二零一九年四月代禱信

作者 Admin.

主內「聖言之友」:

  讀經如同挖金礦。一個擁有金礦的人,不會因為在他有生之年不能全部將金礦挖出,而予以放棄。相信他會規劃一個挖金礦計劃、購置工具、安排人手,忍耐地、持續地、一步一步地將金礦挖出。讀經豈非一樣嗎?雖然讀經、講道已有多年,但我發現時至今日,每次讀經都有一些新領受、新發現與新感動,正是聖經這本生命奇書的一個特質。

  讀啟示錄更是如此!不少人因為讀不懂啟示錄,就乾脆不去碰它。這樣就失去發掘寶藏的福氣。有見及此,「聖言」將於四月27日與五月4日在學院舉辦「啟示錄的情與思」講座,分別由賴牧師(國語)與何崇謙牧師(粵語)主講,時間是9:30am-12:30pm。「情與思」中「思」的部分,大家都知道,是用腦去明白啟示錄的思路、脈絡、大綱與信息。「情」的部分,是要用心去體驗啟示錄中的敬拜、驚異、激情與得安慰等。

  三月中至四月初前往香港,出席董事會會議;並在事奉之餘,在香港與菲律賓與一些聖言之友相聚,感謝他們在過去「聖言」購置院舍事上的愛心支持。

  賴牧師四月9-16日將會在多倫多出席加拿大分會的董事會會議、主領城北華基教會國語培靈會,並與賴師母分別帶領國、粵語的十步釋經認證老師訓練。期間何牧師亦會前往,與加拿大華人神學院同工開會討論如何申請聖言講道研經學院之學分日後認證

聖言講道研經學院本期的課程已接近尾聲。現預告下一期課程:

  • 「十步釋經法3:實習」(國語)(五月9-12日),由賴牧師與舒瑞允長老負責。
  • 「十步釋經法3:實習」(粵語)(五月17-19日),由賴牧師與曾永光牧師負責。
  • 「歷史與神學概覽」(五月17-1924-26日),由馮忠強牧師 / 博士講授。馮博士於2003年取得英國愛丁堡大學哲學博士學位,專研宗教改革的神學與歷史,現任San Ramon 主恩教會牧師,有多年教學與牧養經驗。

  我們鼓勵修讀生或旁聽生報讀上述課程。有意者可致電408-773-8891向學院張華苖姊妹(Helen)查詢,或網上報名 (www.sagos.org)。同一教會5人或以上報名旁聽者,每人減收$5010人或以上報名者,每人減收$100

  今年的對等奉獻」目標為八萬元,於四月開始,敬請代禱並奉獻支持。

  請繼續為下列事工感恩與代禱:

  1. 四月27日(國語)與五月4日(粵語)「啟示錄的情與思」講座。
  2. 賴牧師、師母與何牧師於四月中在多倫多的事奉與開會。
  3. 請為新一期(五月)三門課程的老師備課與學生報讀代禱。
  4. 2019年的對等奉獻」已經開始,目標為八萬元。

  敬祝

主恩滿盈!

                                                                                                                                               

                             你的同工

賴若瀚 謹啟

20194

 

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Dear Friends of SAGOS in Christ,

Reading the Bible is like mining gold. A gold mine owner will not give up on the mine just because he cannot exhaust all the gold in the mine within his limited lifetime. I believe that he will have a plan to mine the gold by purchasing equipment, hiring personnel, and patiently, continually, dig out the gold one step at a time. Isn’t it the same with Bible study? Although I have been reading the Bible and preaching for many years, yet I find that until today, I have new insights, new discoveries, and new promptings from the Holy Spirit every time I read it again. It is just one of the wonderful characteristics of this Book of life.

It is even more so for the Book of Revelation. Many stayed away from the Book of Revelation because they do not understand the book; yet they are destined to lose out on the blessings in digging from the treasure in this book. SAGOS will hold 2 lectures at our campus on 4/27 and 5/4, entitled “The Thoughts and Feelings in Reading Revelation” (啟示錄的情與思), to be delivered by Rev. Lai (Mandarin) and Rev. Ho (Cantonese) respectively, from 9:30 am to 12:30 am. The ‘thought’ aspect relates to the understanding of the context, structure and message of Revelation; whereas, the ‘feelings’ aspect consists of employing our heart to experience the worship, amazement, passion and comfort in Revelation.

Between mid-March and early April in Hong Kong, I attended the Executive Board meeting. In addition to my ministry, I met with some friends of SAGOS in Hong Kong and the Philippines, to thank them for their love offerings to SAGOS for the purchase of our current site.

From 4/9 to 4/16, Rev. Lai will attend the Executive Board meeting in Canada SAGOS, lead a revival meeting at Richmond Hill Chinese Community Church, and with Mrs. Lai, will lead a 10-step Bible Study teacher training in Mandarin and Cantonese, respectively. For that duration, Rev. Ho will also attend, to meet with co-workers in the Canada Chinese Theological Seminary, to discuss matters pertaining to applying for certification of the credits obtained from SAGOS Institute of Preaching and Bible Exposition.

The classes for this period’s SAGOS Institute of Preaching and Hermeneutics are nearing completion. The classes for the next semester are as follows:

  • “10-step Bible Study #3: Practice” (Mandarin) (5/9 – 5/12), teachers are Rev. Lai and Elder Shu;
  • “10-step Bible Study 3: Practice” (Cantonese) (5/17 – 5/19), teachers are Rev. Lai and Rev. Tseng.
  • “Introduction to History and Theology” (5/17 -19; 5/24 – 26), to be taught by Rev. Dr. Fung. Dr. Fung obtained his PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh in England, specializing in the theology and history of the Reformation. He is currently pastor of Lord’s Grace Church in San Ramon, with many years’ of teaching and pastoring experience.

We encourage enlisted or auditing students to register for the courses. Those interested may call 408-773-8891 Sister Helen Chang for information, or register on line www.sagos.org. With 5 or more attendees from the same church auditing a class, there is a $ 50 discount per person; with over 10 persons, the discount will be $ 100 per person.

The matching offering goal for this year is $ 80,000, beginning in April; please pray and support this endeavor.

Please continue to give thanks and pray for the following:

  1. The lectures ““The Thoughts and Feelings of Revelation” to be delivered on 4/27 (Mandarin) and 5/4 (Cantonese)
  2. The ministries and meetings of Rev. and Mrs. Lai and Rev. Ho in Toronto in mid-April.
  3. The new semester in May, the preparation of the teachers of the 3 new courses and students.
  4. The 2019 matching offering begins in April with a goal of $ 80,000.

May the blessings of the Lord be abundant!

Your Co-worker,

Johann Lai

April 2019