Is Rewards biblical in serving God?

By Albert Ngu    May 25, 2020         New York

Problem of misrepresenting Gospel messages

Problem is today we are fearful that we are not motivated by God but by rewards which descends into religion, not relationship, emphasizing that we should serve God because of God, not by what He can bless us with. This sounds spiritual, and not self-seeking, but it’s a lot more nuanced than that. There is truth in it, but rewards is from God, and part of God. So long we take care of that nuance, we should love God, and be motivated by his rewards.

Is reward a Biblical concept?

Hebrews 11: 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

God rewards. And it’s very important to remember that, and do not think its carnal to think of that in terms of God. It’s not worldly, its actually godly.

Serve God for He is only?

It is true that the Gospel centered messages has been saying that we should love God, serve God for who he is, and not for what he can do for you. For God is not our vending machine etc. There is a lot of truth in it, and I am grateful, but there must be a balance, and it is much more nuanced to it. And the Reformed circle hardly preaches on the Rewards sermon, why? In Pentecostal circles, I know it’s a valiant topic!

I would argue that for folks to preach that without mentioning the rewards of God in heaven, it will be a truncated gospel message and a disservice to the gospel and the Kingdom of God.  Dr Michael Krueger, my Gospels class professor in Redeemer Theological Seminary published a great article today. He articulated something I have felt for a long time.

The Lord Jesus, the Son of God look for the joy set before Him

Rewards motivation is so very real in the Bible, and repeatedly shown, and Jesus endured the cross as he looked forward to the joy (reward).

“ fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Even Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before him! That’s the glory! Reward of bringing many sons to glory! The purpose.

Moses was looking to the reward

“Choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:25-26)

Did Moses forsake Egyptian palace, prince hood, because of who God is only? He looked forward to the reward! That motivated him to endure the reproach of Christ, which he considers worth it, more wealth or better than the treasures of Egypt! Remember he had a lot of wealth and power tied to the palace of Egypt; he was a prince of Egypt!

Abraham looking forward to the city

By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God (Heb 11:9-10).

Abraham was looking forward to the eternal city. Motivation is real, my friends. To say that Abraham’s motivation is solely in Yahweh, is incomplete and misleading.

Rewards is an eschatological living theology

Revelations 22 12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

This is Jesus speaking to us in the book of revelations, and He is the Alpha, Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. There is nothing more transcendent than that. And this is his words: My reward is with me; I will give to each person according to what they have done. It’s what we have done that’s going to be judged by Christ on the end time, for his deciding what reward we are going to receive from him. There you go. It’s from the Lord’s mouth himself. How can we be silent on rewards today in the church pulpit? It’s been lost for a long time. For the third world pulpits, it’s very commonly preached. But the danger, of course, is that people slide into the mode of getting rewards, not living for the Lord as much. How I wish we get both right, and really serving the Lord because of his love for us, and also be motivated by the rewards the Almighty God promised.

I believe this is eschatological, fixing our eyes at the end time.

Heb 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Amen

El temor del Señor es el comienzo de la sabiduría y el conocimiento.

By Albert Ngu, New York    May 22, 2020

Proverbios 1: 7 El temor del Señor: el comienzo del conocimiento;

la sabiduría y la instrucción los necios desprecian.

¿Por qué? El temor al Señor es el comienzo de la sabiduría y el conocimiento porque la vida moral comienza con reverencia y humildad ante el Hacedor y el Redentor. [1]

El fracaso de nuestra vida moral.

La vida moral no comienza con nuestra disciplina humana, resolución de año nuevo, porque nuestros instintos son imperfectos y pecaminosos. Nuestro defecto es inclinarse hacia la parte pecaminosa. No importa cómo decidamos ser morales, nuestro corazón no es eso, y tarde o temprano, se mostrará y se romperá. Por eso un hombre es prisionero de sí mismo. Simplemente no hay salida. Puedes ver cómo las estadísticas te dicen que no importa cuánto espere lograr la reforma de la cárcel, vemos crímenes y males constantemente cometidos por las noticias que leemos a diario. De hecho, quedó peor. La mentira, el engaño, el engaño, la codicia, el encubrimiento, la manipulación, la lujuria, las burlas, la matanza, etc., son todos nuestro idioma nativo. Eso fue lo que les sucedió a los primeros niños globales del mundo, los niños de Adán se mataron unos a otros, bastante increíble, pero esa es la verdad de cómo los seres humanos han caído de Dios desde el pecado original de Adán y Eva en el jardín del Edén. Por supuesto, también hay muchas buenas obras realizadas por la raza humana, los instintos naturales que Dios creó allí en la creación no se han erosionado por completo. Esto se llama la gracia común. Sin embargo, la depravación de la humanidad es abrumadora. Incluso esa bondad de la humanidades no sostenible. La única forma de recurrir a nuestro creador que es el gran Dios, la bondad, la justicia, la santidad, la bondad y el amor de Dios.

¿Cómo obtenemos verdadera sabiduría y conocimiento?

Reverencia y humildad

La sabiduría es sobre cómo aplicar el conocimiento. El conocimiento es genial, pero por sí solo, puede ser un arma de doble filo, bueno y demonio. Necesitamos sabiduría sobre cómo usar el conocimiento.

Como se describió anteriormente, el hombre ha caído y siempre nos alejaremos de los caminos de la sabiduría si nos dejamos a nuestro paso. Pero la forma de obtener vida moral es reverencia y humildad ante Dios y nuestro Redentor. La reverencia es un respeto profundo, asombrado por Dios. Una profunda admiración de quién es Dios. No tiene sentido acumular y reunir toneladas de conocimiento, pero no tiene temor ni reverencia hacia Aquel de quien proviene toda la sabiduría y el conocimiento.

