Reminder from a pastor... 一位牧師的提醒
Reminder from a pastor...一位牧師的提醒

In 2014, we added the What & How Section to help those who are very interested in becoming a Christian but is not clear what to do or how to become a Christian. The What & How Section also provides basic reminders of the Scripture to help new Christians to live a blessed life under the guidance of the in-dwelling Holy Spirit. Contents of the Section includes:

1. How to become a Christian

2. Why study the Bible?

3. Relationship and Quality of life
 

 

在2014年,我們增加了"怎麼辦?"區 ,來幫助很想成為基督徒,但現在仍不知道、該怎麼做,才能成為一個基督徒的慕道者。"怎麼辦?"區、還提供了聖經的基本提示,來幫助新信徒在聖靈內駐引導下,得到被祝福的生活。此篇的內容包括:
1. 如何成為基督徒

2. 為什麼要研讀聖經?

3. 關係和生活品質

 

 

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HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN ? 如何成為一個基督徒?

1. How to become a Christian?
Basically, there are two parts. The first part pertaining to the human level. Take a person who, for example   one day by a Christian friend's invitation, attended a church service and listened to a sermon and  was interested in the sermon concerning Jesus Christ and eternal life. And he/she continues to go to church to listen to God's word and places his/her trust in Jesus Christ as his/her Savior to forgive his/her sins. He/she recognized by the enlightenment of the God's word that he/she indeed lived a life far short of God's laws and was disobedient to God. So he/she believes the Bible concerning Jesus Christ died for his/her sins on  the cross in his/her stead and also believes that God resurrected Jesus Christ  in the third day to fully accept Jesus Christ's sacrifice for his/her atonement. At that instant of placing faith in Jesus Christ, he/she was born again by the Holy Spirit and become a Christian. The following are taught by the Bible about this process:


1. 如何成為一個基督徒?
基本上有兩個部分。第一部分是有關人的層次。如果一個人,有一天接受一個基督徒朋友的邀請,參加了一個禮拜,聽佈道,並對耶穌基督和永生有興趣。他/她繼續去教堂,聽神的話語,並相信耶穌基督,原諒他/她的罪、成為他/她的救主。他/她意識到,在上帝的話的照耀下,確實過得、遠離神的律法、不順服神的生活。於是,他/她、相信聖經中關於耶穌基督為他/她的罪過、代替他/她死在十字架上;也相信上帝、讓耶穌在死後第三天的復活,完全接受耶穌基督、替他/她贖罪的犧牲。在把信仰放在耶穌基督的那一瞬間,他/她、被聖靈重新再生,成為基督徒。下面是聖經教導的這個過程:

 

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

馬太福音4:17從那時候耶穌就傳起道,說:“你天國近了,你們應當悔改!”
使徒行傳2:38彼得對他們說:“你們各人要悔改,奉耶穌基督的名受洗,叫你們的罪得赦,就必領受所賜的聖靈。你們當悔改"。

 

Romans 10:8-10
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

 

羅馬書 10:8-10
8 他到底怎麼說呢?他說:「這道離你不遠,正在你口裡,在你心裡」——就是我們所傳信主的道。9 你若口裡認耶穌為主,心裡信神叫他從死裡復活,就必得救。 10 因為人心裡相信就可以稱義,口裡承認就可以得救。

 

The second part is God's love and Grace to enable you to believe and become a child of God. God chose you before the foundation of the world to become a believer.
The Holy Scripture teaches us the following:
第二部分是上帝的愛和恩典,讓你相信祂,並成為祂的兒女。在創造世界的基礎前,上帝選擇了你,你才成為一個信徒。

 

在聖經教導我們的情況如下:

 

Ephesians 2:1-10
 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

 

