Cain a mark to protect him from being killed on sight (Genesis 4:15). Examples: TM. 1. 2. 1. Some even propose solutions through man-made religions and other ideologies. Isaiah 55:8-9. things did not turn out according to God's plan.
The Bible tells us about the reality of Satan. a. we need to turn to God's wisdom. how God would not leave man alone to his fate. But this incident of the tower of Babel is immediately followed by the story of Abraham (Genesis 12). poverty. When we look at the world around us. 4. Behind all these is something bigger. ♣ God does not want us to live lives of pain. A place in which He would reign! III. we can see how God loves the human race. God is someone who loves us and is interested in having a personal relationship with us. 2. How can God's plan happen? a. b. He directed Noah to build an ark that would deliver the righteous from death. it seems impossible. 2. we cannot overcome Satan. What does God say about life's realities? 1. He is interested in the details of our daily lives. God is neither indifferent nor distant. God also says that our human efforts apart from Him will prove useless. . This is God's plan! It is an expression of His love. Ephesians 1:9-10. Christ is the answer. Jeremiah 29:11. illustrated by the building of the tower of Babel. ♣ Isaiah 48:17. Still further in Genesis (Genesis 11:1-9). On our own. From these accounts. the wickedness of man continued to provoke the wrath of God. yet He had compassion. to restore our fellowship and intimacy with him. So what is the solution? Jesus Christ! 1. 4. we cannot overcome the challenges in our Christian life. 1. Ephesians 6:12. We need God's point of view. We are not just confronted with particular wrongs in society or in ourselves. justice and happiness. 3. God wants the world to be a place of peace. or injustice. John 15:5. 1. God wants to bring us all back to Himself. ♣ On our own strength. Again. c.earth. Satan is orchestrating these evils. which is the beginning of the great restoration that Jesus was to bring. In fact.
God sent Jesus His own Son. They stayed. 1. b. John 3:16. 2. 3. b. peace and happiness. or to live in the kingdom of God. Christ is the fullness of God's love. in Jesus we experience the love of God. In fact. He is the vine from which we draw life. IV. When Jesus spoke to his disciples. It is now our move. Romans 10:9. Let us accept Jesus and the salvation that he brings. 4. We need to simply accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Some say the devil is pure imagination. Some of you may find difficulty accepting them. What this means will become clearer as we move on in this CLP. 1. And in Jesus. 5. a life of freedom. . Thus. with the fullness of life He intended. V. Some people do.2. Jesus turned to the other disciples and asked if they were going to leave too. some silly superstition. a life of slavery under Satan. So God has done His part. God loves us. Not so. But for now. what is important to know is simply this: 3. some were turned off (John 6:60). In Jesus we are saved and restored to our relationship with God. A Final Word a. dignity. You too will be confronted with the basic truths of the gospel of Jesus. God's plan for restoration can begin to happen. b. strength and power. The choice is ours: to live under the dominion of darkness. They could not accept the truths Jesus revealed to them and they left (John 6:66). Let us begin to truly experience God's love. 4. What do we need to do? a. 1. 2. He is a spiritual being more powerful than Satan.
along with us. Is Jesus really God? ♣ For the answer. Or will you just walk away like the disciples who left Jesus? 3. ♣ If there are no more sins. Some even question the divinity of Jesus Christ. 1.2. and that in today's liberal views there are no more sins. a. Some say sin was just a concoction of a rigid Victorian era. how God's love can make a difference in your life? 2. I hope that just like Simon Peter you will say: "Lord. come back next week. to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (John 6:68). then who needs a savior? Who needs Jesus? He came for nothing. . 1. Will you continue to investigate how God's plan can work in your life? Will you continue to explore. The choice is given to each of you.
Jesus Christ is the answer. depression. fear. a. In Jesus. God's plan for restoration can begin to happen in our lives. poverty. We need God's point of view. Start with a brief introduction about your life. c. a. a. 2. murder. The situation in the world today. Man makes various efforts to improve the world but is not succeeding because these are not based on God's wisdom. etc. III. b. b. b. we cannot overcome the challenges in our Christian life. Discussion Starter 1.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participants Outline TALK No. b. c. God is interested in our lives. God has a plan for bringing us out of confusion and disorder. Jesus is the fullness of God's love. We need simply to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. II. On our own strength. 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 5 6 7 Ephesians 1:7-10 John 3:16-18 Romans 10:9-13 The Challenge God has loved you with an eternal love. Satan is real and is behind the evils in the world. IV. The ultimate manifestation of this love was sending God's own Son to suffer and die for you. God wants to restore our fellowship and intimacy with Him. a. Share with one another how you came to the Christian Life Program and what you expect or seek to experience. On a personal level: loneliness. etc. 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? . Serious disorder in society: war. 1: GOD'S LOVE Brief Outline I. Share about how you have personally experienced God's love.
How is Jesus different from them all? . Introduction a. What we want to know is whether there is any reason not to put Jesus on the same level as Buddha. He is truly impressive. The book about him. or that they bore messages from God. or that they were gods. It is this person who won for us our salvation. Having been born and raised as Christians. one whom we can be truly proud of. Lao-Tze. 1. 1 best seller of all time. Was Jesus more than just a great religious man or moral teacher? 1. Confucius.000 years after his death. the Bible. 3. And so we ask: "Who is Jesus Christ?" II. almost 2. b. Thus. Countless numbers have been martyred for their faith in him. b. we want to know him more fully.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program The Basic Truths About Christianity TALK No. The Uniqueness of Jesus a. 2. we take for granted our conviction that Jesus is the Son of God. They found it hard to accept that he was not just an ordinary person (Mark 6:3). who restored us to our relationship with God. 2. History is full of men who have claimed that they came from God. Millions today claim to be his followers. we derive our identity from a person. In him we can have a full and a new life. But this was not so for his contemporaries. is easily the No. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. As Christians. Socrates or other wise men. realizing the importance of this person to us. c. Even the person who this very day founded a new religion. 2: WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? GOAL : To attract people to Jesus and to challenge them to respond to his deity and lordship.
He was never more than 100 miles from his home. personal. 3. 2. b. c. 1. He was preannounced and his coming was expected. By right he should simply have faded into complete oblivion. b. and Levi (Mark 2:14). James and John (Mark 1:20). Mark 9:15. Warm. He broke long-standing traditions for the sake of a higher righteousness. 4. 2. For three years he became an itinerant preacher. a. and best-loved person who ever walked the earth. His death was the goal and fulfillment of his life. He rebuked Peter for standing in the way of his fulfilling the mission given by the Father. b. 2. which saw its fulfillment in Jesus. III. a. Some Details About His Life a. He summoned Simon and Andrew (Mark 1: 16-18). He was crucified for stirring up the people. 5. He gave orders to nature which were obeyed. He healed the disabled and the sick. Once he appeared on the scene. He had never been into cities with a population larger than 50. people for a long time were waiting for the messiah. and later as a man who did not have their educational advantages. . He outwitted the leaders of his day in discussion as a boy of twelve. Down to earth. A magnetic leader. Matthew 16:21-23. 3. killed in little Jerusalem on the fringes of the Roman empire. he struck history with such impact that he split it in two. He was able to fast for 40 days.000. Every other person who came into this world came into it to live. Instead. What was he like? 1. Courageous. Because of Old Testament prophecies. A major attraction of the times. dividing it into two periods: BC and AD. Jesus was a young carpenter in Nazareth. A very attractive personality. Not confused or unsure of himself or of his mission.c. People are constantly amazed at his teaching and works. Three things that make Jesus an absolutely unique figure in human history: 1. Within 3 years he was dead. Strong in mind and body. who all followed him immediately. dynamic. A man of extraordinary authority. He resisted the desire of his followers to make him a political king. Jesus came into the world to die. 1. he is surely the most famous. honored. Not a romantic or a dreamer.
Jesus claimed that he could forgive sin. d. a. 2. Quote from CS Lewis (see quote B). A man could work miracles and not be God. So how do we know? The answer simply is that Jesus himself told us so. Mk 2:3-12. 2. IV. 1. sadness (Mark 14:34). Very human. Jesus time and again speaks of his divinity. which was early morning. How do we know he is God? 1. c. Mark 14:61-62. None of them ever claimed to be God. He even had his favorite time. Lewis (see quote A). ♣ Quote from C. Jesus claimed to be God. Story of the paralytic at Capernaum. c. 10:30. love (Mark 10:21). S. John 14:12. He showed tenderness and personal concern. Jesus' Claim to be God a. The answer is yes. By his miracles? Miracles only show that God is working through a person. 2. John 12:45. Is Jesus worthy to be the center of my life? 2. 1. Jesus' claim to divinity is a far different claim than Buddha or Confucius or Mohammed ever made. . b. There is something more to Jesus than to any other person. b. He experienced anger and grief (Mark 3:5). In John. But is there more to him? 1. He is worth paying more attention to than any other man BECAUSE HE IS GOD. compassion (Mark 1:41). Time and again throughout his public ministry. Jesus is totally unique from any other personality and so is clearly worth knowing.1. 8:58. a. Also.
Such a man cannot be a liar. l. Look at his moral purity. 2. Either he knew it was false. Could Jesus have been a lunatic? 1. h. his poise and composure would be amazing if he was insane. 1. Such a man cannot be a lunatic. k. If not a liar or a lunatic. etc. But not only would he have been a liar. Throughout scripture. his words and his work to conclude that he could not have been a liar. b. he would also be: c. A fool because it was his claim to being God that led to his crucifixion. whatever the cost. because he told others to trust him for their eternal destiny. then he would have been deliberately deceiving his followers. the only alternative left to us is that Jesus did speak the truth. and air of truth. e. dignity. If he could not back up his claims and knew it. and is. The results of his life and teachings have been lives changed for the better. In fact. because he told others to be honest. or he did not know it was false. and high above human greatness. thieves made honest. In Jesus we do not see any abnormalities or imbalance that usually go along with being deranged. j. Jesus' claim to be God must be either true or false. . He spoke some of the most profound sayings ever recorded. the Son of God as he claimed. Consider his character that is so original.V. sound intellect. then he was unspeakably evil. perfect. and sacrificed his own life for it. Could Jesus have lied? 1. consistent. Lunatic. in which case he would be a liar. then we have two and only two alternatives. in which case he would be a lunatic. g. Would he die for a lie? i. 3. 1. He carried out a plan of unparalleled beneficence. Liar. A demon. He was. or Lord a. while he himself taught and lived a colossal lie. hateful individuals becoming channels of love. d. f. moral magnitude and sublimity. If he lied. we can read about a number of Jesus' contemporaries coming to the realization that he was God. But we need only look at his person. A hypocrite. If false.