Es el asombro de Dios lo que pincha nuestros corazones cuando cometemos errores. Verás, cuando David pecó, clamó: “A ti, oh Señor, he pecado”.

David, después de cometer adulterio con Betsabé, al ser confrontado por Nathan el Profeta, se derrumbó y lloró ante el Señor, reconociendo que había pecado contra el Señor. Él pecó contra Betsabé y su esposo, pero dijo contra el Señor que solo él pecó, lo que quiere decir es que el abrumador pecador contra el que pecó. Esto es cuánto asombro, reverencia y humildad hacia el Señor. Eso es lo que Dios está buscando.

Salmo 5 1Ten piedad de mí, oh Dios,

    según tu amor inagotable;

según tu gran compasión,

    borra mis transgresiones.

2 Lava toda mi iniquidad

    y límpiame de mi pecado.

3 Porque yo sé mis transgresiones,

    y mi pecado siempre está delante de mí.

4 Contra ti, solo tú, he pecado

    e hecho lo que es malo ante tus ojos;

entonces tiene razón en su veredicto

    y está justificado cuando juzga.

No se trata de cuán legalmente te mantienes moral, como los fariseos, sino de cuánto lleva tu corazón esa reverencia y humildad hacia Dios. Calvino dice que sin piedad, nadie podrá acercarse a Dios. La piedad es la devoción a Dios.

¿Cómo cultivamos un sentido de asombro, reverencia y humildad hacia Dios?

La adoración es la mejor manera. Expresa tu corazón a Dios y canta tus corazones a él en adoración, adoración.

Medita en salmos y proverbios, un libro poderoso. Agregará todo esto a tu vida.

La oración es un absoluto. No solo por pedir tings. Butyl, un tiempo de arrepentimiento, confesión y derramar su corazón a él todos los días, y rezar los salmos y proverbios de regreso a Dios. Esto te cambiará.


[1] ESV Crossway Comentario Proverbios 1

Takut kepada Tuhan adalah permulaan Kebijaksanaan & Pengetahuan

Amsal 1: 7 Takut akan Tuhan: permulaan pengetahuan;

kebijaksanaan dan pengajaran orang bodoh memandang rendah.

Kenapa? Ketakutan kepada Tuhan adalah permulaan kebijaksanaan dan pengetahuan kerana kehidupan moral bermula dengan penghormatan dan kerendahan hati di hadapan Pencipta dan Penebus. [1]

Kegagalan Hidup Moral kita

Kehidupan moral tidak bermula dengan disiplin manusia, resolusi tahun baru, kerana naluri kita mempunyai sifat cacat dan berdosa. Keingkaran kita bergantung pada bahagian yang penuh dosa. Tidak kira bagaimana kita memutuskan untuk bersikap moral, hati kita tidak begitu, dan cepat atau lambat, itu akan muncul dan kita akan retak. Kerana itulah seorang lelaki menjadi tawanan dirinya. Tidak ada jalan keluar. Anda dapat melihat bagaimana statistik memberitahu anda bahawa tidak kira berapa banyak pembaharuan penjara yang ingin dicapai, kami melihat kejahatan dan kejahatan selalu dilakukan dari berita yang kami baca setiap hari. Sebenarnya ia semakin teruk. Berbohong, menipu, menipu, tamak, berselindung, manipulatif, nafsu, mengejek, membunuh, dan lain-lain, semuanya adalah bahasa ibunda kita. Itulah yang terjadi pada anak-anak global pertama di dunia, anak-anak Adam saling membunuh, agak sukar dipercayai, tetapi itulah kebenaran bagaimana manusia telah jatuh dari Tuhan sejak dosa asal Adam dan Hawa di taman Eden. Sudah tentu, ada juga banyak perbuatan baik yang dilakukan oleh umat manusia, naluri semula jadi yang ditempatkan oleh Tuhan dalam penciptaan belum sepenuhnya terhakis. Ini dipanggil rahmat bersama. Walau bagaimanapun, kebobrokan umat manusia sangat luar biasa. Bahkan kebaikan manusia tidak dapat dikekalkan. Satu-satunya cara untuk beralih kepada pencipta kita yang merupakan Tuhan yang besar, kebaikan Tuhan, kebenaran, kekudusan, kebaikan, dan cinta.

Bagaimana kita mendapat kebijaksanaan & pengetahuan sebenar?

Rasa hormat & rendah hati

Kebijaksanaan adalah bagaimana menerapkan pengetahuan. Pengetahuan itu hebat, tetapi dengan sendirinya, ia boleh menjadi pedang bermata dua, baik dan syaitan. Kita memerlukan kebijaksanaan bagaimana menggunakan pengetahuan.

Seperti yang dijelaskan di atas, manusia telah jatuh dan kita akan selalu menjauhi cara-cara kebijaksanaan jika kita ditinggalkan. Tetapi cara untuk mendapatkan kehidupan bermoral adalah penghormatan dan kerendahan hati di hadapan Tuhan dan Penebus kita. Penghormatan adalah penghormatan yang mendalam, terpesona oleh Tuhan. Kekaguman mendalam akan Tuhan. Tidak ada gunanya mengumpulkan dan mengumpulkan banyak pengetahuan, tetapi tanpa rasa kagum atau penghormatan kepada Dia yang berasal dari semua hikmat & pengetahuan.

