Series: Practicing to Live with the Present Christ

Read this article in PDF formatWe should seek to know Christ in the way He desires to be known: as the present Christ in His move and economy. Therefore, in this series of messages our brother fellowships with the saints about this matter of coming to the presence of the present Christ by means of calling, singing, Bible reading, prayer, and gathering with others.



The Outline for this Series of Messages

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One

The Distinguishing Characteristic of the Lord’s Recovery is the Present Christ


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To live with the present Christ is to have Christ as the normality of your Christian life. It is normal, as a Christian, to always have something fresh of Christ. In our experience, our Christ should always be getting better and better. For this we should all know Christ in the way He desires to be known: as the present Christ in His move and economy.


Two

The Necessary Exercises to Obtain the Presence of the Present Christ Privately (1): Living in God’s Presence to be Those Who Can Move God

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If you want to have the present Christ, you must have His presence. If you want to have His presence, you need to have a certain kind of living. To be in spirit, we need to learn to practice to call, to sigh, and to mourn.


Three

The Necessary Exercises to Obtain the Presence of the Present Christ Privately (2): Enjoying the Hymns

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A good hymn should have inspirations that inspire you, experiences that enhance and confirm your experience of Christ, expressions that bring the reality to you in its most expressive form, and revelation and truth. Thus, a good hymn can help you to be brought into the very presence of the Lord.


Four
The Necessary Exercises to Obtain the Presence of the Present Christ Privately (3): Practicing to Live with a Present Christ by Coming to the Word

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There are four basic ways to come to the Word. We should daily come to the Word for life by spending time to: Pray-read the Word, read-pray the Word, memorize the Word, read and study the Word.


Five
The Necessary Exercises to Obtain the Presence of the Present Christ Privately (4): Practicing to Live with a Present Christ in Prayer

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We should learn to abide in the Lord’s presence by speaking to Him in whatever condition or environment we find ourselves. In doing so, we should simply speak to the Lord in the most common, genuine expressions.


Six
Obtaining the Present Christ with His Presence Corporately (1)

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There are two clear situations in which the Lord promises that He will give us His presence. The first is as we disciple the nations by preaching the gospel. The second is as we gather into the Lord’s name.


Seven

Obtaining the Present Christ with His Presence Corporately (2)

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In the church life there are basically three kinds of meetings: the prayer meeting, the neighborhood or small group gatherings, and the Lord’s Day meeting, during which time most churches have the Lord’s table. There are other kinds of meetings, but we will consider these three.

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