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我不需要團契?

蕭壽華牧師

過去一段日子,我們常提及潘霍華先生所著的《團契生活》,其中一處重要的勉勵是:「凡不能獨處的,就當小心團契。凡不能在團契中生活的,就當小心獨處。」個人獨處與團契生活二者必須是同時存在,如此才能回應主給我們的呼召。因為我們每個人都是個別面對神給我們的呼召,向祂交帳,但這個「我」也同時是在信徒群體中蒙召,與他們一起進入神的家、一起作主的見證人。潘霍華特別強調,任何基督徒若是在信仰路上只會獨行,生命便會轉向自我,信仰路上「滿佈深淵和危險」;而只想要團契,而不願意在獨處中反思自己、默想回應主的旨意生活、禱告代求的,這人的生命會逐漸變得浮淺,生命失去堅定的動力。


我們不願意投入信徒群體,其中一個原因是不願意別人介入我的「個人問題」。自己多年來難於面對、怯於啟齒的事,別人知道後會怎樣看我?因此迴避別人,也迴避自己。但任何時候只要我在獨處中轉向神,我便會發現神已經為我們預備了一個恩惠的群體,「你們要彼此認罪、互相代求,使你們可以得醫治」,這群體曾經經歷主為他們「洗腳」,他們也被召去彼此洗腳。而那裡正是生命得醫治、得建立的地方。


或許有人會說:「我不需要團契,我沒有甚麼個人問題,我也不覺得團契會對我有甚麼好處。」但當我們靜下來面對神,便會知道我若要遵從主的道生活,就須進入團契,因為惟有在信徒群體中我才可以實踐彼此相愛、彼此體恤、彼此扶助這些從主而來的吩咐。我需要團契,不一定是我有甚麼缺乏,而是我需要團契去回應主對我的呼召、對我的吩咐。這也是為甚麼許多弟兄姊妹在團契生活中雖曾經歷關係上的困難(磨鍊),但仍歡喜繼續留在團契裡——我需要他們來使我的生命、品格得到磨鍊,在困難中學習順服主的吩咐,彼此愛護。因為,在信徒的關係中,最根本的仍是我與主的關係,因著祂,我仍可以在一切情況下繼續團契,在「主內團契」。


我每當崇拜後看見一組組弟兄姊妹聚集在一些固定的地點,匯合其他弟兄姊妹,一起前往吃早餐、午飯,我的心就很感快樂,因為我彷彿看到生命的連繫,不單靈裡的相交,也在生活上享受肢體的陪伴,這是何等美善。團契原是神賜恩與我們的管道,你或者已放下很久,但不要長久放下,因那裡有神所命定的恩福。






Pastor's Sharing
I Don’t Need Fellowship?
Rev Gordon Siu

In the past months, we have often referred to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together. The author says, “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.” We need both solitude and fellowship to respond to God’s calling. Each of us faces God’s call and is accountable to Him on our own accord. Nevertheless, “I” am called to God as part of the Christian community. “I” join the divine family along with other believers, and we testify to the Lord together. Dietrich Bonhoeffer stresses that any Christian who “seeks solitude without fellowship” risks becoming self-centered and his spiritual journey plagued with abysses and hazards. On the other hand, if any Christian wants fellowship without solitude – without reflections on his life, meditation on how to live according to God’s will, prayer and intercession – his life will gradually become shallow and lose dynamism.

One reason why we are reluctant to commit to fellowship life is “I don’t want others to meddle in my private matters.” For many years, “I” have found it hard to face that something in my life, even to talk about it. What will people think if they know about it? So I sweep myself and others under the carpet. However, as soon as this believer turns to God in solitude, he will find the community of blessings that God has prepared for him. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16). This community has experienced the Lord’s washing of their feet. It is also called to wash each other’s feet. It is a place of healing and where life gets built up.

Perhaps someone will say, “I don’t need fellowship. I don’t have any personal problems. Nor do I think fellowship can help me in any way.” But when we come to God alone, we will find that if I am to live in accordance with His Word, I must join a fellowship. This is because the Christian community is the only place where we can love, sympathize with and help one another as commanded by God. I need fellowship not necessarily because I lack anything, but to respond to the Lord’s call and command for me. This is also why many brothers and sisters who experience relationship issues (or training) in fellowship life are still happy to stay on. The fact is, I need them to shape my life and character, and to learn to obey God and care for each other even in difficulties. In all the relationships, the most fundamental is still my own relationship with God. It is because of Him that I can still continue my fellowship life and can have fellowship in the Lord under all circumstances.

It has always been a pleasure to see groups of brothers and sisters gathering together regularly at certain locations after worship to go for breakfast or lunch together. I see lives connected. They not only have fellowship in the Spirit, but also enjoy the company of each other in their daily life. How great it is! Fellowship is a means of God’s grace for us but we might have taken it for granted as time goes by. Let us cherish fellowship, for there lies the predestined blessings of God.