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Talk #4:

Our Christian Culture in HOLD


HOLD Covenant Orientation

Covenant HOLD
Christian
Culture
RESPON Talk 2
SE Prayers
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Talk 3
Family
Life
New Testament Teaching on Christian Culture

What did God do What is Our Our new identity as


for us? Response? Christians
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Teaching
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on Christian Culture

What did God do for us?

Col 1:13

He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his

beloved Son.
New Testament Teaching on Christian Culture

What did God do What is Our Our new identity as


for us? Response? Christians
NewChristian
Testament Church
Teaching
may Gods grace be with you!
on Christian Culture

What is our Response?

Eph 4:17-18

So I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of
their minds

Eph 4:22-24

that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful
desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in Gods way
in righteousness and holiness of truth.

Eph 4:18-19

darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of
their hardness of heart, they have become callous and have handed themselves over to
licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess.
New Testament Teaching on Christian Culture

What did God do What is Our Our new identity as


for us? Response? Christians
NewChristian
Testament Church
Teaching
may Gods grace be with you!
on Christian Culture

Our new identity as Christians


1 Pet 2:9-11a

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may
announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Once you were no people but now you are Gods people; you had not received mercy
but now you have received mercy.
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and sojourners.

From darkness to light

Once "no people", now God's people

Also, we are strangers and in exile


New Testament Teaching on Christian Culture

What did God do What is Our Our new identity as


for us? Response? Christians
Christian Church
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Christian Church
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Filipino Culture
Chinese Culture
Canadian Culture
Christian Church is a culture
Christianity
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a) As a natural consequence of Christian beliefs and


values Christians ought to have a distinctively
Christian way of life that reflects and supports
such values and beliefs
Christian Church
Christianity is a counter-culture
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Christian Church is a culture
Christianity
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a) As a natural consequence of Christian beliefs and


values Christians ought to have a distinctively
Christian way of life that reflects and supports
such values and beliefs

* Counter-culture

b) We can have several cultures (Christian & Filipino,


Christian & Canadian, Christian & Chinese, etc.).
But we are Christians first and foremost.
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Psychic
Abortion
Feng Shui
Assisted Suicide
New Age
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Our Christian Culture in HOLD
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1. HOLD is a Christian community with distinctive


beliefs, values and patterns of life
a) Of course, our basic Christian beliefs and values are those held in
common by all orthodox Christians.

Beliefs: Jesus is Lord, life after death, etc.

Values: What we consider desirable, e.g., loyalty, dependability, dignity of life, etc.

b) In addition, we stress the importance of marriage and family life.


Christian Church
Our Christian Culture in HOLD
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2. Our "statement of mission" provides our direction


and the rationale for our existence.

The Handmaid of the Lord is a creation of God distinctly called to the mission of
personal transformation, evangelization to bring other women to a renewed life
in the Lord and wholehearted service to bring glad tidings to the poor.
Christian Church
Our Christian Culture in HOLD
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3. Our "statement of philosophy" contains the


beliefs and ideals of HOLD, which govern our
thrust and mission.
WE BELIEVE that God creates every human being in His image, thus we women have personal
worth and dignity. As such, we are to reflect His divine image in all our thoughts, words, actions
and relationships.

WE BELIEVE in the family as the basic unit of Gods Kingdom where human life begins and is
nurtured; hence the need to protect and prepare it to face the changes and challenges
confronting it.

WE BELIEVE that as Handmaids of the Lord, God has called us to be holy women; thus

We commit ourselves to be Christ-like by being prayerful, studying and living out Gods
word.
We commit to God and neighbor our humble and selfless service, to strive with all our
hearts and strength to bring the Lords love and light to others.

We can fulfill this call by inviting Jesus to be the Lord of all areas of our lives and allowing the Holy
Spirit to lead and empower us to live the life He called us into.
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1.The way we relate to one another

a) Honor and respect


b) Loyalty and commitment
c) Christian speech
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2.Faith women of Faith

a) What is Faith
Heb 11:1 Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.
Heb 11:4-40 stories that showed the faith of our ancestors

b) We can depend on divine providence Lk 12:22-31

c) Jesus is our focus


Heb 12:2a while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.
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3.Prayer and Scripture

a) We are to have a daily conversation with God


Eph 6:18 With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that
end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones.
Col 4:2 Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving

b) We are to receive wisdom, guidance and life from God's Word


Col 3:16a Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
Heb 4:12 Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged
sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern
reflections and thoughts of the heart
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4.Order in the Family

a) The Christian family is at the very center of God's plan

b) We need to strengthen the family


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5.Life as a body.

a) We are one body, with a common life

b) One concrete expression is the household

c) Respect for order and authority in the body


Heb 13:17 Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they keep watch over you and will
have to give an account, that they may fulfill their task with joy and not with sorrow, for that
would be of no advantage to you.

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Church Points
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1.HOLD is one body throughout the world, with one


vision, one mission, and also one culture.

2.God wants to create a new humanity, one that


would live His life on earth. We are to be witnesses to
His work in our lives.

3.Our response will determine the effectiveness of


our witness. Our positive response will keep us
united and will enable the Lord to use us for mission
Your way of life determines who
you are UNIQUE IDENTITY ,
WHAT YOU REPRESENT,
WAY OF LIFE WHO YOU ARE

And who you are is how you live


your life
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May God Be Praised!!!
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