Theme 1: What do I really believe?
- articulate ways that relationships based on faith are reasonable
- express what it means to have a relationship with God through Jesus
- describe how faith in Jesus Christ challenges them to love and respect others
- “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord…” (Deuteronomy 6.4).
- Jesus is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega.
- Faith cannot be fully explained, but it is reasonable. Faith admits mystery.
- Our moral life has its source in faith in God, who reveals his love to us. (CCC #2087) Faith in God’s love encom- passes the call and the obligation to respond with love and respect – the first and second command- ments call us to love and respect God above everything, and to respect all creatures for and because of God.
- Being faithful means being open to develop- ing our relationship with God.
Theme 2: What’s the point of prayer?
- define Christian prayer
- locate in Scripture, describe and demonstrate five forms of prayer:
- Adoration and Blessing
- express different ways that God responds to prayer
- demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between human freedom, divine prerogative and prayer
- “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heav- en” (Matthew 5.3).
- Prayer is our living relationship with God.
- The third commandment calls us to stop and pray. The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life.
- Jesus teaches us how to pray.
- God always answers our prayers.
- God answers our prayers in ways that are not limited by our own perspectives. God’s view is infinitely bigger than our view.
- In answering our prayers, God does not take away human free- dom.