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 <三一年會感言>6/2-6/8/14

「人到我這裏來,若不愛我勝過愛(愛我勝過愛:原文是恨)自己的父母、妻子、兒女、弟兄、姊妹,和自己的性命,就不能作我的門徒。 27 凡不背著自己十字架跟從我的,也不能作我的門徒。(路加福音14:25-27)

 

“If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:25-27)

 

默想禱告:很喜歡看陳恩藩牧師 Francis Chan (瘋狂之愛Crazy Love的作者) 的錄像講道, 因著他的真情投入, 以大無畏的直言將主耶穌的教訓生動演繹, 往往使我內心感到震盪不已。最近一個題目更有意思「如果耶穌在你教會當牧師, 你敢去嗎?」https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWSmcR4Dxdg 主題核心闡述說如果要遵照主耶穌的命令和原則過每一天的生活, 相信很少現代基督徒能達到指標, 包括我自己在內。就像今年「三一運動」年會選用了「獻上餘生, 被主用盡」這樣一個徹底反文化、反潮流、反自我的深刻主題來推廣和實踐主的吩咐;驅動信徒活出義無反顧,討主喜悅的生活模式,真是感覺難上加難。因此門堪羅雀的出席率乃是意料中事。偏偏年會聚會地點位於北加州“矽谷” 高科技區範圍, 是年薪平均20-50萬,房值普遍超於100萬美元的華人精英群安 身立命之處, 職場拼搏的 “競技圈”, 身份地位權力的聚焦點。在這種場合風尚中談捨己,跟隨那 “狐狸有洞, 飛鳥有窩, 人子卻無枕首之地” 的主 耶穌, 豈不是屬反智行為? 是錯誤的地區選擇還是主刻意的安排, 我們心中各有領會; 畢竟當年門徒捨下魚網, 破舊的陋房, 比起現代基督徒要賣掉豪 宅名車, 過淳樸生活, 傳揚福音是完全两碼子的代價, 雖然神自古至今都從來沒有降低過祂命令的標準。除非我們委身事奉的動機是源自愛主的激 情回應, 藉聖靈引導參透萬事萬物的真相, 以至我們願意主動打破固有的社會規範, 調整家庭成員彼此之間要求過高的期望, 敏銳地抗衡世俗價值隨時移位 的衝擊, 否則「被主用盡」祇不過是一紙難以兌現的「口號支票」, 越多重覆的呼喊就越覺空泛不實, 淡而無味。誠如王峙軍牧師在會中呼籲我們要學習馬利 亞打破玉瓶, 存感恩愛主的心為祂作一件「美事」, 把最珍貴的香膏傾倒在主耶穌的身上, 毫無保留的獻上。我相信有多少的愛就有多少的付出, 有多少的 感恩就有多少向主的許願, 有多少對主的敬畏就有多少的委身, 有多少的順服就有多少的事奉行動; 存著這種心思來回饋主犧牲的大愛, 我們就自然萌生事 奉的動能, 肯定不會出於勉强, 也不至於斤斤計較。如果我們連生命的主權都願意交託給衪,那麼還有甚麼人事物會令我們感到跟隨主是件虧本的生 命投資? 豈不知衪乃是生命的一切豐富, 一切祝福的源頭嗎? 「三一運動」主要目的不是鼓勵信徒人人提前退休, 把餘下三份之一的時間獻給主, 而是激 勵基督徒要改變心態, 建立一套嶄新的生命價值觀, 重新調整我們生命目標的優先次序, 運用恩賜, 致力委身於討主喜悅的各種事奉。缺乏像馬利亞愛主的 灼熱激情, 我們事奉的道路就不會走得遠, 祇會處處計算得失, 面對困難時便裹足不前, 思前想後就很快打響退堂鼓。因此, 我們的生命無論處在那個階 段, 管他是前、中、後的三份之一; 只要有一顆「心被靈感」「對主情有獨鍾」的心,我們就可以當下立志委身(At Any Given Time), 不必抓破頭皮推敲是那個階段的三份之一, 應該說是越早越好的三份一, 而 最崇高的委身乃是持續性、全天候的等候任命。今年大會最令我驚喜的是看見我心儀已久的「大使命中心」、「中國信徒佈道會」創辦人、「世界華福運動」發起人的屬靈長輩王永信牧師 蒞臨大會。主藉著這位打過不少美好勝仗, 主的忠僕給「三一運動」支持鼓勵,更為三一異象的推廣祝福, 提供經驗指導, 讓我們全體同工無不動容, 深深 感到聖靈的同在。「三一運動」像個剛起步的嬰孩, 走路跌跌撞撞, 抓不準方向, 但憑的是慈愛天父的手在旁親自扶持, 逐漸建立穩壯的步伐, 學習快跑 跟隨主佳美的腳踪。 感恩禱告奉主耶穌聖名祈求, 阿們。(“三一運動” 董事陳熾弟兄分享)

 

