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Facing the Trial of Crisis- Father vs Son

Feb 27-28, 2021
From the Pastor’s Desk: Rev. Collins Kung

In the last week’s worship sermon, I talked about King Hezekiah’s facing the trial of crisis. He trusted in the Lord to overcome the crisis. He was facing the invasion by the Assyrian army and the Assyrian general had arrived in Jerusalem.  2 Kings 18:17 “And the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rab-saris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they arrived, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway to the Washer’s Field.  Hezekiah was facing the extreme pressure of Rabshakeh, which shaking the confidence of the people in Judah, he chose to go to the House of the Lord to pray. At the same time, he took the initiative to ask the prophet Isaiah for prayer. As a result, God sent a message of comfort and deliverance to him through the prophet. Hezekiah’s performance is in sharp contrast with his father Ahaz.

Chapter 16 of 2 Kings wrote:  Ahaz, the father of King Hezekiah, king of Judah in the southern kingdom, began to reign.  The Bible describes him as an evil king. Unlike his father David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, he sacrificed and made offerings on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree and even burned his son as a sacrifice. At that time, the northern kingdom of Israel and Judah were in a state of hostility. The northern kingdom allied with the Syria kingdom, Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to wage war on Jerusalem. They besieged Ahaz.

Isaiah chapter 7 wrote about the crisis at that time. Isaiah 7:2 “When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.” God told the prophet Isaiah to comfort Ahaz. Isaiah 7:3 “And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field. God was even willing to give a sign to Ahaz so that he could relax and calm down. This sign is the famous Immanuel prophecy in the Bible. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”.

However, Ahaz ignored it and chose to rely on Assyria to rescue Judah from the plight. He sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria and said, “I am your servant and your son. Come up and rescue me from the hand of the king of Syria and from the hand of the king of Israel, who are attacking me.”  He took the silver and gold that was found in the House of the Lord and in the treasures of the king’s house and sent a present to the king of Assyria.  Later, he personally went to Assyria to meet with the King of Assyria, introduced the Assyrian altar, built another Assyrian altar in the House of the Lord, and offered sacrifices there. And he moved the bronze altar that was before the Lord from the front of the House, from the place between his altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of his altar. This showed that Ahaz has no God in his heart.

The same crisis, the same place, but different reactions. Let’s reflect deeply on the reactions of the two kings, hoping that you and me, whether in adversity or prosperity, can trust in God, remembering that we are redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ through His precious blood.

面對危機的考驗 – 父與子的對比

Feb 27-28, 2021
龔敏光牧師

在上星期的崇拜,我講到希西家王面對危機的考驗,他專心倚靠神而渡過危機。他面對亞述大軍入侵的危機。當時亞述將軍來到耶路撒冷。王下18:17「亞述王從拉吉派他珥探、拉伯撒利和拉伯沙基率領大軍,往耶路撒冷,到希西家王那裡去。他們就上來,去到耶路撒冷。他們到達以後,就站在上池的引水道旁,在漂布地的大路上。」面對拉伯沙基的極限施壓,動搖猶大國上上下下的信心,希西家選擇上耶和華的殿去禱告,同時亦主動找先知以賽亞代禱。結果,神藉先知送上安慰解救的信息。希西家的表現與父親亞哈斯形成強烈的對比。

列王紀下16章記載南國猶大王希西家王的父親亞哈斯登位,聖經形容他是個惡王,不像他祖宗大衛行耶和華他的神看為正的事。他在邱壇上,在山岡上和所有青翠的樹下獻祭和焚香,甚至焚燒他的兒子為祭。當時的北國以色列與猶大正處於敵對狀態,北國與亞蘭國結盟,並且亞蘭王利汛與以色列王利瑪利的兒子比加上來攻打耶路撒冷。他們把亞哈斯圍困起來。

以賽亞書第7章記載了當時的危機,賽7:2「有人告訴大衛家說:“亞蘭已經在以法蓮地安營。”王的心和人民的心就都震動,像林中的樹被風搖動一樣。」神吩咐先知以賽亞去安慰亞哈斯。賽7:3「耶和華對以賽亞說:“你和你的兒子施亞雅述出去,在上池的水溝盡頭,就是在漂布者田間的大路上,去迎接亞哈斯。」神甚至願意向亞哈斯發出兆頭,讓他可以放下心頭大石。這個兆頭就是聖經有名的以馬內利的預言。賽7:14「因此主自己必給你們一個兆頭:看哪!必有童女懷孕生子;她要給他起名叫‘以馬內利’。」

