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Revolutionizing Our Church Life (1)

During the winter 2016 Vision Week, Brother Titus, rather than sharing what he had prepared, opened his heart to express what he saw as the churches’ need today and what the Lord has shown him as the solution.

In brief, he shared that we are in danger of falling into a routine, and so our church life needs to be revolutionized. This requires some who are willing, as pictured in Psalm 84, to go from “strength to strength,” with each one appearing “before God in Zion,” living at the golden incense altar. Because they know what they are doing and what they are for, everything will be fresh, vital, and far from ordinary. It will not be easy to make such a turn, but if even a small number can do it, everyone will be uplifted.

This message and the one following are from the final meeting of the week, which encapsulated Brother Titus’ burden for the entire week.


March 2017   |   Issue Number   26   |   From the 2016 Winter Vision Week, Message Number Nine, Part One

 

Moses: The Raising Up of The Tabernacle (6)

There were four coverings over the tabernacle. First was the covering of porpoise skin, second was the rams’ skin dyed red, third was the goats’ hair, and forth was the fine twisted linen. This message explores the outermost covering, made of porpoise skin. Although it was ugly in appearance, it was tough and durable, able to protect the tabernacle against any storms. How much we need this kind of covering in the church life today!


February 2017   |   Issue Number   26   |   From the 2014 Winter Vision Week, Message Number Four, Part Two

 

Moses: The Raising Up of The Tabernacle (5)

God told Moses to “make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen” (Exo. 26:1). Since every aspect of the tabernacle pictures something in the believer’s experience, we need to ask, what does this mean to us, and why did God single out the “twisted linen,” seeming to forget everything else? This message introduces the four coverings of the tabernacle, and then explores the significance of the covering of fine twisted linen.


January 2017   |   Issue Number   25   |   From the 2014 Winter Vision Week, Message Number Four, Part One

 

Moses: The Raising Up of The Tabernacle (4)

In the Old Testament, the pillars that held the fine linen of the outer court of the Tabernacle were made of acacia wood, representing the fine humanity of Jesus, and ultimately the living of those who have allowed God to work this humanity into them.

The church life today needs such humanity, and it is expressed through simple displays of care and love. The Lord commanded us to love one another, not to work on one another. This is not beyond any of us.


December 2016   |   Issue Number   24   |   From the 2014 Winter Vision Week, Message Number Three

 

Moses: The Raising Up of The Tabernacle (3)

When the Israelites where in the wilderness, God dwelt among them in the tabernacle. Those who approached this tabernacle from the outside would first have encountered the pillars and fine linen hangings that surrounded the outer court. How attractive and inviting this was! Surely something of God was inside!

This is a picture of those Christians in the church life today who have allowed God to work on them. They live in and are bound together by the salvation of God. When unbelievers meet such people, they are encouraged to enter and find God also.


November 2016   |   Issue Number   23   |   From the 2014 Winter Vision Week, Message Two

 

Moses: The Raising Up of The Tabernacle (2)

In the center of the tabernacle was the ark of testimony in the Holy of Holies. This represents God Himself, and shows us that God is the believer’s unique goal. If we are to be New Testament priests, we cannot be satisfied with anything else, even the other parts of the tabernacle. We must consecrate ourselves to reaching this goal in spite of our personal weaknesses and offenses.

This message continues a series shared by Brother Titus Chu during the winter 2014 Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a direct continuation of his sharing during the summer 2014 Vision Week.


October 2016   |   Issue Number   22   |   From 2014 Winter Vision Week, Message Number One; Part Two

 

Moses: The Raising Up of The Tabernacle (1)

What a marvelous picture the tabernacle is! In it we see Christ, all of God’s people with all their spiritual experiences as they grow in life, and all of God’s intent and purpose. This message explores this picture, and specifically how the tabernacle shows Christ as the mystery of God, and the church as the mystery of Christ.

This message begins a series shared by Brother Titus Chu during the winter 2014 Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a direct continuation of his sharing during the summer 2014 Vision Week.


September 2016   |   Issue Number   21   |   From 2014 Winter Vision Week, Message Number One; Part One

 

How Can We Go On as the Lord’s Testimony?

Do we have a clear vision of who we are and of what we are standing for? Because many among us, especially the younger saints, may not truly understand these matters, Brother Titus was burdened to share in the 2014 Summer Vision Week on the nature of our testimony, how we can go on, and how we should relate to other Christians.

This message, including the question and answer section at the end, is compiled from Brother Titus’ speaking at various times during the week.


August 2016   |   Issue Number   20   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Eleven

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (14)

Those who aspire to be New Testament priests must live a sanctified and pure life as they present their riches to those around them. God’s supply to us for this is the priestly garment, as pictured by that worn by Aaron in the Old Testament. This message explores three aspects of this garment: the gold plate worn on the forehead, the five colors making up the garment, and the pomegranates and golden bells on the hem of the skirt.


July 2016   |   Issue Number   19   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Ten

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (13)

God required the Old Testament priests to offer sacrifices, such as bulls and rams, as part of their service to Him. Such offerings were both their duty and their privilege. Today Christ has become the reality of these sacrifices, and as New Testament priests it is now our duty and privilege to experience Him as our offerings to God.


