This weekend, I was privileged to deliver the third talk in my cluster's two ongoing Christian Life Programs. Yesterday in Kabisig, and this afternoon in Riverside. :) For this post, allow me to share the important points discussed in the talk.
I. Incomplete Notions/Misconceptions about Christianity
- Mere religious system: set of doctrines, set of religious practices, knowing God and doing things for Him
- Mere moral system: set of do's and don'ts, set of rules, avoiding things that make you go to hell
- Social, humanitarian system
- Escape from the realities of life
II. What Christianity Is: Union with God made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
III. Some Important Truths About Christianity:
- Relationship initiated by God (By grace we have been saved.)
- We become a new creation.
- We share on the nature of God: HOLINESS.
IV. Practical Implications
- God is our Father. We can trust Him. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- Our Father knows our needs. He will provide for us. (Luke 12:22-31)
- We have the same Father, thus, we are brothers and sisters.
- We learn that life on earth is temporary. Therefore, we do not invest ourselves here.
- We must be peaceful at all times. (Hebrews 13:5-6, Matthew 28:20, Numbers 23:19)
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. And that peace comes from knowing that you are God's beloved and that He will be with you, always. :)
Quotes from Pope Francis:
- Our faith is based on the death and resurrection of Christ just like a house built on the foundations, without them the whole house collapses.
- Christianity is not simply a matter of following commandments but living a new life, being in Christ, thinking and acting like Christ, and being transformed by the love of Christ, it is allowing Him take possession of our lives and change them, transform them, to free them from the darkness of evil and sin.
- God is now our Father. He treats us as His beloved children, He understands us, forgives us, embraces us, and loves us even when we go astray.