4. Bearing the Ultimate Responsibility in God’s Ultimate Move
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Scripture Reading: Phil. 1:21a; Eph. 4:16, 24; Rev. 1:2, 9, 11-12; 19:7; 5:6; Acts 20:24
Phil 1:21a      For to me, to live is Christ…
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
Eph 4:24       And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
Rev 1:2         Who testified the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even all that he saw.
Rev 1:9         I John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Rev 1:11       Saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
Rev 1:12       And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,
Rev 19:7       Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 5:6         And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Acts 20:24    But I consider my life of no account as if precious to myself, in order that I may finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus to solemnly testify of the gospel of the grace of God.
I.     We need to bear the ultimate responsibility related to the world’s ultimate situation, God’s ultimate move, and God’s ultimate recovery:
A.     Our ultimate responsibility is to be saturated and permeated with Christ for the church as the Body of Christ, the one new man—Eph. 3:16; 4:12, 16, 24:
Eph 3:16       That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph 4:12       For the perfecting of the saints unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ,
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
Eph 4:24       And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
1. We must realize the great responsibility we have regarding preaching the gospel, teaching the divine truths, and meeting according to the way ordained by God; however, we should not be satisfied with these three things, for they cannot fulfill God’s desire—Matt. 24:14; 28:19.
Matt 24:14    And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matt 28:19    Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
2. God’s desire, His good pleasure, is for us to live Christ and to have Christ as the reality, the real contents, of the church life, making every local church a golden lampstand—Eph. 1:5, 9; Phil. 1:21a; 2:13; Rev. 1:11-12:
Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,
Phil 1:21a      For to me, to live is Christ…
Phil 2:13       For it is God who operates in you both the willing and the working for His good pleasure.
Rev 1:11       Saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
Rev 1:12       And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,
 
 
a. Then the Body life will reach the reality of Romans 12, and this will be the spontaneous preparation of the bride for the Lord’s coming back.
Rom 12:1      I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2      And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
Rom 12:3      For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think, but to think so as to be sober-minded, as God has apportioned to each a measure of faith.
Rom 12:4      For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,
Rom 12:5      So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Rom 12:6      And having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Rom 12:7      Or service, let us be faithful in that service; or he who teaches, in that teaching;
Rom 12:8      Or he who exhorts, in that exhortation; he who gives, in simplicity; he who leads, in diligence; he who shows mercy, in cheerfulness.
Rom 12:9      Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
Rom 12:10    Love one another warmly in brotherly love; take the lead in showing honor one to another.
Rom 12:11    Do not be slothful in zeal, but be burning in spirit, serving the Lord.
Rom 12:12    Rejoice in hope; endure in tribulation; persevere in prayer.
Rom 12:13    Contribute to the needs of the saints; pursue hospitality.
Rom 12:14    Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rom 12:15    Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
Rom 12:16    Be of the same mind toward one another, not setting your mind on the high things but going along with the lowly; do not be wise in yourselves.
Rom 12:17    Repay no one evil for evil; take forethought for things honorable in the sight of all men.
Rom 12:18    If possible, as far as it depends on you, live in peace with all men.
Rom 12:19    Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
Rom 12:20    But "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will heap coals of fire upon his head."
Rom 12:21    Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
b. This is the goal of the Lord’s recovery; the world situation has been prepared for this purpose—Matt. 16:18; Eph. 4:16; Rev. 1:5; Acts 17:26.
Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
Rev 1:5         And from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood.
Acts 17:26    And He made from one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, determining beforehand their appointed seasons and the boundaries of their dwelling,
3. Our ultimate responsibility is to be a living witness to Christ in our daily life and to meet in our locality in such a way that we may be the Body, the new man, the lampstand, and the bride—Eph. 4:16, 24; Rev. 1:12; 19:7.
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
Eph 4:24       And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
Rev 1:12       And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,
Rev 19:7       Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
B.     Our ultimate responsibility is to bear the testimony of Jesus—1:2, 9:
Rev 1:2         Who testified the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even all that he saw.
Rev 1:9         I John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
1. The book of Revelation presents the testimony of Jesus, which is the church as the corporate expression of Christ—vv. 2, 9, 20; 19:10b.
Rev 1:2         Who testified the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even all that he saw.
Rev 1:9         I John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Rev 1:20       The mystery of the seven stars which you saw upon My right hand and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Rev 19:10b   …For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of the prophecy.
2. Revelation is an unveiling of Christ, and Christ is expressed through the church; therefore, the church is the testimony of Jesus revealed in this book—1:1, 13, 20; 19:10b:
Rev 1:1         The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to show to His slaves the things that must quickly take place; and He made it known by signs, sending it by His angel to His slave John,
Rev 1:13       And in the midst of the lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment reaching to the feet, and girded about at the breasts with a golden girdle.
Rev 1:20       The mystery of the seven stars which you saw upon My right hand and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Rev 19:10b   …For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of the prophecy.
a. The living person of Jesus is the image, expression, and testimony of God, and the church today is the testimony of Jesus, His corporate expression—2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15, 18; 3:10-11, 15.
