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                                         TALK 1

      WHAT DOES IT MEAN
       TO BE A FOLLOWER
       OF JESUS CHRIST?
     Discuss in Group
1. In your opinion, what does it
   mean to say, “I am a Christian”?

2. In your opinion, are Catholics
   also Christians?
“Just because you are
 born in a garage does
  not make you a car!”
“Just because you are
   baptized does not
  automatically make
   you a follower of
        Christ!”
JOKE
ABOUT
 NUNS
  AT A
 FOOT-
 BALL
 GAME
A Personal Testimony
       John 3:16
“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.”
 What is Your Image of
          God?
Pick one of the images on Page
   4 of the booklet, and share
    with your partner why you
        picked that image.
   God is Knocking!
“Behold, I stand at the door and
  knock. If anyone hears my voice
  and opens the door, I will come
 in and eat with him.” - Revelation
               3:20 -
“RELIGION” vs. RELATIONSHIP
 Rules         Love
 Laws          Freedom
 Rituals       Communication
 Fear          Friendship
 Punishment    Sacrifice
 “Have To”     “Want To”
The BORN-AGAIN


   Catholic ♥
Who or What is Ruler
   in Your Heart and
   in Your Life?
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           KEY POINTS TO PONDER
1. Everyone wants happiness, meaning in life.
      –       People try many ways to find happiness – money,
              possessions, pleasure, prestige, power.
      –       Most people live their entire lives without every really
              knowing why. They EXIST but don’t LIVE.

2. Only God gives true meaning, purpose to life.

3. What is God’s plan for my life?
      –       God made me and God loves me.
      –       God wants me to enjoy a personal relationship with Him,
              with others and with all of creation.
      –       When we know and love God and live in harmony with his
              purpose for our lives, it produces “fruits” and benefits in
              our loves.
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                              THE PROBLEM IS:

                                              SIN
• We want to do it OUR WAY, not
  GOD’S WAY
• We want to be IN CONTROL, not
  let God take control

• Sin eventually will contaminate
         all areas of our life!
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•        Story of Tiger and Cliff
•        Story of Flood
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            WRONG WAYS
         OF COPING WITH SIN
•        “My family is Christian,
         so that takes care of me,
         too!”
•        It doesn’t matter what
         you believe, as long as
         you are SINCERE”
•        “I’ll give up all my bad
         habits!”
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      THE ONLY RIGHT WAY TO DEAL
                WITH SIN

Surrender Your Life to Jesus Christ:
“I am the Way, the Truth and the
   Life; no one comes to the Father
   except through me.” – John 14:6
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                                             SKIT
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             God wants us to be Open To
                       Change!

         God wants us to Allow Him To
                  Change us!

 God wants us to hop on the Rescue
      Boat he has sent us: Jesus
                Christ!
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                    EXAMPLE 1:

      God is NOT a STRICT
         TEACHER waiting to
        discipline us and give
       us grades based on our
        behavior -- A, B, C, D,
                  F!
      God is a loving parent
         who cries when we,
       his children, reject him
        and destroy our lives
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           EXAMPLE 2:

   Story of the
     Acrobat at
    Niagara Falls
   with the wheel
       barrow:
“Who believes I can
      cross the
      waterfall
   without falling?
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                                         EXAMPLE 3:

    Story of Manuel from “The Children of
                   Sanchez”
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    A Simple Prayer of Commitment to the
                      Lord

    “Dear Jesus, thank you for making me and
      loving me, even when I’ve ignored you and
     gone my own way. I realize I need you in my
             life and I’m sorry for my sins.
              I ask you to forgive me.
     Thank you for dying on the cross for me.
      Please help me to understand it more.
   As much as I know how, I want to follow you
                      from now on.
   Please come into my life and make me a new
                     person inside.
   Please help me to grow now as a Christian.”
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 How Catholics View Salvation
• Jesus saves us. We do not
  save ourselves.
• Non-Christians also can be
  saved, though Jesus Christ
• The normative outward sign
  of being “born again” is the
  sacrament of baptism
• Salvation is an ongoing
  process
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    What about the “assurance of
             salvation”?

