Faith Studies are moving online during COVID-19! If you are interested in taking a study please complete the form below and we will be in touch to confirm a group and time.
Faith Studies are small group studies created by Catholic Christian Outreach to allow participants to delve deeper into the Catholic faith and experience a personal relationship with Jesus. Everyone should have the opportunity to make a "decision for Christ," and sometimes people we assume are already in a personal relationship with Christ are actually unsure about how to enter this kind of relationship. Once one learns that a personal relationship with Jesus is possible and are able to choose this for themselves, they find greater joy in their new and fulfilling walk with the Lord.
Through the five studies, participants are led through a three-fold journey that allows them to be proclaimed to, equipped, and commissioned to share the Gospel to the ends of the world, as Jesus taught us (Matthew 28:17-20).
Discovery, the first of the series of faith studies, is a 6-week faith study on the love of God and the Person of Jesus. It leads you through a simple but personally challenging look at the Gospel message, and gives you tools and practice to share this message with others. Groups meet 1 to 1.5 hours per session, at a time that is convenient for them.
If you would like to take part in a faith study by taking the first step, Discovery, please complete this form or email Krista Greig, coordinator of Faith Studies at Christ the Redeemer, at Discovery@ctrwestvan.ca.
Please note: Study groups are no larger than 5-6 people. This is meant to encourage an intimate and relational environment for study.
The three-fold faith study journey (Proclaim, Equip, Commission) continues after Discovery into the Equip phase, with Source, a study on the third Person of the Holy Spirit - an essential Person, but perhaps the least understood. Participants are equipped to welcome the Holy Spirit into their daily lives and learn about everything that is possible when we rely on God.
In Growth, participants receive practical advice and tips and learn about the six elements crucial to Catholic Christian growth: prayer, Scripture, Sacraments, fellowship, witness, and service.
In Trust, participants are challenged in topics of daily life that require surrender and trust in God and His will, like vocation, speech, and chastity; and are presented with opportunities to grow in trust and virtue in the walk to Christ.
Finally, moving into the commission phase, is the fifth study: Commission. Through a wide variety of materials including the Catechism, Papal encyclicals and speeches, and the lives of the saints and missionaries who have gone before us, participants are reminded of the essential identity of mission that is entrusted to the Church. Participants are sent out into the world with all they have learned to share the Gospel with others.
Christ the Redeemer is currently offering all five studies. As the studies build on each other, it is important that the studies are completed in order. For more information about Faith Studies and what Christ the Redeemer can offer you in this journey, go to www.discoverdiscipleship.ca or email us at Discovery@ctrwestvan.ca.