Message 1

The Perfecting of the Serving Saints

I. We must have a serving spirit - Mark 10:42-45

A.     By presenting ourselves a living sacrifice - Rom. 12:1

B.     By a specific long term commitment to a particular service, receiving a burden from

the Lord - Rom. 12:6-8

C.     By not being slothful, but burning in spirit, serving the Lord as a slave - Rom. 12:11

D.     By serving in the coordination of the Body - Rom. 12:4-5

II. We must have a clear vision and a definite goal for service

A. To preserve and rescue the young people from the usurpation of Satan and the

corruption of this evil age

B. To lead and inspire the young people to know and experience Christ in an inward

way, not just objectively

C. To motivate and strengthen the young people to build up their being and cultivate a

proper, excellent character

D. To promote and encourage the young people to obtain the best education for both

their spirit and their soul

III. We must have a sanctified service - John 17:14-19

A.     We must sanctify ourselves for the sake of the young people - John 17:19

B.     We must be separated from the world with its earthly pleasures and worldly

enjoyment 1 John 2:15-17; James 4:4; Num. 6:1-12 [See: The Principle of the Nazarite,

Witness Lee]

C. We must be sanctified by the Father's holy word (both constant, vv. 14, 17, and

instant, v. 8) - John 17:14-17, note 17 \ [See: Life-Study of John, Message 40;

Witness Lee]

D. We must be a holy priesthood - 1 Peter 2:5, note 5 5

IV. We must be a pattern and an example in serving - John 13:15; 1 Peter 2:21;

1 Tim. 4:12; Titus 2:7-8

A.     We must be proper in our being, our character - 1 Thess. 1:5-7

B.     We must be holy in our conduct, our manner of life - 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 Tim. 2:8

[See: Life-Study of 1 Peter, Message 11, p. 91 ff.; Message 12; Life-Study of 1

Timothy, Message 4, pp. 33-35; Witness Lee]

C. We must be sanctified in our appearance - 1 Tim. 2:9-10 [See: Life-Study of 1

Timothy, Message 4, pp. 36-40; Witness Lee]

D. We must forsake every form and appearance of evil and not become an example of

disobedience - 2 Thess. 5:22; Heb. 4:11

[See Supplementary Outline "Being a Pattern and an Example"- AUDIO TAPES]