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Pastor Meng’en Li serves a church positioned in a southern town the place the processing trade is the principle trade. Church contributors have top mobility. In those years with the pandemic, Li has discovered courses on discipleship coaching, pastoring teams, and hybrid worship.
For discipleship coaching, Li has a tendency to coach extra full-time staff to be church ministers. His ideas modified on this strategy of serving migrant staff in factories for a few years. “In the beginning, I believed the church must educate extra full-time ministers, however later I believed it’s higher to coach extra full-time place of business contributors to be (part-time) church ministers.”
He defined that once a church is small, church leaders must inspire believers who’ve their very own activity to serve reasonably than asking them to be full-time ministers. “I’m hoping that believers can glorify God with their presents and of their place. If the church isn’t sufficiently big, I wish to inspire extra individuals who have their very own activity to serve.”
Li believes that the tithe of believers within the place of business can reinforce full-time ministers within the church. “Some individuals are talented in pastoral ministry, then we inspire them to go away their paintings and serve neatly; some individuals are talented in earning profits, then we inspire them to earn more money. On this approach, all other people get their praise from God.”
“If church pastors shepherd a bunch of people that most effective devour and move, then pastors will for sure be exhausted and in lack. The church must domesticate disciples, now not spiritual other people. For Jewish communities, 12 grownup males can determine a synagogue that may reinforce a full-time rabbi. In the similar approach, the church gained’t be too tough in finance.”
Li has additionally modified his thoughts about pastoring teams. He tended to ascertain a large church, however later he discovered the significance of small team ministry.
“Jesus mentioned, the place two or 3 come in combination in my title, there am I with them,” He mentioned, “church construction calls for extra small teams and team leaders. A circle of relatives has greater than two or 3 other people, and households must construct their circle of relatives altar and do circle of relatives provider neatly. In a circle of relatives the place each husband and spouse consider within the Lord, the husband must take the duty of training. On this approach, evangelism may also be performed successfully.”
Speaking about gatherings, Li concept on-line gatherings are wanted, however face-to-face gatherings can’t be overlooked. In those years with the pandemic, extra other people discovered the significance of the web. Li additionally discovered that, as a minister, he can’t forestall finding out. On this generation, ministers are required to learn how to use the web higher. “Unbelievers can do are living proclaims; ministers additionally must be told new era.”
On the other hand, he famous that church leaders must see the restrictions and disadvantages of on-line gatherings and take note of in-person gatherings.
“On account of the pandemic, maximum of gatherings went on-line, which must now not be the principle type of accumulating at some point. On-site accumulating continues to be vital for believers.”
He additionally shared his ideas on whether or not the sacrament of communion may also be celebrated on-line, his resolution is not any. “We nonetheless want to emphasize in-person accumulating. If we simply accumulate on-line, how we could have fun the sacrament of communion? On-line accumulating is a complement now not an alternative to on-site accumulating.”
“On-line gatherings can’t be restricted through area and is handy for immediate communique. However they’ve shortcomings too. Accumulating nearly creates a area with most effective pillars and no partitions. ” He defined his concept with an instance: lately, many heretics contacted believers thru church teams in on-line platforms, seeking to tempt and win over many believers.