In the miracle of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Mark 3:11. Only Jesus' tomb is empty. b. If he is not God. God Confirmed Jesus' Claim a. . 3. Simon Peter. Matthew 16:13-16. To the Jews. The centurion. a. God alone was the one who had the prerogative to give life or to take away life. John 1:49. 1. VI. Conclusion a. Matthew 27:54. He is 1. 6. Even the evil spirits.1. b. But the most conclusive proof is Jesus' own resurrection from the dead. 1. God Himself confirmed it. As many as there were who accepted the divinity of Jesus. there were also others who refused to accept him. Mark 1:24. making claims that affect us. VII. Muhammad and the founders of all the great world religions are still with us. 5. then we should seriously consider him. John 20:27-28. Luke 4:41. Who is Jesus Christ? Liar. Our response will have eternal consequences. The tombs of Buddha. Thomas. Matthew 8:29. lunatic or Lord? The choice is yours. 4. Jesus is a man whose words and life demand a response from us. But if he is God. Martha. 2. John 11:41-42. because we do not want to be followers of a liar or a lunatic. 2. then we should have nothing to do with him. John 11:27. Nathanael. How can we have confirmation of Jesus' divinity? b. Jesus was giving a demonstration.
He told people that their sins were forgiven. 'Are you Zeus?'. these words would imply what I can only regard as a silliness and conceit unrivalled by any other character in history". compared with whom Hitler was the most sane and humble of men. 'Are you the son of Bramah?'. If you had asked Confucius. he would have laughed at you. We can all understand how a man forgives offenses against himself. There is no halfway house. if not true. If you had gone to Buddha and asked him. On the other. the person chiefly offended in all offenses. he would first have rent his clothes then cut your head off. If you had gone to Socrates and asked.QUOTATIONS: Quote A. But what should we make of a man. you are still in the vale of illusion'. he would have said. and there is no parallel in other religions. are those of a megalomaniac. CS Lewis. this is really so preposterous as to be comic. Mere Christianity "Now unless the speaker is God. . and never waited to consult all the other people whom their sins had undoubtedly injured. you steal my money and I forgive you. In my opinion. If you would have gone to Mohammed and asked. The idea of a great moral teacher saying what Christ said is out of the question. 'Remarks which are not in accordance with nature are in bad taste'. 'My son. Yet this is what Jesus did. claims which. himself unrobbed and untrodden on. 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. This makes sense only if He really was the God whose laws are broken and whose love is wounded in every sin. CS Lewis "On the one side clear. definite. In the mouth of any speaker who is not God. He unhesitatingly behaved as if He was the party chiefly concerned. moral teaching. 'Are you heaven?'. You tread on my toe and I forgive you. 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. 'Are you Allah?'. I think he would have probably replied.
2. Are you willing to accept him as Lord of your life? As Lord. Share about your Christian background. b. and what new insights you have gotten through the talk. Many of his contemporaries came to the realization that he indeed was God. III. A man of extraordinary authority. He came into the world not to live but to die. His coming was pre-announced through Old Testament prophecies. Discuss how you saw or thought of Jesus before. A very attractive personality. c. e. 2: WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? Brief Outline I. b. d. will you allow him to rule your life totally? . Discussion Starter 1. Jesus claimed to be God. The impact of Jesus on history. a. A magnetic leader. He clearly was not a liar or a lunatic. b. c. a. a.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. He struck history with such impact that he split it in two: BC and AD. II. 38-44 The Challenge Jesus is God. Jesus was a very impressive person. c. 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. God confirmed his claim by raising him from the dead. No other great religious leader claimed to be God. He claimed that he could forgive sin. something only God can do.
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. a set of rules regarding right and wrong. Our religious practices ought to be experiences of faith and not mere rituals we do as a matter of habit. As such. Avoiding those things that can make you go to hell. Misconceptions or Incomplete Notions About Christianity a. ♣ Going to Mass. Doing a lot for God. 3. EXPANDED OUTLINE I.e. we carry his name. like the Apostles Creed. we base our values and lives on these doctrines we believe in. ♣ 2. Faith remains on an intellectual level. II. These are incomplete notions because they make religion legalistic and . Christianity is reduced to a mere religious system. and that he is our Lord and Savior. In fact. 1.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program The Basic Truths About Christianity TALK No. b. we are his followers. All the above are misconceptions or incomplete notions unless what we believe in is translated into our lives. etc. 1. i. 4.. as Christians. And so now we want to learn about what it really means to be a Christian. novenas. A set of do's and don'ts. Knowing or reading a lot about God. 2. a. Christianity is a mere moral system. A set of doctrines to believe in. Last week we asked the question "Who is Jesus Christ?" And we should have come away with the conviction that he is God. A set of religious practices. Introduction a.
Equating Christianity with humanitarianism. Our identity changes and we become sons and daughter of God (Galatians 4:4-7). we become a new creation and participate in the very life of Christ. c. 1. for those who cannot cope with life. but as an expression of our relationship with God and with our brethren. Since God is the source of Christianity. Galatians 2:20. In fact. He is a nice man or woman who always smiles. b. a Christian can get angry. Rather. Christianity is an escape from the realities of life. What is Christianity? a. 1. 2. is friendly. Everything else we do (viz misconceptions above) merely expresses this relationship.sterile. non-Christians can do good. c. III. made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. personal relationship with God. In Christianity. 2. We have to take the Word of God as is and base our life on it. Titus 3:3-7. an opium of the poor and the oppressed. b. Our whole life becomes an expression of this relationship. 1. a. its truths are enduring and unchanging. A Christian is someone who does good and is kind. out of His mercy and love for us. and tries to please everyone. a. 2. never gets angry. humanitarian system. An incomplete notion because it leaves out the deity of Christ. as Jesus did. our religion is our life. A wrong notion. It is for the weak. Christianity is a social. There is no life and joy. Some important truths about Christianity. The essence of Christianity is union with God. We do or don't do certain things not because the rule book says so. 2 Corinthians 5:17. What makes us Christians is our loving. We enter into the same relationship that Jesus has with the Father. . Ephesians 2:4-8. and limits Christianity to merely being a good Samaritan. b. They cannot be reduced or watered down to suit man's fancy or convenience. b. It is a relationship initiated by God. because Christians are not taught to escape problems but to face them. In fact.
♣ IV. Any other attitude is unreasonable and illogical. Paul realized this (Philippians 3:8). What should our goal be? Philippians 3:14. or any other event. is the best.c. There is more where it came from. 2. what does that make of us? Brothers and sisters! 1. 1. Open yourself up and receive more. In a vibrant Christian community (such as SFC). 3. Conclusion . God has a plan for us and it is good. a. Because God is our Father and He loves us and cares for us. If God is our Father. He is providing for us right now (Tick off blessings). 2. Our life does not end with physical death. or our economy collapses completely. Our Father knows our needs and He will provide for us. In fact. Jeremiah 29:11-13. There is respect. We share in the eternal life of Christ. God is committed to help us and provide for us. We take on the nature of God: holiness. people really experience this brotherhood and sisterhood. do not invest yourself here. Even if a revolution comes tomorrow. Since we all have the same Father. As brethren. Who do you think is providing for you? Luke 12:22-31. Where do we really belong? Philippians 3:20. e. Thus we just need to seek His plan out and live our lives accordingly. There is a sharing of life. Be peaceful! V. we are committed to support and care for one another. 2. trust Him! 1. If you believe all these (quickly enumerate the above 4). Practical implications of being a Christian. b. Colossians 3:5-10. honor and esteem for each other which you do not find anywhere else. God's plan for us. then what should our attitude be as Christians? Only one attitude can be reasonable: be peaceful at all times. As Christians. whatever it is. 1. we learn that life on this earth is temporary. Hebrews 13:5-6. We cannot expect anything better. or joy or sorrow. Therefore. d. 2. c. 2. 1.
for God will care for us. and experience the tremendous peace of Christ flowing into your lives and into your family. We can count on Him completely.a. If we are Christians. Put your lives now completely in God's hands. Not to believe this truth is to call God a liar. c. . b. But God does not lie. How do we know these things? God said so! We can count on His Word. For God Himself is our Father. we are the most fortunate and privileged of people. We need never be afraid of anything.
We can trust in God because He is our loving Father. made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. d. a. d. A mere moral system. An escape from the realities of life. c. b. b.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. which is holiness. we become a new creation and participate in the very life of Christ. c. a. Discussion starter 1. We are brothers and sisters in Christ and are committed to care for one another. e. We can have peace and joy in spite of any circumstances. A mere religious system. We take on the nature of God. Misconceptions or incomplete notions about Christianity. a. The essence of Christianity is union with God. It is a relationship initiated by God. 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 social or humanitarian system. 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. out of His mercy and love for us. Since life on earth is temporary. We can stop worrying because God knows our needs and will provide for us. II. b. 3: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN Brief Outline I. In Christianity. c. Practical implications of being a Christian. What misconceptions about Christianity do you identify with? 2. ready to place yourself completely in His hands? CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program The Basic Truths About Christianity . III.
Our proper response is repentance and faith. Further. It is a double-action response. We need to believe in Him and in His plans and promises. We need to repent. repentance means a turning away from sin. 3. God has done all these things for us. your attitudes. evil. Rather.e. We cannot just have one without the other. b. 4. Introduction a. Mark 1:14-15. Repentance and faith go together. i. And we need to believe in the gospel. about the relationship initiated by God with us. . In other words. a. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. So far we have heard about God's love. Faith necessarily needs to be connected to morality. 1. To simply believe without doing anything to reform our lives to become pleasing to God is also inadequate. The Greek word for repentance is "metanoia". wrongdoing and running your own life. 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. It is not just a simple confession of wrongdoing. 1. b. faith without works is dead.e. it is turning to a life of obedience to God and having Jesus on the throne of your life. i. Repentance a.. 4: REPENTANCE AND FAITH GOAL : To lead people to repent of sin and turn to renewed faith in Jesus Christ. it refers to a change in direction. 2. motives. to reform our lives. 2. Repentance affects the way you think and act. Now it is time to respond. thoughts and behavior. about what Jesus has done for us. have faith in Jesus and the message he brings. which literally means a change of mind. To just reform our lives is an inadequate response to God.. More specifically.TALK No. II.
