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把握每個福音主日

李文玉牧師

有人問,傳福音的方法和途徑多得很,為甚麼北宣家還堅持每年兩次設立福音主日?

設立福音主日,主要是為鼓勵弟兄姊妹帶領未信主的親友前來認識主耶穌,得著救恩。其次是盼望弟兄姊妹常存傳福音的心志,正如保羅所說:「要與人同得這福音的好處」(林前九 23)。此外,我們亦希望藉此提供多一個傳福音的平台和渠道。

每個福音主日都是撒種和收割的機會。根據教會的統計,每次福音主日都有十多人決志信主。我們許多時都聽到有親友在福音主日決志的弟兄姊妹驚訝說:「沒想到他們會信耶穌,原來就是這麼簡單。」對,只要邀請他們參加福音主日,就能切實體會到保羅所說:「這福音本是神的大能」(羅一 16)。

每三年一次的北宣普查顯示,前來崇拜的人有些是未信主的,有些更是不請自來,其後在福音主日決志。驅使這些未信者踏進教會的原因很多:「我遇到挫折,不開心」;「我心裡很不平安,希望得到安寧」;「職場的人際關係、辦公室政治令我窒息」;「每逢星期日都看見很多人在天橋排隊,我感到好奇,於是鼓起勇氣來看看。我每個星期來聽道,就在某個福音主日信了耶穌」;「遠方的家人和親戚信了耶穌,我覺得很奇怪,便嘗試了解耶穌是誰」……神確能藉著各種人與事,感動人前來尋找祂,然而,更多人是經親友傳福音,或是受邀來到教會,繼而信主的。福音主日就是個好機會,邀請未信的親友來聽福音,他們未必一次就信耶穌,但這些邀請至少能撒下道種,只要我們憑信心再接再厲去邀請他們,到了神的時間,就必有收成。傳道書十一 6 說:「早晨要撒你的種,晚上也不要歇你的手,因為你不知道哪一樣發旺;或是早撒的,或是晚撒的,或是兩樣都好。」

耶穌說,祂是「生命的活水」(約四 14)、「生命的糧」(六 35)、「世界的光」(八 12),祂又說:「我就是道路、真理、生命;若不藉著我,沒有人能到父那裡去」(十四 6)。主給我們的大使命,是將福音傳遍萬國,叫人得永生。保羅說:「我若甘心做這事,就有賞賜;若不甘心,責任卻已經託付我了。」(林前九 17)主將責任託付在我們身上,這是何等榮耀又何等值得敬畏的事!

來,把握每個福音主日,邀請未信主的親友來聽道,神的時候一到,他/她便會相信主,你也能體會到神的大能(羅一 16)。




Pastor's Sharing
Make the Most of Gospel Sundays
Rev Doris Li


Among the different means of evangelism, why does the NPAC Family insist on organizing two Gospel Sundays a year?

There are various reasons. First, the Gospel Sunday is mainly to encourage brothers and sisters to bring non-Christian friends and relatives to the church so they can benefit from the gospel. Secondly, it is to sustain the desire of brothers and sisters to preach the gospel to all those around us. "I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings," in the words of Paul. The Gospel Sunday also provides an additional platform and means for evangelism.

Every Gospel Sunday presents a chance to sow gospel seeds and reap the harvest. According to church statistics, we have more than 10 converts every Gospel Sunday. We often hear brothers and sisters talking about the conversion of their friends in amazement. They have never imagined their friends would ever believe in Christ. Just invite your friends to the Gospel Sunday, and you will see what Paul meant by "the power of God."

The NPAC Census conducted once every three years reveals that some of the participants in our worship services are non-believers. Some of them have come on their own and are later converted during Gospel Sundays. There are many reasons for their coming to church and seeking God: frustration and unhappiness, absence of inner peace, disappointment over office politics and complicated interpersonal relationships in the workplace, curiosity at the long queues lining up for NPAC worship services…. Some seek Jesus because their family members or relatives are devout Christians. It is true that God directs some people to Him through various incidents and happenings. But more have come to Christ through evangelism by their friends or invitations to attend church meetings. The Gospel Sunday presents a good opportunity to invite non-believers. They may not believe at first, but the seed of the gospel is sown and as long as we keep inviting them by faith, the harvest will be reaped when the time of God comes. Ecclesiastes 11:6 says, "Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well."

Jesus has likened Himself to "a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:14). He is "the bread of life" (John 6:35), "the light of the world" (John 8:12), "the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). The Great Commission from the Lord is to make disciples of all nations so people can have life everlasting. Paul said, "If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me" (1 Corinthians 9:17). The mandate is entrusted to us – what a glorious and solemn task!

Let's invite non-believers to every Gospel Sunday. As soon as God's time comes, they will believe in the Lord and you will see the power of God (Romans 1:16).