2 A Community of Disciples People of God = The ChurchPeople:from all timesfrom all countrieswho believe in Godwho respond to Jesus’ call to be holywho respond to Jesus’ call to serve
3 How do we know that God exists? The creationHuman reasonNot feeling alone in the world
4 We are made by God to live with God. Therefore: we are religious by natureThe Church is the means and goal of God’s plan
5 What does the word Church mean? Ekklesia – Gr. AssemblyEcclesia – Lt. Convocations or assembly of peopleKirche – Eng/Ger What belongs to the LordHow is this picture a good representation of the word Church?
6 Church in Christian usage – People gathered for liturgyLiturgical assembly in a particular localeWorld-wide believers
7 Church is a community of disciples and a communion of saints. We come to know God’s plan through the Church.
8 The Church is a community Community – Lt for onenessMembers are a community :In their faith in JesusIn allowing Jesus to work through them to better the world
9 “As a member of the Church through Baptism, you have the responsibility to have Jesus work through you as you work to bring justice to the world and peace to all people.” text pg 4
10 Your relationship with Jesus will determine your relationship to the Church
11 Images of the Church 1. The Body of Christ St Paul Jesus is the head and we are the members of the body
12 2. Temple of the Holy Spirit God dwells with his family in the ChurchJesus is the cornerstoneWhat is a cornerstone?We are the living stones
13 Jesus’ symbols of the Church The SheepfoldGood ShepherdLays His life down for the sheepGate for sheep to come through
14 2. The vine and the branches Jesus vineMembers branches
15 3. The leaven Power of Jesus spreads throughout the whole world. You are leaven and spread the goodness of Jesus
16 Marks of the Church 1. The Church is One One Lord One faith One BaptismOne Spirit
17 2. The Church is Holy God the Father – most Holy Jesus gave life to make her holySpirit is with Church and helps it to be holyPerfect holiness is constantly being acquiredAll members are sinnersProclaiming saints as the Holy Spirit’s power of holiness
18 3. The Church is Catholic Catholic – universal For all people Speaks to all peoplePeople of all timesMissionary – going out to all people
19 4. The Church is Apostolic Built on the foundation of the ApostlesContinues to be taught and guided by apostles’ successors: bishops, priests and popeMembers share in the spreading of the Word
20 Blessed Mother Mary – Mother of the Church Mary – first disciple Said yes to annunciationGave birth to JesusThus, gave birth to the ChurchTitle given during Vatican IIMary – first disciple
21 The Sanctifier – Holy Spirit - to make Holy Spirit – formed the disciples into the communityGuides communityGuides each memberReceived Holy Spirit during BaptismGives us strength to act as Jesus would act
22 “You become a sign of Jesus’ presence in the world by upholding the life and dignity of all people.” Text pg 8
23 3. Bride of ChristChrist loved the Church so much that he died for herHe constantly cares for herHe joins the Church and himself with a covenant of love
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