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Episode 08 The chosen Disciple

被拣选的门徒 The chosen Disciple

Acts 1:23-26

23于是他们提出两个人:约瑟(号称巴撒巴,又名犹士都)和马提亚,24就祷告说:主啊!你知道万人的心,求你从这两个人中,指明你要拣选谁25来承担这使徒的职位和工作。这职位犹大已经放弃,往他自己的地方去了。26大家就为他们抽签,结果抽中了马提亚,他就与十一使徒同列。

23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

 

重点学习

两个千钧重要的真理:

首先,它告诉我们,使徒的功能是见证耶稣的复活。基督徒的真正标志并不是他们知道有关耶稣的事,而是他们确实认识耶稣。

其次,它告诉我们,作使徒的资格是,这个人一定是跟随过耶稣。而真正的基督徒是一位天天与耶稣同活的人。

 

Lessons Learn

Two supremely important truths:

First, it tells us that the function of an apostle was to be a witness to the resurrection. The real mark of Christians is not that they know about Jesus but they know Jesus.

Second, it tells us that the qualification of an apostle was that the person must have been with Jesus. The real Christian is the one who lives day by day with Jesus.

Episode 03 Receive and witness

领受与见证  Receive and Witness

Acts 1:6-8

6他们聚集的时候,问耶稣说:主啊,你要在这时候使以色列复国吗?7耶稣说:父凭着自己的权柄所定的时间或日期,你们不必知道。8可是圣灵降临在你们身上,你们就必领受能力,并且要在耶路撒冷、犹太全地、撒玛利亚,直到地极,作我的见证人

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

重点学习

耶稣没有告诉门徒,反而传达了一个延伸到地极的愿景。圣灵的能力即将使他们成为基督的见证人。 作为基督的见证人,有几件事是肯定的。

首先,见证人会说:“我知道这是真实的。”他并不说:“我想是这样的”,而是说:“我知道”。其次,一位真正的见证人不是通过言语而是通过行动来做见证的。例如在非洲中部当传教士的大卫·利文斯通 (David Livingstone)。有一位记者曾和他相处一段时间,就说:“如果我继续跟他相处下去,我会被迫成为基督徒,而他却从来没有和我谈过此事。”第三,在希腊文里,见证人这个词意味着烈士。见证人必须准备好成为烈士。做个见证人就代表不惜一切代价的忠诚。

 

Lessons Learn

Jesus doesn’t tell them, but instead communicates a vision about reaching the world. The power of the Holy Spirit was going to make them Christ’s witness. Let us not certain things about this Christian witness.

First, a witness who says: “I know this is true.” A witness does not say ‘I think so’, but “I know”. Second, the real witness is not of words but of deeds. Just like a journalist who spent some time with David Livingstone who was a missionary in central Africa, he said: ‘If I had been with him any longer, I would have been compelled to be a Christian – and he never spoke to me about it at all.’ Third, in Greek, the word for witness means martyr. A witness had to be ready to become a martyr. To be a witness means to be loyal whatever the cost.