Recovery Version Bible: Why I Love it and How I came to Know It

Recovery Version New Testament  is available FOR FREE! [in the picture: the Holy Bible, Recovery Version]There are many versions of the Bible Recovery Version Bible is one of the latest one – and if you’re a seeking believer, you will do a lot of research and study of the word of God. I was born in Romania, and as I grew up my parents instilled in me a love for the Bible. They even tell me that when I was five-six years old they would find me in the morning at 6-7 am reading my small printed Bible, which I treasured.

I loved the stories in the Bible, the history, the psalms, the law of God, and most of all, the New Testament. I mean, in what other book can you find a definition and explanation of such an amazing God? Even when man sinned and went far away from God, He still loved man and did everything to gain man back to Him. It’s amazing how Abraham was called by God and how God chose Israel to be His people, and how throughout the centuries there has been a lot of problems in their relationship – yet God still loved them!

And then, in the New Testament, you see so much more: God chose some who were not Jews to be His people, the church! Wow! In the Gospels we see that God became a man, lived a perfect human life on earth, died an all-inclusive death on the cross, resurrected, and then ascended to the heavens. Then, He came as the life-giving Spirit and He regenerates many believers for His Body, His expression on the earth. Now God has a spiritual people, the church, which are His chosen ones…Wow, I just love the Bible!

The Many Translations of the Bible

Coming back to the text of the Bible and my experience. As I grew up I read many versions of the Bible (in Romanian we had 3 or 4), and I loved to see what's the difference [in the picture: Biblia, traducerea Cornilescu]Coming back to the text of the Bible and my experience. As I grew up I read many versions of the Bible (in Romanian we had 3 or 4), and I loved to see what’s the difference. The newer a translation was, the more you got out of the text. Then, after I learned English and got in touch with people in the English-speaking world, I got to have a few versions of the Bible.

I got a King James version, a New King James version, a New International Version, a Darby Version, etc. And then I got a Palm and later a Pocket PC, and with e-sword I managed to get as many as 30-40 versions of the Bible, including the Greek New Testament, an interlinear (Greek-English, printed copy), the Vulgata, French versions, etc.

The meanings of the words in Greek are so much richer than English or even Romanian can express, so I had a friend who would sometimes explain the meaning of a word like “spirit” (pneuma in Gk), and I just loved the Lord and the word much more! I really appreciate all the versions of the Bible, and I wouldn’t insist on a certain version being better than another one.

Until I got my hands on a very precious Recovery Version of the New Testament, sometimes in the early 2000’s. Wow, when I started reading the text, first of all I understood it – it’s plain, simple, in good English! Then there are footnotes, and sometimes the footnotes are even longer than the verses – they really go deeper into the meaning of the Word of God in the light of God’s plan, His economy. I have never loved the Word of God so much as from the time I got a Holy Bible Recovery Version!

Recovery Version Bible: Why I love it

Recovery Version Bible: Why I love it [in the picture: the New Testament, Recovery Version]I love the Lord, and I love His Word. Yet many times, no matter how much I love the Lord and even “how smart I am”, I just can’t get certain meanings or connections between verses and chapters in the Bible. I need help. I need someone to kind of point the way and give me a deeper meaning. I read books by C.H. Mackintosh, J. N. Darby, Charles Spurgeon, Hudson Taylor, Andrew Murray, and many other spiritual writers, including Watchman Nee, Oswald Chambers, Madame Guyon, Witness Lee, etc.

The riches the Lord brought to light through all these dear saints throughout the ages are simply amazing! Some are easy to read, others are hard to understand, while even others need you to have a dictionary with you all the time. However, when I started reading the footnotes in the Recovery Version, I simply understood the meaning of the text (first of all) and then I was brought into a deeper appreciation of the Bible and a sweeter love for the Lord!

Here are some things that I really love about the Recovery Version:

The Outline of the Recovery Version – Each book of the Bible has a subject, which encapsulates the meaning and essence of the book, and there’s an outline which gives you a sense of what the book, the chapters, and the verses talk about. Many times I thought that the miracles performed by the Lord are “randomly arranged” in the different Gospels – but just read the outline, you will see the big picture!

