Week of September 19th , 2021

Church Updates

In response to the recent robberies in Chinatown, CIBC has reached out to some of the victims to lend support, prayers and to offer some financial assistance. In addition, we presented a donation to support the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to upgrade surveillance cameras for Chinatown merchants especially in key locations. Please continue to pray for safety for merchants, visitors and those who live in and around Chinatown. Pray that the police will be able to apprehend and bring these criminals to justice without others being hurt. 

We would like to strongly encourage our congregation members to get involved by writing (email) to our Oakland City Council President and her team regarding the Oakland Chinatown safety. Here is their contact information:

 

Council President Bas

nfbas@oaklandca.gov

 

Miya Saika Chen, Chief of Staff
mchen@oaklandca.gov


Lia Azul Salaverry
Policy Analyst + Constituent Issues
lsalaverry@oaklandca.gov

 

Tiffany Kang
Policy Analyst + Community Partnerships Manager
tkang@oaklandca.gov

 

You can remind them of how:

1. Violence in Oakland Chinatown has been escalating, at first robberies and now shootings.

2. The police officers are doing their best, but they are severely understaffed due to budget cutbacks and defunding efforts.

3. These robbers have become more and more brazen, now attacking people in the middle of the day on a busy street.

4. Ask that they give the police the needed manpower and restore their budget to keep Oakland safe.

5. When they are eventually caught, that these criminals be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Re-opening CIBC: All Three Congregations are now open to in-person Sunday Worship Services.  All services will continue to be live streamed as well. English Worship Service begins at 9:00 AM in the Sanctuary. Cantonese Worship Service begins at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary (There will be NO 8:00 AM Cantonese worship service for now). Mandarin Worship Service begins at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. The parking lot is available to everyone on a first come first serve basis.

 

A link to an online virtual farewell card (Kudoboard) where you can leave personal thoughts, photos and messages for Pastor Joseph and Judy is now available on the church website at www.cibc-oakland.org 

 

Starting this Friday (9/17), the English Youth Fellowships will be meeting at CV First Baptist Church in Castro Valley. The new meeting address is: 18550 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA, 94546. Our regular meeting time will be from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM on most Friday nights. Praise the Lord for providing this new location!

 

On Saturday, Sept 18th at 2:30 PM in the Sanctuary, we will have Pastor Patrick Lai’s ordination service with a cake reception in the Social Hall afterwards.  This event will be live streamed for those unable to attend, and the online link is posted on the church website at www.cibc-oakland.org

 

On Sunday, September 26th at 12:30 PM in the Sanctuary, there will be an in-person Cantonese Congregation Open Forum right after worship service. People joining online can also watch the forum via September 26th Cantonese Sunday worship service live stream on our church YouTube channel.

 

Beginning on Tuesday, October 5th, the Cantonese Tuesday Bible Study class will begin meeting at church (Fellowship Hall) from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, and it will be live streamed via Zoom as well. People can also join the online Zoom class from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM. We will be studying the book of Daniel. If you would like to join the class, please email Pastor Patrick Lai at pastorpatricklai@cibc-oakland.org to register.

 

The Chinese CPR (College Prep Review) ministry for high school students will be meeting at church (room 313 and 315) every Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

 

English Youth Sunday Worship: The English Youth Sunday Worship Service will begin meeting at church again. The youth will join the adult worship time at 9:00 AM. After the worship music, the youth will go to the amphitheater until the end of service.

Cantonese Adult Sunday School: Please note that the Cantonese Adult Sunday School will begin from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in person at church this Sunday and will also be live-streamed at the same time. Please check the church website at www.cibc-oakland.org for more information.

 

Mandarin Adult Sunday School: Please note that the Mandarin Adult Sunday School will start from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM in person at church this Sunday, and it will also be live-streamed at the same time. Please check the church website at www.cibc-oakland.org for more information.

           

English Children’s Church/Sunday School: Please note that the English Children's Church will be meeting at church this Sunday. Children should come with their parents to the adult worship time at 9:00 AM. After the worship music, the children will move to room 313 for the rest of the time until about 10:10 AM.  Children joining from home can join the class at 9:25 AM via Zoom. Parents will pick up their kids in room 313 at the end of both services. The Pre-school Sunday School starts from 11:45 AM to 12:00 noon via Zoom only.

 

Cantonese Children’s Worship and Beginner’s Church: Please note that the Cantonese Children’s Worship (1st -5th Grade) will start from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in person at church (Room 221 and Library) this Sunday and will also be live-streamed via Zoom at the same time. The Cantonese Beginner’s Church (3 years old to Kindergarten) will be meeting at church this Sunday at 11:00 AM, and it will be live-streamed via Zoom as well. If you haven't received an email notice yet and would like to join the worship, please email us at children@cibc-oakland.org to register. Thank you!

 

Sunday Worship: This Sunday, 9/19, the Cantonese in-church worship service will begin at 11:00 AM and will also be live-streamed on Youtube. The English in-church worship service will begin at 9:00 AM and will also be live-streamed on Youtube at the same time. The Mandarin in-church worship service will begin at 11:00 AM and will also be live-streamed from church. Check the CIBC website at www.cibc-oakland.org for links.

 

Online Giving: https://www.cibc-oakland.org/online-giving We can now accept separate donations for the Benevolent Fund and we’ve set it up to accept credit card donations for your convenience. The church will pay the credit card fee from the bank.

