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Christianity 102 Part 7, Laity


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On the duties and ministries of the Laity, the most important part of the church

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Christianity 102 Part 7, Laity

  1. 1. Christianity 102 Congregation Benim Avraham Diocese of La Porte, Texas Christian Church, Synod of St. Timothy Part 7 Laity
  2. 2. Laity <ul><li>The people who are not ordained. </li></ul><ul><li>The MOST important part of the congregation. </li></ul><ul><li>The people who do the most in reaching the unreached, proclaiming the Gospel, and visiting the sick and in prison. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Liturgical Laity <ul><li>Subdeacon*:Reads the Epistle, helps distribute communion in absence of deacon. </li></ul><ul><li>Reader: Read lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>Acolyte: Aid in preparing the table, and in processions. </li></ul><ul><li>Usher: Helps people get to their seat. </li></ul><ul><li>Altar guild: Help maintain altar and furnishings. </li></ul><ul><li>Verger: In charge of all the above. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Non Liturgical Laity <ul><li>Leaders for Home Encouragement Groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Evangelists*: Proclaim the Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting sick and/or prisoners </li></ul><ul><li>Widows: Older women who assist younger women in leading chaste Christians lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage support counselors </li></ul><ul><li>Exorcists*: Those trained in exorcism </li></ul><ul><li>Healers: Those given special gifts in healing </li></ul><ul><li>Ship Visitors </li></ul><ul><li>* Licensed by Bishop </li></ul>
  5. 5. Laity may be involved in many other activities <ul><li>Hospitality: Taking care of guests </li></ul><ul><li>Youth leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Cooks </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Remember <ul><li>The Laity perform the true work of the church. </li></ul><ul><li>To know Christ and to make him known through witnessing by word and example. </li></ul><ul><li>+ At work </li></ul><ul><li>+ At school </li></ul><ul><li>+ At recreational activities </li></ul><ul><li>+ In Church </li></ul>
  7. 7. All Members <ul><li>Are expected to study God’s word. </li></ul><ul><li>To evangelise as God gives them opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>To receive communion regularly. </li></ul><ul><li>To join in Friday, Advent, and Lenten fasting as is medically permitted. </li></ul><ul><li>To sustain the church with time, treasure, talents and prayer. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Stewardship <ul><li>A steward takes care of property that is not his own. </li></ul><ul><li>We are stewards of: </li></ul><ul><li>Our minds </li></ul><ul><li>Our bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Our material possessions </li></ul><ul><li>Our time </li></ul><ul><li>Our money </li></ul><ul><li>Our abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Our children </li></ul><ul><li>Our speech </li></ul>
  9. 9. Minds <ul><li>We should fill our minds with God’s word. </li></ul><ul><li>Our minds should be subject to Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Scripture tells us to look and listen only to that which is good. There should be no mention of perversions. </li></ul><ul><li>It is good to build up our minds with secular knowledge as well </li></ul>
  10. 10. Bodies <ul><li>Good physical and dental hygiene. </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise regularly, but don’t make it your goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat and drink in moderation (no fat Christians in the first centuries) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t contaminate our bodies with drugs, or by overindulging in alcohol (your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>Get enough sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>Take that day of rest. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Material Possessions <ul><li>Everything you have is God’s and should be used for his glory. </li></ul><ul><li>We can use our possessions to help others </li></ul><ul><li>Ask ourselves, do we need that new ___ or are we trying to impress the neighbours. </li></ul><ul><li>Take care of our possessions that they would last. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the Amish, no cars so as not to try and outdo their neighbours. </li></ul><ul><li>If an Amish loses his house, the community gets together to build a new one. </li></ul><ul><li>A simple lifestyle is better for our health and witness. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Time <ul><li>Before 1940, most people slept 10 hours a day and got everything done. </li></ul><ul><li>Today we sleep 4 and get little done. </li></ul><ul><li>We should learn to use our time efficiently, and some time each day should be devoted to God. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a time wheel and budget your time. </li></ul><ul><li>Many people take care of private stuff at work. This is a form of theft. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Money <ul><li>In Malachi, we are told if we don’t tithe we are stealing. </li></ul><ul><li>We often waste money on things we don’t need and won’t use. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a budget, think before you spend. </li></ul><ul><li>The tithe is the minimum standard of giving. </li></ul><ul><li>Help others. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Abilities <ul><li>God has given us each abilities. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to learn what they are. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to use them for God’s service, as well as use them to sustain our families. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Children <ul><li>Our children are a gift from God. </li></ul><ul><li>Our duty is to teach them to obey and love God, not to spoil them. </li></ul><ul><li>At the appropriate age, they are to transfer their obedience from the parent to God. </li></ul><ul><li>Self discipline is of great importance to teach a child. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Speech <ul><li>How do we use our mouths. </li></ul><ul><li>To build up, or to tear down. </li></ul><ul><li>To proclaim Christ, or ourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>To solve problems, or to gossip. </li></ul><ul><li>It is up to us, to use our speech to proclaim the kingdom, lead people to Christ and build up the church. </li></ul>