The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1969, volume 1, contains messages given by Brother Witness Lee from February through May 1969. Brother Lee remained in Los Angeles until the end of March, after which he made a brief trip to Waco, Texas, and then returned to Los Angeles. At the beginning of May he made a brief visit to San Francisco and then returned to Los Angeles, where he remained until the end of the month. The contents of this volume are divided into six sections, as follows: 1. Five messages given in Los Angeles, California, from February 4 through March 4. These messages were combined with three additional messages given in Altadena, California, on July 18 and 25 and August 1, 1963, and were previously published in a two-part, eight-chapter book under the title To Serve in the Human Spirit. The three messages given in 1963 are also included in The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1963, volume 3, as chapters 1 through 3 of Basic Principles for the Service in the Church Life. 2. Twenty-three messages given in Los Angeles, California, during periods of informal training from February 5 through May 21, 1969, and from April 1 through May 13, 1970. These messages were previously published in a book under the title How to Meet. 3. One message given in Los Angeles, California, on May 28, 1969. This message is included in this volume under the title A Testimony concerning Christ, the Local Churches, and the Spirit. 4. Sixteen messages given in Los Angeles, California, from February 7 through May 16. They were previously published in a book of fifteen chapters under the title The Experience of Christ as Life for the Building Up of the Church. 5. Two messages given in Los Angeles, California, on March 11 and 18. They were previously published in The Stream, volume 7, number 3, August 1, 1969. They are published in this volume under the general title Serving the Lord by Seeing the Heavenly Vision. 6. Eight messages given in Los Angeles, California, from February 16 through April 13. These messages are included in this section under the title Miscellaneous Messages.
Born in 1905 in northern China, Witness Lee was raised in a Christian family and educated in English-speaking schools. At the age of 19 he believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and consecrated himself to preach the gospel. Early in his service, Witness Lee met Watchman Nee and began to labor together with him. In 1949 Witness Lee was sent by Watchman Nee to Taiwan to ensure that the things delivered to them by the Lord would be preserved. In 1962 Witness Lee came to the United States and began to minister here. He ministered in weekly conferences, delivering several thousand spoken messages until 1997. He gave his last public conference in February 1997 at the age of 91. His major work, Life-Study of the Bible, comprises over 25,000 pages of commentary on every book of the Bible from the perspective of the believers' enjoyment and experience of God's divine life in Christ through the Spirit.