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Hong Shi 得救见证 Chinese&English

Updated: Jul 30, 2018

我从来没有想过有一天我会如此荣幸成为神的子女。从小在中国上海出生的我,从来没有接触过基督教,也许只有从课本上得到的非常模糊的认识,以及把教堂当做旅游拍照景点。

当我收到南加州大学(USC)的研究生录取通知书后,我踏上了美国洛杉矶这片陌生的土地,一切对于只身一人来美留学的我都是未知和不安。当时我报名了免费接机的活动(发起人是Caleb牧师)。那是我第一次感受到基督教徒无私的奉献。由于免费接机的契机,我接触到了CEFC以及USC Ministry的弟兄姐妹们,无论是免费的晚餐,丰富的感恩节活动或是烧烤登山等课余活动,还是每周五的英语会话课和圣经课,都让我感受到了温暖。高兴之余,他们这种无私的举动却让我困惑不已,这也使我有好奇心继续了解基督教。

渐渐地我开始和Amanda进行一对一的圣经学习,进一步的了解基督教,也揭开了之前我心中的疑惑:是什么让他们不惜牺牲自己的休息时间为我们这些中国学生精心策划这么多活动--为我们的课准备presentation,美味的饭菜,甚至Caleb还帮助我挑选检验二手车?我不禁被这样美妙的事情感动了,心里也开始向往这种改变。在和Amanda不断的讨论查经的过程中,积累了我对基督教信仰的认识,对耶稣的认识,以及对罪性的认识。随着读圣经的过程中,我感受到平时做“坏事”比如撒谎的时候会感受到不安以及愧疚,明白了这一切关于善与恶的标准来源于圣经,是極荣美公义的神与我们这些罪人的差距。

万事都需要一个契机,对我来说,促使这决定性的一刻发生的是Greg Laurie牧师。Greg Laurie是当时还不是我先生的Quyen最喜欢的牧师之一。他带我去听Harvest America的直播,然后我就被Greg Laurie简洁而有力的讲道震撼住了---追不追随耶稣是一个二选一的事情,没有所谓的灰色地带,如果不信靠神,某种意义上说就是背弃了神,重复着创世纪亚当夏娃的毁灭性选择,弃神给予我们跟他回归的机会不顾。听到这信息,我摇摆不定的心终于清楚的说:我不可能否定神,那我就要追随他,信靠他。那一刻起,我感受到了宁静和平和,虽然感受到没有其他弟兄姐妹所说的一下子热泪盈眶,但那一刻的感觉会永远记得。


Hong Shi 's wedding ceremony at CEFC

神将耶穌赐予我们,战胜死亡,洗净过去未来所有的罪恶,给我们机会让我们与他重建關係,我完全接受自己是一个罪人,曾经的自己觉得自己就像很多“教育家”讲的那样只要足够努力,就可以掌握自己的人生。但比如我没有申请上我最想要申请上的学校,非常伤心,反而来了USC,却认识了神,追随了神,认识了许多弟兄姐妹,朋友以及先生,这一切怎么能不是神的安排呢?现在的我将自己完全的交托于神,(虽然还是会有自私的旧我在抵抗),努力按照他的标准生活,因为身为罪人的自己是多么无力,是不可能掌握所有事的,无法预知到后果,我愿意并渴求接受耶稣基督的救恩,我想要信靠他,回归天父。同时我终于不用时常为课业,为未来前途,为交友关系等等感到无谓的不安了,不用晚上睡觉前七想八想了,我知道我所信靠的神会一直爱我,一直在我身边指明我的道路,给予我宁静和力量。

当然决志信主了之后,我自身的改变也不是说变就变的,马上就成为像耶稣这么完美的存在,这仍然是一个循序渐进的过程。保罗说脱去旧人,穿上新人,这逐渐成圣的道路是漫长的。虽说如此,现在对比旧我,还是能感受到一定的变化的。从前的我认为自己总体来说是个“好人”,没犯过“大错”,友爱朋友,孝敬父母,尊敬长辈,学习能力也还可以,认为自己这样下去过完一生就好,不用做特别大的改变。然而现在,我认识到了并且愿意承认自己时时刻刻在被撒旦诱惑着,比如:不耐心,心里嫉妒同学找到好工作,为自己的错误找借口,对朋友或者伴侣期待过高,等等,这些看似“不值一提”的事情在我看来就是罪性的表现形式。所以,我要坚持读神的话语,告诫自己,让圣灵在我的心里引導。

