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WHAT IS THE FOURTH DAY
OR NEXT STEPS
The Rest of Your Life
Term comes from Cursillo, Emmaus,
Tres Dias, Via de Cristo
Weekend events in these movements are 3 days in length
Term means: the next day; from this time forward; from now on.
Pilgrimage: A journey to a sacred place
Fourth Day: From this moment on
WHERE ARE YOU GOING ON YOUR PILGRIMAGE?
When did you begin your pilgrimage?
When were you aware you were on a pilgrimage?
Are you on the same road or did you
turn or veer off?
Responding to God’s call, while sincere, is not a once and for all event.
God’s will is usually revealed gradually or slowly and includes new beginnings and new calls to a deeper level of commitment
GOD PROBABLY STARTED SPEAKING TO YOU THROUGH:
BUT LIFE HAPPENS:
Marriage High School
Child rearing CollegeCareer RelationshipsSeeking pleasure Shelving or crowding out God
Sunday School Teachers
Give your mind to God
Read the Bible, Spiritual Classics, devotionals, discover spiritual gifts, journaling, attend seminars (Women of Faith, Promisekeepers, etc), History, World
DURING THE WEEKEND:
Give your heart to GodChoosing priorities, realizing that God loves you, realizing that a whole community of people will travel with you, responding to God’s love through faith
Give your hands and feet to God
Get involved at church, join a or Group Reunion/Next Steps group, join mission group, get involved in community
Being the hands and feet of Christ is discussed in the final three talks of both movements:
IT’S THAT IMPORTANT !
Sanctifying Grace God Empowers You
Perseverance Priesthood of All Believers
Fourth Day Next Steps
THE FOURTH DAY/NEXT STEPS FOLLOW-UP MEETING
Follow-up to weekend experience
Pilgrims/Butterflies, sponsors, team members
Fellowship, singing and prayer
Supports pilgrims/butterflies through initial phase their 4
Provides opportunity for forming new group
reunions and next steps groups
Impress upon pilgrims the value and
importance of continued commitment
GROUP REUNIONS/NEXT STEPS
“…one of the chief values of the Emmaus/Chrysalis Movement…a way of persevering in the life of grace…”
Key means of sustaining the Emmaus/Chrysalis experience
Introduced and modeled on the weekend
2 to 6 persons meet weekly for about an hour - WEEKLY
Use the Fourth Day Card
Open to anyone
Make-up: Men/men; women/women; adult/youth; couples/couples; etc.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should team members/board members be required to be in a Group Reunion or Next Steps?
What is the relationship between the Group Reunion/Next Steps and other small group formats? Is the Group Reunion/Next Steps better?
Why do we follow the Group Reunion/Next Steps Card?
EFFECTIVE GROUP REUNION/ NEXT STEPS QUALITIES
Commitment to God & personal journey
Practice their disciplines – “Walk their Talk”
Uphold one another in prayer
Become spiritual friends
Focus on the Service Card
Hold each other accountable
Retreat with one another; do mission projects together
Lack of Confidentiality
To make the Christian Community visible
To encourage one another
To inspire one another to make profound changes in our own lives & in the environments in which we live
To maintain relationships with other pilgrims or butterflies
To develop new leaders in the Chrysalis and Emmaus communities
COMPONENTS OF A GATHERING OR
Small Group Sharing/Floating Group Reunions
Fourth Day/Next Steps Witness (3 – 5 minutes)
Scholarship campaigns for participants or team fees
Spring Fling Theme
Introduction to Emmaus or Chrysalis –
“Make a Friend, Be A Friend, Bring a Friend to a Gathering!”
Wear De Colores clothes and have a prize drawing
for everyone who participates
ADDITIONAL FEATURES OF GATHERINGS &
Community and guests come together
May be combined with Candlelight (If so, no guests)
Smaller local Gatherings monthly, with larger group
scheduled quarterly, annually, or biannually
Gatherings are open to everyone
Openness helps eliminate idea that Emmaus and Chrysalis are “Secret Societies”
Avenue to keep the flame of Christ alive
Provides encouragement in our daily lives.
Remind yourself that you are God’s instrument, that in you and through you, the eyes and hearts of others will be opened.
THE FOURTH DAY/
NEXT STEPS ATTITUDE
FROM EMMAUS TALK #15
– FOURTH DAY:“These three days have had only one purpose: to prepare you for your Fourth Day, your walk with the Lord every day from now on.”
FROM CHRYSALIS TALK #15
– NEXT STEPS:
“The experiences of these three days may change the history of the world or may fade into obscurity and insignificance. It all depends, not on what happened these three days, but on what you do with it during your next steps.”
Fourth Day Leaders Embodying Christ
Empowering Leaders through Emmaus ands Chrysalis to be the Hands and Feet of Christ
Are we a true Fourth Day Community, or are we living for the Third Day?
What are our strongest and weakest areas In Fourth Day?