These are serious sins that are totally incompatible with a relationship with God. experience". a. a. What must we do to repent? 1. Exercise humility. i. For Catholics. These serious sins are: 1. It is not being sorry for sin because we are afraid of the consequences. ♣ Be willing to change. Ask God's forgiveness.g. ♣ This includes witchcraft. a. Luke 15:11-24. 4. it depends on an objective decision to accept only God's righteousness into one's life and reject anything not compatible with this. character flaws like always getting irritated). Don't expect to be able to change all by yourself. 1 John 1:9. There are specific sins we need to renounce. Story of the prodigal son. Actively turn away from sin and decide not to do it again. etc. 5. If it is sin. 2. What repentance is not. 1. do not call it a "growth 1. We must hate sin itself.. 1. fortune telling.e.. ♣ We should not confuse sorrow for sin with sorrow for the consequences of sin. Involvement by a Christian in non-Christian religions. ♣ Call a spade a spade. New Age. we need to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. and Transcendental Meditation. We are not referring to just so-called "small-stuff" (e. go to a priest for confession. ♣ This includes such "religions" as Freemasonry. seances. lukewarmness (Revelations 3:15-16) and neglect of our Christian responsibilities. Spiritualism and the occult. Admit that we have sin in our lives.♣ It includes turning away from doublemindedness. Be honest. . playing spirit of the glass. Renounce sin. 1. 1. ♣ Rather. 3. and be willing to receive help from the Lord to change. It is not dependent on feelings.
1. Sexual wrongdoing. ♣ This includes sexual intercourse outside marriage, adultery, and active homosexuality.
1. Serious crimes such as murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery, corruption, etc. 2. Drunkenness (not just drinking but drunkenness) and getting stoned on drugs. Note carefully which of these apply to you. It would be helpful for you to talk to your facilitator this week about how to turn away from them. Remember that the point here is not to feel bad about yourself for past sins, but to decisively turn away from them. a. Repentance only becomes complete after totally turning away from evil and accepting Jesus as Lord. 1. Our lives need to come under his management. We need to let Jesus have the run of things. 2. Accepting Jesus and letting him be Lord of our lives require faith. III. Faith a. Faith is belief in the gospel, which is the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. 1. Faith is both belief in the messenger, Jesus, and in the message that he brings. 2. Faith means not just believing with our minds (an intellectual belief) that Jesus is the Savior, but believing in our hearts that he came to be our personal Savior. b. Faith is a personal act and decision. It has several aspects (Revelation 3:20). 1. It is a definite act. We must open the door if Jesus is to come into our lives. 2. It is an individual act. We need to decide on our own to open the door. No one can decide for us to do so. 3. It is a deliberate act. 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. 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. The next move is ours. 4. It is an urgent act. The future is uncertain and time is passing away. 5. It is an indispensable act.
6. It is part of our double-action response. 7. It is the step needed to receive all God has promised. Faith is relying on all God has said. Example of Peter walking on the water (Matthew 14:25-29) c. What faith is not. 1. It is not just a feeling. ♣ Rather, we accept God's word as truth, no matter what we feel.
1. It is not just wishful thinking. It is not based on illusions or personal desires, but on God's word. 2. It is not a blind leap. ♣ Peter stepped on the water because Jesus invited him to. 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.
a. God has promised us new life. Faith is accepting that life and letting God show us how to live it. We must be willing to do whatever God wants of us, and actually do it. IV. Consequences of Repentance and Faith a. Acts 16:31 1. A promise of salvation from sin, Satan, death. 2. A promise of forgiveness and eternal life with God. b. Luke 11:9-13 1. A promise of new life in the Spirit. 2. We can pray for a greater release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Conclusion. a. 2,000 years ago, Jesus sounded the call to repentance and faith. It is the same call to us today. We are called to turn away from sin and all obstacles to God, and to accept Jesus as Lord. b. As we respond positively, God promises us salvation from sin, forgiveness and reconciliation, eternal life, and the power of the Holy Spirit for our lives. c. Accept the challenge to repent and believe in Jesus. Then take God up on His promises, and expect to experience the peace and joy and power of the Lord in your lives.
Share with one another areas where you need to turn more fully to God. God sent His own Son to die for us. Faith is belief in the good news of salvation in Jesus. Our proper response to all God has done for us is repentance and faith. c. Turn away from sin and all obstacles to God. V. IV. Sexual wrongdoing. II. and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. it is turning to a life of obedience to God and having Jesus on the throne of your life. God loves us.). evil. Further. Drunkenness and drugs. Salvation from sin. Scripture for Daily Prayer Day 1 2 3 Mark 1:14-15 Galatians 5:29-21 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Ephesians 5:1-10 Day 4 5 6 7 1 John 1:5-10 Luke 15:11-24 Luke 11:9-13 Hebrews 11:1-40 The Challenge Jesus sounded the call to repentance and faith 2. Specific serious sins we must renounce: non-Christian religions. Forgiveness and eternal life with God. running your own life. This is the same call to us today. dropping an old set of ideals and values and adopting new ones. It is a change in the way we live our lives. Share areas where you need to grow in faith. Specifically. wrongdoing and c. a. repentance means a turning away from sin. Serious crimes (murder. b. . Spiritualism and the occult. New life in the Holy Spirit. 2. ♣ It is a belief in Jesus as our personal Savior. Then take God up on all His promises.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. God has initiated a relationship with us as Father.000 years ago. 4: REPENTANCE AND FAITH Brief Outline I. which literally means a change of mind. Consequences of repentance and faith: a. death. Satan. It is a change of direction in life. Discussion Starter 1. rape. III. The Greek word for repentance is "metanoia". etc. b.
b. what should be our ideal? 1. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. influencing and directing our lives. Goals direct our human behavior and plans for life. Some people try to express love for God in different ways: 1. ♣ Money? Position? Fame? 1. Acts of piety . How we can apply God's plan in order to experience His power and His peace. our place in it. 3. Thus God made it into a commandment of the highest priority.. II. but if loving God is not our ideal. Psyching up pious feelings. Ideals are important to move us on. and to teach people how they can start to live out this Christian ideal. 1. a. As Christians in the world. 5: THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: LOVING GOD GOAL : To explain the meaning of the first and greatest commandment. 2. the centrality of Jesus in salvation history. and here we will focus on: 1. Our goals become our ideal of life. The Christian Ideal of Loving God a. a better society). and God's call for us to repent and believe in the good news. then this falls short. we talked about: God's plan for the human race. We can give our lives to pursuing good goals (e. How we can live successfully as Christians in the modern world. 2. Introduction (may be omitted or modified if the team leader already gives this). In the first module of our CLP.g. Mark 12:28-30. b. Humanist or philantrophic endeavors. 2. a. God wants us to make loving Him our highest ideal.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program The Authentic Christian Life TALK No. We are now starting the second module.
The Biblical understanding makes more sense. First understand what Jesus meant by heart. to love God. not legalistic. a. but rather based on a commitment.These are not wrong actions. we would use "mind" or "will". To love God with all our mind means to serve Him with the use of our mind. A relationship that is dynamic and alive. What It Means to Love God with All Our Heart a. John 14:15. In reading the . What It Means to Love God with All Our Mind a. In English. When God created us. a. a decision to love. The question is not so much how best to develop our mind. We need to develop a personal relationship with Him. b. IV. who the man is. A good mind is not necessarily an intelligent mind. 1. to be loyal to Him. but rather how our mind can fulfill its main purpose. ♣ The heart is the symbol of the core of man. 2. which are changeable. He did this so we can figure out how to love and serve Him. 2. because the kind of love God requires cannot depend on feelings. Biblical understanding of heart: the seat of intelligence and decision. or simply to make available our minds for His purposes. Bible. along with feeling. 2. It requires a decision to obey Him. It is similar to the commitment we make in marriage. b. He enabled us to think. 2. How do we put the Lord first in our life? 1. It includes intelligent thought and will. b. It is a commitment to seek the Lord first and foremost. To love God with all our heart is to be totally committed to Him. 1. 1. III. to place His will and interest above our own. It is a decision to put God first. We need to spend regular time with Him. but they are also not adequate expressions of loving God. A personal experience arising from our relationship as His sons and daughters. In prayer. Modern day understanding = feeling or emotion. 1. 1.
1.. In your business.. family. Use your mind actively for God's purpose. 2. which can expose our minds to input not consistent with Christian living. c. Protect and preserve your mind from unholy influences so that God can use you for His purposes. Free of uncharitable thoughts. Or it can become an instrument for destruction (e. 1. V. b. Be very discerning in the use of TV and other media.). neurosurgery. a. 1.g. Read the Bible and other helpful Christian literature which can help form your Christian mind. b.). In Christian service. c..c. How do we love and serve God with our mind? 1. a. Mt 5:28. b. b. not just how you can be rich materially. Use your mind according to God's truths and not according to the ways of the world. 1. and not how you can glory in the praises of men. a. Fill your mind with thoughts of God.g. nuclear bomb. Keep your mind clean and holy.. etc. It can be applied to contribute to world progress (e. b. etc. d. How you can please God. Our decisions and choices must be guided by God's word in the Bible. Keep our minds be free of worries. 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. etc. peer group. Let your mind be preoccupied with the things of God. 1. What It Means to Love God with All Our Strength . Mt 7:1-5. Free of all evil thoughts. a. Away from suspicion that can lead to estranged relationships. How you can be holy. science. Using our minds can have incredible consequences for society. because God promises to provide and care for us. biological warfare. a.
Jesus showed us the way.. Time. ♣ We are stewards. b. This means giving God all our resources – time. Jesus is our model in loving God. ♣ God is interested in our money. Bible. Mark 1:35. 2. a. we merely manage it. Christian books). VI. but for others. and abilities. Malachi 3:7-10. b. We must not set limits on our giving. . Develop proper attitudes towards money. Examine what you do with your free time. a. a. Money. Concrete applications: ♣ ♣ Seek God's direction as to how you are to spend your time. Luke 22:42. possessions. Concrete steps we can take: ♣ ♣ 1. money. Loving God is a very high ideal. Matthew 14:23. a.a. novel. He was dedicated to accomplishing his mission. What are the concrete ways we can love God with our resources? 1.g. He was constantly seeking the Father's will. but time can be better spent (e. He was obedient unto death. We need to be generous with our time. ♣ Volunteer to do Christian service. Movie. What we call "ours" is not really ours but His. Tithing. sleep? These are not wrong. 1. We are God's creation. John 4:34. c. energy. not because He needs it. Matthew 6:21. Use it not just for ourselves. gifts. Have the proper attitude: ♣ ♣ We do not own our time. a. not owners. He owns us. We must act according to God's interests. but in order to see the condition of our heart. ♣ We have a responsibility to manage and use well the resources given to us. Almsgiving.
