#32 Bearing the Ultimate Responsibility in God’s Ultimate Move (3)
Brother Tom Goetz continues our series on bearing the ultimate responsibility in God’s ultimate move.
Scripture Reading: Phil. 1:21a; Eph. 4:16, 24; Rev. 1:2, 9, 11-12; 19:7; 5:6; Acts 20:24
I. We need to bear the ultimate responsibility related to the world’s ultimate situation, God’s ultimate move, and God’s ultimate recovery:
C. Our ultimate responsibility is to spread the testimony of Jesus by establishing local churches as golden lampstands—Rev. 1:11-12, 20:
1. The spreading of the Lord’s recovery must be considered part of our ultimate responsibility—Mark 16:15, 20; John 15:16; Acts 1:8.
2. For the universal spreading of the church as the testimony of Jesus, we need to plant “church trees” as golden lampstands for the corporate expression of the Triune God—1 Cor. 1:2; Rev. 1:11-12, 20:
a. Although we cannot form the church, we have the position, the right, the opportunity, and even the commission to go to the uttermost part of the earth to establish local churches by planting church trees—Acts 1:8; 13:1-3; Gal. 1:2; Rev. 1:11; 1 Cor. 1:1-2; 1 Thes. 1:1.
b. The local churches as church trees are golden lampstands, which are actually living, golden trees—Rev. 1:11-12, 20.
c. In figure, the golden lampstand signifies the church as the embodiment and the expression of the Triune God—vv. 11-12.
d. We all need to establish local churches by planting church trees, golden lampstands—Rom. 16:16b; Gal. 1:2; 1 Thes. 1:1; 2:14.