Recovery Version Footnotes – they are SO RICH! So deep. So sweet. So enlightening. I have no words to describe some of these notes. They not only give you the literal translation of some words (sometimes), the meaning of the verse, or the context of that verse – they bring you into a deeper appreciation of God, His economy, and His Word. Many times I read a verse and then the footnote and I just said, AMEN! I love You, Lord! (I’ll give some examples later; see some here)

The Cross-References – it is good to have cross references to similar passages in the Bible, and it is even better to have references to verses that express the same burden, principle, or meaning.

The Readability of the Recovery Version – It is so easy to read the text, so clear to understand, and so good to get a richer meaning of the Bible! The up-to-date expressions, language, and writing, including the elevated language of the footnotes gives you the impression that you read a commentary on the Bible and yet you understand it perfectly and you have an Amen! in your being.

The riches brought out by the Recovery Version – I personally recommend the following footnotes for your prayerful reading: Acts 2:21 (the note on calling on the name of the Lord), 2 Cor. 13:14 (footnote on the Triune God), John 3:16 (footnote on, believing INTO Him), 1 Cor. 15:45 (note on, life-giving Spirit), Matt. 1:1 (and note on Jesus, the first and last name of the Bible), John 1:14 (the note on God – the Word – becoming flesh), Matt. 26:8 (note on why this Waste?), 2 Cor. 3:18 (footnote 11, on the Lord Spirit), etc.

The thorough analysis and deeper study of certain terms – do you know how many kinds of Greek words are there for LIFE? (hint: zoe, psuche, and bios – divine, psychological, and biological) How many kinds of love are there in John 21? (more than 1!) What is the real meaning and how many places in the Bible the word TRUTH is used? There are so many word studies in the Recovery Version, that you will “feel like a scholar” while at the same time love the Lord more! It’s quite cool when you not only understand the Word but are also brought into an appreciation of God and His plan…

The charts – there are some very good charts like the one explaining the genealogy of the Lord’s ancestors, the chart of the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the Heavens, etc. They require many verses and much study to fully comprehend…

The spirit of the translator and of the ones who wrote the footnotes in the Recovery Version. It is not only the development of a language, the new meanings of certain words, or the more accurate translation possible that should be the base of a new version of the Bible. It is the increase of the Lord’s light, the advance of the divine revelation, and the accumulation of the divine truth released to God’s people, including the pure spirit of the translators and compilers that make the Recovery Version a great translation with excellent footnotes!

Brother Witness Lee had inherited so much from brother Watchman Nee, and he released many messages and compiled many footnotes for the Bible Recovery Version – and today we can benefit from all his labor in the Lord!

The Recovery Version is now available FOR FREE!

Recovery Version Bible: Why I Love it and How I came to Know It [in the picture: the Holy Bible Recovery Version]For most Bibles you need to pay, and when I got all my Bibles I had to pay for them – yes, even though I was in Romania, I still had to pay for my Romanian and for most of my English Bibles. And I had to pay for my first Recovery Version of the New Testament – in those days it was available only for sale. But recently the Lord has put on the heart of many believers in Christ to make this “gold bar”, this solid New Testament Recovery Version with rich footnotes, available for FREE for all those who speak English!

So if you’re in England, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USA, or other English-speaking country, you can get a free New Testament Recovery Version. You can just order it online! On the one hand all the good things in life are free, on the other hand all the precious things in life cost a lot. Getting a Recovery Version Bible will not “bring you closer to God” if you don’t pay the price to read through it and prayerfully consider both the text and the footnotes.

It is only God who gives the growth, but we can cooperate with Him by opening to Him, turning our heart to Him, and reading His Word in a prayerful way. I personally warmly recommend the Recovery Version of the Bible – which you can also read online via online.recoveryversion.org!

Pictures credit: via holdingtotruth, Romanian, and online.recoveryversion.org. Read a similar sharing via holdingtotruth.com – Why the Recovery Version Is My Go-To Study Bible.

PS. The above article is just an appreciation from my heart to the Lord for this particular version of the Bible. It is NOT to promote anything or anyone, but to simply state what I enjoy reading and studying. If you would like to express YOUR appreciation for this particular version of the Bible, please leave a comment, or if you have any questions, also write in the comments below. May ALL things be done unto the building up!

 

I’m Looking Forward to the Christian Students Conference in Wales!

