The HSI Discipleship Program: Take the Journey
Being a Christian is not merely about being baptized in Christ. It isn't merely about receiving the Sacraments either. Being a Christian is about being like Christ ó being holy like he was; being pure; being perfect. And discipleship is the journey that we take towards being like him.
Upcoming Discipleship Programs
May 4-7: Oman
Sts Peter and Paul Church, Ruwi
8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
As we can imagine, this isnít an easy task, and most people will have us believe that it is impossible. But God believes that it is possible (Matthew 5:48; 1 John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:16) ó and so do we here at Holy Spirit Interactive (HSI).
Over the past several months, HSI has introduced several programs to help people lead better and more fulfilling Christian lives. Extremely successful is HSIís Discipleship Program, which is aimed at bringing people closer to God and to one another by becoming true disciples of Christ. Based on the life stories of people living in todayís world who have succeeded in leading lives pleasing to God on a constant basis, the HSI Discipleship Program has already helped hundreds of people in several countries across the world.
The Program has been held in Brunei (Darussalam); Colombo (Sri Lanka); Goa/Bombay/Poona/Delhi/Bangalore/Chennai (India); Ghala (Oman), Doha (Qatar), Vancouver/Toronto (Canada), Jebel Ali/Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi/Fujairah (United Arab Emirates); Dar es Salam (Tanzania) and London (United Kingdom). Not only has it resulted in dramatic changes in the lives of those who participated, it has empowered them to go out into the world and spread the good news to others.
The Program is conducted on a parish level, with the approval of the clergy. If you would like to host the Discipleship Program in your community, please speak to your parish priest and/or bishop. In addition to the above, here are some details that you might wish to share with them:
What is the duration of the Program?
Discipleship is an ongoing journey that never ends. But this Program, that empowers you to get started on the journey, is for approximately 12 hours, spread out over variable periods depending on the time available. A condensed 6 hour version of the Program is also possible.
What topics does the Program cover?
The HSI Discipleship program looks at some of the most important aspects of the Christian life like repentance, sin, temptation, love, forgiveness, surrender and faith. These might seem basic subjects to many, but the ignorance among Christians of even these "basic" subjects is appalling. All subjects refer to Scripture, which is used as the basis for all teachings. Prayer is integral to all teaching and precedes and follows the lessons. The prayers are unlike anything you have experienced before and are a lesson in itself. The Program concludes with some hard hitting lessons on what Discipleship truly is and the price that one has to pay for being a Disciple.
How much does it cost?
Jesus said, "Freely you have received, freely give" (Mt. 10:8). The course is absolutely free to participants. But it will cost you time and effort. Time to make it for every meeting, for the entire duration of the program. And the effort to implement what is learned in your lives. As stated earlier, being like Christ isnít easy and it does require a certain degree of commitment. It is the only thing we ask of participants, and one of the registration requirements is this commitment. The cost to parishes wishing to host the program is zero.
Who conducts the Program?
The Discipleship Program is led by Aneel Aranha, founder of Holy Spirit Interactive and of the various ministries under the HSI banner. He is the author of numerous articles and four books, including the inspirational "School of the Holy Spirit." Samples of his writing can be found under his column on the HSI web site. He is a respected preacher and retreat leader who travels widely preaching the Good News. When he isn't on the road, he teaches Scripture, disciples people and mentors prayer groups - among several other things.
Want to know more?
Simply dash off an email to [dp AT holyspiritinteractive DOT net] (kindly replace the capitalized words with the respective symbols) with your queries and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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