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聖誕節的好消息
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Luke 2:8–10 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
在伯利恆之野地裡有牧羊的人,夜間按著更次看守羊群。有主的使者站在他們旁邊,主的榮光四面照著他們,牧羊的人就甚懼怕。那天使對他們說:“不要懼怕!我報給你們大喜的信息,是關乎萬民的。
Luke 2:8–10 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
在伯利恆之野地裡有牧羊的人,夜間按著更次看守羊群。有主的使者站在他們旁邊,主的榮光四面照著他們,牧羊的人就甚懼怕。那天使對他們說:“不要懼怕!我報給你們大喜的信息,是關乎萬民的。
Romans 1:2–4 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
2 這福音是神從前藉眾先知在聖經上所應許的。3 論到他兒子我主耶穌基督,按肉體說,是從大衛後裔生的;4 按聖善的靈說,因從死裡復活,以大能顯明是神的兒子。
Romans 1:2–4 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
這福音是神從前藉眾先知在聖經上所應許的。論到他兒子我主耶穌基督,按肉體說,是從大衛後裔生的;按聖善的靈說,因從死裡復活,以大能顯明是神的兒子。
Romans 1:16 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
我不以福音為恥;這福音本是神的大能,要救一切相信的,先是猶太人,後是希臘人。
Ro 1:2-4
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Have you come across or played a game of word association? This is how one of such games can be played.
You begin by choosing a word and another person has to respond by saying ‘the first word that comes to mind’. The key to the game is speed and quick witted. If you are too slow to respond or say something that is totally unrelated, you lose. As an example, if the word is CAT, then you may say FISH; another person may say Salmon; another person Sushi etc …
If I begin with word Christmas, I wonder what will be the first word that comes to your mind?
Baby Jesus? Presents? Turkey? Carolling? Manger or Santa Claus … I wish someone would have said Good News. This is what the Angel said to the shepherd on that night more than 2000 years ago.
The Angel was not playing a game with the Shepherd. The Angel was making a historical announcement that the people of Israel had been waiting for.
It was Good News.
As an example, when someone says cat, you may say dog, another person may say bone, another person may say have to say another word that comes to mind. he following game before? I say something and you respond immediately with the first thing that pops up in your mind.
have to say another word that comes to mind. he following game before? I say something and you respond immediately with the first thing that pops up in your mind.
I say something and you say the first thing that pops up in your mind. . It will be Christmas in about ten days’ time. What does Christmas mean to you?
For example, if I say snow, you will respond with freezing.
When I say Christmas, what will you say? Baby Jesus? Carolling? Presents? Turkey? … I wish someone would have said Good News. This is what the Angel said to the shepherd on that night more than 2000 years ago. What the Angel said to the Shepherd was not a game. It was Good News.
To these shepherds, they were doing their normal job, tending sheep.
Luke 2:8–10 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
在伯利恆之野地裡有牧羊的人,夜間按著更次看守羊群。有主的使者站在他們旁邊,主的榮光四面照著他們,牧羊的人就甚懼怕。那天使對他們說:“不要懼怕!我報給你們大喜的信息,是關乎萬民的。
It will be Christmas in about ten days’ time. What does Christmas mean to you?
It will be Christmas in eight days’ time. What does Christmas mean to you? What are the things that are important about Christmas?
Baby Jesus in the manger? food and gifts? Christmas concerts and Carolling? evangelistic meetings? ...
There were only three things that most people said were important about Christmas: spending time with family (76%), giving presents to friends and family (63%), eating Christmas food and drinking Christmas drinks (57%). (In a cheering display of generosity, more people said that giving presents was important to them, compared to receiving them, at 39%.)
When I was working in the US more than 15 years ago, it came as a big surprise to me that my colleagues at work do not wish one another Merry Christmas. Instead they would say Happy Holiday. The reason is simply because many people in the US do not come from Christian background so saying Merry Christmas may not mean much to them or they may even find it offensive. In England, it is better; at least it is still Christmas.
It is good news not because the time was bad. Of course, the time was bad. The Jews were ruled by indeed bad because the Jews were ruled by Rome.
When I was working in the US more than 15 years ago, it came as a big surprise to me that my colleagues at work do not wish one another Merry Christmas. Instead they would say Happy Holiday. The reason is simply because many people in the US do not come from Christian background so saying Merry Christmas may not mean much to them or they may even find it offensive. In England, it is better; at least it is still Christmas.
But Christmas is still a big time in many countries worldwide measured not by how many go to church but by how much people spend over the Christmas period. Consumer spending index becomes a gauge to the mood of the people and if it is a good Christmas.
All over the world and in many countries, people continue to celebrate Christmas but in a worldly way. Christmas spending becomes a major index to gauge the mood of the people and whether it is going to be a good Christmas.
they did not do that is because US is so multi-cultural and multi-ethnic that
Do you find anything in common in these three verses?
Do you find anything in common in these three verses?
Perhaps you have already spotted that the verses in the book of Romans talk about the same thing - 福音
the verses in the book of Romans What do these three verses in common?
How about the verses in Luke? 大喜的信息。
In fact the Greek word for 福音 and大喜的信息 share the same root that means good news. These three passages tell us about the good news in two different situations and in three different ways.
Luke 2:8–10 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
8 在伯利恆之野地裡有牧羊的人,夜間按著更次看守羊群。9 有主的使者站在他們旁邊,主的榮光四面照著他們,牧羊的人就甚懼怕。10 那天使對他們說:“不要懼怕!我報給你們大喜的信息,是關乎萬民的。
Luke 2:8–11 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
8 在伯利恆之野地裡有牧羊的人,夜間按著更次看守羊群。9 有主的使者站在他們旁邊,主的榮光四面照著他們,牧羊的人就甚懼怕。10 那天使對他們說:“不要懼怕!我報給你們大喜的信息,是關乎萬民的。11 因今天在大衛的城裡,為你們生了救主,就是主基督。
Luke 2:8–12 NIV84
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
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引言
聖誕節的意義
破冰遊戲 -
根據 Evangelical Alliance 一份調查,(http://www.eauk.org/culture/statistics/christmas-facts-and-quotes.cfm) 在英囯大部份人覺得在聖誕有三件最重要的事。(1)與家人一起(76%); (2)送禮物給家人和朋友(63%);吃喝(57%)。
根據 Evangelical Alliance 一份調查,(http://www.eauk.org/culture/statistics/christmas-facts-and-quotes.cfm) 在英囯大部份人覺得在聖誕有三件最重要的事。(1)與家人一起(76%); (2)送禮物給家人和朋友(63%);吃喝(57%)。
在英囯大部份今天讀的經文告訴我們,聖誕節是好消息,是主福音的開始。人覺得在聖誕有三件最重要的事。(1)與家人一起(76%); (2)送禮物給家人和朋友(63%);吃喝(57%)。
對信主的人,聖誕節的意義是什麼呢?今天讀的經文告訴我們,耶穌的誕生是好消息,而主的福音也是好消息,帶給世人救恩和希望。
為世人帶來救恩的開始,是萬民的好消息
是記念主的誕生,是主的福音,為世人帶來救恩的好消息。
福音為世人帶來救恩開始,是萬民的好消息
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例如:有人說麥當勞,另一人說漢堡包, 另一人說汽水,如此類推…
如果我說聖誕節,大家會怎樣續下去呢?
[我希望聽到有人說「大喜的信息」,或者「福音」這類的回應。]

