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Mar 28, 2020 - Default    No Comments

A View on Sabbath 安息日

这是在网上FB看到的一个叫 Barron Von Strauss 的人写的对安息日的观点,觉得挺好,做一下笔记:

Christ is my Sabbath.

1) The Sabbath was created by God for his covenant people.
2) The Sabbath was intended a type and shadow of our rest in Christ to come.
3) That rest was symbolized in the complete rest on one day of the week from all things that you do to sustain yourself physically.
4) The symbolism intended by the Sabbath rest was directed to the covenant people of God who were waiting for the promised Christ to come.
5) The Old Testamental period ended at the birth of the new covenant period (on the night of his betrayal) at the Lord’s Supper. In the old testament, the covenant people of God were directed to honor God through the Sabbath rest, but in the new covenant there was no command to keep this ritual.
6) The only rituals that were commanded in the new testament are baptism and communion.
As a new testament Christian, I rest in Jesus alone from my works to sustain myself and trust in him alone to save me and sustain me in all that I do. Ergo, Christ is my rest.

Follow up text:

(Romans 14:1-9 ESV)

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

信心软弱的,你们要接纳,但不要辩论所疑惑的事。有人信百物都可吃,但那软弱的只吃蔬菜。吃的人不可轻看不吃的人,不吃的人不可论断吃的人,因为神已经收纳他了。你是谁,竟论断别人的仆人呢?他或站住,或跌倒,自有他的主人在;而且他也必要站住,因为主能使他站住。

有人看这日比那日强,有人看日日都是一样,只是各人心里要意见坚定。守日的人是为主守的;吃的人是为主吃的,因他感谢神;不吃的人是为主不吃的,也感谢神。我们没有一个人为自己活,也没有一个人为自己死。我们若活着,是为主而活;若死了,是为主而死。所以,我们或活或死,总是主的人。因此基督死了,又活了,为要做死人并活人的主。

If your conscience is so broken over violating laws (that were intended to point us to Christ but offer no redemption since they cannot save you), then by all means, continue to follow them, but know that you will win no favors with God by continuing to sacrifice your time and effort to a type and shadow of what really exists. Like Jews in Israel clamoring to find a red heifer and to consecrate new priests for a new temple, you are signifying things that are not only paid for in Christs blood 2,000 years ago, but what you are doing is an affront to God as you are saying to him that his sacrifice on your behalf, and the rest in himself that he procured for you was not enough.

That said, as above, if your conscience is so bent on this, and if your faith cannot allow you to see that holding to these rituals not commanded by Jesus our King is offensive to him and to the work he performed on your behalf, then keep doing it.

Mar 27, 2020 - Default    No Comments

The Principles of Worship 敬拜的原则

Original: https://heritagereformedgr.org/what-to-expect/

All that we do must be governed by the Scriptures as God’s Word. 我们所做的都必须按照圣经,就是神的话语。

God-focused 以神为对象

  • 我就俯伏在他脚前要拜他。他说:“千万不可!我和你并你那些为耶稣作见证的弟兄同是做仆人的,你要敬拜神!因为预言中的灵意乃是为耶稣作见证。” (启示录 Rev. 19:10)

Christ-centered 以基督为中心

  • 耶稣说:“我就是道路、真理、生命。若不借着我,没有人能到父那里去。” (约翰福音 John 14:6)

Spirit-moved 以圣灵的感动

  • 只等真理的圣灵来了,他要引导你们明白一切的真理,因为他不是凭自己说的,乃是把他所听见的都说出来,并要把将来的事告诉你们。(约翰福音 John 16:13)

Word-based 以圣经为基础

  • “他们将人的吩咐当做道理教导人,所以拜我也是枉然。” (马太福音 Matt. 15:9)

Heartfelt 真心真意的

  • “这百姓用嘴唇尊敬我,心却远离我。” (马太福音 Matt. 15:8)

Orderly 规规矩矩的

  • 凡事都要规规矩矩地按着次序行。(哥林多前书 1Cor. 14:40)

With instruction 有带领的

  • 当用各样的智慧,把基督的道理丰丰富富地存在心里,用诗章、颂词、灵歌彼此教导,互相劝诫,心被恩感歌颂神。(歌罗西书 Col. 3:16)

Shared as a church 教会团体的

  • 你们不可停止聚会,好像那些停止惯了的人,倒要彼此劝七日的第一日,我们聚会掰饼的时候,保罗因为要次日起行,就与他们讲论,直讲到半夜。(使徒行传 Acts 20:7)

Under oversight 有监督的

  • 你们要依从那些引导你们的,且要顺服,因他们为你们的灵魂时刻警醒,好像那将来交账的人。你们要使他们交的时候有快乐,不致忧愁,若忧愁就于你们无益了。(希伯来书 Heb. 13:17)

On the Lord’s Day

  • 七日的第一日,我们聚会掰饼的时候,保罗因为要次日起行,就与他们讲论,直讲到半夜。(使徒行传 Acts 20:7)
Mar 27, 2020 - Default    No Comments

唐崇荣:什么是真正的教会

唐牧师讲道的笔记摘要:

归正福音教会:
– 持守使徒所遗传下来的信仰
– 顺从基督施行圣礼
– 用上帝公义的能力惩戒犯罪的人
– 彼此相爱
– 勇敢作见证
– 多结果子

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