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    How to Help and Support Brothers and Sisters in Christ: 3 Principles

    By Bai Yang The Lord Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37–39). To love our neighbors as ourselves is something the Lord Jesus asks of us, and it is also the normal humanity we should live out. In our lives, we all wish to practice in accordance with the Lord’s teachings, to help and support our weak brothers and sisters with love, to intercede on behalf of brothers and sisters who have issues, and to give alms to help those brothers and sisters whose families struggle to meet their everyday needs, and so on. A lot of the time, however, we see that some brothers and sisters remain in a state of negativity and weakness despite receiving our help many times, and we just don’t know what else we can do. Sometimes, not only do we not resolve the issues of our brothers and sisters, but we can make them become even more negative. We therefore become confused, and think: I’ve tried my best to help my brothers and sisters, so how come I still haven’t been able to resolve their issues? Have I done something at odds with God’s will? In what way can I help and support my brothers and sisters in order to reap good results? With these questions in mind, I sought and prayed to God, and I sought to fellowship with some experienced brothers and sisters who comparatively pursued the truth, and I finally found three paths of practice. Here below I shall share with everyone the tiny harvest I have wrought in the hope that it may assist my brothers and sisters. 1. When Helping and Supporting Brothers and Sisters, Take an Individual Approach, Not a “One Size Fits All” Approach When we are helping and supporting our weak brothers and sisters, we always hope that they will come through their difficulties as soon as possible and then be able to attend church gatherings and read the Bible with a positive attitude. Much of the time, however, we can easily overlook the objective difficulties that our brothers and sisters have, as well as their actual statures and, with our good intentions and enthusiasm to help, we jump in with both feet, imposing the same standards on brothers and sisters who all have different statures. The result of this is that, not only do we not resolve their issues, but we also make some brothers and sisters feel that we are demanding more of them than they can achieve, and thus they become even more negative, and they backslide even more. God’s word says, “God’s work is carried out according to people’s actual circumstances, and is based on their innate caliber” (“Concerning the Bible (2)”). “You must understand the difficulties that objectively exist for most people, you must not be unreasonable or ‘try to teach a pig to sing’; that is foolish behavior. To resolve the many difficulties of men, you must understand the dynamics of the work of the Holy Spirit, you must understand how the Holy Spirit performs work on different people, you must understand the difficulties of men, the shortcomings of men, see through to the key issues of the problem, and get to the source of the problem, without deviations or errors. Only this kind of person is qualified to coordinate to serve God” (“What an Adequate Shepherd Should Be Equipped With”). These words allow us to understand that each brother and sister has different strengths and a different caliber, that they have not all believed in God for the same length of time, that they are all of different statures, that their understanding of the truth is all at different levels, and the states that arise within them when they encounter difficulties also differ from person to person. We must therefore take each case individually. Based on our individual inherent calibers and statures—that is, according to our individual actual situations—God asks of us only that which is appropriate. He does not constrain us to do anything that is beyond our ability to do or that which is entirely beyond us. Therefore, when we are helping and supporting our brothers and sisters, we should follow this principle too, and we have to understand the objective difficulties and actual situation of our brothers and sisters, take an individual approach, not a “one size fits all” approach, and not ask anything of our brothers and sisters that is beyond their ability to achieve. For example, when it comes to having no time to attend church gatherings, it could be because some brothers and sisters have only believed in God for a short time, because they don’t grasp the significance of attending gatherings, because they don’t understand God’s will and requirements and because they follow worldly trends and pay no heed to gatherings. We should therefore fellowship with them patiently to make them understand the importance of attending gatherings and so that they thoroughly understand that, by becoming mired in worldly trends, the only outcome will be that they will grow farther and farther away from God. Some brothers and sisters have believed in God for a long time and ordinarily they attend gatherings regularly, but because something untoward has happened at home, and they are blaming and misunderstanding God, they then miss a gathering. In this case, we can fellowship with them on what God’s will is and what God requires of us when trials and adversity befall us, and when the brother or sister’s misunderstandings about God have been dispelled, they then become willing to attend gatherings again. These are just two examples of how we can help brothers and sisters when they do not attend church gatherings. Once we have understood the actual difficulties of our brothers and sisters and have…

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    How to Get Eternal Life: Does the Bible Contain Eternal Life?

