This week we will continue with The Training and the Practice 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 The Training and the Practice of the Vital Groups, Chapters 1 and 2. This book is available for purchase from Living Stream Ministry. You can also read it online at ministrybooks.org. (Please note: Because the Introductory Word is counted as a chapter on ministrybooks.org, Chapters 1 and 2 are listed as chapters 2 and 3 there.)
The Training and the Practice of the Vital Groups Message One shows us how to be vitalized. The cause to be vitalized is the compassions of God, the degradation of the church, and the calling of the Lord in the age of the overcomers. The purpose of being vitalized is to respond to the Lord’s calling, for the Lord’s recovery in this age, and for the building up of the Body of Christ through the proper practice of the local churches. The way to be vitalized is to be stirred up in the first love for the Lord through repenting prayers, to make a thorough confession to the Lord, to have a close, intimate, and thorough fellowship with the Lord and the seeking saints, and to reconsecrate yourself to the Lord to be the overcomers in the church life. In Message Two we see that three particular enemies which we have today are deadness, lukewarmness, and barrenness. This is why we feel desperate that we need to look to the Lord for Him to vitalize us. We need to be made living, burning, and fruitful.
Quote from p. 28, “There are two ways before us today. We can either choose to be vitalized or choose not to be vitalized…. In Judges 5:15 Deborah said, “Among the divisions of Reuben / There were great resolutions in heart.” We have to make a resolution to be the overcomers, the vitalized ones.”
Quote from p. 35, “We must seek to be vitalized in desperation, considering this to be a matter of life or death. The practice of the vital groups will not work if we take it lightly…. We must carry out the practice of the vital groups in desperation.”
Week 10: May 20th to May 26th
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