我們為甚麼要開設新堂會？Pastor Tim Keller 給我們四個原因。第一，我們要忠於聖經的要求，往普天下去傳福音給萬民聽；第二，我們要忠於大使命，使萬民（無論男女老少及諸色人等）作耶穌的門徒；第三，我們要基督的身體（教會）不斷更新，產生屬靈的新陳代謝作用；第四，我們操練天國的胸襟，讓我們能放眼天國的需要和發展。
Pastor Tim Keller 說：新建立的教會，是我們可以確定增加一個城市裡信徒數量和更新整個基督身體的最佳途徑。這個說法得到聖經、社會和歷史的強力印證。但我們若缺乏天國的胸襟，就會讓我們無視這些證據。他說：我們必須提防這一點。
This morning, uncle David from the church office shared a few familiar Bible verses: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
Uncle David said these few Bible verses give us not only the hope of salvation but also the strength to live on. We as Christians live on earth are not to survive or feed our family, but to save people from God’s damnation. God said: For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live. (Ezekiel 18:32)
Why do we need to plant new churches? Pastor Tim Keller gave us 4 reasons: (1) We want to be true to the biblical mandate spreading the Good News to all nations. (2) We want to be true to the Great Commission making disciples from all walks of life across generations. (3) We want to continually renew the whole body of Christ by fostering a spiritual metabolism. (4) We want to practice kingdom-mindedness so that we may learn to pay attention to the needs and development of God’s kingdom.
Pastor Tim Keller said: New church planting is the only way that we can be sure we are going to increase the number of believers in a city and one of the best ways to renew the whole body of Christ. The evidence for this statement is strong–Biblically, sociologically, and historically. In the end, a lack of kingdom-mindedness may simply blind us to all this evidence. We must beware of that.
From Pastor Chiu | Rev. Abraham Chiu