CHRISTIAN LIFE SEMINAR
COUPLES FOR CHRIST FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY AND LIFE
What is the Christian Life Seminar (CLS)?
CLS is an integrated course intended to lead seminar participants
into a renewed understanding of God’s call to them as
Christians. It runs for a total of 9 separate sessions, usually
held once a week. Most sessions consist of three basic ingredients:
a teaching, a group discussion, and a time for fellowship.
Each session would normally last for about 2-1/2 hours.
are the goals of the CLS?
CLS has two basic purposes: evangelization and spiritual renewal.
evangelize is to take the basic message of Christianity and
to proclaim it anew so that those who hear it can make a renewed
commitment to God in a way that will allow them to receive
a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in their
renewal works in three ways:
For the individual, it brings a person into a stronger relationship
with God by discovering and living more fully the power
and gifts he/she received through the Holy Spirit;
2) For the family, it brings married couples and other family
members to a renewed commitment to Christian family life
and it starts to build a community of committed Christian
3) For the Church, it brings people within a particular
parish to a fuller experience of life in the Spirit. Consequently
it strengthens and revitalizes community life in the parish.
is the content of the CLS?
CLS runs for a total of 9 consecutive sessions usually held
weekly, divided into 3 modules of 3 sessions each. The topics
of the 9 sessions are as follows:
#1: THE BASIC TRUTHS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY
1. God’s Love
2. What it Means to be a Christian
3. Repentance and Faith
#2: THE AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN LIFE
4. The Christian Ideal: Loving God
5. Loving Your Neighbor
6. Life in the Holy Spirit
#3: LIVING A SPIRIT-FILLED CHRISTIAN LIFE
7. Receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit
8. Growing in the Spirit
9. The Life and Mission of CFC-FFL: Transformation in Christ
is the content of each of the above teachings?
Love speaks about God’s wanting to bring
us out of the confusion and disorder that is being experienced
in the modern world, and to bring us all back to Himself,
to restore our fellowship and intimacy with Him. There is
something seriously wrong with the situation in the world
today, and behind most of the disorder and evil is Satan.
Only God can bring us out of this, and He has done it by sending
His own Son Jesus into the world to suffer and die for us.
In Jesus we have our salvation.
Jesus then is central to God’s plan for us and since
we as Christians carry his name, we need to understand
What It Means to be a Christian. This
talk first dispels misconceptions or wrong notions about Christianity.
It points out what it is not. Then it shows that the essence
of Christianity is union with God, made possible through the
death and resurrection of Jesus. What makes us Christian is
our loving, personal relationship with God, and our whole
life becomes an expression of this relationship.
has loved us. God sent His own Son to die for us. God has
gathered us unto Himself as His people. Christianity is something
that God has initiated, unilaterally and unreservedly. In
the light of all these, our proper response is Repentance
and Faith. This is a double-action response.
Repentance and faith go together. Repentance involves a turning
away from sin, wrongdoing and running our own lives, and a
turning to a life of obedience to God. Faith, in turn, is
belief in Jesus as our personal Savior.
above 3 talks form the first module of the CLS, and has presented
the absolute basics of our Christian faith. The next module,
consisting of another 3 sessions, presents the kind of life
that God calls us to. It spells out the personal response
involved in receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord, and helps
participants to make a reorientation of their lives around
second module starts out with a talk on The Christian
Ideal: Loving God. It is an explanation of the
first and greatest commandment. It explains in detail what
it really means to love God with all our heart, mind, soul
next talk deals with Loving Your Neighbor,
which, together with loving God, forms the core of the Christian
life. The talk contrasts God’s love with the world’s
idea of love. Love is not only having positive feelings, not
always saying “yes,” not defensive, not self-seeking
or manipulative. Rather, Christian love is connected with
keeping God’s commandments and means a self-sacrificial
love, best exemplified by Jesus himself. On the practical
level, Christian love means committed service to our fellow
learning what this new life that we are called to really means,
we look at the one ingredient that makes it all possible.
This is the power from above that enables us to live a Life
in the Holy Spirit. True Christian living is
not just a matter of human willpower but a new heart, a new
life from God. The Holy Spirit enables us to experience God,
a living relationship with Him, and His action in our lives.
With the Holy Spirit, we again experience union with God and
gain a new nature, spiritual power, and the power to serve.
third and final module helps participants to commit their
lives in a serious way to Jesus. First, this involves
Receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit.
This first session of the third module is essentially a prayer
session where the participants are prayed with for the outpouring
of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Some would term this the
“baptism in the Holy Spirit.”
recognizing that the baptism in the Spirit is only a beginning,
there is a need to learn more about how to grow in the life
of the Spirit. Thus the participants are taught the basic
means of Growing in the Spirit.
The five basic tools to growth are prayer, study, service,
fellowship and the sacraments.
as the last session of the CLS, we look to the need for banding
together with other committed Christians for mutual support,
and to carry out our Christian mission. So here we present
The Life and Mission of Couples for Christ Foundation
for Family and Life: Transformation in Christ.
Participants are encouraged to persevere in living out actively
their new life in Christ. Though the CLS has come to an end,
the new life is just beginning. In order to grow, much more
is needed—to learn more about the Christian life, for
strength and support of others, to have an environment where
one can serve God. The participants are invited to continue
their journey, this time with CFC-FFL.