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這一季的講壇，我們會選讀使徒行傳十三章至卷末。使徒行傳十三章是全書的轉捩點，記述初期教會剛進到挑戰重重的日子，但卻仍堅持將福音帶進新的領域裡。在北宣家新的五年開始，讓我們從初代聖徒的歷煉中，讀懂經文對北宣人的提醒。深願北宣人在使命路上，得以靈命進深（Deeper Life through Mission）。
Steadfast Mission in New Horizons
Rev Arnold Chow
Gradually and quietly, the life and form of the church has radically changed under the impact of the new era. Church life in the past seems to have become out of date, and conflict of values arises.
Church as "stranger" in new context: Tried and trusted ways handed down from generation to generation no longer seem applicable. In a sense, the church has been relocated to a new context as a "stranger." Now it finds itself a stranger to the time and space therein. Being "always online" is an example.
The social movement in 2019 and the pandemic this past year made it necessary for the church community to switch between meeting online and onsite. The constant need to adapt to the changing environment leads to a drastic change in brothers and sisters in terms of their perception, habits and expectation of church life. Churches must review their traditional practices in worship, Bible learning, fellowships, small groups, evangelism and world missions in order to adapt to the new context.
Social media defines where believers belong: In the new environment, the relationship between individual believers and the church community becomes very different from before. Anybody can start a new group in the social media, a new ministry or even a new "church". Interpersonal relationships and the sense of belonging are redefined by social media. Characteristics of individual churches and denominations will soon be forgotten. The boundary between one church and another is blurred.
In the wake or the pandemic, it is likely that churches will experience a reshuffling. If the church is not aware of the drastic change, ignores it or resists anything against its individual church mentality, it will have difficulty meeting the challenges of the new environment.
Steadfast mission in new horizons: More than 140 years ago, the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) was just an evangelistic movement. Even after it has become one of the evangelical denominations, the C&MA remained steadfast in its world evangelism mission. We firmly believe that spreading the gospel to unreached peoples will hasten Christ's return.
From another perspective, this very moment in time and space is an unreached land. Those just outside our church door are the nearest – the people of the city, especially those in greatest value conflicts with traditional churches, are the lost. The church must strive to enter their midst to, in fresh attempts, bring them the gospel.
In our sermons for the first quarter, we will study passages in the Book of Acts from chapter 13 to the end. Acts 13 is the turning point of the whole book. It recounts how the early church, despite facing new challenges and difficulties, persisted in taking the gospel to new horizons. At the start of another five years of the NPAC family, let us learn from the trials of the early saints and take in the message that the biblical passages have for NPAC worshipers. It is my sincere hope and prayer that NPAC worshipers will go into a deeper life through mission.