2018異象 Dayspring Vision


晨光教會異象2018 - “彼此服事”
Dayspring Vision 2018 “Serving One Another”, P. Johannes 2018/1
 
加拉太書5:13 弟兄們、你們蒙召、是要得自由.只是不可將你們的自由當作放縱情慾的機會.總要用愛心互相服事。
          
       神想要建造祂的教會。如果我們希望晨光教會能夠成為“  神的教會”而不是“我們的教會”的話,那麼我們就必須集體地來分辨祂的旨意與引導。我們必須順服祂,並犧牲我們自己的想法與夢想—這是為了要能夠看見 神使用我們來完成祂的計畫。這對於領袖甚至對於會友來說都是最困難的任務之一。我們對於教會應該是怎麼樣的,往往都會有“我們希望”的想法,即便“我們喜歡的”和“我們所想”的都正確而重要,但是我們又該如何分辨這是否來自於 神的旨意與帶領呢?我們對於 神的理解來自於祂的話語--聖經,以及透過祂的創造,包括我們思考的能力、感覺與溝通。藉由聖經所寫下的語話,我們因而有一個根基能去測試我們所做的分辦。隨著我們的基督徒性格更為長大成熟,我們於是能夠分辨環境、需要及我們會友所提供的機會。神可以用許多方式對我們說話,例如藉由聖經話語、某種經驗、夢或異象等等。藉由成熟會員們的共同分辨,於是我們能夠領受這些指引。
 
       在2017年晨光領受了異象來專注在“成為一家人”之後,我們看見了許多這個異象的彰顯。小組領袖們定期碰面並開始有了更為深刻的彼此連結,以及與牧者團隊的連結。不同的世代們開始一起服事,就像青少年與社青或成人與小孩,甚至是這四個群體的彼此支持。而這當中的極致可以在我們一起參與的聖誕節活動中看見。我們所準備的那齣戲劇表演和什麼有關呢?就是一個家庭啊! 有青少年、社青及成人(長者)三個世代在這個劇中演出,是有關  神如何藉由爺爺分享其信仰來進入一個失功能受傷家庭的經過。在最後,所有的家人之間有了真實的合一與愛發生在他們中間。不是刻意的情況下,我們的青少年領袖“咪咪”寫出了這樣的一部劇本,因而讓  神確認了2017年之異象的滿足與完成。一個家並不是完美的,因此我們必須不斷地其中努力。但是一個家庭必須藉由丈夫與妻子的立約來誕生。  神也是和祂的教會立約而有了耶穌與祂的新婦(教會)而成為這個家庭。為了2018,有一位我們教會的姊妹提到了“彼此服事”的這句話。在一開始聽起來覺得是一個非常普通的口號,是無論如何我們總是應該去做的事。那這又如何成為我們這一年的“異象”呢。是的,所謂的“異象”意味著我們看到某些事情的圖像,而我們希望它成為實際。在“成為家人”(2017異象)之後,我想它是非常合適讓我們繼續發展成“彼此服事”的這個態度。如果每個人能夠知道他的恩賜,並且知道該在什麼地方用上這份力量來服事其它家庭成員,那麼這個家庭就能夠運作得非常好。
 
       傳統的家庭模式看來會是媽媽為家人烹調健康的食物、而爸爸則出去工作來照顧家庭的經濟。即便這個模式並不見得是必然的,但它仍然作為一個彼此服事的好範例而發揮著作用。想像孩子們在吃完飯之後洗碗,並且讓“媽媽”能夠休息的畫面吧,若是這樣的話,那麼任何一個家庭成員都能進入服事。教會並不單單只是一個“家庭”,也可以被稱為基督的身體,藉由每一位信徒在這身體中發揮其指定的功能。我的信念是教會中的每個人都是重要的,並且都被呼召來進行某項事工。只要我們幫助每個人去找到他們的呼召、並且與上帝的旨意“對齊”,那麼新婦就能成為“美麗的新婦”。不要嘗試用自己的想法來要求“基督的完美新婦”。因為這永遠不會發生。而且也不要把焦點放在他人的軟弱上。幫助他們,遮蓋這些軟弱,然後開始去發掘他們在教會中的潛力!當我們發展出一個更深刻了解何謂“彼此服事”的感受力時,那麼這個家庭就會更加強壯,而上帝的榮耀與智慧便可以在我們的團契中被看見。這將是在分享福音中的一個重要的部份,好消息就是耶穌,他讓我們得自由,好讓我們在愛中彼此服事。在加拉太書5:13中,保羅清晰地寫出這些原則。透過耶穌在十字架上為人們而死,我們已經從罪的綑綁中得到自由。當我們讓耶穌成為我們的 主與救主,我們離開生命的寶座。我們已經得原諒與潔淨,並能夠在 神的恩典中領受完全的醫治。
 
