Living witnessch20relgrade8

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Living witnessch20relgrade8

  1. 1. LIVING WITNESSES THROUGH THE COVENANT
  2. 2. • “God is Love” – John 4:8 – The more we love, the closer we can be to God * In the Old Testament, the Israelites made a covenant with God. - A covenant is s sacred agreement; a mutual promise between God and His people
  3. 3. • Christians are called to live the covenant through their belief in Jesus • Jesus said “I am the Way” – John 14:6 – Christians follow the way of Jesus, living according to His teachings – Jesus continued the covenant by saying: “As I have loved you, so you should also love one another.” – John 13:34
  4. 4. • Christians enter into the covenant at baptism • In the Didache (The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles), the earliest Christians recognized two paths: – The Way of Life is a life of loving God and loving one another – The Way of Death is a life of sin
  5. 5. • Sin is a deliberate word, deed, or failure to act that hurts our relationship with others and offends God • A vice s a tendency to continue to do wrong, a bad habit that leads to sin • There are 7 Capital Sins (aka: Deadly Sins)
  6. 6. • • • • • • • Pride Greed Lust Anger Gluttony Envy Sloth
  7. 7. • Virtues are actions or attitudes that oppose vices • Virtues must be developed through practice • The Theological Virtues are faith, hope, and love (charity) • The Cardinal Virtues are prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude
  8. 8. • These virtues should be cultivated daily The Heavenly Virtues: • • • • • • • Generosity Chastity Humility Gentleness (meekness/charity) Temperance Love of others (kindness) Diligence (industry)
  9. 9. • Through free will we choose to do good or to fall into sin • For an action to be morally good, three things must be considered: – The action itself – The intention – The circumstance

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