We are continuing with Fellowship Concerning the Urgent Need of the Vital Groups for the God-ordained way reading schedule for the churches in Anaheim, Cypress, and Orange. Detailed information including the full reading schedule is available at churchinanaheim.org/gowreading/.
This week we will be reading Fellowship Concerning the Urgent Need of the Vital Groups, Messages 10 and 11. This book is available for purchase from Living Stream Ministry. You can also read it online at ministrybooks.org.
Fellowship Concerning the Urgent Need of the Vital Groups Messages 10 and 11 are on the building up of the vital groups. There are two crucial matters in the New Testament that we all need to pay attention to: the oneness and the one accord. The genuine oneness is simply the mingling of the Triune God with His believers, and this oneness is just the Body of Christ. The one accord is to have a harmony of inward feeling among the believers (Gk. sumphoneo) and to have the same mind, will, purpose (Gk. homothumadon). The oneness is like a nut, and the one accord is like the kernel of that nut. If we examine our situation, we have to admit we are not adequate in the matter of the one accord so it is hard for the Lord to move freely among us. The sickness among us is that we do not have the one accord adequately. The grouping of the saints together in the vital groups is to recover us, to heal us.
In the vital groups we need to have an intimate and thorough fellowship in Christ as the element and sphere, by exercising our spirit with much and thorough prayer, concerning our status, spiritual condition, and present situation in and with the Lord. We also need to be blended by much and thorough prayer, as fine flour of the wheat, with all the members of our group, with the Spirit as the oil, through the death of Christ as the salt, and in the resurrection of Christ as the frankincense, into a dough for the Lord. We also need to keep the oneness of the spirit, the oneness of the Body, in the one accord according to the Lord’s desire with much and thorough prayer. We also need to make, with much and thorough prayer, a corporate Nazarite’s consecration for the Lord. We also need to pray much and thoroughly for the four steps of the God-ordained way. We need much and thorough prayer for our blending and for our dynamic activities.
Quote from p. 64:
To be a man, I must be a Christian; to be a Christian, I must be in His church, in His recovery; and to be in His recovery, I must be an overcomer.
Week 20: August 26th through September 1st
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