THE EXPERIENCE AND GROWTH IN LIFE

THE FURTHERANCE OF THE GOSPEL BEING THE FACTOR FOR LIVING CHRIST

The experience of Christ unveiled in the book of Philippians includes several items. In chapter one Christ is our life and living. To take Christ as our life within and our living without is to live Christ (v. 21a). This chapter also reveals that the reason we live Christ, taking Christ as our life and our living, is for the furtherance of the gospel (vv. 5, 12). The experience of Christ as our life and living comes out of the furtherance of the gospel. The more we have fellowship in the gospel, in coordination with the apostle, the more we live Christ. The factor for living Christ is the furtherance of the gospel which is carried out in a corporate way.
Some have separated the preaching of the gospel from the experience of Christ. This is a mistaken concept. Our experience of Christ, our living of Christ, must have the factor of the furtherance of the gospel. Without such a factor, our words about living Christ are vain. Paul and the Philippians lived Christ, taking Christ as their life within and their living without, because they all were in the corporate fellowship of the gospel. The apostle was burdened for the furtherance of the gospel, and the Philippians were in coordination with him. Paul and the Philippians were happy in the furtherance of the gospel, and they all enjoyed Christ as their life within and their living without. Philippians 1 reveals not only the factor but also the result. The factor is the furtherance of the gospel with the apostle, and the result is the enjoyment of Christ, the experience of Christ, as both our life within and our living without. When you go out in the gospel, you enjoy Christ not in a doctrinal way but in a very experiential way.
Some have said that we should not have too much activity but that we should learn to enjoy Christ by attending the meetings, doing our best to uplift the meetings so that others may enjoy Christ. But without the factor of the furtherance of the gospel, we cannot enjoy Christ that much. Some have also said that we should come back to the enjoyment of Christ, implying that the preaching of the gospel is not the enjoyment of Christ. Our enjoyment of Christ must have a factor, and it must also have an issue. The furtherance of the gospel is the factor of our enjoyment of Christ. Furthermore, the more we enjoy Christ, the more we participate in the furtherance of the gospel. Thus, the furtherance of the gospel is also the issue of our enjoyment of Christ.
The enjoyment of Christ will cause you to visit people in their homes with the gospel. The enjoyment of Christ will never make you sleepy; rather, it will stir you up. When we enjoy Christ to the uttermost, we are beside ourselves. The more we enjoy Christ, the more active we will be. When we enjoy Christ, we can never be silent or quiet. (Experience and Growth in Life, Chapter 11)

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CRYSTALLIZATION-STUDY OF EZEKIEL (Week 14)

The Practice of Prophesying for the Building Up of the Church as an Exceedingly Great Army
Scripture Reading: Ezek. 37:4-10; Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 14:4b; Acts 5:20; 6:4

I. Prophesying (speaking for the Lord and speaking forth the Lord into one another) in the meetings of the church fulfills the greatest prophecy in the Bible, which is to build up the church (in oneness as an exceedingly great army) (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 14:4b; Ezek. 37:4-10).
II We need to live a prophesying life by loving the Lord to the uttermost.
III. By taking the way of PSRP (pray-reading, studying, reciting, and prophesying), we will be able to nourish people with the unsearchable riches of Christ.
IV. The opening and closing words of the prophesying meetings are very important.
V. We must see the three constituting elements of prophesying (cf. Acts 5:20; 1 Tim. 4:6-7; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; 1 John 1:3; Acts 4:20; 22:15).
VI. We must learn and be perfected to organically prophesy (to speak the Lord into others) with the constituting elements of prophesying for the building up of the church as the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 14:4b).

Announcements—Issue 524: Week of November 19, 2017

MEETING SCHEDULE
Tuesday: November 21
7:30 P.M.: Prayer meeting in the fellowship hall
Wednesday: November 22
No Ministry meeting

<Thanksgiving Conference Webcast Meeting Schedule>
Friday, November 24
     Message 1: 10:00 A.M. ~ 12:00 P.M.
Message 2: 7:00 P.M. ~ 9:00 P.M.
Saturday, November 25
     Message 3: 10:00 A.M. ~ 12:00 P.M.
Message 4: 7:00 P.M. ~ 9:00 P.M.
8:00 A.M.: Meeting hall cleaning according to groups: LaBounty and Roca
Lord’s Day: November 26
Message 5: 9:30 A.M. ~ 12:00 P.M. (Lord’s Table followed by Message 5)
Message 6: 4:00 P.M. ~ 6:00 P.M.