Introduction -

因為「大喜的信息」是天使向牧羊人説的話。
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(1) 大喜的信息 - 路加福音2章8-11 節

Luke 2:8–11 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
8 在伯利恆之野地裡有牧羊的人,夜間按著更次看守羊群。9 有主的使者站在他們旁邊,主的榮光四面照著他們,牧羊的人就甚懼怕。10 那天使對他們說:“不要懼怕!我報給你們大喜的信息,是關乎萬民的。11 因今天在大衛的城裡,為你們生了救主,就是主基督。
路加福音2章的背景-
a. 經過四百年的沈默,天使的出現是神再次向以色列民說話。(10上)
天使報的是「大喜的信息」因為帶給以色列民希望。
b. 天使報的信息,帶給以色列民和萬民希望。(10下)
為什麼天使報的是「大喜的信息」?
c. 天使宣告神應許的彌賽亞,終於降臨。(11)
c. 天使報的信息,帶給以色列民和萬民希望。天使宣告神應許的彌賽亞,終於降臨。d. 天使報的「大喜的信息」,不只是嬰孩耶穌的誕生,而是主福音的開始。
d. 天使報的「大喜的信息」,不只是嬰孩耶穌的誕生,而是主福音的開始。
d. 天使報的「大喜的信息」,不只是嬰孩耶穌的誕生,而是主福音的開始。
e. 大喜的信息和主的福音的希臘字有同一的字根。意思是好消息。 [εὐαγγελίζομαιas () & εὐαγγέλιονas in () ]
希望。
d.
和福音的希臘字有同一的字根。

