Category : Community Tips, Newsletter
by Mark Hill
But in your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
I Peter 3:15
Before I can invite anyone on Tres Dias, there are a couple of things that I need to know and do. I need to pray that God would show me how to make a friend, be a friend and bring that friend into a closer relationship with Christ. That may or may not happen through Tres Dias. Remember: no one needs Tres Dias, but everyone needs Christ!
Next, I ask myself several questions. First, can others see the hope I have in Christ? Am I prepared to tell them what Christ has done in my life? Then, can others see my passion and love in participating in Tres Dias? Can I explain to others what the Tres Dias weekend has meant in my life?
Before I went on a Tres Dias weekend, I was living my life for myself. I was a Mechanical Mike in my worship and a Phony Phil outside my church group.
My weekend showed me how passionate Christ was for me, how I wasn’t passionate for Christ. I saw that I was taking God for granted and not living a life as an Ambassador for Christ. I had not fully understood and accepted God’s grace and love.
So now I am passionate for people who were like me and my generation, and those are the people I like to invite. I don’t want anybody in my church, family and friends to be like I was — lost in a phony world made of masks. I want them to know Christ and know him intimately.
So whom do I ask? Well, hopefully, prayerfully and through the power of the Holy Spirit, people can see Christ in me and ask me why I believe. When they do ask, I have an opportunity to invite them to Tres Dias. But I will invite most anybody who has a basic belief and understanding of Christ, no matter how mature or immature their walk may be. However, one must remember, Tres Dias is not a cure all for emotional, marital, mental or monetary problems. Only Christ is!
My approach varies, but it is always casual and natural, and based on the principle: Wear your love for Christ on your sleeve and be an Ambassador for Christ through Tres Dias.
For the Person Interested in Attending
a Tres Dias Weekend
Tres Dias is an adult weekend which aims to concentrate closely on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. While Tres Dias explores the basic Christian beliefs, it is best described as a spiritual encounter with Christ. Many who have attended a weekend have experienced a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Christ as they sense His love in a dynamic way.
What Happens on a Tres Dias Weekend?
The Spanish words “Tres Dias” mean “Three Days.” Tres Dias begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday evening.
The Tres Dias team leading the weekend is composed of former attendees of Tres Dias or a similar weekend like Cursillo (ker-see-yo) who have volunteered their time for weeks of preparation by working and praying together as a unit.
There is presented in the Three Days the basics of the Christian life and the meaning of living the Christian ideal and its application in our daily lives.
Tres Dias is centered on lay and clergy talks. Each talk is discussed by table groups. Interchange that develops in these discussions makes Christ’s teachings come alive.
The basic atmosphere of Tres Dias is one of love, joy, Christian fellowship, singing, laughing and worship. Tres Dias makes future Christian experiences more fruitful because of the zestful seasoning it brings to all Christian living.
Tres Dias can be made only once in a lifetime, therefore, it is not a substitute for a retreat nor does it have the individual solitude of a retreat.
Who Should Attend A Tres Dias Weekend?
Just as Christ meets you at your point of need, so Tres Dias is designed for those who desire to be strengthened in their faith and be brought closer to Christ in their discipleship. Tres Dias is an ecumenical movement open to any Christians who are interested in deepening their walk with the Lord.
All adults, age 21 and older, are welcome to attend the weekend. There are weekends for men and weekends for women. Each attendee must be sponsored by someone who has previously attended a Tres Dias or Cursillo-type adult weekend.
The History of Tres Dias
Tres Dias was derived from Cusillo de Christianadad a “short course in Christianity” which has been an active tool of church renewal since its beginnings in Spain in 1949.
Tres Dias was started in America in 1972 and it is an ecumenical movement (nondenominational), now overseen by a national organization of laity and clergy. Individual weekends are sponsored and coordinated by local chapters which have been chartered by the national organization.
The Fourth Day
Ones life after Tres Dias is called the Fourth Day. Following Tres Dias a person is able to expand his or her own spiritual life and become a more active disciple of Christ in the world and in the church. During this time perseverance is important. Perseverance is enhanced after the Three Days through contact with the Tres Dias community and action in your own church body. This contact is available regularly as a means for growth. Also, reunions of smaller groups within the local church are encouraged so that the participants may help one another in living the Christian life.
Sponsorship must be viewed as a total commitment, not just a partial act of selection.
Sponsorship means to help one become more of a leader for Christ through the Tres Dias experience. As a sponsor, consider the following:
Sponsor support on the weekend includes:
FOURTH DAY SUPPORT
The sponsor should recognize that a long term commitment is being made to the candidate by sending the candidate to Tres Dias. The sponsor should help the new pescador to live the fourth day as it is presented on the weekend, by encouraging the new pescador to be an active and contributing member of a church body, by encouraging him/her to join or form a Reunion Group, attend Secuelas, and become involved in the local secretariat. In general, the sponsor should be responsive to the needs of a new Pescador until the Pescador is well established in the Fourth Day.