Leaders Retreat 2019
January 12, 2019
J O Y
Jesus. Others. You.
The Lord’s Flock (TLF) Community held its 2019 Leaders’ Retreat on January 12 & 13, 2019 at the Heritage, with the theme “JOY or Jesus. Others. You”. The only way to experience genuine joy is to follow the greatest commandment: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Mt. 22:37-40).
The Elders-Founders, Bro. Bobby Rodriguez & Sis. Techie Rodriguez and Head Servant, Bro. Froilan Hong, led the inspirational talks. The 350 participants were kept enthusiastic during the 2-day retreat at the Heritage, by the Moderators: Bro. Dinky Florentino, Bro. Raymund Nobleza, and Game Masters Bro. Kent Galido and Bro. Jolo Baclig.
The Retreat started with the Bible Enthronement, to remind the participants to hold Jesus and the Word of God in their hearts.
IMPACT to JOY
Bro. Froilan Hong welcomed everyone to prepare for the big task the Lord has given us in 2019.
He summarized the results of last year’s theme: “Impacting the Church, Advancing the Kingdom”. Relentless 2, was expanded, impacting 10 dioceses, 426 parishes. Together with all the other outreach programs, 40,000 souls were touched, a 315% increase vs. 2017. However, there is a big challenge to grow our ‘fruits’ internally, as the Spirit Empowerment Seminars brought only 700+ people to the Heritage. Finally, he introduced the thrust for 2019 through Ps. 1:1-2 “Happy are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked; nor go the way of sinners; rather, the law of the Lord is their JOY.”
“J O Y”: Jesus. Others. You.
Sis. Techie expounded on this year’s theme: True JOY comes from loving Jesus first and foremost, then loving OTHERS as we love OURSELVES.
JESUS said we show our love for Him by keeping His commandments, doing what is right and good (Deut. 6). OTHERS: Love one another, as Jesus has loved us (Jn. 13-35). Be kind, compassionate, offer hope and be forgiving (Eph. 4:25-31). YOURSELF: You are worthy of the love of the Holy Spirit. You were created in the likeness of God. Take care of your body for it is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). Self-love is the basis of loving others. But, recognize that the greatest love of all is not self-love, but God’s love. When we are renewed, the Self is dethroned, and God becomes the center of our lives.
God’s love is demonstrated in the story of Hosea and Gomer: love that is unconditional, forgiving endlessly, and offering salvation.
Why am I here?
Bro. Bob talked about why we were created by God, what God has done to his life, and led everyone to have a personal reflection and group discussion. To those who obey and serve Him, He promises days in prosperity and years in contentment (Job 36:11).
Torn between Two Lovers
Sis. Techie exhorted everyone to watch out for distractions from loving God, how we can be torn between our love for worldly things, pleasures and loving God (1 Jn.2:15-17).
Who is my Neighbor (Lk. 10:23-37)
The parable of the Good Samaritan illustrates who are our neighbors: someone I can befriend, I can help, I can care for, or I can give myself to.
High Cost of Commitment
“When you make a vow to God, delay not its fulfillment” (Ecc. 5:3-5). Committed people do not stop. They let the Lord’s will be done always. Missionaries say goodbye to their comforts. Followers of Jesus love God above all else, even above family. Many people hear the call, but are concerned with what they will lose (Lk. 9:57-62). Reflection: Are you a) curious, b) convinced, or c) committed?
The retreat concluded with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Consecration Rites, with all the participants writing personal letters to Jesus, and ended on a high note with an energetic Concert of Prayer and the Jericho March.
By: Sis. Jo Zulueta Advincula
Scribes Ministry Mentee Steward