I'm Looking Forward to the Christian Students Conference in Wales! [in the picture: some of the Christian students at the conference in Wales in 2011]This coming weekend there’s the 2013 Spring College Age Students Conference in Wales, and I am very much looking forward to it!

As you have guessed, I am NOT a student anymore – that is, I don’t attend an university these days. This doesn’t mean I’m not a student-at-heart, studying especially the Bible, lots of spiritual books, the footnotes in the Recovery Version, and also many things related to my job.

But at the same time, I am happy to meet with some of the Christian Students in London, especially around the areas of Greenwich, Central London, Kingston, East London, North London, and Uxbridge. Since I’m not a student anymore, you may ask me,

Why are You Going to a Students Conference?

That’s a fair question. I am close to a decade older to most of the students who will be there, and I finished school a while ago… so why am I still going to a Christian Students conference?

Well, first of all, age doesn’t matter when it comes to being a Christian – you can be older than others physically and yet much younger in spirit, fresh with the Lord, and daily being renewed. Believe me, there’s a brother in our students group meeting who is over 80 years old, but he is definitely much younger in spirit and more fresh than us all, loving the Lord so much!

Second of all, I think I see something concerning what God is doing today especially in Europe, something related to the young generation. There’s something particular in His heart for the generation of students today, the young ones who are either lured into all kinds of destructive things by the enemy through the world, or they are useful vessels in God’s hands as human beings filled with God to express Him.

God Wants to Gain Many Christian Students!

I now live in England, UK, the country that for centuries has sent thousands of missionaries and believers everywhere in the world to bring the gospel to the remotest parts of the earth. What was so special about these ones was that they loved the Lord, they didn’t care for themselves but for God’s interest, and they gave themselves to God from their youth!

In this country today God desires to gain many thousands like them, many who care for God’s interest and who love Him to the uttermost. When we see that God’s heart is beating for the students today, that they may fall in love with Him and be crazy lovers of Jesus on all the campuses in England… what can you do?

I can’t resist Him but I just want to cooperate with Him to gain such ones. God desires to gain many real Christian students in all the campuses in England and everywhere in Europe. I believe that these ones have the chance to rise up today and be absolute for Him to bring Him back.

Pray for This Coming Weekend!

A Christian Students conference doesn't mean a camp for students to go for a weekend, where they listen to good sermons and have some fun activities, they are well-fed and there's lots of cool games. [in the picture: some of the Christian students at the college age conference in Wales 2011]A Christian Students conference doesn’t mean a camp for students to go for a weekend, where they listen to good sermons and have some fun activities, they are well-fed and there’s lots of cool games.

No, sir! Times are changing. Students are picking up the burden to pray for this time. They rise up to learn to coordinate. Christian students testify in the meetings concerning their experience of Christ. They take the lead to enjoy the Lord, call on His name, pray in groups, have Bible studies together, sing during the break, fellowship with one another, and so many organic life-practices in the Lord.

Pray for this. Pray for many students, especially for many young ones, to learn to function in their measure, to learn to speak Christ in the meeting and with their friends, and to learn to convert the friendship into companionship.

Pray for the speaking brothers, for the students who serve with all the practical things and with singing and sharing, and for all the things related to this time.

Wales, Here We Come!

By train, by plane, by van, and by bus, a little over 200 Christian students and believers will get together this coming weekend in Wales to enjoy Christ especially in His third stage, the stage of intensification. Due to the degradation of the church today Christ has been intensified to become the sevenfold intensified life-giving Spirit – so that He may produce the overcomers in the churches!

Wow, what a privilege to go to Wales, somewhere close to Newtown Powys, among the hills and the sheep and the cold winds, and hear something regarding God’s desire to gain overcomers! God is intensifying His organic salvation today to overcome the age, the degradation, the devil, and everything, so that the many young God-men students would be produced as the many overcomers in all the campuses in England, France, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Greece, and all other countries in Europe!

What a privilege we have to PRAY for this time, to join ourselves to God in His desire and say,

DO IT, Lord! Obtain the overcomers from among the young generation today! Gain many God-men on all the campuses in Europe! Gain those absolute for You! Intensify Your organic salvation in all the Christian Students that they may be produced as the overcomers today! Make these ones those who bring You back!

I Love the Lord’s Table Meeting in Oneness in the Body!

