Presentation on theme: "THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY"— Presentation transcript:
1 THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY THE CHURCHTHE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
2 SOURCES Sacred Scripture 2nd Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium Catechism of the Catholic Church
3 MEANING OF CHURCHRefers to the people whom God calls and gathers togetherThey form the assembly of those who through faith and Baptism have become children of God, members of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit…
4 CHURCH DEFINED…The word “church” originated with Greek term, ekklesia which means an assembly of those whom God has called forth to be his people and to do his will
5 MISSION OF CHURCH Matthew 28:19-20 Fourfold mission: 1. Share the Message2. Live in Community3. Serve Others4. Worship the Lord
6 BIBLICAL IMAGES“I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1, 5
7 “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me in the same way that the Father knows me and I know the Father. For these sheep I will give my life.” John 10:14-15
8 “You form a building which rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:20
9 “Now you, my brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise “Now you, my brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. Therefore, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.” Galatians 4:28, 31
10 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church…This is a profound mystery – but I am talking about Christ and the Church.” Ephesians 5:25, 32
11 MODELS OF THE CHURCH Developed by Fr. Avery Dulles Six models that help us to better understand the mystery of the Church…
12 CHURCH AS BODY OF CHRIST/PEOPLE OF GOD COMMUNITY OF BAPTIZED BELIEVERSPROFESSING THE SAME CHRISTIAN FAITHCARING FOR ONE ANOTHERCELEBRATING THE EUCHARIST TOGETHER
13 CHURCH AS INSTITUTION STRUCTURED ORGANIZATION HIERARCHY OF POPE AND BISHOPSEMPHASIZES AUTHORITY OF CHURCH LEADERSTEACHING OFFICE OF THE CHURCH- ROLE OF MAGISTERIUM
14 CHURCH AS SACRAMENTA SACRAMENT IS A VISIBLE SIGN, INSTITUTED BY CHRIST, ENTRUSTED TO THE CHURCH, THAT GIVES GRACETHE CHURCH IS THE VISIBLE, TANGIBLE SIGN OF GOD’S LOVE AND PRESENCE IN THE WORLD
15 CHURCH AS HERALD OF GOD’S WORD A HERALD IS AN OFFICIAL MESSENGER, REPRESENTATIVE, AMBASSADORTHE CHURCH IS THE HERALD OF JESUS CHRISTCHURCH ACTS AS HERALD THROUGH COMMUNAL PRAYER, PROCLAIMING THE SCRIPTURES, LITURGY, AND MISSIONARY WORK
16 CHURCH AS COMMUNITY OF DISCIPLES CALLED TO LIVE OUT IN COMMUNITY THE CHALLENGE OF DISCIPLESHIPALL BAPTIZED CHRISTIANSEQUALITY BASED ON BAPTISMCALLED TO GROWTH IN CHRISTDIFFERENTIATION OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
17 FOUR MARKS OF THE CHURCH ONEHOLYCATHOLICAPOSTOLIC
18 ONE CHURCH “One Lord, one faith, one baptism…” Eph 4:5 Profession of one faith received from the ApostlesCommon celebration of divine worship- especially the sacramentsApostolic succession
19 HOLY CHURCH Called to holiness Imbued with the Spirit Possesses the life of graceChrist gave her all the means necessary to sanctify
20 CATHOLIC CHURCHShe is universal because Christ is present in her in the fullness of His bodyHer mission is to the whole human race
21 APOSTOLIC CHURCH Founded by Apostles She remains faithful to the teaching of ApostlesCalled to continue the ministry and service.
22 MEMBERSHIP All are called to unity of the People of God. Fully incorporated members of the Church are those who accept all the means of salvation given to the Church, together with her entire organization.Other Christians do not profess the entirety of the Catholic faith or have not preserved communion with Rome.
23 OTHER RELIGIONS ? Jewish people: “The first to hear the Word of God.” Muslims: profess the faith of Abraham.Other non-Christians: also search for God.
24 “MANY WHOM GOD HAS, THE CHURCH DOES NOT HAVE “MANY WHOM GOD HAS, THE CHURCH DOES NOT HAVE. MANY WHOM THE CHURCH HAS, GOD DOES NOT HAVE.” St. Augustine
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