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 . portal7.info; ^ Kinnear, Angus (). The Normal Christian Life. Peabody: Hendrickson. [DOWNLОAD] The Normal Christian Life PDF | Watchman Nee | eBook.
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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 portal7.info *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.
As a result, slowly but surely, people who had previously never heard the name of Jesus were brought to Christ the Savior. Then in during the violence and upheaval of the Boxer Rebellion, Chinese believers were persecuted and martyred. Many missionaries were also killed. In the aftermath of such sacrifice and loss, Christians in the West persevered in their burden for China and continued to offer up fervent prayers for its people. In the s, the Lord answered these prayers and began to call young people to Himself in China. The gospel reached the educated circles, and many college students were brought to Christ.
This means that the Christian life is the yielding of all the dictates of our flesh and be of subjection to the Spirit. It is considered by many to be a spiritual classic of Christianity.
It has been reprinted and reissued in many editions and in many languages. The book's enduring appeal is not only due to Nee's exposition of Romans but also to the many illustrations, personal accounts, and anecdotes that Nee used.
The Normal Christian Life has impacted millions of Christians since Nee spoke it and is a major contributor to the house church movement today.
Smith of New Jersey in He recognized Nee as having been one of the most influential Chinese Christians of his era. In the Congressional record, The Normal Christian Life is highlighted by Smith as being among his most popular and influential books. It needs the Cross to crucify me. The Blood deals with the sin, but the Cross must deal with the sinner. What is our identity? We are wrongly focused much more on our doing rather than our being.
Our being defines us, not our doing. Ergo, our defeated life was derived from Adam as we were in him and then being in Christ, He becomes the source of our life as we are born again in Him. So, as we have said, the trouble is in our heredity, not in our behavior. Unless we can change our parentage here is no deliverance for us. As through the one mans disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one shall the many be made righteous.
In Adam we receive everything that is of Adam; in Christ we receive everything that is of Christ. What about sin? We have died to sin because we were baptized into His death When the Lord Jesus was on the Cross all of us died not individually, for we had not yet been born but, being in Him, we died in Him.
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. And spiritualization is not spirituality. No matter how insignificant any divine command may seem, it is an expression of the will of God; therefore, we never dare treat it lightly.
We cannot neglect the least of His commands with impunity. The importance of His requirements may vary, but everything that is of God has eternal purpose and eternal worth.
Of course, the mere observance of outward forms of service has no spiritual value whatever. All spiritual truths, whether pertaining to the inner or the outer life, are liable to be legalized. Everything that is of God—whether outward or inward—if in the Spirit is life; if in the letter it is death. So the question is not whether it is outward or inward, but whether it is in the Spirit or in the letter. It is our desire to accept and proclaim the whole Word of God.
We emphasize the necessity of following both the leading of the Spirit and the examples of the Word, because by comparing our ways with the written Word we can discover the source of our leading.