Quote of the Week: The All-Inclusive Christ

April 22, 2014

“‘The resurrected Christ is unlimited. Apply Him to the situation. He can never be exhausted. By the power of the resurrected Christ you can follow the steps of the incarnated Jesus. With the life of the resurrected Christ, you can live out the life of the limited Jesus.”

From The All-Inclusive Christ by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 52). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy on our order page. You can also download a free PDF version here.

Using Digital Tools to Spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ

April 20, 2014

This post is a personal testimony written by a BfA staff member.

I like to get to know new people, hear their stories, and take every opportunity to share my enjoyment of the Lord Jesus with them. Air travel often presents excellent opportunities for me to talk to people about Christ.

Recently, I had such an opportunity. While flying over the Pacific, I felt the Lord’s urging to speak something of the gospel to my seatmate. As the hours went by, I felt more and more convicted that I just needed to say something to him.

But what could I tell him? Eventually, I asked, “Have you ever heard of the three parts of man?”

Quote of the Week: 1 Timothy 1:4, note 3

April 15, 2014

1 Timothy 1:4—“Nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God’s economy, which is in faith.”

Note 3 on economy: “The Greek word means household law, implying distribution (the base of this word is of the same origin as that for pasture in John 10:9, implying a distribution of the pasture to the flock). It denotes a household management, a household administration, a household government, and, derivatively, a dispensation, a plan, or an economy for administration (distribution); hence, it is also a household economy. God’s economy in faith is His household economy, His household administration (cf. note 101 in Eph. 1; Eph. 3:9), which is to dispense Himself in Christ into His chosen people that He may have a house to express Himself, which house is the church (3:15), the Body of Christ. The apostle’s ministry was centered on this economy of God (Col. 1:25; 1 Cor. 9:17), whereas the different teachings of the dissenting ones were used by God’s enemy to distract His people from this economy. In the administration and shepherding of a local church, this divine economy must be made fully clear to the saints.”

What Is Faith and Where Does It Come From?

April 13, 2014

What exactly is faith? Is it positive thinking? Is it determining to believe something even in the face of difficulties? Do some people just have an innate ability to believe?

A definition of faith

Hebrews 11:1 tells us what faith is:

“Now faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Note 1 in the New Testament Recovery Version on this verse helps us understand more fully what this means:

Quote of the Week: The Economy of God

April 8, 2014

“‘We must believe in the Lord in the midst of our environment. In all the situations within our set of circumstances, we must always exercise our heart to believe the Lord.”

From The Economy of God by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 66). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy on our order page. You can also download a free PDF version here.

Why We Need to Confess Our Sins and How to Do It

April 6, 2014

As believers we’re saved eternally, and God desires that we, as believers, would not sin. We can see this in the story of the Lord Jesus and the adulterous woman in John 8. Jesus, as the only One without sin, the only One who can forgive sin, and the only One qualified to condemn sin, did not condemn this woman. But, the Savior’s last words to her were this: “Go, and from now on sin no more.”

As much as we don’t want to, we still sin in our daily lives because the sinful nature was injected into us through the fall. Because God is holy, He cannot tolerate sin, and our sin separates us from Him, becoming a barrier to our fellowship with Him and even causing us to lose the joy of our salvation. Isaiah 59:2 says,

“Your iniquities have become a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”

How serious is sin! Its seriousness should make us realize we cannot tolerate it or give sin any ground in our lives. However, when we do fail and sin, what should we do?

Quote of the Week: Galatians 3:13, note 1

April 1, 2014

Galatians 3:13—“Christ has redeemed us out of the curse of the law, having become a curse on our behalf; because it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone hanging on a tree.’”

Note 1 on become a curse: “The curse of the law issued from the sin of man (Gen. 3:17). When Christ took away our sin on the cross, He redeemed us out of the curse of the law.”

The Difference between Sin and Sins and God’s Provision for Both

March 30, 2014

Since believing in the Lord Jesus and receiving His life, have you tried very hard to live a sinless life, only to be disappointed? The harder you try, the less you succeed. Perhaps you’ve even doubted your salvation altogether, or thought you lost it. Rest assured: once you’re saved, you’re saved eternally. Yet a question may still loom in your mind, “If I’m a Christian, why can’t I stop sinning?”

In this post we’ll look at portions from Watchman Nee’s book The Normal Christian Life, which expounds the book of Romans, to show us how knowing the difference between sin and sins can free us from both in our experience.

Quote of the Week: The Glorious Church

March 25, 2014

“‘When we believe in Him, we receive His life. We all become God’s sons, and as such, we all belong to God. Because we have this life within us, as men we can be entrusted by God to fulfill His purpose.”

From The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 18). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy on our order page. You can also download a free PDF version here.

Letting the Word of God Dwell in You Richly—the Pattern of Stephen

March 23, 2014

In Acts 6, the apostles looked for seven well-attested men to serve in the daily dispensing of material to supply the needy believers. Among the seven they appointed was a man named Stephen—a man the Bible says was full of faith, the Holy Spirit, grace, and power, and who did great wonders and signs among the people.

Verse 10 tells us that some Jews from the synagogue and various others disputed with Stephen, but “they were not able to withstand the Spirit and wisdom with which he spoke.” Frustrated by this, they instigated some to accuse Stephen of blaspheming against Moses and God. This stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, who then came upon Stephen, seized him, and led him to the Sanhedrin, the Jewish court. There, even more false witnesses were set up to falsely accuse Stephen of saying certain things.