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「你們不再是外人和客旅，而是與聖徒一同作國民，是神家裡的人了」 （弗二 19，新譯本）。感謝主，我們因著祂的救恩，不單成為祂的兒女及天國的子民，更蒙祂的帶領成為北宣家裡的人。
Caring for Adult Members of God's Household
Rev Hung Kwai Fong
"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of His household" (Ephesians 2:19). Thanks be to God, the salvation of Christ has made us the children of God and citizens of the heavenly kingdom. It has also led us into the NPAC Family.
Our family is a big one. Here, members of various age groups may not easily get to know or get in touch with one another. Nevertheless, just next to you in the worship service, you can invariably find an adult brother or sister. In the census conducted in the church in 2017, in which 5,807 responses were received, we noted that adults made up the largest sector in the congregation. Those aged 40 to 49 totaled 1,394 while those aged 50 to 64 totaled 1,999. Together, they comprise 61% of our church population.
In different stages of life, we have different missions, challenges and difficulties. We also have renewal and growth needs in different areas. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." God gives our adult believers unique missions and responsibilities in life. In the family, most of them have to take care of their parents and children. In recent years, an increasing number of adult believers even help take care of their grandchildren. Some of them fly overseas like migratory birds to support their children for several months a year. For these believers, they can certainly enjoy family reunion amid all their hard work. But their church life is often affected to a certain extent. As a matter of fact, a large proportion of ministry workers in the church are adults. They serve in a wide range of ministries for seniors, children, youth and young adult. These brothers and sisters are better experienced in life and faith, which enables them to serve as ministry leaders. In their workplaces, these adults with years of work experience usually occupy senior posts with a lot of work pressure. We need to thank God for our adult population. They face a lot of pressure from various responsibilities and yet they are willing to serve the church. We need to convey to them more encouragement and appreciation, and pray for their hard work and difficulties.
Some adults are seen to be stubborn and uncompromising as though that is how they should behave. Indeed, their life experience tends to make them think in a certain established way. Nevertheless, thank God, whatever our age or character, we can be transformed by the renewing of our mind in Christ, and let the Spirit of God change us, making us more like Him. So can adult believers.
May we all learn to appreciate the unique characteristics of various age groups, complement and build up one another, and accept one another just as Christ accepted us (Romans 15:7). May we all strive towards making the NPAC Family one that can magnify and bear witness to God.