June 2016   |   Issue Number   18   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Nine (Part Two)

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (12)

God desires all his people today to serve Him as New Testament priests. However, many Christians have no knowledge of what such a service looks like, and thus substitute natural or even fleshly activities in its place.

Using the picture from the service of the tabernacle found in the Old Testament, this message explores what it means to serve God as a genuine priest, what our experience of the priestly service should be, and what provisions God has given us for this service.


May 2016   |   Issue Number   17   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Nine (Part One)

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (11)

In the Old Testament tabernacle the bronze laver stood between the altar and the tent of meeting. God told Moses the priests needed to wash in it before they could serve.

In our own experience the laver typifies, first, our being washed with the refreshing, cleansing water of the word. Second, it typifies how we must be exposed by God’s light so that we can be cleansed in a deep way.

We simply don’t know ourselves. We don’t know how terrible we are. We don’t know how selfish we are. We don’t know how much we are for self-gain. We don’t know how manipulating we are, trying to operate in every way just for our own benefit. If we came to the Lord in the Holy Place without the deep cleansing of the laver, we could not stand.


April 2016   |   Issue Number   16   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Eight

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (10)

As Christians, we live a life of being consumed by God. As typified by the altar in the Old Testament tabernacle, which was covered by two layers of bronze, this consuming has two aspects. The first relates to our personal Christian life, and the second, to our service for God. As we see from the history of Korah and those with him, if we are not dealt with before the Lord, our service can lead to a great deal of trouble and even damage the Lord’s testimony. This may bring in God’s judgment, but in His mercy, God can still use even such a negative situation to work out a blessing to His people


March 2016   |   Issue Number   15   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Seven

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (9)

As soon as we are saved, God intends for us to begin an altar life, a life of living on the altar. In this life, we are continually being burnt to ashes, but at the same time, we are also being enlarged. We can no longer boast in our ability or talent. We no longer have self confidence or assurance. Everything we were once proud of has been consumed. We have become ashes, but at the same time, we are established.

How much the Lord can build in us depends on how much He is able to consume us. The more we can tell the Lord to consume us, the more Lord will be able to build Himself in us. If we are willing, the altar will become our living.


February 2016   |   Issue Number   14   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Six

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (8)

Our entire Christian life should be one of bearing the cross while being focused on God Himself and His desire. This is signified in the Old Testament by the bronze altar and the ark of the covenant; that is, our entire life should be spent on the altar looking at the ark. If we take our eyes off the ark, we will never stay on the altar.

The ark is our unique goal. Be assured, if we find ourselves running after other things, even Christian things, we are off the altar. God is not after proper practice. He is after His counterpart. If we remain consecrated on the altar with our eyes on the ark, this will be our goal also. We never graduate from this experience.


January 2016   |   Issue Number   13   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Five

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (7)

In the previous issue, we saw how God was very specific when He told Moses what materials were to be used in constructing the tabernacle, and then began to consider the spiritual significance of the structure of the tabernacle, covering the boards made of acacia wood. In this issue, we go on to consider the ark. In it, we see that God considers Himself to be incomplete without man, and for His eternal satisfaction will do anything to gain man to be His counterpart at the church. Only this can truly satisfy Him.


December 2015   |   Issue Number   12   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Five

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (6)

God was very specific when He told Moses what materials were to be used in constructing the tabernacle. These included gold, which represents God Himself, acacia wood, which represents profound, solid humanity, and silver, which represents the redemption of Christ. They also included bronze, which represents God’s judgment, and fine linen which represents the living out of the fine humanity of Christ. All of these items together present a marvelous picture of God’s work in the church life for our growth to become His corporate testimony.

In this message, Brother Titus also begins to consider the structure of the tabernacle, with the spiritual significance of the boards made of acacia wood.


December 2015   |   Issue Number   11   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Four, Part 2

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (5)

From what God unveiled to Moses, and the experience of the children of Israel at Mount Sinai, we see that the Christian life should be a festival, in which we are constantly feasting with God and with our fellow believers in Christ. Eventually, not only is God brought to man through such a feasting, but man is also brought to God by the tabernacle, the priesthood, and the offerings. Eventually, all these together will issue in us becoming the corporate testimony of God on the earth.


  |   Issue Number   10   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Four, Part 1

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (4)

Moses’ life was in three stages, first in Egypt, then in the wilderness of Midian, and finally in serving God by leading the children of Israel out of Egypt to Mount Sinai and the good land. In the last stage he received God’s progressive revelation of Himself to His chosen people. This revelation is seen in the 10 commandments, in the Sabbath, and in the festivals of Israel.


  |   Issue Number   9   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Three

 

Moses: A Man Bearing a Divine Commitment (1)

Moses’ life was in three stages, first in Egypt, then in the wilderness of Midian, and finally in serving God by leading the children of Israel out of Egypt to Mount Sinai and the good land. In the last stage he received God’s progressive revelation of Himself to His chosen people. This revelation is seen in the 10 commandments, in the Sabbath, and in the festivals of Israel.


  |   Issue Number   9   |   From 2014 Summer Vision Week, Message Number Three

 

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