"Equipping of the saints for the work of ministry" (6) : The Proper Church Life in Christ
Scriptures: Eph 4:1-16,Phil 2:1-5, Eph 1:22-23
背誦經文：22 又將萬有服在祂的腳下，使祂為教會作萬有之首。 23 教會是祂的身體，是那充滿萬有者所充滿的。 (弗1:22-23)
Memorization Verse(s): And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over allt hings to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Eph 1:22-23)
A) 教會生活的目的： .
A) The purpose of a church life : To .
- From "Equipping of the saints for the work of ministry" to "edifying the body of Christ"
¤ 11 他所賜的，有使徒，有先知，有傳福音的，有牧師和教師， 12 為要成全聖徒，各盡其職，建立基督的身體...( 弗4:11-12)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ ...(Eph 4:11-12)
The purpose of equipping and edifying one another is to "elevate our spiritual value and to enlarge our capacity for blessings"
B) 教會生活的特點： .
A special aspect of the church life : .
- From "endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit" to "all come to the unity of the faith"
¤ 2 凡事謙虛、溫柔、忍耐，用愛心互相寬容， 3 用和平彼此聯絡，竭力保守聖靈所賜合而為一的心É.13 直等到我們眾人在真道上同歸於一，認識 神的兒子，得以長大成人，滿有基督長成的身量...( 弗4:2-3, 13)
with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ...13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; (Eph 4:2-3,13)
¤ 1所以，在基督裏若有甚麼勸勉，愛心有甚麼安慰，聖靈有甚麼交通，心中有甚麼慈悲憐憫， 2 你們就要意念相同，愛心相同，有一樣的心思，有一樣的意念，使我的喜樂可以滿足。 3 凡事不可結黨，不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀；只要存心謙卑，各人看別人比自己強。 4 各人不要單顧自己的事，也要顧別人的事。 5 你們當以基督耶穌的心為心É(腓2:1-5)
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Phil 2:1-5)
C) 教會生活的挑戰 (使命)：長大成熟， .
C) The challenges of a church life (Mission) : Growing unto maturity and .
From "children" to "no longer being children", but "to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ"
¤ 13 「直等到」我們眾人在真道上同歸於一，認識 神的兒子，得以長大成人，「滿有」基督長成的身量， 14 使我們不再作小孩子É 15 惟用愛心說誠實話，凡事長進，連於元首基督， 16 全身都靠他聯絡得合式，百節各按各職，照著各體的功用彼此相助，便叫身體漸漸增長，在愛中建立自己。(弗4:13-16)
13 "till" we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, "to the measure" of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, ... 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.(Eph 4:13-16)
¤ 22 又將萬有服在祂的腳下，使祂為教會作萬有之首。 23 教會是祂的身體，是那充滿萬有者所充滿的。 ( 弗1:22-23)
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Eph 1:22-23)