Towards the Building and Transformation of Basic Ecclesial Communities

Here are key principles that will hopefully guide us build a strong foundation in building the community…

5 Aspects of Basic Ecclesial Communities
1. Koinonia: Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the communion, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
2. Kerygma: Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
3. Leitourgia: Catechism of the Catholic Church 1070 “In the New Testament the word “liturgy” refers not only to the celebration of divine worship but also to the proclamation of the Gospel and to active charity.”
4. Diakonia: John 13:14-15 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
5. Church of the Poor: Plenary Council of the Philippines II 137 “Our vision of the Church as communion, participation and mission and a Church of the poor, that is a renewed Church…that is the movement to foster Basic Ecclesial Communities.”

6 Goals/Steps to Christian Growth (Matthew 28:19-20. Matthew 22:37, 39. Matthew 25:40)
1. Member: Matthew 28:19 “Baptize them in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
2. Disciple: Matthew 28:19 “Teach them all that I have commanded you.”
3. Minister: Matthew 22:39 “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
4. Missionary: Matthew 28:19 “Go and make disciples of all nations.”
5. Prayer Leader: Matthew 22:37 “Love God with all your heart, soul and mind.”
6. Servant Leader: Matthew 25:40 “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me.”

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