牧師的話

新皮袋之年2019年終感恩

這是最壞的時候,這是最好的時候!聖靈在教會甚至全球的作為都是有目共睹,就是這位賜人盼望的神,將諸般喜樂、平安充滿了我們的心,使一群愛主的基督徒因信在這紛亂的世代仍有盼望! 由年初在聖靈引導下開始了新皮袋之年,轉瞬間2019年又快要完結,雖然全球環境複雜,香港局勢還未平靜,然而心中仍滿了感恩,如聖經《羅馬書》八章28節中所言:「萬事都互相效力,叫愛神的人得益處」!我們在基督裏的生命,永遠只有祝福,沒有咒詛。阿們!

一、難忘的一年
深信對於大部分香港人,2019年必是難忘的一年,經歷了許多風風雨雨,並感受從未有過的震撼。多少個難眠的晚上,陪伴著的是在主面前流淚為這城市的禱告。然而,靠著加力量的主仍是感恩,知道天父依舊掌權作王,耶穌基督永遠是香港的主!除了香港經歷了令人難忘的事情,這邊廂教會也同樣經歷如曠野般滿了考驗、熬煉的日子,尤如先知何西阿所言:「來吧,我們歸向耶和華!他撕裂我們,也必醫治;他打傷我們,也必纏裹。過兩天他必使我們甦醒,第三天他必使我們興起,我們就在他面前得以存活。」(何六1-2)聖靈領我們進入新皮袋之年,目的要讓教會經歷潔淨,成為可盛載新酒的器皿。在這個年頭,主暴露了教會中不少群體的情況,甚至發生風化案的問題,但同時亦帶來這些群體的悔改和更新。仍記得有領袖流淚向我道歉,覺得傷害了教會,虧欠了神!深願我們都不會忘記所學到的功課,好好訓練信徒成為基督的門徒,在這彎曲悖謬的世代,成為父神所誇讚、主耶穌所愛、聖靈常常同在充滿的教會。記得在今年3月,聖靈在我們當中興起「愛鄰舍運動」,就是在社會中尋找有需要的人,向他們傳揚愛心、關懷的信息。例如在當時所發生的一宗車禍悲劇,司機的遺孀在我們肢體的關愛下接受了主耶穌的救恩,靠著主的恩典走出低谷,成為有喜樂、盼望的生命。深驚嘆父神的作為!

二、 美事的湧現
1.在神的引領下,我們於7月開始一個新的專業團契——工程師團契,由李偉德弟兄擔任創團主席。李弟兄是工程師,經歷靈性的復興,愛神愛人,眼見一群熱心事主的工程師被團結,組織起來,彼此關愛,互相支持,在專業界別上見證榮耀神。在李弟兄的帶領下,拓展神國事工,領人歸主,可喜可賀!神是信實的,李弟兄在工作上蒙神眷佑、賜福,一再晉升,為信徒留下美好榜樣。 2.在11月初,舉辦了艾德・史福索牧師(Dr. Ed Silvoso)特會,聚會不單使我們可以與這位前輩在屬靈的事上有所交流,亦同時祝福了許多生命,再次提醒我們多年前聖靈已帶領我們進行一領十(55 bless)的運動。故此我們再推動一領十的歸主運動,許多肢體經歷聖靈的同工,帶領親朋戚友一個一個、一家一家歸主,榮耀全歸三一真神! 3.一直以來,錦光教會都處於事奉人手不足的情況。神知道我們需要,就在這段時間把曾子頌牧師和陳瑞全牧師帶到我們中間,不單增加事奉人手,而且很可能使我們在2020年再增加夏威夷和墨爾本兩個堂點。哈利路亞!同時我們已成功增聘8位聖工幹事以襄助聖工,並為進入傳道聖職作準備,為教會未來發展作部署及預備。

三、 卓越新一代
沒有新一代就沒有未來;培育新一代是所有教會重點事工。錦光教會一直以來用敬虔、卓越等特質來打造年青人,眼見許多年青人在愛主和學業成績上不住突破進步,今年不少大學生以一級榮譽或Dean′s List成績畢業,在主恩佑中進入職場,找到夢想方向,我為他們感恩。求父神使用你們,繼往開來,使神國不住向前拓展,領萬民作基督門徒,榮耀全歸三一真神。阿們!

