After the 5am class had been formed for five months (during which the brethren were led to read Old and New Testaments, Psalms, Gospels and Epistles, often covering passages from a few books together), on this anniversary date of the fifth month, the members were led to read this Epistle of Paul who wrote this while in prison.
The process so far:
First day: at 5 am, as a group, they read the whole letter together at one go and ask the Lord to draw their attention to some key points.
Same day: individually through out the day the members re-read, listen, and meditate accordingly. The watchman found his old collection of a 15 hours audio teaching (verse by verse) and listened throughout the day.
Second day: 5 am class read first chapter and discussed verse by verse. The members were led to re-read the whole letter as many times as possible through out the day (making time to focus on this). Members also raised the urge to memorize this letter. Each will be led by the Lord to decide how to do it and which clutters of verses to memorize.
Challenge envisaged: Because this is doctrine and the words are spiritual (not physical or visual even in the mind) it would require a lot of effort to even understand, not to mention to remember. Memory and understanding work best when associating words with stories and pictures. How to visualize doctrine? The challenge is great.
- By faith. 2 Cor. 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
- By the Spirit of the Lord in us. 1 Cor. 2:12 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”
- By the mind of Christ which we already have. 1 Cor. 2:16 “But we have the mind of Christ.”
- By seeing and hearing the life testimony of others: the watchman has personally witnessed the recital of the Epistle of Ephesians by a young girl (around 13-14 years old). Her mother had taught her to read the Bible before she was old enough to go to school.
- Goal of this group: The common goal is clear, just follow the Holy Spirit and obey the words of God. Jesus Himself is our ultimate example.
- Bible verse: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
______________________Key verses or points received with joy so far (1:1-9) (Watchman’s suggested readings from NKJV and Amplified Bible)
- God is God. God is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1:3)
- God has a will. God has a purpose and choice in His will.
- God is pleased with His Beloved Son, Jesus. Through Christ, it pleased Him and was His kind intent to plan in love for us, and bless us. (1:3,5,9)
- The will and purpose regarding our destiny is in Christ.
- In Christ God has blessed us (the saints -consecrated, set apart- faithful, loyal, steadfast in Christ Jesus) with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly places.
Some of the God’s blessings (5-9) for us are: God’s plan for us to be revealed as His own children through Jesus Christ (His Beloved Son); His favor and mercy, glorious grace freely bestowed on us in the Beloved (Jesus Christ); In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the remission, forgiveness of sins; being lavished every kind of wisdom and understanding, practical insight and prudence; making known to us the mystery of His will, His plan and purpose.