牧師的權柄

傳道者蒙召,為要準確分解並宣講聖經,充滿同情、憐憫和謙卑。同時他也有來自神賦予的責任,用有力的權柄將聖經的真理呈現出來,命令神的百姓聽道、信道、並且行道。然而,同樣重要的是,除了神的道,牧師沒有其他任何權柄。…

像從前的教會一樣,今天的教會被許多假權柄攪擾。首先就是所謂的個人權柄,有些牧師自取這種權柄,以獨裁的方式支配信徒日常生活中的選擇與事物。這其實是假權柄。還有些牧師認為,任何「奉耶穌之名」向神提出的請求,祂都有義務給信徒以肯定的回應。可是,若信徒沒有存著溫柔與順服的心,提出違背聖經及神旨意的要求,便不算是真正地「奉耶穌之名」提出的請求。任何真正奉祂名所求、所行之事(參約14:13~14),都會合乎神啟示的真道、發自謙卑的內心,且完全順服天父的旨意。牧師絲毫沒有個人的屬靈權柄只有當他們按照正意分解神之道時,他們的話語才有權柄。他們或許對屬世之事物見解獨到,常識豐富,聰穎且有智慧,可是,這些特質都不能讓他們的話語帶有屬靈的權柄。除非他們在宣講聖經,否則他們不能代表神來向人發號施令。

提多書-第八章(麥克阿瑟新約注釋系列)

Foolishness to the Greeks

The foolishness were to the Corinthians who were into the man-centered philosophies of the world.

1. Foolish message: 1 Corin 1:18~25

The word of Cross, indictment of man, No salvation under heaven but through the cross, Moros->Moron, Total inability for the sinner to see and understand the Cross, The reason was that 1st century was a sign of shame/disgrace, reserved for the most despicable human beings, 

“Saved from what", not a lonely life or low self-esteem, but from the justice and wrath of God.

Dr. M Jones: I never let the patient write the prescription.

2. Foolish messenger: 1 Corin 1:26~31

We did not make the who’s who or who’s not.  Not many are brilliant & noble, only a few. We’re all nobody telling everybody about somebody. (The turtle knows it did not get there by itself.)  God is the sovereign seeker. 

3. Foolish method: 1 Corin 2:1~5 (man stand naked, armed with the word of God alone and preach the word)

Message is the substance, Preaching is the style.  Paul preach as dying man to dying man.

John Newton: I know what a great sinner I am and what a great savior He is. (Losing what he preached at the end of sermon later in his life.)

-Steven Lawson (Ligonier 2012)

Ignorance is not Bliss

Challenge to the non-Christians: Who is your shepherd?  

How can you have a borrowed Christian moral standard without a solid moral foundation?

Neither the republican party or democratic party cares about the cause of Christ.  Christians need to be aware of being used.

Abraham Kuyper: Individuals, Ideas + Institutions, Profound Observation: This World is NOT normal.  As a result of sin/fall, all die and we see injustice.

Near prophetic statement before communism and facism: The way this is going, either the state becomes tyrannical or the individual becomes a tyrant who destroys all institutions.  (20th century + American) To counter it, realize that only God is sovereign.  Both the state and the individual are responsible to God.

Don’t let the world + marketing control your desires.  The Christian witness is a concern for the needy and justice.

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/session-9-robert-godfrey-2012-national-conference/

-Robert Godfrey (Ligionier 2012)

耶穌醫治巴底買 (Mark 10:46~52)

簡介:聖經不是功德簿,也不是道德教材,而是為人靈魂的緣故所作的見證。

  1. 這是少數幾個被醫治的人,名字被紀錄下來的神蹟;

功課:

  1. 巴底買樹立了一個少有的卓越信心的榜樣-瞎子,乞討,呼喊;但內心的眼睛明亮;看到許多見過耶穌神蹟的人所看不到的。
    「你們雖然沒有見過他,卻是愛他;如今雖不得看見,卻因信他就有說不出來、滿有榮光的大喜樂;」(彼得前書1:8) 
  2. 在困難面前堅忍持守-周圍人的不瞭解,反而成為他信心的試金石;應用:為何基督徒不專心追尋基督?因為不覺得自己的罪有多麼嚴重,因為沒有看到基督的能力、威嚴、審判與榮美是多麼沈重。
  3. 向基督感恩所帶來的改變-真正領受恩典的人,也是被恩典所約束,願意開始不斷跟隨的人。