2017 ITEROF Message Five


The Recovery Of The Church

Message Five
The Recovery of the Church Life

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.—Matt. 16:18.

I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.—Gal. 2:20.

Word of Appetizer

What is the Christian life? What is the church life?

The Christian life is not a religious life; it is a life that is Christ Himself lived out through us. We must take Christ as life and live by Him day by day.

The church life is not something organized or something regulated by teaching. The church life is Christ lived out through us in a corporate way. You live Christ and I live Christ, and this very Christ unites us together in oneness. Then together we have the corporate life of Christ expressed.

Spiritual Burden

Before the Lord Jesus comes back, He will fully recover the proper church life;Nothing touches the Lord’s heart as much as the recovery of the church life;In this present age, before His coming back, the Lord must have the church life to shame His enemy.

The church life is Christ lived out through us in a corporate way;For centuries the Lord has been longing for such a church life;We pray that before long this kind of church life will be fully practiced among us in the Lord’s recovery.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Before the Lord Jesus comes back, He will fully recover the proper church life.

The church life is Christ lived out through us in a corporate way.

The genuine experience of Christ always issues in and requires the church life.

The church life is a life of being headed up under the unique headship of Christ.

Fellowship is the reality of the church life.

The church life is the continuation of the divine glorification—the continuation of Christ being glorified by the Father with the divine glory.

The church life is the corporate expression of Christ.

The Experience of Life

God dispenses Himself into us as everything for the purpose of gaining His corporate expression, which is the church.

When we take Christ as our life, our person, and our everything, this Christ within us will require the proper church life; in fact, the Christ in us will become the church life.

Practice and Application

We need to learn to be inward Christians who are being transformed for the practice of the church life;The way to practice the church life is to put ourselves and everything on the cross and take Christ as life; then we will be permeated and saturated by Christ and with Christ.

In the church life we are taking the lead to be headed up in Christ; for this we need to grow up into the Head, Christ, in all things.

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

Key Verses (1)

I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.- Gal.2:20

Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him; -Eph.1:10

The church life(一)

II. The church life is Christ lived out through us in a corporate way:

• The church life is a life in which we take Christ as our life and our person.

•When we live Christ, He joins us together in oneness, and Christ will be lived out through us in a corporate way.

•The way to practice the church life is to put ourselves and everything on the cross and take Christ as life.

IV. The church life is a life of being headed up under the unique headship of Christ

• God is heading up His chosen ones to be the Body of Christ, with Christ as the Head.

•In the proper church life we are being headed up in Christ.

Key Verses (2)

To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen. -Eph.3:21

In this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so you will become My disciples. -John15:8

And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind. -Eph.4:23

The church life(2)

VI. The church life is the continuation of the divine glorification

•Glory is the expression of the divine life and the divine nature;The divine glorification began with the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and it is continuing today.

•The church has been produced in this glorification, and it continues togrow in the divine glorification;Whatever the church does in the matter of fruit-bearing is a continuation of the divine glorification.

VII. The church life is the corporate expression of Christ

•The key to the church life as the expression of Christ is the spirit of the mind.

•In our virtues of lowliness, meekness, long-suffering, and love, there should be the expression of Christ as the embodiment of the Triune God.

•The church life must be filled with the aroma and flavor of Christ and with the character of God; such a living is the living of the Triune God through our humanity.

Key Verses (2)

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.- Matt.16:18

God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. -1 Cor.1:9

fully recover the proper church life、
The genuine experience of Christ、
the reality of the church life

I. Before the Lord Jesus comes back, He will fully recover the proper church life

•Nothing touches the Lord’s heart as much as the recovery of the church life;In this present age, before His coming back, the Lord must have the church life to shame His enemy.

III. The genuine experience of Christ always issues in and requires the church life:

•When we experience Christ in a genuine and living way, He will require us to get into the church life because the dispensing of Christ into us is for the producing of the church.

V. Fellowship is the reality of the church life

•This fellowship involves not only the oneness between us and the Triune God but also the oneness among all the believers;This fellowship, this mutual flowing, is the reality of the church life.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1The Recovery of the Church Life (Matt. 16:18; 18:17 😉

(Please illustrate that nothing touches the Lord’s heart as much as the recovery of the church life.)

T2Before the Lord Jesus comes back, He will fully recover the proper church life.( Matt. 16:18;; Rev. 1:11)

(Please illustrate that it is contrary to the Scriptures to say that the church life will be in the coming age.)

D2

T1The church life is Christ lived out through us in a corporate way (Gal. 2:20)

(Please illustrate that the church life is a life in which we take Christ as our life and our person.)

T2practice the church life (Rom6:6, Gal. 2:20, Col. 3:4)

(What is the way to practice the church life?)

D3

T1The church life is a transformed life.( Rom. 12:2.)

(Please illustrate that we need to learn to be inward Christians who are being transformed for the practice of the church life.)

T2The genuine experience of Christ always issues in and requires the church life. (1 Cor. 1:2, 9, 30 😉

(Please illustrate that the more we experience Christ, the more something within requires that we live in the proper church life.)

D4

T1The church life is a life of being headed up under the unique headship of Christ.( Eph. 1:10)

(Please illustrate that in the church life we are taking the lead to be headed up in Christ)

T2Fellowship is the reality of the church life (John 17:21-23; Eph. 4:3.)

(Please illustrate that this fellowship involves not only the oneness between us and the Triune God but also the oneness among all the believers)

D5

T1We are all in the one fellowship (1 Cor. 1:9; 1 John1:3)

(According to the Bible, Explain the meaning of “fellowship “.)

T2The church life is the continuation of the divine glorification. (John 12:23-24 😉

(Please illustrate that Glory is the expression of the divine life and the divine nature.)

D6

T1The church life is actually the Multiplication of Christ.(John15:8)

(Please illustrate that whatever the church does in the matter of fruit-bearing is a continuation of the divine glorification)

T2The church life is the corporate expression of Christ. (Eph. 3:16-21; 4:23)

(Please illustrate that the key to the church life as the expression of Christ is the spirit of the mind)

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