牧師的話

送犬迎豬,在此恭祝各位新年快樂,主恩滿溢。 感謝一直帶領錦光教會的主。在過去28年,我看見教會不斷茁壯成長,經歷了神的鴻恩大愛,為此我獻上無盡感恩!蒙主厚愛,自2016年,聖靈的引導尤其清楚,主告訴我2019年是「新皮袋之年」,聖靈帶給我三方面的看見與反思:

 

一、新皮袋——聖靈裏的新鮮

我所說的「新鮮」,主要是以下三方面:
1.生命的更新
2.事工的更新
3.教會氣氛的更新

第一、相信大家不難發現,許多生命因聖靈的臨在而帶來不同程度的改變,我牧會超過30年,按我牧養得來的經驗,有些生命就算用上十年時間也未必能經歷如此更新的結果,然而,在短短一年裡,我真的看見不少生命歷經重大的改變。

第二、事工上的更新:過去30年的服侍經驗,我眼見會眾靈命的高低起伏,人生信仰因種種原因而變得老化、僵化,甚至瀕臨死亡,實在令人惋惜。我親身經歷過聖靈的同在,深切體會有聖靈運行的崇拜就不是陳舊的聚會,祈禱會就不是枯燥乏味的宗教活動,因神與教會同在,任何事工總給人煥然一新的氣息,使人感到清新愉悅。

第三、教會氣氛的更新:我們持守了27年的晨禱會,若然沒有聖靈同在,試問怎可以歷久彌新?年復一年日復一日的聚會,給會眾帶來甚麼得益呢?因此,我清楚知道聖靈同在的重要性,惟有神能更新生命、能給人一份靈裡的新鮮,相信每位錦光人都會同意我的看法,並同心說阿們!

 

二、新皮袋——聖靈裏的答案

我所說的「突破」是指以下三方面:
1. 原有團隊的突破
2. 未來團隊的形成
3. 全新事工的出現

去年,聖靈帶領我們度過「納新之年」,這是一個全新的年頭,在牧養的板塊上,神親自進行修理和建造,使原有的領袖團隊經歷了聖靈的更新,領袖們縱然流下不少眼淚,經歷多次切齒認罪悔改的悲痛,可幸最終結出美好的果子。感謝主,看見聖靈整頓錦光舊有的團隊,使牧養工作比從前更上一層樓。阿們!

在聖靈運動的軌迹裡,我看見許多未來領䄂的湧現。他們都是年青有為、追求卓越,更是一群渴慕主的生命。求神憐憫教會,讓我們打造卓越新一代,使之成為天國的將領、教會的柱子,為錦光的未來奠定更穩固的基業。

全新事工相繼出現,設立周五晚堂後,今年錦光增添了兩個家,分別是以便以謝家,家牧是Ida和Michael夫婦。他們家住大嶼山,卻不辭勞苦,每周從東涌多次往來元朗,召集組聚、培訓領袖、四出奔走探訪,他們投入服侍,肢體們大得祝福,求主親自顧念二人的需要;還有迦勒家,家牧May姊妹是一位中學教師,面對繁重的教學工作仍願意全心奉獻給主,目前整個家已超過二百人,下一個目標是要得著500個生命,求主大大賜福和報答他們的勞苦。

在不久將來,新的專業團契快將成立。今年事工重點是把學生工作做好,現時教會有好幾位中小學校長,盼望大家同心合意讓學生有美好成長, 還有許多事工有待我們逐一開展。

 

三、新皮袋——聖靈裏的恢復

最近研讀希西家王的生平《王下十八1-12》,聖靈明確地提醒我們一個重要的信息——「恢復」。

1.恢復愛主的心
2.恢復敬拜的心
3.恢復事主的心
4.恢復從主的心

在新皮袋之年裡,深信在主的引領下,只要我們緊緊地跟隨,不單這份靈裡的新鮮要繼續充滿我們,而且我們必看見神更大的榮耀臨在中間,拓展天國的疆界,使多人歸主成為基督的門徒!

我深信「新酒必須裝在新皮袋裏」《路五38》,只有新皮袋能裝新酒。阿們!

 

As we bid farewell to the Year of the Dog and greeted the Year of the Pig, I wish you a happy Chinese New Year, and may your cup be overflowing with God’s grace!