 

Offering and benevolent donation can also be sent by mail to the church at Chinese Independent Baptist Church Oakland, 280 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607.

 

 

Community Announcement

AC Transit Service Changes: Here are some links to Service Changes that AC Transit is making, effective August 8.

 

1. AC Transit Service Changes Effective Sunday, August 8, 2021:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ACTRANSIT/bulletins/2ea9d98

 

2. Supplementary Service to Schools Resumes on Monday, August 9, 2021:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ACTRANSIT/bulletins/2ea9df4

 

The following links are information on the “Great Plates: Free Meals Delivered to Seniors” program. Please peruse the information to find out if you and/or your loved ones are interested and qualified. 

 

https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/great-plates-delivered-participants-faqs.pdf

Week of July 25th , 2021

 

Dear brothers and sisters of CIBC,

 

Since church is reopening, we slowly re-enter into the various existing ministries. We also explore and try new methods to fit the changes brought by COVID-19.

 

In this challenging and demanding time, I’d like to share an article by Daniel Henderson, and I pray that this article will serve as a testing ground for our spirituality and ministry mentality.

 

Servant of the Lord,

 

Pastor Joseph Pang

 

 

A Five-Question Test: Are You a “Martha” or a “Mary”?

By Daniel Henderson

 

We’ve all heard some pretty convicting sermons on the story found in Luke 10:38-42 about Jesus visiting the home of His friends Martha and Mary. Typically, we readily identify with Martha, who sprang into action to make preparations for Jesus and His group. Her eager service turned to stress, then downgraded to a demanding spirit toward others. As conviction sets in, even from a casual reading, we are challenged to aspire to the model of Mary, who sat stress-free at the feet of Jesus, listening to His word. Clearly, she made the best decision.

 

While there are many extrapolated explanations and challenging applications that are drawn from this account, let’s take another focused look at the real issues of the scene. I hope it will help all of us recommit to the great priority of time with Jesus.

 

Question One: Do You View This as an Issue of Priority or Personality?

 

Often we are told that a key factor in the contrasting responses of the sisters to the presence of Jesus in their home was their personality differences. I’ve spun it this way and have heard others do the same. Admittedly, this is just speculation, as the text never refers to their personality types. It might make sense to cast Martha as a “Type-A” driven leader and Mary as a “Type-B” low-key adaptable sibling. Yes, Martha was older, perhaps feeling more responsible. Maybe she owned the home so felt compelled to take charge. We are not sure.

 

What we do know is that they operated from different grids of priorities. Martha felt it was more important to serve Jesus in the moment. Mary wanted to seek Jesus. Martha wanted to do something for Him. Mary wanted to learn something from Him. I’ve often noted that when we find more delight in serving Jesus than seeking Him, we run the risk of making our ministry an idol.

 

The danger in painting this picture as a “personality difference” is that aggressive, task-oriented people somehow justify their neglect of their relationship with Jesus based on their emotional make-up. This may make us feel better but dodges the real issue. Simply put, we all need to make time with Jesus a clear priority and then live accordingly, regardless of our personality profiles.

 

Question Two: Do You Consider This a Matter of Choice or Convenience?

 

Sometimes we may think that it was easy for Mary to sit at Jesus’ feet, taking on the real posture and heart of a disciple, simply because it seemed convenient. After all, Martha was handling the arrangements, so why not? Yet, Jesus described the real issue in this way: “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part.” Her clear sense of the right priorities led her to a choice. We all know that life is always about choices. We are responsible for our choices and must remember that much is at stake with each responsible decision. We all can choose, like Mary.

 

Question Three: Have You Understood This as a Contrast between Trust and Trying?

Mary seemed to understand that Jesus valued her demonstrated discipleship. It is clear that she trusted Jesus. Perhaps she knew that He knew the meal could wait. She knew He had the power to produce a meal of any scope. After all, more than once He fed thousands with meager provisions. Perhaps she remembered His salient words from His message on the mountainside, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Her actions demonstrate that she trusted the truth of Jesus’ words.

 

In contrast, Martha was “trying” so hard to do everything right for Jesus (as if He needed her obsessive activity). She apparently did not even trust that He cared for her or knew how to handle the situation. She groused, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” He corrected her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.’”

 

In our journey our faith can falter. We begin to think that Jesus needs us to “do things” for Him, in our energy and determination. Rather, He calls us to abide in Him, and allow Him to bear the fruit of His life and power through us in transformational expression.

 

Question Four: Can You See This as a Pursuit of Reward vs. Results?

 

The story portrays Martha wanting to produce the immediate and temporary result of a great meal and an impressive expression of hospitality. Mary, according to Jesus, embraced an approach that would “not be taken away from her.” When our living and service begins with the empowerment of intimacy with Jesus, it is marked by spiritual purity and power. The impact may or may not be immediate and measurable. One thing is sure – the reward will be eternal.

 

In our business-minded approach to serving Christ, we risk the danger of “management by results” that may be easily attributed to our clever planning and superb execution. Sadly, our efforts may have nothing to with the direction and empowerment of the Spirit, experienced in humble dependence and genuine surrender. Eternity’s scoreboard is always accurate in exposing the difference.

 

Question Five: Have You Distinguished Between Spiritual Responsibility and Self-Righteousness?

 

Simply put, Mary embraced the spiritual responsibility of a true disciple. Martha slipped into a self-righteous religious performance that led her to harsh judgment toward her sister who did not perform accordingly. External standards of spirituality based on performance always leave us exhausted and exercising a prideful comparison with others.

