Thursday, 6 May 2021
The Twin Pillars of the Church
Ps Mark Tan

Luke 24:13-35

As the pandemic continues to prevent the Church from coming together in one assembly, we give thanks to God for His amazing Providence that we can still “assemble and worship” online in a way. In over one year, the Church is now more robust to the situation. Not letting the pandemic slow us down, the Church now reaches out to people online via livestreaming services, online cell group meetings and Bible studies, and a focus on caring for the poor and lonely.

However, with these new opportunities come new threats in the form of “online false-teachings.” These false teachers manifest online either as those who claim to possess a “truer” or “better” gospel than what we receive in church services, “special knowledge” in articles and videos we come across online, and sometimes even posing as “a sincere group of laypeople from different church backgrounds wanting to study the Bible other than what the Church is teaching.”

How do we ensure that we do not succumb to these false teachings? How do we make sure we do not let our doubts convince us to believe their lies? Moreover, how do we continue to bear witness to the true and redeeming Gospel in the midst of all these false teachings? Thanks be to God, through the encounter on the road to Emmaus, Jesus reveals to us “twin pillars” for the church.

The first pillar is SCRIPTURE.
On the road to Emmaus, Jesus asked them what was happening in Jerusalem and what they understood to have happened. To which, the disciples began to share about Jesus and how they thought that perhaps he was just a great prophet like those of the Old Testament (vv19-21) and they still did not know what to make of the empty tomb (vv22-24). From their answers, we can see that the disciples were not sure as to what was going on with Jesus’ death and resurrection. In fact, they may not have even believed the women’s testimonies (Luke 24:11), and they were slowly going back to their default Judaism in thinking that perhaps Jesus was just a prophet. Jesus solved this problem by “ beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. ” That was a lot to say, but as the journey was around 11km long, He had plenty of time! The point is this: studying the Scriptures with the Gospel-lenses of Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection, the TRUTH is revealed and no falsehoods can prosper. It is sad but clear to see that so many people, both young and old, are being persuaded into false teachings primarily because they are basically illiterate to the Scriptures.

The second pillar is COMMUNION. While the disciples’ hearts were burning within them as Jesus opened the Scriptures to them while on the road, they still did not recognize Jesus was talking to them! It was only when doing His signature-move: he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to the disciples, that their eyes were opened and they recognized him (vv30-31). Not only that, but because Jesus appeared to the other disciples, the disciples assembled together and affirmed “It is true! The Lord has risen and appeared…” The point is this: when we as one faith and one mind come together and commune, i.e. encourage and share our faith with one another, God will not only renew truth in our minds, He will also restore faith in our hearts. Thus, the encouraging mystery of Jesus’ promise: for when two or three are gathered together in His name, there He will be also.

Some practical applications:

  1. Invest in the Scriptures: Don’t just read it, invest in it. Like a chef who invests in a good quality chef’s knife and uses it intensively in his profession, I would encourage you to invest in a good Study Bible and use it intentionally and intensively. Also, don’t just read it out of habit and without purpose. Challenge yourself. Again like a chef with a good quality knife challenges himself to learn more culinary skills, challenge yourself to see how you wield the Scriptures to reveal God’s truths: What does the Bible say about the Trinity? About the role of women? About the deity of Jesus? About being truly saved?
  2. Do not neglect to meet together: There is a difference between attending and watching church. Other than gathering together on Sundays to worship, assemble and commune together, either physically or online, and exchange what you have learnt about God and the Gospel that week. In doing so, not only will you learn even more about God through others, you will witness the reality of God’s mighty hand gathering and guarding His flock, and bringing those spiritually dead back to life, renewed in Christ Jesus.

PRAYER:

O God, I give you thanks for the good gift of your word. Let my heart and mind be still in thanksgiving for this amazing gift. Every good gift, including your word, is a gift. I thank you for the wisdom you provide. I give you thanks for your love and mercy towards me. Lord, please open my eyes to the truth of your word. I pray for wisdom and clarity as I read your word, and discernment as I apply your word to my heart. Let your word change my actions. I pray the truth I find here will transform my heart and mind to follow you more.