(2)主的福音是可信和真實 - 羅馬書1章2-4節

(2)主的福音是可信和真實 - 羅馬書1章2-4節

(2)主的福音是可信和真實 - 羅馬書1章2-4節

Romans 1:2–4 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
2 這福音是神從前藉眾先知在聖經上所應許的。3 論到他兒子我主耶穌基督,按肉體說,是從大衛後裔生的;4 按聖善的靈說,因從死裡復活,以大能顯明是神的兒子。
真實 - 羅馬書1章2-4節
真實和 - 羅馬書1章2-4節
主的福音是好消息因為是可信和真實的。
a. 這福音是神自己的應許從前藉眾先知在聖經上所應許的。論到他兒子我主耶穌基督,按肉體說,是從大衛後裔生的;按聖善的靈說,因從死裡復活,以大能顯明是神的兒子。(2) Introduction -
(2) Introduction -
1. 帶給以色列民希望, 因為神廣許的彌賽亞,便今降臨。
神廣許的彌賽亞,便今降臨。
。路加福音2章的背景。
麽這
可信 :
可信:
Introduction -
a. 這福音是神自己的應許 (v2)
a. 這福音是神自己的應許 (v2)
b. 眾先知曾預言的 (v2)
c. 記載在聖經上 (v2)
真實 :
所應許的。論到他兒子我主耶穌基督,按肉體說,是從大衛後裔生的;按聖善的靈說,因從死裡復活,以大能顯明是神的兒子。(2) Introduction -
a. 神的兒子主耶穌基督已降生 (v3)
b. 肉體的生命 - 道成肉身,從大衛後裔生的 (v3)
c. 屬靈的生命 - 從死裡復活,以大能顯明是神的兒子 (v4)
d. 主的復活有不少見証人,包括保羅。(林前 15:3-8)

(3) 主的福音是神的大能,要拯救世人 - 羅馬書1章16節

A game of “word association” - what people will associate Christmas with.
Romans 1:16 中文聖經和合本-神版(繁體)
16 我不以福音為恥;這福音本是神的大能,要救一切相信的,先是猶太人,後是希臘人。
Will they associate Christmas with the Good News?
a. 保羅不是福音為恥,因為耶穌不以保羅為恥。
The good news is not only Jesus’ birth but also the Jesus’ gospel. This word association also applies to the two Greek words: ‘I bring you good news”declared by the Angel to the shepherds and Jesus’ gospel εὐαγγέλιονas in () as they share the same root word.
b. 福音是神的大能
c. 救恩是給世人,因為神愛世人。
總結:
信主的人在聖誕節慶祝,記念主耶穌的誕生,因為知道自己是蒙恩得救,有永生應該慶祝,因為知道神仍然打開救恩之門,可以得到救贖的恩典的。

Conclusion:

as the Greek words for Good News and the Gospel share the same Greek root word.
εὐαγγέλιονas they share the same root word.
Why is the gospel the good news?

The Angel’s declaration of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds () is good news because:

1. () It brings hope to

1a. the people of Israel as the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ has arrived.
1b. all people including all of us today as God’s promise includes all mankind.

2. (Ro 1:2-4) It is trustworthy

2a. It is a promise from God as revealed by the OT prophets and recorded in the Scripture
and we can also trust in it.
2b. God’s promise and the OT prophecies have come true in the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus
2c. Many people including Paul bore witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection

3. () it is God’s power to save all mankind that leads to eternal life; the ultimate good news ()

Conclusion:
Conclusion:
Believers have good reason to celebrate Christmas not only because it is Jesus’ birth but because through Jesus we have obtained eternal life. Non-believers can also celebrate because Jesus’ salvation is still available but don’t hesitate as no one can be certain of what may come tomorrow.
This is Good News because it is God’s power
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