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The Life and Ministry of Watchman Nee
Transcript of The Life and Ministry of Watchman Nee
Watchman Nee was born on Nov. 4, 1903 in Fuzhou, China, to Nee Wen-Hsiu (Father) and Lin Ho-P'ing (Mother).
He was the couple's first son and an answer to fervent prayer.
After bearing to two daughters, Ho-P'ing promised to dedicate her child the LORD if she gave birth to a male. Originally named Shu-zu, he changed his name to Duo-sheng, which means "sound of a bell", or in English, "watchman", after accepting his parents' decision to dedicate him to God's service. Young Watchman Nee While researching China for my trip, I kept coming across the name Watchman Nee and decided to chose him for this project because of his influence in the development of the Chinese Christian church. As a result of the transformation he saw in his mother, Watchman Nee accepted Christ for himself in 1920. She is attributed with having the greatest influence on Nee's theological and spiritual development, and introduced him to Keswick and Plymouth Brethren writings. Interestingly, Watchman Nee later deemed her teaching ministry to men as inappropriate for a woman in the church, but he always acknowledged her significance as a light in his own life. Margaret E. Barber: Watchman Nee attended Ms. Yu's Bible school in Shanghai for the next year. Then she suggested he learn under Miss M.E. Barber. Nee's mother attended Miss Yu's revival meetings and had been profoundly impacted by her ministry. Miss Dora Yu I have become increasingly aware of my own lack of understanding about how the Christian church and theology has developed outside of the Western world, so I took this opportunity to research a person who has been influential in Asia. Why Watchman Nee? Nee's Early Life and Conversion Three Influential Women Miss Barber had a deep conviction that God was calling her, and her fellow missionaries to train Chinese locals for church leadership, thus she and two friends (L.S. Ballard and Li Ai-Ming) opened a school to begin training young Chinese Christians, including Watchman Nee. Miss Barber was a British missionary returning for a second term of service in 1920. For over a century, there had been escalating friction (and violence) between the Chinese locals and government, and the foreign missionaries and their governments. Watchman Nee's Theological Influences "The Man of Insight" High View of Scripture Writers of the Past Holy Spirit Process of Change Theological Writings by Watchmen Nee Influence in the Chinese Church Nee studied Scripture carefully to develop his understanding of Biblical theology. Nee also read many significant European, American and African theologians (i.e. Keswick, Plymouth Brethern, Jessie Penn-Lewis, Andrew Murray, and many others. Nee adamantly believed that spiritual regeneration of the reader is necessary for correct interpretation. Relied on the Holy Spirit to shape his understanding of Scripture. Various theological shifts can be noted in Nee's writings giving evidence to growth and development of his theological beliefs over his lifetime.
(i.e. "handing over"). Other Writings There are over 40 volumes published from Nee's writings in various languages. These are compilations of his articles and sermon/lecture notes (i.e. The Normal Christian Life). The Little Flock Nee believe strongly in the locality of the church, shunned "denominationalism" and encouraged local leadership. His views ignited church relationships, but also resulted in further ownership of the Chinese Christians of their church. Nonetheless he was a successful evangelist and popular church leader. Imprisonment and Death When the Communist party came to power in China, the leaders launched the "Anti-Five" campaign which focused on five crimes against the state: bribery, smuggling, stealing national resources, skimping on work and material and stealing national economic reports. Nee was charged with all five and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1952. He died of natural causes in 1972 while imprisoned in a labor camp. References: Other Notable Books: Wo Ti Kau Fu Ni To Sheng
By Stephen Chan