Saturday, 14 August 2021
Title: How beautiful are their feet
Author: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Margaret Ong

Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” ”

Dear brothers and sisters, there are many news, legends, and information in the world, but none of them is more important than the good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. This good news is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born into the world as the Savior of mankind. Only the Lord Jesus was crucified and resurrected for man’s sins, and this gospel will be preached to all people in the world. But this responsibility to share is not on the angels, but passed on from generation to generation by the Lord to His disciples. In our generation, who will pass it on? Thousands of people are waiting to no avail there, to have long been looking forward with eager expectancy, their eyes are worn out anxiously. They really look forward to hearing the good tidings, not only related to their present life, but also related to their afterlife and eternal life and blessing.

The Pantai Baptist Church has designated August as Mission Month throughout the years, and this year is no exception. Dear brothers and sisters, can we still preach the gospel to relatives and friends when the pandemic is spreading? Even though the pandemic in our country is severe or even on the verge of getting out of control, I absolutely believe that our God Most High is still in power.

The apostle Paul said: “We must preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.” Although Paul was chained in a Roman prison, he still preached the gospel to the soldiers. We are now locked down at home, how can we spread the gospel and persist in practicing the Great Commission promulgated by the Lord Jesus? “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2) “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.” (1 Corinthians 9:16-17).

In 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the Word!” is a command given by the apostle Paul to Timothy, and it is also a command given by the Holy Spirit to all Christians. Moreover, this “Preach the Word” command is something we must carry out in any situation. For “Be ready in season and out of season.” means: be ready (this is also a command), no matter in season (good time) or out of season (bad time), we must preach. “Preaching” means preaching the word of God and evangelism, which means “Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.” Using all kinds of patience and all kinds of teachings to rebuke, warn, and persuade others. The apostle Paul taught Timothy in this way. In fact, the apostle Paul himself was a preacher who was preaching at all times, in season or out of season.

Dear brothers and sisters, who is willing to be sent by the Lord to preach it? Only those who have the gospel themselves are qualified to preach, but among those who have received the gospel, some have a father in their family and there is responsibility, some have too many properties to be given up, and some are afraid of suffering and have no place to live. As a result, few people are willing to take up the calling. No wonder the gospel has not been preached to every created person. But those who are willing to be sent by the Lord to preach the gospel, how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel. In the eyes of the angels, their shoes are made of the best materials in the world, and their feet are the most beautiful on the ground. In the eyes of those who have been favored by hearing the gospel, their feet are fragrant and can almost be kissed with their mouths; one day when they come to God, their feet are not lost, but are preserved in eternity, because they are wearing the shoes of the gospel, walking a bright road.

Dear brothers and sisters, is evangelism just a matter of a few preachers? No, “The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who proclaimed it” (Psalm 68:11), and the whole church united in one accord to prosper the gospel. Dear brothers and sisters, do you have a part in it? Are you willing to leave beautiful footprints? Have you planted the good seeds of the gospel on your way?

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you! May your love inspire us again, so that we have the heart of loving souls, the ability and wisdom to spread the gospel passionately! The whole church is in one accord to prosper the gospel. Pray that the Lord will also use this pandemic to soften people’s hearts so that they can listen to the gospel and be willing to return to you! Glory to the Lord! Prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, in the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!

每日灵粮
星期六,2021年8月14日
标题:他们的脚踪何等佳美
作者:张胜牧师

罗马书10 :15 “报福音,传喜信的人,他们的脚踪何等佳美。”

亲爱的弟兄姊妹,世界上有许多消息、传说、见闻,但没有一件比那关乎万民的大喜信息更重要。那就是神的儿子耶稣基督降生到世上作人类的救主。这大喜的信息只有天使天军能首先报告赞美,当主耶稣为人的罪钉死复活升天之後,这福音要传遍天下给万民听。但这不能靠着天使,这责任是主交给祂的门徒,一代一代传下去的。到了我们这一代有谁来传呢?千千万万的人等在那里,他们的心渴极了,他们的眼望穿了。他们何等盼望听到一个大喜的信息,不只关系到他们的今生,而且关系到他们的来世和永远的生命与福份。

班底浸信会历年来,都把八月份定为宣教月,今年也不例外。亲爱的弟兄姊妹,在疫情蔓延时,我们是否还能向亲友们传福音? 纵然我国疫情严峻甚至濒临失控,但我绝对相信,至高的主,仍然在掌权。

使徒保罗说:得时与不得时,我们务要传福音。保罗虽然捆锁在罗马监狱,还是跟兵丁传福音。我们现在捆锁在家里,如何去传福音,坚持实践主耶稣颁布的大使命?务要传道!无论得时不得时,总要专心,并用百般的忍耐,各样的教训,责备人,警戒人,劝勉人。(提摩太后书4:2)我传福音原没有可夸的,因为我是不得已的。若不传福音,我便有祸了。我若甘心作这事,就有赏赐;若不甘心,责任却已经托付我了。(哥林多前书9:16~17).

提摩太后书4:2中的“务要传道”,是使徒保罗给提摩太的一个命令,也是圣灵给所有基督徒的命令。而且,这“务要传道”的命令,是我们在任何情况都要执行的。“无论得时不得时,总要专心”的意思是:要做好准备(这也是命令),无论得时(好时候),不得时(坏时候),都要传道。“传道”,就是传神的话,就是传福音,就是“用百般的忍耐,各样的教训,责备人,警戒人,劝勉人”。使徒保罗如此教导提摩太,其实使徒保罗他自己就是一位无论得时不得时都在传道的传道人。

亲爱的弟兄姊妹,有谁愿意奉主的差遣去传呢?只有自己得着福音的人才有资格去传,但是在已得福音的人中,有人家中有父亲,有责任,有人产业多撇不下,有人怕受苦无住处,结果肯应召的人就无几了,难怪福音到今天还没有传遍每一个受造的人。可是那肯奉主差遣去传福音的人,他们的脚踪何等佳美。在天使的眼中,他们的鞋是以世上最好的材料作的,他们的脚印是地上最美的脚印。在听到福音而蒙恩的人看来,他们的脚踪是馨香的,几乎可以用嘴亲吻;有一天到神那里,他们的脚踪没有泯没,而是在永世被保存下来,因为他们穿着的是福音的鞋,走的是光明的路。

亲爱的弟兄姊妹,但传福音只是少数传道人的事吗?不,主发命令,传好信息的妇女成了大群(诗篇68:11),全教会都同心合意兴旺福音。亲爱的弟兄姊妹,你在其中也有份吗?你也愿意留下佳美的脚踪吗?在你走的路上是否撒下了福音的佳种?

祷告:亲爱的天父,我们感谢和赞美祢!愿祢的爱再次激励我们,使我们有爱灵魂的心,有火热传福音的能力和智慧!全教会都同心合意兴旺福音。恳求主也借着这次疫情使人心软化,使他们得以听信福音,都愿意回转归向祢!荣耀归于主!
感谢祷告祈求,是奉靠主耶穌基督的圣名,阿们!