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任何人都明白的语言 A LANGUAGE EVERYONE CAN HEAR

(2011-09-05 22:25:39)
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Ephesians 4:1-16

September - 5

 

 

A LANGUAGE EVERYONE CAN HEAR

 

Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into . . . Christ. Ephesians 4:15

 

 

As we think about the mission of the church to reach and disciple people who are far from God, we agree with the mission but are often reluctant witnesses. We often hesitate because we’re more concerned about methods than about nurturing relationships.

 

Yvonne is a woman in our church who met a new neighbor, Laura--and soon they became friends. They exchanged child care and recipes and grew a strong friendship. The friendship included deep conversations about spirituality and faith in God. Soon Laura started attending a women’s Bible study. Not long afterward she began coming to our church with her children. A while later her husband also came along. Eventually they were all baptized and joined our church.

 

Biblical teaching and discipleship training were all part of learning God’s truth. But the truth was packaged in loving relationships. Laura and her family were loved into the church. This became more evident when Laura was diagnosed with a brain tumor and, after difficult months of treatment, she died. A small group still ministers in love to Laura’s husband and family.

 

Speaking the truth in love means we need to get to know the people we are trying to reach. When our sharing is just a method without a relationship, it may be the truth, but it’s missing the ingredient of love.

 

PRAYER

 

Spirit of God, you are the one who convicts people of sin. You alone can change people, and yet you use us to show your love to the people around us. Help us do that. In Jesus, Amen.

 

以弗所书   4:1-16

September - 5

 

 

任何人都明白的语言

 

「用爱心说诚实话,凡事长进,连于…基督。」 弗4:15

 

 

虽然我们认同教会的使命是去接触和栽培远离神的人,但我们却往往不大热心去作。我们时常踌躇不前,因为我们着重方法,却极少想到建立友谊。

 

教会中一位妇女绮云,认识了新的邻居罗拉,她们很快便成为好朋友。她们彼此协助照顾小孩和交换食谱,她们的友谊日渐深厚,谈话的内容也深入地触及属灵的事和对神的信心。不久罗拉便开始参加妇女查经班,跟着她便带小孩来教会聚会,之后她的丈夫也一同来了,最后他们全家受了洗,成为教会的会友。

 

圣经教导和门徒训练是学习神真道的一部分,但真道是要借着爱心和友谊表达的。教会以爱心接纳罗拉一家,后来罗拉患了脑癌,经过数个月痛苦的治疗,她逝去了;在这事件中,教会的爱心就更显明了。有一个小组仍然继续以爱心关顾罗拉的丈夫和家人。

 

用爱心说诚实话意味着我们需要先认识我们希望接触的人。我们若只着重与人分享的方法,却毫无关系的建立,我们分享的也许是真理,但这真理却缺乏了爱。

 

祷告

 

圣灵啊,祢叫人知罪,惟有才能改变人,然而祢却使用我们,向我们周围的人彰显祢的爱,求祢帮助我们依祢的吩咐去行。奉耶稣的名求,阿们。

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