3 images of the Church in Scripture
1. Body of Christ
2. Temple of the Holy Spirit
3. Bride of Christ
Body of Christ
- christ is the head
- the members are the body
- each part of the body has a special function
- each member need the others
- it can`t survive alone or do the other work of others
- when one member is hurt the other members suffer too
Temple of the Holy Spirit
- God dwells with his family in the church
- Jesus is the cornerstone
- we are the living stones
- cornerstone of a building is the most important stone
- each stone built on one another is important because it contributes to the whole
- each stone is needed for the building to be complete
Bride of Christ
- Christ loved her so much he died for her
- Christ joins her to himself in a convenient of love
- a bride and groom have total permanent love just like Christ and his church have deep permanent love.
3 Jesus` parable images about Church
2. the vine and the branches
3. the leaven
- Jesus is the shepherd
- Those who believe are his sheepfold
- Jesus gave his life for his sheep
- This image portrays christ as guide and protector
The Vine and the Branches
- Jesus is the vine
- we are the branches
- Jesus gives life and fruit fullness to the branches
- without Jesus we cannot bare fruit
- we are like yeast
- we become like Jesus and strive to proclaim his kingdom
- the power of Jesus works through us and enables us to make a difference
Mary as a model of Church
- Mary was the beast image of the church
- a perfect follower of Christ
- she had qualities for us to model
- at the Second Vatican Council she was given the new title Mother of the Church.
Community of Disciples
When Jesus gathers his disciples and all those who believe in him into a community.
People of God
The people who believe in God and have responded to Jesus. People from all times and countries.
Hebrew and Christian Scriptures
Hebrew Scriptures: the old testament
Christian Scriptures: the new testament
the lived faith of the church. It is the beliefs taught by the church that have been passed down by word, by customs, and by example.
the story of God`s loving relationship with his people.
suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.
someone who studies the truths of our faith and tries to understand and explain them better.
5 models of the Church
- church leaders: pope, bishops, priest, deacons.
- they provide shape and support to the community of disciples
- code of cannon law: rules of the church
-people brought together by common belief in Jesus and in doing God`s will
- sharing time together
- enjoying each others company
- social interaction
- praying together/ Mass
Ex: youth group, worship band, donuts and coffee after mass, and carnivals.
- outward sign of inward grace
- sacraments help us to become closer to God
- Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation,Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick
- all believers are responsible for claiming the good news
- Gospel is proclaimed at Mass
- we proclaim to our children as parents, to our friends, to our classmates, or our co- workers.
- we proclaim by having people meet Jesus through our example
- we can evangelize through support of the mission
- responsible to encourage good works and helping those in need
- do good
- we are called to serve one another with love
- feed the hungry(ex: food drive, soup kitchen, and meals on wheels)
- shelter the homeless
- visit the sick
an outward sign of inward grace
Jewish feast where the the Holy Spirit came to came to the disciples in the form of wind and tongues of fire.
praying with others strengthens our unity in Christ
nourishes our relationship with God
4 types of prayer
1. praise (adoration)
2. ask (petition or supplication)
3. sorrow (contrition)
the public worship of the Church
best model of prayer
4 marks of the church
one in faith, worship, government, charity
are the four ways the church is one
the effort to unite all christians
a special, spiritual gift used for the good of the entire Church
sacraments of initiation, healing, and service
Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
Sacraments of Healing
Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
Sacrament of Service
Holy orders and Matrimony
Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel (right judgement), Knowledge, Courage (fortitude), Piety (reverence), and Wonder and Awe( fear of the Lord).
-the ability to put God first and to love the things of God
-make decisions based on Christian values
- see thing with God`s eyes
-insights into the truths of faith
-understanding God`s plan and his will for us
-insight into the meaning of life
Counsel (right judgement)
-know what to do in life
-make good decisions
-seek good advice
-to know the right things
-to know what is important and what is not
-knowing things so we can use our ability to serve God.
-gives you inner strengths to do what is right in the face of difficulties
-enables us to face danger or overcome fear with confidence
-showing love especially for God
-showing attention and care for every person with whom we work and live with
-respect others and all that God has created
Wonder and Awe (fear of the Lord)
-marvel at God`s greatness and love
-enables us to look for the hand of God on things around us
universal, worldwide, and total for all.
to proclaim the good news of Jesus to others.
Jesus as a model
he would teach, heal, serve, work for justice, and love others.
Missionaries- key people
Father Damien, Katherine Drexel, and Mother Teresa.
- Belgian priest
- served people stricken with leprosy
- showed christ`s love by: preaching the faith,building houses, and caring for those who were sick.
- founded the Blessed Sacrament Sisters
- brought catholic education to African Americans and Native Americans
- began Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India
- she helped people that were dying, abandoned babies, and people with AIDS.
being a worshiping, believing, and serving member of the Church.
-to participate in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist at Sunday mass.
-to put your faith in Jesus
-live up to what he teaches
-your friendship with Christ leads you to choose or refuse evil
-to give loving service to all of God`s people
-strive to be generous, respectful, courageous, and to promote the well-being of all people.
the church is apostolic which means that it is rooted in the teachings of the apostles and that it continues their mission.
a servant and shepherd who is willing to give his life for his flock.
he members of the church in a particular area, gathered under the leadership of the bishop.
the official teaching authority of the church
beliefs,values,virtues,rules and principles we need to know in order to do good in our action and to be good in out lives.
living a moral life.
the light of understanding placed in us by God, through it we know what we must do and what we avoid.
1. You shall have no other gods before me
2. You shall not covent your neighbors wife
3. You shall not use the Lord's name in vain
4. Remember to keep the Lord's Day holy
5. Honor your father and your mother
6. You shall not kill
7. You shall not commit adultery
8. You shall not steal
9. You shall not give false witness against your neighbor
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
a gift of god's life.