标签: 合一

Christian Unity

注:这是《讲道学》第二次英文讲道作业逐字稿,A-

Prayer

Our heavenly father, thank you for gathering us and being with us again in this afternoon. Your word is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged swords. I pray that this afternoon you can use your word to prick into our hearts. Help us to realize our sin and change our mind in order to be used by you. I also pray that you would use me to preach your word, and bless my tongue to speak English fluently. I pray in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Introduction:

I believe most of us have experienced a kind of disunity in the church. There are different levels of disunity in the church. The result of some disunities caused believers holding different opinions to feel angry against each other, or maybe they won’t talk to each other any more in the church. If they have to talk, they will speak with eyes staring at another object. Some disunity will cause some leaders to leave and join or start another church. We usually call it “unexpected church planting”. The most serious disunity I have ever seen is that one side not only left church but also wrote articles on Internet criticize another side as “heresy” and “false church”. These are sad stories that not only hurt God’s people, but also brought shame to God’s name. However, it’s easy to criticize others who cause the disunity, but have you ever thought one day you will be one of those “troublemakers”?

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教会合一的真义

经文:以弗所书4:1-10

这个月我们的主题信息是关于教会的成长与倍增。上个礼拜天的时候弟兄分享了他从使徒行传1章的角度观察教会倍增的意义。有的弟兄姊妹不太欣赏他的讲道,觉得太凶;有的弟兄姊妹很欣赏他的讲道,认为他对真理的热情和信心非常坚定。我想神的话不是来让我们听了舒服的,而是要我们听了扎心的。神的话一解开就要发出亮光,让我们为罪、为义,在神的标准面前自己审判自己。那今天我要从另一个角度分享教会成长与倍增中一个重要的课题:教会的合一。

曾经有人开玩笑说,中国教会的倍增是通过分裂来实现的,这虽然是一个玩笑,可也从某种程度上说出了一个无奈的事实。教会的分裂给神的儿女带来伤害,在世人面前做了很不好的见证。今天在座的可能有的人会想,教会要分裂也肯定不是我造成的,你们做带领的才有本事搞分裂。这话没错,教会分裂和纷争大多数都是在教会的带领者和同工之间发生,因为他们有影响力才带来有影响的后果。这并不是说他们不爱主、没有爱心,而是正因为他们很爱主、很有爱心才会坚持自己所相信的的某些原则。而魔鬼正是利用了我们的热情和坚持来攻击和分裂教会。但是不但在同工之间,在弟兄姊妹之间我们也要学习合一的功课。因为你可能不能分裂教会,但是有一个伤害人人都可以:就是把自己和基督的身体分割开来。当我们意见不合的时候,当你付出热情但是没有得到尊重的时候,很自然的我们的天然生命就给我们一个观念“此处不留爷,自有留爷处!”、“哪里都是神的家!”没错,其他教会也是神的家,有的基督徒去了别的教会,生命得到很好的造就,甚至成为同工。但是我们要问自己一个问题:这个决定是否合神的心意?我是否在这个决定上荣耀了神?这里有没有神要我学习的功课。

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