Yesterday it was Sunday, that is, the Lord’s Day – it’s NOT the day of the Sun, but the Lord’s day! Every Lord’s day – the first day of the week – we gather together, according to the pattern of the early believers, to remember the Lord at the Lord’s Table Meeting, the Lord’s supper.

I don’t know what is your experience of this, but I can testify with all my heart that, no matter where I am in the world, I am so happy to meet with the saints in one accord and remember the Lord in oneness in the Body of Christ!

Whether in London (UK), Montreal (Canada), New York (USA), Taipei (Taiwan), Bucharest (Romania), Warsaw (Poland), Charlotte (NC, USA), Malaga (Spain), Porto (Portugal), Athens (Greece), Bratislava (Slovakia), Coventry (UK), or any other locality, we can meet on the ground of oneness and enjoy the Lord at the Lord’s table meeting with all the saints!

God Chose a Specific Place For His People to Worship Him

In the Old Testament God chose a specific city and a specific place where His people would worship Him – Jerusalem. In the New Testament also God chose a specific place where He would be worshiped – in the spirit (John 4:24), in oneness with the Body of Christ. Many Christians today gather “under many trees”, “in the place of their choice”, and in a certain other name than the Lord’s…

I am glad to be brought back, little by little, to the original intention of God – one city, one church (in oneness with all the Body of Christ). God doesn’t allow people the ground to choose the place where they meet – it’s in the local church, in the spirit!

Otherwise, just as we see in Nehemiah and Ezra, most of the Jews remained in Babylon and in the other countries, they never returned to Jerusalem – yet they are still God’s people, still meet in synagogues, still read the Torah… Today there are many more genuine Jews outside the country of Israel, but some paid the price to go and move and live in the land of Immanuel… The Jews in Israel may be much poorer than the Jews in New York, nevertheless if God wants to do something among His earthly people, the ones in Israel are on the proper ground.

As long as we are in the place God desires us to be in today to worship Him, we will have His presence, His blessing, and His up-to-date speaking.

Size Doesn’t Matter – the Oneness Does!

I Love the Lord's Table Meeting in Oneness in the Body! In the picture: Lord's Table Meeting, a larger gatheringThe size of the Lord’s Table meeting doesn’t matter – as long as we gather together on the genuine ground of the oneness in the Body of Christ. I have been in meetings of a few hundred saints, and I have been in gatherings of 20 or so believers, and in both settings there was the sweet oneness, the genuine one accord, and the Lord’s presence was with us!

What matters is to be in oneness with all the believers as the members of Christ’s Body in the locality we meet, and in oneness with all the Body of Christ by being in a regular fellowship with other local churches!

This past Lord’s Day, though we were only a few of us, we were enjoying the Lord as our Host presiding at the Table, giving us to eat and to drink (see: How Glorious is Your Table, Lord! Hymns #1112). How wonderful to be one with all the saints, in the Body of Christ, and enjoy Christ as the bread of life and as the cup of salvation!

How delightful to drink of Him as the One who was pierced for us and to eat of His Body broken for us! How satisfying to worship the Father by praising Him and offering Christ to Him through our praises and prayers! Oh, the feeling of the Father being happy in us!

Eating and Drinking Until the Lord Returns!

I Love the Lord's Table Meeting in Oneness in the Body! In the picture: Lord's Table Meeting, a smaller gatheringOur Christian life on earth is a life of eating the Lord and drinking Him until He returns – and then, He will drink and eat with us anew in His kingdom (Matt. 26:29)! To eat the Lord is to overcome, and as overcomers we will be rewarded with more eating of the tree of life (Rev. 2:7; 22:14). We are destined to just eat of the Lord as the tree of life and drink of Him as the river of water of life for eternity (see the New Jerusalem, Rev. 22:1-4).

This is what the church life is today – eating, drinking, and breathing Jesus, on the genuine ground of oneness – in the mingled spirit and in the Body of Christ! And when we meet with other believers, we continue to eat the Lord and drink Him in spirit, mutually edifying one another through speaking, singing, reading, and much fellowship!

This is what we do when we get together every first day of the week – we eat the Lord, we drink Him, and we testify to the whole universe that by eating and drinking Him in oneness we express Him in the universe as His unique Body! We stand as one in each locality for all to see  (see hymn, There is one Body in this universe, Hymns #1107)!