He persevered, “If the church holds on-line gatherings most effective, believers would possibly pay attention to sermons from quite a lot of assets. Every so often believers depart the church abruptly, and pastors don’t the explanation. This is without doubt one of the nice drawbacks of on-line gatherings.”
“Up to now, the church didn’t hang on-line gatherings. When heretics got here to disturb believers within the church, pastors may just to find them and force them away. However now, the interference of heretics on the web is inevitable.” He mentioned of an actual case he encountered lately: “One believer right here listens randomly on the web and is at a loss for words through heresy to the purpose that he wishes lend a hand and intercession.”
“As well as, pastors can’t be lazy and overlook visiting believers and taking care of them one after the other as a result of on-line gatherings and on-line pastoring,” Li added,” if that is so, the end result could be believers will decline of their sense of belonging to the church and hearts of reverence to religion.”
“The effectiveness of on-line gatherings and pastoring stays unknown, and it’s other from having in-person gatherings. We must insist on in-person gatherings and the sacrament of communion.”
– Translated through Katherine Guo
一位在南方一城市常年服事职场教会的李蒙恩牧师处在一个加工业较多的城市,教会也面临着信徒流动性很大的情况. 在疫情发生后的这几年,他在门徒训练、小组化牧养以及实地+线上聚会的模式上积累了经验和一些新思考。( ==当summary)
一、鼓励和培养更多带职事奉的门徒
李蒙恩牧师在服事工厂打工群体上有多年的经历。在这个过程中,他的想法有很多的改变,“起初我们认为,教会应该培养更多全职事奉的工人才好,但是后面发现应该是培养很多带职的员工做教会的工人更好。”
他说到,当教会人数较少时,不是先强调全职同工而是鼓励职场的人带职服事。“我们希望弟兄姐妹能够跟着各自的恩赐在不同的位置上荣耀上帝。如果一个教会人数达不到一个程度的时候,我觉得可以鼓励更多人做带职事奉。
李牧师认为,带职的弟兄姐妹的十一奉献可以用来支持教会的全职事奉的工人。“有的人是在传牧上有恩赐的,我们就鼓励他放下赚钱的想法,好好事奉;有的人是有专业技能,那就鼓励他好好赚钱。这样在神面前,都有赏赐,都各得其所。”
 “如果教会牧者,只是牧养一群吃饼得饱的人,教会牧者肯定会疲惫并有供应短缺的问题出现。我们教会培养的是门徒,而不是宗教徒。比如说,对于犹太人的社群而言,12个成年男性可以成立一个会堂,成立一个会堂可以支持一个全职的拉比。我觉得这样教会的开支不会太难。”
二、关于重视教会小组化的管理模式
李牧师之前的想法是想把教会做大做强。但这几年来,他的想法改变很多,放下了这样的想法,而是开始看重小组化牧养的模式。
“耶稣说过,你们无论在哪里,只要有2-3个人奉我的名聚会,我就在他们中间。”他说到,“教会发展需要多多建立小组,同时也需多多要建立小组长。一个家庭不止2-3个人,一个家庭里面可以很好地建立家庭祭坛做好家庭礼拜,这些都是非常必要的。夫妻都信主的家庭,丈夫需要建立教导的责任。这样传福音的事工也能做得很好。”
三,网络聚会需要,但不可忽视实地聚会
疫情发生后,人们更加发现网络的重要性,李牧师也是在这个过程中发现作为传道人要不停止的学习,当下这个时代需要传道人更好得学习使用网络。“那些不信主的都用网络做直播带货,传道人自己本身也要学习。”
但是,他也表示,需要看到线上聚会的有限性和弊端,教会应该要重视实地聚会,特殊情况除外。
“我们现在因为疫情的缘故,大多数是做网络聚会,但是这个不应该成为日后聚会的主体形式,弟兄姐妹还是要做实地聚会的。”
他也谈到当前云圣餐引起的争论,他的看法还是认为圣餐需要实地。“我们还是要强调实地聚会,如果只是网络聚会,那么圣餐怎么办?网络聚会是实地聚会的辅助,而不能取代实地聚会。”
“网络聚会优势在于不受地理空间的限制,方便即时通讯。但缺点也很大,网络聚会就像只有柱子,没有围墙的房子。”他举例说,近期就有很多异端通过网络的平台找教会群私下加信徒,诱惑和拉拢很多弟兄姐妹。
“如果教会只是网络聚会,教会的信徒可能两边的讲道都去听,有的时候离他们突然离开了教会,教会牧者都不知道是什么原因,这就是网络聚会的很大的弊端之一。”
“以前没有网络,异端的人来实地搅扰了,牧者发现后把他们撵走,现在网络上的聚会异端的搅扰是防不胜防的。”他说到最近遇到的一个真实的案例:“我们这一个信徒在网络上胡乱听道,被异端混乱了,最后他需要被帮助和代祷。”
“另外,作为传道人,不能变得懒惰,不要觉得有了网络聚会和牧养,我就不用探访信徒,不用挨个去走访讲道。”李牧师继续提醒说:“这样下去,导致的问题是弟兄姐妹对教会的归属感和信仰的敬畏之心都会衰退。”
“网络聚会和牧养到底效果好不好,谁也不知道。它跟实体聚会还是有差异的。我们还是坚持要做实体聚会,坚持做圣餐礼。”
Pastor Meng’en Li serves a church positioned in a southern town the place the processing trade is the principle trade. Church contributors have top mobility. In those years with the pandemic, Li has discovered courses on discipleship coaching, pastoring teams, and hybrid worship.
For discipleship coaching, Li has a tendency to coach extra full-time staff to be church ministers. His ideas modified on this strategy of serving migrant staff in factories for a few years. “In the beginning, I believed the church must educate extra full-time ministers, however later I believed it’s higher to coach extra full-time place of business contributors to be (part-time) church ministers.”
He defined that once a church is small, church leaders must inspire believers who’ve their very own activity to serve reasonably than asking them to be full-time ministers. “I’m hoping that believers can glorify God with their presents and of their place. If the church isn’t sufficiently big, I wish to inspire extra individuals who have their very own activity to serve.”
Li believes that the tithe of believers within the place of business can reinforce full-time ministers within the church. “Some individuals are talented in pastoral ministry, then we inspire them to go away their paintings and serve neatly; some individuals are talented in earning profits, then we inspire them to earn more money. On this approach, all other people get their praise from God.”
