His grandfather was a gifted Anglican preacher. He then went on to the middle school at Trinity College in Fuzhou , where he demonstrated great intelligence and ambition. The two boys completed college despite severe flooding which brought cholera and plague and hardship to their region. In the final examinations, the 2 boys scored almost the same marks with Wilson Wang topping the class, followed closely by Watchman Nee in second place.

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His grandfather was a gifted Anglican preacher. He then went on to the middle school at Trinity College in Fuzhou , where he demonstrated great intelligence and ambition. The two boys completed college despite severe flooding which brought cholera and plague and hardship to their region. In the final examinations, the 2 boys scored almost the same marks with Wilson Wang topping the class, followed closely by Watchman Nee in second place.

At first I was reluctant but as I tried to pray I saw the magnitude of my sins and the reality and efficacy of Jesus as the Savior. As I made my first prayer I knew joy and peace such as I had never known before. Light seemed to flood the room and I said to the Lord, "Oh, Lord, you have indeed been gracious to me. As a student at Trinity College, Nee began to speak to his classmates concerning his salvation experience. Later, he recounted: Immediately I started putting right the matters that were hindering my effectiveness, and also made a list of seventy friends to pray for daily.

Some days I would pray for them every hour, even in class. When the opportunity came I would try to persuade them to believe in the Lord Jesus After his conversion, Nee desired to be trained as a Christian worker. However, he was dismissed due to his bad and lazy habits, such as sleeping in late.

Barber who became his teacher and mentor. Barber treated Nee as a young learner and frequently administered strict discipline. When she died in , Barber left all of her belongings to Nee, who wrote: We feel most sorrowful concerning the news of the passing away of Miss Barber in Lo-Hsing Pagoda, Fukien. She was one who was very deep in the Lord, and in my opinion, the kind of fellowship she had with the Lord and the kind of faithfulness she expressed to the Lord are rarely found on this earth.

Panton , Robert Govett , G. Pember , Jessie Penn-Lewis , T. Austin-Sparks , and others. In the early days of his ministry, he is said to have spent one-third of his income on personal needs, one-third to assist others, and the remaining third on spiritual books. He was known for his ability to select, comprehend, discern, and memorize relevant material, and grasp and retain the main points of a book while reading.

This group "recognized" the Local Church movement as a parallel work of God, albeit one that had developed independently. Matters came to a head when Exclusive Brethren leaders learned that during his visits to the United Kingdom and the United States Nee had broken bread with Honor Oak Christian Fellowship associated with the independent ministry of T.

Austin Sparks and with non-Brethren missionaries who Nee had known in China. After a series of communications Nee received a letter dated 31 August , signed by leading Brethren, severing fellowship with him and his movement.

Their two families had been friends for three generations. This bothered him. Eventually, after much struggling, Nee felt he needed to give up on their relationship. Ten years later, after finishing her university education, Charity became a Christian. She began attending church meetings in Shanghai in Charity cared for Nee in his frequent illness and was the only visitor Nee was permitted during his imprisonment.

They had no children. All that I have written has one aim, which is that the reader will, in the new creation, give himself wholly to God and become a useful person in His hands.

Now I whole-heartedly commit my writings, my readers and myself to God, who preserves men for ever, and hope that His Spirit will guide me into all His truths. Meetings for the Overcomer: God opened my eyes to the necessity of raising up in churches at various places, a number of people who are victorious to be His witnesses Therefore once every year a meeting for the victorious was held in which I faithfully proclaimed the messages which God has revealed to me.

Building up Local Churches: When the Lord called me to serve Him, the prime object was not for me to hold revival meetings so that people may hear more Scriptural doctrines nor for me to become a great evangelist. The Lord revealed to me that He wanted to build up local churches in other localities to manifest Himself, to bear testimony of unity on the ground of local churches so that each saint may perform his duty in the Church and live the Church life.

God wants not merely individual pursuit of victory or spirituality but a corporate, glorious Church presented to Himself. Youth Training: If the return of the Lord be delayed, it will be necessary to raise up a number of youths to continue the testimony and work for the next generation My idea is not to establish a seminary or a Bible institute but to have the young people live a corporate life and practice spiritual life, that is, receive training for the purpose of edification and to learn to read the Scripture and to pray in order to build up good character.

On the negative side, to learn how to deal with sin, the world, the flesh, natural life, and so on. At a suitable time they are to return to their respective churches to be tempered together with other saints to serve the Lord in the Church In the future my personal burden and work will generally comprise these four aspects.

May all the glory be to the Lord. Nee began to write and publish at a very early age. In , he began to publish the magazine The Present Testimony, and in , he started another magazine entitled The Christian. At age 21, Nee established the first "local church" in Sitiawan, Malaysia while visiting his mother, who had moved there from China.