But you cannot do it merely by deciding to do it. b. What will make it possible is the power of the Holy Spirit.VII. Conclusion a. practical actions. Loving God is not as vague and impractical as you might think. Rather. . it involves specific. decisions and commitments.
Dedicated to accomplishing his mission. We are to love God with all our heart. ♣ We give God all our resources – time. a decision to love.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. decisions and commitments. but rather a commitment. use our mind according to God's truths and not according to the world's ways. c. Discussion Starter How have I loved God in a concrete way? Scriptures for Daily Prayer Day 1 2 3 The Challenge Loving God is not as vague and impractical as you may think. abilities. d. Obedient unto death. which is changeable. energy. V. We We We We We are to serve God with the use of our mind. a. We need to have a personal relationship with God. money. commandment of the highest priority. c. God wants us to make loving Him our highest ideal. Thus God made it into a We are to love God with all our strength. preoccupy our mind with the things of God. Jesus is our model in loving God. II. keep our mind clean and holy. b. It involves specific. III. a. c. IV. e. a. and spend regular time with Him in prayer and the Bible. 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 Matthew 22:36-38 and Mark 12:28-30 John 14:21-24 Romans 12:1-2 Day 4 5 6 7 Matthew 7:1-5 Malachi 3:7-10 1 Timothy 6:7-14 John 4:34 . practical actions. and possessions. We are to be totally committed to God. protect and preserve our mind from unholy influences. to put Him first. b. b. gifts. Constantly seeking the Father's will. 5: THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: LOVING GOD Brief Outline I. We are to love God with all our mind. Not an emotion.
1. personal affection. 3. Feelings follow true love. Sometimes you are unable. ♣ 2. Introduction. Loving neighbor. 1 John 4:20-21. What Christian Love is Not a. Love is not always saying "yes". warmth. a. Love is often equated with feelings of sexual attraction. together with loving God. no Christianity. b. form the core of the Christian life. Mark 12:28-31. 1. 2. but love is not equal to feelings. even if We have the wrong concept of a loving person as a nice guy who tries to please everybody. Jesus summed up the whole law in these two greatest commandments. Love is not only having positive feelings. Today we look at the second. To serve others or to put them first does not mean never turning down opportunities to serve.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program The Authentic Christian Life TALK No. b. Last week we looked at the first and greatest commandment. c. . 6: LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR GOAL : To explain the meaning of Christian love and to help people apply Christian love in their lives. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. But feelings change and thus cannot be the sole basis for love. The two go together. II. Thus it is clear: no love for others. able. Sometimes you should not.
It is not just giving our time. The world's experience shows that love apart from God has become convoluted with sin (e. people are tempted to use it in this way. 1. 4. b. Love is not manipulative. John 15:12. But this is a conditional form of love. 2. There can be no Christian love apart from righteousness. sex outside marriage). 2. We recognize that putting others first can be bothersome or inconvenient for us. and the injury is sustained through forgiveness. Loving is not compatible with sinning. But most are not called to actually die for others. How then do we translate love into practical everyday terms? . 2. 1. Thus guarded love tries to protect itself from injury. Jesus spoke of a love that is connected with keeping God's commandments. Love is not defensive. Love is risky business. etc.g.a. Christian love is not guaranteed to be painless. So what is Christian love? What does God mean by love? a. John 15:9-10. By its nature. forbearance. 1. ♣ Jesus was specific about how we are to love one another. praying for others. We are not free to change or dilute Jesus' direction. Avoidance of pain. ♣ 3. You manipulate when you give love as a reward or withdraw love as a punishment. Answer in John 15. 1. III. Love is not self-seeking. but dying for others. How does Jesus love? John 15:13. By a self-sacrificial love. What if one betrays you? What if your loved one dies? Love seems to set one up to get hurt. difficulty and trial then become a condition attached to love. The focus in loving is not ourselves but others. a. Because love is so powerful. 3.. etc. Christian love is ready for self-denial.. imparting our wisdom. But the pain is endured through commitment. a. ♣ 2.
not holding grudges or resentments.1. Not pompous or inflated . Jesus told them to do likewise.able to master your emotions and feelings. Christian love is committed service. Thus it was remarkable for this Samaritan to help the Jew who was robbed and beaten. a. has self-control. 4. injury. dying on the cross was not the only example Jesus gave. not thinking of your own importance.accord honor and respect to one another. Thus. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. without taking counter action. because it was the task of the youngest slave. 7. Later he commanded them to love each other according to his example. Patient .can bear insult. 11. or begrudging another for having something you do not have. Luke 10:29b-37. but posture and speech that is upbuilding and encouraging. Not brood over injury . more impressed with your own unworthiness than merit. 1. 6. How do we love in everyday life? a. Kind . 2. ♣ 2. Not self-seeking . able to give allowance for the shortcoming of others. ♣ The Jews hated the Samaritans. Galatians 5:13b-14.not coveting what others have. but more on your duties. 9. Rejoices with the truth .slow to anger. 3.not an attitude of criticism. 3. John 13:14-15. Thus Peter objected. What Jesus did was most unusual. . John 13:34. who had inter-married among the gentiles. 10. Not rejoicing over wrongdoing -always seeking the good of others. ♣ 4. 5. even enemies. Not quick-tempered .telling the truth to one another. IV. 2. Not rude . The implication for us: All men in need of your help are your neighbors. When he finished. Not jealous . He demonstrated Christian love as service love. And who is your neighbor? Can you choose whom to love? 1. disappointment. Characteristics of Christians love. 8. The answer is in the parable of the good Samaritan.humble. The answer is in John 13:1-5 (the foot washing episode).not focused on having your rights met. Forbears .
V. b. mere human effort will fail. 1. b. 13. 14. 1.12. 2. not with passive resignation but with triumphant fortitude. 2.can bear things. Christian love is a command. Hopes . We have seen what it is (summarize) We have also taken a look at the various characteristics of love. and it is essential to Christianity. ♣ Romans 5:5.having a positive attitude towards life and problems. It is impossible without God's help. Read the passage yourself but substitute "I" for "love". To enable us to love. Given the nature of love and also our own human limitations. . If you come to the conclusion that Christian love is difficult or even impossible. Endures . you are right. Trusts . 3. God made us temples of the Holy Spirit. can remain joyful and peaceful under any circumstances. Conclusion. But He who commanded us to love also gives us the power to love. a. We have seen what it is not (enumerate).believing the best about other people.
Are you prepared to love others in the way Jesus loved you? Suggested Reading “Decision to Love” by Ken Wilson . Do you understand the Biblical meaning of love as contrasted with that of the world? 2. not self-seeking.34-35 John 15:9-17 Day 4 5 6 7 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 1 John 2:7-11 1 John 3:16-18 1 John 4:7-21 The Challenge Jesus showed us the way to true Christian love by the parable of the good Samaritan. not defensive. Love is not only having positive feelings. together with loving God.12-15. Characteristics of Christian love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. b. and not manipulative. form the core of the Christian life. Our neighbor is anyone who is in need of our help. 6: LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR Brief Outline I. Connected with keeping God's commandments. Discussion Starter 1. by his washing of his disciples' feet. How have you failed to love in everyday life? Scriptures for Daily Prayer Day 1 2 3 Matthew 22:37-40 and Mark 12:28-34 John 13:1-5. A self-sacrificial love. and most of all by his dying for us on the cross. Christian love is: a.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. c. ♣ Substitute "I" for "love". not always saying "yes". III. Loving neighbor. V. IV. Committed service to others. II.
We want to face up to this attack. 2. 1. 1. and to come out with our families intact and even stronger. 1. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. separations. but refers to practical ways of living according to God's ways. Teaching is not formal. with their physiology so formed as to enable man to increase and multiply and fill the earth. God created man. no independent individuals producing babies.. The family as the basic unit of society is no accident of history. Its very basis and stability are under attack. Many broken homes. God's Plan for the Family a. God intended man and woman to be one. unwanted children.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program The Authentic Christian Life TALK No. For this we need to put on God's mind and to follow His plan for the family. live-ins. II. male and female. 7: THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY GOAL : To stress the importance of the Christian family and to give practical advice for building up a strong Christian family. Take a look at the family as an institution today. A place to transmit wisdom and values of life. Even the traditional definition of family is being challenged (e. c. The family is a place for teaching and training children. ♣ Genesis 1:27-28. It was meant to be so from the very beginning. The family is the basic unit of society. 1. . 1. Genesis 2:18-24. a. but rather comes in the everyday activities in the home. but husband and wife raising a family. b. Introduction a.g. 2. ♣ Wisdom is not just knowing a lot of things. a homosexual couple adopting a child).
More and more parents look to psychology as a source of wisdom for raising their children.2. He receives his basic training in his own home. Parents no longer bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. They present their family to God. 2. 4. Stress on materialism and an easy life. because these are the values your own children will learn. their commitment is shaky. By the use of symbols. Ephesians 5:22-25. following: This is manifested by the 1. especially the fathers. By their example of a living Christianity. III. Husbands and wives do not follow God's order for them. There is a confusion of roles today. Therefore they cannot be depended on and the partners become insecure. 2. a. a. b. 1 Timothy 3:4-5 2. b. But God's plan for families is not happening. By family prayer. need to review your own values and see the place of Jesus in your life. For others. The family is a domestic church. 1. By blessing the children. The family itself is losing its importance. Parents. Parents and you. A man who is a proven leader in his home can be a church leader. future parents. By diligently teaching about Scripture. 3. Why not? a. 1. 2. Ephesians 6:4. Deuteronomy 6:7. Deuteronomy 6:8-9. 1. b. . God has lost His central place in the family. 1. They present God to their family. a. c. a. The family is a place for training leaders. ♣ An example of wrong teaching: Since two-year-olds are supposed to be negative. are to be the priests in their families. tell them to do the opposite to actually get them to do what you want.