       Someone asks me, “Are you
        saved?” How can I respond?
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    What Catholics Believe About
               Baptism

WATER SYMBOLIZES:
• CLEANSING from original sin
  (water cleanses)
• NEW LIFE through Jesus
  (water is needed to live)
• DEATH to the Old Self (we
  can drown in water)
     Catholics baptize infants
               because:
1. The 1st Century Church did it
2. It is in the Bible (families
   were baptized)
3. It shows that salvation
   depends completely on God,
   not ourselves – a baby
   cannot save itself!
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               HOLY WATER:
   A reminder of our Promises at Baptism
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 “For now we are all children of God
   through faith in Jesus Christ, and
    we who have been baptized into
    union with Christ are enveloped
    by Him. We are no longer Jews
    or Gentiles, or slaves or free, or
    even merely men or women, but
     we are all the same — we are
    Christians; we are one in Jesus
      Christ.” -- Galatians 3:26-28
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                      Mini-Retreat 101
                           TALK 2

                   What Is Church
              and Why Did Jesus Start It?
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                              Small Group Discussion
1.       Share with your partner any good, positive experience that you have had of
         church. Also share any negative experience of church.

2.       Which image of church listed here below do you like best?

         a. A huge impersonal organization or institution
         b. A dictatorship with God on top, then the Pope, Bishops, Priests, etc.
         c. A family and – like any family – it has its strengths and weaknesses.
         d. A dinosaur – it should be extinct. It has outlived its usefulness.
         e. A place where people can get help – like the hospital.
         f. A place where children can learn about God and about right and wrong.
         g. The house of God – the building where I pray and praise God.
         h. The People of God – who love God and neighbor.

3.       On a small piece of paper, write 4 “ingredients” that you feel are essential if
         you were “cooking” the ideal church.
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                                 TALK (30 minutes)

      The Church: Larger than McDonald’s!

QUESTIONS:
  1. Do you know the name of the
     Pope?
  2. Our Bishop?
  3. Our Pastor?
  4. Where does the Pope live?
  5. Who was the first Pope?
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    What is Church?
  Why Did Jesus Start It?

        AN ORGANIZATION
         or INSTITUTION
               GOD
               POPE
          BISHOPS and
             CARDINALS
             PRIESTS
             DEACONS
              PEOPLE
        Church as “Organism”
--   Circle or Wheel with Spokes
--   Body
--   A Flock led by a Shepherd
--   Hospital for Sick
     or Temple for Saints?
--   School
--   Gas Station
--   FAMILY

STORY OF CHURCH
  HYPOCRITES
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             CHURCH AS FAMILY

•        Is it a functional or a
         dysfunctional family?

•        Is it a Democracy?

•        Do you want good tires for
         your car or retreads? Do
         you want the best “tires”
         for your church, or
         “retreads”?
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  PASTOR = Shepherd-Leader
     PEOPLE = Ministers



           The Problem
               of the
      “Hourglass Super-Priest”

                   EVERY Member
                   is a MINISTER!
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      What would happen if Coachella
       Valley High School only had 3 or
                 4 teachers?
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       YOUR FIRST MINISTRY TASK:
      Be FRIENDLY and HOSPITABLE!

   “Let there be real harmony among
     you so there won’t be any split in
      the church. I plead with you to
     be of one mind, united in thought
               and purpose.”
                                           - 1 Corinthians 1:10 –
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                                         Jesus said …

COME                                                                                      GO
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COME
Love of God
         1. Pray DAILY
               2. Attend Church WEEKLY
                   3. Grow SPIRITUALLY
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The Importance of
SMALL FAITH
COMMUNITIES
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                                                                GO
                                                        Love of Neighbor
                                                      1. Serve JOYFULLY
                                                                    MINISTRY
                                    2. Give GENEROUSLY
                               3. Be a WITNESS for Jesus
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                            The Great Commandment
   LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL, MIND…
        LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

                               The Great Commission
               GO, MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS,
                        BAPTIZING THEM …
                        TEACHING THEM …
                AND I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS …
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    “A Great COMMITMENT
To the GREAT COMMANDMENT
And to the GREAT COMMISSION
            Will GROW
       A GREAT Church”
                                                      -- RICK WARREN
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                      Mini-Retreat 101
                           TALK 3

                   Why So Many Churches?
                     Why Be Catholic?
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Yellow
Pages:
There are
many
different
Churches!
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                                   Discussion
         Have you ever attended a non-
           Catholic church? If so, what
         were the similarities? What were
                 the differences?

