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Transcript of CLP Orientation
Christian Life Program
ORIENTATION SESSION Why should we take time and effort to participate in a program such as this? Luke 4:16-21 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.
And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." "JESUS PROCLAIMS HIS MISSION" Jesus refers to four kinds of people.
Do we recognize ourselves among them? 1. THE POOR 2. THE CAPTIVES 3. THE BLIND 4. THE OPPRESSED THE POOR
"These are those who live lives apart from God" THE CAPTIVES
'We can be in captivity to things, desires and ideas of no real worth" blinded by:
False Ideals and Ideologies THE OPPRESSED UNRIGHTEOUS RELATIONSHIPS - HATRED - GREED - IMMORALITY - FEARS - WORRIES - INSECURITIES - ALCOHOL - DRUGS - ILLICIT SEX "Jesus came precisely to bring
salvation to us in all these areas" 1. He brings glad tidings to the poor 2. He proclaims liberty to the captives 3. He gives sight to the blind 4. He lets the oppressed go free But are we experiencing today the salvation that Jesus offers? Spiritual Abundance Living in Freedom Do you see with God's eyes? What do we see in the world today? WHY? ECONOMIC HARD TIMES SOCIOLOGICAL REASONS Bribery Alcohol, drugs, illicit sex to cover up difficulties Turning to the occult for good luck "If everyone is doing it, it must be ok!" But these can only be partially correct... before... early christians... did not easily trade off their Christian values.. today... "Our Christianity today is lacking in power and effectiveness" Why are we lacking in spiritual power as Christians? Unwillingness to give up sin Partial conversion to the Lord No personal relationship with Jesus No Christian support group Christians not living in the power of the Holy Spirit What must we do with our situation? To begin with... "Our stay in this world is transitory.. our true citizenship is in heaven" next, try to investigate what Jesus is offering to you right now.. Don't just pass it up Approach this in faith God is extending to you an invitation Concretely, what does this invitation mean? "Our Lord wants to offer you a personal,
concrete expression of his reality in your lives
in an ongoing way" The first step is to join this
CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM 3 modules with 4 sessions each 13 weeks, 1 session each week "You don't have to commit to the whole CLP, but take each of the sessions as they come" At the end of the CLP, we will invite you to join SFC "All these will bring you to the doorway to spiritual freedom, maturity and power in living the Christian life" CFC SINGLES FOR CHRIST CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM SEXUAL PROMISCUITY