以弗所書 2:1-10 得救是本乎恩也因著信
2 你們死在過犯罪惡之中,他叫你們活過來。 2 那時你們在其中行事為人,隨從今世的風俗,順服空中掌權者的首領,就是現今在悖逆之子心中運行的邪靈。 3 我們從前也都在他們中間,放縱肉體的私慾,隨著肉體和心中所喜好的去行,本為可怒之子,和別人一樣。 4 然而,神既有豐富的憐憫,因他愛我們的大愛, 5 當我們死在過犯中的時候,便叫我們與基督一同活過來。你們得救是本乎恩。 6 他又叫我們與基督耶穌一同復活,一同坐在天上, 7 要將他極豐富的恩典,就是他在基督耶穌裡向我們所施的恩慈,顯明給後來的世代看。 8 你們得救是本乎恩,也因著信。這並不是出於自己,乃是神所賜的; 9 也不是出於行為,免得有人自誇。 10 我們原是他的工作,在基督耶穌裡造成的,為要叫我們行善,就是神所預備叫我們行的。

 

John 15:16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.


約翰福音 15:16
16 不是你們揀選了我,是我揀選了你們,並且分派你們去結果子,叫你們的果子常存,使你們奉我的名無論向父求什麼,他就賜給你們。

 

Romans 8:29-30
29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.


羅馬書 8:29-30
29 因為他預先所知道的人,就預先定下效法他兒子的模樣,使他兒子在許多弟兄中做長子;30 預先所定下的人又召他們來,所召來的人又稱他們為義,所稱為義的人又叫他們得榮耀。

 

Part 2 is the foundation of Part 1. If you do Part 1, repent and confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and believe that God resurrected Him in the third day. Then you are saved and is a Christian according to the Bible. Once you believed, you may want to say a prayer like this:
"Dear Holy God, I repented my sins and am deeply sorry that I offended you. Please forgive my sins because I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe that He died for me at the cross and His precious blood cleanses all my sins. I believe that You resurrected Him in the third day and now sits at your right side in heavens with full authority and glory. In Jesus precious Name, Amen.

Praise the Lord, welcome to God's family as His child. Do go to a bible loving church for your growth in Jesus Christ's likeness and learn to love Him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your might.

 

第2部分是第一部分的基礎。如果你做了的第1部分:悔改,承認耶穌基督為你的救主,並相信上帝讓基督在第三天復活。由此,你已經被拯救,並根據聖經你已經成為基督徒。一旦你信仰了,你可能會想說這樣的禱告:
“親愛聖潔的上帝,我懺悔我的罪過,並感到非常悲痛,我得罪了你。請原諒我的罪,因為我已信仰耶穌基督為我的救主。我相信祂在十字架上為我而死,祂的寶血洗淨我一切的罪,我相信你在第三天將祂復活,現在祂天堂、坐在你的右邊、擁有全備的權力和榮耀。奉耶穌寶貴的名禱告,阿門。

 

讚美主,歡迎你來到上帝的家庭、成為祂的孩子。你去參與一熱愛聖經的教會,讓自己長成耶穌基督的模樣,學會用你的全心、全意和全力量愛祂。

Why study the Bible? 為什麼要研讀聖經?

 

First of all, the purpose of studying the Bible is to know our God. Main theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ our Lord. You may say,  I know that is true in New Testament. But it is also true in Old Testament as well. As you know, God was the King for His chosen people Israel. But Israel wanted a human king to lead them. And that was a tragical choice as well among so many unfaithful deeds. God gave Israel laws, and prophets to guide them to their Messiah. 

 

首先,研讀聖經的目的,是要知道我們的上帝。聖經的主題是我們的主耶穌基督。你可能會說,我知道在新約中、那是真的。但是,在舊約中、這也同樣是真的。如你所知,上帝是以色列、祂的選民的國王。但以色列、希望有一個人類的王,來帶領他們。 這也是眾多的不忠行為中的、一個悲慘的選擇。上帝賜給以色列人,律法和先知,是來引導他們到彌賽亞面前。

 

So to study the Bible is to know our short of God's glory and feel it, in our bones so to speak, that It is God who sent Jesus Christ to save us because Adam's descendants are so contaminated that they will all perish if God did not come to save us.
Our God is not like gods in the Greek mythology full of conflicts among themselves. Neither does our God like the idols of the gentile nations full of human invention on their images. We need to study the Bible to know our wickedness, our inadequacies, and our ultimate need for the only  awesome God who is indeed full of compassions towards the human race.

