“Unless we have the right view and are willing to change our concept and our system so that every saint fulfills his function, we will not be able to multiply…” (Shepherding the Church and Perfecting the Young People, Chapter 3, Emphases added)
During the recent vitalization training for the churches in the West San Gabriel Valley in Southern California, the following points on the God-ordained way were brought out. They are summarized below and will be posted in 3 installments. Please use the comment section below for further fellowship on these points.
1) To build up the Body of Christ as the organism of the Triune God = to build up the functioning of EVERY member
2) The home is the micro-organism within the organism: the health of the organism is determined by the health of the micro-organism; thus, in order to build up the organism we must first care for and build up the micro-organism.
3) The church is not only God’s meeting place but also His dwelling place, where He lives (Hymn 852), i.e., our homes; in the same principle, our spiritual experience takes place primarily not where we meet but where we live.
4) Three emphases of the God-ordained way:
- Working the truth into the saints
- Working the church life into the homes
- Working the gospel into our living
5) We need to have 6 changes of concepts and habits (practices):
- From meeting to people: from meeting-centered to people-centered
- From big to small: from holding big meetings to gathering in 2s and 3s
- From coming to going: from always asking people to come to going to visit people where they are
- From “center to circumference” to “mutuality to mutuality”: from one-directional working on a few “promising” ones to mutual caring among all
- From “top to bottom” to “bottom to top”: from having a top-down one-directional organized church structure to everyone actively initiating and functioning
- From “small to big” to “few to many”: from making one home meeting bigger and bigger to multiplying one home into many homes—-the principle of the mustard seed vs. the principle of the grain of wheat