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Forgetting, Pursuing, Obtaining (FTTL Spring 2015 First-Term Trainees)

February 9th, 2015 Categories: reporting... 1 comment

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!)

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It was for her

February 8th, 2015 Categories: enjoying..., pondering..., singing... 2 comments

I really enjoyed the campus Bible studies this week! On Thursday, we read the footnote for John 19:34, and a few paragraphs from the first message from Life-study of Romans.

But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.

So, I had read this footnote before, and appreciated that the blood is for redemption, the purchasing of the church, and that the water is for imparting life, for the producing of the church. It’s pretty amazing to see that, to realise that it is not random or even just for biological reasons that both blood and water came out of the Jesus’ side, but that both are so significant. But in our fellowship at the Bible study, I saw in a fresh way that the blood was for the purchasing of the church, and that the water was for the producing of the church.

Never say that you cannot believe

January 30th, 2015 Categories: enjoying... Be the first to comment

Along with many others here in the UK, I’ve been starting to get into the book of Romans a little this year. If you’d like to join in, you can find a suggested schedule here.

Having said that, in reading the Life-study of Romans, I’ve been finding it a little difficult to get into it. But this portion today really encouraged me:

The more we look at ourselves and examine ourselves, the faster our faith disappears. Faith is not our invention; it can never be initiated by us. It is impossible for us to generate faith. Faith is an aspect of Christ Himself. In fact, faith is Christ. Galatians 2:20 says that we live by the faith of the Son of God. I do not live by my faith—I have no faith of my own—but by the faith of the Son of the living God who has faith and who Himself is faith to me. If you look at yourself, you will never find faith, but if you forget about yourself and say, “O Lord Jesus, I love You,” faith will immediately rise up within you.

We believe in Christ by His faith, not by our own. Christ is our faith. Never say that you cannot believe, for you can believe if you want to. Do not try to believe by yourself, because the more you try the less faith you have. Simply say, “O Lord Jesus, I love You. Lord Jesus, You are so good.” If you do this, you will have faith immediately.

Life-study of Romans, message 5

Amen, thank You Lord! Faith comes out of hearing, and faith is Christ Himself infused into us!

Verses Sheets for Winter Training 2014: Exodus (1)

January 9th, 2015 Categories: eating... 3 comments

With the winter video training starting this evening, here are the verse sheets I have prepared to go along with the messages. I find these helpful in the messages and study times to quickly see the verses for each point together. I also find that asking why each verse supports that part of the outline helps me to see that point in the Word more myself.

Over the past few years, I have received feedback from others that they find these helpful too, which is why I make them available here. Some saints like to print them out, others like to look at the electronic copy on their device, but however you use it, I hope it is helpful to you too.

These verse sheets are for the Crystallization-study of Exodus (1) and all verses are taken from the Holy Bible Recovery Version. In order to conserve some space for those who like to print these, I haven’t quoted whole chapters, so you will need to look those up.

So faith comes out of hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ

January 5th, 2015 Categories: enjoying... Be the first to comment

“Although the people had no faith, faith came when God came in to speak a word.”

Life-study of Exodus, message 29

Lord, speak to us more in 2015!

PS: I really enjoyed the Winter School of Truth. The Bible is the Word of God! Hopefully I’ll share more on it soon :)