January 28-January 29, 2023

開卷有益

肢體生活 – (五)

(五) – 肢體生活是信徒的美好見證

當我們在履行彼此相愛這個命令時,能夠在未信的人當中作美好的見證。

「我賜給你們一條新命令,乃是叫你們彼此相愛;我怎樣愛你們,你們也要怎樣彼此相愛。 你們若彼此相愛,眾人因此就認出你們是我的門徒了。」(‭‭約翰福音‬ ‭13:34-35‬節)

一間健全的教會,能夠透過建造肢體間的生活而帶來合一,而這個合一能夠提升未信者對我們信仰的興趣。很多人也誤以為,我們必須要成為一個完全的聖人,方能在世人前作美好的見證。但耶穌基督帶給我們一個新的角度,如何能夠在世人當中作美好的見證。既然我們不可能成為完全的人,一班蒙恩得救的罪人,雖然來自不同背景、不同性格、甚至是不同膚色的人,竟然也能彼此相愛,並且聽從耶穌的吩咐,建立親密的肢體關係。耶穌說,如此,眾人 – 即未信主的人 – 就會認出我們是主的門徒。這豈不是一個非凡的見證!原來,彼此相愛和肢體生活,就是證明我們是基督徒的一個指標。不要以為要作一個完全的人、或者多禱告、多背誦聖經就是基督徒的象徵,當一群基督徒能夠以彼此相愛來見證我們的信仰,這正是基督徒的特徵。

有好些人會問,若然有新朋友來到小組當中,是否有需要更改小組內容來遷就未信主的人呢?我的回應是,不需要作出特別的修改,當新朋友來到一群基督徒中,他們期望了解及觀察信徒真實的一面,而非追求與一群完全人同在。若然我們只扮演聖人,這便是一個不盡不實的騙局。我們應該真實地相交,縱使彼此意見不同,但在爭辯或衝突後,仍然可以維持彼此相愛的心,這一種行為,方能在這個缺乏愛的世代裏,見證上帝的愛,基督徒學習彼此寬恕和接納,正如耶穌基督接納和寬恕我們一樣。

今天,很多未信主的人所追求的,並不是一種使我們能作一個超然聖人的信仰,而是在一個軟弱及罪惡的世界裏,找到真正的愛、找到上帝的寬恕和接納;並在一班基督徒的身上,能夠彰顯出從上帝而來的寬恕、接納和愛。倘若你期望教會成為世人中美好的見證,除了要有純正的教導、激情的敬拜、還有的是,如耶穌的吩咐,我們能夠表現出彼此相愛,眾人便認出我們是主的門徒了。

(下期續)

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牧者通告

Milpitas的部份時間區牧容旭輝傳道正式申請成為全職區牧,現正進入會眾諮詢程序。如有對他受聘有反對意見,請於6/12日前直接以書面或電郵與主任牧師聯絡。

容旭輝傳道出生於香港,八十年代中期移居美國加州。青少年時他非常熱衷參與教會,但成年後卻漸漸成了一個叛逆的無神論者。然而上帝向他混亂和空虛的生活發出了榮耀光芒,這讓他的一切都被徹底改變了。他將自己視為跨中西文化和社區之間的橋樑,盼望自己的經歷和領受能祝福周圍的人特別是下一代,並帶領他們認識神。

容傳道在十八歲那年開始為聯邦快遞工作,三十歲時他告別了唯一收入的工作,成為了 De Anza College最年長的學生。在進入聖何塞州立大學後,他涉足了電腦技術領域。之後,在 2008 年的經濟市場崩塌期間,神徹底改變了他的生活。神奇妙的帶領下2010年在天道福音中心結識了太太Christina,婚後育有一女兒容智恩。之後應神呼召在西方神學院進修取得碩士學位並開始全職在教會的事奉。在經歷了癌症的死蔭幽谷之後他更深刻體會、珍惜並立志勤做主工,迫切傳福音。

他非常喜歡戶外運動,旅遊、最喜歡吃墨西哥菜,玩動作 MMORPG,看動漫,享受可以和妻子女兒在一起的時光。他還是個實打實的孩子王。

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2023年預算:$ 5,476,081.42

每月預算所需:$ 130,222.60

本月累積奉獻:$ 456,340.12

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代禱日程 Weekly Prayers

Sun 01/29

Pray for those affected by the recent layoffs at various companies. May the Lord guide them in their paths. Also remember those in the congregation who are facing job security. Pray they can rely on the Lord to get through this crisis.

為因近日因多間公司裁員而受影響的弟兄姊妹祈禱。求主引導他們的前路,也求主記念一些面對工作穩定性的會眾禱告,讓他們能靠主渡過現在的危機。

为因近日因多间公司裁员而受影响的弟兄姊妹祈祷。求主引导他们的前路,也求主记念一些面对工作稳定性的会众祷告,让他们能靠主渡过现在的危机。

Mon 01/30

Pray that our celebration of the new year of rabbits will help lead us to recognize that everlasting peace is found only in the Lord through the redemption of Jesus Christ.

希望兔年的新年慶祝引導我們意識到,只有通過耶穌基督的救贖,才能在主裡找到永恆的平安。

希望兔年的新年庆祝引导我们意识到,只有通过耶稣基督的救赎,才能在主里找到永恒的平安。

Tue 01/31

Pray for the injures and families who have lost loved ones in the three mass shootings in California. Pray for our troubled communities and for those disgruntled people taking their frustrations on others around them. May God raise up His churches to spread faith, hope, and love to our communities.

