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Listen to a freely downloadable audio book Principles For The Gathering of Believers in mp3 format. We need revival in our countries like what we see in the underground house Churches in China. Learn the following from this volume: Prepare for coming persecution in non-persecuted countries. Learn Principles of how to gather as the Church from the Book of Acts and current underground Churches.

Access resources that will help your gathering or house Church meeting. Experience personal revival and the Spirit’s empowerment. In response to reading the Principles book consider to start a fellowship group under the Headship of Jesus Christ in your local area. Learn more at Gospel Fellowships.
 61 Principle 57- Sharing the Faith Constantly in all Situations by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Matthew 6:26, Matthew 5:13, Acts 8:26-29  
Description: Another Christian Pastor Farshid Fathi has been detained in prison since December 2010. He was charged with possessing religious propaganda. The evidence presented by the regime was that Pastor Fathi had Bibles printed in Farsi, that he had unlawfully distributed Bibles, and that he possessed Christian literature. The regime argued that his Christian activities were equivalent to actions against national security. Pastor Fathi is presently serving a 6-year sentence in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. His crime is being a Christian and freely exercising his faith. Pastor Fathi has a wife Leila and two children, Rosana and Bardia. They suffer with him.
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 62 Principle 58- New Converts Every Church Meeting by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Acts 2:47, Matthew 1:21, Matthew 12:11  
Description: It is now a normal thing to see many new converts in Iranian House Churches. Iranian believers expect to see new people coming in repentance to Jesus every week. This is very much like the account of the Book of Acts where it says the Church was: “Praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”771 In some cases, when they have meetings where there are no stories of a conversion they examine what they have done wrong to hinder the Lord working. Such growth has happened in the last 30 years to where many say conservative estimates put the size of the Iranian house Churches at over one million people.
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 63 Principle 59- Networking Small Groups of Believers by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Acts 5:42, Acts 20:20, Luke 22:7-12  
Description: As persecution intensifies in certain areas, believers will move to different cities and start home fellowships there also, so that the spreading of these gatherings is something that is continually happening. The Iranians believe that Jesus Christ is with them in their small gatherings and therefore there is a confidence that they are meeting as a Church even if there are just a few believers present. They count it a necessity to network with others and consider themselves all part of one Church. There is no choice to try to find a different church for doctrinal preference or worship style; all believers are content to meet simply with each other.
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 64 Principle 60- Martyrs Esteemed in the Church by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Mark 8:35, Genesis 4, Revelation 20  
Description: The thought of any believer in Christ being martyred is something hard to bear. Yet from an eternal perspective the Iranian believers hold in high regard those who have laid down their lives for the cause of Christ. The stories of the martyrs in Iran are many. These are just a few:
On January 19, 1994, Haik disappeared from the streets of Tehran. The authorities reported his death to his family on January 30; he was stabbed 26 times in his chest: “Indeed, Haik gave his heart to Christ twice. Once when he invited Christ to his life as his Savior, and second, when his heart was torn apart for his faith in Christ.”783
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 65 Epilogue - The Call to Gather as Fellowships by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Colossians 1:18, 1 Peter 5:3, Revelation 2:7  
Description: This book has been prepared to encourage believers to gather in small gatherings under the Headship of Jesus Christ.795 Thus no man is head over the fellowships as a whole that gather in this way. Though servant leaders are submitted to, there is no one brother over all fellowships controlling them. True submission to authority in the Church should not be because of someone who was voted in or hired but because of their spiritual walk with the Lord. Thus people submit to them willingly seeing Christ formed in them and desiring to emulate their walk with the Lord.
