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CLP Talk 3:What it means to be a Christian? SFC CLP Upgraded
Transcript of CLP Talk 3:What it means to be a Christian? SFC CLP Upgraded
About Christianity: CHRISTIANITY So what then
Christianity? What makes us Christians
is our loving, personal
relationship with God Some
Christianity. It is a relationship
initiated by God,
out of His mercy
love for us “But God's mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ.
It is by God's grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him i n the heavenly world. He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus.
For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith.
It is not the result of your own efforts”
[Ephesians 2:4-8] Knowing or reading a lot about God write in the piece of paper:
the meaning of your name or
if you don’t know,
what You think your name means. Activity: Our name is specifically and specially given Some parents will take time
to research the perfect name
for their children Our family names on the other hand are names handed
down from our parents to us.
This gives us a distinction as to whose family we belong. important because it gives specific distinction to us Chassy Our Christian Name. When we were born and baptized, our parents chose for us another name
to set us apart, a name to declare our faith. When we were confirmed, we ourselves renew this name Angeluz We are all Christians,
because we believe
in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
But are we living up to this name?
Are we giving it justice? is reduced to a mere religious system A set of doctrines to believe in Faith remains on an intellectual level A set of religious practices Knowing or
reading a lot
about God Doing a lot for God –
keeping yourself busy in activities in the church/ religious organizations All the above are misconceptions or incomplete notions unless what we believe in is translated
into our lives, i.e., we base our values and live our lives on these doctrines we believe in. is a mere moral system:
reduced to being a protocol
or set of standards Christianity is a social, humanitarian system Humanitarian as an adjective is defined as
concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare He is a nice man or woman who always smiles, is friendly, never gets angry, and tries to please everyone. An incomplete notion because it leaves out the deity of Christ, and limits Christianity to merely being a good Samaritan.
In fact, a Christian can get angry, as Jesus did. In fact, non Christians can do good too Christianity is an escape from the realities of life:
an opium of the poor and the oppressed.
It is for the weak, for those who cannot cope with life. A wrong notion, because Christians
are not taught to escape problems
but to face them. Our whole life
becomes an expression
of this relationship. Everything else we do ..
(ex. good deeds we do for others,
the prayers we say,
the things we do, etc.)
this personal relationship with God Since God is the source of Christianity,
its truths are enduring and unchanging.
They cannot be reduced or watered down
to suit man's fancy or convenience. In Christianity,
we become a new creation
and participate in
the very life of Christ We enter into the same relationship that Jesus has with the Father.
Our identity changes and we become sons and daughter of God.
In Galatians 4:4 7, it is said,
“But when the right time finally
came, God sent his own Son.
He came as the son of a human mother and lived under the Jewish Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might become God's children.
To show that you are his children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries out, "Father, my Father."
So then, you are no longer a slave but a child. And since you are his child, God will give you all that he has for his children.” If God is our Father,
TRUST HIM! God has a plan for us
and it is ALWAYS good. God's plan for us, whatever it is,
is the best.
We cannot expect anything better.
Thus we just need to seek His plan
and live our lives accordingly. Since we all have the same Father,
what does that make of us?
Brothers and sisters!! In a vibrant Christian community (such as SFC), people really experience this brotherhood and
sisterhood. There is a sharing of life, or joy or sorrow. There is respect, honor and esteem for each
other which you do not find anywhere else. As brethren,
we are committed to support and
care for one another. As Christians,
we learn that life on this earth is temporary. Therefore, do not invest yourself here. Paul realized this in Philippians 3:8, which says,
“Not only those things; I reckon everything a complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.
For this sake I have thrown everything away;
I consider it all as mere garbage, so that I may gain Christ.” “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have.
For God has said, ‘I will never leave you;
I will never abandon you.’
Let us be bold, then, and say,
"The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5 6) sharer: Conclusion: If we are Christians, we are the most fortunate and privileged of people.
For God Himself is our Father.
We need never be afraid of anything,
for God will care for us. How do we know these things? God said so!
We can count on His Word.
Not to believe this truth is to call God a liar.
But God does not lie.
We can count on Him completely. Put your lives now completely in God's hands, and experience the tremendous peace of Christ flowing into your lives and into your family.