Kekaguman Tuhanlah yang menusuk hati kita ketika kita melakukan kesalahan. Anda lihat ketika Daud berdosa, dia berseru “Kepada-Mu Ya Tuhan apakah aku telah berdosa”.

Daud, setelah berzina dengan Bathsheba, dihadapkan oleh Nathan Nabi, dia putus dan menangis di hadapan TUHAN, mengakui dia berdosa terhadap Tuhan. Dia berdosa terhadap Bathsheba & suaminya, tetapi dia berkata kepada TUHAN hanya dia yang berdosa, apa yang dia maksudkan adalah yang paling hebat yang dia lakukan. Inilah betapa kagumnya, penghormatan, dan kerendahan hatinya terhadap Tuhan. Itulah yang dicari oleh Tuhan.

Mazmur 5 1Kasihanilah aku, ya Tuhan,

    sesuai dengan kasih-Mu yang tidak putus-putus;

sesuai dengan belas

    kasihanmu yang terhapus dari pelanggaranku.

2 Bersihkanlah segala kejahatan saya

    dan bersihkanlah saya dari dosa saya.

3 Sebab aku tahu pelanggaranku,

    dan dosaku selalu ada di hadapanku.

4 Terhadap kamu, hanya kamu,aku telah berdosa

    apakahdan melakukan apa yang jahat di mata kamu;

jadi anda betul dalam keputusan anda

    dan dibenarkan semasa anda menilai.

Bukan mengenai seberapa legalisnya Anda menjaga moral, seperti orang Farisi, tetapi seberapa besar hati anda yang menghormati dan merendahkan hati kepada Tuhan. Calvin mengatakan tanpa ketakwaan, tidak ada yang akan dapat menghadap Tuhan. Ketakwaan adalah pengabdian kepada Tuhan.

Bagaimana kita menanam rasa kagum, hormat dan rendah diri terhadap Tuhan?

Ibadah adalah kaedah terbaik. Panjatkanlah hatimu kepada Tuhan dan nyanyikanlah hatimu padanya dalam pemujaan, penyembahan.

Renungkanlah mazmur & peribahasa sebuah buku yang hebat. Ini akan menambah semua ini dalam hidup anda.

Solat adalah mutlak. Bukan sekadar meminta ting. Butyl masa bertaubat, mengaku, dan mencurahkan hatimu kepadanya setiap hari, dan berdoa kembali mazmur & peribahasa kembali kepada Tuhan. Ini akan mengubah anda.


[1] Peribahasa ESV Crossway Commentary 1

敬畏耶和华是智慧与知识的开始

箴言1:7敬畏耶和华:知识的开端;

智慧和指导愚人鄙视。

为什么?对主的敬畏是智慧和知识的开始,因为道德生活始于造物主和救赎主之前的敬畏和谦卑。 [1]

我们道德生活的失败

道德生活不是从我们的纪律和新年决心开始的,因为我们的直觉本质上是有缺陷的和有罪的。我们的违约倾向是有罪的部分。无论我们如何决定道德,我们的内心都不是,而且早晚它都会显现出来,我们会裂开。这就是男人被的原因 囚禁 。只是没有出路。您可以看到统计数字如何告诉您,无论希望实现多少监狱改革,我们每天都会从新闻中看到犯罪和恶魔不断发生。实际上情况变得更糟。说谎,欺骗,作弊,贪婪,掩饰,操纵,欲望,嘲笑,杀戮等都是我们的母语。这是世界上第一个全球儿童所发生的事情,亚当的孩子们彼此杀害,这令人难以置信,但这是自亚当和夏娃在伊甸园中最初犯罪以来人类是如何从上帝堕落的真相。当然,人类也有许多善举,上帝在创造中所施加的自然本能并没有完全消失。这称为普通宽限期。但是,人类的堕落是压倒性的。甚至人类的善良也是 可持续的。转向我们的创造者谁是大神,神的良善,公义,圣洁,仁慈和爱的唯一途径。

我们如何获得真正的智慧和知识?

敬畏与谦卑

智慧就是如何运用知识。知识是伟大的,但就其本身而言,它可以是一把双刃剑,善与恶。我们需要有关如何使用知识的智慧。

如上所述,人已经堕落了,如果我们任由己任,我们将永远避开智慧之道。但是获得道德生活的方式是在上帝和我们的救赎主面前的敬畏和谦卑。敬畏是敬畏上帝的敬意。对神是谁的深刻敬佩。积累和收集大量知识是没有意义的,但是对所有智慧和知识所来自的那一位没有敬畏或敬畏之情。

当我们做错事时,是上帝的敬畏刺痛我们的心。您会看到戴维(David)犯罪时,他大喊:“主啊,我犯罪了。

戴维(David)在与拔示巴(Bathsheba)通奸后,先知内森(Nathan)面对他,他崩溃并在耶和华面前哭泣,意识到他犯了罪,背叛了耶和华。他对拔示巴和她的丈夫犯了罪,但他对主说,只有他犯了罪,他的意思是那是对罪犯压倒性的压倒性多数。这就是他对主的敬畏,敬畏和谦卑。那就是神在寻找的东西。

诗篇5 1上帝啊,怜悯我

    求你照你永无止境的爱。

根据你的同情心,

    掩盖我的过犯。

2 洗净我所有的罪孽罪孽中

    ,将我从洗净。

3 因为我知道自己的过犯,

    我的罪孽总是摆在我面前。

4 我只对你有罪

    ,做了你眼中的恶。

因此您的判断正确

    无误,而您的判断又有道理。

不是像法利赛人那样,从法律上讲如何保持道德,而是要多少心怀对上帝的敬畏与谦卑。加尔文说,没有虔诚,没有人能够来到上帝面前。虔诚是对上帝的虔诚。

我们如何培养对上帝的敬畏,敬畏和谦卑感?

