Living an Overcoming Life and Redeeming the Time to Contact People for Shepherding Them

We must recover this matter [of contacting and shepherding people]. Only by this will the organic building up of the Body of Christ in Ephesians 4:12-16 and the meetings of mutuality in 1 Corinthians 14:26 be realized and practiced among us. For this we need a daily revival and a daily overcoming as the base. We also need a life and work that flows out from the love of the Lord in order to maintain our victory....What maintains us in the victory is a life and work of love toward the Lord. Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1988, vol. 4, pp. 43-46

As believers in Christ who have seen something of the scriptural way to meet and serve, we need to live an overcoming life and redeem the time to contact people for shepherding and perfecting them. The Lord is clear in His word concerning the … [Continue reading]

A Daily Revived Living: Renewed every Morning and Freshly Transformed every day

To have a revival that is renewed daily is to have a transformation that is fresh daily. If we remain in this transformation our whole life, we will grow in the life of the Lord until we are matured. This kind of revival, renewal, and transformation is what we all need today. Witness Lee

In order for us to practice the scriptural way to meet and serve for the building up of the Body of Christ, we need a daily revived living and a labor in shepherding that flow out from our love for the Lord. To practice the God ordained-way to … [Continue reading]

Cooperating with the Lord to Recover the New Testament Priesthood of the Gospel

Whether it be in the vital group meeting, in the prophesying in the church meetings, in the preaching of the gospel by visiting people, or in the care for the new ones, the principle is the same — we must make all the saints the members of the Body of Christ, with everyone working, everyone functioning according to his measure, for the building up of the organic Body of Christ.

We need to be one with the Lord and cooperate with Him to recover the New Testament priesthood of the gospel, bringing every member of the Body into function in his measure in the Body of Christ. The revelation in the Bible concerning us as … [Continue reading]

Developing our Organic Function as Members and Prophesying to Build up the Church

The saints who are perfected by the gifts should pursue and desire prophesying, speaking for the Lord, speaking forth the Lord, and supplying others with the Lord, that the church may be built (1 Cor. 14:1, 3-5). This kind of prophesying that is for the building up of the church and that excels over all other gifts is a matter of speaking and listening in mutuality (vv. 12, 24, 31). This kind of prophesying that is full of speaking and listening in mutuality stirs up the spiritual organic function of the members of the Body of Christ; it edifies and builds up the church (v. 4b; cf. Matt. 16:18). The Genuine Church Life (2017 Thanksgiving Conference), outline 5

As we are being perfected in the group meetings we should all pursue and desire prophesying, speaking and listening in mutuality, for the stirring up of the spiritual organic function of the members of the Body for the building up of the Body. The … [Continue reading]

The Church is an Organism, so we all are being Perfected to Function in the Body

Eph. 4:11-16 v. 11 And He Himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as shepherds and teachers, v. 12 For the perfecting of the saints unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ, v. 13 Until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, v. 14 That we may be no longer little children tossed by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching in the sleight of men, in craftiness with a view to a system of error, v. 15 But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ, v. 16 Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.

The practice of the God-ordained way to meet and serve comes out of our seeing that the church is an organism as a mingling of God and man, produced by the Triune God in his Divine Trinity. We thank and praise the Lord for showing us the light and … [Continue reading]

Crucial Points of the Scriptural Way to Meet for the Building up of the Body of Christ

We must teach and perfect the saints through the vital group meetings unto the New Testament work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ (Heb. 10:24-25; Eph. 4:11-12). In the vital group meetings the believers need to have mutual fellowship and intercession, mutual care and shepherding, mutual teaching and studying of the truth, and mutual instruction in the pursuit of the growth in the spiritual life, for the promotion of the preaching of the gospel, the care for the new ones, the conducting of the group meetings, and all other kinds of service in the church life. The vital group meetings are the main part of the life and service of the church. The Genuine Church Life (2017 Thanksgiving Conference), outline 5

We need to see and practice the crucial points concerning the light and revelation that we have received from the Lord regarding the scriptural way to meet and to serve for the building up of the Body of Christ. This week in our deeper study of … [Continue reading]

We Practice the Fellowship of the Body when we Come to the Lord’s Table and Eat the Bread

1 Cor. 10:16-17 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the fellowship of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the fellowship of the body of Christ? Seeing that there is one bread, we who are many are one Body; for we all partake of the one bread.

There is only one Body in this universe, and in all the local churches we express it here on earth; when we come to the Lord's table, we come to practice the fellowship of the Body, for by eating the one bread we testify that we all are one! On … [Continue reading]