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Ways to Forming Disciples

成長與更新  Ways to Forming Disciples

基督徒需要去配合和回應神促使我們成聖的恩典,並通常會透過下列十二個途徑來成長 :

"Forming Christ's followers to transform the world" is not just a motto. What can we do to carry out the mission statement of VCBC in 2007? Below are my suggestions:

一、上帝:只有神才能真正改變人!故基督徒要經常透過祈禱及敬拜來親近神,並藉此經歷神親手的塑造。

1. God: He alone transforms people! Therefore, followers of Jesus need to get closer and closer to God through prayers and worship, and be molded by Him.

二、聖經:許多時候,神是透過聖經的真理來改變人的,故基督徒必須督促自己持續地學習並浸淫在聖經中。

2. Bible: More often than not, God transforms people through His Word. Followers of Jesus must strive hard to learn the truth and to live according to the Bible.

三、際遇:每日的際遇和現實生活是我們經歷改變,實踐信仰及考驗靈命成長的上佳場地,故基督徒要敏銳於聖靈在我們每天的日常生活中的帶領,並活出基督的樣式及神的心意。

3. Circumstances: God engineers our daily circumstances to allow us to be transformed, to live out the truth and to be tested spiritually; therefore, followers of Jesus have to discern and heed the Spirit's leading in our daily living.

四、操練:經常並持續的屬靈操練(如:每日的靈修生活等)也是預備自己去迎接神成聖恩典的重要途徑,故基督徒要努力不懈及持續委身地去追求成長。

4. Discipline: Spiritual discipline (e.g. daily devotion) is an important way to prepare us to receive God's transforming grace; therefore, followers of Jesus must make an effort to devote themselves to spiritual growth.

五、時間:靈命的成長是一個逐漸形成的過程,故基督徒必須耐心地在這事上去投資充足的時間。

5. Time: Spiritual growth is a process; therefore, followers of Jesus must be patient in investing enough time to achieve it.

六、靈伴:神也經常藉著屬靈導師、屬靈朋友、屬靈群體等的互動相交來改變人,故基督徒要刻意約同一班志同道合的弟兄姊妹一齊去追求靈命的更新。

6. Christian friends: God always use spiritual mentors, friends, and community to transform one's lives; therefore, followers of Jesus must seek to belong to a Christian community in order to become accountable to each other.

七、事奉:親身的事奉亦是經歷神的必由之路,故基督徒要選擇一些事奉並抱著經歷神及追求成長的心來從事這些事奉。

7. Service: Serving God through Christian ministries is one way to experience God; therefore, followers of Jesus have to serve with a heart to experience Him and to pursue spiritual growth.

八、醫治:有時,我們的成長會受阻於一些過去的創傷及靈裡的捆綁,故基督徒需要透過棄絕的祈禱來斷絕仍影響我們的捆綁,透過聖靈內在的醫治來得到靈裡的釋放。

8. Healing: Sometimes, our spiritual growth might be hindered by past hurts and sin; therefore, followers of Jesus must pray to free ourselves spiritually from the continual influence of our past sin through the healing of the Holy Spirit.

九、禮儀:有時浸禮、聖餐等禮儀,亦會成為神改變我們的恩典媒介(meansofgrace),故基督徒要全情認真地投入參與種種禮儀。

9. Ordinances: Often baptism and the Lord's Supper can also be means of grace for our spiritual growth; therefore, followers of Jesus should wholeheartedly participate in these ordinances.

十、治罪:治死罪行亦是預備自己去迎接神成聖恩典的重要努力,故基督徒要刻意對付自己一些具體及明顯的罪行。

10. Overcoming sin: The effort to overcoming sin is important for us to grow spiritually; therefore, followers of Jesus must deliberately deal with all obvious sins in our lives.

十一、培德:順服聖靈的感動及配合神在自己身上的工作,去培養聖經中的美德,亦是基督徒靈命成長中的重要一步,故基督徒要刻意去按照聖經中的指引來塑造自己的品格。

11. Character building: To abide in the Spirit and to work out God's will in us is also an important step in our spiritual growth; therefore, followers of Jesus must deliberately build up our characters according to God's guidance.

十二、驚喜:神改變人生命的作為往往是超出人所能想像的,亦是不受制於上述種種建議的,故基督徒要常常期盼著神那突如其來改變人生命的驚喜。

12. Surprise: God may choose to transform our lives in a surprising way and out of the above suggested ways; therefore, followers of Jesus must always expect surprises and open to God in His transforming works.

我誠摯地希望弟兄姐妹們能開始在個人生活上,按著這些建議去做,在團體中也如此實行,便能感受到靈性的增長。

I sincerely hope that brothers and sisters will begin to explore these suggestions in personal way as well as in group settings to experience further spiritual growth.

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