牧師的話

由亞杜蘭洞到耶路撒冷

今天的題目是︰<由亞杜蘭洞到耶路撒冷>。

「大衛從迦特城逃到靠近亞杜蘭城的一個山洞。他的兄弟和家人聽說他在那裏都下去看他。被壓迫的、負債的,或不滿現狀的人都投奔他;人數約有四百人。大衛成了他們的領袖。」(撒上二十二1-2,現中譯修訂本)

故事背景是神已廢了掃羅王,另立大衛接續,是以掃羅王要追殺大衛。在第二節我們看到有三類人跟隨大衛,即是在人看來是軟弱的,不過是草寇、嘍囉,即統統是些不成氣候的人!當中約有四百人,投奔大衛,他就做了他們的領袖。誰想得到,連掃羅也想不到的,是這群人日後不再是草寇、嘍囉,而是一群精兵,甚或是一個又一個劃時代的將領,一切都在上主的掌握中呀!

而在英語的經文中有三個詞非常重要,「in distress, in debt, was discontented」(貧困、負債和不滿現狀的人),經文雖沒說明為什麼不滿現狀,但這群人就是不成氣候的人,一群販夫走卒。想不到,背後卻有主的美意。我們不得不承認,我們在很多人的眼中,都是些不成氣候的人。然而,我們深知有三樣東西,印證神是與錦光同在的!

一、走在神的召命中
錦光教會是一所有召命的教會,神在我們當中,是祂呼召我們的。以往只我一人在這兒聲嘶力竭地告訴大家,我們要一所更大的禮拜堂。但是,現在我不必這樣,因為大家都有目共睹,教會已通場爆滿了。且讓我們都走進這召命,而這不是神托付給我劉某一人之事,而是托付給你和我的事,因為我們都是被神呼召來到這教會的。說忙,比你更忙的,大有人在,而他們為什麼願意走上來?因為他們都想走進神的呼召之中,活出人生的命定!人活著不是靠兩餐一宿,而是靠活出神在我們生命中的命定,人才會有真正的快樂、平安。而這個命定,是要我們像經文所說的,像大衛一樣,走進神的榮耀當中!

二、走在神的榮耀中
很多牧師、傳道人總跟我說這個不行、那個不能,但靠著那加給我力量的主耶穌基督、聖靈保惠師以及天父的愛,錦光教會每天都攻克了人認為是不可能的事!有人說要人每早晨都到教會禱告,是不可能的,但我們做到了。又有人說我們的禮拜堂夠大了,夠難能可貴了。但主說這個場地已不敷應用了,祂要給我們一個更大的禮拜堂,這就是榮耀!

而在邁進榮耀的殿堂之先,聖靈告訴我們要先有榮耀的領袖。我相信每一位立志走上講台的你,是要和耶穌建立一份約,是要牧養主的羊。祝福現任的組長,成為出色的區長,而我們更需要對生命、對上主有認識的家牧來帶領神的百姓。

三、走在神的同在之中
因為有主的同在,使如雪片飛到我面前的質疑,都迎刃而解了。而這次的就職典禮,特別是台上的分享,就是其中我解答眾多質疑的答案。衷心祝願,從前、今天、以後,走到台上來的任何一位領袖,都能從一而忠,為主守住你的身份,不單不為撒旦的工作打擊,反而拾級而上,成為日後的區長、家牧,甚或成為一代又一代出色的傳道者!

祝福教會在聖靈的運動中,如水銀瀉地,無遠弗屆。

 

From the cave of Adullam to Jerusalem

The topic I want to talk about today: "From the cave of Adullam to Jerusalem". "David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him." (1 Samuel 22: 1-2; NIV)

The background of the story is that King Saul wanted to kill David as God had dethroned him and anointed David as the next king. We can see in verse 2 that three types of people followed David. They are all weak from human point of view, nothing more than bandits and lackeys, all irrelevant people. There were about 400 of them. They sought refuge with David and submitted to be led by him. Nobody could imagine (not even Saul) that this group of people would one day transform from bandits and lackeys into a group of elite soldiers. Quite a number of them even became epochal military leaders. All that happened is in the hands of God!

There are three very important phrases in the verses: "in distress, in debt, was discontented". The Scripture offers no explanations as to why they are discontented, but they are all irrelevant people, and a group of lowly people. Little do we know about God's good intention behind all these happenings. We cannot but admit that in the eyes of many people, we are just some irrelevant people. However, we are sure there are three things which demonstrates God's presence with us.

1. Walk in the calling of God
Kam Kwong Church is a church of calling. God is present with us. He calls us to be here. In the past, I was the only person who shouted myself hoarse, telling you that we needed a larger church building. I need not do so now, as you can see that every meeting is filled to capacity. Let us all walk in the calling of God. He does not entrust the work just to me, but to you and me, as we are all called by God to come to this church. Don't say you are busy, there are many people busier than you. Why are they willing to come forward? They all want to walk in God's calling to fulfil God's predestination. We do not live for our physical needs, we live for the fulfillment of God's predestination in our life. Only by doing so can we have real joy and peace. As what the Scripture says, this predestination is for us to do what David did by walking in the glory of God!

2. Walk in the glory of God
Many pastors and preachers always tell me our plans are infeasible. However, by the Lord Jesus Christ who strengthens me, the Advocate (Holy Spirit) and the love of God, Kam Kwong Church overcomes impossible things every day! Some say it is impossible to ask people to come back to church to pray every morning, but we did it. Others say our hall is already big and commendable enough, but the Lord says the venue is not big enough and He will give us a bigger one. This is glory!

Before we stride into the Hall of Glory, the Holy Spirit tells us that we must have glorious leaders. I believe each one of you who are determined to come up here to the stage intend to covenant with Jesus to shepherd the Lord's sheep. I bless the serving cell leaders that you will become more outstanding zone leaders. We need even more desperately family pastors who have knowledge of life and God to lead God's people.

3. Walk in the presence of God
The presence of God has solved the multitude of doubts that come before me. This inauguration ceremony and particularly sharings of cell leaders on the stage are my answers to the various doubts. I sincerely wish that all the leaders who come up to this stage at different times can be steadfast and committed servants of the Lord. You will not be afflicted by the work of Satan, but will move up the ladder to become future zone leaders, family pastors or even outstanding preachers generation after generation.

I bless that the movement of the Holy Spirit in the church can flow freely and reach far and wide.