Divorces or separations.g. Pray together as a family. Plan family recreation with your parents. Encourage your brothers and sisters to desire coming together as one family because it is fun to be together. Recreation in malls. 1. b. 1. IV. 1 Peter 5:8. Education in schools. brothers and sisters to spend time together. . which is the basic foundation for a healthy society. Now. Be ready to cut down on other activities if you see a need to do so. encourage your parents. People are constantly on the go and are too busy to interact with others. The family is under attack by evil forces. many of its responsibilities have been taken over by other groups in society. Make prayer a common and daily occurrence in your family. c. such as secular humanism and communism. Examine your daily life to ensure that your family has enough time together. b. The devil promotes many things that work to undermine the family. Livelihood in factories or offices. c. This has made it difficult for lasting relationships to develop. and oftentimes of the mothers as well. 1. 2.. TV. What can we do? a. d. you want God's plan to happen. 1. Modern recreation facilities allow very little interaction among family members. Livelihood is taking a big chunk of the time of fathers. Make a decision that in your family. 2. 2. Through the years. that you are not the head of the family. The family has become dispensable. Take time and give attention to the task of building a strong family. 3. a. electronic gadgets. c. The pace of modern life has become fast. ♣ E.1. The devil wants to break up the family. Emphasize family time and fellowship. Live-in situations. b. 1. d. Initiate this activity if your family is not used to doing it.
Intercede for your needs and for the needs of others.1. ♣ Mention some of our printed literature in CFC. 1. ♣ CFC-SFC will provide you support and formation. Allow your parents to know these couples. This is a dual role. Seek other Christian couples who share your concern about family life. Learn more about God's vision for your family. ♣ This is a good way to promote concern for others in your family. b. Pray for healing. You can look forward to developing real friendships and life-giving relationships. . In fact. Encourage your mothers to help your fathers take on their responsibilities. The wives should support their husbands and not take over their roles. Attend teachings on marriage and family life. build-up your father to take on this duty. 2. 1. 1. ♣ Do not limit yourselves to regular meetings. 1. 1. Neither should be neglected. Bring your parents with you or invite them to attend these activities. 1. that of both priest and provider. Read Christian books and magazines. a. ♣ We have these in CFC. Fathers should take steps to assume full responsibility for the spiritual and material needs of the family. a. why don’t you invite your parents to join CFC. Therefore. but look for opportunities to be together. and be in regular fellowship with them. This is what you can look forward to in our CFC Singles for Christ community.
A place for teaching and training children. Pray together as a family. a. d. Learn more about God's vision for the family. c. What can I do to help my parents. God has lost His central place in the family. introduce them to your parents and be in regular fellowship with them. c. d. A place for training leaders for the church. Wives. What you can do. Take time and give attention to the task of building a strong Christian family. The pace of modern life is too fast. what is the situation at home? Are we fulfilling God’s plan for the family? 2. How does my family fair in fulfilling the plan God has for it? In other words. Will you take the steps necessary to have God's plan happen in your family? Suggested Reading Husbands. II. Children” by Ralph Martin “Families in the Holy Spirit” by Frank Padilla . Discussion Starter 1. b. brothers and sisters build a Christian family? Scriptures for Daily Prayer Day 1 2 3 4 Genesis 1:26-28. The family is under attack by evil forces. III. The basic unit of society. a. b. 2:18-24 1 Timothy 3:4-5 Deuteronomy 6:4-9. d. A domestic church. The family itself is losing its importance. Parents. f. God's plan for the family is not happening. Seek other Christian couples who share your concern about family life. Make a decision that you want God's plan to happen in your family. 7: THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY Brief Outline I. e.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. We are called to respond to His divine efforts and to be a part of His work. 20-25 Ephesians 5:21-6:4 Day 5 6 7 1 Peter 5:8-10 1 Peter 3:1-7 Sirach 3:1-16 The Challenge God is trying to restore the Christian family back to His original plan. b. God's plan for the family a. Help your fathers take steps to assume full responsibility for the spiritual and material needs of the family. c.
and attractive. But Christians have not always been so lifeless. 2. It is the Holy Spirit Who enables us to experience God. 1. it conquered the Roman empire. and His action in our lives. 8: LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT GOAL : To stir up expectant faith and an eager desire for a greater working of God in people's lives through the Holy Spirit. We need to realize that true Christian living is not just a matter of human willpower. 3. But while we know the Father and the Son. That same power is available to us today. 1. guiding them. a new life from God. . a. The Spirit's importance was stressed by Jesus. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. strong. life in the Holy Spirit. lacking in power and effectiveness. 1. 1. We need to know the Holy Spirit not just as a doctrine. we see the Holy Spirit acting among them.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program The Authentic Christian Life TALK No. This life in the Spirit was normal for the early Christians. ♣ They truly In the book of Acts. is a very important topic. Introduction a. John 16:7. a. but as a Person Who truly affects our lives. giving them gifts. ♣ From a small sect. The early Christian movement was dynamic. but a new heart. experienced the Holy Spirit at work. because it is this kind of life that God wants for us. many do not know the ministry of the Holy Spirit. speaking to them. We cannot do it on our own steam. Our topic. That is the power of the Holy Spirit. Much of Christianity today looks weak. a living relationship with Him. 1.
Peter proclaims the gospel. Acts 10:44-46 (Cornelius).42-47.000 are converted! 10. We now have spiritual power for living the Christian life. .2. Ephesians 2:18. V. powerful apostles. Luke 24:49. 9. 2. A new relationship with God as Father that is deep and personal. Same transforming power. 5. fire. 3. The experience of the early disciples.5-13. God wants all men to have this new life. b. V. The Holy Spirit created bonds of love and unity among the new Christians.1-4. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit. The disciples were transformed from frightened men into bold. The day of Pentecost (a Jewish holiday).40-41. Acts 2. 5. 3. The Church was born. Peter tells them the response needed. V. V. g. e. 11. Power to serve as Jesus' witnesses. speaking in tongues. Acts 19:1-6 (Ephesus). Union with God. Others as well received the Holy Spirit. 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. With the Holy Spirit. d. Acts 1:8. A new nature. Those who received the Holy Spirit knew the Lord more personally and more experientially.22-36. Same deep worship. II. They stay in Jerusalem and wait. 7. Same relationship with Jesus. Acts 1:8. Noise like a strong wind.14-21. The disciples do as they are told. An exciting event. V. 4. c. 2 Corinthians 5:17. 1. Receiving the Holy Spirit (What does it mean?) a. V. It created a big stir. f. What does receiving the Holy Spirit (or being baptized in the Spirit) mean for us today? 1. We can experience the same power and gift of the Spirit that the early Christians did.37-39. 6. V. men gain: 3. 8. Acts 8:14-17 (Samaria). 4. b. Peter explained they were not drunk but that the Old Testament prophecies (Joel) were coming true.
. 2. what will be experienced is a fuller release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. n. guidance. A word on the gift of tongues. b. 7. a. 5. Much more: peace. etc. Obstacles to receiving God's gifts.4-11. We already received the Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation. 1 Corinthians 12:1. Doubt. tongues is a gift that is immediately manifest. and is often the gateway to a fuller life in the Spirit. What being baptized in the Spirit means for us. l. 2. more of listening). 3. Feeling unworthy. 6. 1. more of thanksgiving and praise rather than petition. We just need to ask in faith. Tongues is a common experience with the baptism in the Spirit.h. 2. God has promised us the Holy Spirit. 3. How can we receive the baptism in the Spirit? 1. Unlike the other spiritual gifts. 1. especially in prayer and worship. k. 4. 4. So we simply take God up on His promise. answered prayers. of looking foolish. For Christians. Just like in Acts. i. this will not be the initial reception of the Holy Spirit. Luke 11:9-13. 8. A new joy despite problems. Praying in a new way (more God-centered. Of what others will think. of being overtaken. ♣ We can be sure we will receive the Spirit because God said so. It is an important first step. We can receive the same spiritual gifts. m. Tongues can have great consequences on one's spiritual life. Same power for speaking the gospel. 9. 2. children. Refusing to admit sin as sin. others). Give a brief personal testimony. The Bible comes to life. An unrepentant attitude. Thus it is important. Fear. It is a gift from God. Knowing God more personally. We ask our Father to give us the Holy Spirit. Better relationships (with spouse. j. Rather. 1.
b. God offers each of you new life. III. Conclusion. But do not be afraid. Mainly. Being selective as to what gifts we want. Take time also to review your intentions and expectations in this CLP. So beware of temptations this week. And have faith that you will receive it. He is losing his grip. because God has so promised. This new life in the Spirit is the normal Christian life. What We will Do in the Prayer Session Next Week a. This will be an opportunity to clear up any questions and to receive greater clarity on baptism in the Holy Spirit. or of strange circumstances that Satan may pose in order to keep you from attending next week. Take time to read it through and get yourself behind the words so you can pray it sincerely. a. we will pray. 2. Attitude of not wanting or needing God's gifts. Each of you should meet individually with your discussion group leader before next week's prayer session. you are making Satan very unhappy. 6. or irrational doubt. We will start the praying over with the "Commitment to Christ". 1. One important warning: Since you are doing so well responding to God (you have finished 2/3 of this CLP). 2. We will have corporate prayer. IV. God desires it for all. Better yet. c. 1. Be open to it. b. desire it.5. Pride. What are you seeking? Is God's offer clear to you? How do you intend to respond? c. . but will not give up. and then the discussion group leaders will pray with each person individually. Be prepared to pray this next week. Simply call on Jesus' name to resist Satan and his works.
c. Rather. 8: LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT Brief Outline I. God has promised us the Holy Spirit. b. a. Whom we already received at baptism. Discussion Starter Share about your experience of God's Spirit in your life. a new life from God. fear. What it means to receive the Holy Spirit. Think and pray about the "Commitment to Christ". Scriptures for Daily Prayer Day 1 2 3 4 Ezekiel 36:25-27 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Joel 3:1-5 John 14:23-26 Day 5 6 7 Luke 11:9-13 Acts 1:8. Call upon Jesus' name. How to prepare yourself for next week's prayer session. Clark “Spiritual Gifts” by Stephen B. We simply take God up on His promise. b. c. a. what will be experienced is a fuller release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. feeling unworthy. Much of Christianity today looks weak and is lacking in power and effectiveness. This was the experience of the early disciples at Pentecost. IV. God wants all men to have this new life. pride. We ask our Father to give us the Holy Spirit.2:1-12 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 The Challenge God is calling us to live a life of holiness and spiritual power. c. This will not be the initial reception of the Holy Spirit. II. Have an individual meeting with your facilitator during the week. Obstacles to receiving God's gifts: an unrepentant attitude. True Christian living is not just a matter of human will power. being selective. For this. Clark . Be aware of Satan's action. but a new heart. b. 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. III. which we will all pray next week. doubt. This new life in the Holy Spirit is available to all who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. a. We can experience the same power and gifts of the Spirit that the early Christians did. d.
