神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16).

​【双语灵修】葛培理:分享福音(2017-11-8)

作者: 葛培理 来源:基督时报 蒙允转载2017年11月08日 20:23

分享福音 Sharing Truths

读经 

“我的民哪,你们要留心听我的训诲, 侧耳听我口中的话。 我要开口说比喻; 我要说出古时的谜语, 是我们所听见、所知道的, 也是我们的祖宗告诉我们的。 我们不将这些事向他们的子孙隐瞒, 要将耶和华的美德和他的能力, 并他奇妙的作为,述说给后代听。”  诗篇 78:1-4 

O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past— stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.  P S A L M 7 8 : 1 – 4

默想 

为什么我们虽然已经告别童年,但还是喜欢那些跟小孩子分享的信息(例如比喻、谜语),胜过所谓大教会的诗歌和讲道。可能因为这类信息通俗易懂,能抓住耶稣简约的美,让我们向往更丰富的生命。我们成人不能把信仰据为己有,也要学会把我们的信仰分享给下一代。

当我们看到下一代靠着耶稣有活泼的信、望、爱,我们是何等欢喜!信仰绝对不是成人的专利。信仰不只是我们的,而且我们要去分享、传递。在我们的人生中的某个节点,有人把上帝介绍给我们,改变了我们的生命。现在,是时候让我们把这个福音传给下一代了。要有热心、要有方法。

Why is it that many of us who have long ago left the realm of childhood can learn more from children’s messages than all of the hymns and sermons of “big church”? Perhaps this is because children’s messages capture the simplistic beauty of Jesus while also drawing us into a more profound life, and adults have an inherent need to share their faith rather than sit on it.

Something spectacular happens to people when they see young people come alive with vibrancy of faith and hope and love through Jesus. Faith should not be reserved to the realm of adulthood. Faith is not ours; rather, it is ours to give. Someone at some point introduced us to a life-changing relationship with God, and now it is our turn to creatively and passionately pass that faith on.

祷告

耶稣,求你常常提醒我们,让我记得分享福音与下一代。阿们!

Jesus, if I ever become an old tightwad who is reluctant to share my faith, loosen me up—a lot! Amen.

行动

联系你的教会,支持并参与儿童事工。

Connect with your local church children’s ministry director and ask how you can support them (either with time or resources or encouragement).


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