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 66 Preparing for a Persecution; To Be a Christian (brother Edgar) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): John 15:20, 2 Timothy 3:12, Luke 24:49  
Description: The greatest failure of the Church in many nations is the lack of preparing Christians for persecution. Persecution is certain. It is told to us by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Himself. In the Gospel of John it says: “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his Master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also.”815 We can believe what Jesus says and we can rely on it. Also in the United States of America and Canada, persecution is certain. In the second Epistle to Timothy it says: “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
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 67 The Coming Tsunami of Persecution (brother Greg) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Matthew 24:9-10, 1 John 3:13, Luke 21:17  
Description: “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.”845
Our Lord spoke these sobering words to us, as found in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 24. Something in us does not want to accept the idea that in the end times all nations will hate and persecute Christians. This seems like a non-reality to us and something that could never happen because we live in such religiously tolerant countries such as Canada, United Kingdom and United States. We would like to edit our Lord’s Words and abbreviate them with a softer less harsh reality. Yet, this will not change the truth our Lord said would happen.
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 68 A Plain Vision for Coming Persecution (brother Brian) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Habakkuk 2:1-3, Habakkuk 1:1, Habakkuk 1:12-13  
Description: God is merciful and He is so patient. He has shown me more mercy than anybody I know. I will never give up on the mercy of God, but I will tell you this: He will not always strive with man and there is a judgment coming to the house of God. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and He must have the preeminence in all. It’s His Church, it’s His body, it’s His Bride—and I tell you, that any Assembly where Jesus Christ is not truly the Head is sliding rapidly to the judgment of God. Here’s where we’ve got to make the vision plain; we’ve got to make it personal: do I honor Him as the Head of the house? It’s not enough for us to memorize Scripture that says that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church.
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 69 Chinese House Churches Interview (by brother Denny) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): James 4:9, Revelation 3:20, Mark 4:35-41  
Description: This interview was conducted by brother Denny with two brothers who worked and are involved with the rural Chinese underground house Churches where God is doing a vibrant work. He has been building a pure pristine Book of Acts fellowship in House Church networks all over rural China. There is a simplicity to the move of God yet such fervency, love, and desire born in the hearts of these believers. We need to break out of the simple 1 hour church meeting patterns, and start to serve the Lord with full commitment like many of these precious brothers and sisters in the Lord. For many of us the questions and truths that are revealed are very important for us to hear as we gather under the Headship of Jesus Christ in local areas.
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 70 God's New Thing (brother David) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Isaiah 43:16-21, Habakkuk 1:5, John 5:17  
Description: This message927 was preached at a SermonIndex Revival Conference event in Wales in the Moriah Chapel church where the famous Welsh revival began in 1904. This message given by David Legge in that historic pulpit calls for a glorious new work of the Spirit of God in our day. Such a work will glorify the Lord Jesus Christ as the true Head of the Church and Lord of all creation. May we be challenged afresh to accept and look forward to God’s work in these last days.
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 71 Submission and Leadership (brother Zac) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): 1 Timothy 3:6, Isaiah 55:8-9, 1 Peter 5:5  
Description: As you gather together under the Headship of Jesus Christ may you be open to the Lord, by His Spirit, to see godly leaders raised up that are humble and serve the body of Christ. Not leaders that seek their own honor or use believers to exalt themselves. Rather, servant leaders who emulate Jesus Christ and desire others in the body to come to full maturity in the Lord. Hence, in the end, leaders raise up other leaders, for that is the goal; true servanthood’s aim is for others. To submit to such leaders who share in the character of the early Apostles and the Lord will be of great benefit and blessing to gatherings. Un-submission leads to carnality and is the first sin of the devil950 who did not submit to God’s authority over him.
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 72 Baptism of the Holy Spirit (brother Denny) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16  
Description: In our day, the importance of experiencing the true Spirit Baptism is paramount. Because of satanic counterfeits, the true body of Christ has been alarmed and made hesitant to call out to the Lord for a fresh infusion of God’s Spirit in a public meeting or private prayer time. We believe that as believers gather it is essential to pray for endowments of the Holy Spirit. If the presence of God is not with the Church, She will never further the purpose of God in the earth.
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 73 Without the Holy Spirit of God (brother Chadwick) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 6:20, Isaiah 51:17, Acts 19:2  
Description: Christianity was birthed in the Holy Spirit. Jesus our Lord taught it was essential to rely and wait for the power of the Spirit. We sadly see many abuses of Spirit-led living in modern Christendom but this should make us all the more hungry for the true manifestation. We are impotent without the infilling power of the Spirit. When we have God in the midst everything changes. We will not be able to stay quiet, we will speak boldly for our Lord that bought us with such a great price.1003 The underground Church in China chooses their leadership from those who are the hungriest after God. Are you hungry for the living God? For His power displayed in your life?
