February 9, 2020

在基督裡合而為一 Unity in the Body of Christ

Passage: Ephesians 4: 1-16
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我們是正在建造 ?
Are we building up the church?

我們是正在拆毀 ?
Are we breaking down the church?

以弗所書4:1-16 CUV


Ephesians 4: 1-16 ESV

Unity in the Body of Christ

4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”

9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

馬太福音12:33-37 CUV


Matthew 12:33-37 ESV

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

教會很難 Church is hard

But, here is the beauty of church - Church isn’t a building, mentality, or expectation.

Church is a body.

Church is a group of sinners, saved by grace, living in fellowship as saints.

Church is a body of believers bound as brothers and sisters by an eternal love.

Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals before the Throne of Grace.

Church is a refuge for broken hearts and a training ground for mighty warriors.

教會是爭戰與邀請的融合。當罪人在對 付罪惡後,邀請人心尋求復興。
Church is a converging of confrontation and invitation. Where sin is confronted and hearts are invited to seek restoration.

Church is a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope.

教會是一個家庭。一個家庭聚在一起,撇開 分歧,忘記過去的錯誤,在最小的勝利中歡欣鼓舞。
Church is a family. A family coming together, setting aside differences, forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest of victories.

教會,基督的身體, 是罪人和聖徒的居所,如果我們求的話,祂在我們中間。
Church, the body, and the circle of sinners-turned-saints, is where He resides, and if we ask, He is faithful to come.

因此,我記得即使在教會的困難時期, 他從未辜負過我們, 在那裡與我們相會。
So even on the hard days at church, I’ll remember, He has never failed to meet me there.