講臺的平庸

我很關注人們接受週日早晨平庸講臺的問題,而且我以為,這主要不是時間安排或懶惰的問題。我相信這是一個神學上的問題。讓我們來看一看,你為自己和自己服事所設定的標準,與你如何看待神有直接的關係。如果你尊崇敬畏祂的智慧和力量,如果你的靈被祂的信實和慈愛所震撼,如果你每天都受到祂臨在和應許的激勵,你一定會盡你所能地捕捉并彰顯祂的榮耀給其他人,就是那些神安排給你的、你要去關懷的人。作為一個牧者,這是你的本分:就是將這榮耀傳給下一代。除非你真正被神的榮耀所震撼、并由衷而生出敬畏,你不可能做到這一點。

(【危險的天召】,Paul Tripp,第十章,138頁)

I am very concerned about the acceptance of Sunday morning mediocrity, and I am persuaded that it is not a primarily a schedule or laziness problem. I am convinced it is a theological problem. You see, the standards you set for yourself and your ministry are directly related to your view of God, if you are in worshipful awe of his wisdom and power, if you are spiritually stunned by his faithfulness and love, and if you are daily motivated by his presence and promises, then you want to do everything you can to capture and display that glory to the people God has placed in your care. It is your job as a pastor to pass this glory down to another generation, and it is impossible for you to do that if you are not being awestricken by God’s glory yourself.
(“Dangerous Calling" by Paul David Tripp, Chapter 10, Mediocrity, p138, Crossway Books, 2012)

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