Announcements—Issue 531: Week of January 7, 2018

MEETING SCHEDULE
Tuesday: January 9
7:30 P.M.: Prayer meeting in the fellowship hall
Wednesday: January 10
7:30 P.M.: Ministry meeting at MCC
Saturday: January 13
8:00 A.M.: Hall cleaning according to groups:  Kim, Saffron and Neal
Lord’s Day: January 14
Lord’s Table: 9:30 A.M.~10:15 A.M.
Prophesying: 11:00 A.M.~12:00 noon
Children’s service: 9:30 A.M.~12:00 noon

HOLY WORD FOR MORNING REVIVAL
Crystallization of Ezekiel, Volume 4
Week 19:  “The Cross — the Center of the Universe”

MINISTRY BOOK READING
The Experience and Growth in Life
Chapter 16: The Growth in Life (8)

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
Recovery Version with Footnotes
Week #102
Lord’s Day: Rev. 18:9~19:4
Monday: Rev. 19:5~10
Tuesday: Rev. 19:11~16
Wednesday: Rev. 19:17~21
Thursday: Rev. 20:1~6
Friday: Rev. 20:7~10
Saturday: Rev. 20:11~15

2018 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA YOUNG PEOPLE’S BLENDING CONFERENCE
     There will be a 2018 Southern California Young People’s Blending Conference on January 12th to January 14th at the Ministry Conference Center.
Please register at scyp.com/conferences. Registration deadline is January 7th, 2018. No meals, no hospitality, and no charge for attendance.

CONTINUING STEADFASTLY IN THE PRAYERS
1. For the re-speaking and review of the messages released during the semiannual training on Leviticus.
2. For the effect of the interpreted Word sown in Europe through the FTTA gospel trips and the Bible distributions there.
3. “On behalf of kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all godliness and gravity” – 1 Tim. 2:2.
4. For the Lord of the harvest to thrust out workers into His harvest in Germany.
5. For the shepherding and perfecting of the new ones in Germany and the gaining of university students.
6. To build up the daily habit of sowing literature (i.e. tracts) especially to our acquaintances—our warm doors, our friends, relatives and neighbors.
7. For those who are sick and who have lost loved ones.

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Announcements—Issue 530: Week of December 31, 2017

MEETING SCHEDULE
Tuesday: January 2
7:30 P.M.: Prayer meeting in the fellowship hall
Wednesday: January 3
7:30 P.M.: Ministry meeting at MCC
Saturday: January 6
8:00 A.M.: Hall cleaning according to groups:  Roca and LaBounty
Lord’s Day: January 7
Lord’s Table: 9:30 A.M.~10:15 A.M.
Prophesying: 11:00 A.M.~12:00 noon
Children’s service: 9:30 A.M.~12:00 noon

HOLY WORD FOR MORNING REVIVAL
Crystallization of Ezekiel, Volume 3
Week 18:  “The Son of Man and the Humanity of Jesus for God’s Building”

MINISTRY BOOK READING
The Experience and Growth in Life
Chapter 15: The Experience of Life (8)

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
Recovery Version with Footnotes
Week #101
Lord’s Day: Rev. 14:13~20
Monday: Rev. 15:1~8
Tuesday: Rev. 16:1~12
Wednesday: Rev. 16:13~21
Thursday: Rev. 17:1~6
Friday: Rev. 17:7~18
Saturday: Rev. 18:1~8

2018 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA YOUNG PEOPLE’S BLENDING CONFERENCE
     There will be a 2018 Southern California Young People’s Blending Conference on January 12th to January 14th at the Ministry Conference Center.
Please register at scyp.com/conferences. Registration deadline is January 7th, 2018. No meals, no hospitality, and no charge for attendance.

CONTINUING STEADFASTLY IN THE PRAYERS
1. For the re-speaking and review of the messages released during the semiannual training on Leviticus.
2. For the Lord’s leading of the trainees graduating from FTTA, FTTA-XB, and FTTA-MA.
3. For the effect of the interpreted Word sown in Europe through the FTTA gospel trips and the Bible distributions there.
4. “On behalf of kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all godliness and gravity” – 1 Tim. 2:2.
5. For the Lord of the harvest to thrust out workers into His harvest in Germany.
6. For the shepherding and perfecting of the new ones in Germany and the gaining of university students.
7. To build up the daily habit of sowing literature (i.e. tracts) especially to our acquaintances—our warm doors, our friends, relatives and neighbors.
8. For those who are sick and who have lost loved ones.

THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED NOT ONLY WITH OUR MOUTHS BUT ALSO WITH OUR HANDS

We want to stir up the spirit of the gospel through-out all the churches in [Southern California]. Through gospel tracts and gospel literature, we should spread the gospel all over [Southern California]. The gospel is preached not only with our mouths but also with our hands. We can open our mouth to testify for the Lord and also testify through the activities of our hands. If three thousand saints are willing to distribute one gospel tract every day, three thousand tracts would be handed out every day. If each saint handed out ten tracts, thirty thousand tracts would be distributed. In this way [Southern California] would soon be filled with gospel tracts.
Although the gospel is very common today, we still know that many people have never heard about the Lord Jesus. Their hearts are open, and they would believe if they heard the gospel. Hence, we need to do all that we can to sow the seed of the gospel. Today both truth and lies go side by side. If truth does not spread, lies become prevailing. In today’s society people believe many things that are not true, because they are constant-ly repeated and spread. We should speak and spread the precious truth that is in our hands even more. (Crucial Words of Leading in the Lord’s Recovery, Book 4: The Increase and Spread of the Church, Chapter 12, Section 5)

CHRIST AS THE TABERNACLE BRINGING GOD TO MAN, AND CHRIST AS THE OFFERINGS BRINGING MAN TO GOD

Because our Christ is wonderful and all-inclusive, plain words are not adequate to reveal Him and describe Him. Types, which are actually pictures, are also necessary. Both the tabernacle and the offerings are types of Christ. Christ as the tabernacle brings God to man, and Christ as the offerings brings man to God. This indicates that there is a two-way traffic, a traffic coming and going. Christ comes to us as the tabernacle and He goes to God as the offerings.
The tabernacle is a sign, a figure, a type, of Christ. It was through incarnation that Christ came as the tabernacle. The Word, which was God, became flesh and tabernacled among us (John 1:1, 14). Christ is the very God incarnated to be a man; hence, He is the God-man, and this God-man is the tabernacle. As the tabernacle, Christ brought God to man. Christ’s being on earth was a matter of God embodied in a tabernacle. Here we have one aspect of the two-way traffic— God coming to us in Christ through incarnation.
On the one hand, Christ is the tabernacle; on the other hand, He is the offerings. As the tabernacle, He has brought God to us. As the offerings, He is now bringing us all to God. Christ’s being the tabernacle is a matter of incarnation. Christ’s being the offerings is a matter of crucifixion and resurrection. Christ came in incarnation and He went through crucifixion and resurrection. This is the two-way traffic that brings God to us and brings us to God, making God one with us and us one with God. (Life-study of Leviticus, Message 2)

VERSES AND FOOTNOTES FROM LEVITICUS (Leviticus 1:3-4)

If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall present it, a male without blemish; he shall present it at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, that he may be accepted before Jehovah. And he shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him, to make expiation for him.
The Hebrew word literally means that which goes up and denotes something that ascends to God. The burnt offering typifies Christ not mainly in His redeeming man from sin but in His living a life that is perfect and absolutely for God and for God’s satisfaction (v. 9; John 5:19, 30; 6:38; 7:18; 8:29; 14:24) and in His being the life that enables God’s people to have such a living (2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 2:19-20). It is God’s food that God may enjoy it and be satisfied (Num. 28:2). This offering was to be offered daily, in the morning and in the evening (Exo. 29:38-42; Lev. 6:8-13; Num. 28:3-4) (v. 3, footnote 1)
The laying on of hands signifies not substitution but identification, union (Acts 13:3 and note 2). By laying our hands on Christ as our offering, we are joined to Him, and He and we become one. In such a union all our weaknesses, defects, and faults are taken on by Him, and all His virtues become ours. This requires us to exercise our spirit through the proper prayer so that we may be one with Him in an experiential way (cf. 1 Cor. 6:17 and notes). When we lay our hands on Christ through prayer, the life-giving Spirit, who is the very Christ on whom we lay our hands (1 Cor. 15:45; 2 Cor. 3:6, 17), will immediately move and work within us to live in us a life that is a repetition of the life that Christ lived on earth, the life of the burnt offering. (v. 4, footnote 1)