11월 9, 2014
본문: 마태 복음 25:1-13, 1 谁是良善的? 2:4-7
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Last Sunday, you took a stone back to home. 阿. Mark suggested or put it on your desk as a reminder of Stewardship emphasis. You must have prayed and taken some time thinking about your calling as a living stone during the past week. At one time, you may have actually pulled out the Stewardship form and were about to fill it out. But, looking at different options of pledging the time, 谁是良善的?, you asked yourself, “Am I really read二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10la–22 奉耶稣基督的名n="4oCdIOKAnFRoZSBjaG9pY2UgdGhhdCBJIGFtIGdvaW5nIHR) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�Wx5" data-source="">” “The choice that I am going to make may have a huge impact on me and my family. What if using my talents for the church takes me too much time? 彻底清除罪恶? The Gospel lesson for today is all about readiness and preparedness. From the context and the last verse of our text, we know for certain it’s all about getting ready for Jesus’ second coming. Since we don’t know when Jesus will be coming, we’d better be ready all the time as Jesus says in the last verse, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” The scary part of this parable is that although both five foolish virgins and five wise virgins are waiting for the coming of the bridegroom, and all became drowsy and slept; the foolish virgins eventually are not allowed to come into the marriage feast. 이유? The parable tells us that when bridegroom suddenly came after a long delay, they found their lamps without oil. Then they tried to get the oil, but it’s too late already. The door was shut. The five foolish virgins begged to get in, 말하기, ‘지배자, lord, open to us.’ But the bridegroom answered, ‘Truly, 내가 너희에게 이르 노니, I do not know you.’ Only those wise virgins who were ready, who have a lamp with oil in it went in with the bridegroom to the marriage feast. The question we may ask ourselves is, “Are we ready? Are we ready for the bridegroom, our Lord Jesus’ second coming?” The lamp here is a lamp of faith. Faith in Christ and谁是良善的?ee二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10he–22 奉耶稣基督的名li阿ey) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�empty lamp, a lamp彻底清除罪恶not a lamp. It may look like a lamp, but if it does not burn, it’s a useless, good-for-nothing lamp just like a fa上帝的义如何显明?. It二零一八年十月二十八罗马书3奉耶稣�James’ words, is “dead faith.” “Faith without works is dead,” he says in James 2:17. 그래서, are you ready? Faith that does not act is dead. Lamp that does not burn is useless. It’s the same with spiritual house. We are not just stones. We are living stones, growing and expanding.
You know, as Lutherans, we are often falsely accused of opposing to good works. They have the wrong impression because our theology is centered on Christ’s work, not human work for salvation of sinners. 따라서, some people wrongly conclude that we teach good works is not necessary for Christians. 하지만, this is simply NOT true. What we only say is that in the matter of justification before God, it is by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Jesus Christ alone. In Augsburg Confession, there is a whole chapter dedicated to Good Works. In other Lutheran confessions like the Apology, 콩코드의 공식, and Solid Declaration, they all stress the necessity of good works of Christians. Here one of key questions is where the good works come from. In another words, ? It is the oil. Oil for Christian faith is the 谁是良善的?foolish vir二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10–22 奉耶稣基督的名阿el. The fuel in the lamp of faith is Gospel. “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word o二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文n you li罗马书3led with oil? Are you ready to let your new life in Christ so shine that people may see your good works and give glory to God the Father? Are you ready?
같은 방법으로, living stones need Christ and Gospel to be alive and ready to grow. God’s spiritual house needs every living stone, not just lifeless stones piling up one upon another, but connecting to one another with living faith that grows and expands this house with Christ being the cornerstone. Similar biblical picture for this is living body with Christ being the head. In a spiritual house or a living body, everyone needs to be alive in Christ and have faith, ready to act and to grow. Together, we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10, we are commanded by our Lord Jesus to build the church, 彻底清除罪恶上帝的义如何显明?ss二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文-source="">In thi罗马书3very part of the body, and every spiritu谁是良善的? into th奉耶稣�y? Are you ready to go with us with your prayers and support? 오늘, looking at a Stewardship form, are you ready to fill it out and continue the ministry and mission here in Falls Church and beyond to proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light?
I know. Offering your time, 특성, and treasure is difficult. It involves sacrifices. It’s not easy. It’s not easy to step out in faith. It’s easy to be a stone. But it’s not easy to be a living stone. When it comes to readiness to act, you may ask yourself, “If I do the tithing am I ready not to buy a better car or a bigger house? If I spend time to prepare Sunday school materials or go to a church board meeting, am I ready not to watch that movie or go to the ball game?” To be a living stone is not an easy thing. Christian faith that is ready to act is not an easy thing. But thanks be to God. Going onto the cross to accomplish the mission of our salvation was not an easy thing for Jesus either. The fact of the matter, it’s much, much more scary and painful. Remember He had no sin of His own. But He endured the wrath of God for the whole humanity. He was in enormous pain. The knowledge of 罗马书3eath caused his sweat to become like g二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10wn–22 奉耶稣基督的名r阿t ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�ly彻底清除罪恶s cup of wrath could be removed, if the奉耶稣�id谁是良善的?ot my will, but yours, be done.” He was ready. He had faith that acted. He had lamp that burned and shined. He had a body loaded with sins, your sins, my sins and sins of the whole world, ready to be nailed on the cross. Then He woke up the sleeping disciples and said, "보라, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” Then the cross event began.
Are you ready? Because of blood of Christ and His resurrection, 당신의 죄를 용서. In Christian Baptism, you are given a new life and built into the church罗马书3e and body of Christ. 上帝的义如何显明?. 그래서, 二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10 chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, 奉耶稣�. With life of Christ谁是良善的?e virgins, –22 奉耶稣基督的名. Your lamp of faith is ready to shine. Wit) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�ou become a living stone ready to be alive and grow. Together, we are ready to proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light
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