I love the church life. I love the local churches, the procedure for God to obtain His overcomers and build up His Body on earth today! I love the Lord’s table meeting, where we enjoy the Lord, remember Him in love, eat and drink of Him, praise Him, worship Him, and express our love to the Father for His Wonderful Son!

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Why Do We Serve with the Young People? What’s Our Vision?

Why Do We Serve with the Young People? What's Our Vision?This past Lord’s Day it was my turn to serve with the young people, and the lesson we were getting into was inspired from 1 Samuel chapter 1, something related to God’s calling and preparation of Samuel to be an age-turning young man.

As I was preparing I was really praying to the Lord concerning my vision and my burden when serving the young people:

Why do we serve with the young ones? Why do we need to have some special lessons just for them, from time to time? Why do we need to take care of the next generation? Is it just to “baby-sit” or preserve them, keep them, and help them to stay away from evil influences? Is it just to help them “understand the Bible” and the things of God?

It’s good to pray to the Lord about this. He needs to impress us with the importance and preciousness of the young people, so that we may see them even as He sees them, and we may treasure them as He does.

Why Do We Serve with the Young People?

There are young people’s camps, young people’s conferences, retreats, weekends out activities, young people’s meetings, etc. Why? Why do we have all these? Why do we need to serve the younger generation? In 1 Samuel 1 Hannah was desperate before the Lord to have a child, and she even vowed before Him – Lord, if You give me a son, I will give Him to You for Your service in the temple!

She identified her need with God’s need: she needed a son, and God needs young ones to be absolute for Him. This is why we serve the young people – God needs some young ones who are absolute for Him, some who are open to Him, clear concerning His desires, and cooperating with Him to end the age!

Samuel was one after God’s heart: he did not sin against God by not praying for Saul (even though he failed God), but rather prayed for him even when he didn’t deserve to be prayed for. God needs young people who are one with Him, those who are absolute for Him so that He may end this age and bring in the age of the kingdom!

The Young People – A Dispensational Instrument

For God to turn the age, He needs some who are fully one with Him, some visionaries, those who don’t care for their needs or situation but care more for God’s need and His heart’s desire. Throughout the Bible we see how God changed the age, ending one age and turning it to a different age for Him to operate in a new way in humanity. The young people are those who can really give themselves to a good cause once they see it – and when God gains them, there’s nothing that God cannot do through them!

I was recently pondering of some examples of how the young people have cooperated with God throughout history to change the age and to be a dispensational instrument in His hand…