 Do you know someone who has left
         the Catholic church?
   Why do you think they did so?
         CHRISTIANITY
• Imagine a tree with three branches.

• The Christian “tree” has three
  branches:
    • Roman Catholicism (62.7% of all Christians)
    • Eastern Orthodoxy (13.5% of all Christians)
    • Protestantism (23.7% of all Christians)


• The tree is like our family. Each branch
  is like our uncles, aunts, cousins.
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               THE THREE BRANCHES OF
                     CHRISTIANITY

Roman Catholics                                                     Eastern Orthodox
1 billion members                                                   206 million members
Leader: Pope                                                        Leaders: Patriarchs

                                  Protestant Churches
                                  380 million members
                                   Leadership: Varied
 A Brief
History of
   the
 Church
     ROOTS OF THE TREE:
         JUDAISM
• Jesus and his disciples were Jewish.
• They did not want to start a new religion.
• They wanted to reform Judaism and
  convince the Jews that Jesus was the
  Messiah (Savior).
• Jewish leaders expelled Christians from
  the synagogues, forcing Christianity to
  become its own distinct religion.
A Thousand Years of “Unity”
• For its first 1,000 years, there was only one
  Christian church.
• The Pope in Rome was head of this one church.
• In its first 300 years, Christianity was illegal in
  the Roman Empire. Many Christians died as
  martyrs.
• In the 4th Century, the Emperor Constantine
  became a Christian and legalized Christianity.
      The East-West Split
• In about the year 1,000 A.D., Christianity split
  into two churches.
• The Eastern Church (also called the Orthodox
  Church) predominated in the Eastern part of the
  Roman Empire. Its headquarters was in the
  Eastern capital of Constantinople. Its leader was
  called the Patriarch.
• The Western Church (also called the Roman
  Catholic Church) continued in the Western part
  of the Roman Empire. Its headquarters was in
  the Western capital of Rome. Its leader was the
  Pope.
   EASTERN and WESTERN
       CHRISTIANITY
• The East-West split was caused primarily
  by the political disintegration of the Roman
  Empire into Eastern and Western halves,
  and by debate over whether the Pope or
  the Patriarch should rule the church.
• Orthodox and Catholic churches are very
  similar in terms of doctrines and practices.
  Both have ordained priests and bishops,
  sacraments, etc.
      The Next Split:
The Protestant Reformation
• In 1517, a Catholic Priest named Martin
  Luther started the Protestant Reformation
  when he tried to reform corruption and
  abuses in the Catholic Church.
• “Protestant” means “to protest” abuses.
• “Reformation” means “to change” or
  “reform”
• Initially, Luther did not envision forming a
  new church.
        More on the
 Protestant Reformation (1)
• Luther’s new church started in Germany. Today
  it is called the Lutheran Church.
• Soon after Luther, others split off from the
  Catholic Church:
  – John Zwingli rejected the Mass and Eucharist.
  – John Calvin started the Reform Churches
    (Presbyterians, etc.) in Switzerland.
  – Anabaptists rejected infant baptism.
  – King Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church
    and started the Church of England.
        More on the
 Protestant Reformation (2)
• Eventually, many more splits occurred among
  the Protestant Churches. This is why there are
  so many different Protestant churches today.
• The Catholic Church underwent its own internal
  reform in the 1500s at the Council of Trent.
  – Catholic schools and seminaries were started.
  – The Jesuits were founded and taught and defended
    Catholicism in Europe and throughout the world.
  – Catholic missionaries traveled to the Americas, Africa
    and Asia to spread the Catholic faith.
           Churches
    in the United States (1)
• Protestants settled most the North
  American colonies to escape religious
  persecution in Europe. These colonies
  eventually became the United States.
• Catholics settled the colony of Maryland,
  which was named after Mary, Mother of
  God.
               Churches
        in the United States (2)
•   Lutheran Churches predominate in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the North.
•   Southern Baptist churches predominate in the South.
•   Methodist churches predominate in the Midwest, and also the South.
•   “Peace churches” (Amish, Mennonites, Quakers) are in the East and
    Midwest.
•   New churches and movements that were founded in the U.S. include:
     – The Mormons (who are not strictly Christian, because they do not accept the
       divinity of Jesus Christ)
     – Jehovah’s Witnesses (also, not strictly Christian, for the same reason as
       Mormons)
     – Christian Science Churches (also not Christian).
     – Pentecostal Churches (Assembly of God, Apostolic Church, etc.), who believe in
       speaking in tongues and gifts of Spirit.
     – Seventh Day Adventist Churches, who worship on Saturdays.
     – Nondenominational, Evangelical, Mega-Churches (like Calvary Chapel, Crystal
       Cathedral, Southwest Community Church, etc.)
     – Tele-Evangelists (Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Jimmy Swaggart, Benny Hinn,
       many others)
   The Second Vatican Council
  and Catholic Reform, 1962-65
• Pope John 23rd convened this series of meetings
  in Rome with all the Catholic bishops of the
  world.
• Vatican II initiated many changes:
  –   Mass is in the language of the people, not Latin.
  –   Openness to other faiths and religions.
  –   More participation of laity in the church.
  –   Increased promotion of the study of the Bible.
  –   Communion under both species -- bread & wine.
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                       SIMILARITIES:
                 CATHOLICS & PROTESTANTS
•        Shared love for Jesus Christ as Lord,
         Savior and friend.
•        Shared Scripture (the Bible)
             •      Catholic Bibles contain 7 additional books in the Old
                    Testament. The New Testament is exactly the same for
                    Catholics and Protestants.
•        Shared belief in salvation through
         God’s free gift of grace
•        Shared family tree – we are brothers
         and sisters in Christ
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                         DIFFERENCES:
                  CATHOLICS & PROTESTANTS (1)
•        Protestants reject the leadership of the Pope,
         bishops, and priests. They believe in the “priesthood
         of all believers.”
             •      Catholics also believe that in baptism, all share in the “priesthood
                    of all believers” in that we are anointed as priest, prophet, king.
•        Protestants believe the Bible is the only legitimate
         authority. Catholics believe in Bible and Tradition.
             •      “Tradition” is the system of beliefs and practices
                    passed down from generation to generation, but not
                    necessarily written down in the Bible.
             •      The New Testament of the Bible itself emerged from the
                    early Tradition of the Church. The early Church
                    decided, based on Tradition, which books to include or
                    exclude in the canon of the Bible.
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                         DIFFERENCES:
                  CATHOLICS & PROTESTANTS (2)

