2011 基督徒合一祈禱周 - 聯合呼籲文

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2011年度基督徒合一祈禱週
合一呼籲文告
主題: 在使徒的教導、團契、擘餅和祈禱中合一(徒2:42)

使徒行傳/宗徒大事錄記載了初期教會的開始及發展,她也是普世教會的源頭和模範。

當彼得/伯多祿和其餘十一位使徒/宗徒為主的死亡和復活作見證之後,在耶路撒冷接受福音的人便形成了初期的教會。徒/宗2:42的「他們」和之後的「眾人」,都以之為一個整體來形容,更以「信的人都在一處,凡物公用」(44節),「又賣了田產和家業,照每個人所需要的分給他們」(45節),「天天同心合意恆切地在聖殿裏敬拜」等來向他們表達這新群體一個最明顯不過的特質──合一。

初期教會的合一,並非事工上的合一,而是在靈性上的合一;不是貌合神離的合一,而是徹徹底底的合一;不是儀式上的合一,而是透過儀式表達合一。

使徒行傳/宗徒大事錄第二章的話,不單只紀錄了初期教會的信仰生活,也是向今天教會發出的呼籲──在使徒的教導、團契、擘餅和祈禱中合一(徒2:42)。使徒的教導傳承了主耶穌基督所宣講的真理,換而言之,就是在真理裡合而為一,一同導守主的話。團契就是彼此分享,與喜樂的人同樂,與哀哭的人同哭,在主裡成為一體,彼此互為肢體。擘餅是紀念主的死亡與再來,乃信仰的核心及崇拜生活的高峰。祈禱是靈性生活不可或缺的部分,主更曾教導門徒禱告的功課。初期教會生活的這四個方面,也是今日教會邁向合一所該學習和借鏡的。

今天的教會正面對內外多重的挑戰,讓我們以初期教會為榜樣,追求合一,以至教會能發揮本身該有的能量,向世界見證主福音的大能。榮歸上主!


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正教會普世宗主教聖統香港及東南亞都主教教區
香港基督教協進會合一與教會關係委員會


二零一一年一月

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011
Joint Statement
Theme: One in the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer
(Acts 2:42)

 

The beginning of the Christian Church and its development are recorded in the book of Acts, and this is the origin and model of the ecumenical church.

After Peter and the eleven apostles witnessed the death and resurrection of Jesus, those who accepted the Gospel in Jerusalem gradually formed the early church. Acts 2:42-47 refers to “they” and then “everyone” which describes the church in unity. In v.44, it says “And all who believed were together and had all things in common” and in v.45 “and they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Also, in v.46 it says “Day by day… they spent much time together in the temple”. All of these express an obvious trait of this new community - Unity.

The unity of the early church was not just in ministry, but unity in spirituality. It was not an outward appearance of unity with internal differences; instead it was total unity. It was not unity of formal rituals but rather the expression of unity in concrete rituals shared in community.

The 2nd chapter of Acts is not only a record of the life of the early church, but it is also a calling for today’s church: One in the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer (Acts 2:42). The teaching of the apostles was inherited from the truth that Jesus preached.  In other words, it is unity in truth and follows the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. Fellowship is sharing with one another, rejoicing with those who rejoice, and weeping with those who weep. We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. The breaking of bread is to remember the death of Jesus and to proclaim that he will come again. It is the core and pinnacle of our faith. Prayer is an indispensable part of the spiritual life. Jesus did teach his apostles to pray. Today’s church that is striving towards unity should also learn and follow the model from these four aspects of the early church’s life.

Today, the church faces many challenges both inside and out. Let us follow the early church and pursue unity, so that the church can fully utilize its energy to witness to the power of the Gospel. To God be the glory!

 

Diocesan Ecumenical Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Church   
The Ecumenical Patriarchate Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia
Church Unity and Relations Committee Hong Kong Christian Council

January, 2011



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