Further Talks on the Church Life
Chapter 4 – Second Part
The Unity of the Church
1 Cor. 12:12-13; Eph. 4:4 – Footnote 41
The Unity in the Scriptures
The Inherent Unity of the Body
Not One Church but Seven Golden Lampstands – Paragraphs 1 - 3
Rev. 1:10-12 – Footnote 111
Not One Church but Seven Golden Lampstands – Paragraphs 4 - 7
Once There Is a Denomination, There Is a Division
The Church Spoken of in Ephesians and Colossians Being Universal Both in Space and in Time
The Unity Spoken of in 1 Corinthians and Philippians Referring to the Unity of the Church in One Locality
1 Cor. 1:10-12; 3:1-4
“You” Referring to the Believers in Corinth
1 Cor. 10:17; 12:12, 15-16, 21, 25
The “Body” Referring to the Children of God in a Certain Time and at a Certain Place
We Must Love the Brothers at Corinth
The Demand to Be Like-minded in Philippians
1 Cor. 4:17; Matt. 9:35; Titus 1:5
The Church in the Bible Being Local
There Should Be Spiritual Fellowship between the Churches
This is a meeting where we gather to remember the Lord in praise and worship and to partake of the bread and the cup as the Lord instructed. We try not to be formal or ritualistic, rather the meeting is designed to give everyone a chance to participate in order to touch the Lord with their spirit.
This meeting usually has 4 elements: singing, a message from the Bible, a time of review of the message in groups of 4 - 6 people, and a time of "prophecying". When we speak of prophecying, we do not stress a supernatural prediction of the future. We mean that all the members are encouraged to speak something for the Lord based on 3 main elements: what they have just heard and reviewed from the message, their knowledge of the truth, and their experience and enjoyment of the Lord. After the meeting some families remain to eat lunch together. It is a pot luck dinner in which each brings whatever they have prepared and all share together. Other families are in the habit of inviting guests to come to their house for lunch.
In the prayer meetings we do spend some time to touch the Lord in spirit through the Word. This brings us into an atmosphere and spirit where we are able to pray to the Lord in spirit according to His leading.
In this meeting we pray over the Word, learn some new songs or enjoy some we know, and have some ministry of the Word. We come together before the meeting for supper together at the hall. A few prepare the food for everyone and the rest chip in a couple dollars to help pay for it.
This is a time for parents and children to enjoy singing together and then to learn from the stories of the bible. Once a month is an activity time rather than the story time.
The young people get together in someone's home each week to enjoy the Lord together through singing and through some material which they review and share with each other.
There are smaller meetings in homes in English, Spanish or Chinese. The nature and content of the meetings varies according to the needs of those in the meeting.
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