•        Protestants believe God saves us through His free
         gift of grace and that we are not saved by our good
         deeds and works.
•        Catholics also believe in salvation by God’s free gift
         of grace. But Catholics believe that human beings
         cooperate with God grace in working out their
         salvation through their good works and deeds.
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                         DIFFERENCES:
                  CATHOLICS & PROTESTANTS (3)

•        Protestants do not embrace devotions to the Virgin
         Mary or the saints.
             •      MYTH #1 – CATHOLICS WORSHIP MARY AND THE SAINTS.
             •      ANSWER: Catholics DO NOT worship Mary or saints. Catholics
                    worship only the one God, who exists as a Trinity of three distinct
                    “persons” – Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.
                    –     Catholics honor and love Mary because she was the Mother of God,
                          the Mother of Jesus Christ. In similar way, we honor our own mothers
                          and the mothers of our friends each year on Mother’s Day.
             •      WHY DO CATHOLICS USE STATUES AND PICTURES OF MARY
                    AND THE SAINTS?
                    –     ANSWER: We remember members of our spiritual family (Mary,
                          Saints) just as we hang pictures of our loved ones on the wall of our
                          home or carry photos of them in our purse or wallet.
             •      WHY DO CATHOLICS PRAY TO MARY AND THE SAINTS?
                    –     ANSWER: We ask Mary and the Saints to pray with us and for us, just
                          as we might ask a friend to pray with us and for us.
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                         DIFFERENCES:
                  CATHOLICS & PROTESTANTS (4)

