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再思使命小組

蕭壽華牧師

看完今期的《北宣家訊》,內心有一份感恩,感謝神感動北宣家的弟兄姊妹願意付上代價,按心中的感動,實踐服事。有弟兄姊妹為猶太人能領受福音著急,把握著有不少猶太人來港旅遊的機會,組織了「背包大使」接待他們,並送贈中國人揮春,與他們建立友誼,從而與他們分享福音。也有弟兄姊妹關心內地來港進修的學生,以家庭為單元,個別地關顧他們,邀約他們一起過節、聚會,到他們宿舍送糖水,並與他們分享人生、信仰。另外,青年科的足球隊也在這期《家訊》內分享他們如何開展了定期的監獄探訪,與囚友一起踢球,關心這些少被人理會的人士。

屬神的人是一群蒙救贖、脫離自我中心、領受自由去愛人的人。所以聖經說:「你們立志行事都是神在你們心裡運行,為要成就祂的美意」(腓二13)。因此基督徒只要留心聖靈在自己內心的感動,便會察覺到神在我們心中放下了各種「負擔」,並引領我們發揮我們不同的恩賜、資源,去行出美善的事。當然,忙碌的生活容易蓋過內心對別人需要的注意,後果是只能單顧自己的事,而不能顧念別人的事。有牧者說,香港人十分忙碌,每天工作十小時以外,再用三小時忙於娛樂與鬆弛。是的,在現代社會的生活環境,我們若不簡化對舒適生活的要求,接受簡單的生活方式,放棄追逐人有我有的成就、條件,那麼我們就無法有空間去顧念自己身外的需要。聖經在談及神在信徒心裡的工作時說:「就當恐懼戰兢(順服)做成你們得救的工夫。」——心存警惕,以致可以順服神,活出真實得救的生命。

美國紐約有一所教會,他們很重視禱告,每到週二的禱告會,教會總擠得水洩不通。教會內許多外展服事都不是教牧們開會決議的,而是由不同組別的弟兄姊妹自發組成的,他們學會了在禱告中敏銳神的感動,因而開始了「關懷基層單親家庭小組」、「關懷社會男妓事工」、「無家可歸者事工」等 70 多個外展服事小組——屬神的人在禱告中敏銳神的引導,並領受力量,把自己的需要交託主,就能憑著信心放膽去服事別人;他們在共同回應感動的過程中,也必活出信徒整全的「團契生活」。

神託付我們在這世上作祂的見證,我們當留心神如何在我們心中運行,然後憑信把祂的感動行出來。






Pastor's Sharing
Reflections on Mission Groups
Rev Gordon Siu

I was much grateful on reading the latest issue of the NPAC Newsletter. Thanks be to God, the brothers and sisters of the NPAC Family are prepared to pay the price and take part in Christian ministries following the leading of the Holy Spirit. Some brothers and sisters, concerned about the redemption of the Jews, took the opportunity of large numbers of Jewish tourists visiting Hong Kong to send "Knapsack Ambassadors" to receive them. They gave the Jews Chinese new year banners and made friends with them so as to share the gospel. Some NPAC families are mindful of the gospel needs of mainland students in Hong Kong. They took care of individual students, inviting them to their homes for gatherings and festival celebrations. They also sent soup desserts to the students' dormitories and shared with them their life experiences and faith. Meanwhile, the Youth Ministry's soccer team wrote in the newsletter how they started regular visits to prison inmates. There in prison, among other activities, they played soccer with this "forgotten" group.

The people of God are redeemed, released from self-centeredness, and have obtained the freedom to love others. This is why the Bible says, "For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose" (Philippians 2:13). Therefore, if we pay attention, we will find certain burdens that the Holy Spirit has put inside our hearts. That same guidance will also help us make the most of our gifts and resources, and to do all kinds of good deeds. Of course, a busy lifestyle can often dampen our concern for others' needs, resulting in our only minding our own business. A pastor has said that Hong Kong people spend 10 hours a day at work and three hours on recreation and relaxation. No doubt, modern city life allows no room for care about others unless we simplify our pursuit of comfort, settle for a simple living and forfeit efforts to attain the achievements and things that belong to the people around us. On the work of God in our hearts, the Bible says, "… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (obedience)." That is to say, exercise vigilance so we can obey God and live out our redeemed lives.

A church in New York, USA, attaches great importance to prayer. They see full house every Tuesday when the church has a prayer meeting. In fact, the ideas for many of their outreach efforts did not come from the pastoral staff but were conceived by various groups of brothers and sisters. More than 70 outreach service teams were started including those serving gigolos, the homeless and grass-root single parent families. They have learned to be sensitive to the guidance of God during their prayer. When the people of God pay close attention to God's guidance during prayer, are empowered and leave their own needs with the Lord, they will be able to serve others courageously. In collectively responding to God's guidance, they will surely be able to thoroughly live their "life together."

We are entrusted with witnessing for the Lord on earth. We should pay attention to the work of God within us, and by faith take corresponding actions through the Spirit.