敬拜是最好的方法。向上帝张开你的心,以敬拜,崇拜向他歌唱。

冥想诗篇和谚语是一本有力的书。它将所有这些添加到您的生活中。

祷告是绝对的。不只是要听些小话。每天要悔改,认罪并向他倾诉自己的心,然后再将诗篇和谚语向上帝祈祷。这会改变你。


[1] ESV Crossway评论谚语1

The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom & Knowledge

Proverbs 1: 7 The fear of the Lord: the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction fools despise.

Why? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge because moral life begins with reverence and humility before the Maker and Redeemer. [1]

The failure of our Moral Life

Moral life doesn’t begin with our human discipline, new year resolution, because our instincts are flawed and sinful in nature. Our default is leaning towards the sinful part. No matter how we decide to be moral, our heart is not that, and sooner or later, it will show up and we will crack. That’s why a man is a prisoner of himself. There is just no way out. You can see how statistics tell you that no matter how much jail reform hopes to achieve, we see crimes and evils are constantly committed from the news we read on a daily basis. In fact it got worse. Lying, deceit, cheating, greed, cover up, manipulative, lust, mocks, kill, etc., are all our native language. That’s what happened to the first global children in the world, the kids of Adam killed one another, quite unbelievable, but that’s the truth of how human beings have fallen from God since the original sin by Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Of course, there are also a lot of good deeds done by human race, the natural instincts put there by God in creation hasn’t completely eroded. This is called the common grace. However, the depravity of mankind is overwhelming. Even that goodness of mankind is not sustainable. The only way to turn to our creator who is the big God, the God goodness, righteousness, holiness, kindness, and love.

How do we get real wisdom & knowledge ?

Reverence & Humility

Wisdom is to how to apply knowledge. Knowledge is great, but on its own, it can be a double edged sword, good and devil. We need wisdom on how to use knowledge.

As described above, man has fallen and we will always shun away from the ways of wisdom if we are left to our ow. But the way to get moral life is reverence and humility before God and our Redeemer. Reverence is deep respect, awed by God. A deep admiration of who God is. There is no point to accumulate and gather ton of knowledge, but with carries no awe or reverence towards the One from whom all wisdom & knowledge come.

It is the awe of God that pricks our hearts when we do wrongs. You see when David sinned, he cries out “To you O Lord have I sinned”.

David, after committed adultery with Bathsheba, being confronted by Nathan the Prophet, he broke down and wept before the Lord, recognizing he’s sinned against the Lord. He sinned against Bathsheba & her husband, but he said against the Lord only he has sinned, what he means that’s the overwhelming top person he’s sinned against. This is how much his awe, reverence, and humility towards the Lord is. That’s what God is looking for.

Psalm 5 1Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.

Not about how legalistically you keep yourself moral, like the Pharisees, but rather how much does your heart carry that reverence and humility towards God. Calvin says without piety, no one will be able to come to God. Piety is  is devotion to God.

How do we cultivate a sense of awe, reverence and humility towards God?

Worship is the best way. Pour out your heart to God and sing your hearts out to him in adoration, worship.

Meditate on psalms & proverbs a powerful book. It will add all these to your life.

Prayer is an absolute. No just about asking for things. But a time of repenting, confessing, and pouring your heart to him daily, and pray back the psalms & proverbs back to God. This will change you.


[1] ESV Crossway Commentary Proverbs 1

让我的人民思考-为什么许多基督徒,特别是超凡魅力的人忽视神学?

作者Albert Ngu 2020年5月19日纽约

我从这个话题开始:为什么许多基督徒,尤其是五旬节派教徒,我们的超凡魅力忽略了神学?但是,在阅读了拉维·扎卡里亚(Ravi Zachariah)今天的新闻之后,他开始播放名为“让我的人们思考”的广播,我认为这是一个恰当的话题。

我来自五旬节派,作为牧师已有数十年的历史,在亚洲乃至现在在美国都建立了无数的教堂,我想说的是,神学是由牧师自己承担的,但是一个明显的事实是牧师本身也没有经过神学训练,那就是最令人震惊和最可悲的事情。我们所需要的只是热情和热情来传播这个词,我们将在工作中接受培训,我们被派去传福音和作门徒。

如今,大多数基督徒都不愿或不愿意接受圣经中的神学知识,这是可悲的事实,因为他们对自己的基督徒生活方式感到自在,这几乎不需要对圣经进行深入研究。但是,另一方面,您会看到教堂每周都在进行实践教学,而羊群也随之效仿。这告诉我,人们渴望学习,但没有走向神学的方向。

当我说神学时,我主要是说对神或有神论的研究。我们可以学习男人或女人或人类学的研究,新约书籍,诗篇等,但最重要的是有神论,这是对世界神学的研究,它激发了我们的想象力。最后一个是我的最爱。我记得过去7年间,无数次听到蒂姆·凯勒(Tim Keller)的讲道,他的教,、思想和神学抓住了我的想象力,以及我对主的渴望。我以为他提出了所有这些很酷的神学和精神,但是现在我在神学院里做我自己的MABS或MDiv,我意识到他说的许多实际上并不新鲜,但是在教会的父亲中就曾出现过。几个世纪以来,这个改革的世界引述了奥古斯丁,加尔文等人。