Jesus gave to his disciples. Many people during the prophet Ezekiel's time were enmeshed in sin and spiritual lifelessness.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Living A Spiritfilled Christian Life TALK No. With the Holy Spirit. God wants all men to have this new life. b. 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. . c. b. 2. How people will pray over them. God sent His Son into the world so that we could be given the source of the new life. Ezekiel 36:26. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. 2. a. Some important points: 1. This is not a second baptism (for Catholics). The Holy Spirit gives us the power. A new nature. 2. The Holy Spirit that God promised through Ezekiel. God's promise of help and power to do what is right. Commitment to Christ. the Holy Spirit. The outward dimension. dimension. What will happen in the prayer session (procedure). This is what God said to them: 1. II. Introductory Explanation Prior to Praying for Baptism in the Holy Spirit. What the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. Ezekiel 36:27. 1. Luke 11:9-13. Acts 1:8. Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit. a. like many Christians today. c. men gain: 1. spiritual power. God's promise of the Holy Spirit. but a release of the power of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16-23. 2. The inward Power to serve. We are here to claim God's promise of the Holy Spirit.
Thus you shall ask God to give you what He promised. That is what makes it important. We will lay hands on you and pray with you. He wants you to experience His love in a new way. The more relaxed you are. 1. by raising your hands or speaking in tongues. 2. We won't laugh at you. You know what you need. The Lord is here with us. b. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. a. It is harder to put something in a clenched fist than in a relaxed and open hand. Don't be concerned about how you might act as you respond to the Spirit's prompting. Relax. and He loves you very much. Some important right attitudes: 1. God is offering you various gifts. We are just instruments. ask for the gift of tongues. b. 3. 2. ♣ More courage to live the Christian life. We love you. After you have asked to be baptized in the Holy Spirit (and the ones praying over you have asked for this). Don't entertain thoughts that you might look or sound foolish if you begin to praise God in a new way. Don't seek a particular kind of experience. Yield to the leading and prompting of the Spirit. strength to fight temptation. etc. III. Ask for it. But it is basically between you and God. 4. Different things will happen to different people. Just turn to the Lord and receive the new life of the Holy Spirit from Him. Receiving God's Gifts a. more knowledge of God. Tongues is a gift of praise.a. the easier it is to receive God's gifts. 4. . 3. Yielding to the gift. b. Don't be afraid. And expect it to happen! 3. Be open to whatever God wants to give you. 2. Receiving the gift of tongues 1. We will rejoice and be glad with you. Also. God wants you to have this gift. It is one of God's gifts. 5. a.
g. “Spirit of the Living God”). God offers and gives His gifts. We have some closing remarks and then we will all end together. Begin by just praising God in your own words. Our part is to accept. Pray for your brothers and sisters here as well. Final words: 1. and then you cooperate with God's Spirit by opening your mouth and speaking out. After you are finished being prayed with. 8. d. have a short worship time (including singing in tongues). Thus to sum up: you first of all desire the gift of tongues. (Analogy: it is easier to manipulate the steering wheel of a car when it is in motion rather than stationary). c. Praying over for baptism in the Spirit. e. 2. please return to your seat. The prayer session. Just focus on the Lord and offer Him your utterance as prayers of praise. God wants you to have His gifts because He loves you and wants to live in you by His Holy Spirit. Explain the procedure quickly. a. begin by uttering meaningless sounds (e. Sing a song (“Create in Me”. b.5. Then start speaking out in tongues. 1. Let us not do anything that will disturb those being prayed with. Desire God's gifts! 2. Do not be analyzing the sounds or focusing on the experience. “Purify My Heart”. . 7. then you ask for it in faith. you can continue to pray in your heart. la-la-la). We want to maintain an atmosphere of prayer and reverence. IV.. Resist the temptation to think that it is just you and not the Holy Spirit forming the sounds. d. c. Do the prayer of "Commitment to Christ". After all have been prayed with. Let us all give the Holy Spirit a welcome into our lives. The Holy Spirit will form these sounds into tongues. because it is a gift from God. If necessary. 6. While waiting.
Closing Exhortation a. 1. .V. Feeling is not the important thing. And continue to be open to the Lord forming your praise into tongues. Some things will take a while to get worked out. For him the next best thing to keeping you from getting is to keep you from using it. The Holy Spirit will make a big change in you. do not worry about it. c. a new desire for prayer.g.). Just remember the fact that God promised it and that you asked for it. Spend a good portion of your prayer time in praise and thanksgiving in your own words. 1. What happened tonight is just a beginning. 2. But not everything will change. Do not expect all your problems to go away all at once.. etc. though many will. give plenty of time to praise and thanksgiving. d. Rather. for Scripture. b. ♣ Do this aloud. But now you have a new power to use in working them out. a. if you can without disturbing others. In your prayer time this week. 3. 2. Be faithful to a regular time of daily prayer. Do not let feelings of doubt bother you. Different people have different experiences. Satan is seeking to rob everyone of God's gift. If you did not speak in tongues. Be aware that Satan can tempt you to doubt. and you will see it. look for the new way that God is at work in you and respond to it (e. Pray in tongues everyday. Do not equate being baptized in the Spirit with getting the gift of tongues.
We turn to him and receive the new life in the Holy Spirit from him. God offers us various gifts. and cooperate with the Spirit's prompting in speaking out. Will you commit yourself fully to Jesus Christ and grow into the life in the Holy Spirit? . Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit. though many will. IV. You have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and have received a new life from the Lord. c. Do not expect all problems to go away at once. 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. ask for it in faith. We must nurture the new life and God's gifts. we simply desire it. behold. To receive this gift. II. spiritual power. b. and the power to serve. we gain a new nature. One of these is the gift of tongues. You are "a new creation: the old things have passed away. With the Holy Spirit. You have begun a new life in faith.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. a. Be faithful to a regular time of daily prayer. b. a. Tongues is a gift of praise. III. new things have come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). 9: RECEIVING THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Brief Outline I. Do not allow Satan to rob you of your gift. God has promised the Holy Spirit to His people.
3. Note: For Catholics. These transmit the power and direction from the hub to the rim. Introduction. The spokes. . who is at the center of our lives. These are: prayer. b. II. The hub is our Lord Jesus Christ. The First Tool: Prayer. 1. Prayer is the primary means for establishing and maintaining a deep and loving personal relationship between God and us. a. c. Our prayer must be faithful. This represents daily Christian life. Decide to spend time with the Lord everyday. 1. This is the part of the wheel that meets the road. The Christian life can be pictured as a wheel of a cart. The baptism in the Spirit is only a beginning. 10: GROWING IN THE SPIRIT GOAL : To teach the basic tools to growth and maturity as Christians. 2. The outer rim. It has three components: a. b. study.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Living A Spiritfilled Christian Life TALK No. 2. In Christian experience. It holds the wheel together. The hub. In order to grow. a. there is a fifth tool to growth: the sacraments. so that our life can be transformed by his power and direction. b. Now we need to grow in this new life in the Spirit. we need to make use of the basic means of growth which the Lord provides us. Decide on the practical details. A successful prayer life involves 3 important principles. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. This is the part of the wheel from which the power emanates to the rim. service and fellowship. The power is that of the Holy Spirit. the spokes are the means of putting our whole life in contact with Christ.
God's Word Today). 6. Thanksgiving. Our prayer must be centered on a relationship with Jesus. ♣ Where? Matthew 6:6. 5. because this is the very word of God. Contrition. We should read the Bible daily. and increase later. It is a matter of loving God and being loved by Him. not an end in itself. Prayer is a means to an end. a. c. Adoration. Supplication. but to grow in our relationship with the Lord. The Second Tool: Study. which you can then protect. Study is a deliberate. We should make it a goal to read the whole Bible. People can get wrapped up in techniques. prayer is really very simple. III. Scheduled and structured prayer is helpful. and what He wants us to do. . Three ways we can learn more about God. The Bible. ♣ Adopt a format to begin. Our goal is not "to pray" or even "to pray well". ♣ ♣ 2. what He has done. focused exercise of the intellect. a. Find a place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. In the Catholic tradition. Concentrate not on prayer but on the Lord. ♣ ♣ ♣ Start with 10 to 15 minutes.. ACTS. It teaches us who God is. Use daily prayer guides (e.♣ When? Decide on a specific time of the day. a. We need to know God and understand Him and His ways. While these can help. Pursue a more deliberate study of portions of the Bible. This is the most important. but could make our prayer dry and mechanical. 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. the intercession of Mary and the saints is a powerful tool of prayer. b. Our prayer must be led by the Holy Spirit. 4. b. Be open to changing your format as the Spirit leads. 1. ♣ How long? Begin with 5 to 10 minutes.g. 3. A devotion to Mary and the saints is part and parcel of a Catholic’s faith.
IV. etc. through the Holy Spirit. Pursuit of righteousness and holiness. b. a.g. Teachings and preachings. First we serve God by the way we live. etc.. offering a ride. a. Daily prayer and Scripture reading. To serve others is to be humble. . This includes reading spiritual books. in conferences. ♣ E. hospitality. a. b. The Third Tool: Service. 3. as brother or sister. as son or daughter. he calls us to reach out also to others. c. We can draw on spiritual insights and study throughout the life of the Church. in parish events. not just for our personal development but also to equip us for effective service for him and his people. Matthew 20:26-28. we can read what men have said about God. We need to take on a mentality of service so that we see our whole life given over to God's work. 2. a. We need to take on the heart of a servant. After reading what God has said of Himself (Bible).g. ♣ E. 3. 1. Begin the habit of taking notes. magazines. etc. as employee. Our teaching and formation program in CFC Singles for Christ. Then we serve our fellow men by recognizing the many built-in opportunities for service in day-to-day life. We also serve by performing the basic responsibilities God has given us in our daily lives. Spiritual reading. babysitting. As we put the Lord first in our lives. 2. The word of God spoken in the Sunday homily. b. Jesus. etc. visiting the sick. is at work in us. c.. b. Service helps us grow because it touches the most basic attitudes we have of ourselves and our independence. Ways we can serve: 1. articles.2.
