2017 SC Message Five


Special Fellowship Concerning
the World Situation and the Lord’s Move

Message Five

Doing Everything according to the Leading, Working,
and Speaking of the Spirit,
Honoring the Lord as the Head of the Body
for His Unique Move, and
Being Balanced by the Body
to Be Kept in Its Unique Oneness

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

And as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for Me now Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. They then, having been sent out by the Holy Spirit…—Acts. 13.2-4.

…holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God—Col. 2:19.

Word of Appetizer

For His unique move, how can it be that we are not in a movement?

The best thing done for God becomes a religion if it has nothing to do with the Spirit. All of us, especially the young people, must be impressed that in the Spirit there is no such thing as a movement; the Spirit must take the lead, the Spirit must do the work, the Spirit must do the speaking, and the Spirit must even do our living; We, the people in the church, must be those who are absolutely saturated with the Spirit and absolutely one with the Spirit; if so, whatever we say is the Spirit’s speaking, whatever we do is the Spirit’s doing, and whatever we work is the Spirit’s working.

Spiritual Burden

Doing Everything according to the leading, working, and speaking of the Spirit, honoring the Lord as the head of the Body for His unique move, and being balanced by the Body to be kept in its unique oneness.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

Everything we do must be according to the leading, working, and speaking of the Spirit; the best thing done for God becomes a religion if it has nothing to do with the Spirit; we are not in a movement but in the living move of the Holy Spirit.

We must honor the Lord as the Head of the Body for His unique move.

For the Lord’s move we also need to be balanced by the Body.

In the churches and with the saints we must care for two elements—the Spirit and the Body.

The Experience of Life

We, the people in the church, must be those who are absolutely saturated with the Spirit and absolutely one with the Spirit. If we pray and fellowship, we honor the Lord as the Head of the Body, and we will also have the assurance that it is the Lord who is leading us; then after we move to a certain place, we will have the assurance that the Lord sent us there, and we will never regret our move no matter what the outward situation may be.

Practice and Application

Everyone must pray until he is clear about the Lord’s leading; everyone must be brought into the presence of the Lord to contact Him.

Concerning any move we make in the Lord’s recovery, we must go directly to the Lord Himself and pray; we must have the assurance that the Lord is sending us; none of us should give instructions to others or make decisions for others.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

Key Verses (1)

These all continued steadfastly with one accord in prayer…—Acts 1:14.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…—2:4.

And as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for Me now Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. They then, having been sent out by the Holy Spirit…—13:2-4.

I. According to the Leading, Working, and Speaking of the Spirit

II. Not in a movement but in the living move of the Holy Spirit

• The best thing done for God becomes a religion if it has nothing to do with the Spirit.

• At the beginning of Acts, the one hundred twenty did not form anything, start anything, initiate anything, or intend to do anything; rather, they prayed again and again for ten days; their prayer was absolutely in the Spirit.

• Then, to their surprise, the Spirit was poured out upon them, and they became a people wholly in the Spirit; from that time onward, whatever they did, whatever they said, and wherever they went were utterly matters in the Spirit.

• We must be impressed that in the Spirit there is no such thing as a movement; the Spirit must take the lead, do the work, do the speaking, even do our living.

• In Acts 13 the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me now Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them”.

Key Verses (2)

And He said to them, the harvest is great, but the workers few; therefore, beseech the Lord of the harvest that He would thrust out workers into His harvest. Go; behold, I send you…—Luke 10:2-3.

And they passed through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come to mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, yet the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. And bypassing mysia, they came down to Troas—Acts 16:6-8.

III. We must honor the Lord as the Head of the Body for His unique move

• We must learn from the book of Acts and from the experience of the apostles and elders in Acts 15 never to make decisions on our own; furthermore, we should not make suggestions to others or give instructions to them; none of us is qualified to do this.

• We are not the Lord or the Master, and we are not the Lord of the harvest; only the Lord Jesus is the Lord of the harvest; He is the Master and the Head of the Body, and we must honor Him by not making decisions in ourselves.

• Everyone must pray until he is clear about the Lord’s leading; we are not in any kind of movement; everything must be brought into the presence of the Lord.

Key Verses (3)

Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth—Matt. 6:10.

And the seventh angel trumpeted; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever—Rev. 11:15.

IV. We need to be balanced by the Body

V. we must care for two elements—the Spirit and the Body

The Spirit and the Body keep us in balance; we need to check whether or not the leading we have from the Lord corresponds to the feeling of the Body.

• If we pray and fellowship, we honor the Lord as the Head of the Body, and we will also have the assurance that it is the Lord who is leading us.

• We must be certain that what we are doing is in the Spirit and that it takes care of the unique oneness of the Body of Christ.

To be in the Spirit and in the unique oneness of the Body is to be kept in the Lord’s recovery.

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