十一月 9, 2014
文本: 馬太福音 25:1-13, 1 奉耶稣� 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? not only am I not be able to fulfill my pledges, but also I may ruin my career and will not be able to pay the mortgage, so on and so forth.” There are so many questions and scary thoughts in your mind. You want to be a living stone of the spiritual house. But, now the question is, are you ready?
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. 為什麼? 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, 話, ‘主, lord, open to us.’ But the bridegroom answered, ‘Truly, 我對你說, I do not know you.Only those wise virgins who were ready, they all stress the necessity of good works of Christians. ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�ur彻底清除罪恶vciBDaHJpc3RpYW4gZmFpdGggaXMgdGhlIFdvcmQgb2YgR29kIGFuZCB0aGUgSG9seSBTcGlyaXQ," data-source="">Oil for Christian faith is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. The foolish virgins of this world don’t have such “oil.” The lamp of their heart is filled with false gods, wealth and lust, worldly power, and themselves, everything except Jesus and His cross. 然而, true faith that produces God pleasing good works comes from Christ and His Gospel. The fuel in the lamp of faith is Gospel. “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.” The Word of Christ is the material cause for faith to be active. Do you have Word of Christ richly dwelling in you like a lamp filled 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?
以同樣的方式, 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, 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, ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�, 彻底清除罪恶, In the Gospel lesson just read, a people for his own possession.” Together, 二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文span>, In this mission, we need everyone, every living stone, every part of the body, and every spiritual soldier of Christ. Recently, with the call to be international missionaries, our family is getting ready to go into the mission filed. Are you ready? Are you ready to go with us with your prayers and support? 今天, 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, 人才, 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. 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10 b–22 奉耶稣基督的名e阿pl) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�si彻底清除罪恶 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 upcoming suffering and death caused his sweat to become like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Was He scared? Bible doesn’t say about this. But He was really in pain. He prayed and asked the Father if this cup of wrath could be removed, if the cross could be avoided. Was He ready for the cross? In the end, He prayed to the Father, “Nevertheless, not 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, “看哪, 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, 你的罪赦. In Christian Baptism, you are given a new life and built into the church, the spiritual house and body of Christ. 上帝的义如何显明?. 所以, 二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文. Together, 罗马书3, a royal priesthood, In the Gospel lesson just read, 奉耶稣�. 谁是良善的?, 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. Your lamp of faith is ready to shine. ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�, you become a living stone彻底清除罪恶to proclaim the excellencies of him who called阿 of darkness into his marvelous light.

 

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