教牧分享 Pastoral Sharing (September 2015)

 

更新也从专心敬拜开始

敬拜-就是将我们的专注定睛在神。诗歌敬拜就是透过歌词里头的描述,藉敬拜者从心里面发出的歌声,与美妙的和弦一起献给神,那是一种美妙的敬拜。

在圣经中有许多向神用诗歌敬拜的经文;如诗篇96:1 “你们要向耶和华唱新歌,全地都要向耶和华歌唱!”,又诗篇33:1,3 “义人哪,你们应当靠耶和华欢乐;正直人的赞美是合宜的。应当向他唱新歌,弹得巧妙,声音洪亮。”

从以上几节经文中,也许有些人会觉得耶和华神喜欢人“唱新歌”。所以在崇拜当中要常常更换很多的“新歌”,我想这也是一种的误会了。保罗在勉励歌罗西教会的敬拜原则有这么一句教导:“当用各样的智慧,把基督的道理丰丰富富地存在心理,用诗章,颂词,灵歌,彼此教导,互相劝诫,心被恩感,歌颂神。”(西3:16)诗篇中的“新歌”,有颂赞神的拯救与救恩永远不会停止的意思。他是永恒的主,当敬拜的人被基督的道理深深吸引与感动,就会自然而然的从心里发出颂赞了。

在崇拜聚会中,敬拜者如何专心敬拜呢?我想会前的预备是最好的操练了。崇拜前的5-10分钟在神面前的安静等候,学习将心中各样的重担卸下与交托,因为他说过:“凡劳苦担重担的人,可以到我这里来,我就使你们得安息。” (太11:28)诗人也在颂赞的时候这么说:“我要为你的慈爱高兴欢喜,因为你见过我的困苦,知道我们心中的艰难。”(诗篇31:7 )试想一想,神是这么细心的知道我们每一个境况与需要,我们怎能不预备心专心等候呢?

亲爱的弟兄姐妹,来宾朋友,让我们好好学习有一颗专心敬拜神的心。诗人在诗篇84:11-12 说道:“因为耶和华神是日头,是盾牌,要赐下恩惠和荣耀。他未尝留下一样好处不给那些行动正直的人。万军之耶和华啊,依靠你的人便为有福!”

愿神赐恩于你!

                                                                                                                        陈牧师  敬勉

 

Renewal can start from wholehearted worship.

Worship is to turn our eyes on God. Worship through songs is to sing from the bottom of our hearts the meaning of the lyrics in a melodious tune to God. That is wonderful worship!

There are many Bible verses that are used to praise and worship God;

 In Psalm 96: 1 “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.”

 Psalm 33:1,3 “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfuly, and shout for joy.”

From the above Bible verses, some people may think that God delights in “new songs”. Thus, we keep changing “new songs” during worship. This is a misunderstanding. With regards to the principle of worship, Paul encouraged the Colossian churches to “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”  (Colossians 3:16). The “new songs” in Psalms praised God for unceasing deliverance and salvation. When worshippers are deeply touched and moved by the truth of Christ, they will naturally praise Him as the eternal God from the bottom of their hearts.

How can we worship wholeheartedly?  I think the best way is to spend five to ten minutes before worship begins, to be quiet and wait upon the Lord. Learn to cast your burdens and entrust them to the Lord, as He said in Matthew 11:28 “Cometo me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”   The Psalmist praises God in Psalms 31:7 “I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.”

 

Ponder on this, since God knows our situation and needs so intimately, how can we not prepare our hearts and wait upon Him?

Dear Brothers and Sisters, friends and guests, let us learn to focus our hearts to worship God. The psalmist in Psalm 84: 11-12 said“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You.”

 

May God bless you.

                                                                                                            Rev. Anthony Tan 

牧养家书 Pastoral Letter (15-09-2013)

耶稣说,该撒的物当归给该撒,神的物当归给神。(可 12:17)

 

如经上所记,『他施舍钱财,周济贫穷,他的仁义存到永远。』(林后 9:9)

 

从最近报章报导教会失信案,使我再一次思想从圣经看金钱的使用教导。

 

我们的确是生长在这富裕的国度当中,不管是人民也好,教会也好,机构也 好,人们常挂在嘴上的:如果可以用金钱来解决事情,那就不是问题了。甚 至有人说;金钱能使鬼推磨。你是否也有这样的想法?钱真会是万能?基督 徒如何来看待钱与我们日常生活中的关系?

