We are the church
我們是神的教會
1Pet彼前2:9-10
Parish Weekend of Chinese Congregation in
St. Martin's
我們是神的教會 (彼前2:9-10)
Greetings
修身齊家治國平天下
內聖外王
flaw
in this strategy
power corrupts, absolute
power corrupts absolutely
我們是神的教會 (彼前2:9-10)
God
 He
has a strategy
has saved us
 Made us into a family
 So that we can influence the
world.
我們是神的教會 (彼前2:9-10)
Outline
 SAT
–我們在教會: 我們是神的教會
(修身)
 SUN –教會對內: 教會一家(齊家)
 MON – 教會對外: 入世的教會(“治
國 or 平天下” )
我們是神的教會 (彼前2:9-10)
彼前2:9
惟有你們是被揀選的族類,
是有君尊的祭司,是聖潔的國度,
是屬神的子民,要叫你們宣揚那召
你們出黑暗、入奇妙光明者的美德。
彼前2:10 你們從前算不得子民,
現在卻作了神的子民;從前未曾蒙
憐恤,現在卻蒙了憐恤。
Prayer禱告
Praise讚美
Thanksgiving感謝
Repentance認罪
Intercession代求
Request祈求
我們是神的教會(彼前2:9-10)
Why
did Saint Peter have to
be reminded of our status in
Christ?
Forgotten that when we are
in difficulties
A child saying that the
parents do not love him
我們是神的教會(彼前2:9-10)
Parents
may say that s/he is
picked up from the street.
Therefore Saint Peter has to
remind the recipient of his
letter how special they are.
我們是神的教會(彼前2:9-10)
彼前2:10
你們從前算不得子民,
現在卻作了神的子民;從前未曾蒙
憐恤,現在卻蒙了憐恤。
My background
sometimes it is difficult to
feel that我們現在卻蒙了憐恤
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (彼前2:9-10)
Before
I knew Christ, though
I was not perfect, I was not
too bad.
There is no one who is sinless
except our Lord Jesus Christ
羅3:23 因為世人都犯了罪,虧缺
了神的榮耀;
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (彼前2:9-10)
short of
standard” i.e. failing
examination
羅6:23 因為罪的工價乃是死;惟
有神的恩賜,在我們的主基督耶穌
裡,乃是永生。
It is not by doing good work
罪means虧缺“falling
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (1Pet彼前2:9-10)
The
traditional concept of
salvation which is a bit like a
football match
The problem is that we do
not know the current score
But we do not know the score
so we live in tremble. Some
will try to do good, some
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (1Pet彼前2:9-10)
We
are not able to save
ourselves.
Salvation is the grace of God.
弗2:8 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;
弗2:9 也不是出於行為,免得有人
自誇。
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (1Pet彼前2:9-10)
But
Chinese do not like the
concept that the salvation is
free.
Grace can be a difficult issue
for Chinese.
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (1Pet彼前2:9-10)
Chinese
are taught to
remember grace that other
people have given them.
“flower received will remain
fragrant for ten thousand
years”.
No work no reward.
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (1Pet彼前2:9-10)
The
difficulty with grace is
about the duty to repay the
grace.
Sometimes this duty to repay
can surpass the need to abide
with the law.
Such thinking is common e.g.
in the underworld.
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (1Pet彼前2:9-10)
Yes,
after we become
Christians, we should do good
work but work is not the
requirement of our salvation.
現在卻蒙了憐恤 We should be
grateful.
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (1Pet彼前2:9-10)
He
asks us to give Him back
something as a token of our
love and thanks to Him
But God did not just save us,
He has a plan and a glorious
future for us.
現在卻蒙了憐恤 (1Pet彼前2:9-10)
Starting
point of our spiritual
journey
If you have not made this
decision, we would like to
welcome you to join us at the
starting point
我們是神的教會(彼前2:9-10)
彼前2:5a
你們來到主面前,也就
像活石,被建造成為靈宮
Church - the building? 會堂?