 

Speaking to the crowds who were following Him with skewed motives and wanted Him to do great “works”, Jesus declared, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you…This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent” (John 6:27-29).

 

Jesus’ words to His followers are simply, “Follow Me.” He did not tell us to “figure it all out” or “force things to happen.” Time spent with Him, feasting on His life-giving truth, is always the core commitment of a fruitful follower. The life of His Spirit in us is the secret to real spiritual responsibility. We can embrace this priority, make the best choices, trust Him for the results, and seek eternity’s reward – every day.

 

Be encouraged, my friend. Whether you felt you “passed” or “failed” this little test, every day is a new day to make the best choice. The Lord Jesus gives us grace to grow. He has promised to finish what He started in us. He works in us to give us the desire and power to make the choices that please Him. And, He has promised to bear supernatural fruit in and through us as we abide in Him.

 

©2021 Daniel Henderson. All rights reserved.

2021年 9月19日

教會最新動態

針對近日在屋崙華埠接連發生多宗搶劫傷人案,本會已與案件受害人取得聯係,並向他們伸出援手,提供一些資金幫助和為他們禱告。此外,我們向屋崙華埠商會捐贈了一筆款項用於支持和幫助華埠商戶,特別是在主要街道上或某些關鍵位置安裝和升級監控攝像頭。請弟兄姊妹持續為華埠商戶、訪客和居住在華埠及週邊地區居民的安全代禱。求主保守,幫助警方儘快逮捕罪犯並將其繩之以法,防止再有其他人受害。

 

本會在此强烈鼓勵會衆電郵(email)至屋崙市議會主席及其團隊,表達我們對改善屋崙華埠治安的迫切需求。請透過以下電郵地址聯係他們:

 

Council President Bas -屋崙市議會主席Nikki Fortunato Bas

nfbas@oaklandca.gov

 

Miya Saika Chen, Chief of Staff
mchen@oaklandca.gov


Lia Azul Salaverry
Policy Analyst + Constituent Issues
lsalaverry@oaklandca.gov

 

Tiffany Kang
Policy Analyst + Community Partnerships Manager
tkang@oaklandca.gov

 

您可以在郵件中提及:

1. 屋崙華埠地區的暴力犯罪一直在不斷惡化升級,從最初的搶劫傷人案現已發展至槍擊事件。

2. 目前屋崙警員正在盡力加强巡邏,但由於警察局預算和經費削減,現有警力嚴重不足。

3. 劫匪變得越來越肆無忌憚,光天化日之下,多次在人來人往的繁忙街道行凶作案。

4. 要求屋崙市政府為警察局提供足夠的人手,並恢復警局所需預算以維護和改善屋崙市治安。

5. 犯罪分子被成功抓獲後必須受到法律的嚴懲,不能讓罪犯逍遙法外。

主日教會實體敬拜重啓: 本會英文堂、粵語堂和普通話堂現已重開主日教會實體敬拜。各堂主日敬拜網絡直播將同步進行。英文堂主日敬拜將於早上9時正開始,粵語堂主日敬拜早上11時正開始,敬請注意:重啓初期,粵語堂暫時沒有主日早上8時的敬拜。普通話堂主日敬拜早上11時正開始。教會旁邊的停車場將在主日敬拜期間向所有來參加聚會的會衆開放。停車位先到先得。

 

教會網站主頁www.cibc-oakland.org現有一個給彭牧師和Judy師母的歡送紀念電子留言板 (Kudoboard),可供弟兄姊妹們留言或上傳照片。

 

從9月17日週五起,英文青少年團契將改為在Castro Valley First Baptist Church聚會。地址是: 18550 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA, 94546 ,聚會大部分時間為:每週五晚7時30分至9時30分。感謝主供應新的聚會場地!

 

黎伯樂牧師按立典禮將於9月18日,週六下午2時30分在大堂舉行,網上直播同步進行,鏈接已公佈在教會網站主頁上 www.cibc-oakland.org (請點擊主頁上的“黎伯樂牧師按立典禮9月18日” )。歡迎弟兄姊妹出席觀禮或在網上觀看。按立典禮結束後歡迎大家一同前往副堂參加切蛋糕儀式。

 

粵語堂將於9月26日主日敬拜結束後,中午12時30分開始在大堂實體舉辦一個座談會。敬請弟兄姊妹出席參加。此外,您也可以在教會Youtube頻道 (點擊教會網站主頁上的 “Live Stream網上播出”) 通過9月26日粵語堂主日敬拜直播觀看座談會網上直播。

 

從10月5日起,星期二粵語查經班將於每週二早上10時至11時30分在教會交誼廳實體進行 (網上Zoom直播同步)或晚上8時30分至10時在網上Zoom進行,查經班將開始查考《但以理書》。若需報名參加,請電郵黎伯樂牧師 pastorpatricklai@cibc-oakland.org  

 

高中生CPR大學衝刺補習班將於每週六早上9時30分至中午12時在教會 (313室和315室) 實體聚會。

英文青少年主日敬拜:英文青少年主日敬拜將重啓在教會實體敬拜。青少年將先在大堂參加主日早上9點開始的英文堂成人敬拜,頌贊結束後再去amphitheater聆聽青少年主日講道。

