We 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.
Message One: The Distinguishing Characteristic of the Lord’s Recovery is the Present Christ
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.
Message Two: Exercises to Obtain the Presence of Christ Privately (1): Living in God’s Presence to be Those Who Can Move God
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.
Message Three: Exercises to Obtain the Presence of Christ Privately (2): Enjoying the Hymns
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.
Message Four (Part One): Exercises to Obtain the Presence of Christ Privately (3): The Word
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.
Message Four (Part Two): Exercises to Obtain the Presence of Christ Privately (4): Prayer
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.
Message Five: Obtaining the Present Christ with His Presence Corporately
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.