可是,亞哈斯沒有理會,他選擇倚靠亞述解救猶大的困境。他差派使者去見亞述王提革拉毗列色,說:“我是你的臣僕,你的兒子,求你上來,救我脫離那起來攻擊我的亞蘭王和以色列王的手。”他拿耶和華殿裡和王宮寶庫內的金子和銀子,送給亞述王作禮物。後來,他親自到亞述會見亞述王,引入了亞述的祭壇,在耶和華的殿裡另建亞述祭壇,在那裡獻祭,卻把耶和華面前的銅祭壇,從殿從新壇與耶和華殿中間移至新壇的北邊。由此可見,亞哈斯心中從骨子裡沒有神。

相同的危機,相同的地點,不同的反應。兩個王的表現藉得我們深思,盼望你與我不論在逆境或順境,都能專心倚靠神,謹記我們是藉著主耶穌基督的寶血買贖回來歸給他。

Reflections on the Bible Conference: The Church in the World but not of the world

Nov 07-08, 2020
From the Pastor’s Desk: Rev. Collins Kung

Due to the Covid 19 this year, the Greater Vancouver Bible Conference moved to live broadcast online. However, because of the engagement of church ministries, I was not able to watch the live broadcast. Fortunately, the organizer VCEMF had recorded the messages and made it available on the youtube channel, so that I can watch and listen to it afterwards.  The Speaker, Rev.  Samuel Chan comes from Toronto, and his messages can better meet the needs of the North American churches.  I like to share some of my reflections on the third meeting.

Rev. Chan put forward four biblical absolutes:

  1. We live in two kingdoms of conflict

The first reality is that we live in a kingdom on earth (Canada), and at the same time we are also the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.  The kingdom on earth is a secular government, not a theocratic kingdom.  We are living in the tension between the two kingdoms.

  1. We all have dual citizenships

The issue of allegiance arises when the value of the secular government conflicts with the value of the Kingdom of Heaven.  The Bible teaches us to obey God first, and then obey the government on earth. 1 Peter 2:13 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the king, as the supreme authority,…17. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king.”

  1. The government is established by God, the purpose is to restrain evil

Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God… 4. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

  1. The church is established by God to make disciples of all nations

Then Rev. Chan led us to think about an important question, how do we as a church live in the world but not of the world?

  • The church must focus on the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, spread the gospel and train disciples. This includes five aspects: teaching the truth of the Bible, living out love and righteousness (generosity, equality, advocacy, commitment), building and strengthening faith, serving the community and finally praying.
  • The church should encourage brothers and sisters who are willing and have burdened to go into the world, to be the salt and light in different areas and aspects and to manifest Christ. We should support them and pray for them.
  • Finally, he used three English words to describe the three forms of churches:
  1. Isolate: a church that keeps itself isolated from the world and ignores the
  2. Integrate: a church that compromises with the world and follow the world, gives up its beliefs, and agrees the secular values.
  3. Infiltrate: Let the truth of Jesus Christ infiltrate every corner of the community, a church that is in the world and not of the world.

I hope that RCAC will continue to move in this direction and become a church in the world but not of the world.  I encourage everyone to go online and watch or review the messages.  Let us work hard together in advancing the gospel ministries.

培靈會的反思:入世而不屬世的教會

Nov 07-08, 2020
龔敏光牧師

今年因新冠肺炎大流行,大溫培靈會移師網上直播,但因教會事工關係,未能即時觀看,有幸大會把四堂信息放在youtube 頻道上,讓我可事後重溫,講員陳琛儀牧師來自多倫多,他的信息更能切合北美教會的需要。在此分享自己對第三堂信息的一些點滴及反思。

他提出聖經裡四個絕對的原則:
1.  我們是活在個兩爭戰的國度裡
第一個現實就是我們活在地上的國度裡(加拿大),與此同時我們也是天國的子民。
地上的國度是世俗政權,不是神治國度,我們正是活這在兩個國度的張力中。

2.  我們都有雙重國藉的身份
由之而來就是效忠的問題,當世俗政權的價值與天國的價值有衝突時,聖經教導我們要先順服神,再順服地上的政權。彼前2:13你們為主的緣故,要順服人的一切制度,或是在上的君王…17。務要尊敬眾人,親愛教中的弟兄,敬畏神,尊敬君王。

3.  政府都是神所任命的,為的是要制衡作惡
羅13:1在上有權柄的,人人當順服他,因為沒有權柄不是出於神的。凡掌權的都是神所命的…4。因為他是神的用人,是於你有益的。你若作惡,卻當懼怕;因為他不是空空的佩劍,他是神的用人,是伸冤的,刑罰那作惡的

4.  教會是神所立定的,為的是使萬民作主門徒

跟著他帶我們思考一個重要問題,我們如何活出入世而不屬世的教會?