粵語成人主日學:敬請注意,粵語成人主日學將於每主日早上9時30分至10時30分在教會實體進行 (網絡直播同步) 。詳情請查詢教會網站www.cibc-oakland.org

 

普通話成人主日學:敬請注意,普通話堂成人主日學將於每主日早上9時30分至10時45分在教會實體進行 (網絡直播同步) 。詳情請查詢教會網站www.cibc-oakland.org

 

英文兒童主日敬拜/主日學:敬請注意,英文兒童主日敬拜和主日學 (1年級至5年級)將於每主日早上在教會進行實體敬拜。届時孩子們將與父母一起先在大堂參加主日早上9點開始的英文堂成人敬拜,頌贊結束後,孩子們將會去313室參加兒童敬拜至10時10分左右結束。參加網上英文兒童主日敬拜的孩子可於主日早上9時25分通過Zoom加入。父母可於敬拜結束後去313室接孩子。Pre-school幼童主日學暫時仍只在網上透過Zoom進行,時間是早上11時45分至中午12時。

 

粤语兒童主日敬拜(Children’s Worship) 和幼童主日敬拜(Beginner's Church):敬請注意,粵語堂Children’s Worship (1年級至5年級兒童) 將於每主日,早上11時正開始至中午12時30分在教會(221室和圖書館)舉行實體兒童敬拜,網上敬拜也會透過Zoom同步進行。粤语堂Beginner's Church (三岁至Kindergarten之幼童) 將於每主日,早上11時正開始在教會舉行實體兒童敬拜,網上敬拜也會透過Zoom同步進行。如未收到電郵而有興趣參加者,請致電郵至children@cibc-oakland.org 登記。謝謝!

 

主日敬拜: 這主日,9月19日,粵語堂將於早上11時正開始在教會實體敬拜。英文堂將於早上9時正開始在教會實體敬拜。普通話堂將於早上11時正開始在教會實體敬拜。各堂主日敬拜網絡直播將同步進行。詳情請查閲教會網站www.cibc-oakland.org 主頁上的觀看鏈接。

網上奉獻https://www.cibc-oakland.org/online-giving現可接受給“慈惠基金Benevolent  Fund”的奉獻。同時為了方便您在網上奉獻,我們現已開通使用信用卡奉獻方式。教會將支付信用卡奉獻所產生的銀行手續費。

 

奉獻支票也可郵寄到教會,地址: Chinese Independent Baptist Church Oakland, 280 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

社區最新動態

        AC Transit 公交巴士服務綫路變更:請點擊以下鏈接查詢有關8月起服務和綫路變更等信息:
   
        1.    自8月8日 (週日) 起,AC Transit 公交巴士服務綫路變更詳情:
        https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ACTRANSIT/bulletins/2ea9d98 


2.    校園公交巴士缐路補充服務將於8月9日 (週一) 恢復:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ACTRANSIT/bulletins/2ea9df4 

 

“Great Plates:免費為年長者送餐”計劃:請點擊以下鏈接查詢您或您的親友是否符合資格參加此計劃,以及如何登記獲得免費送餐服務。

 

https://covid19.ca.gov/zh-hant/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/great-plates-delivered-participants-faqs.pdf

2021年 7月25日

親愛的CIBC弟兄姊妹,

 

在教會重開後,大家漸漸地「重新投入」各樣的事工上;又或因為疫情帶來的改變嘗試一些新的方式和新的事工。

在這樣一個緊要並需要的時刻,我想跟大家分享一篇Daniel Henderson的文章;祈盼這篇文章也成為你我屬靈生命和事奉心態的測試!

 

主僕,

彭錦輝牧師

 

五個問題的測試:你是“馬大”還是“馬利亞”呢?

作者:Daniel Henderson

 

關於路加福音10:38-42中主耶穌去馬大和馬利亞家中探訪的故事,相信大家應該都有聽過一些叫人认罪悔改的講道。通常情況下,當我們看到馬大為在家中招待主耶穌和祂的門徒們而忙於準備時,我們很容易會認為馬大的熱切服事無形中變成一種負擔,並對其他人產生一種嚴格要求的精神壓力。伴隨著認罪悔改,即便是隨意讀一下這個故事,我們也會要面對挑戰來立志學習馬利亞毫無負擔地專心坐在主耶穌的脚前,仔細聆聽祂的話語。顯然馬利亞做出了最好的選擇。

 

雖然從這個故事裏我們得出了許多推斷性的解釋和具有挑戰性的應用意見,但讓我們再集中看一下這個故事裏一些真正的問題。我希望透過詳細地剖析能幫助大家重新認定並願意全然委身專注於主耶穌的話語和教導,這是最重要且應當優先於其他事務的。

 

問題一:你認為這是優先問題還是個性問題?