The church is actually a
gathering of people that is us.
We shall talk about this more
tomorrow
被建造成為靈宮(1Pet彼前2:5a)
We
do not just because a
Christian on our own.
We are part of a family and a
building.
All of us have a part to play.
被建造成為靈宮(1Pet彼前2:5a)
Obviously
the full-time
minister has a major role to
play but each of us has a role
to play.
We are like a building block
to be used to be a building
for the Holy Spirit.
被建造成為靈宮(1Pet彼前2:5a)
 Sometimes
we do not see that
we are important in the church.
 We may feel that we are just
nobody but God has given you a
gift to serve others, it can be
music, caring or cleaning up.
 Unsung heroes in the church
被建造成為靈宮(1Pet彼前2:5a)
How
can you be a useful
material?
林前3:11 因為那已經立好的根基
就是耶穌基督,此外沒有人能立別
的根基。
林前3:12 若有人用金、銀、寶石、
草木、禾秸在這根基上建造,
被建造成為靈宮(1Pet彼前2:5a)
 林前3:13
各人的工程必然顯露,因為
那日子要將它表明出來,有火發現,
這火要試驗各人的工程怎樣。
 林前3:14 人在那根基上所建造的工程
若存得住,他就要得賞賜;
 林前3:15 人的工程若被燒了,他就要
受虧損,自己卻要得救;雖然得救,
乃像從火裡經過的一樣。
被建造成為靈宮(1Pet彼前2:5a)
Individualism
– What I do will
not affect others? My choice?
My human rights?
Growth –Training of an
athlete
弗4:11 他所賜的有使徒,有先知,
有傳福音的,有牧師和教師。
被建造成為靈宮(1Pet彼前2:5a)
弗4:12
為要成全聖徒,各盡其職,
建立基督的身體,
弗4:13 直等到我們眾人在真道上
同歸於一,認識神的兒子,得以長
大成人,滿有基督長成的身量,
弗4:14 使我們不再作小孩子,中
了人的詭計和欺騙的法術,被一切
異教之風搖動,飄來飄去,就隨從
各樣的異端。
我們是神的教會(彼前2:9-10)
(1Pet彼前2:9-10)
彼前2:9
惟有你們是被揀選的族類,
是有君尊的祭司,是聖潔的國度,
是屬神的子民,要叫你們宣揚那召
你們出黑暗、入奇妙光明者的美德。
We are Israelites of NT
被揀選的族類(1Pet彼前2:9)
Israelites
but they failed.
They were privileged
羅11:25 弟兄們,我不願意你們
不知道這奧秘(恐怕你們自以為聰
明):就是以色列人有幾分是硬心
的,等到外邦人的數目添滿了,
羅11:26a 於是以色列全家都要得
救。
被揀選的族類(1Pet彼前2:9)
As
Chinese, we do not feel
too special individually.
We are called and we have a
mission.
Israelites were called to be a
beacon in the world of
pagans.
被揀選的族類(1Pet彼前2:9)
We
are Chinese and people
associate us with China or
Hong Kong.
We are called to be light and
salt of this world (Matt 5:1316) – Will talk more about
this on MON
我們是神的教會(彼前2:9-10)
(1Pet彼前2:9-10)
彼前2:9
惟有你們是被揀選的族類,
是有君尊的祭司,是聖潔的國度,
是屬神的子民,要叫你們宣揚那召
你們出黑暗、入奇妙光明者的美德
有君尊的祭司(1Pet彼前2:9)
彼前2:5b作聖潔的祭司,藉著耶
穌基督奉獻神所悅納的靈祭。
What do we offer?