2 Cor 4:4       In whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelievers that the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine on them.
Col 1:15        Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
Col 1:18        And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
Col 3:10        And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11        Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
Col 3:15        And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful.
b. As believers in Christ, we all are reproductions, “photographs,” of Jesus; now God has a corporate expression—the church—which is the testimony of Jesus, who is the expression of God—John 1:14, 18; 12:24; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:16.
John 1:14      And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
John 1:18      No one has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
John 12:24    Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
2 Cor 3:18     But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.
Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
C.     Our ultimate responsibility is to spread the testimony of Jesus by establishing local churches as golden lampstands—Rev. 1:10-12, 20:
Rev 1:10       I was in spirit on the Lord's Day and heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
Rev 1:11       Saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
Rev 1:12       And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,
Rev 1:20       The mystery of the seven stars which you saw upon My right hand and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
1. The spreading of the Lord’s recovery must be considered part of our ultimate responsibility—Mark 16:15, 20; John 15:16; Acts 1:8.
Mark 16:15   And He said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
Mark 16:20   And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the accompanying signs.
John 15:16    You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and I set you that you should go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.
Acts 1:8        But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
2. For the universal spreading of the church as the testimony of Jesus, we need to plant “church trees” as golden lampstands for the corporate expression of the Triune God—1 Cor. 1:2; Rev. 1:11-12, 20:
1 Cor 1:2       To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours:
Rev 1:11       Saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
Rev 1:12       And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,
Rev 1:20       The mystery of the seven stars which you saw upon My right hand and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
a. Although we cannot form the church, we have the position, the right, the opportunity, and even the commission to go to the uttermost part of the earth to establish local churches by planting church trees—Acts 1:8; 13:1-3; Gal. 1:2; Rev. 1:11; 1 Cor. 1:1-2; 1 Thes. 1:1.
Acts 1:8        But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 13:1      Now there were in Antioch, in the local church, prophets and teachers: Barnabas and Simeon, who was called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenian, and Manaen, the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Acts 13:2      And as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for Me now Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
Acts 13:3      Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
Gal 1:2          And all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:
Rev 1:11       Saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
1 Cor 1:1       Paul, a called apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Sosthenes the brother,
1 Cor 1:2       To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours:
1 Thes 1:1     Paul and Silvanus and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
b. The local churches as church trees are golden lampstands, which are actually living, golden trees—Rev. 1:11-12, 20.
Rev 1:11       Saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
Rev 1:12       And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,
Rev 1:20       The mystery of the seven stars which you saw upon My right hand and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
c. In figure, the golden lampstand signifies the church as the embodiment and the expression of the Triune God—vv. 11-12.
Rev 1:11       Saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
Rev 1:12       And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,
d. We all need to establish local churches by planting church trees, golden lampstands—Rom. 16:16b; Gal. 1:2; 1 Thes. 1:1; 2:14.
Rom 16:16b  …All the churches of Christ greet you.
Gal 1:2          And all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:
1 Thes 1:1     Paul and Silvanus and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
1 Thes 2:14   For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus, for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they also from the Jews,
II.   In order to bear the ultimate responsibility in God’s ultimate move, we need to know and experience Christ as the center of the divine administration according to God’s eternal economy—Rev. 4:2; 5:6; 22:1:
Rev 4:2         Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting;
Rev 5:6         And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev 22:1       And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
A.     Christ in His ascension has been enthroned to execute God’s administration, His governmental operation—Heb. 12:2; Rev. 3:21; 22:1; 5:6.
Heb 12:2       Looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.
Rev 3:21       He who overcomes, to him I will give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father on His throne.
Rev 22:1       And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
Rev 5:6         And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
B.     Christ as the embodiment of God is the Administrator of the universe today; all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him—Matt. 28:18.
Matt 28:18    And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
C.     After the Lord Jesus was crucified and buried, God resurrected Him and set Him at His right hand, making Him the Lord of all the universe—Acts 2:34-36; Phil. 2:5-11.
Acts 2:34      For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, "The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand
Acts 2:35      Until I set Your enemies as a footstool for Your feet."
Acts 2:36      Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you have crucified.
Phil 2:5         Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
Phil 2:6         Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped,
Phil 2:7         But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men;
Phil 2:8         And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross.
Phil 2:9         Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Phil 2:10       That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Phil 2:11       And every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
D.     According to the book of Revelation, the throne on which the ascended Christ is sitting is the throne of the divine administration—4:2, 5; 5:6; 22:1:
Rev 4:2         Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting;
Rev 4:5         And out of the throne come forth lightnings and voices and thunders. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;
Rev 5:6         And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev 22:1       And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
1. The Lamb, the Redeemer, the One slain on the cross for our sins, is now on the throne carrying out God’s administration over the entire universe—John 1:29; Rev. 5:6.
John 1:29      The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Rev 5:6         And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
2. The Lord Jesus has been enthroned to execute God’s governmental administration in the universe:
a. As the One enthroned as the heavenly Administrator in God’s universal government, Christ is the Ruler of the kings of the earth; the affairs of the nations are under His rulership—1:5a.
