As with the church in the first century, we practice meeting together often in order to pray, fellowship, worship, and enjoy the Word of God. As with the early believers, our lives are given to the glorious purpose of God in this age the building up of the Body of Christ to be His Bride for His return. Our meetings are an overflow of our daily life daily, we experience Christ, and this enjoyment of Christ overflows into a meeting life which exhibits the riches of Christ. As receivers of the divine life to be born of God (John 1:12-13), and as partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), we daily endeavor to live a life in oneness with Christ to express God's divine attributes in our human virtues.
Our meetings are based upon the Biblical principle that every member has a portion of Christ and should function to build up His Body (Ephesians 4:16; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 14:26-31). Thus, our meetings are generally marked by joyful and fervent singing, prayer, praise, sharing from the Word of God, and testimonies of the saints. Hence, there are three Biblical practices frequently expressed in our daily life and meetings which are not often seen in many of today's Christian meetings. These three practices the Amen, calling on the Lord, and praying the Word of God may warrant a brief explanation:
The Amen The word Amen means "that's it" in Hebrew. In 1 Corinthians 14:16, the Apostle Paul that it is better to speak an understood language in the meetings rather than an unknown tongue, because otherwise a visitor in the meeting will not be able to "say the Amen at your giving of thanks." In Christ is the Yes, and through Him we say the Amen to this Yes before God (2 Corinthians 1:20). The practice of saying Amen to the Word of God is found in Deuteronomy 27:14-26 and again in Nehemiah 8:5-6. The Book of Revelation reveals that "Amen" is also a sound filling the heavens (5:14, 7:12, 19:4). According to Vincent's Word Studies, Jerome, one of the well-known writers in the 4th century AD, stated that "the united voice of the people in the Amen sounded like the fall of water or the sound of thunder." This may sometimes be said of our meetings.
Calling on the Name of the Lord Romans 10:12 says that the Lord is rich to all who call upon Him. The entire Bible is filled with examples of the saints calling on the name of the Lord. We have found that one of the simplest and surest ways to enjoy the riches of the Lord Jesus is by calling upon Him. We exercise the practice of calling in a strong voice, both individually and corporately, "Lord Jesus" (Acts 7:59). We testify that He is rich to all who call on Him!
Praying the Word of God The Lord is to be "tasted" through the eating of the Word (Jeremiah 15:16, 1 Peter 2:2-3), and by this practice we are nourished in the Word (1 Timothy 4:6). The Apostle Paul tells us to take the Word of God by means of all prayer and petition (Ephesians 6:17-18). Therefore, we have found that the best way to "eat" the Word is to pray-read it, i.e., read it in a praying way with strong "Amens." In this way, the verses of the Bible are not only understood but also eaten, i.e., taken into our being in the way of enjoyment, encouragement, and inward strengthening. This practice is not new with us, but has been practiced throughout the centuries by many dear believers. The Bible has become our daily food through this practice of pray-reading the Word of God.