認識教會 / Understanding Church (2)

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認識教會 / Understanding Church (2)

  1. 1. Understanding “Church” (2): Frog Church vs. Lizard Church Good News Community Church March 22, 2009 Timothy Chan
  2. 2. Frog vs. Lizard <ul><ul><li>Frogs sit and wait until their food walks, flies, or swims past </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lizards go out in search of food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the frog world everything comes to those who wait </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the lizard world everyone would die if they sat and waited </li></ul></ul>Source: “FaithQuakes” (1995) by Leonard Sweet, p. 27
  3. 3. Frog Church vs. Lizard Church <ul><ul><li>“ Going to church is less and less </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the defining experience of religion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The time for getting people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to come to church is over. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is time now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to get people to come to Christ.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ Leonard Sweet (“FaithQuakes”) </li></ul></ul>Source: “FaithQuakes” (1995) by Leonard Sweet, p. 27
  4. 4. Do Fads Work? <ul><ul><li>In 2004, Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” was billed as “The Best Outreach Opportunity in 2000 Years” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The movie has grossed more than $600 million, more than anyone expected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>While it strengthened the faith of some believers, there was little or no impact in drawing the unchurched back to the church </li></ul></ul>Source: http://www. christianexaminer .com/Articles/Articles%20Nov04/Art_Nov04_08.html
  5. 5. Do Fads Work? <ul><ul><li>What do you think about these recent church fads? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Promise Keepers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WWJD </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prayer of Jabez </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>40 Days of Purpose </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Many ask: ‘How can we make the church more attractive to the lost?’ If we start down this path we unintentionally leave our true path: Letting people see how attractive Jesus is!” ~ Neil Cole </li></ul></ul>Source: http:// cmaresources .org/node/263
  6. 6. Extreme Measures: Paid Attendance? <ul><ul><li>In “Organic Church” (2005), Neil Cole wrote: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How far will we go to get people to come … ? I have heard … a church in the Northwest that actually advertised it would pay people money if they came each week for a minimum of a month. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2003, the bishop of a predominantly black church wanted to diversify his congregation, so he offered to pay $5/hour for white people to come; later, citing that the new attendees “were infecting my congregation with their lack of enthusiasm,” he paid them $5/hour to stay home </li></ul></ul>Sources: http://books. google .com/books?id=u5LGlZCuk4QC&pg=PR25& lpg =PR7&output=html http://www. holyobserver .com/detail. php ? isu =v01i04&art=whites
  7. 7. Whose Church is it anyway? <ul><ul><li>Matthew 16:18-19: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 我告訴你,你是彼得, 我 要在這磐石上 建立我的教會 ,死亡的權勢(“死亡的權勢”原文作“陰間的門”)不能勝過他。 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>19 我要把天國的鑰匙給你,你在地上捆綁的,在天上也被捆綁;你在地上釋放的,在天上也被釋放。 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Where is the “Christian Center”? <ul><ul><li>Many churches are called “XYZ Christian Center”, but is this really the “center” of a Christian’s life? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some Christians live a “compartmentalized” life, leading a “sacred” life in the church building but a “secular” at home and at work </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Where is the “Christian Center”? <ul><ul><li>Deuteronomy 6:6-9: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 我今日吩咐你的這些話,都要記在你的心上; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 你要把這些話不斷地教訓你的兒女,無論你坐在家裡,或行在路上,或躺下,或起來的時候,都要談論。 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 你也要把這些話繫在手上作記號,戴在額上作頭帶。 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9 又要寫在你房屋的門柱上和城門上。 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where: home, city </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When: every day, any time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who: everyone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not required: pre-study, Sunday school material </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Where is the “Christian Center”? <ul><ul><li>Ephesians 5:18: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 不要醉酒,醉酒能使人放蕩亂性,卻要讓聖靈充滿。 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A paraphrase of “ 讓聖靈充滿” from original text: “ All of you , go on being filled with the Spirit” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The rest of Ephesians contain examples of continuous Spirit-filled living in the church: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5:19-20 – Give praise and thanks to God </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5:21 – Submit to one another </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5:22-33 – Submit to your husband/wife </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6:1-4 – Relationship between parent and child </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6:5-9 – Relationship between master and slave </li></ul></ul></ul>Adapted from: “Cinderella With Amnesia” (1975) by Michael Griffiths, pp. 87-89
  11. 11. Church & Home <ul><ul><li>The Christian family and the Christian home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is a basic unit of the Christian congregation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ Michael Griffiths (“Cinderella With Amnesia”) </li></ul></ul>Source: “Cinderella With Amnesia” (1975) by Michael Griffiths, p. 89
  12. 12. Move the church to your home <ul><ul><li>傳道人歐迪慈 wrote in “ 禮拜堂是僕人還是主人?” : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>如果我的家不是一個教會,即使我每個禮拜上禮拜堂,也不能把我變成教會;如果我在家裡沒有發揮教會的功能,即使到禮拜堂這個建築物,也不能使我成為教會。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He went on to say: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>你要把教會搬到你家裡去 ... 你就是一家的牧師 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Timothy 3:5: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 人若不知道怎樣管理自己的家,怎能照料 神的教會呢? </li></ul></ul>Source: “ 禮拜堂是僕人還是主人?” by 歐迪慈 from pp. 35-45 of “ 教會之門為誰開?” (1986) 夏忠堅等著
