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Couples for Christ

COVENANT ORIENTATION

Talk No. 3:

STRENGTHENING
FAMILY LIFE

What Type of Family Do?


You Have?

CFC is a Christian Family Life


Renewal Ministry

We
Thewant
strength
to support
of our
families
not justincouples,
CFC will
determine
but to strengthen
the extent that
our
the Lord
families
can use
as us
well
for His
purposes.

The Family is the basic unit of Society:

The condition of individual families will determine


the condition of society as a whole.

What are
the Ways of
Strengtheni
ng Family
Life?

Understand better the meaning of our


commitment to our spouse in marriage..

It is not based merely


on emotion, but on
covenant fidelity.

Commitment and service


means entrusting oneself
completely to the other.
It is denying oneself for
Marriage
is of
a the
relationship
the good
other..

of commitment and
service.

Understand better the meaning of our


commitment to our spouse in marriage..
During moments
We
to recognize
of need
difficulty,
we
that
aretofirst
canwe
turn
the
committed
Lord to God.
Therefore, our
We recognize that
feelings, likes and
God is the
dislikes, and our will
architect of our
are all subordinated
marriage, and
to God's will and
knows how best
plan for us
for it to work. Mat
11:28-30

Live more fully the principles of Christian


personal relationships.
demand
Christian marriage is just oneThe
kind
of
of Christian
personal
relationship.
The husband's and wife's

Christians
living out the New Testamentpersonal
on personal
relationship
As inteaching
any Christian
Relationship:
character and relationships s is more
We ought towill
than
just
manifest
in ourpart
daily
fruit
of
be a large
ofliving
theirthe
the practice
theinSpirit
faithfulness
living out their
of human
to
each
other
as
Wecommitment
are to love and serve each other.
virtues. We
spouses.
are called to
Before
we
are
husband
and
wife,
To handle
our feelings in the right way, and so on.
we are brother and sister in uncondition
the
al love and
Lord

Make the home a center of family


life
families
should the
develop opportunities to
In Thus
many
families,
Consequently
it isand
expand the range
of tasks and services
relationship
between
One in
reason
isin ways that bring
activities
the home
no
longer
full of
parents
and
children
parents
and
children
together
because
Parents the
are nothome
sufficiently available
activities
that are
to their chil
dren. They are often
is muchisweaker
than
nopreoccupied
longer
anda
inaccessible,
essential
for
life
and
physically
or phychologically.
Parents
need to
The important
We it
mustshould
make
be
.
make a decision

center of work,
element is not
which involve
so much the
education, and care
activity itself,
parents and
but the quality
of the
sick and
and
Children
are resistant
to aged
direction and indifferent
children together
development of
our home not
merely a
physical
structure, but a
place where
family members
experience love,
warmth,
encouragement.

to bring back life


in the home and
make time for it
(e.g., family
meals, family
recreation,
shared chores,
etc..).

to parents' wishes, values andrelation


beliefs
ships

Interact with Christian families.


Not only has parentchild interaction in the home been
Thus Christian families should find ways to share their
reduced, but interaction between the generations outside the
lives with one another
also declined
We alreadyhome
are has
in such
a network of families in

CFC

In employment, educational and recreational settings,


people are placed with their age peers and are isolated
By working
fromWith
people
who are
much older
or younger
together,
having
our Family
Ministries
(something
for
Some
practical

a social
life
everyone
in the family), we canactivities:
have morejoint
together, and
activities together Lord's Day
This in turn is a
helping one
celebra
tion,
The
separate
major contributor
another
in
worlds of children.
the weakening
goingtoon
vacation
practical
ways
youth, adults
and
of the parentchild
together,
family
the
elderly
draw
relationship,
that
involve
family of
members
especially parents'
outings,
etc
people
various
out of the home
ability to train
ages
into disconnected
their children once

social
groupings
they reach
school
We
know
we do not stand alone in our desire
to strengthen
age
Christian family living..

Exercise greater control over the


family use of media and of time
We
Many
should
families
monitor
do not
anddeal
control
strongly
the flow
enough
of books,
with
Given
also
the
scarcity
of
time
maga
the intrusion
zines, comics,
of media.
records,
Massradio
media
and
have
television
almost
together,
we access
mustinto
set
priorities
unlimited
programs
our
many
home
families and

control our time accordingly

The formation of young minds is given over to the


Parents and children should not get overly

information
andisentertainment
industries
Decide what
allowed into the
home
involved in their own respective activities that
they no longer have quality family time together.
media
We also
familyinactivity
and family
needdampens
to be creative
developing
Decide
communication.
how much
is allowed
recreation.
Our
purpose(e.g,
here hours
wouldof
beTV).
entertainment, relaxation, fun, camaraderie,
training and development for family members.

Develop Christian peer environments for young


people.
We should strive to get
our children into our
family ministries
They will develop
strong supportive
relationships with
their own peers
We will have a real
alternative to the often
intensely secular peer
environments that are not
Christian in orientation.
They will be tied
intimately into the life of
the larger body (CFC).

Agepeer
environments are
important.
Peer groups are a
powerful force in
the lives of young
people
We do not seek to
avoid these, but
to redirect them

Become pastors of our children.

Parents
must work
actively to
train and
form their
children in
Christian
faith and
character

The ultimate
goal of raising
and training
our children is
not to make
them what we
want them to
be, but to help
them fulfill
their Godgiven
destiny

What are the concrete

Our goal is to
train them for
life

What is that
Goal?

Imbued with
Christian ideals
and values

We should give
them our
Christian
heritage.
Deut 6:20-25

Prayer is essential
Personal
as
We must be determined
to wrest as
thewell
initiative
family
from school, peers and
the prayer
media

Conclusion
Pope John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio: "The
future of humanity passes by way of the family"

We need to strengthen Christian family life, in


order to defend God's creation, and to renew the
face of the earth

STRENGTHENING
FAMILY LIFE
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Thank you and GOD


Afternoon!

Bible Verse

Mt. 11:28-30
Come to me, all you who are
weary and burdened, and I will give
you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me, for I am gentle
and humble in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls. 30 For my
yoke is easy and my burden is light.
28

Bible Verse
Mt. 5:44-48

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for


those who persecute you, 45 that you may be
children of your Father in heaven. He causes his
sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends
rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If
you love those who love you, what reward will you
get? Are not even the tax collectors doing
that? 47 And if you greet only your own people,
what are you doing more than others? Do not
even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as
your heavenly Father is perfect..
44

Bible Verse
Deut 6:20-25

In the future, when your son asks you,What is the meaning


of the stipulations, decrees and laws theLORDour God has
commanded you?21tell him: We were slaves of Pharaoh in
Egypt, but theLORDbrought us out of Egypt with a mighty
hand.22Before our eyes theLORDsent signs and wonders
great and terribleon Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole
household.23But he brought us out from there to bring us in
and give us the land he promised on oath to our
ancestors.24TheLORDcommanded us to obey all these
decrees and to fear theLORDour God,so that we might
always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25And
if we are careful to obey all this lawbefore the LORDour
God, as he has commanded us, that will be our
20

righteousness.
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Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness
Apan ang bunga sa Espiritu mao
ang gugma, kalipay, kalinaw,
pailub, pagkamapuanguron,
pagkamaayo,
pagkamatinumanon