I thank God who has been leading Kam Kwong Church. In the past 28 years, I have witnessed the growth and maturity our church has gained, as well as the never-ending love of God here, which I am forever thankful for.

With God’s love, the Holy Spirit’s guidance has become clearer since 2016. God has given me the message that 2019 is the “Year of New Wineskins”, with the following three aspects of insights and reflections from the Holy Spirit:

 

I) New Wineskins – Freshness in the Holy Spirit

“Freshness” mainly includes the following three areas:
1.Renewal in life
2.Renewal in ministry
3.Renewal in the atmosphere at church

Firstly, renewal in life: It is not hard for all of us to notice how lives have changed at different extents because of the presence of the Holy Spirit. With my pastoral experience of over 30 years, some people’s life cannot be changed in such a way that they have now even in more than 10 years’ time. Yet, I have truly witnessed radical transformation in some of our brothers and sisters in just 1 year.

Secondly, renewal in ministry: In my thirty years of ministries, it is a pity to witness the constant rise and fall in spirituality of the congregation. For various reasons in life, their personal faith turned old and rigid, or even died out. But I have experienced the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit myself. With the Holy Spirit, services shall never be mundane; prayer meetings shall never be dull or religious. With God’s presence at church, all ministries would always be revitalising and overflowing with freshness.

Thirdly, renewal in the atmosphere at church: For 27 years, we have held fast to our morning praying meetings. Without the Holy Spirit’s presence, how can this continue for such a long period while we feel afresh? If all praying meetings in every month and year were the same, what single benefit could it bring to the congregation? I truly understand the importance of the Holy Spirit’s presence, for only God can renew us; only God can introduce freshness into our spirit. I believe every Kamkwonger would agree and say “Amen”!

 

II) New Wineskins – Answers in the Holy Spirit

“Breakthrough” refers to the following three aspects:
1.Breakthrough in the former leadership team
2.The future leadership team
3.Prospective and new ministries

Last year, the Holy Spirit guided us through the “Year of Newness”. Now it is a brand new beginning. Particularly in our pastoral team, God took up the repairing and rebuilding process and renewed our former leadership team. We shed lots of tears with endless contrite repentance, and eventually bore good fruit. We thank God as the Holy Spirit pruned our leadership team, to take our pastoral work up a notch. Amen!

In the course of Spiritual movement, I see the rise of many future leaders. They are young and in the pursuit of excellence, and more importantly, they are greatly filled with thirst for God. May God have mercy and let us train up this new generation of leaders to serve His Kingdom, and become the pillars of our church, to act as the solid foundation of Kam Kwong’s future.

New ministries are emerging. Apart from the Friday evening service, we have established two new families this year, namely: Ebenezer Family and Caleb Family. Ida and Michael, as a couple, are the family pastors of the former. Though they reside on Lantau Island, they travel multiple times between Tung Chung and Yuen Long every week to lead fellowships, train leaders and pay visits to brothers and sisters. Their dedication in serving has been true blessings to the members. May our Lord reward them generously. For Caleb family, family pastor May is a secondary school teacher. Despite heavy workload in teaching, she presented herself to serve God without any reservation. Her family currently has over 200 brothers and sisters and is growing toward 500. May God greatly bless and reward them.

New professional fellowships will be established, and one of the focus of this year is the youth ministry. At this stage, there are several secondary and primary school principals in the church, and we look forward to the great partnership in the gospel among students. There will be more… waiting for us to respond in action.

 

III) New Wineskins – Restoration in the Holy Spirit

Through studying Hezekiah’s life (2 Kings 18:1-12), God has clearly revealed to us an important message – restoration.

1.Restoration of our hearts to love Him
2.Restoration of our hearts to worship Him
3.Restoration of our hearts to serve Him
4.Restoration of our hearts to follow Him

With God’s guidance, we simply have to follow Him closely and serve Him wholeheartedly, the spiritual freshness would then overflow in us from deep within. He would also boundlessly grant us the power to walk with Him, to extend the boundaries of His Kingdom, and make greater number of people His disciples!

I believe that “new wine must be poured into new wineskins” (Luke 5:38;NIV), only new wineskins can be filled with new wine. Amen!