Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life
The Factor of Cooperating with the Lord to Bring In a New Revival That Will End This Age
OPENING WORD OF THE PROPHESYING MEETING
Reading the verses in each day.
Reading the main points in the outlines.
Pray-reading the verses:
Hab. 3:2 …O Jehovah, revive Your work in the midst of the years…
1 Pet. 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered on your behalf, leaving you a model so that you may follow in His steps.
1 Cor. 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
Word of Appetizer
How can we cooperate with the Lord today to bring into a new revival and the Lord back by living a life according to God’s revelation?
God needs a corporate people to be raised up by His grace through the high peak of the divine revelation to live a life according to this revelation; a revival is the practice, the practicality, of the vision we have seen.
If we practice living the life of a God-man, which is the reality of the Body of Christ, spontaneously a corporate model will be built up, a model living in the economy of God; this model will be the greatest revival in the history of the church to bring the Lord back.
We should all declare that we want to live the life of a God-man. Eventually, the God-men will be the victors, the overcomers, the Zion within Jerusalem. This will bring in a new revival which has never been seen in history, and this will end this age.
I hope that there will be a genuine revival among us by our receiving this burden of shepherding. If all the churches receive this teaching to participate in Christ’s wonderful shepherding, there will be a big revival in the recovery.
Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting
The Revelation of the Truth
Among God’s elect there has always been an aspiration to be revived.
We can enter into a new revival by arriving at the highest peak of the divine revelation given to us by God—the revelation of the eternal economy of God; this is the great answer to the great question concerning God’s purpose in His creation of man and in His dealing with His chosen people.
The central revelation of God and of the Lord’s recovery is God becoming the flesh, the flesh becoming the life-giving Spirit, and the life-giving Spirit becoming the sevenfold intensified Spirit to build up the church that becomes the Body of Christ and that consummates the New Jerusalem.
The Experience of Life
Our life should be a copy, a reproduction, of the model of the life of Christ, the first God-man. The followers of Christ were discipled through Christ’s human living on the earth, as the model of a God-man—living God by denying Himself in humanity; the only way to live the life of a God-man according to the Lord’s model is to set our entire being on the mingled spirit, walking, living, and having our being according to the mingled spirit.
Practice and Application
We can enter into a new revival by participating in Christ’s heavenly ministry to feed His lambs and shepherd His sheep in order to take care of God’s flock, which is the church that issues in the Body of Christ; this is to incorporate the apostolic ministry with Christ’s heavenly ministry.
We need to shepherd people according to the pattern of the apostle Paul, who shepherded the saints as a nursing mother and an exhorting father in order to take care of God’s flock.
PROPHESYING TOPICS—TWELVE TOPICS PER WEEK
T1: The matter of revival is the “kernel” of the books of the Minor Prophets (Hab. 3:2; Hosea 6:2)
(Please illustrate that among God’s elect there has always been an aspiration to be revived.)
T2: The revelation of the eternal economy of God (Gen. 1:26; Rev. 21:2)
(Please illustrate what is the main contents of the New Testament.)
T1: Having a clear view of the central revelation of God (John 1:14; 1 Cor. 15:45b; Rev. 21:2)
(What is the central revelation of God?)
T2: Seeing this revelation and then rise up to pray that God would give us a new revival (Rom. 8:29)
(Please illustrate how we should have a complete understanding of what the Lord’s recovery is)
T1: A revival is the practice, the practicality, of the vision we have seen (1 Pet. 2:21)
(Please illustrate that for such a revelation, which is so high, deep, and profound, the Lord needs a model.)
T2: The Lord disciples His follower (John 5:19; Gal. 2:20; Rom. 1:4)
(Please illustrate how followers of the Lord are discipled.)
T1: Before the Lord carried out His ministry, the first thing He did was to be baptized (Matt. 3:15-16)
(Please illustrate the intrinsic meaning of baptism.)
T2: The Lord told the disciples that they needed to learn from Him, indicating that He was their pattern (Matt. 11:29)
(Please illustrate how the Lord used the miracle of five loaves and two fish to teach his disciples to learn from him.)
T1: Christ as the Son of Man cherishing us and as the Son of God nourishing us (John 10:10-11)
(Please illustrate that the content of God’s entire New Testament economy is Christ as the Son of Man cherishing us and as the Son of God nourishing us.)
T2: The preaching of the gospel is the top shepherding of sinners (Luke 19:1-10; John 4:4, 7)
(Please illustrate that to spend three years to gain one person is worthwhile.)
T1: Paul visits every home of the saints, exhorting them and admonishing them with tears (1 Cor. 9:22; Acts 20:19-20)
(Please illustrate that the pattern of Paul as a good shepherd, taking care of God’s flock.)
T2: Love is the most excellent way (1 Cor. 12:31b)
(Please illustrate that we should be one with the Lord to raise up, to heal, to recover, and to teach others in love.)