Almighty God, you have given us grace when we gather together in your Name as you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them. We pray, O Lord, as we gather in your Name, grant us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

每日灵粮
2021年5月6日,星期四
题目: 教会的双柱子
作者:陈燕靖传道
翻译:黄姐妹
经文:路加福音24 :13-35

随着疫情继续蔓延导致教会不能聚集在教堂敬拜,我们感谢上帝奇妙的恩典,我们仍然可以通过线上“聚集和崇拜”。在过去一年多的时间里,教会现在对局势的应对更加稳健。教会并没有让疫情减慢我们的速度,现在通过在线媒体服务,在线小组会议和圣经研究与在线人接触,并着重于关怀穷苦和孤独者。

但是,伴随着这些新机遇,以“在线错误教学”的形式带来了新的威胁。这些假教师在网上表现为那些声称自己拥有比我们在教堂敬拜中所获得的“更真实”或“更好”的福音的人,在网上看到的文章和视频中的“特殊知识”,甚至扮演一群来自不同教会背景的外行人有时表现“虔诚”的希望网上学习圣经,而不是教会所教的内容。”

我们如何确保不屈服于这些错误的教导?我们如何确保我们不让我们的疑惑说服我们相信他们的谎言?此外,在所有这些错误的教导中,身陷其中的我们如何继续见证真理和救赎的福音?感谢上帝,透过通往以马忤斯的路上,耶稣向我们启示了教会的“双支柱”

第一个支柱是神的话“圣经”。
当时在去以马忤斯的路上,耶稣问门徒在谈论什么和在耶路撒冷他们理解发生了什么。门徒开始分享关于耶稣的事,认为主如旧约圣经提及(vv19-21)一样是个伟大的先知,而他们仍然还不能从空墓的事实中反应过来。(vv22-24) )。从他们的回答中,我们可以看到门徒不确定耶稣的死和复活是怎么回事。实际上,他们可能甚至不相信妇女们的见证(路加福音24:11),回到他们默认的犹太教里所说耶稣也许只是一个先知。

耶稣通过“ _从摩西和所有先知开始,向他们解释了所有的圣经中关于他自己的事。” 要说的很多,但是由于路程约11公里,他有很多时间!重点是:用耶稣事工,死亡和复活的福音镜头研究圣经,真理才得以彰显,任何虚假都无法昌盛。
令人遗憾的是,却很清楚地看到如此之多人(无论老或少)被错误的教导所说服,主要是因为他们基本上不懂圣经。

第二个支柱是 一起掰饼;“ 圣餐”。
当耶稣在旅途中向他们讲解圣经时,门徒的内心在燃烧,但他们仍然不知道耶稣在对他们说话!只是在做他的招牌动作时:耶穌拿起餅來,祝福了,擘開,遞給他們。他們的眼睛開了,這才認出他來。(vv30-31)。不仅如此,而且因为耶稣向其他门徒显现,所以门徒们聚集在一起并见证:“这是真的!主已经复活了,并出现了……”

重点是这样的:当我们同心相信并在基督里合一,即互相鼓励和分享我们的信仰时,上帝的真理不仅会在我们的思想中被更新,祂还将恢复我们的信心。因此,耶稣应许中的奥秘令人鼓舞:因为当两个或三个人奉他的名聚集在一起时,他必同在。

一些实际应用:

1.投资于圣经:不要只读圣经,要投资时间专研于圣经。就像厨师投资优质的厨师刀并在其专业中充分的使用它一样,我鼓励您投资购买一本好的圣经,并用心专研并充分的使用。
另外,不要只是习惯性且漫无目标的阅读。要像拥有优质刀具的厨师一样,利用它学习更多的烹饪技能。挑战自我,看看自己如何运用圣经来揭示上帝的真理:圣经对三位一体怎么说?关于女性的角色?关于耶稣的神性?关于如何才能蒙恩得救?

2.不要忽略团契:参加聚会和观望聚会是有区别的。除了在主日聚集在一起,通过实体或网上进行礼拜,聚集并交流您在那一周学习到所认识的上帝和福音的知识。这样,您不仅可以通过他人进一步了解上帝,还可以亲眼见证上帝的恩手聚集并带领保守他的羊群,复兴那些在灵性上倒退的人,在基督耶稣里重新归顺于神。

祷告:

上帝啊,我感谢您赐下你宝贵的话语,让我的内心仍然为这个惊人的礼物而感恩。每个好的礼物,包括您的话语,都是礼物。我感谢祢赐下的智慧。感谢您对我的爱与怜悯。主啊,请开我的眼睛,看到你的话语中的真理。当我读你的话时,我祈求智慧和清晰;当我把你的话语应用到我的心中时,赐下辨别的能力。让你的话改变我的行动。我祈求使我心意更新而变化,来跟从祢。

全能的上帝,当我们以祢名聚集祢赐下恩典,祢应许当我们奉爱子耶稣的名两三个人聚集在一起时,您将在我们中间。
上帝啊,我们祈求,当我们奉您的名聚集敬拜时,使我们在这个世界上了解您永恒国度的真理。奉耶稣基督的名祈求,阿门。