 

我們可能經常被告知,馬大和馬利亞姐妹對主耶穌來到她們家中的反應截然不同,其中一個主要原因是她們性格上的差異。我也曾這樣認為,也聽過其他人有同樣的想法。誠然這種判斷只是猜測,因為經文中從未提及馬大和馬利亞的性格類型。把馬大認定為“A型”主動領導型人格,馬利亞則是“B型”低調配合型人格,這種推斷也許是合理的。因為馬大是姐姐,可能自然地會擔起更多責任,亦或是因為她是家中的女主人,所以不得不負責家中大小事務,包括殷勤地招待客人。其中緣由我們無法確定。

 

但我們所知道的是,馬大和馬利亞選擇了不同事務作為優先使命。馬大覺得當下服事和招待耶穌更為重要,而馬利亞卻更渴慕主的道。馬大想為主耶穌做些什麽,而馬利亞想從主那裏學習一些東西。我常常注意到,當我們覺得為主做工比尋求祂的話語更有樂趣、更令人欣喜時,我們很有可能就陷入了把事工作為偶像的危險中。

 

把馬大和馬利亞面對主耶穌的不同反應歸咎於“個性差異”的危險在於:爭强好勝並以完成任務為目標的人可能容易以性格使然為藉口而忽略自己與神之間的關係。這或許可以讓我們感覺好些,但卻回避了真正的問題。簡單來説,無論我們的性格如何,我們每個人都需要把與神建立緊密的關係作為最重要的事務放在明確優先的位置,且在生命中以神的話語為一切所思所行的基礎和根本。

 

問題二:你認為這是選擇的問題還是方便的問題?

 

有時候我們可能認為馬利亞以真正門徒的姿態和心態坐在主耶穌的脚前是很容易做到的,因為這看起來似乎非常自然和方便,畢竟馬大當下已經在負責安排其他事務了。然而,主耶穌是這樣描述其中真正的問題的:“但是不可少的只有一件,馬利亞已經選擇那上好的福分。”(路加福音10:42) 這句話表明馬利亞對正確的優先次序有明確清晰的認識,這信念帶領她做出了選擇。我們都知道生活處處是關於選擇。我們要對自己的選擇負責任,並且必須牢記,每個負責任的決定都事關重大。我們也都能做出選擇,就像馬利亞一樣。

 

問題三:你是否明白這是信任和嘗試之間的對比?

 

馬利亞看上去十分明白主耶穌看重她所展現的門徒精神。很明顯,她信任主耶穌。或許是因為她知道主耶穌認為吃飯不是最重要的,可以先等等。她確信主有能力創造任何分量的食物,因為祂不止一次用看似微薄的供應喂飽了數以千計的人。或許馬利亞記得主耶穌在“登山寳訓”中向門徒宣講的令人印象深刻的教導:“你們要先求祂的國和祂的義;這些東西都要加給你們了。”(馬太福音6:33) 馬利亞以行動表明她相信主耶穌的話是真實可信的。

 

相比之下,馬大“努力嘗試”想要招待好主耶穌(就好像主需要她不停忙碌於各種服事)。顯然她不相信主耶穌明白和在乎她的擔憂,或主早已知道如何處理這種情況。她埋怨道:“主啊! 我的妹子留下我一個人伺候,你不在意嗎? 請吩咐她來幫助我。”(路加福音10:40) 主耶穌隨後回答並糾正她說:“馬大! 馬大! 你為許多的事思慮煩擾。” (路加福音10:41)

 

在我們的生命旅程中,我們對主的信心可能會動搖。隨之便開始自以為主耶穌需要我們各人用更多的精力和決心為祂“做工”。相反,祂叫我們住在祂裏面,好讓祂幫助我們蛻變更新、並結出有祂賜予生命和能力的果子。

 

問題四:你把這看作是對赏赐的追求還是對結果的追求?

 

主耶穌探訪馬大和馬利亞的故事中描繪了馬大想要獲得眼前即刻但短暫的結果-即是一頓豐盛的大餐和令人滿意的待客之道。但主說,馬利亞選擇了那“不能被奪去的”上好的福分。當我們在生活和事奉上與主之間建立親密的關係,並被賜予從神而來的能力時,我們的屬靈生活必定會是聖潔且充滿力量的。這種屬靈影響的價值可能會或可能不會立即顯出或是可衡量的。但有一件事是肯定的-這賞賜必將是永恆的。

 

若我們以商業眼光來服事主耶穌基督,很有可能就會面臨“基於結果為導向管理”的危險,以致於容易把所得成績都歸功於我們自己的聰明才智、個人的完美計劃和出色執行。可悲的是,基於我們人自身的努力可能與聖靈的指引和所賜的能力毫無關係,因為只有在謙卑倚靠和全然順服神的狀態下才能體會真正的屬靈生活。永恆的記分板總是能精確地顯露這其中的差別。

 

問題五:你是否能區分屬靈責任和自以為義?

 

簡單地說,馬利亞選擇承擔一個真正門徒的屬靈責任。而馬大卻陷入了自以為義的宗教表現,這導致她對沒有像她一樣表現的妹妹進行苛刻的論斷。憑藉自己的行為,基於對外展示和表現屬靈的標準經常會使我們疲憊不堪,還可能導致人與人之間互相驕傲地比較。

 

對於那些動機不純和只希望神行“奇妙事”的人,主耶穌說:“27不要為那必壞的食物勞力,要為那存到永生的食物勞力,就是人子要賜給你們的,因為人子是父神所印證的。28衆人問他說:我們當行甚麼,才算做神的工呢? 29 耶 穌 回 答 說 : 信 神 所 差 來 的 , 這 就 是 做 神 的 工 。”(約翰福音6:27-29)

 

主耶穌簡單明瞭地對祂的門徒說:“跟從我!”祂沒有要我們“弄清楚一切”或是“刻意成就某些事情”。花時間與祂建立緊密的關係,學習並享用祂賜予生命的真理才是基督徒在主裏能多結果子所要竭力追求並遵行的核心準則和交托。有聖靈在我們的生命裏面才是幫助我們能完全實行真正屬靈責任的秘訣。讓我們一心一意專注於神的話語,以追求屬靈生活為優先,做出最佳選擇;信靠神有最好的預備和安排,並且每日尋求具有永恆價值的賞賜吧!

