OVERVIEW OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM (CLP)

 

GOALS OF  CLP

1. Evangelization.
To take the basic message of Christianity and to proclaim it anew so that those who hear it can make a renewed com­mitment to the Lord in a way which will allow them to receive a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

2. Renewal.
a)   Individual ‑ to bring individuals to a stronger rela­tionship with God by discovering and living more fully the power and gifts they received through the Holy Spirit.

b)   Family ‑ to bring married couples to a renewed commit­ment to Christian family life. To build up a community of committed Christian families.

c)   Church ‑ to strengthen and revitalize Christian commu­nity life in the parishes.

 

STRUCTURE OF THE CLP

Content.

The CLP is normally held over a period of three months, with 13 separate weekly sessions (at time compressed into 7 weekly sessions for outside Edmonton mission areas). It consists of an orien­tation session, followed by the CLP proper of 12 sessions.

The CLP proper is divided into three modules of four ses­sions each. They are as follows:

Module One:   The Basic Truths About Christianity

1. God’s 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

Module One of the CLP focuses on the basics of Christian belief and life. It makes clear the need to turn to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith in order to attain salvation.

Module Two spells out the ideal of life that a Christian ought to aspire to. The Christian life is a life of love and service that revolves around Jesus Christ and is lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Module Three helps people to commit their lives in a seri­ous way to Jesus Christ, by appropriating for their lives the power of the Holy Spirit and by entering into a suppor­tive environment for continued personal growth and forma­tion.

 

THE SESSIONS: GOALS, MAIN POINTS AND DISCUSSION GUIDES

SESSION No. 1 ‑ GOD’S LOVE
Goals
a)   To help people understand that man by himself cannot solve the problems and evil in the world, but that salvation is necessary through Jesus Christ.

b)   To present the reality of sin and Satan, the spiritual powers trying to destroy humanity.

c)   To communicate the truth that God loves us and has a plan for our welfare.

Main points
a) God’s original and final intention for creation: the kingdom of God.

b) The reality of sin and Satan.

c) The victory of Christ for us over sin and Satan.

Discussion:  About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 2 ‑ WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Goals
a)   To stir up nominal Christians’ interest in Jesus and Christianity.

b)   To cause Christians to think more about the divinity of Jesus and not just accept it as a matter of fact.

c)   To get people to begin to pray and to read the Bible outside the CLP.

Main points.

a)   Who Jesus was historically and what he was like person­ally.

b)   The claims he made ‑ his authority, his relationship with God, his power to forgive sins, his divinity.

c)   The conclusion: liar, lunatic or Lord? Your choice.

Discussion: About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 3 ‑ WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN

Goals

a) To dispel wrong notions about what it means to be a Christian.

b) To inspire people to live up to the standards set by God for His people.

c)   To inspire people to want to have all God wants to give.

Main points

a)   Misconceptions or incomplete notions about Christianity.

b)   The essence of Christianity is union with God. We become a new creation. We become children of God.

c)   As Christians, we can trust in our Father Who provides for us. Thus we can be peaceful at all times.

Discussion:  About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 4 ‑ REPENTANCE AND FAITH

Goals

a)      To lead people to repent of sin and turn to faith in Jesus Christ.

b)      To help people to grow in expectant faith.

c)      To get people to look forward to Module Two, which would focus on how they are now to live as true Christians.

Main points.

a)      Our response to God’s love and call is repentance and faith.

b)      The meaning of repentance and the simple steps to turn away from wrongdoing and sin.

c)      Faith is relying on what God has said and claiming His promises for ourselves.

d)     God promises salvation and new life in the Spirit.

Discussion: About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 5 ‑ THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL: LOVING GOD

Goals.

a)   To call idealism out of people, and have them apply their idealism to the highest ideal, loving God.

b)   To help participants understand that loving God is an attainable ideal and that loving God is not an option but a command.

c)   To introduce people to verbal prayers of thanksgiving and petition.

Main points.

a)   The importance of ideals and goals in our lives. The love of God as the highest and greatest ideal.

b)   What it means to love God with our whole heart, mind and strength.

c)   Jesus is our model in loving God.

Discussion: About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 6 ‑ LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR

Goals.

a)   To communicate a vision for right relationships among Christians, how it’s humanly good, how it helps us grow as Christians.

b)   To correct wrong notions that participants may have about love, to present what love is and to help them apply Christian love in their lives.

c)   To suggest concrete and practical ways of loving one another.

Main points.

a)         Loving neighbor, together with loving God, form the core of Christian life.

b)         God’s love contrasted with world’s idea of love.

c)         Christian love is self‑sacrificial. It is service love.

d)         All men in need of our help are our neighbors.

Discussion: About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 7 ‑ THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY

Goals.

a)         To stress the importance of the family in God’s plan.

b)         To give practical advice for building up a strong Chris­tian family.

 

Main points.

a)         God’s plan for families.

b)         Why God’s plan is not happening in the world today.

c)         How we can make God’s plan happen in our families.

Discussion: About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 8 ‑ LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Goals.

a)   To stir up expectant faith and an eager desire for a greater working of God in people’s lives through the Holy Spirit.

b)   To explain the baptism in the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts.

c)   To prepare people for the prayer session next week.

d)   To encourage them and to help them overcome any obsta­cles.

Main points.

a)   The Christian life is not just human will power, but a new heart and new life from God in the Holy Spirit.

b)   Overview of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts.

c)   Description of obstacles to receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit and ways to overcome them.

Discussion:  About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 9 ‑ RECEIVING THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Goals.

a)         To lead people to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues.

b)         To lead people to commitment of their lives to Jesus Christ.

c)         To instruct them about charismatic praise and worship.

Main points.

a)         Description of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and spir­itual gifts.

b)         PRAYER SESSION.

c)         A call to faithfulness to prayer and one’s new life in the Holy Spirit.

Discussion:  About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 10 ‑ GROWING IN THE SPIRIT

Goals.

a)   To teach the basic steps toward growth and maturity for Christians and call everyone to move ahead in their life with God.

b)   To explain the importance of Christian support.

Main points.

a)   Baptism in the Holy Spirit is just the beginning. Much growth and transformation still lie ahead.

b)   The basic tools to growth in the Christian life are prayer, study, fellowship and service. Also sacraments for Catholics.

Discussion:  About this session & bible readings

 

SESSION No. 11 ‑ THE LIFE AND MISSION OF COUPLES FOR CHRIST

Goals.

a) To explain the life and mission of Couples for Christ.

b) To inspire people with the desire to be part of a com­mitted Christian community such as CFC.

Main points.

a) History of CFC.

b) The CFC statements of mission and philosophy.

c) How we support one another in CFC.

d) An invitation to be part of the life and mission of CFC.

 

SESSION No. 12 ‑ TRANSFORMATION IN CHRIST

Goals.

a)   To encourage people to persevere and live out actively the new life in the power of the Holy Spirit.

b)   To excite them about becoming a part of the mission of CFC.

Main points.

a)   The end of the CLP is just the beginning of a whole new exciting life with God. (see other sessions or teachings after this CLP)

b)   God’s purpose in our transformation and growth is to raise up families in the Holy Spirit that will renew the face of the earth.

c)   We all need to grow in personal holiness, build strong Christian families and homes, and pursue our work of global evangelization.

d)   DEDICATION CEREMONY.

e)  SHARING – Share about your experience(s) about the CLP

 

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