Chapter The Goal of the Gospel. Scripture quotations are from the Revised Version unless otherwise indicated. 4. Watchman Nee. The Normal Christian Life . The Normal Christian Life [Watchman Nee] on nessmorrrazzcontde.ga *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This classic work unfolds the path of faith and presents the. The English edition presents Watchman Nee's own work in the English language; he was directly responsible for its translation and editing. Any differences.
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The Normal Christian Church Life by Watchman Nee. CONTENTS. 1 The Apostles. 2 The Separation and Movements of the Apostles. 3 The Elders Appointed by. The Normal Christian Life is a book by Watchman Nee first delivered as a series of addresses . nessmorrrazzcontde.ga; ^ Kinnear, Angus (). The Normal Christian Life. Peabody: Hendrickson. [DOWNLОAD] The Normal Christian Life PDF | Watchman Nee | eBook.
The title of the book explains its nature. The Lord had most graciously led us by His Spirit in our past service for Him, but we wanted to be clear as to the foundations upon which all divine work should rest. I realized that the primary need of my younger brethren was to be led of the Spirit and to receive revelation from Him, but I could not ignore their need of a solid scriptural basis for all their ministry. Therefore, together we talked freely of what we had been doing and how we had been doing it, and sought to compare our work and methods with what God had set before us in His Word.
We examined the scriptural reasons for the means we employed, and the scriptural justification for the end we pursued; and we made a note of various lessons we had learned by observation as well as by experience.
The book does not touch the principles of the work, or the life of the churches; it is only a review of our missions, as the title suggests. The truths referred to in this book have been gradually learned and practiced during the past years.
Numerous adjustments have been made as greater light has been received, and if we remain humble, and God still shows us mercy, we believe there will be further adjustments in the future.
The Lord has graciously given us a number of associates in the work, all of whom have been sent forth on the basis mentioned in this book, and through their labors numerous churches have been established in different parts of China.
Though conditions are vastly different in these many churches, and the believers connected with them differ greatly too—in background, education, social standing, and spiritual experience—yet we have found that if, under the absolute lordship of Jesus, we come to see the heavenly pattern of church formation and government, then the scriptural methods are both practicable and fruitful.
While the book itself may seem to deal with the technical side of Christianity, let us emphasize here that we are not aiming at mere technical correctness.
It is spiritual reality we are after. But spirituality is not a matter of theory; it always issues in practice; and it is with spirituality in its practical out-working that this book deals.
It is wearisome to me, if not actually repulsive, to talk with those who aim at perfect outward correctness, while they care little for that which is vital and spiritual. Missionary methods, as such, do not interest me at all.
In reality we do not agree at all! We hope this book will not fall into the hands of those who wish to improve their work by improving their methods, without adjusting their relationship to the Lord; but we do hope it will have a message for the humble ones who have learned to live in the power of the Spirit and have no confidence in the flesh. It is death to have a wineskin without wine, but it is loss to have wine without a wineskin.
We must have the wineskin after we have the wine. Paul wrote the Ephesian Epistle, but he could also write the Corinthian Epistle; and Corinthians presents us with Ephesian truths in practical expression.
Yes, the writer of Ephesians was also the writer of Corinthians!
But why is it that the children of God have never had any serious contentions over Ephesian truths, but always over Corinthian truths? Because the sphere of Ephesians is the heavenlies, and its truths are purely spiritual, so if there is any diversity of opinion concerning them, no one feels it much; but Corinthian teachings are practical and touch the earthly sphere, so if there is the slightest difference of opinion, a reaction is felt at once.
Yes, Corinthians is very practical! And it tests our obedience more than does Ephesians!
The danger, with those who know little about life and reality, is to emphasize mere outward correctness; but with those to whom life and reality are a matter of supreme importance, the temptation is to throw away the divine pattern of things, thinking it legal and technical. They feel that they have the greater and can therefore well dispense with the lesser. As a result, the more spiritual a man is, the freer he feels to do as he thinks fit.
But God has not only revealed the truths that concern our inner life; He has also revealed the truths relating to the outward expression of that life. God prizes the inner reality, but He does not ignore its outward expression. We may think it sufficient for God to instruct us through Romans, Ephesians, and Colossians as to our life in Christ, but He has considered it necessary to instruct us through Acts, Corinthians, and Timothy, how to do His work and how to organize His Church.
God has left nothing to human imagination or human will. Man is afraid to use a thoughtless servant, but God does not care to use an over-thoughtful one; all He requires of man is simple obedience.
Man would fain occupy the post, but God has no need of a counselor. But God demands both inward and outward purity. To have the outer without the inner is spiritual death, but to have the inner without the outer is only spiritualized life. It is working out our salvation Phil It is having burdens.
It is being a Christian and bearing one another's burdens. It is discerning the truth, and not trusting one teacher, whether that is Paul, Peter or Watchman Nee. Normally a Chinese Christian pastor teaches and preaches standing up.
Nee sat down and did not have a close relationship with anyone in the church. He was seen as 'the teacher. And there's the problem, hubris. He was a good teacher but after The Spiritual Man debacle his teaching was not to be questioned.
If anyone in the church in Shanghai or Fuzhou read other authors outside Keswick or Brethren teachings they might have seen what was missing. It appears in the works of many Christian authors throughout the Christian centuries. But whenever anyone questioned his teachings he would either get angry, or says nothing. Manward cleanses mans conscience for the purpose of fellowship with God Heb ; Ez removes the barrier that keeps me from fellowshipping with God, we come to God only by the basis of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross every time, NOT based on how we feel or what we have done, draws us night to Christ Eph and grants us boldness Heb , 22 removes all consciousness of sin Heb 3.
Satanward he is called the accuser of the brethren Rev , the Lord is our priest, operating with His own blood Heb , God did not cover sin or overlook it, He paid for it and it is GONE, if God is for us who can be against us , Jesus is the propitiation of our sins, He became sin 1 Jn , 2 Cor accusation is the most power that the devil has, we never answer Satan with our performance or conduct but rather the blood of Christ, the answer , Rev III.
The Cross of Christ A. What is a sinner? It is an issue of nature. We are sinners by constitution rather than by action. The fact that someone sins is evidence that he is a sinner, not the cause.
We were sinners because we were born in Adam and for no other reason. It is birth that counts; who is one born under? The problem lies not in what I have done but in what I am by way of birth. Just as Christ was raised from the dead, so are we everything He endured, we endured The Blood can wash away my sins, but it cannot wash away my old man.
It needs the Cross to crucify me.