HOLY WORD FOR MORNING REVIVAL
Crystallization of Ezekiel, Volume 3
Week 14:  The Practice of Prophesying for the Building Up
of the Church as an Exceedingly Great Army

MINISTRY BOOK READING
The Experience and Growth in Life
Chapter 11:  The Experience of Life (6)

SCRIPTURE READING – THE HOLY BIBLE, RECOVERY VERSION WITH FOOTNOTES
Week #95
Lord’s Day: Rev. 1:12~13
Monday: Rev. 1:14~16
Tuesday: Rev. 1:17~20
Wednesday: Rev. 2:1~6
Thursday: Rev. 2:7
Friday: Rev. 2:8~9
Saturday: Rev. 2:10~1

A SPECIAL BLENDING CONFERENCE IN TORRANCE (Dec. 2~3, 2017)
We, the church in Cypress, are invited to a Special Blending Conference with brother Minoru Chen along with the churches in Cerritos, Long Beach, Inglewood, South Gate, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach and Anaheim, to be held in the meeting hall of the church in Torrance. We are limited to 20 saints per church because of the size of the hall. Translation will be available with FM radio.
The Schedule:
Saturday, Dec 2: 4:00 ~ 6:00 pm and 7:30 ~ 9:30 pm (bring your own dinner).
Lord’s Day, Dec 3: 10:00 am ~ 12:00 pm (followed by a Love Feast).
Location: Meeting Hall of the church in Torrance
24103 South Narbonne Ave., Lomita, CA 90717

2018 INTERNATIONAL CHINESE-SPEAKING CONFERENCE
The 2018 International Chinese-speaking Conference will be in Taipei, Taiwan on February 16-18, 2018. Those who desire to attend must register and pay $100 towards hospitality expenses. You may also register for church visitation trips either before or after the conference at an additional cost of $150. To register, fill out a registration form and put it in the offering box with the appropriate payment payable to the church and designated “2018 ICSC” by November 30. Arrangements have been made for special pricing on flights. That information will be forthcoming.

FROM THE MIDDLE-AGE FULL-TIME TRAINING IN ANAHEIM
Thank the Lord that the thirty-second term of the multi-language Middle-age Full-time Training (FTTA-MA) is nearly completed. Saints from various countries: United States, Antigua, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Honduras, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and Taiwan partici-pated in this past term of the training. Regardless of their respective races, nationalities, and languages, the trainees are being perfected in an atmosphere of blending and in the reality of the one new man.
The FTTA-MA is a one-year program, and all classes are designed with a full year in view in two 15-week terms. The coming spring term of the Middle-age Training will begin on March 12, 2018 and will conclude on June 23, 2018. Saints may attend the training on a short-term basis. The minimum period required for short-term is one week.

HURRICANES MARIA AND HARVEY
Puerto Rico has suffered devastating destruction from Hurricane Marie, and the homes of some saints in Houston were damaged in Hurricane Harvey. Those who wish to give in support of these needs should make offerings to the church in Cypress and designate them “Puerto Rico” or “Houston.”

MEXICO EARTHQUAKE
To give to the saints in Mexico City who suffered loss in the recent earthquake, please make offerings to the church in Cypress and designate them “Mexico City.”

CONTINUING STEADFASTLY IN THE PRAYERS
1. For the review and respeaking of the messages released during the International Training for Elders and Responsible Ones.
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 Thanksgiving Conference in Phoenix, AZ
5. For the opening of neighborhood families and their children and their willingness to get together.
6. For the Lord of the harvest to thrust out workers into His harvest in Germany.
7. For the shepherding and perfecting of the new ones in Germany and the gaining of university students.
8. To build up the daily habit of sowing literature (i.e. tracts) especially to our acquaintances—our warm doors, our friends, relatives and neighbors.
9. For those who are sick and who have lost loved ones.

