“That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
Tonight was the first Monday night meeting of the new FTTL term. Praise the Lord for a new beginning and a fresh start!
We enjoyed pray-reading Philippians 3:12-13, and a brother shared how the Christ we enjoy is so all-inclusive and all-extensive. He is so universally spacious and infinitely vast. His dimensions are the dimensions of the universe – the breadth and length and height and depth – always expanding! This is the Christ that we should be deeply rooted in, experiencing and enjoying!
So the encouragement for this term is to not think that we have already obtained, but to be obtaining. Not to consider we have already been perfected, but to be open to being perfected. Not to hold on to anything, even to the previous experiences of Christ, but to be forgetting the things behind. Not lingering in the past, but pressing on. And not being limited in our appreciation of Christ, but pursuing the limitless Christ!
Let the pursuit begin! Let the enjoyment of Christ begin!
(And for those of us not currently in the training, this is an encouragement to us also. Every day is a new beginning to gain more Christ!)
So quickly, a brief introduction to the four first-term and two short-term trainees, so you also can get to know them:
- JH from New Zealand: “There was a tremendous opportunity with a job. But the Lord said, ‘No, you are consecrated to Me.'”
- NH from Australia/NZ: “I gave it to the Lord, and He spoke to me. He knows what to give us when we need it.”
- SS from Norway: “This was the Lord’s sovereignty through the environment…At this time my heart was open to the Lord.”
- RE from Australia: “Are you going to work and do everything before you consecrate fully to Me?”…”Lord, You have to give me the absolute peace.”
- AT from Spain: “I was so afraid to lose the presence of the Lord.”
- D from Slovakia: “When we are willing to give ourselves to the Lord then He will remember it.”
The overall impression I had from the testimonies tonight is that although these dear brothers and sisters come from different backgrounds, their story is the same. God is sovereign, and He arranged all the details in their lives to cause each one to open to Him and to bring them to where they are today.
It is so precious that they all had many specific experiences of contacting the Lord and receiving His personal speaking and clear leading. It is also precious to hear of their fellowship and prayer with the members of the Body. As one brother mentioned, there needed to be the Lord’s leading personally, the way opened practically, and the feeling confirmed in the Body.
May each trainee, both new and returning, have many more sweet and significant experiences with the Lord this term!
The following report was written on 17th June 2012, as I was returning home from a glorious weekend in the church in Rome. Hallelujah! There were 561 saints from 29 countries gathered together this weekend to participate in the Italian Conference and the Resumption of the Lord’s Table in Rome. Praise the Lord!
The Full-Time Training in London (FTTL) term restarted in February with four first-term trainees: three sisters from Germany, Poland, and Malaysia, and one brother from Estonia. A number of saints have also been short-terming throughout the term, with the ones currently here being from the UK, France, Germany, and Taiwan.
But the striking thing about this term is that after two brothers and seven sisters graduated in December, for the first time there are more brothers in the training than sisters!
It is really a blessing for me to be around the training centre and the full-time trainees. Recently I have been making more of an effort to attend some of the 8am classes, the special church history classes, and the Wednesday night ministry meeting. Thank You Lord, for so many opportunities to hear Your speaking. May our ear be inclined to Your word (Isaiah 55:3).
Remember to pray for all the FTTL trainees in their last few weeks of term, and for the six graduating trainees (although one brother had to leave early due to his visa expiring).
This term’s graduation meeting will be on June 9th. It is always precious to see and hear the corporate testimony of the graduating trainees, and I am looking forward to it with much anticipation. The graduation marks not merely the end of two years of full-time training, but also the beginning of the rest of a normal Christian life. And unlike my university graduation, it is completely open to all… so let me know if you want to come!
I also mentioned previously that before the FTTL term restarted, the FTTA and FTT-XB came to London and then went on to other cities in Europe for a gospel trip. During this time the temperature was at record lows, and in many countries it was absolutely freezing. However, the trainees returned with hearts burning for the gospel and the good report of all that the Lord had done.
I remember joining such a gospel trip to Dublin back in 2006, and I treasure the time of being built with the team and the local saints (who I had never met before), and the privilege of spreading the word of God, one free Bible, one gospel tract, one ministry booklet, and one conversion at a time. Unforgettable. And hopefully not the last time!
Anyway, back to 2012… and I’ll have more for you tomorrow!
It has been super busy here in London these past five months. My lack of posts is some indication of this, as is this packed calendar of conferences and events. And it’s not too late to join some, as there are plenty more taking place all around Europe in the next few months – starting with Germany this weekend!
All these different events have of course required much fellowship and coordination (not that I have been involved in them all), as we serve together to take care of many practical things. But it is wonderful to be in a heavenly team, with Christ our Forerunner (Hebrews 6:20), and the many members of His Body, each functioning according to their measure (Romans 12:4).
Not one of us can do it by ourselves… More and more we see our lack and our need for help. We need the brothers and the sisters, the younger ones and the older ones, the new ones and the more experienced ones, and especially we need all the praying saints around the whole earth (Ephesians 6:18)!
So thank you for your prayers, dear brothers and sisters, and I am sorry I haven’t been faithful to give many reports recently related to how the Lord has been continuing to move here in the UK and Europe.
Well, to make up for it, I’m going to spend the next few posts briefly recapping on what has been going on. (I tried to write it all in one post, but I couldn’t – it is too much!) And then I’ll tell you why this summer is not looking like it is going to be any slower than the winter or spring…
Although that is far from a complaint: the move of the Triune God is very exciting. Let His Word run!
Ok, we’ll begin with our recap tomorrow. Come back then!
Well, things don’t get quiet around here in London. Last week we had the Winter School of Truth 2011, the eighth Winter School of Truth here in the UK.
As in the previous few years, there were two classes run simultaneously, one for school years 7-9 (age 11 to 14) on God’s Full Salvation, and the other for school years 10-13 (age 15-19) on The Two Spirits, the Divine Spirit and the Human Spirit.
This was a marvellous blending time, with a total of 212 young people and serving ones registered, from Belgium, Ethiopia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and the USA. Did you count? That’s 15 ‘countries’ – actually both England and Scotland were represented, and you could even say Wales was too!
The impression I got was that everyone had a great time diving into the truth together!