猶記得去年底的一次禱告，主清楚告訴我2018年為全新之年 (Year of Newness)，在這個「全新」的年頭，教會將有許多新事發生，這些新事是滿載神美好的心意。轉瞬間，2018年過了9個月，教會邁入最後一季，距離年底剩下不足三個月。教會在這段日子發生了許多為人所知和不為人知的事情，有些事人看來是好的，有些事人看來卻是不好的。
While I was writing, it happened that Hong Kong has experienced the hit of the giant Typhoon Mangkhut. The whole city was damaged by the strong wind that was rare in the past decades, which was astonishing. However, after the typhoon, the air was fresh, everything seems to be a new beginning. I thought, the way the Holy Spirit works at the church is similar.
I. Entering a Year of Newness
I still remember during a prayer near the end of 2017; God vividly told me to pray for 2018, the Year of Newness — a Brand-new year. Many new things will happen that brings God’s great intentions. Very quickly, it has been nine months into 2018. Now it is the final quarter. There are less than three months before the end of the year. Truly during these days, many things happened at church, including things people know of and do not know of and things people deem as good and people deem as not good.
For instance, Pastor Amanda Ng and Celia Hui, General Secretary, both were anointed as Reverends on 1 April (Easter Sunday) this year. Moreover, we had Cell Leaders and Zone Leaders Inaguration Ceremony, where we excitedly welcomed hundreds of new leaders emerging to serve at church. The rise of these leaders will make the church stronger, supporting more immense ministry. These have never happened before at Kam Kwong!
For a long time, I was thankful for a full house at the different services at the church. Nevertheless, I was concerned about having a new service time, because the time we were considering has its pros and cons, leaving me thinking a lot and indecisive. Thanks to God’s guidance, finally we decided to hold the new service on Friday 7:30pm Besides, the first service had already got approximate 500 people to attend. While we were surprised, we were lifting our thanks and glory to our Lord.
Nonetheless, there were also saddening things that happened. Since January till now, we had two staff members leave us, and now we have another who has resigned. Originally, Kam Kwong had a lack of workers, with a few ministry staff members leading thousands of members in the congregation. Now that three colleagues left seem has made it worse. However, what is amazing is the number of people attending our church has been increasing. Therefore, whether we see certain circumstances as good or bad, in God there is only blessings and no curse. I thank our loving God. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Kam Kwong has been through most of the year of 2018, experiencing the abundance of our Father. We have received a gift of “Newness in Spirit" from our Holy Spirit. The thing that I feel grateful the most is “the rejuvenation from the presence of the Holy Spirit". Being a pastor for many years now, learning how to pray for more than 30 years, and yet, this freshness in spirit has granted me tremendous new blessings. This improves my preaching. In the spiritual realm, I feel and see as if God is waving at us, inviting us to go deeper into his glorious presence.
Bless the body of Kam Kwong, with unity, entering the season of the Holy Spirit and the “newness" the Holy Spirit has prepared for us. This teaches us to embrace the presence of the Lord more greatly. May the Trinity of God be the Lord and King in Kam Kwong. Amen!
II. Entering a Year of Repentance
If we want to immerse ourselves in the season of the Holy Spirit, we must repent humbly and repent more deeply! I still remember the morning prayer in early March. God deeply touched my heart. At the time, I felt as if I saw a new sign—that is when we get on board on this Holy Spirit express, we see what the next stop is in the journey—repentance! The presence of the Holy Spirit is to prepare his disciples to respond to the Father’s will, and to respond to God’s will has to return to the Lord’s embrace, building a wonderful relationship with God. In today’s church, this is as if being captivated at Babylon, fighting against the corrosion of secularism which was significantly influencing people, resulting in stagnant faith and the religionizing of church life. Everything becomes unnecessary, and the heart for the Lord is lukewarm. The church is affected by the world, instead of the other way around; let alone transforming society and changing the world. Because of the separation with the Lord, we had gone far from the God who saves and love us. This made disciples’ spiritual life weak and their character degraded. If people still do not repent, the ending is being forsaken by God (Revelation 3:16) moaning in darkness. Therefore, I see the work of the Holy Spirit at Kam Kwong is to renew us, proving the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:8), re-examining our relationship with Christ.
To follow closely with the Holy Spirit, we decided to speak about “repentance" as a topic between March and April, preparing our congregation for the Lord’s work. When we enter the journey of repentance, rediscovering our identity in Him—we know we are sons and daughters of God, redeemed and separated by God, as the glorious temple of God! Amen!
In the past, God has cleansed his temple twice and since Jesus has risen and ascended, revealing to apostle John of revelations. Among them, in Revelations chapter two and three, the way He spoke to the seven churches was as if it was the third cleansing. Indeed, the church is our almighty God’s living place. If it is not separated as holy, it could not have God to fill the place. If it loses God’s precious presence, it would be a miserable situation, where the church cannot bear fruits and has to face the judgment of the Lord.
Repentance is what the church needs and is the only way (Revelation 2:4-5). Amen!
III. Entering a Year of Spiritual Abundance
I use the word spiritual abundance, because I believe the Holy Spirit will lead us into the abundance of the Jesus Christ. Since 1992, when God led us to leave Kam Tin to Yuen Long, we bought three properties in total. Our Father also bless us in 2004 to move to Fung Kam Street, having a place to have a thousand people to worship, embarking a new chapter of Kam Kwong Church. Praise to the Lord! These years, our blessings from God have never stopped. The number of people attending church has been increasing. The number of services has also been increased. We had more than a thousand people attending morning prayers. It represents we are stepping into the era of Kam Kwong.
Yet what I am most grateful for is the newness in the Holy Spirit. Because of the love of Jesus Christ, our church has experienced continuous renew and awakening spiritually, propelling us forward!
I bless the second generation of the leaders at church, relying on our Lord who chooses us and strengthens us, to push the ministry to a new peak. Run faster than the first generation. Do better than the first generation!
Based on the current situation, the need for a sanctuary that fits ten thousand is imminent, requiring enormous spiritual power, manpower, financial power. If this will is from God, God will provide! For me I have one prayer for Kam Kwong Church: I hope we focus on Jesus Christ who begins and completes everything in faith. He chooses us, helps us, and promises us to be with us. Let us love Him, follow Him, and glorify Him! Let’s work hard for God’s kingdom. We rely on the mighty power of the Holy Spirit to complete God’s will and plan, building Kam Kwong Church as the Trinity God’s precious residing place forever! Amen!
New wine can only be in new wineskins.
May God bless Kam Kwong Church. Amen!