One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the Lord abides forever (Ecc 1:4). John was the burning and shining lamp (Jn 5:35). He must increase, but I must decrease (Jn 3:30).
Held in August, the Preachers’ Spiritual Nurture Meeting lasted for 5 days. The International Assembly (IA) sent its Chairman, Elder Tse Fu Ming, to share his experiences in the ministry with the preachers, and to study the Scriptures. The theme of the meeting was “Passing on”. The Lord Jesus gave the true church two great commissions – externally, to preach the gospel and lead men back to the Lord (Mk 16:15-20), and internally, to pastor His sheep and build up the church (Jn 21:15-17).
There were many loyal servants who loved the Lord in the early days of the true church. They have built on bases (Ezra 3:3), and our mission is to continue the work on the bases. Therefore, the concept of passing on – the passing on of life, faith, truth, the gospel, the ministry, experience etc. – needs to be built up in the ministry of the church, while training of the disciples needs to be strengthened, so that the word of the Lord could grow mightily (Ac 19:20), and that the church could become a glorious church (Eph 5:27).