Weekly Pursuit – Week 3 of December

Dec 18, 2017 by

Verses:

1Cor. 12:13 “For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit.

 

Excerpts:

We should have no kind of outward rules, regulations, and bylaws for the church. Rather, we should have the spiritual rules and regulations for the church.

 

The first spiritual regulation of the church is the cross. The church comes into being by Christ, but the cross of Christ is the very means through which and by which Christ brings the church into being. The second item is Christ as life. On the negative side, the cross deals with all the negative opinions, thoughts, differing concepts, ideas, and desires and the things of the self, of the world, and of sin. On the positive side, the cross released Christ as life. The third item is the Holy Spirit in our spirit. The Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of life, is the living regulation.

 

The fourth item is the headship of Christ. We do not have outward regulations, but we have the regulating Head. The headship of the Lord Christ will regulate us and rule out many problems and mistakes. The fifth item is the Body of Christ. We must be regulated, restricted, and limited by the Body. The sixth item is to be general. When we come to others, we do not have anything special to insist upon. We simply come together to fellowship, discuss, pray, and seek the Lord’s hand. Then we all agree with how the Lord leads us, and we advance by one step. Otherwise, we wait. The seventh item is the Word of God. Concerning so many important, vital matters we must be checked by the Word. (Basic Principles for the Practice of the Church Life, ch. 4)

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