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Pastoral Letter 17th March 2024

Pastor Adam Breasley

Micro-Knowing each other

There is no doubt about, it we have entered the digital age. The idea of face-to-face is becoming foreign to us, wherever we go we see people’s faces glued to technology. The irony is you are possibly reading this on some device and likewise, I am writing on a device. In every age Christians are called to understand the reality of the world and the challenges we face. A significant challenge we can face is knowing those closest to us. Our Saviour said: I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, John 10:14. The Great Shepherd Jesus intimately knows His people and they know him. But do we know each other? Jesus gave us a new command to love one another and by this, the world will know you are my disciples (Jn 13:34-35). Although this command seems straightforward, still one cannot help but ask the question how do we know how to love someone if we do not know them? We might “macro” know them by name with some surface-level information. But do we “micro” know them? Micro-knowing someone is when we know them on a deeper level. This will look different within all our fellowship circles but is really important for building relationships and loving each other as Jesus commands. King George V claimed the foundations of national glory for England were set in the homes of the people, and that they would remain unshaken while the family life remained strong, simple, and pure. I thought to myself how profound if that is how an earthly king views the value of a strong home life, then how should we view the House of God? (i.e. Church family) Even, our Christian homes? I was challenged on this after reading The Shepherd Leader at Home during my college experience. After reading the book, I realised that I needed to micro-know my wife and my kids more, in order to know them and love them in Christ. I was convicted about spending quality time to know my wife and kids individually. This shows us we can forget or neglect our responsibility to know how to love those around us. But by God’s grace and through His Spirit he convicts each of us to foster and grow in our relationships through things like micro-knowing each other. Therefore, let us prayerfully consider such things in our lives.


無疑地我們已經進入了一個數碼年代。面對面交往的概念對我們來説越來越陌生,無論我們走到哪裡,我們看到人們的臉都像緊貼專注在新科技聯絡用品上。諷刺的是,你可能都正在用這種用品閱讀這篇文章,同樣,我也正用這種用品冩作。在每個時代,基督徒都被召喚去了解世界的現實和我們面對的挑戰。了解最親近的人可以是我們面對的一個重大挑戰。我們的救主說:我是好牧人; 我認識我的羊,我的羊也認識我(約翰福音10:14)。偉大的牧人耶穌深知認識祂的子民,他們也認識祂。但我們彼此認識嗎?主耶穌賜給了我們一個新的命令:乃是叫我們彼此相愛,我們若如此行,世人因此就認出你們是祂的門徒了(約翰福音13:34-35)。雖然這個命令似乎簡明直接,但還是叫人不禁要問,如果我們不認識一個人,我們怎麼知道如何去愛他呢?我們可能通過一些表面資訊“宏觀概略”地知道他們的名字。但我們有“微觀細緻”認識他們嗎?微觀細緻認識人是指我們對他人有更深入程度的認識和了解。怎樣實踐這樣的彼此了解在我們不同的團契圈子里都會有所不同,但對建立關係和按照耶稣的命令彼此相愛却非常重要。英皇佐治五世曾聲稱,國家的榮耀的基礎是建立在人民的家中,當家庭生活保持强健、簡單和純潔,這也帶來國家的榮耀堅固不移。我撫心細想,如果這是一個世俗的君王對家庭生活的價值如此重視,那麼我們應該如何看待上帝的家呢?(即教會家庭)。甚至我們自身的基督教家庭呢?我在大學時期在家中讀了《家裡的牧人領袖》一書,在這個問题上受到了挑戰。讀完這本書後,我意識到我需要微觀細緻地了解我的妻子和孩子,為要在基督裡更深入了解他們和愛他們。我深感在擺上充足並有質素的時間個別地了解我的妻子和孩子上有所虧欠。由此可見,我們可以很易忘記或忽視了去認識及愛我們身邊人的責任。但蒙上帝的恩典和藉聖靈的引導,讓我們每個人都相信,要通過我們相互微觀細緻、深入了解來培育和建立我們的關係。因此,讓我們在生活中帶著虔敬禱告的心去思考這事情。

無疑地我們已經進入了一個數碼年代。面對面交往的概念對我們來説越來越陌生,無論我們走到哪裡,我們看到人們的臉都像緊貼專注在新科技聯絡用品上。諷刺的是,你可能都正在用這種用品閱讀這篇文章,同樣,我也正用這種用品冩作。在每個時代,基督徒都被召喚去了解世界的現實和我們面對的挑戰。了解最親近的人可以是我們面對的一個重大挑戰。我們的救主說:我是好牧人; 我認識我的羊, 我的羊也認識我(約翰福音10:14)。偉大的牧人耶穌深知認識祂的子民,他們也認識祂。但我們彼此認識嗎?主耶穌賜給了我們一個新的命令:乃是叫我們彼此相愛,我們若如此行,世人因此就認出你們是祂的門徒了(約翰福音 13:34-35)。雖然這個命令似乎簡明直接,但還是叫人不禁要問,如果我們不認識一個人,我們怎麼知道如何去愛他呢?我們可能通過一些表面資訊“宏觀概略”地知道他們的名字。但我們有“微觀細緻”認識他們嗎?微觀細緻認識人是指我們對他人有更深入程度的認識和了解。怎樣實踐這樣的彼此了解在我們不同的團契圈子里都會有所不同,但對建立關係和按照耶稣的命令彼此相愛却非常重要。英皇佐治五世曾聲稱,國家的榮耀的基礎是建立在人民的家中,當家庭生活保持强健、簡單和純潔,這也帶來國家的榮耀堅固不移。我撫心細想,如果這是一個世俗的君王對家庭生活的價值如此重視,那麼我們應該如何看待上帝的家呢?(即教會家庭)。甚至我們自身的基督教家庭呢?我在大學時期在家中讀了《家裡的牧人領袖》一書,在這個問题上受到了挑戰。讀完這本書後,我意識到我需要微觀細緻地了解我的妻子和孩子,為要在基督裡更深入了解他們和愛他們。我深感在擺上充足並有質素的時間個別地了解我的妻子和孩子上有所虧欠。由此可見,我們可以很易忘記或忽視了去認識及愛我們身邊人的責任。但蒙上帝的恩典和藉聖靈的引導,讓我們每個人都相信,要通過我們相互微觀細緻、深入了解來培育和建立我們的關係。因此,讓我們在生活中帶著虔敬禱告的心去思考這事情。

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