Though confession is required only once a year. 1. and the world at large. friends. b. 4. Coming together for teaching and formation. b. James 2:14-17. Social gatherings. In the Catholic tradition. co-workers.4. The Fifth Tool (for Catholics): The Sacraments. we should receive communion much more frequently. 2. 3. Mention invitation to join CFC Singles for Christ. a. 1. We give witness to our faith in Jesus by the way we live our lives. We do not become complete Christians by ourselves. We need to do things together. Though communion is required only once a year. d. VII. We need the support of others. neighbors. Serving together (like the team in this CLP). we should avail of this more often. b. Do good works. We recommend frequent confession and communion. V. 1. They are the main channels of God's grace for our lives. Conclusion. It is the concretization of a spiritual reality that we are brothers and sisters belonging to one family. Be alert to opportunities to share your faith verbally with family. 2. Look for opportunities to give your time and energy to serve in a Christian group on a regular basis. the most important tool for spiritual growth are the sacraments. 5. Support through prayer and financial giving offered to sound Christian ministries that further the spread of the gospel. prayer meetings. c. Fellowship is not an optional extra. a. Some ways to experience Christian fellowship. a. 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. Worship in liturgies. with the proper disposition. and conferences. talent. Make ourselves and our resources available for God's work. c. VI. The Fourth Tool: Fellowship. Our time. 2. treasure. . which will be discussed fully next week. We need their wisdom and strength.
your commitment to Christ. Make use of the tools provided by God. . you will not be disappointed. If you are faithful. the baptism in the Holy Spirit – all these are just the beginning of a new life. b. This CLP. We are "babies in Christ" and we need to grow.a.
4. By the way we live. e. II. Sacraments (for Catholics). d. b. Pray daily. Fellowship. Must be centered on a relationship with Jesus. Service. Study. talent and treasure. articles. God has provided us with the tools for growth. Teachings and preachings. Pursuit of righteousness and holiness. Must be led by the Holy Spirit. Giving witness to our faith in Jesus. 5. 3.). 10: GROWING IN THE SPIRIT Brief Outline I. Giving of our time. 3. Prayer. Read daily. etc. To this end. 2. Now we need to grow in this new life of the Spirit. 1. magazines. The baptism in the Spirit is only a beginning. 1. 2. c. There are 4 basic tools to growth (5 for Catholics): a. Discussion Starter What tools to Christian growth have not been fully utilized in your life? Scriptures for Daily Prayer Day 1 2 3 4 1 Peter 1:13-16 Matthew 6:5-13 Matthew 18:19-20 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. Must be faithful. The primary means for establishing and maintaining a deep and loving personal relationship with God. 1. Serving our fellow men. 3. 2. 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 . Performing our basic responsibilities in life. The Bible.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. Spiritual reading (books.
It also hopes to provide through this barkada the identity they are searching for. What is CFC Singles for Christ (SFC)? a. KFC also train members to sing praises to the Lord. It seeks to teach them to see God’s love in their families and in what they see in their world. The group seeks to provide the peer group or “barkada” their members long to have. This ministry is composed of members who are students in high school and college. YFC hopes to achieve these goals while its members enjoy each other’s company and discover God and His love in love and friendship of their companions. Single women and widows over 40 years old are the desired members of this ministry. SFC is part of the Family Ministries of Couples for Christ. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. 11: THE LIFE & MISSION OF SINGLES FOR CHRIST GOAL : To explain the life and mission of CFC Singles for Christ and to inspire people with the desire to be a part of this committed group of Christians. The ministry aims to expose and make their members aware of the beauty of the world around them. Introduction Last week we talked about the basic tools for growth in our Christian life. MM. the four “Family Ministries” were formally launched. 2. They are men and women ages 13 to 21. 1993. CFC Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD).CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Living A Spiritfilled Christian Life TALK No. One tool is the need to be in regular fellowship and supportive relationships with other Christians. The membership of this ministry are children up to 12 years old. CFC Kids for Christ (KFC). On June 18. These are: 1. The group hopes to be the support their members need through the love and care they will offer one another and the prayers they will do together. CFC Youth for Christ (YFC). 3. 4. at the CFC Leaders’ Conference held at Xavier School in San Juan. Tonight we will discuss with you in greater detail how we learned to appropriate God's wisdom and power for our daily life as we entered into a committed relationship with one another as Christian men and women. . CFC Singles for Christ (SFC). II.
4. The single. CFC leaders and elders did not formulate the policies and programs. when a group of about 40 singles from different parts of the country and belonging to different groups who were being supported by CFC met for a 3-day workshop in Kalibo. e. there are already about (60. the single may not realize that with the added freedom.000) singles throughout the world. The School. Another implication of this transition stage of the singles is as the single is drawn away from his family. but asked the participants themselves what they desired and needed. The single has finally graduated from his/her basic formal education. SFC acknowledges that this period is exciting and that the single has the right to have fun and excitement. greater responsibility is required. Who is the single person? 1. During this workshop the participants. be led to a path away from God.b. 3. 5. or simply to survive. d. has graduated. The single is a person in transition. The singles grouped themselves to discuss the various aspects and the output of that workshop has become the cornerstone of the SFC manual. No one supervises his/her moral values. With income and buying power. However. is working and earning and so enjoys a large degree of independence from parents. The Family. CFC Singles for Christ began on March – April 1993. 3. he/she is also drawn into the process of starting his/her own family — at least. Aklan. SFC is highly evangelistic and grows rapidly. ideals and beliefs. under tremendous pressure to succeed. 2. SFC also acknowledges that it cannot and should not structure the single so that he cannot move in this area. may start to compromise his values. Like CFC. does not mean being sedate but having a deep relationship with Jesus Christ and possessing the values that must be found in a Christian. . such that as of (July 1998). drafted the basic outline of what is to be the Ministry of CFC Singles for Christ. ideals and beliefs. there exists a sense of greater freedom. for 94% of singles. And it continues to grow. teachers and counselors. He/She is now free of the guidance of school authorities. confronted with the reality of evil in the marketplace and. for SFC. While still a member. Being Christian. with the guidance of some CFC elders and the grace of the Holy Spirit. philosophy. its mission. and. He/She is drawing away from the traditional structures of: 2. This drawing away implies a sense of self-determination. he/she is a step away from the family. He/She has come of age. c. commitment. 1. and programs.
b.f. values and behavior. We believe that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we safeguard its sanctity by being pure in thought. We believe in the indissolubility of Christian marriage and the importance of family life in the plan of God. God’s presence in the life of the single will automatically express itself in his/her speech. to marry or to live a single life in total dedication to the Lord. CFC Statement of Mission at the end of this outline. as well as its programs. We believe in the proper stewardship of these gifts by striving to succeed in our chosen work or profession without sacrificing our Christian values and ethics. We need a place where we can be formed to prepare us for the next stage of our lives. to die down the person with much rules and regulations. It is not necessary. Given the formidable obstacles that we face. teachings and approaches to Christian renewal. a. We believe that God gave us gifts and talents with which we can serve and glorify Him and which allow us to live fruitful lives. therefore.” — (Cf. We therefore commit to the work of personal renewal and evangelization in our milieu as part of the larger work of the Couples for Christ family and in line with its global mission of “renewing the face of the earth. THE MISSION STATEMENT OF THE CFC SINGLES FOR CHRIST We believe that God has a plan for us to live meaningful. action and purpose.) 2. from which flow the Christian attitudes. evangelization and service to others. happy and productive lives at this stage of our human existence. g. c. We believe that we are called to live out our faith fully and to share actively in the life and mission of our Church — through prayers. . We need a support environment where God’s plan is revealed to us and where we can draw strength from other single men and women who are committed to love and support us. d. We need a group where our energy and talents can be developed and put to good use to serve God and His people. What are we called to do? 1. we need a renewed relationship with God and the power of the Holy Spirit to live a new life. in word and in deed. in the sanctity of human life and the right of the unborn child. THE STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY OF THE CFC SINGLES FOR CHRIST The following embodies the beliefs and ideals of the CFC Singles for Christ as a ministry.
The purpose of a household group is to have a smaller and more intimate environment for personal support in the Christian life. These households are set up immediately after the CLP. You can be helped to overcome obstacles in the Christian life. The men supervised by male households and the women by female household heads. you will be assigned to a household. b. Here you can share life experiences ad God's practical wisdom. The men are separated from the women. How do we support one another in CFC Singles for Christ? a. You will develop real friendships and true brotherhood/sisterhood. We have a 5-point commitment which is embodied in a small white card which we carry with us. e. 1. ♣ Read "The covenant of Couples for Christ" and explain briefly. We believe that individual and corporate renewal can best be achieved by having a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by calling upon the power of the Holy Spirit in our day-to day life and by making full use of all charismatic gifts at our disposal. c. The household meets once a week. without which our Christian life would lack joyful expression. in protecting our natural environment and in combating the proliferation of evil in our social environment.e. d. a. Thus. f. III. Through households. This is true even when couples are appointed as household heads. and to provide a means for encouraging and hastening growth as a Christian. We believe that we have a responsibility to encourage and support one another in the Christian life. We believe in living productive lives as citizens of our country. By our committed relationships. Less than once a week would not provide enough contact to have adequate support and encouragement in the Christian life. We believe that we have a duty to the future generations. 1. 1. obeying its laws and respecting its institutions. A household is composed of from 8 to 12 singles. At the end of this CLP. All members of SFC belong to cell groups which we call "households". 2. 2. on the same day of the week as mutually agreed on by its members. . if you make your commitment to SFC. we make a commitment to grow together as Christian men and women.
there are many other courses (name some) and various training modules for those who will undertake services in SFC. 1. n. More than once a week may become a burden and may take time that is more properly allocated to work.f. Holding the household meetings in our homes has the following values: g. m. What we do in our home may be used by the Lord as an effective tool for evangelization. in prayer assemblies. family. Worshiping the Lord in our home makes the truth that the home is a domestic church a concrete reality. a time for sharing or discussion. and some time for fellowship. By our ongoing teaching and formation. l. There are basically three ingredients in a typical household meeting: an extended period of prayer and worship. The people living with us — our parents. worshipping Him together and growing in faith together. There is a formal first-year teaching program. Covenant Orientation. and other occasions. When it is not possible to hold the household meetings in our home. a single member may even borrow the home of a CFC member provided that the CFC member will not spend for anything. k. Various teachings will also be given through our newsletter Ugnayan. household help. 1. By the other regular activities of our community. h. j. the people who are closest to us — will be aware of what we are involved in and what we do every week. o. any place where full worship can be held will suffice. Monthly prayer assemblies. Beyond the first year. When necessary. The household meetings are held in the homes of the group members. especially to our relatives. i. neighbors and friends. brothers and sisters. And God's blessings will surely descend upon the home where God's people can be found. a. 2. To them we will become people who are living their Christian faith openly and powerfully. 1. 1. Singles Weekend Retreat I. on rotation basis from week to week. . personal needs or Christian service. Evangelization Training.
