Question (2) At church meetings, after we pray, we start reading the work arrangements and fellowship from the above, but very rarely do we eat or drink God’s word, and sometimes we don’t do it at all. I believe that eating and drinking God’s word should come first, and reading the work arrangements and fellowship from the above should come afterward, but the others say doing so is blindly following doctrine and discriminating against the man used by the Holy Spirit, and that by doing so I won’t keep up with the latest steps in God’s work. I would like fellowship from the above on this aspect of practice.
The answer is as follows: You all seem to make a good point, but do any of you know whether doing things your own way produces results? The key is whether it produces results. Suppose now the work arrangements arrive do you think you should fellowship on them? Why should you do so? Can you see this matter clearly? If you can, then your suggestion to fellowship on them is correct, but if you can’t, you are blindly following doctrine. What precisely are work arrangements? How are they related to God’s word? Work arrangements are realities of God’s words that need to be entered into. They are all practical experiences of God’s word, the problems they raise need to be solved to gain entry into God’s word, and they are paths of practice for entry into God’s word. So, only by fellowshiping on work arrangements can you achieve entry into the realities of God’s words. Without fellowshiping on work arrangements, there will be some problems in your practical experience and some practical problems in your entry into life that cannot be solved. So, if you don’t fellowship on work arrangements, and exclusively eat and drink God’s words, you won’t gain entry into the realities of God’s words, and there will be some problems you can’t solve. For example, work arrangements talk about banning false leaders. What does this have to do with God’s word? Who can explain this? Without penetration into this matter, what good does it do you to fellowship on work arrangements? You must have penetration into why you should fellowship on work arrangements and the relationship between work arrangements and entry into God’s word. Without penetration into that relationship, what good does following doctrine accomplish? Aren’t there portions of God’s word explaining how to discern false leaders, false workers, and false shepherds? Aren’t there portions of God’s word explaining how people can be freed from the constraints of man and escape from the influence of Satan? But as to the specifics of how to escape from it, how to discern, which people are those false ones, and what behavior they exhibit, can eating and drinking God’s word alone enable you to solve these practical problems? You remain unable to resolve them, but the above has resolved them. The above has penetration into them, and so the above delivers work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship to help you understand. Isn’t this helping you resolve practical problems in your entry into God’s word? So, when you fellowship on the work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship from the above, what can you achieve? Entry into the reality of God’s word. Without this fellowship, if you merely read through God’s word, you will never achieve such entry, or your entry will always be shallow and dim. Therefore, the fellowship and work arrangements from the above are meant to guide your path, guide your experience of God’s word, guide you toward entry into God’s word and toward a path to understand the truth. They are guidance. Once you finish reading the work arrangements you’ll understand, and then you’ll suddenly think of many similar passages in God’s word, match them up, and solve the problem. Doesn’t that solve a practical problem about gaining entry into God’s word? Without the work arrangements, fellowship, and sermons from the above, you would never be able to experience or gain penetration into what God’s word refers to, or the practicalities or specific problems spoken of in God’s word. Even now, some people say, “Can church leaders be wrong? Following church leaders means following God, it means submitting to God’s work!” You see, they eat and drink God’s word, but they lack understanding of what God refers to when He tells people to escape from Satan’s dark influence, abandon those false shepherds, leaders, and workers, and rebel against the great red dragon. People don’t understand God’s word, but they still read it and fellowship on it without any understanding in their real life and church life. Don’t they need guidance? So, through the guidance from the above, without realizing it people come to understand the practicalities in God’s word and begin to gain entry into its reality. Without the work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship from the above, with only a copy of the book of God’s word in your hands, you could eat and drink God’s word for a lifetime, but what you could accomplish would be limited. The work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship from the above guide you in the direction of entry into the reality of God’s word and give you a path, a route. The issues and realities dealt with in the work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship from the above are the realities in God’s word. If you can gain entry into these things, understand them, and practice them, you will have reality, your eating and drinking of God’s word will be truly effective. If you don’t follow the work arrangements from the above or lack penetration into them and the sermons and fellowship of the above, it means all the years you have eaten and drunk God’s word are in vain. You’ve gained nothing. So, now, if you are required to fellowship in meetings about the work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship from the above, do you have penetration into the relationship between this and eating and drinking God’s word? Do these things conflict? The work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship from the above are all in God’s word, they are all things the words of God that you should understand and have entry into refer to and practicalities in them. Once you understand the relationship, the next time you eat and drink God’s word or fellowship on the work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship from the above, what doctrine and process should you follow? Your suggestion to first eat and drink God’s words is correct, but do those words of God conform with the work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship? Do they contain the same meaning? If not, what good does following a process do you? If you have prepared in advance—you have first read the work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship, and then found which portions of God’s word are involved in the work arrangements, or which portions of God’s word the work arrangements are to help you understand, then in meetings you can first eat and drink these words of God, and then fellowship on the work arrangements, sermons, and fellowship. This is in accord with God’s will, because this way, when you eat and drink God’s words, it bears fruit, and when you read the work arrangements you will see they are precisely the fruit and realities which you should bear and enter into by eating and drinking these words of God. If you eat and drink God’s word like this, you’re doing it right. If you are merely following doctrine, and your efforts do not bear such fruit, even if your form is correct, what you’re doing is meaningless.