Announcements—Issue 521: Week of October 29, 2017

MEETING SCHEDULE
Tuesday: October 31
7:30 P.M.: Prayer meeting in the fellowship hall
Wednesday: November 1
7:30 P.M.: Ministry meeting at Ministry Conference Center
Saturday: November 4
8:00 A.M.: Meeting hall cleaning according to groups: Kang and Matamoros
Lord’s Day: November 5 (Daylight-Saving Time ends on 11/5 at 2am)
9:30 A.M.~10:15 A.M.: Lord’s Table meeting
11:00 A.M.~12:00 noon: Prophesying meeting
9:30 A.M.~12:00 noon: Children’s service

HOLY WORD FOR MORNING REVIVAL
Cooperating With The Heavenly Ministry Of The Ascended Christ
Week 8:  Cooperating with Christ in His Heavenly Ministry by Running with Endurance the Race Set before Us, Looking Away to Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of Our Faith

MINISTRY BOOK READING
The Experience and Growth in Life
Chapter 8:  The Grow in Life (4)

SCRIPTURE READING – THE HOLY BIBLE, RECOVERY VERSION WITH FOOTNOTES
Week #92
Lord’s Day: 1 John 3:11-18
Monday: 1 John 3:19-24
Tuesday: 1 John 4:1-6
Wednesday: 1 John 4:7-11
Thursday: 1 John 4:12-15
Friday: 1 John 4:16-5:3
Saturday: 1 John 5:4-13

COLLEGE CONFERENCES
The college conferences will take place on November 3~5 in Oak Glenn

THANKSGIVING CONFERENCE IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA
This year’s International Thanksgiving Conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, from Thursday, November 23, through Lord’s Day, November 26. The announcement letter and information sheets are available at the back of the main meeting room.

2018 INTERNATIONAL CHINESE-SPEAKING CONFERENCE
The 2018 International Chinese-speaking Conference will be in Taipei, Taiwan on February 16-18, 2018. Those who desire to attend must register and pay $100 towards hospitality expenses. You may also register for church visitation trips either before or after the conference at an additional cost of $150. To register, fill out a registration form and put it in the offering box with the appropriate payment payable to the church and designated “2018 ICSC” by November 30. Arrangements have been made for special pricing on flights. That information will be forthcoming.

HURRICANES MARIA AND HARVEY
Puerto Rico has suffered devastating destruction from Hurricane Marie, and the homes of some saints in Houston were damaged in Hurricane Harvey. Those who wish to give in support of these needs should make offerings to the church in Cypress and designate them “Puerto Rico” or “Houston.”

MEXICO EARTHQUAKE
To give to the saints in Mexico City who suffered loss in the recent earthquake, please make offerings to the church in Cypress and designate them “Mexico City.”

WORKING SAINTS CONFERENCE AUDIOS
Audios from the Working Saints Conference are available at http://www.churchinanaheim.org/extralocal/

FALL 2017 ITERO
MP3’s and outlines are available at LSM’s Webcast Subscription service

CONTINUING STEADFASTLY IN THE PRAYERS
1. For the review and respeaking of the messages released during the International Training for Elders and Responsible Ones.
2. For the effect of the interpreted Word sown in Europe through the FTTA gospel trips and the Bible distributions there.
3. For the perfecting of our students concerning bearing their friends, classmates and relatives as remaining fruit.
4. For the opening of neighborhood families and their children and their willingness to get together.
5. For the Lord of the harvest to thrust out workers into His harvest in Germany.
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.

THE EXPERIENCE AND GROWTH IN LIFE – THE TRIUNE GOD IN HIS DIVINE TRINITY DISPENSED INTO THE TRIPARTITE MAN

In order to experience Christ as our spiritual life, we must know Romans 8 according to its subject: the Triune God in His divine Trinity dispensed into the tripartite man. Christ first came into us to make our spirit life. Hallelujah! This is regeneration, and it occurs in an instant. Some say that three minutes is too short a time for someone to be regenerated. Actually, three minutes could be too long. When electricity is installed in a building, the electricians prepare the wiring inside, and these wires are connected to a long wire that runs from the power plant to the building. Once the installation is complete, all that is needed is to turn on the switch. It is the same in preaching the gospel. The preparation of the wiring is our presentation of the gospel to our gospel friend. You may say, “Sir, you were created by God as a vessel to contain Him. You are empty now without Him. God would like to come into you. Today He is Spirit. He is right here. If you open your mouth and say, ‘O Lord Jesus,’ believing in your heart that God raised Him from among the dead, He will get inside of you.” Once he follows you to say “O Lord Jesus,” he will be instantly regenerated. This is according to the truth of the gospel. In the denominations it may take three months or longer to regenerate one person. Then, to baptize him may take even a longer time.

Before going out to preach the gospel, we must be full of faith, believing in a thorough way. We must pray, exercising our faith with full assurance. Then when we go out, we have the divine electricity to impart Christ to people. This is not the mere preaching of the gospel but the impartation of Christ into people. Like the electrician who brings the electrical line into the building, we bring Christ into the lost ones. (Experience and Growth in Life, Chapter 7)