OUR COVENANTS (COMMITMENTS) 我們的盟約(委身)

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OUR COVENANTS (COMMITMENTS) 我們的盟約(委身)

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DISCOVER NEW LIFE! 認識新生命教會

SESSION FOUR 第四

OUR COVENANTS (COMMITMENTS) 我們的盟約(委身)

July 2, 2012 七月二日(Continued 續 6/24)

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A common question in churches today is “Why become a member?

“為什麼要成為會友?”  是今日教會裏常被人問到的一個問題。

Because the difference between “attendees” (_________________) and “members”

 

(__________________) can be summed up in one word:  _____________________________________.

因為”出席參加者”與”會友” 的差別,可以以一個字來匯整說明:_____________________________。

 

At New Life, we recognize the need for formal membership.  We ask you to commit to membership for four reasons:

在新生命教會,我們認為有正式會員的需要。我們請你委身,成為一個正式的會員有四個理由:

 

A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church

聖經上的理由:基督委身於教會

 

And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her.  Ephesians 5:25

你們作丈夫的,要愛妻子,好像基督愛教會,為教會捨己,以弗所書 5:25

 

A Cultural Reason:  It is an antidote to our society

文化上的理由:它是一種對我們社會的矯正

 

We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything…a job…a marriage…our country.  This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers”.  Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.”  It is an unselfish decision.  Commitment always builds character.

在我們所生活的時代裏,很少人會願意委身於任何事….一件工作…一個婚姻…我們的國家。這樣的態度甚至產生了一個被稱為”教會流覽逛街者”的世代。 會員的制度可以與美國的 “消費者宗教”的潮流相抗衡。會員的制度是一個無私的決定。委身可以幫助我們建造品格。

 

A Practical Reason:  It defines who can be counted on

實務上的理由:它可以定義誰可以被信賴

 

Every team must have a roster.  Every school must have an enrollment.  Every business has a payroll.  Every army has an enlistment.  Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration.  Membership identifies our family.

每個團隊必須有一份名冊。每所學校也必須要註冊報名。每個企業都有個薪資名冊。每個軍隊也都要做登記。即使是我們的國家也以採取人口普查,要求選民登記。會員資格可以辨識出我們是一家人。

 

A Personal Reason:  It produces spiritual growth

個人的理由:能造就靈性上的成長

 

The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth.  You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.

新約特別強調基督徒有需要為彼此的靈性成長負責。當你不委身於任何特定的教會家庭時,你也不能承擔起責任。

 

What is expected of me as a member?

做為一個會員,我會被期待的是什麼?

 

At New Life we never ask our members to do more than the Bible clearly teaches.  We only expect our members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do.  These responsibilities are spelled out in the Membership Covenant.

在新生命教會,我們從不要求我們的會員行超越聖經上所教導的。我們只期望我們的會友去做聖經所期待每一個基督徒做的事。這些責任都寫在會員的規章裏。

The New Life Membership Covenant

新生命雙語教會會員規章

 

“Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with New Life’s statements, strategy and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the New Life church family.  In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:

“我接受基督成為我的救主並且受浸洗禮,也同意新生命雙語教會的宣言、策略與架構。我現在受聖靈的感動與帶領與新生命教會家庭合一連結。我這樣做,是將自己委身於上帝以及其他的會友,並遵守下列事項:

 

  • I will protect the unity of my church 我會保護教會的合一   

        By acting in love toward other members   藉由對其他會友的愛的行動

…By refusing to gossip  藉由拒絕說八掛、謠言

…By following the leaders  藉由跟隨領袖

 

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other — each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. Romans 15:5

願賜忍耐和安慰的 神,使你們彼此同心,效法基督耶穌,願那位賜忍耐和鼓勵的上帝幫助你們有同樣的見解,學習基督耶穌的榜樣,羅馬書 15:5

 

Now you can have sincere love for each other as brothers and sisters because you were cleansed from your sins when you accepted the truth of the Good News. So see to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts. 1 Peter 1:22

你們既因順從真理,潔淨了自己的心靈,以致能真誠地愛弟兄,就應當從清潔的心裡彼此切實相愛。彼得前書 1:22

 

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29

一句壞話也不可出口,卻要適當地說造就人的好話,使聽見的人得益處。以弗所書 4:29

 

Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. Hebrews 13:17

要聽從那些領導你們的人,也要順服他們;因為他們為你們的靈魂警醒,好像要交帳的人一樣。你們要使他們交帳的時候快快樂樂,不至於歎息;如果他們歎息,對你們就沒有好處了。

希伯來書 13:17

  • I will share the responsibility of my church 我會分擔教會的責任      

        …By praying for its growth  藉由為新生命教會的成長而禱告

…By inviting the un-churched to attend  藉由邀請沒有上教會的人來上教會

…By warmly welcoming those who visit  藉由熱情的歡迎來拜訪的人

 