 

钱能改善我们的生活 - 最近去了中国探访一些以前在新加坡信了主的弟兄姐妹, 他们原来都是在农村生活,因着出国打工,带了钱回家,也改善了他们家的 生活条件。原先去之前和惟有传道分享;我最担心的是尊马桶问题,但既然 要去,就求主保守,靠主得力了。感谢主,我们所到的每一个家庭,都在我 们去之前都改用坐式马桶设备了。

 

钱能用来行善周济穷人 - 你觉得我们周围是否有穷人?最近看到一份基督教机 构报导,他们每星期有两次的晚上到 Victoria Street 去分送食物给穷人的 夜间服事。这是很美的事奉,这样的服事能激发出人的怜悯心肠,尤其在这 富裕的社会,我很鼓励教会的父母亲倘若有机会,带着孩子去参与一次类似 这样的服事。

 

钱能用在神国的事工上 - 圣经很清楚的教导我们,得货财的力量是他给我们的。 (参申 8:18)因此,基督徒应晓得理财之道。今天有太多信徒不懂此一道理, 也就滥用了所赚取的钱财,以为既然是自己能力赚取的,就随自己的喜好用 钱.

 

每一天所看见的新闻事件都可以是警讯,愈有权力的人更应该晓得如何在钱 财上荣耀神。您是如何应用您的财富呢?但愿我们都是一个金钱的好管家, 把该撒的物当归给该撒,把神的物归给神,愿神赐福您的事业,家庭与生活。

 

讨论:

1. 你在钱财上是否蒙福?你是如何使用你所得来的财富?

2. 教会在金钱的运用上,你觉得用在哪是最有意义的?为什么?

 

 

“Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” (Mark 12:17)

 

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” (2 Cor 9:9)

 

Upon reading a recent press report about misuse of church funds, I am once again led to contemplate about the bible teachings on the use of money.

 

We are living in a prosperous nation like Singapore, be it the citizens, churches or organisations. People often say: If you can use money to fix things, then it's no longer a problem. Some even say that money makes the mare go. Do you also have such thoughts? Is money really all-powerful? How do Christians view the role of money in our daily lives?

 

Money can improve our living condition - Recently I went to China to visit some brothers and sisters-in-Christ who had previously accepted Christ whilst working in Singapore. Previously they had lived in the countryside. However due to having worked abroad in Singapore, they managed to improve their living condition with the income earned. I shared with Preacher Wei You about my concern of using squat toilets. Nevertheless I went with the faith in God’s strength upon me. Thank God when we visited the families in China, every household has already upgraded to using sitting toilet facility.

 

Money can be used to help the poor - Do you think there are poor people in our midst? Recently I came across a report about how a Christian organisation spends 2 nights every week to distribute food to the poor who are living in Victoria Street. Such serving can inspire one’s compassion, especially in a materially wealthy society as ours. I would like to encourage parents, if there is an opportunity, to bring their children along to participate in such service.

 

Money can be used for ministry work in the Kingdom of God – the Bible clearly teaches us that it is God

Everyday news can be a warning sign to us – the more powerful we are, the more we need to know how to glorify God with the wealth given. How do you use your wealth? May we be good steward of wealth, giving back to Caesar what is Caesar’s , and to God what is God’s. May God bless your career, your family and your life.

 

Discussion:

1. Are you blessed with monetary wealth? How do you utilize your wealth?

2. In the area of church’s use of money, what do you think is the most meaningful way of using it?

 

 

陈安东牧师 Rev. Anthony Tan

Pastoral Sharing

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

We often come across things that we do not understand in our lives. When something bad happen, we may not be able to explain and will ask God: Why me? Sometimes even pastors cannot give a satisfying answer when such things happen.