 

弟兄姊妹們,我們靠主應當滿懷信心。無論你覺得自己是“通過了”以上的小測試還是“失敗了”,因著主所賜予我們不斷成長的恩典,每一天都可以是重新做出最佳選擇的新的一天。主應許我們要成就祂早已在我們生命中開始的計劃。祂在我們裏面動工,賜給我們所需的力量和盼望來不斷尋求祂,指引我們做出合神心意的選擇和判斷。生命在祂裏頭,主應許屬祂的人,常在祂裏面的定會結出屬靈生命的好果子!

 

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2021年 9月19日

教会最新动态

针对近日在屋仑华埠接连发生多宗抢劫伤人案,本会已与案件受害人取得联系,并向他们伸出援手,提供一些资金帮助和为他们祷告。此外,我们向屋仑华埠商会捐赠了一笔款项用于支持和帮助华埠商户,特别是在主要街道上或某些关键位置安装和升级监控摄像头。请弟兄姊妹持续为华埠商户、访客和居住在华埠及周边地区居民的安全代祷。求主保守,帮助警方尽快逮捕罪犯并将其绳之以法,防止再有其他人受害。

 

本会在此强烈鼓励会众电邮(email)至屋仑市议会主席及其团队,表达我们对改善屋仑华埠治安的迫切需求。请透过以下电邮地址联系他们:

 

Council President Bas -屋仑市议会主席Nikki Fortunato Bas

nfbas@oaklandca.gov

 

Miya Saika Chen, Chief of Staff
mchen@oaklandca.gov


Lia Azul Salaverry
Policy Analyst + Constituent Issues
lsalaverry@oaklandca.gov

 

Tiffany Kang
Policy Analyst + Community Partnerships Manager
tkang@oaklandca.gov

 

您可以在邮件中提及:

1.  屋仑华埠地区的暴力犯罪一直在不断恶化升级,从最初的抢劫伤人案现已发展至枪击事件。

2.  目前屋仑警员正在尽力加强巡逻,但由于警察局预算和经费削减,现有警力严重不足。

3.  劫匪变得越来越肆无忌惮,光天化日之下,多次在人来人往的繁忙街道行凶作案。

4.  要求屋仑市政府为警察局提供足够的人手,并恢复警局所需预算以维护和改善屋仑市治安。

5.  犯罪分子被成功抓获后必须受到法律的严惩,不能让罪犯逍遥法外。

           

主日教会实体敬拜重启: 本会英文堂、粤语堂和普通话堂现已重开主日教会实体敬拜。各堂主日敬拜网络直播将同步进行。英文堂主日敬拜将于早上9时正开始,粤语堂主日敬拜早上11时正开始,敬请注意:重启初期,粤语堂暂时没有主日早上8时的敬拜。普通话堂主日敬拜早上11时正开始。教会旁边的停车场将在主日敬拜期间向所有来参加聚会的会众开放。停车位先到先得。

教会网站主页 www.cibc-oakland.org 现有一个给彭牧师和Judy师母的欢送纪念电子留言板 (Kudoboard),可供弟兄姊妹们留言或上传照片。

 

从9月17日周五起,英文青少年团契将改为在Castro Valley First Baptist Church聚会。地址是: 18550 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA, 94546 ,聚会大部分时间为:每周五晚7时30分至9时30分。感谢主供应新的聚会场地!

 

黎伯乐牧师按立典礼将于9月18日,周六下午2时30分在大堂举行,网上直播同步进行,链接已公布在教会网站主页上 www.cibc-oakland.org (请点击主页上的“黎伯乐牧师按立典礼9月18日” )。欢迎弟兄姊妹出席观礼或在网上观看。按立典礼结束后欢迎大家一同前往副堂参加切蛋糕仪式。

 

粤语堂将于9月26日主日敬拜结束后,中午12时30分开始在大堂实体举办一个座谈会敬请弟兄姊妹出席参加。此外,您也可以在教会Youtube频道 (点击教会网站主页上的 “Live Stream网上播出”) 通过9月26日粤语堂主日敬拜直播观看座谈会网上直播。

 

从10月5日起,星期二粤语查经班将于每周二早上10时至11时30分在教会交谊厅实体进行 (网上Zoom直播同步)或晚上8时30分至10时在网上Zoom进行,查经班将开始查考《但以理书》。若需报名参加,请电邮黎伯乐牧师 pastorpatricklai@cibc-oakland.org  

 

高中生CPR大学冲刺补习班将于每周六早上9时30分至中午12时在教会 (313室和315室) 实体聚会。

英文青少年主日敬拜:英文青少年主日敬拜将重启在教会实体敬拜。青少年将先在大堂参加主日早上9点开始的英文堂成人敬拜,颂赞结束后再去amphitheater聆听青少年主日讲道。

粤语成人主日学:敬请注意,粤语成人主日学将于每主日早上9时30分至10时30分在教会实体进行 (网络直播同步) 。详情请查询教会网站www.cibc-oakland.org

 

普通话成人主日学:敬请注意,普通话堂成人主日学将于每主日早上9时30分至10时45分在教会实体进行 (网络直播同步) 。详情请查询教会网站www.cibc-oakland.org

