加爾文的禱告

唐崇榮國際佈道團網站近日上載一段視頻「加爾文的禱告」,以此勉勵信徒在新冠肺炎日子仍然確信上帝是牧者,帶領信徒走過這場戰疫。

宗教改革重要人物之一約翰·加爾文(John Calvin)強調,禱告佔基督信仰一個很重要的席位。他提出禱告包含四方面的意義:

信徒禱告並不是要告知上帝一些祂不曉得的事情,催促上帝做一些祂不願意做的事情。反之禱告能夠提醒信徒去尋求神,透過默想神的應許實踐信心,並且能夠幫助信徒從焦慮中得到舒緩。

其次是禱告信徒藉此領受父神給我們存留在天上的豐盛。第三,禱告也是神所預定的,但並非為祂而是為了信徒的好處。第四,在禱告中我們將神所應得的榮耀歸給祂,並向祂獻上敬拜,但同時也使我們獲益。

在唐崇榮國際佈道團「加爾文的禱告」(Prayer of John Calvin)視頻中,主持人呼籲信徒每天抽時間禱告,為自己也為身邊的弟兄姊妹代求,在這場瘟疫之中,讓我們仍然能夠看到上帝的慈愛超越一切的困難,盼望信徒一起學習全然信靠良善的上帝。

Jesus Your Perfect Judge

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Revelation 2:18-29.  Let’s go!

Revelation 2:18 (NIV) 
18  “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

On verse 18:  Jesus’ next message is for the church in Thyatira, a small city known for its agriculture and purple dye (see Acts 16:14).  To the church in Thyatira, Jesus describes Himself as the Son of God, “whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze” (v18).  According to some scholars, eyes like blazing fire and feet like burnished bronze are pictures of judgment.  That’s because Jesus has some tough words to speak to the church in Thyatira.