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 22 and 23. 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 Message 22 covers becoming vital through prayer, preparing our gospel candidates, and redeeming our time to learn the truth. There is no other way to be vital except by prayer. We have to pray and get into a prayer life. In order to go out to effectively labor in the gospel, we must be vital. Before going out, we must have some preparation. We need to consider all of our acquaintances, and we need the proper discernment in our consideration of whom we should labor on. Of course, we have to do this by prayer. We need to decide how we should visit a certain person and who would be the right one or ones to go. When we go to visit, we need to present the truth to people in a way that they can receive it. We need to learn the truth and learn the proper way to present the truth to gain people.
In Message 23 we are brought to the purpose of the vital groups—fruit-bearing. We need to consider the Lord’s word in Matthew, Mark, and Luke regarding preaching the gospel and gaining the increase. In the gospel of John we see the vision of fruit-bearing. The real fruit-bearing in the Christian life is just like the vine. It is yearly and according to season. We need to have a living of abiding in the vine. The waiting period is not a waste of time because the vine is in the stage of producing even in the winter, and eventually in its season the fruit appears. This message also stresses that we need to be vital persons, overcomers, praying persons having the real burden for prayer, to rescue the church from its degradation.
Week 25: October 21st through October 27th
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