Impacting The City 影响这城市

…the proconsul, Sergius Paulus…. called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God…. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
(Acts 13:7,12)

Today, we begin a new series on the impacting the Workplace, in Skyline English. In the Mandarin congregation, next week we start a new series on dealing with occult powers. To impact the workplace, we often have to move in the power of the Spirit, and overcome the occult powers. How? Through the believers’ authority! Let’s take a look and see.

How do we impact our city? It depends at what level we wish to impact. When we influence those at the upper levels of government, policies and laws change. When Paul was in Cyprus, the proconsul of the island, Sergius Paulus, was converted as a result of a spiritual power encounter. He was an educated intelligent man, who was convinced of the truth of the gospel only when he saw Elymas, the medium who advised him, struck blind at Paul’s command! This then, was the apostle Paul’s first ever convert: a high-ranking Roman official from the marketplace!

When Paul was in Philippi (Acts 16), a businesswoman Lydia was converted, followed by a fortune-telling slave girl who was set free from demonic oppression. This resulted in a near riot as her owners dragged Paul and his team to the magistrates, and had them beaten and imprisoned. When we are serious about invading Satan’s turf in the city, we must be ready to face the consequences! God later intervened with an earthquake. As a result, Paul was set free, and the jailer was converted together with his family! Lights came on in the city that day in the textile industry, the slave-traders’ business, and in the prisons of Philippi.

There were other cities Paul impacted in the course of his travels and preaching: Lystra and Derbe (Acts 14), Athens (Acts 17), Corinth (Acts 18), Ephesus (Acts 19) and even Malta (Acts 28). The keys? Pray, Proclaim, Persuade, and the Power of God!

…方伯士求·保罗是个通达人,他请了巴拿巴和扫罗来,要听神的道。
方伯看见所做的事,很希奇主的道,就信了。
(使徒行传13:7,12)

今天,在Skyline英文堂将开始全新的证道系列:如何影响职场。同时在中文堂,下星期也将开始全新的证道系列:如何应对异端邪说的力量。为了在职场上建立影响,我们经常需要圣灵的大能并战胜异端邪说的力量。如何呢?藉着信徒的权柄!让我们来看看吧。

我们该如何才能够影响我们的城市呢?这取决于我们所期望的影响是到什么程度。当我们有能力影响到在政府的高层阶级时,政策和法律都将会改变。当保罗在塞浦路斯时,那岛的执政官士求·保罗因遇见了圣灵的能力而信主了。他是一位受过教育的聪明人,而在他目睹行法术的以吕马,他同时也是士求·保罗的参事,在保罗的命令下当场双目失明,他这才确信福音的真理。这就是使徒保罗第一个成功让他信主的人:在职场上的罗马高级别官员。

当保罗在腓立比(使徒行传16章)时,一位名叫吕底亚的女商人亦信主了,接着是一位因被巫鬼所附以法术算命,之后获得释放的使女。这事使到骚乱发生,只因那使女的主人把保罗和他队友带到当地的行政官面前,还殴打他们并把他们收监。当我们认真的想侵犯撒旦在城市的领域时,我们随时要有心理准备去面对一切的后果!之后,上帝让地震在期间发生了。这让保罗得到了释放,而狱卒之后也与他家人一同相信主!那天,光进入了那城市,在纺织业、在贩卖奴隶生意和在腓立比的监狱。

在保罗的旅程和讲道中,还有其他的城市被影响:路司得和特庇(使徒行传14章)、雅典(使徒行传17章)、歌林多(使徒行传18章)、以弗所(使徒行传19章)甚至米利大(使徒行传28章)。关键是什么呢?祷告、宣告、说服和上帝的大能!

Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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