Saturday, February 13, 2016

第四天 - 新角色: 與主同工 ,完成使命 (請按此處收聼廣東話 )



安靜
1.  停下來. 靜一靜
2.  等候主. 深呼吸經歷主之平安. 呼出你的憂慮

讚美及感恩
1.  思想你上星期使你開心歡笑的時刻
2.  為那些時刻及有關的人感恩
3.  敞開心懷讚美主

             凡 投 靠 你 的 , 願 他 們 喜 樂 , 時 常 歡 呼 , 因 為 你 護 庇 他 們 ; 又 願 那 愛 你    名 的 人 都 靠 你 歡 欣 。                                                    詩篇 5:11 

認罪悔改  
1.  求聖靈在你生命中工作
      "親愛的聖靈, 求你光照我心靈的深處, 使我看見我的罪, 我和主耶穌的阻隔,
        求主幫助, 奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。

2. 透過聖靈的工作, 安靜一刻, 省察自己, 之後祈禱:
     「親愛的主耶穌,感謝你為我的罪釘死在十字架上,我願意在你面前承認我的罪(凡聖靈光照到的,請逐一說出),求你用你的寶血赦免我的罪,我願意打開心門讓你作我的救主,求你救贖我,我願意一生跟隨你讓你作我生命的主,求你帶領我。聖靈,求你充滿我,使我得著恩賜及力量去事奉主、見證主。奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。」



聆聽主話

當 下 耶 穌 從 加 利 利 來 到 約 但 河 , 見 了 約 翰 , 要 受 他 的 洗 。
 約 翰 想 要 攔 住 他 , 說 : 我 當 受 你 的 洗 , 你 反 倒 上 我 這 裡 來 麼 ?
 耶 穌 回 答 說 : 你 暫 且 許 我 , 因 為 我 們 理 當 這 樣 盡 諸 般 的 義  。 於 是 約 翰 許 了 他 。
 耶 穌 受 了 洗 , 隨 即 從 水 裡 上 來 。 天 忽 然 為 他 開 了 , 他 就 看 見 神 的 靈 彷 彿 鴿 子 降 下 , 落 在 他 身 上 。
 從 天 上 有 聲 音 說 : 這 是 我 的 愛 子 , 我 所 喜 悅 的 。
                                                                                                        馬太福音 3: 13-17

讓你現在有一段安靜的時間, 給聖靈一個空間, 讓主耶穌可能以藉着你剛才讀過的經文, 對你說話:


我的聆聽
因着我們願意跟隨施洗約翰生活模式的好榜樣,主將會給我們一個新角色。這新角色藉耶穌的洗禮展現在我們面前。

著名的神學家N.T. Wright説:

如果他們願意聆聽, 那些在悔改與信心中藉着洗禮跟隨耶穌的會聽到從天上來相同的聲音。當我們學會放下自己的計劃而願意順服主的計劃時, 他會給我們看見遠象,就是他偉大工作的事實。而在這看見的中心,我們會找到愛我們的天父去肯定我們是他的兒女,以聖靈裝備我們,潔淨我們使我們合乎他所用。

N.T. Wright. Matthew for Everyone, Part 1. Louisville,KY:Westminster         John Knox Press, 2004, p.22.

你是否己進入與天父這親蜜的關係中? 他稱呼我們為愛子,愛女。你是否在天父裝備你的過程中,跟隨耶穌的指引,完成天父救贖的計劃?

主耶穌這樣宣告大使命, 馬太28:18-20

天 上 地 下 所 有 的 權 柄 都 賜 給 我 了 。
 所 以 , 你 們 要 去 , 使 萬 民 作 我 的 門 徒 , 奉 父 、 子 、 聖 靈 的 名 給 他 們 施 洗  。
 凡 我 所 吩 咐 你 們 的 , 都 教 訓 他 們 遵 守 , 我 就 常 與 你 們 同 在 , 直 到 世 界 的 末 了 。


耶穌命令我們及他的門徒的正是他用了三年所作的,訓練門徒,洗禮及教導他們。這就是他的角色,而他做得很好。

大使命是耶穌在馬太福音最後的說話。他正是要告訴我們他要我們做的就是跟着他所做的照樣去做。就是這樣簡單,對嗎?