 

因此,研讀聖經是要讓我們在骨子裡知道,我們是缺乏上帝的榮耀。所以上帝派耶穌基督、來拯救我們;因為亞當的後裔是如此地被污染,如果上帝不來拯救。我們都將滅亡。

我們的上帝是不像希臘神話中的諸神,他們彼此之間充滿矛盾衝突。我們的上帝也不像異教民族的偶像,充滿人類發明的圖騰。我們需要研讀聖經,是要來知道我們自己的罪惡,我們的不足之處;以及我們最終需要、對人類充滿憐憫的、唯一真神上帝。

 

When we study the Bible to know God, we need to know His natures, His power, His wisdom, His love, and His glory. Actually according to the Bible, "19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them." (Romans1:19). So you may ask why do we study the Bible. The Bible reminds us the following:

 

當我們研讀聖經來認識上帝,我們需要知道祂的本性,祂的力量,祂的智慧,祂的愛,祂的榮耀。實際上、根據聖經,“19 神的事情人所能知道的,原顯明在人心裡,因為神已經給他們顯明。” (羅馬書 1:19)。所以,你可能會問,為什麼我們要研讀聖經? 聖經提醒我們如下:


1. We are totally lost, individually and collectively. It is indeed very sad, isn't it. Why? All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. (Isaiah 53:6)

 

1. 我們、不論個人和集體,是完全迷失了。這實在是很悲哀的,不是嗎。為什麼呢? 6 我們都如羊走迷,各人偏行己路,耶和華使我們眾人的罪孽都歸在他身上。(以賽亞書53:6)

 

2. Not only we are far short of God's glory because of our sin, we do not repent to acknowledge Him.
"21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (Romans 1:21)

 

2. 我們不僅因為我們的罪、缺乏了神的榮耀,我們也不悔改來承認祂是上帝。
“21 因為他們雖然知道神,卻不當做神榮耀他,也不感謝他,他們的思念變為虛妄,無知的心就昏暗了。(羅1:21)


3. We love darkness more than light. Some even want to restore the dark kingdom happening right before our eyes in the middle east.

 

3 .我們愛黑暗、超過愛光。在中東地區,發生在我們眼前,有些人甚至要恢復黑暗王國。
 

So to study the Bible is to know the immensity of God the Father's love to send Jesus Christ to save us, the unfathomable love of our Lord Jesus Christ to die on our behalves, and the long suffering of God the Holy Spirit to shepherd us during our pilgrim towards our heavenly home. This was done and is being done to save the totally lost, rebellious, unlovable, and ungrateful people like us.

 

因此,研讀聖經是要知道天父浩瀚的愛、派耶穌來拯救我們;我們的主耶穌基督、深不可測的愛、代我們死;以及上帝聖靈,在我們邁向天家的朝聖途中,長期不棄地、牧養我們。上帝已是這樣做、並且是正在做,來拯救像我們這般完全迷失,叛逆的,不可愛,和忘恩負義的人。


So to study the Bible is to know our God, to know the world, and to know ourselves. Because our enemies are so devious, so evil, and so wicked, we need the Bible to equip us to do goods.
"16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Tim 3:16-17)

 

因此,研讀聖經,是要知道我們的上帝、要了解世界、要了解我們自己。因為我們的敵人是如此狡猾,如此邪惡,和這麼殘忍,我們需要聖經來預備我們、來行善事。
“16 聖經都是神所默示的,於教訓、督責、使人歸正、教導人學義都是有益的, 17 叫屬神的人得以完全,預備行各樣的善事。” (提摩太後書3:16-17)


But ultimately, we study the Bible to follow our Lord Jesus Christ, to love Him with all our might and with all our heart. And most of all, to rejoice in Him and to enjoy His Glory forever and ever, Amen!

