牧師的話

執筆之時,正值香港經歷超強颱風「山竹」的洗禮,全城被吹得滿目瘡痍,令人驚嚇,然風災過後,空氣變得異常清新,一切像是全新的開始,聖靈在教會的工作,我想也當如此。

一.       進入全新之年

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。

吳儀珠傳道、許詠恩總幹事兩位同工於本年4月1日的復活主日被按立牧師聖職,在今年組長區長就職典禮,我們歡天喜地見證着數以百計的領袖,於教會事奉的舞台上準備大放異彩,這些新晉領袖使教會變得更強大,他們將承托更大的事工,這確是錦光史無前例的新事啊!

一直以來,我為各堂崇拜座無虛席而心存感恩,亦為安排新一堂的崇拜時間深感苦惱,決策過程令我舉棋不定,費煞思量。感謝主的帶領,經過試行後,新一堂崇拜最終敲定於周五晚上七時三十分舉行。猶記得第一次周五晚堂之出席人數竟接近五百人,大家驚歎讚頌主的作為,感恩和榮耀全歸給我們的主。

錦光有叫人歡喜的事,也有令人難過的事。打從一月至今的九個月,已有兩位同工相繼離職,另有一位同工也遞交辭職信。一直以來,錦光聖職同工寥寥可數,然他們卻帶領幾千個會眾竭力建造教會,三位同事先後離職的情況看似雪上加霜,奇妙的是聚會人數反升不跌,事情的發生不管在人看來是好是壞,在基督裡誠然只有祝福沒有咒詛。感謝愛我們的主,在聖靈的引導下,錦光在2018年走過大半年,我們經歷着父神豐厚的恩澤,「靈裡的新鮮」就是聖靈於今年賜給教會的禮物。我擔任牧職多年,學習禱告也超過三十年,這份新鮮的感覺給予我莫大的祝福,使我的宣講有長足的進步,使我在屬靈世界既看見又感覺神向我們招手,呼召我們進入祂更深、更榮耀的同在。

在這屬靈的季節,我祝福錦光肢體同心同德,一同走進聖靈為我們預備那煥然一新/「全新」(Newness)的境界,我們更願意敞開心扉,學習擁抱神的同在。願三一神在錦光教會中為主作王。阿們!

二.       進入悔改之年

若要進入聖靈同在的季節,各人就要謙卑地悔改,並且是更深切的悔改!三月的一個主日晨禱,神深深地觸摸我,我彷彿看見一個異象——當我們登上這架聖靈高速的列車時,旅程下一站必定是「悔改」!主聖靈臨在的目的是要預備聖徒回應天父的心意,回應神的心意就必須歸回主的懷抱,建立與主耶穌美好的關係。綜觀今天教會的景況,猶如被擄到巴比倫,面對世俗的挑戰與衝擊,我們的信仰變得僵化、教會生活變成是一連串宗教活動,一切都變得可有可無,對主的心不冷不熱。今天教會像被世界支配,不再是影響世道的教會,更別遑論轉化社會改變世界!信徒因與主關係疏離,於是遠離拯救愛我們的神,他們的屬靈生命軟弱無力、道德墮落、品格敗壞,要是仍舊不悔改,結局必被主唾棄(啟三16),在黑暗中哀哭切齒。聖靈這次在錦光教會的工作就是把生命更新過來,叫我們為罪為義為審判,自己責備自己(約十六8),好省察我們與基督的關係。

為緊隨聖靈的步伐,我們決定在3月及4月的聚會均以「悔改」作為宣講題目,好讓會眾預備回應主的作為。當我們踏上這趟悔改的旅程,重尋那在基督裡的身份——我們是天父所愛的兒女,是主用寶血買贖的一群,是分別為聖的一群,是三一神榮耀的居所。阿們!

主耶穌在世曾兩次潔淨聖殿,復活升天後向使徒約翰顯現,帶出啟示錄末世的訊息,在啟示錄第二及第三章向七教會所說的話,好像是第三次潔淨聖殿一般,教會是全能主的居所,人若不能分別為聖,又怎能讓神稱心滿意住在其中呢!失去了神寶貴的同在,必然產生悲哀的結局,教會非但結不出果子,且要面對主更沉重的審判。

教會需要悔改,悔改是聖徒唯一的出路。(啟二4-5) 阿們!

三.       進入靈豐之年

我特意用「靈豐」一詞,乃是深信聖靈必領我們進入基督那豐盛無比的恩典。1992年,主親自帶領我們離開錦田進駐元朗,在教育路先後購置三個物業;2004年,父神賜福並帥領我們遷往鳳琴街,會眾在一個可容納過千人的地方敬拜,神為錦光教會揭開全新的一頁。讚美主,從昔日錦田到今日敬拜中心,上主的恩典從不止息,崇拜堂數不斷增加,信徒人數節節上升,參與主日晨禱已超過一千人,標誌着錦光教會正邁向新的里程碑。

我為着那「靈裡的新鮮」時刻洋溢於生命深處獻上無盡感恩,因著主耶穌的憐愛,教會不斷經歷靈命的更新與覺醒,靠着這份恩典使生命越發剛強,無懼困難不停前進。

我祝福錦光教會第二代領袖,靠賴那揀選我們又加力量的主,把天國事工推至顛峯,要跑得比第一代更快,做得比第一代更強!

按照現時情況,容納萬人的殿堂對未來敬拜之需求已是刻不容緩。豐沛的靈力、龐大的人力、充裕的財力又是成就美事決一不可的條件,我信若是出於父神的心意,主必供應成全。至於我向父神求一個禱告:願錦光教會專注在這位信心創始成終的主耶穌基督身上,祂揀選我們、幫助我們,應允永遠與我們同在,我們永遠愛祂、跟隨祂、榮耀祂!讓我們為神國竭忠盡智,靠著聖靈的大能完成天父的心意和計劃,使錦光教會成為三一神所珍愛的居所直到永遠!阿們!

新酒只能裝在新皮袋,
願神賜福錦光教會。阿們!

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!