“If church pastors shepherd a bunch of people that most effective devour and move, then pastors will for sure be exhausted and in lack. The church must domesticate disciples, now not spiritual other people. For Jewish communities, 12 grownup males can determine a synagogue that may reinforce a full-time rabbi. In the similar approach, the church gained’t be too tough in finance.”
Li has additionally modified his thoughts about pastoring teams. He tended to ascertain a large church, however later he discovered the significance of small team ministry.
“Jesus mentioned, the place two or 3 come in combination in my title, there am I with them,” He mentioned, “church construction calls for extra small teams and team leaders. A circle of relatives has greater than two or 3 other people, and households must construct their circle of relatives altar and do circle of relatives provider neatly. In a circle of relatives the place each husband and spouse consider within the Lord, the husband must take the duty of training. On this approach, evangelism may also be performed successfully.”
Speaking about gatherings, Li concept on-line gatherings are wanted, however face-to-face gatherings can’t be overlooked. In those years with the pandemic, extra other people discovered the significance of the web. Li additionally discovered that, as a minister, he can’t forestall finding out. On this generation, ministers are required to learn how to use the web higher. “Unbelievers can do are living proclaims; ministers additionally must be told new era.”
On the other hand, he famous that church leaders must see the restrictions and disadvantages of on-line gatherings and take note of in-person gatherings.
“On account of the pandemic, maximum of gatherings went on-line, which must now not be the principle type of accumulating at some point. On-site accumulating continues to be vital for believers.”
He additionally shared his ideas on whether or not the sacrament of communion may also be celebrated on-line, his resolution is not any. “We nonetheless want to emphasize in-person accumulating. If we simply accumulate on-line, how we could have fun the sacrament of communion? On-line accumulating is a complement now not an alternative to on-site accumulating.”
“On-line gatherings can’t be restricted through area and is handy for immediate communique. However they’ve shortcomings too. Accumulating nearly creates a area with most effective pillars and no partitions. ” He defined his concept with an instance: lately, many heretics contacted believers thru church teams in on-line platforms, seeking to tempt and win over many believers.
He persevered, “If the church holds on-line gatherings most effective, believers would possibly pay attention to sermons from quite a lot of assets. Every so often believers depart the church abruptly, and pastors don’t the explanation. This is without doubt one of the nice drawbacks of on-line gatherings.”
“Up to now, the church didn’t hang on-line gatherings. When heretics got here to disturb believers within the church, pastors may just to find them and force them away. However now, the interference of heretics on the web is inevitable.” He mentioned of an actual case he encountered lately: “One believer right here listens randomly on the web and is at a loss for words through heresy to the purpose that he wishes lend a hand and intercession.”
“As well as, pastors can’t be lazy and overlook visiting believers and taking care of them one after the other as a result of on-line gatherings and on-line pastoring,” Li added,” if that is so, the end result could be believers will decline of their sense of belonging to the church and hearts of reverence to religion.”
“The effectiveness of on-line gatherings and pastoring stays unknown, and it’s other from having in-person gatherings. We must insist on in-person gatherings and the sacrament of communion.”
– Translated through Katherine Guo
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The Friend Who Sticks Closer than a Brother

