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4 What Has Faith Got To Do With My Life

  1. 1. Tonight’s Topic: PC5: What has faith got to do with my life?
  2. 2. <ul><li>Why are you so sure that your car </li></ul><ul><li>will stop when you step on the </li></ul><ul><li>brake pedal? </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ Human” Faith <ul><li>When you step on the brake pedal… </li></ul><ul><li>Food served by your wife is safe. </li></ul><ul><li>The world is round. </li></ul><ul><li>2 X 3 = 6. </li></ul><ul><li>Human experience; trust. </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Received knowledge, belief. </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding. </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ Human” Faith <ul><li>Imperfect, but essential. </li></ul><ul><li>Affects how we behave and live – enriches... </li></ul>
  5. 5. What has faith got to do with my life? <ul><li>“ Divine” Faith – an overview </li></ul><ul><li>Break </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing by your facilitator. </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping the Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
  6. 6. Divine Faith <ul><li>1. Divine Faith – a virtue, given by God: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable us to live and behave as children of God; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable us to share with Him, His Divine Love, now and eternally; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope and Love ) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Divine Faith (cont’d) <ul><li>2. This faith is knowing that God is real, and we can trust in His promise; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opens the eyes of our hearts to see the truth; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moves and converts us to God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trusting and obeying what he reveals – Divine Revelation. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Divine Faith (cont’d) <ul><li>3. This faith is real and substantive </li></ul><ul><li>“ Faith is the substance of thing hoped for,the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb11:1) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real, substantive, certain and firm. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invites understanding – room for reason and rationality. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A complete faith – all from same source. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Divine Faith (cont’d) <ul><li>4. This faith calls for a response. </li></ul><ul><li>5. This faith is necessary for our salvation. </li></ul>
  10. 10. How One Comes to Faith <ul><li>Faith is a free gift of God. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God created humankind.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Paul: “God desires and wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1Tim2:4) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encounter and self-surrender. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awakened </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humble, open-minded, putting aside prejudices... </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Sharing by Facilitators
  12. 12. Sharing by Facilitators <ul><li>Confidential. </li></ul><ul><li>Each facilitator’s faith journey is different; </li></ul><ul><li>No “perfect journey”; </li></ul><ul><li>God’s faithfulness is constant! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Keeping the Faith <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><li>The emphasis on “I” and “Now” </li></ul><ul><li>Pains, sufferings and injustices in the world… </li></ul>
  14. 14. Keeping the Faith <ul><li>Feed on the Word of God. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachings of the Church </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pray & Meditate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individually or as a community; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing our hearts with Him and Receiving His love. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Keeping the Faith <ul><li>Let our faith grow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different stages of life; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for the good - thank God. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Live our faith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Faith by itself not accompanied by actions, is dead” (Jas 2:17) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ ..and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but not love, I am nothing.” (1Cor 13:2) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Fruit of the Spirit <ul><li>Love Joy Peace Patience Kindness Goodness Faithfulness </li></ul><ul><li>Gentleness Self-control </li></ul><ul><li>Faith and Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Actions not driven by faith… </li></ul><ul><li>Actions driven by faith… </li></ul>
  17. 17. Keeping the Faith <ul><li>Let our faith grow </li></ul><ul><li>Live our faith </li></ul><ul><li>Sacraments – for those baptised. </li></ul>
  18. 18. So, finally……. What has faith got to do with my life? <ul><li>Everything! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A life-long journey. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Obituary </li></ul><ul><li>“… I have fought the good fight, </li></ul><ul><li>I have finished the race, </li></ul><ul><li>I have kept my faith…” 2Tim 4:6 </li></ul>“… I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept my faith…” 2Tim 4:6
  20. 20. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
  21. 21. Saint Theresa's Prayer May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. 

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