Chapter one of “Messages in
Preparation for The Spread of the Gospel” is Witness Lee’s fellowship in October
of 1988 with young workers who were to begin an activity for the Gospel. What
follows is from this book. It clearly shows Witness Lee’s correct Biblical
understanding of God’s move in life. His fellowship makes clear that he was not
promoting a local church movement or a Lord’s recovery movement.
The work of the Lord on earth was never a
movement. The Gospels show us that when the Lord Jesus was
working for God on earth, He did not advertise or gather huge gathering; He did
not solicit any contacts for the sake of the work. All social activities in
human society are basically movements. As such they need advertisements and huge
gatherings. There is also the need for soliciting contacts as a kind of work.
But the Lord was not promoting a movement on earth. Hence, the disciples whom
the Lord called were mostly humble people of little education …
The Lord Jesus certainly did
not promote a local church movement. Neither did the apostles work in the way of
a local church movement.
This was true not only with
the Lord Jesus; with the apostles it was the same. … these ones were uneducated
and unlearned men (Acts 4). … the apostles were not promoting a movement either.
According to his background,
Paul was much more refined than the Galilean fishermen. But neither was his
labor for God a work. … After he was saved, he did not promote a movement
either. We only see him preaching Christ Jesus everywhere. The Jews were jealous
of him; they tried their best to catch him. He was forced to go to Antioch, a
place not much noticed by the Jews (Acts
In Antioch he did not
promote any movement. Acts 13 tells us that … the Holy Spirit separated Paul and
Barnabas and sent them out (vv.
This sending was not a movement; there was no formality. Only a few prophets and
teachers laid their hands on them. When they went out to preach the gospel,
there was no organization or arrangement. … from the Gospels, the Acts, and the
Epistles, we cannot detect any flavor of a movement in the works of the Lord
Jesus or of the apostles. … what they did was not a movement but an activity in
life. They were a group of people constituted by life. They knew nothing except
to act according to life.
After Paul met the Lord on
the way to Damascus, he was completely changed. … For Paul, preaching Jesus was
not a work; rather it was his living. … Outwardly speaking, going out for
the spread of the gospel is a work. Actually, it has to be your living. Some
have misunderstood; they thought, “Brother Lee has gone to … promote a great
(Lord’s recovery) movement.” But I must tell you soberly that we are not after a
movement. To go out for the spread of the gospel is not a movement but a living.
When you go out, you are bringing the Lord Jesus and His gospel to people and
sharing with them the truth in the Bible. This move of dispensing is not a
(Lord’s recovery) movement but a living.
Witness Lee, taking the
pattern of the Lord and the apostles in the New Testament, worked according to
life, not for the promotion of a “local church movement” or a “Lord’s recovery
1. God's Move
2. Movement or Life
3. Go Bear Fruit
4. Fresh and Mature
6. Life Action
church in Salt Lake City