我們會拒絕活出大使命因為我們覺得無可能做得到。是的,這是具挑戰的,費時的,似乎是我們能力以外的。這實在是不關乎我們的能力而是主的權柄及他在我們生命中的工作, 完成神才能做到的計劃。讓我重覆一次: 權柄已交給主耶穌,不是我們。我們那時能讓耶穌作主作王,我們那時便有由他來的權柄去使人作主門徒。

親愛的主耶穌,
求主使我們願意由今天開始進入此新角色,與你同工,完成天父的使命奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。

省察問題
1. 洗禮使我們能神的愛子,愛女,使我們踏入他的計劃中。作為跟隨耶穌的門徒,我們被呼召進入此領人作主門徒的角色。你最近有否實踐此角色?如有,做得如何?如沒有,為何呢?

2. 你是否己進入與天父親蜜的關係呢?你如何知道自己在這關係中?

家庭角落
1. 在你的家庭中,是否有一個經常運作中的門徒訓練的生活模式?是怎樣的?如沒有,有何掙扎?
2. 丈夫,太太們,你們能怎樣彼此帮助大家更接近主?
3. 父母親們,你們怎樣能夠幫助兒女與主相遇並且知道主的真實?(如:家庭祈禱,讀聖經故事,分享每週經歷,一起幫助鄰居)

感恩讚美
讓我們為神同在感恩讚美主:
10,000 Reasons
    

DAY 4 - New Role: Follow Jesus to Accomplish God's Saving Plan (Please click here for English podcast)


Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

           But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
               let them ever sing for joy,
           and spread your protection over them,
               that those who love your name may exult in you.
                                                 Psalm 5:11

Confession and repentance

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."


The Word

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.  John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.  And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
                                                                                                    Matthew 3:13-17

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through this passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, (while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe")

My Listening     
     With our willingness to follow the good example of John's lifestyle, God is going to give us a new role. With Jesus' baptism, this new role is being revealed. 

     Bishop N.T. Wright says (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._T._Wright):
     Those who in repentance and faith follow Jesus through baptism and along the road he will now lead us will find, if we listen, that the same voice from heaven speaks to us as well.  As we learn to put aside our own plans and submit to his, we may be granted moments of vision, glimpses of his greater reality. And at the centre of that sudden sight we will find our loving father, affirming us as his children, equipping us, too, with his spirit so that our lives may be swept clean and made ready for use.

             N.T. Wright. Matthew for Everyone, Part 1. Louisville,KY:Westminster         John Knox Press, 2004, p.22.

Have you entered into this loving intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father? He calls each of us his beloved son and daughter. Are you in the process of being equipped by the Father to follow Jesus' lead each day to accomplish God's saving plan?

      Jesus says in his Great Commission:

     "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."        Matthew 28:18-20

     What Jesus commanded us and His apostles was what He did in his three years of ministry, making disciples, baptizing, and teaching them. That was his role and He did it well.

     The Great Commission was Jesus' last words in Matthew. He is telling you and me that what we need to do is to follow what He did. That is so simple, right?

     It is tempting to write off the Great Commission as an impossible job. Yes, it is challenging, time consuming, and seems beyond our ability. This is precisely why it is not according to our own ability but according to Jesus's authority and work in us to accomplish this God-sized plan. Let me repeat this: the authority has been given to Jesus Christ, not us. Whenever we are willing to let Jesus lead us as our Lord and King, we can exercise that authority and make disciples.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Lead us to enter into this new role today so that we can follow you to accomplish God's saving plan. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Reflect on these questions: 



1. In baptism, we become God's beloved son and daughter, and step into his plan. As Jesus followers, we are called into the role of making disciples. Are you currently following Jesus' call for us to make disciples? If yes, what does it look like? If no, why do you hesitate?







2. Have you entered into this loving intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father? How do you know you are in this relationship?







Family Corner:
1. Is there any consistent lifestyle of discipleship in your family? What does it look like? If not, what is the struggle?




2. Husbands and wives, how do you encourage and lead each other closer to Jesus? 




3. Parents, in what ways can you lead your kids to encounter Jesus and know that he is real? (e.g. family prayer, reading Bible stories, sharing about the week, serving neighbours together, etc.)







Praise and Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:









The best way to keep you being with Jesus for these 40 days is to find two more friends coming together weekly using this blog/podcast and encouraging each others to use it daily. This is what I call "Discipler123" - One discipler having two friends being with Jesus daily for 40 days first then hopefully can continue for a period of three months.