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神的軍隊在動員 - 16

此外,當傳遞異象時我們需要提供一些如何完成異象的實用智慧。威靈頓布恩(Wellington Boone)曾經在一個委員會中所分享的東西我認為是一個深奧的真理。他說五旬節與靈恩派最大的弱點在於致力於主題教導而非系統教導。真的是這樣,而我也加上非五旬節與非靈恩派最大的弱點,在於致力於系統教導而非主題教導。二者對最健康的教會而言都是不可缺少的,我們需要知道如何與何時使用它們。 我們也需要傳遞一般異象與個人異象;除了我們教會目的的異象外,還有全球教會被呼召來完成的異象。另外每一位信徒都需要擁有他們被呼召來完成的異象,以及他們要如何融入這些更大的計畫中。這即是何以華理克的書『標竿人生』如此成功的原因,研究顯示人們的首要問題就是他們這一生的目的為何。 多年前我曾聽到一位偉大的教師說,大部分的教會並不是活石做成的靈宮,它們不過是還沒有被建造的活石堆。這即是何以如此多基督徒這麼容易被仇敵偷走,他們還沒有被接合在他們的位置,一旦他們知道自己的位置並融入其中,需要費很大的力量才能再次把他們撬開。這是因為在基督身體的服事中並不多真正的屬靈建造者,有些人將硬體、方案,甚至事工建造得很好,卻很少找到真正建造在人身上的。當使徒性事工在教會恢復時,此將會改變。 建造者的心性通常與召聚者或動員者非常不同,偶爾會在同一個人身上找到,但並不多。這即是何以真正的新約服事是一個團隊服事,要召聚很費力,要專注在建造上則更費力。 當我們剛開始在夏洛特市植堂時,史帝夫.湯普生(Steve Thompson)問我這間教會會像什麼樣子。我告訴他我不知道,直到我看見主送給我的建殿材料。我們必須要按著主送給我們的材料來計畫工作;然而,這並非意謂建造人們想要的事物,而是要建造神想要的事物,這往往是人們需要卻未必是他們想要的東西。 正如我所預期的,主差遣許多先知與藝術恩賜的人來到我們當中,出乎我預料之外的是只有少數的牧師來到我們這裡。先知與藝術恩賜的人往往是受傷的人,我們原來的團隊並不善於幫助這一類的人。我從講台上多次呼籲,倘若人們需要協助醫治屬靈創傷,他們應該考慮到另一個教會,那裡在協助醫治的事上做得比我們更好。有不少人採取此建議,雙方都受益。他們仍是我們的朋友,我們有時也會看見他們,但我認為他們在那裡比留在我們這裡更好。我們的目標不單只是建造我們的會眾,乃是要建造神的國度與整體教會。 倘若我們擁有建造的材料或很棒的人才卻無法使用,他們似乎無法融入我們此時正在做的事,我通常會做一些事情使他們考慮其他我覺得比較合適他們的地方教會。我會用很溫和的方式,因為我想讓聖靈完全自由地將人們放在基督身體中。然而,倘若某人來到我們當中,卻在此時無法融入我們正在做的事,我也會考量可能聖靈對我們有一些計畫是我還不知道的。我會嘗試專注在一件事上,就是看見每一個信徒在他們的恩賜與服事上不斷長進、成熟。 倘若建造者已經做成他們的工作,人們會更認同在基督裡的工作勝過他們的職業,他們會知道自己的呼召,並會致力於實現它。你若問他們是做什麼的,他們先想到的是屬靈上、而非職業上做什麼。我們若照我們應該的在基督裡成長,我們在祂與祂的身體 ─ 教會裡的身份會優先於其他的身份,包括我們在種族、文化、國家或職業上的身份認同。 真正的教會生活是被呼召像一個座落在山丘上的城市,光大到吸引所有人的注意;教會被呼召成為神國度在地上美好社會的代表,她也被呼召成為希望的燈塔,為著美善、真理、醫治、救贖與重建。教會被呼召成為公義與公平不可抵擋的力量。 這裡還有一個我們必須預備的因素─教會的光越亮,活在黑暗中的人越感到威脅,也越會攻擊她。沒有為受逼迫而預備的基督徒就是沒有預備好的人,不管喜歡與否,我們的光變得越亮─我們就越剛強─我們將必須更多爭戰。即便如此,沒有戰役就沒有得勝,戰役越大,得勝也將越大。我們若忠心到底,我們也會得著很大的鼓勵─就是我們是站在絕不會輸的一方。 (摘自 喬納 word for the week,2008 #16) The Army of God Mobilizes, Part 16 Previously, we discussed how there is an anointing for mobilizing on different levels or for different size groups, and how some things are accomplished best in large groups and some things are accomplished better in small groups. Vision casting is usually done better in a large group, but some of it needs to be sown into virtually every teaching to a small group, too. People who are motivated with vision will accomplish more. Also, when casting a vision we need to provide some practical wisdom about how we will accomplish the vision. Wellington Boone once shared in a board meeting something I felt was a profound truth. He said that one of the greatest weaknesses of Pentecostal and Charismatic groups was the devotion to topical preaching rather than systematic preaching. This is true, and I would also add that one of the greatest weaknesses in non-Pentecostal and non-Charismatic churches is the devotion to systematic preaching rather than topical preaching. Both are needed for the healthiest churches, and we need to know how and when to use each. We also need to cast a common vision and a personal vision. Along with a vision for our church’s purpose, and to some degree a vision of what the universal church is called to do, each believer needs to have a vision of what they are called to do and how they fit into these bigger plans. Then they need clear teaching about how to prepare for and accomplish their purpose. This is one reason why books like Rick Warren’s, The Purpose Driven Life, have been so successful. Studies have shown that the number one question that people have is what their purpose is in life. I heard a great teacher say many years ago that most churches are not temples made of living stones; they are just piles of living stones that have not been built into anything. This is why so many Christians get easily stolen away; they have not been cemented into their place. Once they know their place and are fitted into it, it will take quite a lot to pry them out again. This is because it is still very rare to find a true spiritual builder in the ministry of the body of Christ. There are some who do well at building buildings, projects, and even ministries, but