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關心家裡的人——成年群體

孔桂芳牧師

「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。

北宣是個大家庭,不同年齡的群體未必有好多機會彼此認識或接觸,但原來在教會裡,我們總會有一位成年的弟兄姊妹在旁邊;2017 年教會進行了一次普查,共收到 5,807 份問卷回應,40 至 49 歲的成年群體有 1,394 人,50 至 64 歲的有 1,999 人,佔普查總人數 61%,是教會人數最多的一群。

不同的人生階段,都會有其獨特的使命、挑戰與難處、以及需要繼續更新成長的地方,正如傳道書三 1指出:「萬事都有定期,天下萬務都有定時。」上帝給成年信徒獨特的使命及責任——在家庭方面,他們大多數都需要顧上(父母)又顧下(兒女),近幾年,越來越多成年信徒甚至要協助照顧孫兒;有些更是「候鳥」,每年有幾個月飛到海外支援兒女,當然,他們辛勞之餘,也可享受弄孫之樂,不過這種生活形態多少都影響他們的教會生活。其實在教會參與事奉的成年信徒佔的比例很多,他們服事的層面也較闊,能夠服事上(長者),照顧下(兒童、少年、青年),亦因著有較豐富的人生及信仰經歷,所以會在帶領的崗位上服事。工作上成年信徒由於積累了多年經驗,故此往往承擔較吃重的崗位,因而壓力不少。我們要為北宣家的成年信徒感謝上帝,他們雖然面對著各種責任帶來的壓力,但他們仍願意服事教會,我們要多點鼓勵和欣賞他們,也記念他們在各方面的勞苦與挑戰。

成年人很容易給人的印象是固執、堅持己見的性格巨星,的確,有時過往的人生閱歷會叫他們不自覺地落入固有的思想模式,然而,很感恩,我們無論是甚麼年齡及性格,都可以在主裡不斷追求心意更新和變化,讓主的靈改變我們,叫我們更像祂。成年信徒也是一樣。

願我們能懂得欣賞不同年齡群體的獨特性,彼此配搭建立,以及彼此接納,如同基督接納我們一樣(羅十五 7),使北宣家成為可以見證榮耀上帝的教會。





Pastor's Sharing
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.