親愛的弟兄姊妹平安:          

曾聽人說過:「那裏沒有主日崇拜,那裏就是宣教的工場。」是的,「那裏未曾聽聞耶穌的福音,那裏就有馬其頓的呼聲。」

耶穌既在自己的家鄉宣告:「主的靈膏在我身,叫我傳福音給貧窮的人。」他也是走遍各城各鄉傳道,宣講神國的福音。他見許多的人,就憐憫他們,因為他們困苦流離,如同羊沒有牧人。若有人不認識耶穌是好牧者,我們都欠了他們福音的債。

主的靈既禁止保羅在亞細亞傳道,也不許他往庇推尼,卻引導他往特羅亞的港口。保羅在異象看見馬其頓人發聲呼求:「請到馬其頓來幫助我們!」在那裏,有一群在安息日聚集禱告的婦女,等候彌賽亞。在那裡,有被邪靈捆綁的女奴,成了主人賺錢的工具。在那裡,有獄卒一家的人,迷失了生存的意義和生命的價值。馬其頓省除了腓立比,還有帖撒羅尼迦和庇哩亞兩座城市和周圍的鄉鎮。

教會的宣教部定期為不同宣教士禱告,也舉辦宣教講座,推動差傳教育,並安排在每月第一個主日崇拜中收集差傳獻金(廣東話部請用奉獻封),支持不同的宣教士和宣教事工。今年三月份是我們教會的差傳月,以幫助我們認識宣教,禱告記念和以實際行動參與。

「願神憐憫我們,賜福與我們,用臉光照我們,好叫世界得知你的道路,萬國得知你的救恩。」詩篇67:1-2

主內

王 興

27/1/2023

<The Voice of Macedonia>       27th January, 2023

Dear brothers and sisters,

Some people say: ‘Where there is no Sunday Service, there is a mission field.’ Indeed, ‘Where the gospel of Jesus has not been heard, there is the voice of Macedonia.’

Jesus declared in his hometown: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.’ He also went through all the towns and villages, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. If anyone does not know Jesus as the good Shepherd, we are obligated to them.

The Spirit of the Lord had kept Paul from preaching the Word in the province of Asia and Bithynia, but led him to Troas. In a vision, Paul saw a Macedonian begging, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ There, a group of women gathered on the Sabbath to pray, waiting for the Messiah. There, a female slave was bound by an evil spirit and earned a lot of money for her owners. There, a jailer’s family had lost the meaning of existence and the value of life. Apart from Philippi, there were Thessalonica and Berea, and surrounding towns in the province of Macedonia.

The Church Mission Committee prays for different missionaries on a regular basis. We also hold seminars to promote mission education, and arrange the collection for Mission in the first Sunday of each month to support missionaries and mission work.  Coming March is the mission month of our church to help us understand mission and participation through prayers and actions.

‘May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine on us so that Your ways may be known on earth,  Your salvation among all nations.’ Psalm 67:1-2

In Christ,

Sam Wong