it is rare to find those who truly build people. When the apostolic ministry is restored to the church, this will change. There is a builder’s mentality that is often very different from the ones who gather or mobilize. Occasionally, they are found in the same person, but this is rare. This is why true New Testament ministry is a team ministry. It takes a lot to gather, and it takes even more focus to build. When we first planted our church in the Charlotte area, Steve Thompson asked me what I thought this church would be like. I told him I would not know until I saw the building materials that the Lord sent to us. To a degree, it is always necessary to devise our plans to work with the materials we have been sent. However, this does not mean that we build everything around what people want, but rather around what the Lord wants. This is usually what the people need, but not necessarily what they want. As I expected, the Lord sent us many prophetically and artistically gifted people. What I did not expect was that very few pastors came to us. Prophetically and artistically gifted people are usually wounded people, and none of our original team was very good at helping such people. I actually announced from the pulpit a number of times that if people needed help with healing spiritual wounds, they should consider going to another church that was better at helping with such things than we were. A good number of people took this advice. In this way, we were able to seed some very gifted people into some other churches, and both benefited. They are still our friends, and we see them from time to time, but I think they are doing much better than if they had stayed with us. Our goal is to build the kingdom and the whole church, not just our congregation. If we have building materials, or great people we cannot use, but who do not seem to fit in with what we are doing at this time, I often do things to get them to consider other local congregations where I think they fit better. I’m gentle with this, because I want the Holy Spirit to be completely free to place people in the body where it pleases Him. However, if some who come do not fit in with what we are doing at this time, I also have to consider that the Holy Spirit may have some plans for us that I do not know about yet. One thing I try to stay focused on is seeing that every believer is growing in maturity and in their gifts and ministries. If builders have done their jobs, the people in their work will have their identity in Christ more than their profession. They will know their calling and will have a devotion to fulfill it. If you ask them what they do, their first thought will be what they do spiritually, not professionally. If we are growing in Christ as we should, our identity in Him and in His body, the church, will take precedence over any other identity we have, including racial, cultural, national, or professional identities. True church life is called to be like a city that is set on a hill, brightly lit so that it captures the attention of all. It is called to be the great society that is a representation of the kingdom of God on the earth. It is also called to be a beacon of hope for good, truth, healing, redemption, and restoration. It is called to be an irresistible force for righteousness and justice. Here is another factor we must prepare for—the brighter the light of the church becomes, the more threatened those living in darkness will become, and the more they will attack her. Christians who are not prepared for persecution are not prepared. Like it or not, the brighter our light becomes—the stronger we become—the more we will have to fight. Even so, there can be no victory without a battle. The bigger the battle, the bigger the victory will be. We also have the great encouragement that we are on the side that cannot lose if we remain faithful.
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