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Transcript of CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
3.2 THE TEST OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments."
A. TEST OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP
1. Fruitfulness in our lives
"By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."
"... the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Gal 5:22-23)
"No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master." (Mat 10:24-25)
"If I. therefore. the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it." (Jn 13:14-17)
THE ACID TEST
OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP
1. Christian Obedience
2. The Drama of Disobedience
3. The Obedience of Jesus Christ
4. Jesus, Man of Obedience
5. Application of Community
6. Those Given Authority
7. To All
3.Tends to Spiritual Knowledge
"My teaching is not my own but but is from the one who sent me. Whoever chooses to do God's will, shall know whether my teaching is from God. And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms."
4. Surrender of all to Jesus Christ
b. Fellowship with Christ's death
"If you died with Christ to the elemental powers of the world, why do you submit to regulations as if you were still living in the world?" (Col 2:20)
"Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me." (Gal 2:20)
c. Rendering unquestioning service
"Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mat 20:28)
"We render perfect obedience to Christ just as Christ rendered perfect obedience to His father."
(Jn 4:34; 6:38,40; 8:29)
d. Sharing the sufferings of Christ
"Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will." (Mark 14:36)
"Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level."
"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me." (Gal 2:20)
"Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus." (Rom 6:11)
a. Death to sin
e. Rule of everyday life
"If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that."
Hebrew: "shema" - Listen! Obey!
Obedience in the spiritual life is a matter of receiving and responding appropriately to a message or Word from God. This essential connection between hearing and obedient response reflects the remarkable fact that ancient Hebrew contains no specific word which means "to obey".
Hearing is never neutral or passive. For Israelites, to hear is to obey, and not to obey is to rebel.
Internal: submission of our mind (judgment) and will to the order or commands given.
External: execution of the command into action.
Every follower of Christ is called not only to obey pastoral authority but, ultimately, to surrender himself or herself totally to God. It is not a "work we can perform out of our natural abilites or qualities.
C. Degrees of Obedience
(St. Ignatius of Loyola)
1. When we do what we are commanded. (despite our distaste)
2. When we do what we are commanded willingly.
3. When we conform our own judgment to that of our superior so that we share in his judgment.
"For just as through the disobedience of one person the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one person the many will be made righteous." (Rom 5:13)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."
"Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross." (Phil 2:4-8)
As God, he is enjoying the glory of his divinity. Yet he will not cling to it. He will undergo all the weaknesses of man; in short, he will be like man in all that man undergoes in this life, except sin.
He emptied himself - ("kenosis") - to assume the condition of a slave. A slave is one who has no rights as a human person, no dignity - with all the weaknesses, helplessness, failures, disappointments, frustrations, and everything that man in his human nature goes through.
He preferred to be a Servant.
"The son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as ransom for many."
The life of Jesus Christ our Lord - from His birth to His death on the cross can be summarized in one word:
His obedience is our salvation.
"Whoever listens (that is, obeys) to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me. And whoever rejects me. rejects the one who sent me."
a. His birth is willed by the Father
h. His passion, death and resurrection
g. His agony in the garden
f. His Transfiguration
d. In His public life
e. His Baptism
"... the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth ti her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Lk 2:6-7)
"For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich." (2 Cor 8:9)
b. Presentation in the Temple
"When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, 'Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord.'" (Lk 2:22-23)
c. Remaining behind in Jerusalem
"...as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it... When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, 'Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.' And he said to them, 'Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" (Lk 2:43, 48-49)
"Because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day." (Jn 6:38-40)
"Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness."
"This is my Chosen One, listen to Him." (Lk 9:35)
"Abba Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will. (Mk 14:36)
We are ONE BODY - Christ the head, we the members of the body. We, the members of the body, cannot have a different mind, heart, will from the head. (Eph 4:15-16; 1 Cor 3:16-17; 6:15-19)
"Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraints but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. (1 Pt 5:2-3)
"Wrap yourselves in humility in your dealings with one another, for: 'God opposes the proud but bestows favour on the humble.' So humble yoursleves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." (1 Ptere 5:5-6
THE PURPOSE OF THE BLD
THE VISION OF BLD
We are a community of disciples inspired by the Holy Spirit to be living witnesses for transformation in Christ to bring about a world of justice, human development and true peace.
THE MISSION OF BLD
In response to the challenges of our particular place, time, and culture:
THE MISSION OF BLD
FOR OUR FAMILIES:
We will evangelize families and build communities of faith through Encounters, Life in the Spirit Seminars and Discipleship Formation.
We will give formation on personal and family prayer, pro-life values, Catholic social teachings and stewardship.
THE MISSION OF BLD
FOR OUR BLD COMMUNITIES:
We will actively participate in the life and mission of the Church in accord with our God-given gifts.
THE MISSION OF BLD
FOR OUR COUNTRY:
We will work on poverty alleviation through scholarships, housing for the poor, and advocacies for life, environment, and good governance.
3.3 CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP IN THE BLD