       這份自由會讓我們喜樂、敬拜神、享受神,且且透過聖靈活出新的生命。保羅說,我們必須了解這份自由的目的。當我們回頭去作“我們想要”的時候,我們實際上會再次失去這份自由。我們放釋放得到這份自由來彼此服事的。我們擁有 神的愛,神的耐心、神的力量等等。像家人那樣地一起同行,承擔彼此的重擔、彼此服事並一起敬拜吧! 今年,2018,可以是我們用更深刻的方式彼此服事的一年。你該如何造就你的弟兄姊妹呢?什麼樣的恩賜是你能夠發展來被主使用建造祂的教會的呢? 如果你不問“那我呢?”-你將會是最大的受益者,而是“我可以怎麼樣服事他們!”。 這是可以在許多享有豐盛生命的成熟基督徒身上所看到的原則—他們“彼此服事”。
 
“你們若有彼此相愛的心、眾人因此就認出你們是我的門徒了”。(約翰福音13:35)


 

Dayspring Vision 2018
“Serving One Another”
 
Gal.5:13 “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
  
        God wants to build His church. If we want Dayspring Church to be “God’s Church” rather than “our church”, then we need to corporately discern His will and his guidance. We need to submit to him and sacrifice our own ideas and dreams for the sake of seeing God using us for His purposes. This is one of the most difficult task for a leader and even for a member. We all have ideas of how “we want” church to be, what “we like” and what “we think” is right and important. But how do we discern the will of God and his guidance?
        We know God through His Word, the Bible, and through creation, which includes our capacity to think, feel and communicate. Through the Bible, we have a foundation by which we can always test our discernment with the written word. As we grow mature in our Christian Character, we then can discern the circumstances, needs and opportunities of our congregation. God can speak to us in many ways, like through a biblical word, an experience, dreams or visions, etc. Through the corporate discernment of mature members, we then can receive such guidance.
        After 2017 Dayspring received the vision to focus on “becoming a family”, we saw many manifestations of this vision. The Cell Group Leaders met regularly and started to relate deeper with each other and with the pastoral leadership. Different generations started to serve together, like youth with young adults or adults with children, or even all four groups supporting each other. The climax could be seen during our well attended Christmas event. We prepared a drama performance that was a about what? – about a family! Three generations were played by youth, young adults and adults and it was all about God entering a dis-functional hurting family through “grandpa” sharing his faith. In the end, there was true unity and love between all family members. Without intention, “Mimi”, our youth leader, wrote this script and thus God confirmed the vision of 2017 to be fulfilled. A family is not perfect and we need constantly work on it. But a family happened through the covenant of a husband with his wife. God covenanted with His church to have Jesus and his bride (church) becoming this family.
        For 2018, a sister of our church mentioned this phrase of “serving one another”. In the beginning this sounded like a very general slogan, something that we always should do anyway. How can this be seen as a “vision” for this year. Well, “vision” means that we see a picture of something that we want to come into existence. After “becoming a family” (vision 2017), it would be very proper that we develop this attitude of “serving each other” in a deeper level. A family functions well, if everybody knows his gift and place and uses his strength to serve the other family members. The traditional model of family would see a mother cooking healthy food for the family and the father making sure that the family is taken care of financially. Even though this model is not necessarily a must, it still functions as a good example of mutual service. Imagine, the children are cleaning the dishes after a meal and allow “mom” to rest, then each of the family member is in service. The church is not only a “family” but also called the “body of Christ” with each believer being assigned a function in this body. My own conviction is that every person in church is important and called for a certain ministry. Only if we help each other to find our calling and “align” with the purposes of God, the bride can become a “beautiful bride”. Don’t try on your own to the “perfect bride of Christ”. It will never happen. And also, don’t just focus on other people’s weaknesses. Help them, cover those weaknesses, and start to see their potential for the church! When we develop a deeper sense of understanding what it means to “serve each other”, the family will be strengthened and the glory and wisdom of God can be seen in our fellowship! This will be an important part in sharing the Gospel, the “Good News” about Jesus who came to set us free, so we can serve one another in love!
        In Galatians 5:13, Paul is writing exactly about this principle! Through Jesus death on the cross, we are set free from the bondage of sin. When we make Jesus our Lord and Savior, we dethrone ourselves. We are forgiven and cleansed, able to receive complete healing by God’s grace. This freedom should cause us to rejoice, worship and enjoy God and live a new life by the power of God’s Spirit. Paul now says, that we need to understand the purpose of this freedom. When we go back to do what “we want” we actually lose this freedom again. We are set free to serve one another. We have the love of God, the patience of God, the strength of God, etc. to walk together as a family, carrying each other’s burden, ministering to each other and worshipping together!
        This year, 2018, could be a year where we serve one another in a deeper way. How can you build up your brothers and sisters? What is the gift that you can develop to be used by the Lord for building His church? You will benefit most, if you don’t ask “what about me?”, but rather “how can I serve them!”. This is a principle seen in many mature Christians that live a fulfilled life – they “serve one another”.
 
 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love [serve] one another" (John 13:35).