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2018-9-26    

認識初期教會

粵語 國語

第26天


讀經:   

使徒行傳一章1至5節

1提阿非羅阿,我已經作了前書,論到耶穌開頭一切所行所教訓的,

2直到他藉著聖靈吩咐所揀選的使徒,以後被接上升的日子為止。

3他受害之後,用許多的憑據將自己活活的顯給使徒看,四十天之久向他們顯現,講說神國的事。

4耶穌和他們聚集的時候,囑咐他們說:不要離開耶路撒冷,要等候父所應許的,就是你們聽見我說過的。

5約翰是用水施洗,但不多幾日,你們要受聖靈的洗。

我們在使徒行傳看見了令人驚訝的神蹟。初期教會至今已經歷了漫長的二千多年,所以,我們此刻便較難體察到初期教會是在多麼不可思議的情況下誕生。

初期教會得以成立,完全是一個出人意表的神蹟。首先,是門徒所追隨的那位領袖雖然被釘十架而死,可是祂卻神蹟地從死裡復活過來。書中便記錄祂的跟從者如何在逼迫下開展了一個嶄新的傳福音運動。

我們在使徒行傳看見初期教會大約30至35年的發展歷史;當中的緊湊內容,令人覺得聖靈彷彿要藉著這書,顯示一整代的信徒如何在祂的帶領和加力下,可以做出何等重大的工作。

因此,使徒行傳有時又被稱為「聖靈行傳」。舊約的聖徒是從不知道聖靈是這樣工作的。正如福音書向我們講述基督在世的工作,同樣地,使徒行傳便是向我們講述聖靈的工作。

這卷書也向我們每個人發出挑戰。我們透過本書看見,當教會願意切實以基督為首,而信徒又願意順服聖靈的帶領,聖靈的工作就能無遠弗屆。

使徒行傳還談論到作見證、作管家和禱告的大能。它讓我們對家庭佈道和教會行政有初步認識。它讓我們知道初期教會得力的祕訣、美好的相交生活、如何處理問題和將福音傳開等。

願神透過我們一起研讀本書,祝福我們,並向我們發出挑戰。

禱告:
主啊,願我們的教會學像初期教會那樣具有生命力,更能滿足基督的期望。

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WHAT WAS THE FIRST CHURCH LIKE?
Day 26


Bible Reading:   

Acts 1:1-5

1The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,

3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;

5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

One of the most amazing books in the Bible is the book of Acts. It is hard for us to realise how remarkable the early church was because we have 2000 years of church history behind us.

The establishment of the early church was a wonderful miracle. Its leader had been publicly executed but then had risen from the dead. Now his followers were starting a new movement in the face of great opposition.

In the book of Acts we have the story of what happened. The book only covers about 30 to 35 years but there is so much packed into it. It seems as though the Holy Spirit was wanting to show what one generation could do through his power.

The book therefore has sometimes been called the 'Acts of the Holy Spirit'. It is an introduction to his work in ways unknown to Old Testament saints. As the gospels tell of Christ's earthly ministry, so the book of Acts tells of the work of the Holy Spirit.

It is also a book of personal challenge. Here we discover what happens when Christ is allowed to be the absolute head of the church and when members are open to his direction.

This book speaks about witnessing, about stewardship and about prayer. It gives us glimpses of house to house evangelism and of church administration. Here we are shown the secret of the power of that early church, the wonder of its fellowship, the solution of its problems and the spread of its message.

May God bless and challenge us as we study it together.

A PRAYER:
Lord make our church like that early church and more like what Christ wants it to be.

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