Being willing to be Spent on behalf of the Saints and Exhort them to Walk Worthily of God

1 Thes. 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: While working night and day so as not to be burdensome to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

The apostles didn't impart only the gospel of God to the Thessalonians - they also imparted their own souls; they were not just like a cherishing and nourishing mother but also like an exhorting father for the, so that they would walk worthily of God … [Continue reading]

Learning to Cherish the Believers as a Nursing Mother and Not Assuming any Authority

Isa. 66:12-13 For thus says Jehovah, I now am extending to her Peace like a river, And the glory of the nations Like an overflowing stream; And you will nurse, you will be carried on the hip, And you will be bounced on the knees. As one whom his mother comforts, So will I comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.

In looking at the pattern of the apostle Paul as one who was one with the Lord in His heavenly ministry to shepherd the saints, we need to learn to cherish the believers and even yearn over them as a nursing mother would cherish and yearn over her … [Continue reading]

How our Manner of Life plays a Great Role in Shepherding Others According to God

1 Thes. 2:5 For neither were we found at any time with flattering speech, even as you know, nor with a pretext for covetousness; God is witness.

In learning to cooperate with Christ in His heavenly ministry of shepherding others, we need to realize that our entrance toward the believers, our manner of life, and our being plays a great role in infusing the gospel into others and caring for … [Continue reading]

The Best way to Shepherd People is to give them a Proper Pattern of Living Christ

The apostles not only preached the gospel; they lived it. Their ministering of the gospel was not only by word but also by a life that displayed the power of God, a life in the Holy Spirit and in the assurance of their faith. 1 Thes. 1:5, footnote 1, RcV Bible

The best way to shepherd people - as see in the New Testament - is to give them a proper pattern of living Christ and magnifying Him; Paul fed his spiritual children not only with the word of God but with his own living of Christ (see 1 Thes 2, 2 … [Continue reading]

Paul was a Pattern of Living and Ministering Christ as the Spirit in his spirit

A picture is worth a thousand words, and as we read the New Testament we see how Paul was a pattern to us, the believers; he was a pattern of living and ministering Christ as the Spirit in his spirit for the building up of the Body of Christ.Paul … [Continue reading]

Paying more Attention to Life than to Work and Seeing how Paul was a Pattern in Shepherding

In the church the most important thing is the person; the person is the way, and the person is the Lord’s work; what you are is what you do. We need to follow the pattern of the apostles to pay more attention to life than to work (John 12:24; 2 Cor. 4:12). 2017 spring ITERO, outline 3

The Lord Jesus in His heavenly ministry is the Great Shepherd, the Shepherd of our souls, and in Acts 20 and 1 Thes. 2 we also see that Paul was a pattern of cooperating with Christ's heavenly ministry to shepherd people for the building up of the … [Continue reading]

Experiencing the Dividing of our Soul from our Spirit to Seek the Things Above

By experiencing the dividing of our soul from our spirit and by exercising our spirit, we can seek the things which are above and set our mind on them; then the riches of Christ’s heavenly ministry will be transmitted into us, and we will be transformed and constituted with Christ. Witness Lee

In order for us as believers in Christ to seek the things which are above and set our mind on them (Col. 3:1-2), we need to experience the dividing of our soul from our spirit (Heb. 4:12) and we need to turn to our spirit.All the things related … [Continue reading]