In , Nee established up another local church in Shanghai, which became the center of his work in China. He maintained this pattern until his imprisonment. According to Nee, this was a turning point for him in his ministry. These talks were eventually published in the book The Assembly Life. According to Nee, this was the second turn in his ministry.

Nee recounted, "My first turn was to know Christ, and my second turn was to know His Body. To know Christ is only half of what the believers need. The believers also must know the Body of Christ. Christ is the head, and He is also the Body.

Although acquiescing to family pressure, Nee also saw this as an opportunity to support his many co-workers who were suffering great poverty and hardship during the Second World War. Nee took over full management of the factory, reorganized it, and began to employ many local church members from Shanghai. Shortly afterward, the church in Shanghai stopped meeting altogether. There, he delivered a series of messages on Revelation 2 and 3 published as The Orthodoxy of the Church as well as messages on the Song of Songs.

Nee purchased twelve bungalows at Kuliang to hold trainings for his co-workers in the Christian work. By April , a revival was brought to the church in Shanghai, and Nee resumed his ministry there. When he returned, Nee handed his pharmaceutical factory over to the Christian work as an offering to God, influencing many others to hand over their possessions to the work.

Within a short time, the church in Shanghai grew to over members. Through intensive propaganda campaigns and threats of imprisonment, believers were influenced to accuse one another. Nee was also "re-educated". On January 11, , there was a nationwide sweep targeting the co-workers and elders in the local churches.

Some died in labor camps , while others faced long prison sentences. On January 18, , the Religious Affairs Bureau began twelve days of accusation meetings at the church assembly hall on Nanyang Road in Shanghai, in which many accusations were brought against Nee in large accusation meetings. He was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment with reform by labor. Initially, he was detained at Tilanqiao Prison in Shanghai but was later moved to other locations. Only his wife, Charity, was allowed to visit him.

Some co-workers joined in the accusation of Watchman Nee while others, such as Peace Wang, Ruth Lee, and Yu Chenghua remained silent and were punished with life imprisonment. Following this, mass accusation meetings were held across the country to condemn the "anti-revolutionary sect of Watchman Nee". His remains were cremated on June 1, before his family arrived at the prison. My eldest grandaunt and I rushed to the labor farm. But when we got there, we learned that he had already been cremated.

We could only see his ashes Before his departure, he left a piece of paper under his pillow, which had several lines of big words written in a shaking hand. He wanted to testify to the truth which he had even until his death, with his lifelong experience. That truth is—"Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners and resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe.

I die because of my belief in Christ. Watchman Nee. My granduncle had passed away. He was faithful until death. With a crown stained with blood, he went to be with the Lord. Although Nee did not fulfill his last wish, to come out alive to join his wife, the Lord prepared something even better—they were reunited before the Lord.

He also believed that God is in one sense triune, Father, Son, and Spirit, distinctly three, yet fully one, co-existing and co-inhering each other from eternity to eternity. He believed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, even God Himself, incarnated as a man with both the human life and the divine life, that He died on the cross to accomplish redemption, that he rose bodily from the dead on the third day, that He ascended into heaven and was enthroned, crowned with glory, and made the Lord of all, and that He will return the second time to receive His followers, to save Israel, and to establish His millennial kingdom on the earth.

He believed that every person who believes in Jesus Christ will be forgiven by God, washed by His redeeming blood, justified by faith, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and saved by grace.

Such a believer is a child of God and a member of the Body of Christ. He also believed that the destiny of every believer is to be an integral part of the church, which is the Body of Christ and the house of God.

Publications[ edit ] In addition to speaking frequently before many audiences, Watchman Nee authored various books, articles, newsletters, and hymns. Most of his books were based on notes taken down by students during his spoken messages. Some books were compiled from messages published previously in his periodicals. There he expressed theological views on the New Testament book of Romans.


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I did try to read this book, though, a year ago, but nothing really came out of it, so I stopped. But after reading it this year, I was truly amazed by the various aspects that are required of us to live a normal Christian life which just focuses all on Jesus Christ Himself. Watchman Nee presents the truths of the Bible in a very practical way, including personal experiences that help in understanding them. I can say this book has already begun to change my life. Many times after reading, I sometimes just stop and think about what I just read and offer a fresh and new consecration to God after receiving this vision of my normal living.


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Subject[ edit ] Watchman Nee based his speaking on the first eight chapters of the New Testament book of Romans. Nee takes the first eight chapters of Romans as a "self-contained unit" and divides these chapters into two parts: Romans to as part one and Romans to as part two. In the first part of Romans "sins" is given prominent attention and deals with the question of the sins man has committed before God. However, the second section deals with "sin," that is the inward nature, or inward working principle, within man that causes man to commit sin.


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