DISCOVER NEW LIFE! SESSION THREE 認識新生命教會 第三課

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DISCOVER NEW LIFE! SESSION THREE 認識新生命教會 第三課

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DISCOVER NEW LIFE! 認識新生命教會

SESSION THREE 第三

OUR STRATEGY AND STRUCTURE 我們的策略與架構

June 24, 2012 六月二十四日(To Be Continued, 待續)

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Our Strategy 我們的策略

20 When I am with the Jews, I become one of them so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with those who follow the Jewish laws, I do the same, even though I am not subject to the law, so that I can bring them to Christ. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ. But I do not discard the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. 22 When I am with those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ. 23I do all this to spread the Good News, and in doing so I enjoy its blessings.  1 Corinthians 9:20-23

20 對猶太人,我就作猶太人,為了要得著猶太人;對律法以下的人,雖然我自己不在律法之下,還是作了律法以下的人,為了要得著律法以下的人。21 對沒有律法的人,我就作了沒有律法的人,其實我不是在 神的律法以外,而是在基督的律法之下,為了要得著沒有律法的人。22 對軟弱的人,我就成了軟弱的人,為了要得著軟弱的人。對怎麼樣的人,我就作怎麼樣的人;無論如何,總要救一些人。23 我所作的一切,都是為了福音的緣故,好讓我與別人同享福音的好處。歌林多前書 9:20-23

  • Train everyone to be a bridge
    使每個人都成為一個橋樑

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:13-14

13 他救我們脫離了黑暗的權勢,把我們遷入他愛子的國裡。14 我們在愛子裡蒙了救贖,罪得赦免。

歌羅西書 1:13-14

  • Train everyone to be a witness
    使每個人都成為一個基督的見證人
  • Utilize a bi-lingual worship/teaching format where we invite the lost to experience God and encourage un-churched people to re-connect
    善用雙語的敬拜教導模式,邀請失喪的人來經歷上帝,並鼓勵離開教會的基督徒,再度與基督的肢體連結
  • Develop healthy small groups for body building
    發展健全的小組,來建立基督的身體
  • Impact the community with targeted outreach ministries
    藉由目標性的外展事工,來影響社會
  • Send out missionaries and teams to Taiwan and the world.
    差派宣教士與宣教團隊到台灣各地與全世界

Our Structure 我們的架構

33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the other churches.  40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.  1 Corinthians 14:33, 40

33 因為 神不是混亂的,而是和平的。40 凡事都要規規矩矩地按著次序行。歌林多前書14:33, 40

 

The structure of the church should not be determined by culture, business practices, or even denominational traditions. The nature of the church should determine it’s structure!

教會的架構取決於教會的本質!而非讓文化、企業模式、或教派傳統,決定教會的架構。

 

1. The Church is a    FELLOWSHIP    教會是一個  團契

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Acts 2:42

他們恆心遵守使徒的教訓,彼此相通、擘餅和祈禱。使徒行傳 2:42

 

A Top priority in fellowship is  HARMONY  and UNITY

團契的最高準則,就是  和諧  和 合一

 

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:3

「以和睦聯繫,竭力持守聖靈所賜的合一。」以弗所書4:3


Therefore, any attitude that causes disunity is sin.  Consider these passages:

因此,任何導致不能合一的態度就是一種罪。請思考以下的經文:

 

Colossians 3:15, I Corinthians 1:10, 2 Timothy 2:14, Psalm 17:14, II Corinthians 13:11, Philippians 1:27, 2:1-3, Colossians 2:2, Philippians 4:2, I Peter 3:8, I Corinthians 14:33, John 13:34-35, 2 Timothy 2:23, Romans 12:16-18, 15:5-6

西3:15,林前1:10,提後2:14,詩17:14,林後13:11,腓1:27,2:1-3,西2:2,腓4:2,彼前3:8,林前14:33,約13:34-35,提後2:23,羅12:16-18,15:5-6

 

Implication:  A good structure promotes unity and discourages CONFLICTS.