 

最後,我們研讀聖經是要跟隨我們的主耶穌基督,用我們所有的力量、所有的心來愛祂。而且最重要的是,要靠祂喜樂,享受祂的榮耀,直到永永遠遠,阿門!

Relationship and Quality of life
關係和生活品質

 

As we grow older, our value system may change because we are more keenly towards things which are more precious to us. For example, in a disaster situation such as  a house fire, after getting all the people out, many people tend to save their bible and family pictures. If you ask them why, the overall answers seem to be that those pictures are irreplaceable. Why? Because they treasure the relationship and memories of those relationships.

隨著年齡的增長,我們的價值體系可能會改變,因為我們更清醒地、對待一些我們更珍貴的事物。例如,在發生災難的情況,如著火的房子,人們在逃離出來時,很多人往往會挽救他們的聖經和家人的照片。如果你問他們為什麼,大多數人的答案都是,這些圖片是無法取代的。為什麼呢?因為他們珍惜這些關係,和與這些關係有關的回憶。

Thus, human relationship  is a key factor in our quality of life. Obviously, this goes both ways. A great relationship enhances quality of life and a lousy relationship has a negative impact to our quality of life. Since we are influenced greatly by our close associates, it is important that we choose carefully our associations.
因此,人際關係是我們生活品質的關鍵因素。顯然,這是雙向的。良好的關係、提高生活品質,而糟糕的關係、會負面影響我們的生活品質。因為我們被親近的人、影響最大;這是非常重要的,我們要謹慎選擇、我們的親近人際關係。

The Bible clearly teaches us  this truth in Psalm 1:1-3
1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

在詩篇1:1-3,聖經清楚地告訴我們這個道理,
不從惡人的計謀,不站罪人的道路,不坐褻慢人的座位,
 唯喜愛耶和華的律法,晝夜思想,這人便為有福!
他要像一棵樹,栽在溪水旁,按時候結果子,葉子也不枯乾,凡他所做的,盡都順利。

We might ask what consists of a good relationship? From our experience, most important factor in a great relationship appears to be " can enjoy each other's company."  In other words, a good company means that we can talk freely and enjoy talking with each other. Thus, a good relationship needs to be cherished and nurtured as it is indeed rare and very precious.
我們可能會問,良好的關係包含什麼?根據我們的經驗,在良好的關係中、最重要的因素,似乎是“可以享受彼此的陪伴”。換句話說,一個很好的陪伴,意味著我們可以暢所欲言,享受與對方說話。因此,一個良好的關係、需要我們倍加珍惜和培育,因為它確實是罕見、難得的,且是非常珍貴的。

As we grow older, many good friends departed due to old age. For many old folks, they are lonely and actually quite resign to this sad situation. That is why in this gospel website we keep encourage folks to seek also eternal relationship with our Creator God. The Bible tells us that not many things last forever. The world and its lusts eventually will pass away. However, a few things will last into eternality: they are faith, hope, and love. It is therefore of essential importance that we beech you and encourage you to seek a blessed relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ who loves His own and save them into eternal relationship. This is what He said to His own that will include you if you believe in Him:
隨著年齡的增長,很多好朋友、因年老離去。對於很多老人,他們是孤獨的,實際上這是、無法逃避地、必須要接受且面對、這種可悲的局面。這就是為什麼在這個福音網站,我們不斷地鼓勵人們、要尋求與我們的造物主上帝、建立永恆的關係。聖經告訴我們,沒有多少東西、會永遠持續下去。世界和它的私慾,最終都會逝去、消失。然而,幾件事情將持續到永恆:他們是信仰,希望和愛。因此,這是很重要的,我們求你,鼓勵你、要尋求與愛祂的子民且拯救他們,我們的主耶穌基督、建立一個幸福的關係,並將它們變成永恆的關係。這是祂對自己子民所說的;這將包括你,如果你相信祂。

