(小组Small Group 24 June 2010, 乐龄事工Elderly Ministry 25 June 2010)
** 开始的话 **
God reveals Himself as the Spirit of Love, Spirit of Freedom, and the Spirit of Holiness. This week, God led me amazingly in preaching the gospel in the field. On the first day, while I was sharing to EB, I read the Spirit’s work in his heart, and saw the response in him; yet after I self-introspect on my sharing, I found that I had not brought "The Lord is Alive and Personal to you; the Lord is an ‘Only’ God that you need to search" as a bridge. The next day, I preached to another colleague WC (Wcai not Wchen). He was involved in weekly Buddhist Scripture studies a few years ago, and only went to church for 2 times. I began to share to him about needing to believe in the right thing, that He came with Truth, Way, Life from above. I began to show that He is alive. After I self-introspect on my sharing, I saw that the Spirit wants me to show him Love instead of showing that God is finding him. The next day, we went out for a team lunch. During that lunch, I tried to know more about people’s lives and their concerns and sufferings in family and in their life, out of love. After self-introspecting, I found that the Spirit wants me understand that the Spirit of Love will continue into Holiness. God showed me that I was set apart from others, who are talking nonsense and trying to keep the atmosphere high through talking about positive things and jokes.
This became my message, along with what I heard through the camp and Sunday Message.
1) Yes, we can read people’s spirit, but we must move into the arena that God is alive. If He is alive, we do not stay alive because He provides oxygen for us, but because He sustained our life!
2) Yes, we can show that He is alive, but what is greater is showing that He is Love and showing the incarnated love to people.
3) Yes, we can show love, but in the end, does it return to holiness? God told me too, "If you really rely on the Holy Spirit, then you will be orderly, likeable, and have attraction to all." This camp, God told me through Rev Leechull that I must become a "server", like how Jesus Christ serves as a random with all His life on earth. Serve, submit and obey everyone around you, then every good thing will come into place to you.
1. 神是爱 -> 爱子的灵
1. God is Love -> Spirit of Loved Sonship
‘Love’ is higher than ‘Emmanuel’……Therefore, center all your thinking (about God’s love to you), judging (love yourself) and living (loving people) on ‘love’.
1) Willing to totally die for us
<Ro 5:7-8> Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
<Ro 5:5-6> And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
2) If we are weaker (meet but cannot really cannot meet Him), He loves us even more
<Ro 8:26-27> In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
3) The Great Love of transcending Heavenly kingdom (spiritual), eternal (life), glory (inheritance)
<Php 1:9-11> And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
<Eph 3:16-21> I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
2. 神是活的 -> 自由的灵
2. God is Living -> Spirit of Freedom
But, ‘love’ must pass through ‘Emmanuel’ (in all things, see God’s truth, in man (my) spirit, doing works of convictions); this is also the message that God has called us to preach and witness (we cannot even erase it off).
1）位格 -> 个人化（有一位活生生的神 -> 要成为个人化）
1) Person -> Personal (There is One Living and Active God -> Must Become Personalized)
God is Alive, there for all who seeks after Him, they must find Him in their spirit and in His Truth.
<Jn 4:24> God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
<Jn 1:1-3> In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
<Jn 1:10-13> He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not reognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
2) Rely on Him (rely on the Holy Spirit)
(1) Focus on life, promised God-driven convictions and works
(2) Converse with God (conversing convictions and touches with God)
(3) In all things, read the Holy Spirit in men [convicting works, timetable, prophesy]
3) In just a split moment (drive out demons), the heavenly kingdom descend, will surely reform (return to right = kaisen) (definitely can self-introspect)
1Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
2But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
4Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
<Pr 2:1-5> My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
=> The mystery of being able to continue to be equipped for our lifetime lies all in connecting to the networks contacts of travelmates.
3. 神是分别为圣的 -> 圣洁的灵
3. God is Set Apart -> Spirit That is Holy
The Rationale, Spirituality, and Passion aspects of ‘Love’ and ‘Emmanuel’ must project, self-introspect and reform back, and this is: God is One, He is Holy.
1) Equip [Life Ideology, Lifestyle system]
36 Lessons, Bible
<37:1-14> The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”
2）应许（四大福音化）-> 立约 -> 关心神的关心
2) Promise (Four Gospelizations) -> Make Covenant -> Concerned of the Concerns of God
<Ac 1:8> But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
<Mt 9:35-38> Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
3）圣洁、美德的生活 -> 爱神
3) Holiness, Virtues Lifestyle -> Love God
<Php 4:8-9> Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
4）爱人、服事人 — 舍命作多人的赎价
4) Love your neighbors, serve — give your life as a ransom to people
<Php 4:10-19> I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
<Mt 20:25-28> Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
** 结束的话 **
After sharing the above message, I discovered that I may have wavered away from the message of the Bible; and I may be sharing my own experiences rather than the Lord’s stories. Do I love to tell my own stories, or do I love to tell the story of the Lord? –> from the hymn "I Love To Tell The Story"? Of course all the convictions that the Lord has given me are projected out of the gospel, but in order to give the Message of the Bible, closest to the meaning, for every message that I give, the Lord tells me that I have to re-check it with the Cross Message (36 lessons when expanded). This is why we re-read “The Apostles’ Creed” every time during Worship Service.