Meditation & Prayer: I like watching Pastor Francis Chan sermons on you tube, because he speaks with passion to expound on the subject of “Following Christ”. With brutal honesty, he lashes out at the contemporary Christian lifestyle, how it deviates so much from Christ’s original intent of Christian living, what “following Christ” really means. One of the sermons: “If Jesus were the pastor of your church you probably wouldn't go there” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWSmcR4Dxdg struck me the most. Expectedly, this year’s One-Third Annual Conference theme “Spend Our Life to Serve Jesus” appears to fall into the anti-culture, anti-social topic category, as reflected by a low turnout. Held in “Silicon Valley”- the high tech magnet, where average salary ranges from 200-500 thousand, and million dollar homes in every block, the subject of denying oneself to follow Jesus would naturally fall on deaf ears. Perhaps the location, it seems, is without a sense of irony. After all, it is a much more difficult feat these days to give up one’s comfortable lifestyle to identify with the Lord’s ministry as the servant of humanity, as signified by his statement- "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." Early disciples might be eager to abandon their fishing boats and ragged living quarters; but selling one’s Mercedes Benz and a house with indoor whirlpool is a completely different story, even though Jesus never lowers his standard of requirement for those who express interest in serving him. The pre-requisite of Christian service is therefore rested upon one’s heart and passion, in his genuine response to Christ’s unfathomable love, more than a sense of obligation. Following Christ demands pure motivation, and willingness to break off the worldly social norms, as well as counteracting the ever changing social values we face in all fronts. Following Christ is indeed a “Beautiful Action” epitomized by Mary of Bethany’s anointment of Jesus by pouring on him a container of very expensive perfume, all that she really possessed, disregard of how other people viewed her as wasteful and sentimental. Yet Jesus praised her action as absolutely beautiful. The real purpose of “One-Third Movement” does not necessarily wish to encourage everyone to retire early in order to serve God, but rather to re-prioritize our life purposes with efforts and commitment for ministries, in a nutshell, to change our heart with a clear perspective, solely motivated by our love to serve Christ as he demonstrates his undying love toward us. We don’t have to get caught up by semantics to determine which one-third of our life to get involved. We should simply respond to the call and obey God’s command at any given time. At last, my heart got so excited with the presence of Rev. Thomas Wang, President Emeritus of the Great Commission Center International, and founder of many contemporary impactful ministries among Chinese Churches around the world. His endorsement, encouragement and blessing on the One Third Movement help to carry us a long way, knowing that the Lord’s hand has held us tightly in every step of the way to advance this vision. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)  

 

代禱事項:

  • 90後」就在我們身邊!?

的確,「90後」這名詞好像才剛響起,轉眼間他們已充滿在北美的校園裡;才剛問過如何領「90後」歸主,轉眼間培植他們已成為緊迫的需要。面對「90後」:社交媒體化、信息碎片化、思考圖像化、權威扁平化…,教會的異象和策略是什麼?我們如何為主贏得他們!如何裝備,使他們贏得校園!

為此,我們在本六月於波士頓芝加哥休士頓三個地區舉行 2014校園事工研討會:「培育 90 起來影響校園」。  感謝主,由美國華福、芝華宣道、美國福音證主協會  合辦;並由海外校園機構、基督工人中心、基督使者協會、和新英倫區華福區委會, 波士頓郊區華人聖經教會, 休士頓基督教華人教牧同工團契,一同協辦。

本週末(6/12-16) 僕人就要前往波士頓服事,敬請您記念代禱,讓有心校園福音的同工們不論是90後、或是90前,都能同心研討、禱告,促使在美國校園的華人留學生作耶穌基督的門徒,成為能靠主能力改變世界的人。

祁少麟牧師 敬上

·         “中国祷告会2014”将于613日晚举

日期Date:   June 13, Friday  (2014年6月13日, 星期五)  8:00-11:00pm Prayer Meeting

地点Place: 芝城西北华人基督教会(CNSCCC)2401 Kirchoff Road

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008  (Click for Map)

主内各位牧者同工、各位弟兄姊妹,平安

2014年的“中国祷告会”,将于613日(周五)晚800-1100在芝城西北华人基督教会(CNSCCC)举行,西北教会的弟兄姊妹会为参会者预备晚餐(晚餐时间6:30-7:30,敬请回应此电邮,以便预备足够食物

盼望各位牧者和弟兄姊妹看重这次一年一度的宝贵聚集,留出时间,踊跃参加祷告。相信借着祷告,您所服事的教会及个人生命均会受益。祷告会内容包括

    1.     以祷告会为祭坛,向神献上感恩、赞美和敬拜(芝加哥华人基督徒合唱团将献诗)

芝加哥华人教会的多位牧者将分享简短信息并带领祷告

为芝加哥地区众教会的悔改与复兴祷告(特别为教会在持守与遵行圣经真理方面,在祷告方面,在福音宣教方面的复兴祷告);为基督徒个人灵命的更新祷告;为基督徒的家庭、婚姻、亲子关系等祷告

为中国家庭教会正面临的困难处境祷告;为基督信仰在中国受到的限制与逼迫状况祷告

为我们所处的世代祷告。为美国日益衰落的道德光景祷告。求神大施怜悯,加给教会力量,摆脱世俗化影响,力挽美国社会的道德与灵性颓势

11时后,仍愿意留下祷告的弟兄姊妹,可以继续祷告至12时。这段时间可特别为个人的属灵需要祷告,为自己的家庭和儿女祷告

这次祷告会由西北教会倾力协办,在此向该教会牧者、长执及众弟兄姊妹深表谢意

再次请求诸位牧者和弟兄姊妹带着渴慕祷告的心,踊跃参加此次祷告聚会。愿神赐福各位祷告勇士

在基督里与您同工

王峙军牧师  

生命季刊主

中国基督徒生命团契总干

 

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會 

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