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 74 Loving Your Brothers and Sisters (brother Edgar) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): John 17:21, John 15:12-13, Acts 6:1  
Description: The Lord Jesus put special emphasis on loving our brothers and sisters. Jesus prayed in the garden to His Father; “that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”1037 Jesus gives the purpose for love in the body of Christ: “That the world might believe!” Jesus gave a very specific commandment in John 15: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”1038 In John 13, Jesus said: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
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 75 Statement of Faith for Gospel Fellowships by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 1:1, 1 Peter 1:10  
Description: After the Lord’s clear leading to use the name Gospel Fellowships there was a word search preformed on the internet and this statement of faith from one of the larger Chinese house Church networks called: China Gospel Fellowship was found. This was a surprise and great blessing for before we were never aware of this underground house Church name. After reading their statement of faith, there was an immediate burden to make this statement of faith available to Gospel Fellowships and to any other house Churches or groups that would like to identify with the statement. We believe it is a tremendous way for believers to be in unity worldwide with precious brothers and sisters in China who are experiencing a great expansion of the Church and revival.
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 76 Chronological Bible Reading of Scriptures by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 2:13, James 1:22, Psalm 119:11  
Description: There is a great need in the body of Christ for consistent reading of the Holy Scriptures in their entirety, book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. In this case we are encouraging a chronological reading of the Scriptures. Most of the confusion is created when certain teachers, groups, or denominations take singular verses out of context and compare them with others. Though it is a good spiritual principle to compare spiritual truths with spiritual truths,1139 yet this must all be done in the larger context of God’s Word. Therefore we are encouraging all of God’s saints to have a consistent discipline of reading through the whole Scriptures once a year as a supplemental reading plan.
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 77 Guidelines for Gathering by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Philemon 1:2, Colossians 4:15, Matthew 18:20  
Description: Dear brothers and sisters we are writing these practical guidelines on how to gather as a fellowship under the Headship of Jesus Christ not as rules but rather helpful ways forward for some. Any 2-3 brothers or sisters can meet in this way and start to allow the Lord to mature their gathering. We must have the simplicity of faith that our Gathering is unto Him and not for ourselves. Early Christians met together with a great joy at times because they were gathering with others who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. So Jesus Christ Himself was the center of their unity. These simple guidelines combine many of the Principles found in the Principles for the Gathering of Believers volume.
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 78 Gospel Fellowships Hymnal (Intro) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Psalm 111:1-2, 1 Peter 1:17, 1 Peter 2:11  
Description: For many believers there has been a lack of good resources to help them worship the Lord in private devotion or in public gatherings of the Lord’s people. Many hymns and choruses that could be sung by memory and without instruments have been laid aside for more contemporary songs that have much musical accompaniment. The argument is not over styles of music or what is permissible in a worship setting but rather that a very powerful weapon of the Church has been lost. This occurs when we do not have many hymns and choruses that we can sing without instruments with a whole heart towards the Lord. Thus the burden here is to simply supply a resource of many old hymns, choruses and spiritual songs for reading, meditation and singing privately and corporately.
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 79 Gospel Fellowships Readings (Intro) by Principles For The Gathering of Believers

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Scripture(s): Matthew 7:15, Romans 12:14, Romans 12:2  
Description:
The importance of liturgy in the history of the Christian Church over the 2000 years cannot be underestimated. Some of the earliest hymns in the Church were chants or Scriptural truths read aloud in unison. To verbally proclaim in unison holy truths of God will have a great affect spiritually on the Assembly of believers to strengthen and unify them in the faith once delivered to the saints.1148
We are commended in the Scriptures to verbally proclaim our allegiance to the Son of God, confessing truths that we believe in our heart.1149 Though modern day evangelicalism is mostly non-liturgical this was not so in the early days of Christianity.
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