Prayers來4:16 所以我們只管坦
然無懼地來到施恩的寶座前,為要
得憐恤,蒙恩惠,作隨時的幫助。
有君尊的祭司(1Pet彼前2:9)
Ourselves
- 羅12:1 所以弟兄們,
我以神的慈悲勸你們,將身體獻上,
當作活祭,是聖潔的,是神所喜悅
的;你們如此事奉,乃是理所當然
的。
Money – need of the church,
full-time minister (OT tithe)
有君尊的祭司(1Pet彼前2:9)
 Time
 Talents
 Thanksgiving
 撒上1:20
哈拿就懷孕。日期滿足,生了一
個兒子,給他起名叫撒母耳,說:“這是
我從耶和華那裡求來的。”
 撒上1:21 以利加拿和他全家都上示羅去,
要向耶和華獻年祭,並還所許的願。
 but not in exchange
我們是神的教會(彼前2:9-10)
(1Pet彼前2:9-10)
彼前2:9
惟有你們是被揀選的族類,
是有君尊的祭司,是聖潔的國度,
是屬神的子民,要叫你們宣揚那召
你們出黑暗、入奇妙光明者的美德
聖潔的國度(1Pet彼前2:9)
Holy
 We are also Holy.
 Holy means separate
 羅12:2 不要效法這個世界,只要心意
更新而變化
 聖潔
聖潔的國度(1Pet彼前2:9)
 Obviously
Saint Paul is better
than us but he is the same Holy
status 聖潔的國度 in front of God
as us.
 But the reward would be
different for what he has done
for God.
 His appreciation of God will be
different
聖潔的國度(1Pet彼前2:9)
-太6:10 願你的國降臨。
 Law to protect or facilitate the
smooth operation of the
government.
 Obviously in earthly kingdoms,
there are laws that are unjust or
not reasonable but this is not the
case in the kingdom of God.
 國度
聖潔的國度(1Pet彼前2:9)
Kingdom
also means
protection
Protection against our enemy.
太6:13 不叫我們遇見試探。救我
們脫離兇惡。(註:或作“脫離惡
者”)
聖潔的國度(1Pet彼前2:9)
Three
enemies:
Flesh - 肉體
World - 世界
Satan - 那惡者
聖潔的國度(1Pet彼前2:9)
Three
types of temptations
約一2:16 因為凡世界上的事,就
像肉體的情慾,眼目的情慾,並今
生的驕傲,都不是從父來的,乃是
從世界來的。
聖潔的國度(1Pet彼前2:9)

1.
2.
3.
4.
Four steps:
Desire
Doubt
Deception
Disobedience
聖潔的國度(1Pet彼前2:9)
Resisting Temptation
i. Refuse to be intimidated
ii. Recognize your pattern of
temptation and be prepared
for it
iii. Request God’s help

聖潔的國度(1Pet彼前2:9)
Defeating
temptation
提後2:22 你要逃避少年的私慾,
同那清心禱告主的人追求公義、信
德、仁愛、和平。
我們是神的教會(彼前2:9-10)
(1Pet彼前2:9-10)
彼前2:9
惟有你們是被揀選的族類,
是有君尊的祭司,是聖潔的國度,
是屬神的子民,要叫你們宣揚那召
你們出黑暗、入奇妙光明者的美德
屬神的子民 (1Pet彼前2:9)
彼前2:21 你們蒙召原是為此,因
基督也為你們受過苦,給你們留下
榜樣,叫你們跟隨他的腳蹤行。
Family resemblance
learn the line
instruction manual
GPS of your life

屬神的子民 (1Pet彼前2:9)

1.
2.
Transformed by Truth. Abiding in God’s
word
I must Accept its authority
I must Assimilate its truth
i.
ii.
iii.
iv.
v.
3.
Receive
Read
Research
Remembering
Reflect
I must Apply its principles
我們是神的教會 (彼前2:9-10)
彼前2:9
惟有你們是被揀選的族類,
是有君尊的祭司,是聖潔的國度,
是屬神的子民,要叫你們宣揚那召
你們出黑暗、入奇妙光明者的美德。
彼前2:10 你們從前算不得子民,
現在卻作了神的子民;從前未曾蒙
憐恤,現在卻蒙了憐恤。
Prayer禱告
Praise讚美
Thanksgiving感謝
Repentance認罪
Intercession代求
Request祈求
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