換言之:良好的教會架構促進合一,減少衝突

 

17In the following directives, I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good.  18In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. I Corinthians 11:17-18 

17 我現在要吩咐你們,不是要稱讚你們,因為你們聚集在一起,並沒有得到益處,反而有害處。18 首先,我聽說你們在聚會的時候,你們中間起了分裂,這話我也稍微相信。歌林多前書11:17-18

In too many churches, “voting” tends to DIVIDE PEOPLE. 在太多的教會中,「投票」往往造成 對立

Therefore, at New Life the church limits voting to:
因此,我們新生命教會,只對以下幾種狀況投票:

  • Annual Budget and legal trustees 年度預算與長執會(董事會)成員
  • Purchase of land or buildings 土地或建築物的購買
  • Church staff additions  教會同工的增聘
  • Changes in the church constitution and by-laws 教會章程與細則的修訂

2. The Church is a FAMILY. 教會是一個 家庭

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10 

所以,我們一有機會,就應該對眾人行善,對信徒更要這樣。加拉太書  6:10

 

So, we operate on the basis of RELATIONSHIPS not  RULES.

因此,我們運作的基礎是  關係  而非  規則  

 

1Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father.  2Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.  I Timothy 5:1-2 1 不要嚴厲責備老年人,卻要勸他好像勸父親;勸青年人好像勸弟兄;2 勸年老的婦人好像勸母親;存著純潔的心,勸青年女子好像勸姊妹。提摩太前書 5:1-2

 

3. The Church is a BODY.  教會是 基督的身體

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  I Corinthians 12:27

你們就是基督的身體,並且每一個人都是作肢體的。 歌林多前書 12:27

 

We are a body-not a business!  We are an organism-not an organization
我們是一個身體,而不是一個企業!我們是一個有機體,而不是一個組織!

 

Therefore, we function on the basis of SPIRITUAL GIFTS  not ELECTED OFFICES.

因此,我們運作的基礎是 屬靈恩賜而非 選出來的職位

 

4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  6We have different gifts according to the grace given us. Romans 12:4-6 

4 就像一個身體有許多肢體,各肢體都有不同的功用;5 照樣,我們大家在基督裡成為一個身體,也是互相作肢體。6 照著所賜給我們的恩典,我們各有不同的恩賜:說預言的,就應當照著信心的程度去說;羅馬書12:4-6

 

In an organization, “maintenance” becomes the focus.  But in an organism, “ministry” is the focus.
在一個組織中,「維持運作」變成了焦點。但在一個有機體中,「事奉」才是焦點。

 

At New Life, we have a simple structure so we can maximize MINISTRY and minimize MAINTENANCE.

在新生命教會中,我們力求架構簡單,如此我們才能使 事奉 極大化  維持運作 極小化

 

11It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.  Ephesians 4:11-12 

11 他所賜的,有作使徒的,有作先知的,有作傳福音的,也有作牧養和教導的,12 為的是要裝備聖徒,去承擔聖工,建立基督的身體;以弗所書 4:11-12

 

At New Life …  在新生命教會:

  • The people are the “MINISTERS”  每個人都是「事奉者
  • The pastors are the “EQUIPPERS”   牧者都是「裝備者

 

Anyone can start a ministry at New Life provided…任何人都可以在我們教會開始一個新的事工,只要是:

  • They are willing to lead it or secure leadership
    你願意帶領或找到人帶領該項事工
  • The ministry is in philosophical and doctrinal harmony with the church
    該項事工必須在看法上與信仰上,與教會一致
  • The ministry will not harm the church’s testimony
    該項事工不致傷害教會的名譽
  • You do not use fund-raisers
    該項事工不可向教會以外募款

4. The Church is a FLOCK. 教會是一個  羊群

2Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.  I Peter 5:2-4 

2 務要牧養在你們中間 神的群羊,按著 神旨意照管他們;不是出於勉強,乃是出於甘心;也不是因為貪財,乃是出於樂意; 3 也不是轄制所託付你們的,乃是作群羊的榜樣。 4 到了牧長顯現的時候,你們必得那永不衰殘的榮耀冠冕。彼得前書 5:2-4

 

Therefore, it is cared for and led by PASTORS因此,教會是由  牧者  帶領與照顧

 

Jesus asked Simon Peter, ‘Do you really love me?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ said Peter.  ‘Then take care of my sheep.’  John 21:16 

耶穌第二次又問他:“約翰的兒子西門,你愛我嗎?”他回答:“主啊,是的,你知道我愛你。”耶穌說:“你牧養我的羊。” 約翰福音 21:16

 

17 Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.  18 When they arrived he said to them…28 ‘Guard yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be pastors of the church of God.’  Acts 20:17-18, 28

17 他從米利都派人去以弗所,請教會的長老來。18 他們到了,保羅說:“你們知道,自從我到了亞西亞的第一天,我一直怎樣跟你們相處,28 聖靈既然立你們為全群的監督,牧養 神用自己的血所贖來的教會,你們就應當為自己謹慎,也為全群謹慎。使徒行傳 20:17-18

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