88. Principles for Watering Newcomers
1. We must provide new believers with adequate watering and sustenance on the aspects of visions of the truth so that they may become well-rooted in the true way as soon as possible.
2. Newcomers must be watered and supported with love. They are to be gently encouraged, and inspired and guided so that they may properly eat and drink God’s words and fellowship on the truth.
3. Deal with newcomers wisely and take care to observe their states and difficulties. Resolve currently held notions and issues in a timely manner.
4. Have newcomers understand the significance of believing in God and performing their duty, and be able to love and pursue the truth in order to enter into the right track of belief in God.
Relevant Words of God:
You must understand the truths of the visionary aspect, and as for the truths relating to practice, you need to find the appropriate paths of practice once you have understood them; you need to practice according to the words, and enter in according to your conditions. Visions are the foundation, and if you pay no attention to this, you will not be able to follow to the very end. As you experience this way, you will either go astray or fall down and fail. There will be no way to succeed! People who do not have great visions as their foundation can only fail and not succeed. You cannot stand firm!
When a person has visions he has a foundation. When you practice on the basis of this foundation, it will be much easier to enter in. This way you will have no misgivings on the basis of entering in, and it will be very easy for you to enter in. This aspect of understanding visions, of understanding the work is the key. You must be equipped with this aspect. If you are not equipped with this aspect of the truth, and only talk about the paths of practice, this is a huge defect. I have discovered that many of you do not emphasize this aspect, and when you listen to this aspect of truth it’s just like listening to doctrinal words. One day you will stand to lose. There are some words now that you do not understand and have not assimilated; in this case you should seek patiently, and the day will come when you understand. Become equipped little by little. Even if you understand only a few spiritual doctrines, it is better than paying no attention to them. It is better than understanding none at all. This is all helpful to your entry, and will clear away those doubts of yours. It is better than your being filled with notions. It is much better to have these visions as a foundation. With no misgivings whatsoever, it is possible to enter in with a strut and a swagger. Why bother always confusedly following in a doubtful way?
from “You Must Understand the Work; Don’t Follow Confusedly!” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You must come to know the vision of God’s work and grasp the general direction of His work. This is entry in a positive way. Once you accurately master the truths of the vision, your entry will be secure; no matter how His work changes, you will remain steadfast in your heart, be clear about the vision, and you will have a goal for your entry and your pursuit. In such manner, all the experience and knowledge within you will grow deeper and become more refined. Once you have grasped the bigger picture in its entirety, you will suffer no losses in life, and you shall not be lost. If you do not come to know these steps of work, you shall suffer loss at each of them. You cannot turn around in just a few days, and you will not be able to set upon the right track in even a few weeks. Is this not setting you back? There is much of entry in a positive manner and such practices that you must master, and so too must you grasp several points on the vision of His work, such as the significance of His work of conquest, the path to being made perfect in the future, what must be achieved through experience of trials and tribulations, the significance of judgment and chastisement, the principles of the work of the Holy Spirit, and the principles of perfection and of conquest. These are all truths of the vision. The rest are the three stages of work of the Age of Law, the Age of Grace, and the Age of Kingdom, as well as future testimony. These too are truths pertaining to the vision, and are the most fundamental, as well as most crucial.
from “The Difference Between the Ministry of the Incarnate God and the Duty of Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You must have an understanding of the people with whom you fellowship and fellowship about spiritual matters in life, only then can you supply life to others and make up for their inadequacies. You should not take a lecturing tone with them, which is fundamentally the wrong position to have. In fellowship you must have an understanding of spiritual matters. You must have wisdom and be able to understand what is in the hearts of other people. You must be a correct person if you are to serve others and you must fellowship with what you have.
from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning
Without grasping many situations in reality, you are unable to achieve transformation in your disposition. If you have grasped many conditions, then you will be able to understand various manifestations of the work of the Holy Spirit, and see clearly through and discern much of the work of the evil spirits. You must expose the many notions of men and go straight to the heart of the issue; you must also point out many deviations in people’s practice or problems in believing in God so that they may recognize them. At the very least, you must not make them feel negative or passive. However, you must understand the many difficulties that objectively exist for 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.
from “What an Adequate Shepherd Should Be Equipped With” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
Watering new believers so they can quickly establish a firm foundation on the true way and enter the right track of believing in God is the most fundamental and core work of God’s house. The truths that must be watered well to new believers include: The truth of the three stages of God’s work; the truth relating to God’s incarnation; the truth relating to God’s name; the truth relating to the difference between God’s work and man’s work; the truth relating to discerning the true Christ from the false ones; the truth relating to the knowledge of the work of the Holy Spirit and discernment of the work of the evil spirits; the truth relating to bringing God’s words into real life; and the truth relating to being an honest person, etc. Water these truths deep into the hearts of all those who accept God’s work so they can lay good foundations. This can ensure that they can stand firm on the true way and not betray or deny God no matter what disturbances they encounter from satanic demons. Only when one’s work achieves this result does he serve God to His liking and genuinely carry out God’s will.
