2023-01-07 “The AA+ Mission Team Called and Commissioned by the Triune God”(Acts 13:1-5)

The AA+ Mission Team Called and Commissioned by the Triune God 蒙三一神呼召和差遣的甲甲+級宣教團隊“(Acts 使徒行傳 13:1-5)

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, … Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to … proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.

安提阿教會中,有幾位先知和教師,就是巴拿巴、… 與分封王希律一同長大的馬念,和掃羅。他們事奉主,並且禁食的時候,聖靈說:“要為我把巴拿巴和掃羅分別出來,去作我呼召他們作的工。”於是他們禁食禱告,為兩人按手,就派他們去了。他們既然奉聖靈差遣,就下到 … 就在猶太人的各會堂裡宣講神的道,還有約翰作他們的助手。

Barnabas and Saul (and John, also called Mark, the author of Mark’s Gospel) having returned from delivering a gift of support to the Jerusalem church were among the teachers and prophets at the Antioch church. They were called and sent by the Holy Spirit via the support of the sending congregation with fasting, prayer and the laying on of hands demonstrating substantial dependence on God to spread the gospel to all the earth with no delay. Barnabas and Saul called to missionary service were the two most gifted and able men among the congregation. John was a valuable helper for them because he grew up in Jerusalem and was an eyewitness of many events in Jesus’ life to such an extent that he could relate those events with special power to both Barnabas/Saul and their audiences.


Prayer: God of Trinity, ministering to you is the first job of any of your beloved children/servants and means doing what pleases you and honour you – worship, praise, prayer, listening to, honouring you. Your typical way of working is to send the people who have the burden to do the work. We cannot really say ‘yes’ to your call on our life until we can say ‘no’ to things that will keep us from that call. Forgive us if many of us just want to be ‘back seat drivers’ in your work thinking that ‘I’ll have the burden and yet others do the work!’ Amen.

禱告: 三一神啊,事奉你就是任何蒙你愛的兒女/僕人都要做的第一件事,並意味著作討你喜悅並榮耀你的事:敬拜、讚美、禱告、聆聽、榮耀你。你作工的典型方式,就是差派有負擔的人去作那工。除非我們能夠對那些阻攔自己回應你呼召的事說「不」,否則我們無法真的對你在我們生命裡的呼召說「是的」。如果我們中間許多人只想在你的工上作「後座司機」,以為「我會有負擔的,然而,由其他人來作工吧!」求你寬恕我們。阿們。

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