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Embracing True Friendship: The Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother

Friendship is a valuable asset that enriches our lives by providing companionship, support, and a shoulder to cry on. But have you ever had a buddy who goes above and beyond—someone who remains closer than a brother? In a world where relationships can be fickle, a friend who sticks by us through thick and thin is a rare and priceless gift.

More Than Just Blood Ties

Consider the tie between siblings, which is based on blood and shared history. Consider a buddy who is more than just a family member. “One who has untrustworthy friends soon comes to ruin,” says Proverbs 18:24 (NIV), “but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

This verse describes a friendship that goes beyond basic conditions. It’s a bond founded on trust, loyalty, and real concern for one another.

Continuous Support

Consider a buddy who is present not only during happy times but also during difficult times. This type of friend is unconcerned about changing circumstances or personal gain. They provide their presence, encouragement, and steadfast support.

Jesus expresses the core of such friendship in John 15:13 (NIV): “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. This selfless affection serves as the foundation for a lasting connection.

Journeys Together

Consider a friend you’ve shared many stages of life with—the highs, the lows, and everything in between. This shared experience forges a link that extends beyond surface-level exchanges. The value of companionship is brilliantly captured in Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 (NIV): “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”

A friend who sticks closer than a brother is someone who goes beside us through life’s ups and downs, lending a solid hand and an ear to listen.

A Mirror of God’s Love

As a symbol of God’s love for us, consider the buddy who sticks closer than a brother. God Himself offers an unbroken, unchanging, and everlasting companionship. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” says the Bible in Romans 8:38–39.

God’s love is the ultimate paradigm of true friendship—a love that is not conditional but remains faithful regardless of what happens.

Conclusion: Value true friendship.

A friend who sticks closer to you than a sibling is a treasure to be treasured. This type of friendship is founded on love, trust, and mutual care rather than convenience or shared interests. May we seek to be that sort of friend to others in our lives, just as God offers us His unfailing love.

In a world where relationships can be fleeting, let us create friendships that will endure. Let us be the sort of friends who are present in both joy and sadness, who offer unconditional support, and who mirror God’s unfailing love. We are reminded of the beauty of true friendship, which clings closer than a brother, as we welcome and cherish these unique and valuable ties.

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The Just God: The Divine Balance of Justice and Mercy

The concept of justice is intertwined with the fabric of human society. We seek justice, responsibility, and reparation for wrongs done. But have you ever pondered a God who is not only just but also perfectly just? The Just God is a lighthouse of truth and righteousness, providing a profound awareness of justice and kindness that transcends human comprehension.

Justice in Pursuit

Consider a world where wrongdoers go unpunished and the disadvantaged have no recourse. The pursuit of justice is a natural human goal that reflects a feeling of rightness and order. And if we as humans value justice, how much more should the Creator of the universe, who is completely just?

According to Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV), “He is the rock; his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. He is a loyal God who does no wrong, who is straight and just. This verse reveals God’s character, which is characterized by unwavering justice.

Justice and Mercy in Balance

Consider yourself in front of a judge who holds you accountable for every action and decision you make. Imagine that same judge showing mercy and giving you a second opportunity despite the evidence against you. The just God is kind as well as just.

This delicate balance is captured in Psalm 103:10–11 (NIV): “He does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor does He repay us according to our iniquities. For his love for people who fear him is as high as the skies are above the earth. God’s justice is balanced by his unending love and kindness.

The Redemption of Justice

Consider a debt that you will never be able to repay—a debt of mistakes and wrongs that weigh heavy on your soul. In His perfect justice, the just God provides a solution. God provides a mechanism for justice to be served and redemption to be offered through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” says Romans 3:23–24 (NIV), “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. This is an example of justice being met via the redemptive act of Christ’s sacrifice.