  13. 13. The church at the center of your world <ul><ul><li>In a similar way, you need to “move” the church to the center of your world, among: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family members </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relatives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Neighbors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Co-workers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People in the your region of residence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are their “pastor” </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The Deaconess & Her Husband <ul><ul><li>Story in 歐迪慈‘ s “ 禮拜堂是僕人還是主人?” : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>我們教會有個女執事,總是在教會裡幫忙打掃,也去探訪人,可是她 在教會裡三十年,丈夫還未得救。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>她說:「我把所有的道都跟他講了,他熟悉聖經和我一樣,每天為他預備早餐時,下面就放一張單張,可是他實在反抗主。」 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>師母問:「妳一星期參加多少次聚會?」 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>她說:「我所有聚會都參加,並且在教會吃飯,沒有聚會時,我來幫忙打掃,因為我很喜歡禮拜堂。」 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>「妳幾點到禮拜堂?」 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>「六點到六點半。」 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>「妳先生幾點下班?」 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>「也是六點到六點半。我丈夫很好,我把菜準備好放在爐子上,他自己熱了就吃,當我十點半、十一點從禮拜堂回家時,有時他還未睡,有時已經睡了。」 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. The Deaconess & Her Husband <ul><ul><ul><li>師母說:「 不要再來禮拜堂了。」 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>「姊妹,啊……」 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>那天晚上她就留在家裡;她丈夫很希奇,以為太太生病了,第二天晚上還在家,丈夫想,不是生病,大概是教會出了問題。第三晚還是,真不可能! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>太太說了:「我全心愛主,很想去禮拜堂,可是我得承認多年來,我做一個很差勁的太太,我把你忽略了……」 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>他們一個禮拜之內就成為朋友了。師母又教她如何打扮得好一點,如何每天燒不同的菜,把拖鞋擺在門口,等丈夫回家,怎樣在婚姻生活中使丈夫快樂一點。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>這個姊妹開始成為很好的太太,她留在家裡的第三個月,丈夫受洗加入教會。 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In summary: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>我們正常生活的中心就是我們屬靈生活的中心 </li></ul></ul></ul>Source: “ 禮拜堂是僕人還是主人?” by 歐迪慈 from pp. 35-45 of “ 教會之門為誰開?” (1986) 夏忠堅等著
  16. 16. Church on the Offensive <ul><ul><li>This calls for a church that’s deliberately going into the world to face the Enemy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew 16:18: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>18 我告訴你,你是彼得,我要在這磐石上建立我的教會,死亡的權勢(“死亡的權勢”原文作“ 陰間的門 ”)不能勝過他。 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Gates of hell” – gates are defensive, so this implies the church is on the offense </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephesians 3:10: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10 要藉著教會使天上執政的、掌權的,現在得知神百般的智慧。 </li></ul>
  17. 17. Japanese Christians <ul><ul><li>Neil Cole told a story in “Organic Church” (2005): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A short time ago, I was in Japan speaking in front of a church made up mostly of young Japanese people ... I mentioned that the number of church members in Japan is less than 1 percent of the population of that country. They all nodded with a sigh that exposed their fatigue in light of this reality. I then mentioned that I had been there a few months earlier, and the percentage of church members was less than 1 percent then too; nothing had changed. Noting this lack of change, I asked, &quot;What's wrong with you?&quot; They laughed at the ridiculous expectation. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(continued…) </li></ul></ul></ul>Sources: http://books. google .com/books?id=u5LGlZCuk4QC&pg=PR23& lpg =PR7&output=html http://books. google .com/books?id=u5LGlZCuk4QC&pg=PR24& lpg =PR7&output=html
  18. 18. Japanese Christians <ul><ul><ul><li>(continuing…) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I went on and told them that I had been in Japan three years earlier and the percentage of Christians in Japan was less than 1 percent then. This time they did not laugh. I announced that ten years ago the percentage of believers in Japan was less than 1 percent. I then asked, &quot;Do you know what the percentage of Christians in the population of Japan was one hundred years ago?&quot; They were now near tears as I answered my own question: &quot;Less than 1 percent.&quot; After a pause, I said, &quot;There is something wrong with the way we are doing 'church' here in Japan.&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul>Sources: http://books. google .com/books?id=u5LGlZCuk4QC&pg=PR23& lpg =PR7&output=html http://books. google .com/books?id=u5LGlZCuk4QC&pg=PR24& lpg =PR7&output=html
  19. 19. Dreaming God-sized Dreams <ul><ul><li>Can the church stop its puny, hack dreams of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>trying to &quot;make a difference in the world“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and start dreaming God-sized dreams of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making the world different? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ Leonard Sweet (“SoulTsunami”) </li></ul></ul>Source: “SoulTsunami” (2001) by Leonard Sweet, p. 126
  20. 20. Church = Christ Embodied <ul><ul><li>Ephesians 1:23: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>23 教會是他的身體,是那充滿萬有者所完全充滿的。 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The church is the body of Christ and the fullness of Christ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acts 9:4: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 他仆倒在地,聽見有聲音對他說:“掃羅,掃羅!你為甚麼迫害我?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Christ didn’t ask Saul, “Why did you persecute the church?”, but “Why did you persecute Me ?” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Church is, in its essence, nothing other than the presence of Christ” ~ Anders Nygren </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. The Primary Mission of the Church <ul><ul><li>The church’s primary mission, then, is to be itself, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>which is to be “Christ” for the world. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ Simon Chan (“Liturgical Theology”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As Christ makes Himself available to the church in the sacraments, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the church in turn makes itself available to the world as the “embodied Christ.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ Simon Chan (“Liturgical Theology”) </li></ul></ul>Source: “Liturgical Theology” (2006) by Simon Chan, p. 40
  22. 22. Recommended Resources <ul><ul><li>“ 禮拜堂是僕人還是主人?” by 歐迪慈 from pp. 35-45 of “ 教會 之門為誰開?” (1986) 夏忠堅等著 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Organic Church” (2005) by Neil Cole </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Cinderella With Amnesia” (1975) by Michael Griffiths </li></ul></ul>

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