 

英文儿童主日敬拜/主日学:敬请注意,英文儿童主日敬拜和主日学 (1年级至5年级)将于每主日早上在教会进行实体敬拜。届时孩子们将与父母一起先在大堂参加主日早上9点开始的英文堂成人敬拜,颂赞结束后,孩子们将会去313室参加儿童敬拜至10时10分左右结束。参加网上英文儿童主日敬拜的孩子可于主日早上9时25分通过Zoom加入。父母可于敬拜结束后去313室接孩子。Pre-school幼童主日学暂时仍只在网上透过Zoom进行,时间是早上11时45分至中午12时。

粤语儿童主日敬拜(Children’s Worship) 和幼童主日敬拜(Beginner's Church):敬请注意,粤语堂Children’s Worship (1年级至5年级儿童) 将于每主日,早上11时正开始至中午12时30分在教会(221室和图书馆)举行实体儿童敬拜,网上敬拜也会透过Zoom同步进行。粤语堂Beginner's Church (三岁至Kindergarten之幼童) 将于每主日,早上11时正开始在教会举行实体儿童敬拜,网上敬拜也会透过Zoom同步进行。如未收到电邮而有兴趣参加者,请致电邮至children@cibc-oakland.org 登记。谢谢!

 

主日敬拜: 这主日,9月19日,粤语堂将于早上11时正开始在教会实体敬拜。英文堂将于早上9时正开始在教会实体敬拜。普通话堂将于早上11时正开始在教会实体敬拜。各堂主日敬拜网络直播将同步进行。详情请查阅教会网站www.cibc-oakland.org 主页上的观看链接。

网上奉献https://www.cibc-oakland.org/online-giving现可接受给“慈惠基金Benevolent  Fund”的奉献。同时为了方便您在网上奉献,我们现已开通使用信用卡奉献方式。教会将支付信用卡奉献所产生的银行手续费。

 

奉献支票也可邮寄到教会,地址: Chinese Independent Baptist Church Oakland, 280 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

社区最新动态

AC Transit公交巴士服务线路变更:请点击以下链接查询有关8月起服务和线路变更等信息:
   
1.    自8月8日 (周日) 起,AC Transit公交巴士服务线路变更详情:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ACTRANSIT/bulletins/2ea9d98 


2.    校园公交巴士缐路补充服务将于8月9日 (周一) 恢复:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ACTRANSIT/bulletins/2ea9df4 

“Great Plates:免费为年长者送餐”计划:请点击以下链接查询您或您的亲友是否符合资格参加此计划,以及如何登记获得免费送餐服务。

 

https://covid19.ca.gov/zh-hant/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/great-plates-delivered-participants-faqs.pdf

 

2021年 7月25日

亲爱的CIBC弟兄姊妹,

 

在教会重开后,大家渐渐地「重新投入」各样的事工上;又或因为疫情带来的改变尝试一些新的方式和新的事工。

在这样一个紧要并需要的时刻,我想跟大家分享一篇Daniel Henderson的文章;祈盼这篇文章也成为你我属灵生命和事奉心态的测试!

 

主仆,

彭锦辉牧师

 

五个问题的测试:你是“马大”还是“马利亚”呢?

作者:Daniel Henderson

 

关于路加福音10:38-42中主耶稣去马大和马利亚家中探访的故事,相信大家应该都有听过一些叫人认罪悔改的讲道。通常情况下,当我们看到马大为在家中招待主耶稣和祂的门徒们而忙于准备时,我们很容易会认为马大的热切服事无形中变成一种负担,并对其他人产生一种严格要求的精神压力。伴随着认罪悔改,即便是随意读一下这个故事,我们也会要面对挑战来立志学习马利亚毫无负担地专心坐在主耶稣的脚前,仔细聆听祂的话语。显然马利亚做出了最好的选择。

 

虽然从这个故事里我们得出了许多推断性的解释和具有挑战性的应用意见,但让我们再集中看一下这个故事里一些真正的问题。我希望透过详细地剖析能帮助大家重新认定并愿意全然委身专注于主耶稣的话语和教导,这是最重要且应当优先于其他事务的。

 

问题一:你认为这是优先问题还是个性问题?

 

我们可能经常被告知,马大和马利亚姐妹对主耶稣来到她们家中的反应截然不同,其中一个主要原因是她们性格上的差异。我也曾这样认为,也听过其他人有同样的想法。诚然这种判断只是猜测,因为经文中从未提及马大和马利亚的性格类型。把马大认定为“A型”主动领导型人格,马利亚则是“B型”低调配合型人格,这种推断也许是合理的。因为马大是姐姐,可能自然地会担起更多责任,亦或是因为她是家中的女主人,所以不得不负责家中大小事务,包括殷勤地招待客人。其中缘由我们无法确定。

 

但我们所知道的是,马大和马利亚选择了不同事务作为优先使命。马大觉得当下服事和招待耶稣更为重要,而马利亚却更渴慕主的道。马大想为主耶稣做些什么,而马利亚想从主那里学习一些东西。我常常注意到,当我们觉得为主做工比寻求祂的话语更有乐趣、更令人欣喜时,我们很有可能就陷入了把事工作为偶像的危险中。

 

把马大和马利亚面对主耶稣的不同反应归咎于“个性差异”的危险在于:争强好胜并以完成任务为目标的人可能容易以性格使然为借口而忽略自己与神之间的关系。这或许可以让我们感觉好些,但却回避了真正的问题。简单来说,无论我们的性格如何,我们每个人都需要把与神建立紧密的关系作为最重要的事务放在明确优先的位置,且在生命中以神的话语为一切所思所行的基础和根本。

 

问题二:你认为这是选择的问题还是方便的问题?