A Call to Justice

Consider a society in which justice is not simply a notion but a way of life. In our interactions with others, the just God calls us to exemplify justice. Micah 6:8 (NIV) states unequivocally, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. What does the Lord expect of you? Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”

Living justly entails treating people with fairness, compassion, and respect, as the character of the just God requires.

Finishing: Adoring the Just God

The Just God asks us to comprehend the breadth of His justice—a justice that supports truth, requires accountability, and strikes a balance between mercy and justice. God’s justice and mercy merge in the person of Jesus Christ, offering us redemption and restoration.

May we turn to the just God as our ultimate standard as we traverse a world that frequently grapples with issues of fairness. May we seek His wisdom and counsel in order to live justly and treat others with love and justice. We find not only a paradigm of perfect justice but also an invitation to experience the transformative power of His kindness when we embrace the Just God.

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The Pleasure of Serving Others: A Pathway to Achievement

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The Joy of Serving Others: A Pathway to Fulfillment

The Pleasure of Serving Others: A Highway to Contentment

Have you ever ever felt the nice and cozy glow that effects from lending a serving to hand to a stranger, the enjoyment that lasts for days after the act of kindness? That emotion offers a way of the pride of serving to others. The straightforward act of serving to can give us a sense of function and pleasure in contrast to the rest in a society that incessantly pushes us to place our consideration on ourselves.

The Want to Serve

Believe a society the place everybody labored to fortify the lives of people of their instant neighborhood. The need to lend a serving to hand, proportion a load, and supply comfort is on the core of carrier. The instance used to be established through Jesus Himself when he stated, “For even the Son of Guy didn’t come to be served, however to serve, and to provide his lifestyles as a ransom for plenty of.” (NIV, Mark 10:45)

Serving others is extra than just a nice deed; it is a way to emulate the compassion and love that Christ proven for us.

Discovering Pleasure in Selfless Giving

Believe spending time with the aged or going to a neighborhood refuge to hear their stories and cause them to really feel essential. Those tiny acts of kindness won’t appear to be a lot, however they be capable to make any person’s day higher, create relationships, and toughen a sense of group.

A better feeling of pleasure emerges after we set aside our personal issues and be aware of the wishes of others. The Bible admonishes us, “Every of you can use no matter present you’ve gotten won to serve others, as trustworthy stewards of God’s grace in its more than a few paperwork.” (NIV) 1 Peter 4:10 We specific the particular talents God has given us through serving others, and it’s in those deeds of carrier that we discover authentic pleasure.

Have an effect on Unmeasurable

Take into consideration the impact if all of us realized to experience serving to others. If we take a bit spoil from our tense schedules to lend a hand a neighbor, supply a sympathetic ear, or donate cash to a reason we reinforce. Small acts of kindness have the facility to unfold, sparking a sequence response of generosity and optimistic exchange.

In step with the NIV translation of Matthew 25:40, Jesus stated, “Actually I inform you, no matter you probably did for this sort of least of those brothers and sisters of mine, you probably did for me.” No longer simplest can we fortify the lives of other folks we serve, however we additionally perform Jesus’ command to like and deal with the ones round us.

Development Relationships and Connections

Believe the sensation of camaraderie that comes from cooperating with others to reach a shared purpose. Folks come in combination via carrier, growing ties and friendships that differently won’t have took place. It serves as a reminder that we’re all part of a broader group, and that group would possibly take pleasure in the acts we do.

Serving others permits us to peer the arena from many angles and to realize the demanding situations and victories of other folks round us. Our lives are enriched and {our relationships} are deepened through this sensitivity.

Conclusion: Discovering Contentment Via Carrier

Every people has a skill that is able to be opened: the pleasure of serving to others. It serves as a reminder that our lives are meant to be about extra than just our personal pursuits; they’re an opportunity to fortify the lives of others.

Let’s thus embody the pride of serving to others, if it is by means of deeds of kindness, volunteering, or simply being conscious about their wishes. The easy act of serving would possibly supply mild and hope in a global that every so often turns out overwhelming. As we emulate Christ and prolong ourselves in love, we no longer simplest exchange the lives of others but additionally revel in a deep feeling of success and enjoyment that overflows into our personal hearts.

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