我是在与教会建立者,牧师,实际上是许多教会成员,特别是领袖交谈。教会遭受了如此多的无知,被所有落后的思想家如卡尔文,奥古斯丁,巴特,巴文克等抛在脑后。  

1.他们只想要应用程序

由于我们的背景,除一些长老会和浸信会教堂之外,大多数福音派教堂都使我们很快适应了快速直枪射击者对布道的应用。在具有超凡魅力的背景下进行讲道已有十年之久,我可以告诉你,我们很幸运甚至能够讲解博览会讲道,更不用说清理简短的解释性讲道了。原因是我们需要应用程序。部分原因是传教士本身并没有真正经历过良好的讲道,因此神学的范围很广,认为神学是无关紧要的。

2.他们认为神学是枯燥的,不适合平民甚至牧师

神学是干的。这使他们阅读的书籍不是神学类型或改革类型,而是应用类型和体验类型。我要说的是,具有大学学历或同等甚至高中水平的人们可以并且应该阅读良好的神学书籍,或者听一些良好的教义MP3。我要说的是,如果牧师不开始学习神学,那么不管他的心有多好,他过一会儿都不会喂羊。

3.他们认为神学主要是道歉的,我们不需要

那是可悲的部分。但这与牧师学习神学无关。神学远比辩护法重要。道歉学基本上是在捍卫您的信仰,神学从上帝的不变性开始,到人类的破碎,以及介于两者之间的一切。由于碎片很小而缺少神学是可悲的。

4.他们想要迹象和奇迹,而不是更多的阅读和学习

尤其是发展中国家的人们喜欢神迹和奇观事工,我也喜欢它们。但是,我们不能仅仅停留在神迹奇事的模式上,因为我们将通过更新来改变自己 思维 (罗马书1)。我们需要圣灵的能力  话语,谁是主耶稣本人(约1)的功率。顺便说一句,我认为发达的西方存在相反的问题,通过归化一切来抛弃标志和络筒机。不同的世界,不同的文化。西方最大的威胁是自由主义,将一切归化,并消除超自然现象。 (FYI)

5.五旬节教徒不相信神学称之为头知识

他们希望人们能有能力并直接申请。但是应用程序来自适当的解释学和释经技巧,评论,书籍阅读,神学学习。这听起来像牧师在寻找捷径,猜猜谁在受苦?教堂!

6.哪些神学院和费用?

我知道这是一个巨大的推动力。我想参加20多年前的神学院课程,但无济于事,因为我不知道从哪里开始。我很高兴自己进入改革神学学院,这是一个伟大的改革思想,我建议所有人都接受改革的教义。

费用?我认为在整个教会得到神学珍视的态度之后;我们将看到更多的教堂将人们送到神学院。

结论

错过了早期教会父亲的丰富传统。我要说的是,不知道神学和我们丰富的神学是从早期的父亲(如亚撒那修斯,奥古斯丁,加尔文,乔纳森·爱德华兹,马丁·路德)发展到今天,仅提及一些较大的名字,我们会错过很多神已经在神所做的事他们的生活,思想,教堂等。要使他们脱离我们羊群的思想世界,是一种自我毁灭的模式。

让我的人民思考!

Biarkan Umat Saya Berfikir-Mengapa banyak orang Kristian terutamanya Karismatik mengabaikan teologi?

Albert Ngu     May 19, 2020,   New York

Saya mulakan dengan topik ini: Mengapa banyak orang Kristian terutama Pentakosta karismatik kita mengabaikan teologi? Tetapi setelah membaca berita Ravi Zachariah hari ini, dia memulakan siaran berjudul “Biarkan Orang Saya Berfikir”, saya fikir ia adalah topik yang tepat.

Berasal dari latar belakang Pentakosta saya sebagai pendeta selama beberapa dekad menanam banyak gereja di Asia dan sekarang di Amerika, saya akan mengatakan bahawa anggapan bahawa teologi diserahkan kepada pendeta, tetapi kenyataan yang mencolok adalah bahawa pastor sendiri tidak terlatih secara teologi, itu juga perkara yang paling mengejutkan dan paling menyedihkan. Yang kami perlukan hanyalah semangat dan semangat untuk menyebarkan berita, dan kami akan menjalani latihan pekerjaan, dan kami dihantar untuk menginjili dan menjadikan murid.

Kebenaran yang menyedihkan hari ini kebanyakan orang Kristian tidak mempunyai keinginan atau rasa lapar untuk merangkul pembelajaran teologi dari Alkitab, kerana mereka merasa selesa dalam gaya hidup Kristian mereka yang hampir tidak memerlukan kajian mendalam tentang tulisan suci. Walaupun di sisi lain, anda akan melihat gereja-gereja mengajarkan pengajaran praktikal setiap minggu dan kawanan itu mengikutinya. Ini menunjukkan kepada saya bahawa orang-orang berhasrat untuk belajar, tetapi tidak ada arah ke arah teologi.

Apabila saya mengatakan teologi, saya mengatakan terutamanya kajian tentang Tuhan, atau teisme. Kita dapat mempelajari kajian tentang lelaki & wanita atau antropologi, buku-buku bukti baru, mazmur dll, tetapi yang paling penting adalah teisme, kajian teologi Tuhan di dunia yang memotivasi, menangkap imaginasi kita. Yang terakhir adalah kegemaran saya. Saya masih ingat mendengar khutbah Tim Keller selama 7 tahun yang lalu, berkali-kali, ajaran, pemikiran dan teologinya menangkap imajinasi saya, dan kerinduan saya kepada Tuhan. Saya fikir bahawa dia datang dengan semua teologi dan etos yang menarik, tetapi sekarang saya di seminari melakukan MABS atau MDiv saya sendiri, saya menyedari bahawa banyak dari mereka yang dikatakannya sebenarnya bukan baru, tetapi ada di sana di kalangan bapa gereja, terutamanya dunia reformasi selama berabad-abad, memetik orang-orang seperti Augustine, Calvin, dan sejenisnya.

