保羅如何面對教會問題?

面對最常見的問題(教會分裂、世俗化、自私等等),保羅做出深邃的神學回應。保羅呼籲哥林多教會:不要分裂,倒要合一;不要像世人一樣,倒要聖潔;不要自私,倒要有愛心。那並不是令人驚訝的部分。令人驚訝的部分在於他如何勸說他們。他呼籲他們放棄分裂,因為神是一位。他呼籲他們棄絕罪,因為神是聖潔的。他呼籲他們拋棄自私,因為神是滿有愛心的。支配這一切的前設不是:應該靠著一本記載著屬靈方法和規矩的規則手冊來運作教會,而是在於:教會是永活之神的活生生的返照。只有一位神。祂是聖潔的,並且在愛中將自己給了我們。因此,祂的教會應該返照祂自己的特性;我們應該合一、聖潔、愛,不然我們談論祂時只不過是在說謊!那是大有能力的思想。——狄馬可

When [Paul] was facing the most normal of problems (division in the ,church,worldliness,selfishness, and others) he reached for deeply theological responses. Paul called the Corinthian congregation to be not divided but united, not worldly but holy, not selfish but loving. That’s not the surprising part. The surprising part is how he argued this with them. He called them to forsake divisions, because God is one. He called them to forsake sin, because God is holy. He called them to forsake selfishness, because God is loving. In all of this, the governing presupposition is not that the church should operate by a rule book of spiritual manners and etiquette, but that the church is a living reflection of the living God. There is one God. He is holy and has given himself in love. His church, therefore, should reflect his own character; we should be united and holy and loving or else we lie about him! That is a powerful thought. ——Mark Dever, Twelve Challenges Churches Face, p. 10

 

狄馬可現任美國首都華盛頓國會山 莊浸信會 (Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC)主任牧師。狄馬可畢業自杜克大學 (Duke University),獲戈登·康威爾神學院 (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)道學碩士,美南浸信會神學院(Southern Baptist Theol-ogical Seminary) 神學碩士以及劍橋大學(Cambridge University)教會歷史學博士。他目前也擔任「九標誌傳道會」主席,並在多所神學院任教。狄馬可著有《健康教會九標誌》《深思熟慮的教會》等書。

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