• 教會要專注於耶穌基督的大使命,廣傳福音,做好門徒訓練。這包括五方面: 教導聖經真理、活出愛和公義(慷慨,平等,辯護,承擔)、建立信心、服務人群、祈禱。
• 教會要鼓勵有心志,有負擔的弟兄姊妹去深入世界,在不同的範疇、領域作鹽作光,彰顯基督,我們要支持他們,為他們祈禱。
• 最後他以三個英文字來形容三種形態的教會:
o 分離(isolate):獨善其身,不理世事的教會。
o 妥協 (integrate):與這世界妥協,跟隨這世界,放棄自己的信念,認同世俗價值的教會。
o 滲透(infiltrate):讓耶穌基督的真理,滲透到社會每一個角落,入世而不屬世的教會。
但願列宣家繼續朝著這方向邁進,作入世而不屬世的教會。鼓勵大家上網收看或重溫,在福音事工上,齊心努力。

My life under the pandemic

Jul 18-19, 2020
Rev. Collins Kung

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

Time goes so fast.  It has been 19 weekends since physical gatherings at church were suspended on March 14/15. I miss you all.  When I recall those days we worshipped together at church, different congregations hustled and bustled in RCAC on Sunday, the picture reminds me of Psalm 122, A Song of Ascents Of David. The psalmist was excited when they can worship together in the House of the Lord. Psalm 122:1 – I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”.  It is such a grace to be able to worship God together.

As the pandemic continues, physical gatherings have changed to online worship, online prayer meetings and fellowship. My life is about the same as usual with a few changes.

Daily devotion:

The prophet Daniel has left us a beautiful example. He prayed and worshipped God at the same time, same place regularly even King Darius had issued the decree. Daniel 6:10 : “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”  I keep my habit waking up early in the morning, draw close to God and start my devotion as usual. On Sunday I worship God at the regular time.

Growth and learning:

The pandemic has driven me to learn and use technology more.  Google has become my technical consultant.  If I don’t understand, I Google.

In addition, there are some online theological courses that I can choose to study. I read a book – 《Coronavirus and Christ》written by Rev. John Piper.  It is a very good book and I recommend it to you. It is a free e-book, available in audio and video versions, and in Chinese and English. Under the pandemic, this book can help us to strengthen our faith, bring us back to the core value of our faith, and to focus on our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer and caring:

Under the pandemic, physical gatherings are prohibited, some church brothers and sisters felt lonely and depressed because of the lockdown. God reminded me of their needs; I contacted them and cared for them over the phone.  We prayed together for the church. I encourage you to actively care about our brothers and sisters in Christ, if God reminds you of them, please don’t hesitate to contact them.

Offering and donation:

The pandemic has hit all walks of life. Churches and charity organizations are no exception. I am so grateful that my family members are still employed. God moves me to give to help people who are in difficulties locally and around the world. Brothers and sisters, if God blesses you, don’t forget the needs of others. 1 Tim 6:18-19 : “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Physical exercises:

Under the pandemic, I still find time to exercise. I love biking and going on walks nearby. Sometimes, I will go to other areas such as Stanley Park and Crescent Beach.  I enjoy staycation. It turns out there are many local places that I haven’t been before.

May the Lord bless you all, let’s grow together under the pandemic, and keep our body and spiritual life healthy.

Rev. Collins Kung

疫情下的生活

Jul 18-19, 2020
龔敏光牧師

親愛的列宣家弟兄姊妹,

自從三月14/15那週末停止實體聚會到現在,不經不覺已過了19個週末,很想念你們。

回想過往能一起在列宣家一同敬拜的日子,在主日各堂會眾熙來攘往,熱鬧非常。令我想起詩篇122篇大衛朝聖之歌,詩人能一起到耶和華殿敬拜就雀躍興奮不已。詩122:1「人對我說:我們往耶和華的殿去,我就歡喜。」能一起敬拜上帝,全是恩典。

在疫情繼續流行之際,除了由實體聚會轉成網上崇拜、祈禱會、團契。我的生活大致上與平常一樣,但亦有改變。

每日一靈修:

先知但以理給我們留下美好的榜樣,他在王頒布禁令下,仍然保持與神定時定點地溝通,向神敬拜的習慣。但6:10 「但以理知道這禁令蓋了玉璽,就到自己家裡(他樓上的窗戶開向耶路撒冷),一日三次,雙膝跪在他神面前,禱告感謝,與素常一樣。」

我仍然維持每天清早起來,與天父親近的習慣,恆常靈修,與素常一樣。每主日定時崇拜。

成長與學習:

疫情驅使我更積極去學習並使用科技,Google 成為我的技術顧問,不懂就問它。

此外,坊間亦有不少網上神學課程,讓我可選擇進修。我也閱讀了一本好書,是John Piper 約翰派博牧師寫的Coronavirus and Christ《冠狀病毒與基督》,在此向大家推薦,是網上電子書,也有聆聽版及視頻版,中英文版都有,免費下載。這書能幫助大家在疫情中堅固信心,重回信仰核心,專心仰望我們的主耶穌基督。

祈禱與關心:

疫情下教會肢體不能實體見面,有些人因長時間禁足而感到孤單,情緒低落,神讓我想起他們的需要,致電問候他們,關心他們,與他們一起為教會祈禱。鼓勵大家關心肢體,若神讓你想起某肢體,請不要猶疑,主動去關心他們。

奉獻與捐輸:

疫情下對各行各業的打擊甚大,連教會及慈善機構也不能幸免。我感恩我的家庭仍然有工做,神亦感動我作出適時的捐獻,幫助本地及世界各地在水深火熱的人。弟兄姊妹,若神賜福與你,不要忘記別人的需要。提前6:18-19「又要囑咐他們行善,在好事上富足,甘心施捨,樂意供給人,為自己積成美好的根基,預備將來,叫他們持定那真正的生命。」

身體的操練:

在疫情下我仍然抽時間運動,我喜歡騎單車,也到附近散步。我也會到大溫其他地區遊玩(如Stanley park, Crescent Beach),享受staycation。原來本地還有很多地方我沒有去過的

願主祝福大家,在疫情下一起成長,保持身心靈健康。

龔敏光牧師

 

謀事在人,成事在天

Mar 07-08, 2020
龔敏光牧師

中國人有句話:「謀事在人,成事在天。」。意思是儘管我怎樣努力籌算和計劃,其實現或成功與否就取決於天命。

最近短短數月,新冠狀病毒從中國武漢爆發,蔓延到世界各地,令很多人及國家措手不及。有些香港人原先於農曆新年到武漢或湖北省探親或渡歲,結果因湖北及武漢封城,滯留外地,有些滯留的孕婦預產期快到要回港檢查,有些學生希望趕及回港參加文憑考試。有些人被困於遊輪上,等候檢疫,很多人的旅遊計劃告吹,有些歌星取消所計劃的演唱會,很多大型慶祝聚會相繼取消,日本正在考慮是否延期或取消東京奧運會,連我們列宣家也因應疫情的發展,取消了2月23日的迎新會及在本週以較安全的方法舉行聖餐記念主。總而言之,這次疫情打亂很多人的計劃。

在疫情的氛圍下,我們應如何面對?

  1. 我們仍然要為未來計劃,因為沒有計劃,就準備失敗 “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”。只是計劃時需要考慮各樣因素而作出適當的調整。
  2. 在計劃時要多禱告,等候聖靈的感動及帶領,檢視我們所籌劃的是否是神的心意,要知道神的意念高過我們的意念。
  • 賽55:8-9耶和華說:我的意念非同你們的意念;我的道路非同你們的道路。天怎樣高過地,照樣,我的道路高過你們的道路;我的意念高過你們的意念。
  1. 用謙卑的態度把所計劃的交託神,只有全能的神能使我們的籌劃成就, 承認事情最終成就掌握在神手中。
  • 箴19:21人心多有計謀;惟有耶和華的籌算才能立定。
  • 雅4:13-15 嗐!你們有話說:今天明天我們要往某城裡去,在那裡住一年,做買賣得利。其實明天如何,你們還不知道。你們的生命是什麼呢?你們原來是一片雲霧,出現少時就不見了。你們只當說:主若願意,我們就可以活著,也可以做這事,或做那事。
  • 詩37:5 當將你的事交託耶和華,並倚靠他,他就必成全。
  1. 就算事情發展並未有照我們所願的成就,我們要堅信神是全能、充滿智慧及至善,必為我們的福祉著想。
  • 太7:9-11你們中間誰有兒子求餅,反給他石頭呢?求魚,反給他蛇呢?你們雖然不好,尚且知道拿好東西給兒女,何況你們在天上的父,豈不更把好東西給求他的人嗎?
  • 羅8:28我們曉得萬事都互相效力,叫愛神的人得益處,就是按他旨意被召的人。