Saya bercakap dengan pekebun gereja, pendeta, dan sebenarnya banyak anggota Gereja terutama para pemimpin. Gereja telah mengalami begitu banyak kejahilan, tertinggal dari semua pemikir yang ketinggalan zaman seperti Calvin, Augustine, Barth, Bavinck dll.  

1. Mereka mahukan aplikasi sahaja

Oleh kerana latar belakang kami, kebanyakan gereja evangelis selain dari beberapa gereja Presbyterian dan Baptist, kami sudah terbiasa dengan penembak lurus yang cepat untuk aplikasi khutbah. Setelah berkhotbah selama lebih dari satu dekad sekarang dengan latar belakang karismatik, saya dapat memberitahu anda bahawa kita bernasib baik bahkan ketika menyampaikan khutbah eksposisi apatah lagi membersihkan khotbah eksposisi ekspetis. Sebabnya adalah kerana kami mahukan aplikasi. Sebahagian alasannya adalah bahawa pendakwah tidak benar-benar mengalami khotbah eksposisi yang baik, dan oleh itu teologi yang jauh, menganggap teologi tidak relevan.

2. Mereka menganggap teologi kering dan bukan untuk rakyat jelata atau pastor

Teologi kering. Ini menyebabkan mereka membaca buku bukan dari jenis teologi atau jenis yang diperbaharui, tetapi, sekali lagi, jenis aplikasi, dan jenis pengalaman. Saya akan mengatakan bahawa orang-orang dengan pendidikan perguruan tinggi atau setaraf atau bahkan sekolah menengah, tahap, boleh dan harus membaca buku-buku teologi yang baik, atau mendengarkan beberapa pengajaran yang baik MP3. Saya akan mengatakan jika pendeta tidak mula belajar teologi, dia akan memiliki sedikit sisa untuk memberi makan kawanan setelah beberapa ketika, tidak kira seberapa baik hati.

3. Mereka menganggap teologi kebanyakannya meminta maaf dan kita tidak memerlukannya

Itulah bahagian yang menyedihkan. Tetapi ini tidak ada kaitan dengan teologi pembelajaran pastor. Teologi JAUH lebih besar daripada meminta maaf. Permintaan maaf pada dasarnya adalah mempertahankan iman anda, teologi bermula dari kebolehubahan Tuhan, hingga kehancuran manusia, dan segala yang ada di antara dan di luar. Kehilangan teologi kerana serpihan kecil adalah menyedihkan.

4. Mereka mahukan tanda dan keajaiban dan tidak lebih banyak membaca dan belajar

Orang-orang di dunia membangun, terutama, menyukai tanda dan keajaiban pelayanan, dan saya juga menyukainya. Namun, kita tidak boleh terus berada dalam mode tanda dan keajaiban, kerana kita akan berubah dengan pembaharuankita minda (Roma 1). Kita memerlukan kuasa Roh dan  kuasa Firman, yang adalah Tuhan Yesus sendiri (Yohanes 1). Ngomong-ngomong, saya rasa Barat yang maju mempunyai masalah yang berlawanan, membuang tanda dan belitan dengan menormalkan segalanya. Dunia yang berbeza, budaya yang berbeza. Ancaman terbesar di Barat adalah liberalisme, menaturalisasikan segalanya, dan menghapus perkara ghaib. (FYI)

5. Pentakosta tidak mempercayai teologi yang menyebutnya sebagai pengetahuan utama

Mereka mahukan kekuatan dan aplikasi langsung untuk orang pulang. Tetapi aplikasinya berasal dari kemahiran hermeneutik dan eksegesis yang tepat, ulasan, buku untuk dibaca, teologi untuk dipelajari. Ini terdengar seperti pendeta mencari jalan pintas, dan meneka siapa yang menderita? Gereja!

6. seminari dan kos yang mana?

Saya tahu ini adalah kekuatan pendorong yang besar. Saya ingin menghadiri seminari seperti 20 sejak bertahun-tahun yang lalu tetapi tidak berjaya, kerana saya tidak tahu lebih baik dari mana untuk bermula. Saya gembira saya berada di seminari teologi Reformed, pemikiran reformasi yang hebat, dan saya mengesyorkan agar semua mengikuti ajaran reformasi.

Kos? Saya rasa setelah seluruh gereja mendapat sikap mementingkan teologi; kita akan melihat lebih banyak gereja menghantar orang ke seminari.

Kesimpulan

Hilang Tradisi Kaya dari Bapa Gereja Awal. Saya akan mengatakan, tanpa mengetahui teologi dan teologi kaya kita yang dikembangkan dari bapa-bapa terdahulu seperti Athanasius, Augustine, Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther hingga hari ini, dengan menyebut hanya beberapa nama yang lebih besar, kita akan kehilangan begitu banyak apa yang telah Tuhan lakukan di kehidupan, pemikiran, gereja dan lain-lain. Untuk menyingkirkan mereka dari dunia pemikiran kawanan kita, adalah cara yang merosakkan diri sendiri.

Biarkan Umat Saya Berfikir!

