The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1971, volume 2, contains messages given by Brother Witness Lee from April 13 through June 20, 1971. During this period Brother Lee remained in Los Angeles until the middle of May. He then went to Sacramento, California, for a weekend conference. He returned to Los Angeles and remained there until the end of May, at which time he went to San Francisco for a weekend conference. After returning to Los Angeles, he traveled to Houston, Texas, where he remained for two weeks. He spent the following week in Atlanta, Georgia. The contents of this volume are divided into eight sections, as follows: 1. Twenty-three messages given in Los Angeles, California, from April 13 through May 27. These messages were previously published in a twenty-one-chapter book entitled Christ as the Reality. 2. A message given in Los Angeles, California, on May 23. It is included in this volume under the title Following the Lord by Discipling the Nations and Feeding His Sheep. 3. Four messages given in Sacramento, California, on May 14 and 15. These messages are published in this volume under the title Enjoying the Humanity of Jesus for the Church. 4. One message given in Los Angeles, California, on May 16. It is included in this volume under the title Keeping the Oneness of the Body of Christ. 5. Six messages given in San Francisco, California, from May 28 through 31. These messages are included in this volume under the title Enjoying Christ as the Reality of the Offerings for the Church Life. 6. Three messages given in Los Angeles, California, in June. The first two messages were given on June 1 and 2, and the exact date of the third message is unknown. The three messages are included in this volume under the title Miscellaneous Messages Given to the Church in Los Angeles. 7. Seventeen messages given in Houston, Texas, from June 4 through 13. These messages were previously published in a book entitled The Great Mystery--Christ and the Church and are included in this volume under the same title. 8. Eight messages given in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 14 through 20. These messages are included in this volume under the title Enjoying Christ as the Spirit and Caring for the Oneness and Increase of the Body of Christ.
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.