我对挫折也有了新的认识,原本我会说,如果神这么爱我们为什么要让我们受苦。现在我明白了神安排挫折自有他更好的安排,使我从中学到今后也能受益的事情。神给我们安排挫折,是为了让我们能够更好的穿上新人,荣耀神。另外,原本的我对于男朋友或伴侣会希望他是个“超人”,能满足我心里一切所想,但信主了之后我明确的认识到,不管是我曾经认为无所不能的父母,还是另一半,我们都是一样不完全的,永远做不到完美,因为完美的只有神。既然我们都是一样不完美的,肯定不能期望对方给予自己所有想要的,我心里用满填不满的只能凭借信靠神才可以圆满。

正如基要真理班中所学,成圣的道路是漫长的,是需要花费一生去贯彻的,有时曲折,有时平坦。我希望能继续阅读神的话语,聆听牧师的讲道,投身教会的事工,能够活出精彩,荣耀神。


石弘

11/17/2017


Before US

I have never thought of being a Christian before. I was born in Shanghai China, a non-Christian family and my parents are communists. I almost have no idea about Christianity before, the only knowledge was from history class. Even though my parents are communists, I was not that interested in being a communist, because I think that just means you are a good student or it would be easier to find a government-related job in the future.

USC Ministry

Everything starts from USC ministry. I still remember clearly that I signed up for free airport pick-up, back then, I thought church is so generous and I signed for it and took advantage of the program. Also it was my first time to United States, and I came here alone by myself, I was sort of worried about what is going to happen in my life. After that I learned that church will have various activities for international students, I started to be involved in these activities and gradually learned more about Christian religion. I felt really warm when I got along with Caleb and other brothers and sisters from CEFC during the USC ministry. I can feel that they really care about international students like me and do not expect any return from us. But at same time, I was confused, why do they have this kind of selfless love for us, and even sacrificed their own free time to help us?

To solve this question in my mind, I started to have bible study with Amanda and learned more about Christianity, about Jesus and about sin. I learned a lot from Amanda, and everytime I asked her interesting questions, she will have acceptable and reasonable answers for them. For example, I thought God or Jesus is only the God for western countries, and eastern countries have Buddha or Taoism, there are different Gods in this world, but there are a lot of contradictory statements among these religions, so only one God is real, is the truth. And gradually I admitted that there is one God in this world and it is real. I also started to understand that this selfless love comes from Jesus, from God, and brothers and sisters are on the way of sanctification, to be more like Jesus, and Holy Spirit is working within them. I was very impressed by this and decided to learn more.

Accept Christ

After going to Sunday Service for more than half year and bible study with Amanda, I had some knowledge of Christianity. The decisive piece for me to accept Christ was the sermon from Pastor Greg Laurie. He is actually one of Quyen’s favorite pastors. His sermon was really powerful and convincing, and pointed out that after you realize the existence of the God, following Him becomes a Yes or No answer, and there is no middle ground, which means, either follow God or not. I thought I cannot deny God, then I chose to follow Him and have faith in Him. From that moment, I felt the peace and power in my heart.

Life as a Christian

After reborned as a new Christian, I started my journey from putting off my old self to putting on my new self. I thought I was a good person before, never committed crime, got along well with my friends and my parents, and I don’t think I need to make any change and just be myself. However, now I realize that I was tempted by Satan all the time, for example: I envy the peers find a decent job, try to make excuses for my fault, have too high expectation for my parents and husband, etc. These things demonstrate that I have sin in nature and easily to be tempted. Therefore, I told myself, I need God in my life, I need His word to guide my way.

And I know God is always listening to my prayers. When I faced critical life decisions, when I stressed out, I prayed to Him and he answered me either in Sunday Service or through Bible or books. This is really amazing experience, Quyen told me it is good to pray for everyone I met in the day before sleep, I found out this is a really good way to build relationship with God and help a lot in my life too. We also read some books about marriage together to learn the wisdom from God, the creator of marriage, and try to apply them to our marriage life.

I know it is going to be a lifelong task and definitely not easy, but I also know that the Holy Spirit will always work within me.


Hong 3/17/2018

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