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Sermon “Celebrate Chinese New Year without Dishonoring Jesus”

Below are the sermon notes from Pastor Ted Lam’s sermon for Chinese New Year 2014. Come celebrate Chinese New Year with us this Friday evening at 630pm, RSVP to Pastor Ted.

Celebrate Chinese New Year Without Dishonoring Jesus

“恭 賀 新 禧,榮 耀 基 督 “

Scripture: Matt 15:1-20 經 節﹕馬太 15﹕1-20

I. The Defilement from Outside Appearance外表的污穢 (v.1-9)

1. Hand Washing Ceremony 洗手禮 (v.1-3)
2. Honoring Your Parents (5th Com) 孝順父母 (V. 4-7)
3. It Is Your Heart That Counts 心裡的才算數 (V. 8-9)

II. The Defilement from the Inner Heart 心裡的污穢 (v.10-20)

1. Hear and Understand 聽到而且明白 (v.10)​
2. Who should You ask for advice? 要向誰請教? (v.14)
3. Clean from deep within your heart 要從心裡作起 (v.19)

III. Understanding Chinese New Year Traditions 明白如何處理傳 統

1. Red-Envelope Money Gift 紅包壓歲錢 (1 Tim 6: 6-10)
2. Family Reunion Dinner 年夜團圓飯
3. Wearing of New Clothes 穿新衣新褲 (2 Cor 5:17)
4. Worshiping Ancestors 敬祖與祭祖

Conclusion: 結語:

Seven Guidelines for handling conflicts with traditions七點解惑原則則

1. Freedom To Handle Things 處理事情的自由 (1 Cor 10:23)
2. Freedom Within The Holy Spirit 在主靈裡的自由 2 Cor 3:17)
3. We Can Do All Things 靠主我凡事都能 (Phil 4:13)
4. Our Body Is The Temple of God 身體也是神的殿 (1 Cor 6:19)
5. Don’t Be A Stumbling Block 不作人的絆腳石 (1 Cor 8:9)
6. Reap What You Sow 收割自己所種的 (Gal 6:7)
7. Carry the Fragrance of Christ 披戴基督的香氣 (2 Cor 2: 14)

Further Questions:
Parallel of Thanksgiving to Chinese New Year Family Reunion Dinner
Similarity of Passover to Chinese New Year Traditions and use of Red color