March 10, 2024

忠心的管家 Faithful Steward

神的僕人有三種不同的身份, 其中一個是作為管家. 神對管家的要求只有一個: 忠心. 本週, 張國強牧師敦促我們繼續專注於傳講福音的真理, 不害怕被別人論斷, 也不論斷自己, 要仍然做神的忠心的管家.

God requires the church to be faithful stewards of the Gospel. This week, Rev. Jeremiah Cheung urges us to focus on preaching the truth of the Gospel, be unafraid of the world’s judgment, and remain faithful as stewards of the mysteries of God.

Read Today’s Scripture Passage

林前 1 Corinthians 4:1-7

Life Group Discussion Guide

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1. Start with a prayer

2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
• Reflect on a time when you found it challenging to avoid judging someone else. How did you overcome that tendency, or what would you do differently now?

3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
• Read the passage. How should our identity as faithful stewards shape our perspective as God’s servants?
• If a friend says that we should not tell people they are wrong because we should not “judge,” how would you answer? Is this response biblical?

4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
• Reflect on your own reactions to criticism and praise. How much do these external judgments influence how you view and value yourself?
• Consider the balance between living too casually and imposing overly strict standards on yourself. What is hindering and encouraging you from aligning your self-perception with Christ’s perspective rather than societal or personal expectations?

5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
• How can you actively exercise treating other people’s judgments as a small matter in your daily life?
• What practical steps can you take to avoid judging yourself harshly and instead focus on how Christ sees you?
• In what ways can you apply the instruction to follow the apostles’ example and view others impartially, recognizing both their strengths and weaknesses?

6. Engage with God in prayer (20-30 mins)
• Thank the Heavenly Father for entrusting us with the precious responsibility of stewarding His mystery—the Gospel. Praise Him for the privilege of being called a faithful steward and for the grace that enables us to share this life-transforming message with others. Express your gratitude for His unending mercy, and acknowledge that your worth is not determined by worldly standards but by His infinite love. Pray that your life would continually reflect the beauty of His Gospel, and that you may bring glory to His Name.
• Humbly approach God and recognize the times when you have allowed the judgments of others to shape your view of yourself. Ask for forgiveness for seeking validation from worldly standards rather than finding your identity in Him. Repent for the moments when you’ve harshly judged yourself and failed to see the balanced perspective He has on our lives. Ask for help to release the burden of self-judgment and embrace the freedom that comes from knowing you are fearfully and wonderfully made by His hands. Also repent for any idolization or worship of others, acknowledging that He alone is worthy of such devotion. Ask God to cleanse your heart and mind, and guide you to focus on how He sees us.

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