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5 Stars Out Of 5
October 31, 2010
This book was very informative. Watchman Nee explained the principles of church in more detail. The new testament church has to be recovered. We have too many man made denominations which has caused more division.
This book is the second best book I've read other than the Holy Bible. The Normal Christian Life is a great book for those who are truly trying to seek the Lord. Watchman Nee really helps you understand that we cannot follow the Lord. Only the Spirit inside of us can.I would recommend this book to anyone who really wants to follow the Lord. It is kind of a tough read, but its well worth it.
If you are a member of an institutional church (i.e. you meet in a religious building, practice empty pagan rituals, pay professional staff members, etc.) this book will not be much help to you. I recommend reading "Pagan Christianity" by Frank Viola. However, if you are seeking first-century Christianity... this book is worth the read! The first book I read from Nee was the classic, "The Normal Christian Life." Great book! One of my favorites! After doing some reading on the house church I realized Nee was also known for radical recovery efforts to bring the ekklesia (church) back to its first-century origins. So... I read this book. Most of the book centers on the life of an apostle/worker. In today's terms... Church Planters! Now... I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church... was on staff for 6 years... it wasn't long ago I believed all the apostles were dead and no more. I come to discover, among MANY other things, that apostles are still very much alive and on the front line of what Christ is doing with his church. This book is very thorough when it comes to the work of the apostle/worker/church planter. If you are wanting to know more about the role of the apostle and how he/she is to function... you definitely want this book. Many will have a problem with Nee's seemingly rigid approach to church by locality only. Nee believes that churches should only divide on the grounds of locality. His biblical evidence and reasoning for this is very convincing. Nee's book also touches on other aspects of the church. He goes on to briefly describe the roles of the prophet, pastor/teacher, the evangelist (preacher), elder, etc. He even discusses our favorite topic of all: FINANCES! After reading Nee, I highly recommend you read "SO YOU WANT TO START A HOUSE CHURCH?:First-Century Styled Church Planting For Today" by Frank Viola.
This is an excellent work on the Church. Nee deals with the present clergy/laity distinctives and exposes them as unbiblical. He also deals with the nature of the NT church, the purpose of the Church, and where the church meets. My only problem with the book is Nee's usage of unbiblical terminology and he doesn't deal with the modern notion of the pastorate. A good follow up book is Frank Viola's work RETHINKING THE WINESKINS (found at www.ptmin.org).