06 JUL 2021

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意见不合之处理
Deal with disagreement

Acts 15:36-41

36 过了一些时候,保罗对巴拿巴说:“我们要回到我们传过主道的各城,探望弟兄们,好知道他们的情形怎么样。” 37 巴拿巴有意要带别号马可的约翰一同去, 38 但保罗认为不应带他去,因为他从前在旁非利亚离开过他们,不跟他们一起去作工。 39 他们各持己见,以致彼此分手。巴拿巴带着马可,坐船到塞浦路斯去;40 保罗却选了西拉,众弟兄把他交托在主的恩典中之后,他就出发了。 41 他走遍了叙利亚、基利家,坚固众教会。

36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”  37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,  38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,  40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.  41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

 

重点学习

首先,我们必须看到保罗是多么地关心他所创立的众教会。诚然,他在安提阿教会的工作多有建树,然而他并没有忘记上帝曾经按立他作使徒,而不是按立他在一个特定的地方作牧者。在我们的经验里,我们都知道那些主要的教会之所以有深远的影响力乃是他们致力于帮助其他比他们弱小的教会。

撒旦试图攻击并暗暗地想要摧毁所有教会或是个别信徒。这也是何以保罗为着他所带的门徒如此焦急之缘故,免得他们行出不该行的;同时他也希望在他们中间制止任何不当有的骚乱,而只有他去到他们当中,他才能做这些事。

我们需要看重真理的教导胜过世界的喜好,然而我们必须仔细地考量我们正在处理的问题的重要性何在。因此,若是所处理的事并不是重要之事,也不是具有任何益处的事时,这处理就会单单沦为固执地宣称自己的坚持,那么,我们就必须预备好面对冲突并为我们坚持的原因辩护到底。

Lessons Learn

First we must note how Paul cared for the churches that he had founded. He was indeed doing useful work at Antioch, but he did not forget that God had ordained him as an apostle, and not as the pastor of one particular place. We know by experience what great influence principal churches have in preserving other, lesser ones. Satan attacks and secretly tries to pull down whole churches or individual believers. That is why Paul was anxious for his disciples, lest they behave in any way other than is to be wished; and if there was any disturbance he wanted to stop it, which he could not do unless he inspected them.

We ought to give more weight to the truth than to all the world’s favor, but we should consider carefully how important is the matter with which we are dealing. In a matter that is not important or edifying, it is mere obstinacy to boast of our own constancy, prepare for conflict, and defend our cause to the end.