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Yesterday, September 14, in 407 AD, John Chrysostom died, aged 58. Many of us have probably never heard of John Chrysostom. He was ordained in 385 AD and became pastor of the church in Antioch. Chrysostom was not his last name – it was the name given to him after his death and means “golden tongue”. John Chrysostom was a preacher – one of the greatest in all of church history.

He loved preaching – quoting the NT some 11,000 times in the 800 sermons we still have. His sermons are so good that they remain some of the most readable today.

His preaching challenged and encouraged his hearers to seek only Jesus Christ. In his final sermon, he said this:   “The waters are raging, and the winds are blowing, but I have no fear for I stand firmly upon a rock. What am I to fear? Is it death? Life to me means Christ, and death is gain. Is it exile? The earth and everything it holds belongs to the Lord. Is it loss of property? I brought nothing into this world, and I will bring nothing out of it. I have only contempt for the world and its ways, and I scorn its honours.”

These words echo Paul’s words in Philippians 3:7-11, calling us to put all aside and seek Christ above all else.

Today, may we follow Paul’s words and the words of John Chrysostom.

EXTRA: I also invite you to a special event in the life of Trinity Baptist. On Sunday, October 17, 4.00 pm, we celebrate God’s call upon Pastor Doris’ life as she is ordained to the Gospel ministry within our Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. Come and celebrate. 

視頻內容大意翻譯 (Brief video content Chinese translation):

大家早,非常謝謝你再次參加我們線上靈修。

今天我們要一起來看腓立比書3:7-11,保羅這麼寫著:

只是我先前以為與我有益的、我現在因基督都當作有損的。不但如此、我也將萬事當作有損的、因我以認識我主基督耶穌為至寶。我為他已經丟棄萬事、看作糞土、為要得着基督.並且得以在他裏面、不是有自己因律法而得的義、乃是有信基督的義、就是因信 神而來的義.使我認識基督、曉得他復活的大能、並且曉得和他一同受苦、效法他的死.或者我也得以從死裏復活。

昨天西元407年的9月14日,約翰一世 (君士坦丁堡大主教)過世了,享年58歲。我們很多人可能都沒聽過他的名字。他在西元385年被按牧成為安提阿教會的牧師。Chrysostom並不是他的姓,而是在他死後才給他的,意思是”金口”。約翰一世是個傳道人,在教會歷史中是最偉大者之一。

他喜愛講道-在我們至今保存的800篇講道中,他引用了約11000次新約聖經。他的講道非常的好,以至於至今仍是最可讀的講道。更重要的是,他活出他的信心,他賣了他所有的一切,用這些錢蓋了一個醫院,來照顧貧窮和有需要的人。他的信息挑戰並鼓勵聽的人要單單尋求耶穌基督。在他最後的講道,他說:

“水勢洶湧,狂風大作,但我毫不畏懼,因為我堅定地站在岩石上。 我應該害怕什麼呢? 是死亡嗎? 對我來說,生命意味著基督,而死亡就是收穫。 是流亡嗎? 地和地上的一切都屬於主。 是財產的損失嗎? 我沒有給這個世界帶來什麼,我也不會帶走什麼。 我只蔑視這個世界和它的方式,我蔑視它的榮譽"。

這些話和腓立比書3:7-11中保羅的話相呼應,” 我為他已經丟棄萬事、看作糞土、為要得着基督”,呼求我們將尋求基督放在萬事之上。

今天,願我們都能遵守保羅和約翰一世的話,將萬事放下,揹起我的十字架,來跟隨他。

讓我們一起禱告。

我同時也想邀請你來參加一個三一教會特別的聚會。在10月17日,星期日,下午4點,我們要一起來慶祝Doris牧師的按牧禮。按牧是我們確認神的手按這人身上,呼召這人擔任牧師或領袖的角色,將他們分別出來,為福音的事工按牧他們。邀請你一起來慶祝。

Grace and peace

Pastor Callum