Why many evangelical pastors especially Charismatics ignore theology? (Let My People Think)

I started with this topic: Why many Christians especially Pentecostals or Charismatics ignore theology? But after reading Ravi Zachariah’s news today, he started a broadcast called “Let My People Think”, I thought it’s a great way to put it!

Coming from a Pentecostal background myself as a pastor for decades planted numerous churches in Asia and now in America, I would say that the assumption is that theology is left to the pastors, but the glaring fact is that pastors themselves are not theologically trained either, that’s the most shocking and saddest thing. All we needed is passion and zeal to spread the word, and we will just do on the job training, and be sent out to evangelize and make disciples.

The sad truth today most Christians have no desire or hunger to embrace the learning of theology from the bible, because they feel comfortable in their Christian lifestyle which pretty much sees no need of any in depth study of scriptures. Though on the other hands, you would see churches teach practical teachings week in and out and the flock follows suit. This shows me that folks are desiring to learn, but no direction towards theology.

When I say theology, I say primarily the study of God, or theism. We can learn the study of man & woman or anthropology, New testament books, psalms etc., but the most important one is theism, the study of God theology in the world that motivates, captures our imagination. The last one is my favorite. I remember hearing Tim Keller’s sermons over the last like 7 years, numerous times, his teachings, thoughts and theology captured my imaginations, and my longings for the Lord. I thought that he came up with all those cool theology and ethos, but now I am in the seminary doing my own MABS or MDiv, I realize that many of those he said are actually not new, but been there in the church fathers, especially the reformed world for centuries, quoting folks like Augustine, Calvin, and the like.

I am speaking to church planters, pastors, and in fact many Church members especially leaders. The church has suffered so much ignorance, left behind of all those trailing blazing thinkers like Calvin, Augustine, Barth, Bavinck etc.  


1. They want the applications only

Because of our background, most evangelical churches apart from some Presbyterian and Baptist churches, we are pretty much getting used to the fast straight shooter to applications kind of sermons. Having preached over a decade now in a charismatic background, I can tell you that we are lucky to be even preaching expositional sermons let alone clean cut exegetical expositional sermons. The reasons is that we want applications. Part of the reason is that preachers have not really experienced good expositional sermons themselves, and hence a far reach of theology, thinking theology is irrelevant.


2. They think theology is dry and not for the commoners or even pastors

Theology is dry. This causes them to read book not of theological type or reformed type, but to , again, applications type, and experiential type. I would say that folks with college education or equal or even high school, level, can and should read up of good theology books, or listen to some good teachings MP3. I would say if pastors don’t start learning theology, he would have little left to feed the flock after a while, no matter how good the heart is.


3. They think theology is mostly apologetics and we don’t need them

That’s the sad part. But this has nothing to do with the pastor learning theology. Theology is FAR bigger than apologetics. Apologetics is basically defending your faith, theology starts from the immutability of God, to the brokenness of mankind, and everything in between and beyond. Missing theology because of a small fragment is sad.


4.  They want signs and wonders and not more reading and studying

People in the developing world, especially, love the signs and wonders ministry, and I love them too. However, we can’t just stay in the mode of signs and wonders, because we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 1). We need the power of the Spirit and  the power of the Word, who is the Lord Jesus himself (John 1). By the way, I think the developed West has the opposite problem, jettisoning the signs and winders by naturalizing everything. Different world, different culture. The biggest threat in the West is liberalism, naturalizing everything, and removing the supernatural. (FYI)


5. Pentecostals don’t believe in theology calling it head knowledge

They want power and straight application for folks to go home with. But the applications come from proper hermeneutics and exegesis skill, commentary, books to read up, theology to learn. This sounds like pastors looking for a short cut, and guess who suffers? The church!

6. Which seminary and the costs?

I know this is a huge driving force. I have wanted to attend seminary like 20 over years ago but to no avail, because I didn’t know better where to start. I am glad I am in Reformed theological seminary, a great reformed thinking, and I recommend all to go with reformed teachings.

Costs? I think after the whole church gets the attitude of theology treasuring; we will see more churches sending people to seminaries.

Conclusion

Missing Out the Rich Tradition of the Early church Fathers

I would say, not knowing theology and our rich theology developed from early fathers like Athanasius, Augustine, Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther to today, mentioning only some of the bigger names, we will miss out so much what God has already done in their lives, thinking’s, churches etc. To remove them from the thinking world of our flock, is a self-destructive mode.

Let My People Think!

Exhort one another every day that you may not be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin

(Hebrews 3:7-15)

The question of exhorting one another should be commonly practiced everywhere we are in this world as Christians. Merriam-Webster defines: Exhortation is defined as the act or process of making a strong urging or appeal. An example of an exhortation is an emotional speech that inspires people to act.

So its strong. Urging someone. Appealing to someone. Emotional speech to inspire. That’s “exhort”. 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

The Reason of Exhortation

Because of the fear of falling away due to unbelieving hearts. Now it says “Take care, brothers…..less you fall..” (v12). This refers to believers, as brothers. So there is a possibility for believers born again Christians to fall away because of an evil unbelieving heart developed, obviously from believing heart in the first place. I guess this is backsliding to the scale of de-conversion like well written by Dr Michael Krueger on de-conversion. This should make us to be even more all out to exhort one another, because there is such a thing of de-conversion, the antithesis or opposite of conversion. It’s very sad, and there are few big names in America who have sided into that.

I know Westminster confession says, just like Calvin has said:

The Westminster Confession of Faith (19.1) states, “They whom God hath accepted in his Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved.”