    By Tongtong When we speak of the Bible, everyone knows it as the canon of Christianity. All Christians have a Bible, during our devotionals and at meetings we read the Bible, and we rely on it even more in missionary work and preaching. The Bible could be said to be an inseparable part of every Christian’s life. Through reading the Bible, we learn that God created the heavens, the earth, and all things in them, that God once used a flood to destroy the world, that God led Moses out of Egypt, and that He proclaimed the laws and commandments and guided the Israelites in their lives, and taught them to worship God. We also learn from the Bible that, in the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus performed many divine miracles, cured many sick people, made Himself a sin offering to redeem all mankind, that His mercy and love were genuine, etc. Through reading the Bible, we come to know God’s authority, we increase our confidence in following God, and we do more good deeds in our lives and work. These are all things we gain from reading the Bible. No one can deny the value of the Bible’s existence to us, or the benefit and help it brings us. Therefore, many Christians believe the Bible is our path to gaining life in our belief in God, and that only by persisting in reading the Bible can we get eternal life. But some people read that the Lord Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me. And you will not come to Me, that you might have life” (John 5:39–40), and they feel confused: Since the Bible contains the words of God and the testimony of man, reading it should be able to give us eternal life. Why, then, does the Lord Jesus say the Bible doesn’t contain eternal life? In fact, this is an easy question to answer. We only have to look at the inside story behind God’s work recorded in the Bible during the Age of Law and the Age of Grace, as well as the results this work achieved, to understand why the Lord Jesus said that. In the Age of Law, Jehovah God primarily proclaimed the laws and commandments, and led the lives of the then newly-created mankind on earth. Although God also expressed some truths, He spoke those words primarily to make people obey His laws and commandments, worship God, learn to build altars, and learn that if they violated His laws and commandments, they were to make offerings to God upon those altars and repent. He didn’t do anything to change people’s life disposition, He simply did these things to lead people’s lives. In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus did the work of redemption, and during this time He performed many divine miracles; He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, calmed the waves and wind with a word, and used five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 people; and He spoke many words, primarily to teach people to confess their sins and repent, love others as themselves, be tolerant and patient, not to judge others, to forgive seventy times seven times, etc. The Lord Jesus preached the way of repentance, and when people accepted the way of repentance, the result was that they confessed, repented, and their sins were forgiven, outwardly they performed more good deeds, they didn’t steal, rob, strike or scold others, or drink, and some people were able to work diligently, expend for the Lord, forsake everything to follow the Lord, and spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus. But merely being gaining the Lord’s redemption for our sins does not represent that the root cause of our sin is resolved, nor that we are on a clear path to gaining eternal life. Even from the moment we believe in the Lord, we are controlled by our arrogant, conceited, selfish, despicable, twisted, and deceitful dispositions, and so we often engage in conflict, or belittle and exclude others; for the sake of our interests and reputations, we often scheme, deceive, and lie; in our belief in God, we often are unable to worship God even as we worship and follow men; at meetings and when we preach, we often exalt ourselves, and can’t honor God above all or testify God; and especially in times of disaster, we always run the risk of misunderstanding, blaming, or even betraying God. These expressions prove that the work done by God in the Age of Law and the Age of Grace was not to change our life disposition, but was instead to teach people to know their own sin, and to be able to confess their sins and repent. The Lord Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the son stays ever” (John 8:34–35). “Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Today, we often sin, the corrupt dispositions within us have not been purified, and we are still slaves to sin, so how could we say we have gained the way of eternal life and are ready to see the face of God? God is holy, and will never allow people full of sin to enter His kingdom. So, if we only accept God’s work in the Age of Law and the Age of Grace, no matter how we pursue, what price we pay, or how we suffer, we will never achieve change in our life disposition, we cannot achieve the effect of escaping sin, and even less can we gain the way of eternal life. So what is the way of eternal life then? We all know that mankind dies because of sin. If mankind gains the truth as life and resolves the problem of sin,…

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    The Power of Prayer

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