 

End of the year Thanksgiving

It is the worst of times, it is the best of times! Even in these times of chaos, the work of the Holy Spirit in the church or even in the world is evident to all, so that God-loving Christians can still have hope in faith, as God who gives us hope has filled our hearts with all joy and peace!

Early this year, the church began the Year of New Wineskins under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Time flies and the year 2019 is coming to a close. In the midst of the complex global environments and ongoing local unrest, my heart is still full of praise. The Scripture says “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” (Romans 8:28; NIV) There are never curses, but always blessings, for we live our lives in Christ. Amen!

I. An Unforgettable Year
For most Hong Kong people, 2019 is definitely an unforgettable year. We have gone through turbulent times and experienced shock like never before. Countless nights were spent praying in tears for our city. However, I am still full of praise to the Lord who gives us strength, knowing that our Heavenly Father still reigns in His throne, and Jesus is forever the Lord of Hong Kong!

While Hong Kong has its share of unforgettable experiences, the church has likewise gone through the wilderness experiences of trial and testing. As it is said in Hosea: “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will restore us, that we may live in His presence.” (Hosea 6:1-2; NIV)

By bringing us into the Year of New Wineskins, the Holy Spirit intends that the church be cleansed to become a vessel fit for containing new wine. The Lord has in this year exposed the situations in various groups in our church, with some cases even involved sex. The exposure, however, also brought about repentance and renewal in the groups involved. I still remember there were leaders tearfully apologised to me for hurting the church and coming short of God′s glory. I wish we can bear in mind the lessons learnt, and take pains to train believers into disciples of Christ. Such a church will be praised by God our Father in this warped and crooked generation, and be filled with the love of Jesus and the constant presence of the Holy Spirit.

In March this year, the Holy Spirit initiated in our church the “Love Our Neighbour Campaign”, which aims at seeking out the needy in our society, and conveying to them the message of love and care. A case in point is the salvation of the widow of a driver who died in a tragic traffic accident. She received the salvation of Jesus through the love and care of our members, and managed to get through the low points in life by the grace of God. Now she has joy and hope in her life, what an amazing job God has done!

II. The Happening of Good Things
1. Starting from July, we have an Engineer Fellowship, a new professional fellowship formed under the guidance of God. The pioneering chairman Vincent Lee is an engineer and a brother who, having been revived spiritually, loves God and people. It is exhilarating to see a group of engineers fervent in serving God being united and organised, caring and supporting each other, bearing witness to and glorifying God in their profession, broadening the ministry to the heavenly kingdom and bringing people to God, all under the leadership of Brother Lee. He has a successful career under the care and blessing of the faithful God, setting a good example for other believers.

2. In early November, Dr. Ed Silvoso was here holding a conference. Apart from having an opportunity to have spiritual exchanges with this senior pastor, we also saw many lives being blessed. The conference also reminded us of the “55 bless” movement the Holy Spirit led us into many years ago, which goal is for each believer to bring ten people to God. When we launch this “One Leads Ten Transformation Movement” again, many members experience in the process partnering with the Holy Spirit, bringing friends and relatives and even their family members to God. All glory be to the true Triune God!

3. Kam Kwong Church has been faced with the situation where there is insufficient manpower in serving God. Being aware of our need, God has brought to us Pastors Aaron Tsang and Jason Chan. Apart from the increase in manpower, we may have two more churches in Hawaii and Melbourne in 2020. Hallelujah! Meanwhile, we have managed to recruit eight more Pastoral Secretaries to assist in our ministry, paving the way for their becoming preachers, in a move to prepare and plan for the future development of the church.

III. A Distinguished New Generation
There will be no future without a new generation. The nurturing of the new generation is the focal point of the ministry of all churches. It has been our policy to build up our young people into pious and distinguished Christians. I am full of praise for the continuous breakthroughs and improvements in their spiritual pursuit and academic performance. Many of our university students graduated with first class honours or Dean′s List this year, and then entered employment to pursue their dreams in the grace of God. I pray that God will use them to pick up the baton for the continuous expansion of the kingdom of God, and make people Christ′s disciples. All glory be to the true Triune God. Amen!