•        Many Protestants do not believe in sacraments.
             •      Some Protestant churches do believe in two sacraments: Baptism
                    and Communion.
             •      Most Protestant churches do not believe in any sacraments. They
                    believe Baptism and Communion are merely symbolic, not
                    sacramental.
             •      Catholics believe in the REAL PRESENCE of Jesus in the elements
                    of bread and wine – that the Eucharist (communion) is truly the
                    Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
•        Many Protestants do not baptize infants.
             •      Some Protestant churches do baptize infants.
             •      Most Protestant churches believe in adult baptism only. They
                    believe baptism is only valid if a person makes a choice to be
                    baptized.
             •      Catholics follow the Bible, which says that “entire families” –
                    presumably including children! – were baptized.
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              PRACTICAL DIFFERENCES:
            CATHOLICS & PROTESTANTS
1.       Church services emphasize music,
         Scripture, Sermon – Communion is rare
2.       Some interpret Bible literally.
         (Fundamentalists)
3.       Some emphasize evangelization.
         (Evangelicals)
4.       Some emphasize charismatic gifts
         (Pentecostals)
5.       Some are very strict – no alcohol; no
         dancing; women must wear veils; no
         instrumental music; etc.
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                    The GOOD about being Catholic

•        We have a rich history and tradition of 2,000 years.
•        We have beautiful rituals and sacraments.
•        We have a long tradition of social justice –
         hospitals, orphanages, care for the poor…
•        We have a long tradition of education – Catholics
         started the first universities…
•        The Catholic Church is worldwide. Mass is
         essentially the same everywhere. There is great
         unity – but also diversity of cultures, music, etc.
•        The Catholic Church defends moral truths and
         defends all life, womb to tomb – no abortion, no
         euthanasia, no capital punishment, no unjust
         wars…
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                   We have “dirty laundry, too”
                        (everyone does!)

•        Scandals, past and present – Crusades,
         anti-Semitism, sexual abuse scandals
•        To legalistic. Sometimes we focus on rules,
         regulations more than on the spirit
•        Too abstract, intellectual. Sometimes
         sermons are too complex, not practical
•        Rigidity – Church sometimes is slow to
         change, even when change is needed
•        Corruption
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      Small Group Discussion
                         Share with your Partner

1. What can Catholics learn from
   Evangelicals and other
   Protestants?

2. What can Evangelicals and other
   Protestants learn from
   Catholics?
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                      Mini-Retreat 101
                           TALK 4

                       The Importance
                       of Commitment
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                                                Community: Unchurched

                                              Crowd: Attendees

                                                Congregation: Members

                                      Core: Leaders
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                 We BECOME
          What we are COMMITTED TO!

•        People have lots of commitments: Family,
         money, sports, hobbies, pleasure…
•        Sometimes we commit to wrong things
•        Our most important commitment should be
         to God
•        When we make God our top commitment,
         other areas of life fall into place
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           THREE REASONS
             People Avoid
              Commitment

1. NO TIME!
             •      But we all have 24 hours a day –
                    nobody has more than this, but
                    nobody has less. At issue is how
                    we prioritize and use our time!
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                     THREE REASONS
                 People Avoid Commitment

2. PROCRASTINATION (Tomorrow)
    -- Story of Catechism vs. Soccer
   -- Story of busy college student &
      girlfriend
   -- Story of Sunday gardener & manure

If you were seriously ill or hurt, would you avoid
    going to hospital? Why are we less eager to
    take care of our spiritual health?
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           THREE REASONS
             People Avoid
              Commitment

3. DON’T KNOW HOW
    -- God works through us.
       We are simply asked to
       be obedient. It is God’s
       work, not ours!
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                          FOUR REASONS
                            To Commit
1. BIBLICAL REASON: In the Bible,
         Jesus founded and loved the church. If
         we love Jesus, we also will love the
         church and become an active part of it.
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                          FOUR REASONS
                            To Commit