This is called the Doctrine of perseverance of the Saints. “The doctrine described says that the elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit, but that they are kept in faith by the almighty power of God.”[1] That’s a very important phrase right there, “kept in faith” by the almighty power of God. We are not only saved redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit, but KEPT in faith by God’s power. That means there is always a tug of war trying to pull us away from God by the forces in this world and the forces of devil.

Curtis Thomas puts it well, “This doctrine of the perseverance of the saints does not maintain that all who profess the Christian faith are certain of heaven. It is saints, those who are set apart by the Spirit, who persevere to the end. It is believers, those who are given true, living faith in Christ, who are secure and safe in Him. Many who profess to believe fall away, but they do not fall from grace, for they were never in grace. True believers do fall into temptation, and they do commit sins, but these sins do not cause them to lose their salvation nor do they separate them from Christ.”[2]

The question is many who profess faith in Jesus also fall away, why? Because they were never in grace, therefore they can’t fall away from grace. But they so called profess their faith.

Where are the NT promises for that?

When we come to the New Testament (the new covenant) we find one promise after another that God will preserve His people. Jesus says, “it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish” (Matt. 18:14). In John chapter 6, Jesus promises, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. … And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day” (John 6:37–39). Speaking of the Good Shepherd and the sheep, Jesus very clearly teaches the doctrine of the security of the believer: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27–30).[3]

Jesus said it “I shall lose nothing of all..”(v14).The “no one is able to snatch them out of the Fathers hand”. So those who fallen away, are those who were never in the grace.

Dr. Curt Daniel has done valuable work in explaining and setting these verses in their proper context in The History and Theology of Calvinism, Dallas: Scholarly Reprints, pp. 420–425. I conclude with his words: “The Reformed doctrine of perseverance is that a regenerate soul will certainly persevere through the trials of life and continue to believe and repent. He will slip and fall, develop bad habits, wrestle with doubts, but through it all he will keep on going even as he began. … all believers slip and fall into sin. But the truth of the matter is that no believer stays down. Just as God gave him faith and repentance unto initial conversion, so He supplies him with faith and repentance all along the way to heaven” (p. 415 ).[4]

But the most important thing is “Do not harden your hearts…” for 40 years Israel tested God and saw the miracles of God for 40 years and yet there were a number of them who rebelled against God, fallen totally away. Imagine that? After seeing some of the phenomenal miracles that will pale anything we have seen today? So if they could fall away even after seeing greatest miracles one earth, watch out in your own lives. Don’t take things for granted. There must a continual fear of God, deep reverence of God and a sense of piety and love for him.

Hebrews 3:7-9 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,9 where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.

Feeling God’s Anger & Frustration

10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’11 As I swore in my wrath,‘They shall not enter my rest.’”

Sometimes people forget that God has emotions too. He gets angry, and his holy anger rises and shown many times especially in the OT. He has deep passion for his people Israel in the OT, and in the NT and now, he has deep feelings for his church, who was purchased by his own blood. We are his. He is our God. Amen.

Conclusion

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.


[1] Curtis Thomas , Safe and Secure,  https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/safe-and-secure/

[2]Ibid

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid

Bringing many sons to glory

Hebrews 2:10-12 (ESV) 10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”

It’s just so beautiful to see that Jesus is bringing many sons to glory. That’s to say that to enter the heaven of eternal bliss, He will bring many sons to glory, not just into heaven. So what’s glory? Romans 8:30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Paul spells it out here clear with those God called, justified, and finally he gloried them. Why would God glorify those saved? Justified I can understand, but glorify? But when I read “bringing many sons to glory”, I can understand better. When one is justified, it means he is cleansed, he is already glorified. Jesus is glorified, he is returned to heaven to his old glory that he had before the foundation of the world. Glory is part of God’s characteristics, no one can see the Lord without holiness, for example. But when someone is purified by the blood of Jesus, we are qualified to enter to see him in his return, and we shall also be glorified. People who are not glorified, cannot see the Lord, because he is so full of glory, blazing fire (Revelations).

But what touches me most is the phrase “bringing many sons to glory”. It’s like he’s hold our hands bringing us into glory. What a beautiful picture of our shepherd, savior, bringing many of us entering into glory. He didn’t just send a thousand angels and have us line up and huge lines (can you imagine billions of us?) and even take a number? No, but he brings us in himself. Once we are in, we are glorified.

The next one is he sanctified us, or purifies us. There can be no sin in heaven. Now v11 says he is not ashamed to call them brothers! Wow, this is really endearing. He is not ashamed of us in front of angels and the Father in heaven. He’s saying “Hey, these are my brothers.” Remember he’s brought us from our background utter darkness, brokenness, godless, rebellious, sinful full of self, and now into the presence of the holiness in heaven, he validates us, he affirms us, he says “they are mine, they are my brothers & sisters.” Oh, how beautiful and moving. Intimate, more than friends, but brothers. This is immediately entering into familyhood, and we are also adopted in God’s family through Jesus, and we call him Abba Father! Amen! All because of the Lord Jesus. The amazing awesome Savior, our spokesman, our mediator, our advocate. He represents us in front of the Father.

Not only that, v12 “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”

He will tell of our names to his brothers on the midst of congregation, he will praise us. It is amazing how warm and endearing Jesus is. He is no aloof dude, king, who wants to control us only.

Conclusion is who wouldn’t want to join the family of Jesus? Who wouldn’t want to leave this world and join him for eternity?

I hope this will encourage you to see the intimacy of Christ with us, and how personal he is with us? He calls us brothers (or sisters) in front of angels and his Father. He will say “Welcome to my family” when we eventually get there! Hallelujah!