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邁阿密華人基督福音教會

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一九九五年,神呼召一对基督徒大学教授夫妇在迈阿密河滨浸信教会开始一个中国人事工。并于当年五月十四日开始了中文主日学,有四人参加,一年后人数增至三十人。

在一九九六年,十月二十七日,开始了英语、国语的双语崇拜。有多位美国牧师帮助讲道。

二零零零年十一月,华人部正式成立为华人堂。每主日聚会人数增至一百人左右。

从聚会开始,我们就立志要建立一个分别为圣,不效法世界,只传讲主耶稣基督并他钉十字架,使神得荣耀的教会。

在我们的教会, 神的家, 我们在学习尽心、 尽性、尽意、尽力爱主我们的神,也学习事奉祂。我们也学习弟兄姊妹彼此相爱,彼此服事。每人尽自己的本分,配搭事奉, 建立基督的身体,并被模成祂儿子的模样。感谢神,我们虽然是略有一点力量,但神却亲自带领我们、祝福我们,以祂复活的大能,将得救的人加给我们。

在二零零四年,祂赐给我们一个可以坐三百五十人的新礼拜堂。经过三年的策划、设计,并向政府申请了无数件的许可证。建堂工程于二零零三年七月十日开始, 终于在二零零四年七月二日竣工。

在整个这段策划和建造期间,我们也经历到了神丰盛的恩典。祂的手一步一步地带领、一件事一件事地安排。在二零零四年七月十八日我们举行新堂献堂崇拜,有八百人参加,大家一起将我们的感谢赞美献给我们伟大又有恩典的神。

因此我们教会更是立志要好好尽力使用这个新堂,来传扬主的福音、扩展神的国度,作为为神发光的金灯台。我们要尽力带领更多失丧的灵魂来到主前,接受主的救恩,成为神的儿女,可以与我们一同享受神的大爱、祂丰盛的恩典和祂永恒的生命。

在二零零六年五月,我们正式更名为“迈阿密华人基督福音教会”。现在在迈阿密、在佛州、在美国,甚至在中国大陆的华人便可以更容易找到我们的教会,并来参加我们教会。

二零零九年年初,宫景耀牧师开始全权带领、牧养我们教会。宫牧师在中国大陆从十九岁开始献身事奉主,廿年间在中国各地传福音,教导圣经,建立教会,并在加州国际神学研究院先后获得三个硕士学位 ,并且正在继续他的博士学位的延伸研究。宫牧师对门徒训练有特殊的负担和恩赐,对扩展我们教会事工也有新的异象和策划。

二零一二年五月,我们华人教会的组织结构在经过多年的风风雨雨之后终于建立起来,我们有了教会的《会章》,有了会员制度,选立了两位执事;做为一个实体的教会正式成立起来了。

我们的事工:

从我们教会开始至今,已带领超过二百人接受洗礼归入基督。其中大多数的弟兄姊妹 是来自中国大陆并且是在本堂第一次听到福音。他们接受主耶稣作他们个人救主后,都有生命的改变,灵命也很快增长。这些弟兄姊妹多半已迁往他市、外州、海外或是回国。但他们仍然是主的精兵, 在当地教会热心事奉,把福音传扬给他们周围的人。

我们感谢神给我们宣教的异象和资源,我们每年都有三、四次福音布道聚会, 并且利用各种东西方的假日节庆来联络当地的华人社区、团体,把神的爱及基督的福音传给在迈阿密及周围城市的中国同胞。

我们知道我们不但要向外伸展,也要向下扎根。主日我们有中英双语的崇拜聚会,各级儿童、青年和中、英成人主日学 ,并且有专门的门徒训练课程。每月第一个主日我们有圣餐聚会。

每周三晚有灵命进深并祷告聚会,每周五晚有成人团契聚会,内容为福音见证、信仰问答、信徒造就并专题查经。我们也利用各种假日和节日举行特别造就聚会。

总之, 我们注意主给我们的大使命,“所以你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父,子,圣灵的名,给他们施洗。凡我所吩咐你们的,都教训他们遵守。”我们看见我们周围的庄稼很多也已熟了,我们也意识到在这末世明间我们没有太多时间来为主得灵魂。我们教会,主的新妇,要警醒也要预备好迎接我们主的再来。我们向往的是在那荣耀的日子听到我们主的称赞“你这良善有忠心的仆人。”

愿一切颂赞、尊贵、权能、国度及荣耀全归于我们的父神和我们的救主耶稣基督!阿门!