from Watering and Supplying New Believers is the Top Priority of the Church’s Work in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of The Church of Almighty God
So that all of God’s chosen people may understand the truth, church leaders and workers should employ a method of “gentle encouragement, inspiration and guidance, unified thinking, and achieving the proper standard together” in their work. During gatherings, going through the process as “It’s enough to say something, and once you’ve spoken it’s fine” is absolutely forbidden. This is a display of muddling through, and cheating God. It is not leading people to enter into the truth.
from The Fellowship From the Above
Since new believers are lacking a foundation, they are within a dangerous period. There are more potential stumbling blocks for them; because they are lacking various aspects of the truth, they are apt to stumble in any given aspect. The greatest hallmark of new believers is that they hold on to too many religious doctrines, so they are likely to develop notions about God and be deceived by others. This leads some people to stumble because their notions are too great, and this is because they do not have true understanding of God, so they take their own imaginations, notions, and doctrines as the truth. They develop notions about anything that is not in line with their own imaginations, and anything that is not in line with their own will. This aspect of newcomers is the most difficult to deal with, so we must have enormous patience for them and lose no time in watering them with the truth to prevent them from stumbling over their own notions.
from The Fellowship From the Above
In order to lead people to enter into the truth of God’s words, the life in the church to get people to know their own corrupt essence cannot be relied upon on its own. It is also necessary to grab onto how people actually reveal their corrupt dispositions and resolve that in a timely manner; it is necessary to grab onto people’s notions and judgments, and resolve that in a timely manner. Only this way can people be led to fully enter into the truth.
from “All Levels of Church Leaders Must Recognize the Battle of the Spiritual World” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of The Church of Almighty God
If nonbelievers are willing to accept the work of God, we should lead them to accept His work in the last days and bring them in front of God. This is our bounden duty. Every church must be responsible for good management and sustenance for newcomers who hadn’t believed in God before in their surrounding area. Those in the church who understand the truth must shoulder the work of giving sustenance and watering to newcomers who hadn’t believed in God before. Those newcomers who used to be nonbelievers who genuinely believe, are willing to participate in gatherings, and have acceptable humanity must be given good sustenance and management. Not a single one can be abandoned. For those who do not have good humanity and do not genuinely believe in God, or who doubt if there is a God or not, your responsibilities still must be fulfilled. You must act with the utmost patience and generosity of heart. If they truly do not believe, you cannot force them. You must provide good management and sustenance for those who genuinely believe in God and are willing to join gatherings and listen to sermons. You cannot give up on a single one of them. This is God’s will, and it is His commission.
from The Fellowship From the Above
God’s will is to thoroughly save mankind. As long as there is a thread of hope for man, God will not give up. However, the majority of church leaders show disdain for newcomers who were brought in through the hard work of spreading the gospel. They even see them as inessential and ignore them; they do not arrange for their most capable people to water them and provide sustenance for them so that they may truly turn back toward God. This is something that is seriously destructive and disruptive to God’s work. These church leaders only look at their own blessings and couldn’t care less if others live or die. That really is selfish and despicable. In order to save those who have already acknowledged and accepted God’s work, church leaders at every level must put all their effort into gaining a good grasp on the work of watering newcomers. In order to ensure the salvation of newcomers to the greatest extent possible and to have them truly turn to stand in front of God, the principle of district management can be adopted. This way, no matter how many newcomers there are, there will always be someone responsible for them, and not a single one will fall through the cracks. The principles of district management are as follows. Every person must be responsible for at least one portion (anywhere from several people to between several and twenty), and they must ensure that not a single one who genuinely believes in God and has relatively good humanity is lost. Coordinators assigned by the regional decision-making team should directly check up on this work, and leaders for each district must take direct responsibility for this. They must re-assign all those who are effective and experienced in watering newcomers to complete these tasks. Those who are not suited to watering newcomers absolutely should not be used in this capacity, and they must be transferred so that this work is not held up. It can be said that this is the most important work, and if the people who are in the most urgent need of salvation are put on the sidelines and not saved, then doing any other kind of work is meaningless. The work of the church is the work of saving mankind, and no matter how many important tasks there are in the church, if there is an urgent need for watering of newcomers, the work of having them set down roots must be done first. This is the work of primary importance. Of course there is some important work that must take place at the same time, but the work of spreading the gospel, and watering and giving sustenance to newcomers cannot be delayed in the slightest. The work of allowing newcomers to root themselves in the true way is the most basic work. Leaders and workers at every level in the church must be able to distinguish between tasks for God’s house that are heavy or light, and gradual or urgent. Only this is a servant who is intelligent and insightful.
from The Fellowship From the Above