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To be God's witness to the end of the world


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  • 2018-11月-05

To Be God’s Witness to the End of the World

Acts 1:1–11

By Pastor Rachel

Acts of the Apostles, or simply Acts, is the second book written by Luke after the Gospel of Luke and tells of the birth of the Christian church. 

The opening paragraphs of Acts turns our eyes back to Jesus’ words and deeds during his earthly ministry and points out what he is doing now—the expansion of God’s kingdom to the ends of the earth.

1. Jesus is the foundation of our faith

It begins by briefly touching on how Jesus showed himself to the apostles and gave convincing proofs that he was alive. For us, it assures us that we have an unshakable foundation of our faith—Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. 

2. Follow God’s plan, not yours.

After this, the apostles asked Jesus whether he was going to restore the kingdom to Israel at that time because they have been waiting painstakingly for it. This was their plan.  

But Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” What they didn’t understand back then was that the kingdom Jesus is setting up is a kingdom reigning over hearts of those who trusted in God. Instead of giving a date, Jesus commissioned them to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth and promised them that they would receive the power of the Spirit in doing this. Now This was Jesus’ plan. 

3. Join the mission. Share the gospel. Be His witness.

After giving the commission, Jesus was taken up before the apostles and they looked intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two angels asked them, “Why are you looking into the sky?” It reminded them that they were focusing only on the things above on and forgetting their mission on earth. The angles then basically said to them, “He will come back! Now go share the gospel!” The promise of the Holy Spirit and the promise of Jesus’ return equipped the apostles to carry their mission—to be God’s witnesses to the ends of the earth. 

It is also our mission. Our vision at the English Fellowship is to save one more soul for Christ. Let us be His witnesses to the ends of the earth by the power of the Spirit and do it in the hope that Jesus will come back. May God continue to pour His Holy Spirit unto us and empower us as we continue His work on earth.

《作神的见证直到地极》

使徒行传 1:1-11

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《使徒行传》由路加执笔,书中的记载叙述了教会建立和扩展的经过。《使徒行传》首先简要回顾了耶稣在传道期间所行的事迹和所说的话语,随后指出他如今所要成就的事──让神的国在全地各极降临。

1. 耶稣是我们信仰的根基
 第一章开篇几节经文中讲到耶稣在受害之后,用许多的凭据将自己活活地显给使徒看,使徒终于确信耶稣真的战胜了死亡。而对于我们而言,这也使我们更加认定一个事实:耶稣基督昨日、今日、一直到永远,是一样的,他是我们的信仰永不动摇的基石。

2. 跟随神的计划,而不是你的计划
在耶稣显现之后的一天,使徒问耶稣说:“主啊,你复兴以色列国就在这时候吗?”这是他们尤其关心的一个问题,因为他们一直为此苦苦盼望和等候。 这是他们的计划。

那么耶稣是如何回答使徒的?“父凭着自己的权柄所定的时候、日期,不是你们可以知道的。”耶稣没有告诉他们具体的时候和日期,而是差遣他们要在耶路撒冷、犹太全地,和撒玛利亚,直到地极,做他的见证,并应许他们将有圣灵降临在他们身上,使他们得着能力。这是耶稣的计划。

3. 为传福音、作见证的使命前行
耶稣向使徒说完这话,就被取上升,当他往上去,使徒就定睛望天,这时忽然有两位天使站在旁边,问:“你们为什么站着望天呢?”这敲醒了使徒,他们定睛望着天上的事,却忘记了自己在地上的使命。天使还对他们说道,耶稣怎样往天上去,还要怎样来。所以,不要停留在此地,出发吧,去传扬神的福音。于是使徒们带着圣灵降临与耶稣再来的应许,踏上为神委身的使命之旅,成为神的见证,直到地极。

这也是我们的使命。英文团契的异象是:为基督再得一人。让我们藉着圣灵的大能,靠着耶稣再来的盼望,成为神的见证,直到地极。愿神不断将祂的圣灵浇灌在我们身上,赐予我们大能力,带领我们为祂做这地上的工。