以此話彼此互勉。

 

神的保守護理

Dec 28-29, 2019
龔敏光牧師

神的護理(Providence of God)是一個神學概念,神學家Millard Erickson把這個概念定義為神保守並引導祂所創造之物走向祂預定旨意的持續性作為。神的保守指神維持祂現存的被造萬有。這定義看來抽象,但聖經裡卻是充滿神護理的例子。

希伯來書論到聖子耶穌基督時,說:「常用他權能的命令托住萬有」(來1:3)。意思是神用祂的權能讓祂的創造繼續存在並且按著祂自己的旨意運行。當我們仰望穹蒼時,日月星晨按著所定的軌道運行;當我們觀看大地時,春夏秋冬按時四季更替。

主耶穌教導我們,環看我們的大自然,就看見神正在護理,令我們不會過分憂慮:太5:25所以我告訴你們,不要為生命憂慮吃什麼,喝什麼;為身體憂慮穿什麼。生命不勝於飲食嗎?身體不勝於衣裳嗎?26.你們看那天上的飛鳥,也不種,也不收,也不積蓄在倉裡,你們的天父尚且養活他。你們不比飛鳥貴重得多嗎?太5:28何必為衣裳憂慮呢?你想野地裡的百合花怎麼長起來;他也不勞苦,也不紡線。29然而我告訴你們,就是所羅門極榮華的時候,他所穿戴的,還不如這花一朵呢!

這段經文令我們想起【野地的花】這首詩歌。弟兄姊妹,神在天天看顧,保護我們。

詩139篇告訴我們,神在祂兒女身上都有一個計劃,並且祂細心察看,引導扶持:16我未成形的體質,你的眼早已看見了;你所定的日子,我尚未度一日,你都寫在你的冊上了。17神啊,你的意念向我何等寶貴!其數何等眾多!3我行路,我躺臥,你都細察;你也深知我一切所行的。10就是在那裡,你的手必引導我;你的右手也必扶持我。

最近剛從休假回來,深深體會到神在我身上的護理。我們去遊玩的地方,一年有150天是下雨的,而去的時候,正是雨季。但神對我和師母體貼入微。當我們在室內休息或用膳時,天就下雨,當我們要出外遊玩時,雨就停下來,並且雲中透出陽光。且在最後兩天旅程,天氣和暖並且出現蔚藍的天空,讓我們能欣賞大自然的美麗。這令我想起【以感恩為祭】這首詩歌:

「你的安排往往多新意,你有豐賞亦會收取,

微細調配中,讓我得益處,現我再看天恩處處。

神呀!你恩典太美妙神奇,配得萬眾稱善!

我要以感恩為祭獻給你,並永記念你作為!」

認識神的保守護理,令我們可以全然信靠。

經歷神的保守護理,令我們可以全然感恩。

盼望一年結束時,我們回顧反省,經歷神的保守護理,齊來感恩。

 

從聖經看萬聖節

Oct 26-27, 2019
龔敏光牧師

萬聖節起源於二千多年前歐洲北部的塞爾特民族(the Celts),他們相信在十月三十一日晚上,「死亡之神」森亨(Samhain)會允許一年內離世的人與邪靈回到生前的住所,好像中國人所謂的「回魂」。活人需以美食「款待」(treat)這些鬼魂邪靈,若鬼魂不滿意安排的話,牠們就會對這家人不利,小則「戲弄」(trick)一番,大則施行咒語、破壞,甚至折磨他們。另一個可以避開污靈攪擾的方法,就是將自己扮成鬼怪的模樣,當邪靈見到自己的「同類」就不加理會,便可以逃過一劫。

後來歐洲在羅馬帝國君士坦丁皇帝統治下,以基督教為國教。教會漸漸把部份風俗聖化。把敬奉死神和幽靈的節期改為記念為信仰殉道的聖徒,定十一月一日為萬聖節(All Saints Day或All Hallowed Day),而萬聖節的前夕即十月三十一日晚就變成All Hallowed Evening,演變成今天的Hallowe’en。

神藉著聖經給我們以下提醒:

神是忌邪的神,不可交鬼、拜鬼、扮鬼,單單敬畏祂,事奉祂:

  • 申4:24 因為耶和華─你的神乃是烈火,是忌邪的神。
  • 申18:9-11你到了耶和華─你神所賜之地,那些國民所行可憎惡的事,你不可學著行。你們中間不可有人使兒女經火,也不可有占卜的、觀兆的、用法術的、行邪術的、用迷術的、交鬼的、行巫術的、過陰的。
  • 太4:10 耶穌說:撒但(撒但就是抵擋的意思,乃魔鬼的別名),退去吧!因為經上記著說:當拜主你的神,單要事奉他。
  • 太10:28 那殺身體,不能殺靈魂的,不要怕他們;惟有能把身體和靈魂都滅在地獄裡的,正要怕他。

只有信靠神才有真平安

  • 約14:27 我留下平安給你們;我將我的平安賜給你們。我所賜的,不像世人所賜的。你們心裡不要憂愁,也不要膽怯。

提防被世界同化

  • 羅12:2不要模仿這個世代,倒要藉著心意的更新而改變過來,使你們可以察驗出甚麼是神的旨意,就是察驗出甚麼是美好的、蒙他悅納的和完全的事。(新譯本)

追求榮神益人

  • 林前10:31-33所以,你們或吃或喝,無論做什麼,都要為榮耀神而行。不拘是猶太人,是希利尼人,是神的教會,你們都不要使他跌倒;就好像我凡事都叫眾人喜歡,不求自己的益處,只求眾人的益處,叫他們得救。

讓我認清自己的身分是君尊的祭司,聖潔的國度及屬神的子民(彼前2:9),好好教導下一代,不要參與萬聖節(Halloween)。

 

孩子長大了

Aug 17-18, 2019
龔敏光牧師

今天(八月十七日)是兒子結婚的日子,心裏又喜悅但又失落。喜悅是因為他已長大成人,建立自己的家庭。聖經這樣教導「因此人要離開父母,和妻子連合,二人成為一體。」(創2:24),感謝神為他預備一個配偶幫助他。失落是因為他不再與父母同住,不會像從前一樣,天天相見,每晚一起在床邊祈禱。我們正式踏入空巢階段。
回想過去,當孩子還在母腹中,我們已為他認識神,成為敬虔的後裔祈禱。有一次,我晚上在房間讀聖經時,讀到以弗所書「你們得救是本乎恩,也因著信;這並不是出於自己,乃是神所賜的;也不是出於行為,免得有人自誇。」(弗2:8-9)。當時神給我意念,人得救是本乎神的恩典,及因著人的信靠。於是給孩子取名恩信。
孩子出世後,有弟兄姊妹提醒我們,當他要吃奶時,要與他一同謝飯祈禱。雖然那時他甚麼也不懂,我們仍然與他一起禱告。滿了月後我們就開始帶他返教會敬拜神。
我和師母都是初為人父母(按:當時我還未被呼召成為牧者),沒有甚麼經驗教養兒女,只本著聖經的教導,及年長弟兄姊妹的提點,常常為他祈禱:
箴22:6 「教養孩童走他當行的路,就是到老,他也不會偏離。」
弗6:4「你們作父親的,不要惹兒女的氣,只要照著主的教訓和警戒養育他們。
當他三個月大,我們就為他舉行嬰兒奉獻禮,在吳主光牧師的禱告下及眾弟兄姊妹的見證下,立志按聖經的教導及神的心意教養兒子。兒子在八歲時,在母親帶領下接受耶穌基督為他個人救主。當他十四歲時,在列宣家受浸,成為教會會友。
孩子漸漸長大,進入青春期,我們開始為他將來的配偶祈禱。眼見現今很多的家庭問題,都是由夫妻關係不和開始。聖經說「智慧婦人建立家室;愚妄婦人親手拆毀。」(箴14:1) 我們教導兒子將來要娶一個在主裡的姊妹作配偶。聖經教導「你們和不信的原不相配,不要同負一軛。義和不義有什麼相交呢?光明和黑暗有什麼相通呢?」(林後6:14)。我對兒子說:「若你結識了一個未信的女孩子,而你心裡喜歡她。首先,你要向她傳福音,帶領她信主,然後才可發展進一步關係。」感謝神,兒子把這些話記在心中,向他喜歡的女孩子傳福音,她在佈道會中決志信主,成就今日的良緣。
孩子長大了,組織新家庭,走自己的道路。我常常提醒他「你要專心仰賴耶和華,不可倚靠自己的聰明,在你一切所行的事上都要認定他,他必指引你的路。」(箴3:5-6)。祝願兒子一生走在神的道路上,薪火相傳,願神賜福與我家並世世代代的子孫,阿們!