  • Moses – was called by God when he was young, but he had to go through a 40-year process of transformation so that he may be qualified to change the age from the age of the slavery to the age of entering into the good land.
  • Joshua – always called “the young man who attended Moses”, he accompanied Moses on the mount to receive the law, and he was chosen by God to lead the people of Israel into the good land. He was a young man, and he was in great need of encouragement – in Joshua 1 we see that 3 times he’s encouraged with, Be strong and take courage, don’t be dismayed! He changed the age to the age of the enjoyment of the good land!
  • Samuel – so one with God in all he was and did, he changed the age from the age of the judges to the age of the kings by anointing David, a man after God’s heart, to be king over Israel.
  • David – called by God, a lover of God, a man after God’s heart, he loved God’s word and His purpose since he was young. He cared more for God not to be insulted by Goliath than for losing his own life. God used him greatly to establish the kingship.
  • Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and the prophets – they were all young men, and they yearned for God’s will to be done on earth and for His people to return to Him. They all identified themselves with God in His desire to recover His people back to Himself, and they were absolute for the Lord!
  • Daniel – a young man from Israel who was taken captive in Babylon, one who prayed for God to remember His promise to return the people of Israel back to their homeland. He was a man of preciousness, one who fought in prayer, and one who saw visions of God concerning the whole history of mankind and God’s economy.
  • John the Baptist – he was a young man when he consecrated himself to the Lord, and God used him to change the age from the prophets to introducing the Lord Jesus, the Messiah! He was radical – he saw that God hates the deadness in the old Jewish religion and he separated himself unto God, and put to death anything natural!
  • The Lord’s disciples – they were a bunch of young men who traveled with the Lord, who were natural and selfish, but who were transformed by the Lord in His apostles, those who changed the age to the age of the church!
  • Paul and Timothy – when they both started, they were young and zealous for the Lord. The Lord really used Paul to bring the gospel all the way through Asia to Europe. He could speak freely through Paul!
  • Our forerunners like John Wycliff (A.D. 1324-1384), John Huss (A.D. 1370-1415), Peter Cheltschizki (A.D. 1390-1452), United Brethren in Bohemia (A.D. 1457-1621), Kasper von Schwenckfeld (A.D. 1489-1561), they all were young men who gave their life for recovering bits and pieces of the truth that they saw in the Bible.
  • Madame Guyon (A.D. 1648-1717) – a young sister, loving the Lord very much, suffered greatly for the Lord, and experienced a strong inner life which issued from her communion with the Lord.
  • John Wesley (A.D. 1703-1791) and Charles Wesley (A.D. 1707-1788) along with George Whitefield, young men burning for the Lord and for the preaching of the gospel to the whole inhabited earth!
  • John Nelson Darby (A.D. 1800-1882) and the British Brethren – started as young men, they were smart British men whom the Lord captured in His word and they dove into the riches of the Bible, expounding on what the Lord revealed to them from His word.
  • Watchman Nee (1903 – 1952) was gained by the Lord when he was really young, and he was used greatly by the Lord to open up the Bible in its deeper truths in a further way for our daily experience. He learned many lessons from the previous generations, and he stood on the shoulders of those who were serious with the Lord in the line of His recovery in the past. He was 23 when he wrote The Spiritual Man, and he served the Lord full time for most of his life. “The Lord’s raising up of Watchman Nee in China was a big blow to the pride of many missionaries there” (source).
  • Witness Lee (1905 – 1997) was also gained by the Lord in his youth, and he consecrated his life and his future to the Lord from a young age. He was greatly used by the Lord in His recovery to open up the Bible book by book through the life-studies (and then the crystallization-studies). He worked together with Watchman Nee in the same flow of the Lord in China, and then was sent to Taiwan in 1950, where the Lord brought in a great revival through him. In 1962 the Lord lead Witness Lee to the USA, where he visited many believers, held many conferences, and established Living Stream Ministry. He was faithful to continue the ministry of Watchman Nee as part of the continuation of the unique ministry in the Bible, the one divine stream.

What About our Young People Today?

The Lord needs to raise up another generation of young people, some who may not be as big, as influential, and as capable as the ones above, but some who are “small potatoes” who love the Lord with all their heart. The Lord wants to raise up an army of young people who are absolute for Him, those who say AMEN! to His will today.

These ones are predestined and called by God to have the highest life on earth and they live for the highest purpose today, to bring the Lord back! They can be the generation who will bring the Lord back!

We can be those who consecrate ourselves to the Lord to be one with Him and speak something to them to prepare them, inspire them, constitute them, and make them these ones who bring the Lord back! We may feel that we are not qualified, that we have failed too much… but for their sake we consecrate ourselves to the Lord that He may produce them as the dispensational instrument who “know their God and take action”!

Not Another Wasted Generation…

Young People in England - not another wasted generation!If Satan manages to distract and ruin the young people – as it seems he is prevailingly doing all around the world – he will cause this generation of young people to be wasted. Where are the young people today? In England they either study really really hard, or they are on their computers and gadgets, or they do all kinds of stupid things with an evil attitude… The ones in the country side want to move to the big cities, and the ones in the big cities are caught up in all kinds of vices, gangs, terrible things, or just cultural activities.

But who cares for what’s on God’s heart? Where are the young people who burn for the Lord and are absolute for Him? The young people today don’t care for anything except entertainment, lusts, and worldly things…. Lord Jesus, may this NOT be yet another wasted generation!

The Preciousness of the Second Generation

We need to see the preciousness of the second generation and their value in God’s hand. At the end of this age, God wants to make a dispensational move, an age-turning move. For Him to do this, He MUST obtain a dispensational instrument, a generation of young people who are His overcomers in this age!

What a privilege it is to give ourselves to the Lord to be a part of those who prepare an age-turning dispensational instrument! We don’t just want to “keep and preserve” the young people, but we want to cooperate with the Lord to produce a generation BETTER than us, those who are truly His overcomers, those who bring Him back!