2. CULTURAL REASON. Our children
         face many temptations – drugs, gangs,
         etc. If there is no church to help teach
         them values, they are more likely to
         follow the false values of the culture that
         is all around them.
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                          FOUR REASONS
                            To Commit

3. PRACTICAL REASON. For practical
         reasons, every organization needs to
         know its members. A sports team needs
         to know its players, a band its musicians,
         an army its soldiers. Churches, too, need
         to know who are the members whom
         they can really count on.
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                          FOUR REASONS
                            To Commit

4. PERSONAL REASON. Commitment
         helps us, too! We become what we are
         committed to. If we want to truly follow
         God and become more like Jesus Christ,
         and if we want to grow spiritually, we
         need to be committed to God and
         church.
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 FIVE COMMITMENTS
    Of Membership
1. PRAY DAILY
2. ATTEND CHURCH
    WEEKLY
3. GROW SPIRITUALLY
4. SERVE JOYFULLY
5. GIVE GENEROUSLY
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                             FIVE COMMITMENTS
                                Of Membership
1. PRAY DAILY
        HOW? Just spend time with God.

-- Take a few minutes of quiet.

-- Read a small part of the Bible. Start with a gospel –
     Mark is the shortest! – or the Psalms.

-- Talk to God silently in your own words. What are your
     needs and concerns? Who do you know that is
     struggling and in need of prayer? What about prayer
     for bigger issues – peace, an end to hunger and
     poverty, etc.?
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                FIVE COMMITMENTS
                   Of Membership

2. ATTEND CHURCH WEEKLY.
There are many Masses for everyone’s busy
   schedule – Saturday at 5 p.m. (English)
   and 6:30 p.m. (Spanish) and Sundays at
   9 a.m. (English) and at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 1
   p.m. and 5 p.m. (Spanish)
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                FIVE COMMITMENTS
                   Of Membership
3. GROW SPIRITUALLY
       HOW?
      1. Complete ALL Mini-Retreats
    2. Plug into a SMALL GROUP
   3. Live VALLEY MISSIONARY
     PROGRAM ENCOUNTER
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                FIVE COMMITMENTS
                   Of Membership

4. SERVE JOYFULLY – Get involved
   in a ministry. Giving makes
   church more interesting. (We
   talk about this more in Mini-
   Retreat 301!)
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                FIVE COMMITMENTS
                   Of Membership
5. GIVE GENEROUSLY
                HOW?
1. God Does Not Need Our $$
2. But Jesus speaks about $$. Why?
3. “LOVE” of $$ = Root of all Evil
4. Jesus Wants to FREE of ALL
   Slavery, Including Slavery to $$
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            GIVE GENEROUSLY, continued…
                      HOW?

1. God loves a CHEERFUL Giver

2. How Much to Give? ---- Pray! There is
   no right or wrong amount, although
   the Old Testament talks about 10
   percent. We suggest people start by
   giving one hour of their weekly salary,
   which is about 2.5 percent.

3. REMEMBER: God owns EVERYTHING –
   ALL we have is on Loan from God!
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     GIVE GENEROUSLY, continued…

HOW MOST PEOPLE GIVE:
  1. Earn It
  2. Enjoy It
  3. Repay It
  4. Save It
  5. Give It to God
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     GIVE GENEROUSLY, continued…

THE ORDER GOD BLESSES:
  1. Earn It
  2. Give 1st Part to GOD
  3. Save It
  4. Repay It
  5. Enjoy It
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     GIVE GENEROUSLY, continued…

WHY THIS ORDER?
  1. It shows God is 1st in my life
  2. It shows I trust God
  3. It shows I am grateful to God
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                   GIVE GENEROUSLY, continued…

                     IN OUR PARISH:
          We ask that everyone USE ENVELOPES!

 This is for practical accounting reasons to help
              the parish office. THANKS!

                   IMPORTANT!!!!!
     Please write clearly on your envelope YOUR
         NAME and your TELEPHONE NUMBER!
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                  CLOSING PRAYER

              Thank You for Attending
                 Mini-Retreat 101!

                    We Hope to See You
                     at Mini-Retreat 201
                    and in a Small Group!

				
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