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思考問題 for BWGI Ch.8, Reading 1

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The following is the study guide for Ch 8, Reading 1. Please listen to Dr. Eckman’s mini lecture as well.

Chapter 8 Reading 1

  1. 本課的標題及次標題,都很有意思,請細心咀嚼。作者說:住在基督裡,是能夠「順著聖靈行事」的先決條件;同時,與主結連能直接影響我們的情緒。
  2. 你會怎樣回答這個問題:聖靈的力量何時出現在我們心裡?本課的第一及二段告訴了我們。
  3. 除了保羅講解信徒的生命如何與主聯合,約翰十五章葡萄樹與枝子的比喻,也是講述同一道理,請細讀作者對這段經文的解釋,看看有甚麼新的發現?
  4. 作者在本課,重述我們與主耶穌三方面的關係:認同(identity)、參與(participation)、複製(replication)。這些講解有點抽象,但我們當注意的,是抽象理念背後所表達那「真確的事實」,那「真確事實」是甚麼呢?
  5. 請聽作者這段話:As we absorb that identification in our minds, as we create it imaginatively within our emotions, and as we reckon it to be true, we grow in this new identity.  We can assume these realities and make them the basis for a loving relationship with God the Father。跟著作者又說:As we seek the Father in an open-hearted, honest, truthful relationship of personal trust . . . , the fruit of the Spirit will begin to be manifested in our lives (p. 114 第七段),這幾句話,蘊藏著寶貴的真理。
  6. 請緊記,這一課的教導像指路標,我們該作的,不是定睛望著指路標,而是按著指路標的方向行,去體驗它所表達的。這一課教導何謂「順著聖靈而行」(加拉太5:16),按著這課的指引去練習,你內心便有平安與喜樂,這夥擁有平安與喜樂的心,就給你力量,去行神所喜悅的事。
  7. 作者這樣說:We aggressively abide in Christ and God powerfully works with us.  We can’t produce any spiritual fruit by ourselves.  (p. 114最後一段)
  8. 作者解釋,他講論的是一種稱為“Personalist Theology”(p. 115),你明白這名稱的意思嗎?作者跟著又說:Christianity does not work when it is reduced to a mere system or religion,請細心思想這句話的意思。

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