John 17:24
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

約翰17:24
24 父啊,我在哪裡,願你所賜給我的人也同我在哪裡,叫他們看見你所賜給我的榮耀,因為創立世界以前,你已經愛我了。

Our Lord Jesus loves us to eternality:
John 13:1
13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

我們的主耶穌愛我們直到永恆:
約翰福音13:1
13 逾越節以前,耶穌知道自己離世歸父的時候到了。他既然愛世間屬自己的人,就愛他們到底。

Our Lord promises us that because He lives, we shall live also.
John 14:19
19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.

我們的主承諾我們,因為他活著,我們也要活著。
約翰14:19
19 還有不多的時候,世人不再看見我,你們卻看見我,因為我活著,你們也要活著。

It is indeed beyond our comprehension that God pledges His divinity to love us and to guarantee our eternal life with Him; a blessed and never interrupted eternal fellowship. What a blessed Lord Jesus Christ we have. May He receive honor, adoration, and worship from us forever and ever, Amen.

這的確是超乎我們的理解,主耶穌以祂的神性承諾、神愛我們,並保證我們永恆的生命與祂在一起;一個祝福,一個未間斷、永恆的交誼。我們有一個、多麼神聖愛我們的主耶穌基督。願祂悅訥我們永永遠遠的讚美、稱頌、和敬拜,阿門。

Reminders... 提醒

Only God - Deut 6-4-5

我們神是獨一的主

以色列阿,你要聽!耶和華 ─ 我們神是獨一的主。

你要盡心, 盡性、盡力愛耶和華─你的神。(申6:4-5)

 

然而我們只有一位神,就是父,

萬物都本於他,我們也歸於他.

並有一位主,就是耶穌基督,

萬物都是藉著他有的, 我們也是藉著他有的。(歌林多前書 8:6)


 

 

Supremacy of Jesus Christ our Lord - Phil 2:9-11; Col 1:15-20

主耶穌的絕對優越性—無不口稱耶穌為主 (西 1:15-20)

所以,神將他升為至高,

又賜給他那超乎萬名之上的名, 

叫一切在天上的、地上的,和地底下的,因耶穌的名無不屈膝,無不口稱耶穌基督為主,

使榮耀歸與父神。(腓2:9-11)

 

 

Inerrancy of Holy Scripture Psalm 19:7-9, Matt 5:18

聖經的精確性(詩 19:7-9)

馬太福音 5:18

我實在告訴你們,

就是到天地都廢去了,

律法的一點一畫也不能廢去,

都要成全。 

 

 

Glorious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ which demonstrates the love of God - John 3:16-18

主耶穌榮耀無比的十字架

神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,

叫一切信他的,不至滅亡,反得永生。 因為神差他的兒子降世,不是要定世人的罪,

乃是要叫世人因他得救。 信他的人,不被定罪;不信的人,罪已經定了,因為他不信神獨生子的名。

(約翰福音 3:16-18)

 



Obedience to God is much better than offering sacrifices - Hos 6:6

我喜愛良善(或譯:憐恤),

不喜愛祭祀;

喜愛認識神,勝於燔祭。

(何西阿書 6:6)

 

For I delight in loyalty 
 rather than sacrifice. 
And in the knowledge of 
God rather than burnt 
offerings. 

(Hos 6:6)

 

 

The righteous shall live by faith alone - Habbakuk 2:4

義人因信得生  迦勒底人自高自大,心不正直;惟義人因信得生。(哈巴谷書2:4)

 

 

Self-denial and be patient in enduring afflictions are the God's ways for us in following Jesus Christ our Lord - Matthew 16:24

於是耶穌對門徒說:若有人要跟從我,就當捨己,背起他的十字架來跟從我。

(馬太福音 16:24)

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