SKYLINE AND MISSIONS Skyline与宣教事工

…The Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work ..
I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed.. they sent them away
Acts 13:2-3

I am a product of missions, converted through the work of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (previously the China Inland Mission). My spiritual father, an Irishman, gave me my first Bible. He was also the minister who conducted my wedding service many years later at Oxford. Whether it was his weekly prayers each Thursday that shaped my spiritual growth over the years, I shall never know. One thing I know, if missionaries had not come, I would not be a believer today, and Skyline would not exist.

Acts 13 is the story of the first missionary journey in Christian history. It was initiated by the Holy Spirit after a period of prayer and fasting (v.1-3), and resulted in Paul and Barnabas leaving Antioch for Cyprus, and later Asia Minor. Here are the marks of true missions. It is God-initiated. It is church-sent. It brings the gospel into places that have never heard the Good News. It begins by evangelism, then churches are planted. It crosses culture. Gradually, cities are transformed as it reaches those in high places like Sergius Paulus (v.12) as well as common people (v.44-49).

Why then, are we not doing “overseas” missions but going into the rural interior? There are several reasons. The needs of the Sabah interior are huge. Many do not know him, thousands are in nominalism. Secondly, God has led us to sow into the SIB in the interior as a priority. Poverty and spiritual weakness make them easy targets for the majority religion. Thirdly, we ARE crossing culture when we go. Fourthly, because the WHOLE church can be mobilized this way! Finally, because in addition, we are also called to another mission field: the WORKPLACE. It’s the largest unreached mission-field today. Sure we do give to overseas missions. But for now, our focus, time and work are directed to the rural interior as well as to the workplace. So, let’s go!

…圣灵说:“要为我分派巴拿巴和扫罗,去做我召他们所做的工。”
于是禁食祷告,按手在他们头上,就打发他们去了。
使徒行传13:2-3

我是宣教的成果,通过中华基督教内地会(Overseas Missionary Fellowship)的事奉得救。我的属灵父亲,他是一位爱尔兰人;给予我人生中第一本圣经。他也在多年后主持我在牛津举办的婚礼。我不确定是不是因为他每星期四持之以恒的祷告塑造了我的属灵成长,但有件事我是可以肯定的:如果当初我没有遇见那群宣教士,那么我就不会成为一名信徒,而Skyline今天也不会存在。

使徒行传第13章讲述了基督教历史里第一次的宣教旅程。这是经过一番禁食祷告之后由圣灵所启发的(1-3节),继而让扫罗和巴拿巴离开安提阿到塞浦路斯然后再去到小亚细亚。以下是真正宣教工作的标志:它们是由上帝所启发并开始的、它们是由教会所遣派的、它们把福音带到那些从未听过这好消息的地区、以传道开始,然后教会被建立、它们能够横跨任何文化的障碍。慢慢地,当福音传到如士求·保罗(12节)的高官时,各个城市将会经历转化,包括当地的人民(44-49节)。

那为什么我们并没有实行到‘海外’的宣教工作而是选择到沙巴的内陆地区宣教呢?这么做的原因有几个。第一,沙巴内陆的需求非常庞大,许多人都还不认识耶稣,还有另一群人则对祂半冷不热。第二,是上帝带领我们把这为内陆的沙巴福音基督教会(SIB)撒种的责任视为优先。贫穷与脆弱的灵命导致内陆地区的人民很容易成为我国多数人宗教的目标。第三,当我们去到那些内陆地区是,我们仍旧是在跨越文化的界限。第四,因为如此我们可以动员整个教会去事奉!最后的原因是,除了沙巴的内陆地区,上帝也把我们呼召另一个事工领域:职场。它是如今最缺乏事工的领域!当然,我们还是会奉献给在海外的宣教事工。但在这个阶段,我们的注意力、时间与力气将会集中在本地的内陆地区与职场。所以,大家齐来事奉吧!

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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