标签: 传福音

九标志新书:建立传福音的文化

71pxt9gwcyl“九标志”真是搞标志成瘾,出的小书都以此为内容。这是现在的事工把所谓“like minded”(理念相同)的人聚合在一起所带来的结果。过去的事工强调“大公性”,追求更有多元角度,今天的事工强调“趋同性”,追求彼此的认同和更有效率。我认为对于基督的国度而言,这是个危险的趋势

最近的T4G(Together for Gospel)大会上九标志事工发布了一系列的小书,包括这本:Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus马上就有人在大会上看完了并且做了总结:一个教会应该建立传福音的文化,而作者认为一个具备传福音文化的教会有十一个标志(是不是多了点?):

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柴玲所传的福音(1):序

每年快到六月份的时候,当年的89学运领袖们都会多多少少的发出声音来纪念那年夏天广场上流逝的青春。对不起,我这样说太文艺了,确切的说是流淌的鲜血。25年前,我只是一个小学生。我清楚的记得父亲学校里的学生们都去参加了游行,我所在的小学少先队辅导员甚至将鼓号队拉到街上去为游行的学生们助威奏乐。那个五月,每天从我家(玉皇山路)骑到小学门口(涌金公园),一路上都是标语、口号、传单。《新闻联播》时间长达一个小时,大人们都带着凝重的表情收听着美国之音或是自由亚洲,我也是因此学会了调短波电台和听到了福音。那个嘎然而止的夏天不但给青年学生们,也给中年的知识分子们划上了为国家憧憬的句号,从此政治变成了八卦,中南海秘闻取代了民主启蒙成为地摊文学的宠儿。

大学以后知道,很多当年的学运领袖已经信主,包括远志明、张伯笠,甚至柴玲。说“甚至”,是因为纪录片《天安门》里的柴玲形象着实不堪,正是她在记者面前的拙劣表演使部分观众甚至对民主运动产生了厌恶,开始对学生和政府“各打五十大板”。这也让学运的同情者和参与者尤其厌恶她。然而换个角度来看,这些学生领袖们当时也只有二十出头,他们所受到的“领袖学”装备,大多来自共青团生活的耳濡目染和“革命英雄主义”教育所塑造的光辉形象,在摄像头和群众的拥戴下表现出格也无可厚非,何必苛求呢?退一万步来说,即便把现在的异见领袖放在当年他们的位份上,恐怕也不见得能比他们做得更好。

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Reading Report: Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey

Rick Richardson is an ordained priest with the Anglican Mission in America. He runs the evangelism and leadership program at Wheaton College Graduate School and is associate national director for evangelism with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. In this small book, Rick presented the great truth regarding evangelism that the Evangelists are not Gospel-sellers. Instead, we should learn to be a good guide to lead people into the spiritual community and finally the salvation in Christ.

In this book, Rich first challenged the common perception for gospel-sharing as Gospel-selling. Its a poor conception but it is widely accepted by even Christians. Evangelism is simplified to selling an idea and an invitation to make a decision. I believe this is one of the roots of shallow Christianity in both western and eastern society. This concept of evangelism changed the ministry of Christianity to event-focused and poor Christians had been pushed to sell, pushed to host events, and thus push others to make harsh decisions. I cannot agree more with Rick on his illustration of modern Evangelism. It is true. It’s not only happening in United States, but also in China and many other countries, pushed by various kinds of mission organizations and churches.

Rick tries to correct this view from several aspects in this book. He emphasizes the central role of Holy Spirit in our ministry and our call is to observe and follow the Spirit, not to run ahead of or behalf of the Holy Spirit. He also calls the reader to notice the importance of the spiritual community, and also he shares his story telling and gospel sharing skills in the later chapters. Even in his sharing of conversation skills, he emphasizes the importance of building trust, relationship, and community more than the importance to push for decision.

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Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did Reading Report

The subtitle of the little book written by Randy Newman is Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did. “The Way Jesus Did” here is referring to the usage of questioning to trigger deeper rational thinking of the seekers. The author divides the book into three sections: Why asking questions, What Questions are people Asking, When aren’t questions and answers enough. However, though the title of the book suggests that it’s a book regarding evangelism through questioning, the content of the book is more focused on the second section which is using questioning skill to deal with questions raised by seekers. Instead of viewing it as a book about evangelism, I’d rather to say it’s a book of Apologetics.

Though the focus of the book sounds shifting, it’s still a good book on evangelism conversation skills. It’s very beneficial for the author to invest some chapters on the Biblical background of questioning in conversations. He not only showed us how Jesus did evangelism and conversation in New Testament, but also guided us through the conversation skills discussed and demonstrated in Wisdom books. These steps can help us to realize the value of using questions. However, I have to say it again that the subtitle of “the way Jesus did” is too big and not fit because Jesus also did other more important things like training disciples, healing and exorcism.

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The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited Reading Report

In this book, the author Dr. McKnight started with criticizing that American Evangelicals replaced the definition of “Gospel” with “Soterian” and are actively preaching the message of making a converting decision. This criticism is absolutely true. Dr. McKnight is definitely true. Evangelicalism emerged in the middle of last century from the previous generations of fundamentalism. It is said that the decision-based Christianity started from Charles Finney and D.L. Moody and later used by many evangelists and missionaries around the nation and later around the world. Majority of members in my home church back in Shanghai came to faith through this decision-based evangelism.

In this small book, Dr. McKnight suggested that the Gospel that Jesus preached does not include the salvation only. Instead, he suggests that the gospel is primarily framed by Israel’s Story and the saving story of Jesus as the completion of the Story of Israel. And secondly the gospel centers on the lordship of Jesus, not just the Jesus as the savior and many evangelical claimed. Third, Evangelism should involve summoning people to respond, to repentance, to faith in Jesus Christ, and to baptism. And finally, the gospel saves and redeems. The apostolic gospel promises forgiveness, the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, and justification. In order to validate the four points clear, he started with the historical creeds, then back in the Bible to find the Gospel preached by Paul, the Gospel described in the four Gospel books, the Gospel preached by Jesus, and the Gospel preached by Apostle Peter. Finally he revisits the problem of evangelism today and suggested to create and form the Gospel culture, instead of preaching a decision-based Christianity.

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不传福音的故事

记得2004年从第一个工作的公司辞职的时候,在茶水间有一个同事惋惜的跟我说,他很遗憾我的离去,因为这样公司里没有基督徒了。这句话让我很受安慰,因为他肯定了我在公司没有掩饰自己的信仰,也作了福音的工作。

    第二份工作是在普通高校里,一个礼拜就排我上1~2天的课,上班的时候忙忙碌碌的在不同的教室中穿梭着,或许在换教室的时候能迎面遇上充充忙忙的同事,但是彼此只能笑笑点一点头,久而久之,因着没有坐下来分享信仰的机会,就松懈了传福音的心。甚至有的时候要准备好久才能鼓起勇气向某一个特定的人传福音。和我在第一家公司的状态相比,真有天壤之别。因着松懈,即使很多时候神给我安排机会,我也开不了口。

    这几个星期,当我抱怨教会中总是一帮老面孔,却没有人传福音,也不见弟兄姊妹把传福音训练中获得的造就付诸实践时,神却通过三个连续的事情让我看见我自己的光景是多么的糟糕。

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