89. The Principles of Watering and Supplying God’s Chosen People
1. You must water and supply God’s chosen people on a step-by-step basis according to the principles in work arrangements, so as to enable them to understand the truth and enter onto the right track of belief in God;
2. You must grasp the fundamentals and use the truth to resolve problems according to the Holy Spirit’s present work, thus enabling God’s chosen people to obey God’s work and perform their duties;
3. You must fellowship the essence of the truth according to the states of God’s chosen people. The minimum requirement is to not let people become negative and passive, and for them to be able to pursue the truth and enter into reality;
4. You must fellowship the truth according to the statures, calibers and practical difficulties of God’s chosen people, varying your approach from person to person, and not employing a “one size fits all” approach.
Relevant Words of God:
In their work, workers must pay attention to two points: One is to do the work exactly according to the principles stipulated by the work arrangements. Workers must not violate these principles, not work according to their own imaginations, and not according to their own will. They should show concern for the work of God’s family, and put the interests of the family of God first in everything they do. The other point is also key, and that is, in everything they do, to pay attention to following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to do everything strictly in keeping with the word of God. If you disobey the guidance of the Holy Spirit or if you stubbornly follow your own mind and do things according to your own imagination, this constitutes a most serious opposition to God. Frequently disobeying the enlightenment and guidance of the Holy Spirit leads to a dead end. There is no way to go on with work if one has lost the work of the Holy Spirit, and though one does work, nothing is accomplished.
from “The Main Principles of How Workers Work” in Records of Christ’s Talks
If you want to do a good job in leading others and serving as God’s witnesses, most importantly, you must have a deeper understanding of God’s purpose in saving people and the purpose of His work. You must understand the will of God and His various requirements of people. You must be practical in your efforts; experience only as much as you understand and communicate only that which you know. Do not boast, do not exaggerate, and do not make irresponsible remarks. If you exaggerate, people will detest you and you will feel reproached afterward; this is just too inappropriate. When you provide the truth to others, you don’t necessarily have to be coercive in order for them to attain the truth. If you yourself don’t have the truth, yet you are coercive toward others, they will fear you. But that doesn’t mean they understand the truth. In some administrative work, it’s fine for you to deal with and prune others and discipline them to a certain degree. But if you cannot provide the truth and know only how to be overbearing and to chide others, your corruption and ugliness will be revealed. With the passage of time, as people are unable to obtain life or practical things from you, they will come to detest you, feel disgust for you. Those who lack discernment will learn negative things from you; they will learn to deal with and prune others, to get angry, to lose their temper. Isn’t that tantamount to sending others on the path of Paul, a path toward perdition? Is that not an evildoing? Your work should focus on communicating the truth and providing life to others. If all you do is blindly deal with and lecture others, how will they ever understand the truth?
from “Providing the Truth Is the Real Way to Lead Others” in Records of Christ’s Talks
You must have an understanding of the many conditions men will be in when the Holy Spirit performs work on them. In particular, those who coordinate to serve God must have an even better grasp of the many conditions brought about by the work that the Holy Spirit performs on men. If you only talk about many experiences and many ways of entering in, it shows that your experience is too one-sided. 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 work of a qualified worker can bring people to the right way and allow them to go deeper into the truth. The work he does can bring people before God. In addition, the work he does can vary from individual to individual and is not bound by rules, allowing people release and freedom. Moreover, they can gradually grow in life, go progressively deeper into the truth. The work of an unqualified worker falls far short; his work is foolish. He can only bring people into rules; what he demands of people does not vary from individual to individual; he does not work according to the actual needs of the people. In this type of work, there are too many rules and too many doctrines, and it cannot bring people into reality or into normal practice of growth in life. It can only enable people to stand by a few worthless rules. This kind of guidance can only lead people astray.
from “God’s Work and Man’s Work” 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 “The Thirteenth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
The work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the above represent the new steps and direction of the work of the Holy Spirit. Hence, leaders and workers of all levels must closely follow the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the above to communicate the truth and fulfill their duties. This is a principle of serving God and also the right path of service. … It can be said for certain that the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the above are the present work of the Holy Spirit and come from the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit to all of God’s chosen people. Work that comes from the Holy Spirit can of course reveal a person, and can also lead and guide all those who pursue the truth to understand the truth and enter reality. …If a leader or worker can accept the work arrangements, sermons and fellowships of the above, then they will be able to communicate the truth and reality in the church, be able to coordinate with the work of the Holy Spirit, and guide God’s chosen people into the reality of truth.
from “The Meaning and Explanation of the Ten Principles of the Church Life Established by God’s Family” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of The Church of Almighty God
Serving God is to guide God’s chosen people to eat and drink God’s words and to experience God’s words so that they can have an understanding of the truth and enter into reality and become people that obey and worship God. This is how to put into practice guiding people before God. In the process of putting this into practice, you must, according to your own experience and understanding of the truth, continuously resolve all the problems that God’s chosen people encounter in their experiences. In this way, while God’s chosen people gradually come to understand the truth and enter into the reality of God’s words, they also achieve a genuine understanding of God and in the end will be able to absolutely obey and worship God. If you can achieve these results while you are accomplishing God’s commission, you are someone that genuinely serves God. While practicing serving God, each time you fellowship, you will be able to exalt God, bear witness to God’s deeds, use the truth to resolve problems and help people produce a genuine understanding, praise and worship for God. If you can achieve these results, then you will be serving God in the most substantial way.
from “If One Is to Enter Reality, One Must Resolve the Problem of Adhering to Rules” in Collection of Sermons—Supply for Life
There are several principles of practice for sustenance within the church: 1. Provision of the truth should occur in stages, with steps, and should also be integrated with practical needs; 2. When communicating the truth, integrate it with reality and delve deeply into the essence of the truth in accordance with the states of the people in the church to avoid empty talks of doctrines; 3. Try to make sure everyone has a way forward and can carry out their duty.
from The Fellowship From the Above
In watering a church it is important to help everyone understand the truth as well as know God’s work and how to go along with it. There are several principles of practice that are necessary to achieve these results: 1. Fully and clearly fellowship on the truth as it relates to God’s work; 2. Integrate this in practical ways and raise examples in your explanations so that people are truly able to understand; 3. Help people not only understand the truth but also gain a path of practice. These are the principles of practice for watering a church.
from The Fellowship From the Above