唯獨基督(6):「帶著感恩的心事奉主」

 

主題經文:20:1-16

背誦經文:所以我們既得了不能震動的國,就當感恩,照 神所喜悅的,用虔誠、敬畏的心事奉 神。(12:28)

 

A)    蒙召事奉主乃是祂的恩典

Š    因為天國好像家主清早去雇人進他的葡萄園做工…(20:1)

Š    『你們為甚麼整天在這裏閒站呢?』7 他們說:『因為沒有人雇我們。(20:6-7)

Š    所以我們既得了不能震動的國,就當感恩,照 神所喜悅的,用虔誠、敬畏的心事奉 神。(12:28)

B)    從始至終,都存感恩的心

v  由「比較」到「埋怨」

Š       §  11 他們得了,就埋怨家主說: 12 『我們整天勞苦受熱,那後來的只做了一小時,你竟叫他們和我們一樣嗎?』 13 家主回答其中的一人說:『朋友,我不虧負你,你與我講定的不是一錢銀子嗎? 14 拿你的走吧!我給那後來的和給你一樣,這是我願意的 15 我的東西難道不可隨我的意思用嗎?因為我作好人,你就紅了眼嗎?』(20:11-15)

Š       §  我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華!不可忘記祂的一切恩惠(103:2)

C)    每一個機會都感恩的從主領受

v  葡萄園比喻的重點在於:

1)    人是不是能夠感恩的從主領受所給他的每一個機會?是不是能夠忠心地在主所給他的托付中討主喜悅、榮耀 神?

2)    事奉主最重要的還不是在於我們外面得到什麼賞賜,而是我們在服事主的過程中變成了一個怎樣的人?我們學到了什麼?塑造出了什麼像主的品格 (Christ-like character)這才是我們在服事過程中最寶貴的得著。

D)    為什麼主耶穌在結尾說:「這樣,那在後的,將要在前;在前的,將要在後了。(v16)

 

 

Christ Alone (6): Serve the Lord with a Thankful Heart

 

Key Scriptures: Matt 20:1-16

Memorization Scripture(s): Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.  (Heb. 12:28)

 

1.  Being called into service of the Lord is of His grace

 

Š       For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. (Matt 20:1)

Š       ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ (Matt 20:6b-7a)

Š      Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.  (Heb. 12:28)

 

2.  Have a thankful heart from the beginning to the end

 

v  From ‘compare’ to ‘complain’

Š      11And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ (Matt 20:11-15)

Š       Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.      (Ps 103:2)

 

3.  Receive every opportunity with thanksgiving as from the Lord

 

v  The key questions of the parable of the workers in the vineyard:

1)    Are we able to be thankful for every opportunity received from the Lord?  Are we able to be faithful concerning the commission the Lord has given us and to please Him and glorify Him in all things? 

2)    The most important part of serving the Lord has little to do with the outward rewards that we receive. What manner of person have we become in the process of serving Him?  What have we learned? Have we cultivated any Christ-like character? These are most precious in the process of serving the Lord.

 

4.   Why did the Lord conclude by saying, “So the last will be first, and the first last?” (v. 16)

 

 

 

Forever

 

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever

Sing praise, sing praise

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that's been reborn
His love endures forever

Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever, God is faithful
Forever, God is strong
Forever, God is with us
Forever

From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
And by the grace of God, we will carry on
His love endures forever

Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise, yeah

Forever, God is faithful
Forever, God is strong
Forever, God is with us
Forever, forever

Forever, God is faithful
Forever, God is strong
Forever, God is with us
Forever

Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise
Oh, sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever, God is faithful
Forever, God is strong
Forever, God is with us
Forever, yes You are

Forever, You are faithful (forever, You are faithful)
Forever, You are strong (forever, You are strong)
Forever, You are with us
Forever, forever

 

 

 

 

10,000 Reasons

 

Chorus

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul

  我心 稱頌主,   我的心

worship His Holy name

敬拜祂的

Sing like never before, O my soul

向我主 唱新歌,   我心

I’ll worship Your Holy name

敬拜袮的 聖名

 

1
The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning

旭日東昇 一日復始

It’s time to sing Your song again

再次歌唱 頌祢

Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me

無論何事 或未來有多麼 艱難

Let me be singing when the evening comes

當黃昏來臨 讓我仍 歌唱

 

2
You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger

滿有慈愛不輕易發怒

Your name is great and Your heart is kind

祢名至大有 豐盛 慈愛

For all Your goodness I will keep on singing

因祢良善 使我不住

Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.

湧出千萬理由來稱 頌袮

 

3
And on that day when my strength is failing

當那日我力量已衰殘

The end draws near and my time has come

生命到盡頭 我將 離去

Still, my soul will sing Your praise unending

哦,我的心 仍要歌頌 讚美祢

Ten thousand years, and then forever more.

直到千年萬代永無  終止

 

 

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

 

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here there by Thy great help I've come
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

Oh, that day when freed from sinning
I shall see Thy lovely face
Clothed then in the blood washed linen
How I'll sing Thy wondrous grace
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry
Take my ransomed soul away
Send Thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
Let that goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

 

 

And Can It Be

 

And can it be that I should gain 
An interest in the Savior's blood? 
Died He for me who caused His pain! 
For me who Him to death pursued? 
Amazing love! How can it be That 
Thou, my God, should die for me?

(Chorus)

Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me! 
Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

 

(2)

He left His Father's throne above, 
So free, so infinite His grace! 
Emptied Himself of all but love, 
And bled for Adam's helpless race. 
'Tis mercy all, immense and free, 
For O my God, it found out me!

(Chorus)

Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me! 
Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

 

(3)

Long my imprisoned spirit lay, 
Fast bound in sin and nature's night; 
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray; 
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; 
My chains fell off, my heart was free, 
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

(Chorus)

Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me! 
Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

 

(4)

No condemnation now I dread; 
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine; 
Alive in Him, my living Head, 
And clothed in righteousness divine, 
Bold I approach the eternal throne, 
And claim the crown, through Christ my own

(Chorus)

Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me! 
Amazing love! How can it be 
That Thou, my God, should die for me!