We need to see this spiritual drama with the eyes of faith. Anniversaries. etc. Look on the covenant as an ideal. If you decide that SFC is for you.b. Conclusion. 1. 4. come back next week. we are also seeing God's loving and protective hand in trying to restore our lives. not yet fully in place. IV. b. but as what God calls us to. Family Days. We precisely need one another in SFC in order to support each other in living out the covenant. We are living in exciting times. You accept it as helpful and even necessary for Christian living. As we experience our new freedoms and the evil and corruption that surround us in the world. You understand it. Social activities. We are inviting you to be a part of God's work by being a part of us in SFC. 6. Lord's Day celebrations. 2. 3. . Leaders Conferences. 1. 5. We are called to be part of God's work and we should gladly respond to His divine efforts of restoring us back to His kingdom. our homes and our workplaces back to His original plan. ready to make the covenant. a. 2. Think and pray about "The Covenant of CFC Singles for Christ". What is important for you to be able to make the covenant is that: 3. c. You will try to live it out. c. Evangelization Rallies.
And in this time of growing darkness. the family no longer operates like it used to. We believe that God wants us to rise up in defense of His work. Couples for Christ will serve wherever God brings it to serve. Couples for Christ is a creation of God distinctly called to bring families back to the plan of God. Christian families are feeling the need to be truly Christian in a modern world. In some parts of the world. various business associations. ideologies and many other things that affect life in general. Whatever traditional help is available in some parishes is usually inadequate. many parents do not have a clear direction. We believe that God's plan for all creation continues to operate. We believe that the family is a creation of God and no one else has any right to change it. Couples for Christ commits itself to this mission. economic systems.COUPLES FOR CHRIST STATEMENT OF MISSION We are living in a time of rapid change. There are certain artisan guilds. Some futurists predict that the time is coming when the family shall be totally irrelevant and unnecessary in a world that is dominated by technological change. man has learned to band together for mutual protection. all organized to protect and uphold common interest. but they have nowhere to go. But the preservation and strengthening of the family does not seem to be a matter of priority to many people. In the modern world. The family is left exposed and unprotected against the forces that tend to destroy it. In submission to God's will. They hear strange voices leading them into strange paths. Caught in this tide of change is the family. trusting only in His guidance and His power. We see this as a matter of serious importance. trade unions. Families are reaching out. Couples for Christ is called to bring the Lord's strength and light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world. crying for help. "namely. its structure and its purpose. Everything is changing — social values. . Now a spiritual revival has touched the earth. The help they are seeking is not normally available in the average parish. to bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ's headship" (Ephesians 1:10). all promising fulfillment yet all causing confusion. relationships.
Live a righteous life and avoid situations which are occasions for sin. whenever I am called and follow directions of those who responsibility for any service . ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ IV. seminars and conferences of the CFC SINGLES FOR CHRIST. Be a good steward of all resources entrusted to me. ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ Pray daily for at least 15 minutes. Be a good citizen of my country. loyalty to and respect for all my brothers and sisters in the Lord. Be a witness of the love and power of the Lord Jesus in my work and in my family. Faithfully participate in all the activities of the group. I will be a committed and active member of the CFC Singles for Christ. Attend my small group meetings regularly and support the good order of the meetings. Signature . I will work towards the evangelization and transformation of my work place. I will study and seek to grow as a Christian person. I will make myself available to the Lord for service. Support the work of Couples for Christ and its Ministries. Attend all teachings. 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 any brothers and sisters. Put good order in my work situation. Study scriptures daily for at least 15 minutes. ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ III. Participate regularly in the worship life of my church. Give generously of my time and resources to the Lord’s service. ♣ ♣ ♣ V. I shall leave as a follower of Christ. II. Diligently study all materials given to me.THE COVENANT OF THE CFC SINGLES FOR CHRIST Trusting in the Lord’s help and guidance: I. Put good order into my private life and support my parents in building a Christian family. ♣ ♣ Bring other single men and women to Christ. retreats. my family and my community. Relate in love. obeying its laws and protecting its environment. Interceded daily for the group and its mission.
That God gave us gifts and talents to serve and glorify Him and to live fruitful lives. We support one another in SFC: a. 11: THE LIFE & MISSION OF SINGLES FOR CHRIST Brief Outline I. and combating evil in our society. That marriage is indissoluble. That individual and corporate renewal can be achieved by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and by calling on the power of the Holy Spirit in our daily life and by using the charismatic gifts at our disposal. By other regular activities. Are you ready to do your share in renewing. Discussion Starter 1. Our call is to bring single men and women back to a life with God according to His plan. b. Do you agree with the SFC statement of philosophy. IV. 1993 during the CFC Leaders’ Conference held at Xavier School in San Juan. Metro Manila. f.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Participant's Outline TALK No. c. Through cell groups (households). That our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we safeguard its sanctity by being pure in thought. evangelization and service to others. II. b. By our committed relationships (5-point covenant). That single men and women are called to share actively in the life and mission of the Church — through prayers. III. which was formally launched in June 18. strengthening and supporting Christian living? . We are all called to respond to His divine effort and be a part of His work. word and deed. SFC is one in the mission of CFC to renew. By ongoing teaching and formation. family life is important in the plan of God and human life is sacred. e. Philippines. strengthen and support Christian families. d. We believe : a. d. protecting our natural environment. In living productive lives as citizens of our country. Do you see the covenant of CFC Singles for Christ as the ideal of Christian life that God calls us all to? Scriptures for Daily Prayer Day 1 2 3 4 Psalm 22:28-32 Psalm 144:12-15 Colossians 3:18-21 Psalm 127:3-5 Day 5 6 7 Deuteronomy 8:11-20 Deuteronomy 26:16-18 1 Peter 2:9-10 The Challenge God is trying to restore single men and women and their families back to His original plan. which embodies its beliefs and ideals? 2. c. CFC Singles for Christ (SFC) is a part of the “Family Ministries” of Couples for Christ.
We have before us a whole new life with God and with one another. EXPANDED OUTLINE I. It is exciting! b. b. a. The Holy Spirit is at work so that you can grow to know. c. Your repentance. . And now the continuing support you will receive in CFC. 1. A deeper relationship with God. Matthew 10:37-39. Also growing in friendships and caring for one another. Your empowerment through baptism in the Holy Spirit. Your acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior. We need to learn what it means to be truly a disciple of Jesus. We have come to the end of our CLP. The Lord has laid the foundation for this new life throughout this CLP. but just the beginning. and to excite them about becoming a part of the mission of CFC Singles for Christ. But this is not the end. 1. Now you need to allow the Lord to continue the process of your transformation in Christ. 3. God's Purpose a. 4. 12: TRANSFORMATION IN CHRIST GOAL : To encourage people to live out actively the new life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 16:24. Becoming truly brothers and sisters to one another. Growth in holiness. 2. This is how we can be truly worthy of Jesus. love and serve God more. e. A deeper relationship with one another. Introduction. 1 Peter 1:15-16. We need to grow to become more and more like Jesus. personal conversion. 1. c. d. God desires your transformation. and renewed faith in God.CFC Singles for Christ Christian Life Program Living A Spiritfilled Christian Life TALK No. II. Growth in discipleship.
Bring others to the CFC Family Ministries in order to meet Jesus Christ. III. A greater commitment to service. The work of evangelization. brothers. Mk ♣ SFC has been tasked with a global mission of evangelization and renewal. sisters and relatives to our CFC family ministries.1. Church and country. Matthew 28:18-20. Pursue our work of evangelization. Church. Continue to grow in personal holiness. 2. This is the global mission of CFC Singles for Christ. 1. Be a light in your neighborhoods. Eagerly undergoing the SFC formation program. Daily prayer and Scripture. b. And as you grow and are transformed. How can God's purpose be fulfilled through CFC? How do we respond to God's call? a. country. what is God about? God wants to raise up men and women in the Holy Spirit that will renew the face of the earth! 1. HOLD. Ephesians 1:10. neighbor. YFC. ♣ KFC. 16:15. Build strong Christian families and homes. SOLD. a. 2. society. Its condition will determine the condition of everything else. For the fulfillment of God's plan. g. 3. 3. 2. Every SFC member must become an evangelizer. 1. 2. Faithfulness to the SFC covenant. the bringing of the same good news we have received to others. Bring your parents. Service to God. 1. For the fulfillment of the Great Commission. f. The family is the basic unit of society. . h. SFC.
it is appropriate to insert one solemn song (e. 3. but simply by God's mercy and grace. 2. Having a personal relationship with Jesus and being in a vibrant community such as SFC. It is worth all your effort and all your strength to live your lives totally for him. 1. inviting the old members to pray in their hearts with him. The leader invites everyone to stand. The leader prays over the newly committed brothers and sisters. We ought to respond with gratitude and humility.12-14. 4. God has much more in store for us. b. 1. Fellowship follows. 2. Amen Our Hearts Cry). Conclusion. b. Let us move on.g. The leader explains the commitment ceremony. Jesus is the greatest treasure you can have.g. The music ministry plays "Welcome to the Family" and other lively songs. 6. They all read out loud together. The leader invites everyone to read out the covenant of the CFC Singles for Christ. Spirit of the Living God). a. 2. Philippians 3:7-8. Have the attitude of Paul. 1. This is followed by spontaneous greeting and welcoming of the new members by the old members.IV. . This has happened through no worth of our own. Give your all for God! a... Look expectantly to the future. It is a great privilege to be where we are now. 3. A song of offering oneself is sung (e. * DEDICATION CEREMONY * * * * * * 1. The leader welcomes the new brethren to SFC and invites the old members to express acceptance by means of one big applause. During this time of prayer. 5. Let us rejoice that Jesus is our Lord.
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