The Discovering CHRIST program is a 7-week experience where people come together to explore the relevance of Jesus in their lives and develop a deeper relationship with Him. It is a situation where people of all backgrounds and levels of faith become involved in the process of evangelizing within their faith community. It is a time when family and friends come together to hear the good news and personally encounter Jesus Christ! The series continues with Following CHRIST and Sharing CHRIST.
“Faith is foremost a personal, intimate encounter with Jesus . . .
It is in this way that we learn to know Him better,
to love Him, and to follow Him more and more.”
-Pope Benedict XVI, October 2009
Each of the seven evening sessions will begin with a song, a prayer, and delicious meal. Following the meal a video lesson relevant to the night’s topic will be offered through dessert and coffee after which participants will break into small groups for further discussion on the topic. Then for one final moment of the evening, another song and prayer will send participants on their way to a more enriched life. Between the 5th and 6th sessions, the gifts of Holy Spirit will be explored in a Saturday retreat providing participants with even more spiritual benefits.
What is the Meaning of Life?
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eyes on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
Ephesians 1: 11-12
Why does Jesus Matter?
“Who do you say that I am?”
Matthew 16: 15-17
What does Jesus Want Us to Know?
“The source of Christian joy is the certainty of being loved by God, loved personally by the Creator, by the one who holds the entire universe in his hands and loves each one of us and the whole great family with a passionate and faithful love, a love greater than our infidelities and sins, a love which forgives.”
Pope Benedict XVI, June 23, 2006
Why Do I Need a Savior?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
Why is the Resurrection Important?
“If you confess with your lips that Jesus is the Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.”
The Holy Spirit and You.
God wants to change your life with his Holy Spirit because he loves you “For the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit whom he has given to us.”
“Let us rediscover, dear brothers and sisters, the beauty of being baptized in the Holy Spirit; let us be aware again of our baptism and of our confirmation, sources of grace that are always present.”
Pope Benedict XVI, Pentecost Sunday, 2008
New Life in the Spirit: Being a Catholic Disciple.
“So everywhere we go, we talk about Christ to all who will listen. Warning them and teaching them as well as we know.”
Believing and Belonging: Why We Need the Church.