 

有时候我们可能认为马利亚以真正门徒的姿态和心态坐在主耶稣的脚前是很容易做到的,因为这看起来似乎非常自然和方便,毕竟马大当下已经在负责安排其他事务了。然而,主耶稣是这样描述其中真正的问题的:“但是不可少的只有一件,马利亚已经选择那上好的福分。”(路加福音10:42) 这句话表明马利亚对正确的优先次序有明确清晰的认识,这信念带领她做出了选择。我们都知道生活处处是关于选择。我们要对自己的选择负责任,并且必须牢记,每个负责任的决定都事关重大。我们也都能做出选择,就像马利亚一样。

 

问题三:你是否明白这是信任和尝试之间的对比?

 

马利亚看上去十分明白主耶稣看重她所展现的门徒精神。很明显,她信任主耶稣。或许是因为她知道主耶稣认为吃饭不是最重要的,可以先等等。她确信主有能力创造任何分量的食物,因为祂不止一次用看似微薄的供应喂饱了数以千计的人。或许马利亚记得主耶稣在“登山寳训”中向门徒宣讲的令人印象深刻的教导:“你们要先求祂的国和祂的义;这些东西都要加给你们了。”(马太福音6:33) 马利亚以行动表明她相信主耶稣的话是真实可信的。

 

相比之下,马大“努力尝试”想要招待好主耶稣(就好像主需要她不停忙碌于各种服事)。显然她不相信主耶稣明白和在乎她的担忧,或主早已知道如何处理这种情况。她埋怨道:“主啊! 我的妹子留下我一个人伺候,你不在意吗? 请吩咐她来帮助我。”(路加福音10:40) 主耶稣随后回答并纠正她说:“马大! 马大! 你为许多的事思虑烦扰。” (路加福音10:41)

 

在我们的生命旅程中,我们对主的信心可能会动摇。随之便开始自以为主耶稣需要我们各人用更多的精力和决心为祂“做工”。相反,祂叫我们住在祂里面,好让祂帮助我们蜕变更新、并结出有祂赐予生命和能力的果子。

 

问题四:你把这看作是对赏赐的追求还是对结果的追求?

 

主耶稣探访马大和马利亚的故事中描绘了马大想要获得眼前即刻但短暂的结果-即是一顿丰盛的大餐和令人满意的待客之道。但主说,马利亚选择了那“不能被夺去的”上好的福分。当我们在生活和事奉上与主之间建立亲密的关系,并被赐予从神而来的能力时,我们的属灵生活必定会是圣洁且充满力量的。这种属灵影响的价值可能会或可能不会立即显出或是可衡量的。但有一件事是肯定的-这赏赐必将是永恒的。

 

若我们以商业眼光来服事主耶稣基督,很有可能就会面临“基于结果为导向管理”的危险,以致于容易把所得成绩都归功于我们自己的聪明才智、个人的完美计划和出色执行。可悲的是,基于我们人自身的努力可能与圣灵的指引和所赐的能力毫无关系,因为只有在谦卑倚靠和全然顺服神的状态下才能体会真正的属灵生活。永恒的记分板总是能精确地显露这其中的差别。

 

问题五:你是否能区分属灵责任和自以为义?

 

简单地说,马利亚选择承担一个真正门徒的属灵责任。而马大却陷入了自以为义的宗教表现,这导致她对没有像她一样表现的妹妹进行苛刻的论断。凭借自己的行为,基于对外展示和表现属灵的标准经常会使我们疲惫不堪,还可能导致人与人之间互相骄傲地比较。

 

对于那些动机不纯和只希望神行“奇妙事”的人,主耶稣说:“27不要为那必坏的食物劳力,要为那存到永生的食物劳力,就是人子要赐给你们的,因为人子是父神所印证的。28众人问他说:我们当行甚么,才算做神的工呢? 29 耶 稣 回 答 说 : 信 神 所 差 来 的 , 这 就 是 做 神 的 工 。”(约翰福音6:27-29)

 

主耶稣简单明了地对祂的门徒说:“跟从我!”祂没有要我们“弄清楚一切”或是“刻意成就某些事情”。花时间与祂建立紧密的关系,学习并享用祂赐予生命的真理才是基督徒在主里能多结果子所要竭力追求并遵行的核心准则和交托。有圣灵在我们的生命里面才是帮助我们能完全实行真正属灵责任的秘诀。让我们一心一意专注于神的话语,以追求属灵生活为优先,做出最佳选择;信靠神有最好的预备和安排,并且每日寻求具有永恒价值的赏赐吧!

 

弟兄姊妹们,我们靠主应当满怀信心。无论你觉得自己是“通过了”以上的小测试还是“失败了”,因着主所赐予我们不断成长的恩典,每一天都可以是重新做出最佳选择的新的一天。主应许我们要成就祂早已在我们生命中开始的计划。祂在我们里面动工,赐给我们所需的力量和盼望来不断寻求祂,指引我们做出合神心意的选择和判断。生命在祂里头,主应许属祂的人,常在祂里面的定会结出属灵生命的好果子!

 

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