We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 1 Thessalonians 1:2

我們常常為你們眾人感謝 神,禱告的時候提到你們, 帖撒羅尼迦前書 1:2

 

So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. Luke 14:23 

主人就對僕人說:‘你出去到路邊籬畔,勉強人進來,好把我的屋子坐滿。路加福音 14:23

 

So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified. Romans 15:7

因此,你們應當彼此接納,就像基督接納了你們一樣,使榮耀歸於 神。羅馬書 15:7

  • I will serve the ministry of my church 我會在教會事工中服事       

        …By discovering my gifts and talents  藉由發現我們的天賦和才能

…By being equipped to serve by my pastors  藉由接受裝備來服事我們的牧師

…By developing a servant’s heart  藉由發展一顆僕人的心

 

God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. 1 Peter 4:10

你們要作 神各樣恩賜的好管家,各人照著所領受的恩賜彼此服事。彼得前書 4:10

 

11 He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, 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

 

4Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. 5 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Philippians 2:4-5

4 各人不要單顧自己的事,也要顧別人的事。5 你們應當有這樣的思想,這也是基督耶穌的思想。

腓立比書 2:4-5

 

  • I will support the testimony of my church 我會支持教會的見證       

…By attending faithfully  藉由信實地參與

…By living a godly life    藉由活出敬虔的生活

…By giving regularly  藉由固定的奉獻

 

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25

我們不可放棄聚會,好像有些人的習慣一樣;卻要互相勸勉。你們既然知道那日子臨近,就更應該這樣。希伯來書 10:25

 

But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News. Philippians 1:27

不過,你們行事為人應當和基督的福音相配。這樣,無論我來見你們或是不在你們中間,都可以聽到你們的情況,就是你們有同一的心志,站立得穩,為了福音的信仰齊心努力,腓立比書 1:27

 

On every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.

1 Corinthians 16:2

每逢七日的第一日,你們各人要按著自己的收入抽一些出來留著,免得我來的時候才現湊。

歌林多前書 16:2

 

A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to him as holy. Leviticus 27:30

“地上的一切,無論是地上的種子或是樹上的果子,十分之一是耶和華的,是歸給耶和華為聖的。

利未記 27:30

 

Membership is not about having your name on a roster but it is a proclamation that “We are united together and by His power and leadership we are going to make a difference for His glory!

成為一個會員並不只是在名單上填上一個名字而已。它是一個宣示:“我們是合一的,在上帝 祂的權能與領導下,為了祂的榮耀,我們將會有所不同”

 

Next Steps下一步

 We are glad you have taken the time to Discover New Life. 我們很高興您花時間來發現新生命。 Remember, our main goal of the class was that you would commit yourself to Christ and to the New Life church family (or another church family). 請記得,我們這課程的主要目標是您能委身於基督和新生命教會(或其他教會)。

 

If you have become a Christian during this class, we welcome you into God’s family and we invite you to join one of His local families called New Life. 在課程期間,如果您成為一個基督徒,我們歡迎來您來到神的家庭,並且我們邀情您參加祂地方上的家庭-新生命教會。 If you are already a Christian and are looking to join a church family, we would love to have you at New Life.  如果您已經是基督徒,我們很高興您來參加新生命教會。

 

Most importantly, we encourage you to follow God’s leadership about this decision.

最重要的是,我們鼓勵您在此決定追隨神的領導。

If you are ready to join the New Life family, we ask you to:

如果您準備加入新生命家庭,我們邀情您:

  • Sign the New Life membership covenant.  簽署新生命教會教友條約。

New Life Membership Covenant

新生命教會教友條約

 

Because I have experienced new life through a relationship with Jesus Christ; and because I have been (or will be) baptized biblically; and because I sense that God is leading me to serve with this church; I commit myself to:

因為我和耶穌基督間的關係而經歷了新生命;因為我已經(或者將會)依據聖經受洗;而且因為我感到神帶領我來服事這個教會;我委身於:

  • I will protect the unity of my church.   我會保護我的教會的合一。
  • I will share the responsibility of my church.   我會負擔我的教會的責任。
  • I will serve in the ministry of my church.   我會在教會的傳教事工中服事。
  • I will support the testimony of my church.   我會支持我的教會的見證。

Based on these commitments, I join the New Life church family with the expectation that God will do wonderful things in my life and this city.

基於這些   ,我因期待神會在我的生命和這個城市有美好的工作,而參加新生命教會家庭。

 

                                                                                                       

New Member新會員                                                                                         Date日期

 

                                                                                                       

New Member新會員                                                                                         Date日期

 

Based on your decision to join our church family, New Life pledges to love you, serve you, encourage you, equip you to serve Christ, and walk with you toward spiritual maturity.

基於您願意參加我們教會家庭的決定,新生命教會保證愛您,服事您,鼓勵您,裝備您來服事

基督和您一同追求屬靈上更趨成熟。

 

                                                                                                                                           

New Life Small Group Leader or Pastor  新生命小組組長或牧師                            Date日期

 

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