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SPEAKER

CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM


ORIENTATION TALK
CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM
Orientation
talk
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 come into the world.
Jesus proclaims His mission.
Then Jesus went to Nazareth , where he had been brought up, and on
the Sabbath day he went as usual to the synagogue. He stood up to read
the Scriptures, and was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. He
unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because He has chosen me
to preach the Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind;
to set free the oppressed,
and announce the year
when the Lord will save His people.
Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.
All the people in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on Him. He began
speaking to them, This passage of the Scripture has come true today,
as you heard it being read.
The salvation promised by God
was to be fulfilled in and through
Him. He was to announce the
good news of Gods reign.
His mission is for all. His
proclamation is timeless. The
promise applies to us too.

JESUS REFERS TO FOUR KINDS


OF PEOPLE. DO WE RECOGNIZE
OURSELVES AMONG THEM?
THE POOR
These are those who live lives apart
from God.
JESUS REFERS TO FOUR KINDS
OF PEOPLE. DO WE RECOGNIZE
OURSELVES AMONG THEM?
THE CAPTIVES
We can be in captivity to things,
desires and ideas of no real worth. We
can be slaves to money, power, work
and achievements, those things the
world values.
JESUS REFERS TO FOUR KINDS
OF PEOPLE. DO WE RECOGNIZE
OURSELVES AMONG THEM?
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.
JESUS REFERS TO FOUR KINDS
OF PEOPLE. DO WE RECOGNIZE
OURSELVES AMONG THEM?
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 and illicit
sex.
But Jesus came precisely to bring
salvation to us in all these areas.
He brings glad tidings to the poor. What is
real value is the good news of salvation and a
real relationship with God.
He proclaims liberty to captives. Jesus can
free us from our captivity to worldly things
that are of no true and lasting worth.
He gives sight to the blind. With Jesus we can
never be in darkness and unable to see.
He lets the oppressed free. Only Jesus can
truly set us free from our bondages.
But are we experiencing today the
salvation that Jesus offers?
Do we have spiritual
abundance?
Are we living in freedom?

Do we see with Gods eyes?
What do we see in the world today?
Moral degeneration in all levels of society.
a) Upsurge in sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, perversity.
b) Rampant greed and dishonesty.
c) Workaholics leaving no room for God.
d) Alarming break up of families due to lack of
commitment of spouses
e) Spiritual blindness, giving rise to man made religions
and cults.
Why are Christians behaving
like this in a modern world?
Superficially, one may point to economic
hard times as the reason. When times
are hard, people look for concrete thing
which can help them.
Bribing in order to win a contract.
Alcohol, drugs and illicit sex to cover
up difficulties.
Turning to the occult for good luck.
Why are Christians behaving
like this in a modern world?
Others point to sociological reasons.
If everyone is doing it, it must be
okey.
In society today, there is a lack of
objective moral norms for right
conduct.
Why are Christians behaving
like this in a modern world?
But these can only be partially correct.
Because we see that throughout history,
especially for the early Church,
Christians did not easily trade their
Christian values, even in the face of
imprisonment, pain and death.
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.
There are a number of reasons
Sin in our lives blocks the power of God.
1. Some are unwilling to give up sin.
or there may be no serious sin, but many still
live a split-level Christianity.
There are a number of reasons
2. One may be a good person, but
conversion to the Lord is not full.
We may be satisfied with an emotional
experience and not allow our conversion to
effect concretely the way we think, live, act
and relate to others.
There are a number of reasons
3. Many do not have a personal
relationship with Jesus.
For many Christians, Jesus is out of reach. He is
a God who is far away in heaven.
But in order for us to receive power, we must
have direct link up to the source of power. John
15:5
There are a number of reasons
4. There are those who have no Christian
support.
We are called to be part of a body, the body of
Christ. We need the care and support of others in
order to become better Christians.
The world is a hostile environment for Christians. We
can easily become assimilated into the values and
points of view of the world.
There are a number of reasons
5. Some Christians are not living in
the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Trinity and we know well
the Father and the Son. But many Christians
do not know the Spirit nor understand his
role.
Jesus affirms the Spirits importance.
Before His ascension, Jesus told the
disciples to wait for power from on high.
This power will be given when the Holy
Spirit comes upon them.
John 1:7-8. But Im telling you the truth; it is better for you that I go
away, because if I do not go, the Helper will not come to you. But if I
go away I will send Him to you. And when He comes He will prove to
the people of the world that they are wrong about sin and about
what is right and about Gods judgment.
Acts 1:8. but when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be
filled with power, and you will witness for me in Jerusalem, in all
of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
Luke 24:49. And I myself will send upon you what my Father has
promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from
above will come down upon you.
And the Spirit did come, on the day of
the Pentecost.
The disciples were emboldened and
empowered.
Christianity spread quickly. And within a
couple of centuries, the whole Roman
Empire was converted.
This is the power of the
Holy Spirit at work.
And this same Spiritual
Power is available to us.
What then must we do
about our situation?
To begin with, understand that we are not
meant for this world but for a higher life
with God.
If true, then we should not just invest
ourselves in this world. We should
invest for the next.
Our stay in this world is transitory. Our true
citizenship is in heaven.
Phil 3:20. We however are citizens of heaven, and we eagerly for our Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ to come from heaven.
What then must we do
about our situation?
Investigate for yourself what Jesus is offering.
Dont just pass it up. Right now, approach
this in faith and know that your God is
extending to you an invitation.
I stand at the door of your heart and knock;
if anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come into his house and eat with him
and he will eat with me.
Revelations 3:20
Concretely, what does this
invitation mean for you?
Concretely, what does this
invitation mean for you?
MODULE ONE: The Basic Truths About Christianity
1. Gods Love
2. Who is Jesus Christ?
3. What it means to be a Christian
4. Repentance and Faith
MODULE TWO: 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 THREE: 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
12. Transformation in Christ
CFC started in June 1981 in
Manila, philippines with
16 couples.
CFC started in June 1993 in
general santos city with
36 couples.
It is highly evangelistic and
grows rapidly, such that as of
today we are already more than
1 million couples in more than
161 countries. (Last is SIERRA
LEONE)
In 1993 it has established the
Family Ministries
Kids for Christ
Youth for Christ
Singles for Christ
Handmaids of the Lord
Servants of the Lord
In 1998 it has established the Social Ministries
Flame Ministry (Social Communication)
Medical Mission (Medical related profession)
STMA (Lawyers and Politicians)
Teodora (Women)
FEED (Education)
Tekton Guild (Economic)
Oikos (Environment)
Isaiah 61:1 (Prison Ministry)

In year 2000
In year 2000
All these will bring
you to the doorway
to spiritual
freedom, maturity
and power in
Christian living!
God bless!!!