爲加州發生的三大規模槍擊事件中的傷者和失去親人的家庭祈禱。爲我們陷入困境的社區禱告,爲那些心懷不滿的人把他們的挫折感強加給周圍的人禱告。願神興起祂的教會,向我們的社區傳播信、望和愛。

为加州发生的三大规模枪击事件中的伤者和失去亲人的家庭祈祷。为我们陷入困境的社区祷告,为那些心怀不满的人把他们的挫折感强加给周围的人祷告。愿神兴起祂的教会,向我们的社区传播信、望和爱。

Wed 02/01

Please pray for the families and children be away from temptations. May Holy Spirit helps them to produce the fruit of spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. God’s wisdom be with the family.

請爲匯點家庭和孩子們遠離誘惑祈禱。 願聖靈幫助他們結出屬靈的果子, 仁愛、喜樂、和平、忍耐、恩慈、良善、信實、 溫柔、節制。求 神的智慧與每個小家同在。

请为汇点家庭和孩子们远离诱惑祈祷。 愿圣灵帮助他们结出属灵的果子, 仁爱、喜乐、和平、忍耐、恩慈、良善、信实、 温柔、节制。求 神的智慧与每个小家同在。

Thu 02/02

Please pray for Tracy’s Chinese New Year event on February 4. Pray that brothers and sisters may enjoy the joy of spreading the Gospel through this outreach event.

請為Tracy匯點在二月四日的中國新年活動禱告,求神帶領並讓弟兄姊妹享受傳揚福音的喜樂。

请为Tracy汇点在二月四日的中国新年活动祷告,求神带领并让弟兄姊妹享受传扬福音的喜乐。

Fri 02/03

Please pray that God will encourage all believers to join a life group this year, so that all life groups will be revived.

求神鼓励所有基督徒都能够在今年加入一个小组,使小组更加兴旺。

求神鼓勵所有基督徒都能夠在今年加入一個小組,使小組更加興旺。

Sat 02/04

Please pray for our CCPP front lawn playground project that it will go smoothy, and the contractor will be able to get it done as soon as possible.

請為我們的CCPP前草坪操場項目祈禱,希望它能順利進行,承包商能盡快完成。

请为我们的CCPP前草坪操场项目祈祷,希望它能顺利进行,承包商能尽快完成。

Word of Your Pastor

Life in the Body – (5)

(5) – Body Life Testifies our Faith

When we fulfill the command to love one another, we can be a good witness among the unbelievers.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

A healthy church can bring unity by building up the life of the body, and this unity can attract unbelievers in our faith. Many people have the misconception that we must become complete saints in order to testify our faith. Yet Jesus Christ has given us a new perspective on how we can be a good witness to the world. Since we cannot be perfect, it is amazing that a group of saved sinners, from different backgrounds, personalities, and even colors, can love one another and build intimate fellowships as Jesus commanded. Jesus said that in this way, the world – unbelievers – will recognize us as disciples of the Lord. Isn’t this a remarkable testimony? It turns out that loving one another and living a body life is a good indicator of our faith. Don’t just think that being a perfect person, or praying more, or memorizing the Bible more is a symbol of Christianity. When a group of Christians can testify to our faith by loving one another, that is the characteristic of Christians.

Some people ask if there is a need to change the content of the life group to accommodate the unchurched if visitors join the group. My response is that no special changes are needed. When visitors come to a life group, they expect to know and see a genuine body of believers, not to seek a group of saints. If we are only playing the part of perfect people, it is a fake show. We should be true to one another, even if we disagree with one another, and still maintain a loving heart for one another after arguments or conflicts.

I believe that what many unbelievers are seeking today is not a faith that enables us to be exceptional saints, but rather to find true love, God’s forgiveness and acceptance in a broken and sinful world, and to manifest the forgiveness, acceptance and love from God in a group of Christians. If you want the church to be a good witness to the world, it is important to have pure teaching, passionate worship. Notwithstanding, we need to show love for one another as Jesus commanded, so that the world will recognize us as disciples of the Lord.

(to be continued)

Your Pastor,

Ting Y Leung

Pastoral Announcement

Milpitas part time family pastor Sam Yung has applied to our full time position. We have posted his biography in our weekly bulletin. If you have any objection to his hiring, please write to Pastor Ting Leung directly by 6/12

Sam was born in Hong Kong and moved to South Bay, California, in the mid-80s. During his youth, he was an eager Church attendee. As a young adult, however, Sam became an outspoken atheist. Then God spoke light into Sam’s life of chaos and void, and everything changed. He experienced life in Silicon Valley before and after the Asian immigration boom. Sam sees himself as a bridge between cultures and communities, and he wants to dedicate his life experience to leading the next generation into knowing king Jesus.

Sam started working for Federal Express the month he turned 18, and then at 30, he said goodbye to the only job he had known and became the oldest student in De Anza College. After attending San Jose State, he dabbled in the technology field. Then, during the housing market crash of 2008, God overhauled his life again for His Kingdom’s purpose, which includes giving Sam a chance to attend Western Seminary. 

Sam’s favorite things include; eating Mexican food, playing action MMORPGs, watching anime, and playing with his daughter.

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2023 Budget: $ 5,476,081.42

Goal of this month:$ 130,222.60

Offering of this month: $ 456,340.12

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