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領他們回來崇拜!

蕭壽華牧師

有不少弟兄姊妹分享說,他們信主,或是重新回到教會,都是因為開始時有基督徒朋友邀請他們參與教會的崇拜。一位女士在晨運時認識了一位基督徒朋友,其後被邀請來北宣參加崇拜,她起初抱著見識基督教的態度,但很奇怪,每次崇拜時她內心都感到很舒服,有一次在唱詩歌時不知為何感觸甚深,熱淚盈眶,其後便信了主。另有一位女士在醫院工作,認識了一位基督徒同事,她看見這基督徒工作熱誠,對人良善,寧願不休息,也要去關心病人,她很羨慕這位基督徒,感到這些品格是源自她的信仰,因此主動要求她帶自己回教會認識信仰,最後因為參與北宣崇拜而信主。


多年來我常聽到這類故事,也聽到不少弟兄姊妹在偶然的場合中與舊同學、舊同事重遇,而這些朋友竟主動表示希望到教會去,他們雖然不大習慣教會的崇拜形式,但卻在其中經歷到神。我想今天神仍是要藉著祂的子民,引領祂圈外的羊回到祂的羊圈。主說:「我另外有羊,不是這圈裡的;我必須領他們來,他們也要聽我的聲音」。主的心掛念祂預定要拯救的人,所以感動我們去接觸這些人,也引領這些人遇見基督徒。祂差圈內的羊去幫助那些本是屬於祂、但仍在圈外的羊回到祂身旁。主今天仍不斷這樣工作。


我們有否體貼主的心?我們或許太習慣留在圈內,也經歷了主在我們人生中的看顧和恩典,我們很歡喜可以常去敬拜祂,但我會否因而變得「自私」,在蒙恩之後只讓恩典停留在我裡面?


我們若要與主同心,便當預備自己,隨時配合主的差派。我們要留心在工作、生活圈子內接觸到的人,分辨哪些是圈外的羊,並暗中為他們禱告,再尋找機會與他們分享自己的信仰,或邀請他們回來參加崇拜。我們要向神開放自己,表達願意領人歸回羊圈的心,同時也要留心神如何感動一些人主動向我們表示要參與教會,然後作出熱誠的回應。 這兩三年間,我感到我們邀請新來賓回教會的心冷淡了。我曾多次為這事祈禱,也與教牧同工們一同思想當怎樣行。牧者們也為此計劃在 7 月開始實施一些措施,讓弟兄姊妹更方便引領新來賓來崇拜,也讓新來賓得到更好的照顧。但最重要的,仍是我們須為此禱告,與主同心,引領圈外的羊回到主的羊圈。北宣家的弟兄姊妹,請為新來賓祈禱!






Pastor's Sharing
Bring them in to Worship
Rev Gordon Siu

It has been shared by many brothers and sisters that they had believed in Christ or resumed church life at the invitation of some Christian friends. There is a lady who met a Christian friend during morning walk and was later invited to NPAC's worship service. At first, she attended just to get to know Christianity. But each time she attended church service, she felt an inner peace and one time during hymn singing, her heart was stirred, and she cried. She later became a Christian. Another lady, a hospital staff member, was impressed by a Christian colleague's passion for work, good character and sincerity in caring for patients. These appeared to have come from the colleague’s faith. So one day, she asked the colleague to take her to church. She was another convert at our worship service.

For many years, I have heard stories like these. Some other brothers and sisters have stumbled upon former classmates they had not seen for ages. These former classmates said they wanted to go to church. Church worship was unfamiliar to them, but it was where they experienced God. Today through His children, God still brings home to the fold His sheep that are outside the pen. The Lord said, "I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice…" The Lord is concerned about those predestined to be saved, and moves us to approach them. He also leads them to Christian friends. The Lord sends out His own sheep to help and bring home others that belong to Him. His work continues today.

Are we near to the heart of God? Perhaps we are too accustomed to staying within the fold. We have experienced His grace and keeping, and enjoyed worshipping Him. But does that make us "selfish" in the sense that we only keep the grace within us after receiving it from God?

To share God's heart, we need to prepare ourselves to respond anytime to His sending. We need to pay attention to the people in our workplace and social circle to discern which ones are God's sheep outside His pen. We need to pray for them and seek an opportunity to share our faith with them, or take them to worship services. We need to open up ourselves to God and be willing to lead others to Him. We should also watch how God moves some people to tell us they want to go to church. Then we respond zealously.

I have the impression that our desire to invite others to church has somewhat declined over the past two or three years. I have often prayed for this, and discussed with other pastoral staff what we can do. Our pastoral staff have now come up with new measures to be introduced in July to facilitate brothers and sisters in bringing in newcomers to worship and providing better reception service. But the most important thing is for us to pray and share the heart of God, to take the sheep outside the fold back home. Dear brothers and sisters of the NPAC Family, please pray for our newcomers.