Recently I read a story about a missionary. While he was waiting for God and preparing himself for mission work, he suddenly lost one of his legs in a traffic accident. He cannot accept the disaster and kept on asking God why this happened to him. God did not answer him. Several years later, he became a missionary and went to Africa. During a mission trip he lost his way and entered the territory of the cannibals. A group of cannibals was about to kill him and eat his flesh; the missionary then used his knife and pretended to cut his false limb and throw it to them. After they had eaten this ‘thigh’, they figured out that the flesh of white men tasted bad, and left…

I believe that we have not yet suffered so bad thus far; even if it really happened to us one day. When our spirit becomes so low, please believe that God has already sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and our present help in trouble. He will never forget us; he is interceding for us. And God also promises that His love will never leave us. Therefore when we could not have answers, maybe that is the answer God wants to give us.

I would like to pray for you, because the loving heart of God will never change. Let us draw near to Him often.

Rev. Anthony Tan


牧者的话

罗八28

我们晓得万事都互相效力,叫爱神的人得益处,就是按他旨意被召的人。

我们在生活中好些时候会碰到一些令人难以理解的事情,当事情发生时;一时之间真的难于承受,我们常会问神说;为什么是我?有时候牧师被问到这些问题时也一时无法来安慰或解答。

前阵子读到一篇宣教士的故事很有意思,就说到有一位在等候神准备去宣教的弟兄,在接受装备期间,突然在一场车祸断送了一条腿,情绪一下子难于接受,一直寻问神,为什么会有这样的事情发生?神并没有给他答案。过了几年,他仍然成为了一名宣教士到了非洲宣教,在一次的旅行宣教中误闯进入了食人族,一群食人族看到了这几个白人,就走来准备将它们给杀了来吃,情急之下,这位宣教士用刀子做样子将他的义肢砍了下来丢给食人族,食人族吃这大腿,就觉得白人的肉质不鲜美,就离开了。。。

我相信目前我们门的境况绝对没有像这位宣教士差,哪怕有一天真的会有这样的事情发生,甚至灵性低落的时候,请相信神已赐下他的保惠师-圣灵做我们随时的帮助,神的圣灵总不忘记我们,他为我们代求,神也应许他的爱永不离开我们。所以;当我们得不到我们想要的答案时,也许它就是神给我们的答案。

我诚心的原意为您祷告,因为神爱我们的心永远不改变。愿我们常常来到他跟前亲近他。

陈安东牧师

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Pastoral Sharing

Rev. Anthony Tan  31 Jan, 2012


Scripture: Colossians 2:6-7

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

I believe brothers and sisters have had some opportunities to reunite with families or friends this Lunar New Year; and I believe it was a fairly rare pleasure to talk about any topic under the sun in our materialistic society today. Relationships can be strengthened in such deeper talks.

In the same way, we believers who have abundant life in Christ, can talk to Jesus. Through communicating with Jesus, we are built to be spiritually more mature. Therefore we wear smiles on our faces all the time – the result of joyous hearts.

Recently I visited a brother’s family; from him I could see joy from the Lord exuding from his face. He likes to talk; and due to the nature of his work, he is able to play praise songs to testify the Lord and to share the Gospel. From his speech and actions I saw his faith and detect a grateful heart.

I think it’s that easy to testify Jesus in our daily life and wish that all of us will obey His Word and put it to action. May the Lord bless you with a peaceful and joyful Yuan Xiao Jie.

 

教牧分享

 - 陈安东牧师

经文:西二6-7

你们既然接受了主基督耶稣,就当遵他而行,在他里面生根建造,信心坚固,正如你们所领的教训,感谢的心也更增长了。

相信每一位弟兄姐妹都在农历新年期间有机会与家人或好友团聚,那种不需顾忌任何形式;天南地北的谈话方式,是现今功利社会中;还算难得的一种享受,而在这样的交谈中,血浓于水的情感可更加深了。

同样的;我们信主的人,在他里面就是有丰盛生命,可以和主耶稣交谈,在与他交通中被建造,灵命得于坚固,喜乐的心可就常挂在脸上了。

最近在探访一位弟兄的家庭,从这位弟兄的脸上看到了在主里的喜乐,很健谈,他在日常生活中,晓得如何应用他工作的方便,用播放诗歌的方式来与人分享耶稣。从他的言行举止中,我看到了他对主的信心与感恩的心。

我想生活中彰显基督就是那样平常及容易的事,但愿我们常做一个愿意遵行他话而去行的人,愿主赐福您有一个喜乐平安的元宵佳节。

陈安东牧师敬勉

2012.1.31

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