 

 

Chinese Christian Gospel Church

In 1995 God called a Christian couple of university professors to starts a Chinese ministry at Riverside Baptist Church, a Spirit filled, Bible teaching, and missions oriented church. A Chinese Sunday class was started on May 14 with four students attending. In a year the number grew to 30.  So a bilingual worship service of English and Chinese was instituted on October 27, 1996.  Several American pastors preached to the congregation.

In November 2000, the former Chinese Department formally became the Chinese Congregation at Riverside Baptist Church.  The average number of worshipers on Sundays grew to about 100.

 At the beginning of our ministry, we decided that we would have a church that is set apart to God and not be conformed to this world.  We would preach only our Lord Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and therefore give all glory to our Lord God.

In our church, God’s family, we learn to love our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength, and to serve Him.  We also learn to love each other, and to serve each other.  Each of us tries to do his/her part to work together to build up Christ’s body, ant to be conformed to the image of our Lord.

In short, with the guidance and help of the Holy Spirit, we would do our best to follow the example of the Philadelphia church in Revelation: brothers love each other, keep His Word and not deny His name. Thanks be to our Lord, even though we have had only a little strength, the Lord has led us and blessed us, and with His resurrected power has added unto us those who were saved.

We thank our Lord for giving us a chapel in 2004 that can seat 350 people and is equipped with the most modern sound and projection systems. After three years of planning, designing and applying to the county for numerous permits, the chapel was finally completed. The construction started on July third in 2003 and completed on July 2, 2004.

During this period of planning and construction we had also experienced God’s abundant grace. His hand had been leading us each step of the way, and arranged for us each item big and small. On July 18, 2004 we conducted the dedication service of our new chapel. There were 800 people attending, together we offered our thanksgiving and praises to our great and gracious God.

At that time we proclaimed that we would do our best to fully utilize this new chapel to be a golden lampstand to spread the gospel and to expand God's Kingdom. We would do our best to bring more and more lost people to accept our Lord's salvation, to become His children, and to enjoy His great love, His eternal life, and His abundant grace.

In May 2006 we were formally incorporated as the “Chinese Christian Gospel Church in Miami”. Now the Chinese in Miami, in Florida, in the United States, and even in Mainland China can easily find our church, come to worship with us and become a member of our church.

In 2009, Pastor Daniel Gong start to leading and pastoral our church. Pastor Gong dedicated his life to serve the Lord when he was nineteen, and now has had 20 years' experience in spreading the gospel, teaching the word, and plating churches in China. He has also received formal training in theology, having received three Master's degrees in Theology (M.A., M.Div., Th.M.) from the International Theological Seminary (CA). Right now Rev. Gong also as the Doctor of Theology Candidate. Pastor Gong has a special burden and gift for discipleship training and a new vision and plan to expand our church ministries.

Our Ministry
From the start of our ministry, we have led more than 200 people to the Lord and baptized them into Christ. Most of the brothers and sisters who were baptized here heard the gospel for the first time in our church. After they accepted Lord Jesus as their personal Savior, their lives changed and they grew spiritually quickly. And, most of these brothers and sisters have moved out of town, out of the state, and even out of the country. But they are still our Lord's Christian soldiers, serving faithfully in the churches where they are, and sharing the gospel to the people around them.

We also thank our Lord for giving us a vision and resources for evangelism. We conduct three or four evangelistic meetings each year, to share the gospel to the Chinese people in Miami and surrounding communities.

We thank our Lord for having the opportunity to share the gospel to the Chinese in the three universities around us: Florida International University, University of Miami and its Medical School, and Miami-Dade Community College. By God's grace we do our best to help the new students and scholars who just arrived, helping them to adjust to the new environment and to lead a new life. Finally we introduce to them our amazing Savior, because He can help them the most, and He is the treasure and the prize that is most worthwhile for them to pursue.

We are mindful that we should not only grow in numbers but grow deep as well. On Sundays we have our bilingual worship service in Chinese and English, Sunday School classes for our children, youth, and adults, and the discipleship training classes. Every first Sunday of the month we have Lord's Supper service.

Every Wednesday night we have spiritual growth and prayer meeting. Every Friday night we have our adults fellowship meeting which includes evangelical testimonies, questions and answers on faith, discipleship and Bible studies. On holidays we take the opportunity to conduct special evangelistic meetings and special discipleship sessions.

In other words, we are mindful of our great commission: " Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you." We have seen that the harvest around us is ripe, and we realize that at the end time we do not have much time to win souls for our Lord. Our church, our Lord's bride, should be watchful and be prepared to welcome the second coming of our Lord. What we are longing for is in that glorious day we can hear our Lord's praise: " you good and faithful servant."

May all the praise, honor, power, kingdom and glory be to our Heavenly Father God and our Savior Jesus Christ! Amen!

 

 (Soli Deo Gloria)