Rev 1:5a       And from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth.…
b. In God’s governmental administration, Christ is the Leader and the Savior and the One who has the key of David—Acts 5:31; Rev. 3:7.
Acts 5:31      This One God has exalted to His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Rev 3:7         And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
III.  If we would fulfill the ultimate responsibility in God’s ultimate move, we need to follow the Lamb wherever He may go—14:4b:
Rev 14:4b     …These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He may go. These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
A.     To follow the Lamb is to be one with the crucified, resurrected, ascended, and enthroned Redeemer in His move to carry out the divine administration for the consummation of the divine economy—1:5; 5:6; 14:4b.
Rev 1:5         And from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood
Rev 5:6         And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev 14:4b     …These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He may go. These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
B.     We all should follow the Lamb on the journey ordained by Him—Acts 20:24:
Acts 20:24    But I consider my life of no account as if precious to myself, in order that I may finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus to solemnly testify of the gospel of the grace of God.
1. We need to seek out the journey that the Lord has ordained and faithfully walk on it, paying any price to wholeheartedly continue on our journey until we reach the end—2 Tim. 4:7.
2 Tim 4:7      I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith.
2. The journey that the Lord has ordained for us is the race that is set before us—Heb. 12:1-2.
Heb 12:1       Therefore let us also, having so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, put away every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us and run with endurance the race which is set before us,
Heb 12:2       Looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.
IV.  Bearing the ultimate responsibility in God’s ultimate move requires faithfulness; thus, we should ask the Lord for mercy to be faithful—1 Cor. 4:2; 7:25; Matt. 24:45; 25:21, 23; Rev. 17:14.
1 Cor 4:2       Here, furthermore, it is sought in stewards that one be found faithful.
1 Cor 7:25     Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who has been shown mercy by the Lord to be faithful.
Matt 24:45    Who then is the faithful and prudent slave, whom the master has set over his household to give them food at the proper time?
Matt 25:21    His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master.
Matt 25:23    His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master.
Rev 17:14     These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and they who are with Him, the called and chosen and faithful, will also overcome them.
 
 
 
A Supplemental Outline
Our Responsibility for the Spreading of the Divine Truths and the Way to Spread the Lord’s Recovery in the Countries of Europe
I.     The initial example of the spreading of the gospel, including the truths:
A.     Not by the apostles but by the migrated disciples.
B.     Not waiting for the completion of the gospel in the Holy Land.
C.     According to the principle of first mention, migration should be the basic principle for the spreading of the gospel, including the divine truths.
II.   Seeing the vision of the Lord in His recovery and answering the call of His charge:
A.     Our consecration and absoluteness for the Lord needing to be rekindled.
B.     Rising up to follow the Lord in His present move and having ourselves adjusted to His regulations to be useful to Him.
III.  The way to spread the Lord’s recovery in the countries of Europe:
A.     Not by a work nor by a movement but by emigration.
B.     Some emigrating there to live the Lord and serve the Lord full time.
C.     Some emigrating there to take a job or do a business and serve the Lord.
D.     Some emigrating there to study in a school and serve the Lord.
E.      All being burdened by the Lord and having a clear guidance from the Lord.
IV.  Going mainly to eastern Germany and Russia in the first step:
A.     To emigrate to the leading cities that have colleges or universities for us to work on.
B.     To go in a team of at least four saints, including a couple between the ages of thirty and fifty, in whose home the meetings will begin.
V.   The way to live, to work, to serve, and to meet:
A.     To live a life in resurrection under the cross.
B.     To work by contacting people in preaching the high gospel, in teaching the deeper truths, and in testifying the Christian experience.
C.     To serve in the Spirit according to the divine revelation.
D.     To meet according to the God-ordained way as revealed in the New Testament.
VI.  Concerning the matter of fellowship with the saints:
A.     In our meetings, which are grounded on the unique oneness of the Body of Christ, receiving all real believers in Christ without any terms.
B.     Attending, if necessary, the Christian meetings which are grounded on the unique oneness of the Body of Christ, without trying to adjust, correct, or improve the way of their service and meeting.
VII. Concerning the supply of our necessities:
A.     The full-timers living a life by faith, trusting in the Lord for their necessities, and receiving the Lord’s supply through the saints and the churches.
B.     Not as being hired in any sense by anyone or by any church.
VIII.     Keeping the oneness of the Body of Christ and maintaining a good order in the Body of Christ:
A.     Keeping the unique oneness of the Body of Christ locally and universally:
1. Condemning any kind of division.
2. Turning away from those who make divisions.
B.     Maintaining a good order in the Body of Christ:
1. By abandoning any kind of dictatorship.
2. By subjecting ourselves one to another.
IX.  Having a special training for four months to prepare and equip the burdened ones, including full-timers, those with a job or a business, and students, in the following matters:
A.     In foreign languages.
B.     In the divine truths.
C.     In the manner of life.
D.     In the personal contacting of people.
X.   Practicing the one accord.
Note: This outline consists of the headings from pages 35 through 36 of The World Situation and the Direction of the Lord’s Move by Witness Lee.
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