We need to have our view uplifted and strengthened, so that we may see what’s really going on and be those who are one with the Lord in this! These ones are so precious and instrumental in His hands!

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I Love the Small Group Bible Studies in the Homes: Short and Sweet!

I Love the Small Group Bible Studies in the Homes: Short and Sweet! [an example of a home meeting with students and believers]Believe it or not, even though all the polls and reports and news say that England is becoming more atheistic or Muslim (rather than becoming more Christian), there are thousands of hungry-for-truth-seeking-ones in this country, and especially in London.

During the Olympic Games in London there was a massive Bible Distribution and there have been more than 70.000 New Testaments given out, with a response of approx. 60% people desiring to be further contacted for Bible studies. Wow, how about that!

What a privilege to live in this day, age, and country at this particular moment in time. All we have to do is be open to the Lord, and He will not only daily supply us but bring men like a flock, those who are hungry for the deeper truths in God’s word!

Small Group Bible Studies

These days we have been having a lot of fellowship, prayer, and eventually some visitation of the ones who request a Bible study in their home. I realize that in myself I am not qualified, but the Lord has “loaded us with His spiritual heavenly cargo” – God’s economy – and He has brought people to us; what can we do but go and visit!?!

I have been visiting together with my dear wife several homes to read the Bible together. I have to say, I love the small group Bible studies! No formality. No pastor. No leader. No schedule. Only the Bible, the footnotes, and the seeking of the Lord. And it is so sweet!

The Lord leads, we follow. We read, He speaks to us. We ask a question, and through the other members, He answers it or at least points us in the right direction. At the end of it all, you feel you have gained not only “more knowledge of God” but you have gained more God!

Example: Last Night Bible Study

Basic Elements of the Christian Life (volume 3)For example, last night we met with some believers to get into a portion of the truth related to following the sense of life within – not merely behaving according to right or wrong, but according to the sense of life, the feeling of the divine life, in our spirit (set 3 in Basic Elements of Christian Life, which can be ordered online for free here).

The seemingly-impossible things the Bible tells us to do in Matthew 5-7 can be lived out spontaneously only when we live by the divine life. We all were impressed with the fact that we don’t need to do or say things according to the right or wrong (which belong to the tree of knowledge) but according to the life within.

Sometimes we may do something good (like giving some money to a beggar on the street because “we think it’s good to do this”) but the divine life within us is not happy, and so we need to repent for doing this good thing! Wow!

Questions and Answers in an Open Environment

The best thing about meeting in a home is not only the small number and each one functioning, but also the good questions and all-doing-their-best-to-answer the questions. There’s such a good fellowship when the Lord’s seekers come together, enjoy Him in His word, and then fellowship from their experience of Christ!

What about when someone just likes to make you suffer by doing and saying things that he knows will make you feel bad? What if this person continues to do this? What should a Christian do?

Watchman Nee was presenting the example of two brothers who had a plot of land which they watered daily, but the neighbor down the road was stealing the water at night. They continued to water their plot, but eventually after 7-8 days they felt not happy within. After some fellowship with a more experienced brother, they went and FIRST watered the plot of the down-the-road neighbor, and then they watered their own plot. How about that!

In ourselves we can “endure as a Christian the persecution of others”, but in Christ, in the divine life, we can even turn the other cheek! Eventually the neighbor came and said, I want to know your God – He is real! This story sparked such a good fellowship, and our prayer was, Lord, make us those who live by the divine life in our spirit. Grow in us!

In the Homes – God’s Way

We are all busy. We all have a lot of things to do. We all want “our free time”, our space, our own personal relaxing time… But God has a need. And the way He takes today is away from the big crowds, away from the big buildings, and into the homes. Many thousands of homes. Small, sweet, enjoyable, around the table, in the Word, with the believers, with all ages, and under His leading.

Witness Lee once said that this kind of home group meetings should constitute 80% of our church life. We are on our way now, learning to have many such small group meetings, home meetings, with the immediate members of the Body and the Lord’s seeking ones. And He is building up His church through each member functioning in their measure.

In such a small setting every one can function, and no one can “not function” because his portion is vital! I love God’s way, the way of the homes – from house to house, day by day!

Pictures: the first, a meeting in our own home 🙂 and the second, via Rhema – free Christian Literature.