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葡萄樹傳媒

在群體中找到力量

你最後一次獨自完成某件重要且有意義的事是什麼時候?

若我們誠實,我們就必須承認沒有別人的協助和支持,要達到任何成就是幾乎不可能的。在工商專業界,即使是最高主管和公司領袖也必須倚賴其他人,才能達到他們的目標。

不論我們是製造並銷售產品,或提供服務,我們都會發現有一群人協助我們去完成我們要做的工作。所以,為何人們努力活出他們對上帝的信心,在21世紀的商業界會帶來改變?

在實際生活中,不會有什麼不同。我們住在一個愈來愈世俗化的世界,這個環境讓想把信仰與工作結合在一起的人感到氣餒。因此,許多城市都有CBMC(基督徒工商人員協會),在那裡工商專業人士可以聚在一起禱告、查考聖經、彼此鼓勵並接受訓練。事實上,今年下半年就有一個特別的國際大會,在那裡許多國家的工商界領袖們都能聚在一起分享他們對耶穌基督的信心和委身,並且學習如何服事上帝和全球工商業界的其他人。

CBMC世界大會將於2014年9月24-28日在美國佛羅里達州奧蘭多市的奧蘭多世界中心萬豪酒店舉辦(Orlando World Center Marriott)。預期將會有代表多達80個國家的2,000多人來參加。講員包括來自阿根廷的國際佈道家路易斯‧包樂(Luis Palau);家族企業連鎖零售商Hobby Lobby董事長馬特.葛林(Mart Green);以及聲樂家史提夫.葛林(Steve Green),他將在大會中帶領我們敬拜。

以下是一些過去曾經參加過CBMC世界大會之人士的感言:

委內瑞拉的吉瑟.山佩卓(Jesus Sampedro)說,有一位商人來CBMC求助,希望我們把聖經的原則帶進他的公司,教導他公司的高級主管和經理。「他們用非宗教的方式學習上帝要他們每天做的事。企業領袖們告訴我:『我知道我的生意會更好,假如他們認識耶穌基督,而且我要他們有機會去經歷更好的生活。』」

蘇俄的茱莉亞.金(Julia Kim)說她視CBMC為「一個基督徒的社群,在商場中有些人專注於作生意,有些人專注於傳福音。我想CBMC提供作生意和查考聖經的平衡--我們想要作好的工商人士,同時也是好的基督徒。」

庫馬拉(Kumara)是印度的商人,他回憶起年輕時一位導師給他的輔導。「當我來到CBMC,我了解到導師有多麼重要,那是一對一的門徒栽培,把你的生命投資在另一個人身上。」

來自新加坡的艾思特說,她想提供工商界的女性支持、鼓勵和屬靈的指引,因為她們通常要擔起工作和家庭的雙重責任。她的出生地是中國,在2000年從一所重點大學以優異的成績畢業。雖然她的工作很成功,但她仍舊尋求生命的目的和意義。後來有人向她傳講耶穌基督。「我要透過與耶穌基督有更深的團契和個人經驗去幫助其他面對許多壓力和重擔的女性。」

在美國奧蘭多的CBMC世界大會將會探討這些以及許多其他的主題。若你想知道如何參加這個即將來臨的世界大會,或是如何參與CBMC的商場服事,請參觀我們的網站www.cbmcint.org。

省思 / 討論問題
在你的工作場所中,誰曾幫助你達成你的目標?若沒有他們的幫助,你能完成什麼? 傳道書4章9節說:「兩個人總比一個人好,因為二人勞碌同得美好的果效。」在你的職場中你可否舉出一個例子來說明這原則? 另一處經文箴言27章17節說:「鐵磨鐵,磨出刃來;朋友相感也是如此。」根據你的經驗來解釋你對這經文的了解。 你認為志同道合的人定期聚在一起討論共同的興趣、議題、問題和使命,有什麼益處?若你想要看或討論聖經中有關此主題的其他經文,請看:箴言11章14節,13章20節,15章22節,27章23-27節;傳道書4章10-12節;哥林多前書12章12-26節


FINDING STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

When was the last time you accomplished something important, something very significant totally on your own, without the help of others?

If we are honest, we would have to admit achieving anything of merit, without the assistance and support of someone else, is virtually impossible. In the business and professional world, even top executives and corporate leaders must rely on teams of other people to attain their goals and objectives.

Whether we are manufacturing and selling products, or providing services, we find ourselves in the midst of a network of people that make it possible for us to perform the work we do. So why would it be any different for people striving to live out their faith in God in the 21st century marketplace?

In reality, it is not different. We live in an increasingly secularized world, an environment where many would discourage attempts to integrate faith and work together. For that reason, many cities have CBMC groups where business and professional people can gather for prayer, Bible study, encouragement and training. In fact, later this year a special international event will be held where leaders from many nations can gather to share their mutual faith and commitment to Jesus Christ and learn how to serve God and others in the global marketplace.

The CBMC World Convention is scheduled for September 24-28, 2014 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. It is anticipated that more than 2,000 people, representing as many as 80 different nations, will be in attendance. Speakers will include international evangelist Luis Palau, a native of Argentina; Mart Green, chairman of the board of Hobby Lobby, a family-owned retailer; and vocalist Steve Green, who will serve as worship leader.

Here are comments from men and women who have participated in past CBMC World Conventions:

Jesus Sampedro of Venezuela told of a businessman who turned to CBMC for help in taking biblical principles into his company, to present them to his top leaders and managers. “They are learning in a non-religious way the things God has for them in the midst of what they do on a daily basis. Business leaders tell us, “I know my business is going to be better if they know Jesus Christ – and I want them to have the opportunity to experience a better life.””

Julia Kim of Russia said she views CBMC as “a community of Christian people. In the marketplace some people are focused on business, some are focused on outreach. We think CBMC offers the balance of both business and Bible study – we want to be good business people, but also good Christian people.”

Kumara, a businessman in India, recalled having been mentored early in his life. “When I came to CBMC, I realized how important mentoring is – one-on-one discipleship, investing your life in someone else.”

Esther, from Singapore, talked about her desire to offer support, encouragement and spiritual guidance for businesswomen who often carry the weight of both workplace and family responsibilities. She explained after leaving her native China in 2000 as an honored graduate of a leading university, her career success still left her searching for purpose and meaning for her life. Then she was introduced to Jesus Christ. “I want to help other women facing a lot of stress and extra burdens in their lives through deeper fellowship and a personal experience with Jesus Christ.”

These and many other topics will be addressed at the CBMC World Convention in Orlando, U.S.A. If you would like to learn about attending the upcoming World Convention, or how to become involved in the marketplace ministry of CBMC, visit the website, www.cbmcint.org.

Reflection/Discussion Questions
Who are some of the people that help you to achieve your goals and objectives where you work? What could you accomplish without their aid? Ecclesiastes 4:9 states, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.” What might be an example of this principle you have experienced at your workplace? Another Bible passage, Proverbs 27:17, says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man (person) sharpens another.” Explain, from your experience, your understanding of what this means. What do you think are the benefits of like-minded people meeting on a regular basis to discuss common interests, issues and problems, and a shared mission?If you would like to look at or discuss other portions of the Bible that relate to this topic, consider the following brief sampling of passages: Proverbs 11:14, 13:20, 15:22, 27:23-27; Ecclesiastes 4:10-12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

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