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回應時代的神學教育

李文玉牧師

近幾年每逢經過康澤的課室走廊,總常在壁報板上看到香港各大神學院推出各式各樣的晚間平信徒神學課程、信徒造就課程、遙距課程等,各適其適,應有盡有,而北宣也有不少弟兄姊妹參加這類神學課程,這是可喜的現象,看見弟兄姊妹在下班後仍願意付出時間,追求認識神的話語,實在令人鼓舞;的確,神的話語比蜜甘甜,比精金更寶貴。然而,你修讀過這些課程後,不要以為這樣就已經足夠了,我鼓勵你也要細心聆聽上帝有否呼召你全時間讀神學,裝備自己,進而作祂的工人(牧會或宣教),以回應這時代的需要。

神學院存在的主要目的,是培育蒙神呼召的信徒,裝備他們成為教會未來的傳道人,所以,神學院是與教會彼此配搭的。去年宣道會區聯會進行教會普查,發現整體堂會趨向老化,而青少年也有頗高的流失率。香港教會更新運動的「2014 香港教會普查」簡報中指出:「最多堂會關注的青少年事工相關課題是導師不足,其次是青少年信徒流失,其中以青少年升讀大專後的流失最備受關注。」神學院也看見這現象,於是就回應教會的需要,希望招募更多年輕人,塑造他們,叫他們在資訊世代履行牧養新一代的使命。作為導師或父母,假如你看見弟兄姊妹或你的兒女在思想或疑惑上帝是否呼召自己成為祂的工人,你可以幫助他們一起探索、禱告仰望、尋求上帝的引導。

神在不同時代呼召不同的人去收祂的莊稼、宣揚真理、牧養教會,你有沒有聽見主耶穌的微小聲音?祂有沒有呼召你全時間服事生命的主?你或許正在為你的人生尋尋覓覓,或是勞勞碌碌地工作,你又或許滿足於當前的狀況,無論如何,你會否願意花一點時間安靜在上帝面前,禱告尋求祂的心意,看看祂有否呼召感動你?耶穌說:「要收的莊稼多,做工的人少。所以,你們當求莊稼的主打發工人出去收他的莊稼。」(太九 37-38)昔日以賽亞先知聽見主的聲音說:「我可以差遣誰呢?誰肯為我們去呢?」他便回應說:「我在這裡,請差遣我!」(賽六 8)你呢?你又會如何回應神的呼召?






Pastor's Sharing
Theological Education to Serve the Times
Rev Doris Li

Over the past few years, I have seen notices on the notice boards along the corridor of Main Church classrooms about courses offered by various theological seminaries in Hong Kong. They feature all kinds of evening theological courses, advanced studies as well as online courses for lay church members. I am encouraged that many brothers and sisters of NPAC are taking part in those courses, spending time after work to study the Word of God. Indeed, the Word of God is sweeter than honey and more precious than much pure gold. Nevertheless, do not think that you are done once you have completed those courses. I encourage you to watch out for any calling of God on you to receive full-time theological training so you can serve Him as a church minister or missionary. There is much need in our times for servants of God.

Theological seminaries aim mainly to groom believers called by God and equip them to become future preachers. Theological seminaries and churches complement each other. Last year, the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Union Hong Kong conducted a survey and found an aging trend among member churches. They also noted quite a high dropout rate among the young people. The discovery was echoed in the summary report of the 2014 church survey by the Hong Kong Church Renewal Movement. The report cited :a lack of fellowship counselors: followed by "dropout of young believers" as the major concerns of Hong Kong's youth ministries. In particular, the dropout of believers upon admission into universities was the greatest concern of the churches. In response to the trend, our theological seminaries hope to recruit more young people and prepare them for the mission of shepherding the new digital generation. Parents and fellowship leaders who find believers wondering whether God is calling them to be His servants can help by exploring His calling with them, praying and looking upon God for guidance.

In different times, God calls different people to reap His harvest, preach the truth and shepherd the church. Have you heard the still small voice of the Lord Jesus? Has He called you to enter into full-time ministry to serve the Lord of life? You may be trying to figure out what to do with your life, or just toiling all day. Or, you may be quite satisfied with your current life situation. Whichever your case, are you prepared to spend time to come to God with a quiet heart, to pray and seek His will to see if you are being called? Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field" (Matthew 9:37-38). In the old days when the prophet Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" he replied, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8) How about you? How would you respond to the call of God?