The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1970, volume 2, contains messages given by Brother Witness Lee from July 17 through October 11, 1970. As mentioned in the preface to volume 1, Brother Lee ministered in Los Angeles from the middle of July to the middle of August. He then visited San Francisco; Seattle, Washington; Moses Lake, Washington; and San Francisco again before returning to Los Angeles near the end of September. There is no record of his speaking in Moses Lake. He remained in Los Angeles for about a week, and then he visited Atlanta and Chicago until approximately the middle of October. The contents of this volume are divided into ten sections, as follows: 1. Eighteen messages given in Los Angeles, California, on July 17 through 25. These messages were previously published in a fourteen-chapter book entitled Christ versus Religion. 2. Ten messages given in Los Angeles, California, on July 28 through August 8. They are included in this volume under the title Experiencing the Divine Spirit in Our Human Spirit for the Building Up of the Church as the Body of Christ. 3. Fourteen messages given in Los Angeles, California, from July 28 through August 9. These messages were given during twenty-four sessions of fellowship held in the mornings on these days. Ten of these sessions consisted entirely of testimonies from brothers and sisters from around the world. The speaking by Brother Lee is included in this volume in seven chapters under the title The Lord's Recovery of the Sevenfold Spirit and the Unique Ground of Oneness for the Local Churches. 4. Five messages given in San Francisco, California, on August 14 through 16. They are included in this section under the title Drinking the All-inclusive Spirit for the Practice of the Church Life and the Central Work of God. 5. Six messages given in Seattle, Washington, on September 4 through 7. They are included in this volume under the title The Spirit and the Lord's Recovery. 6. Four messages given in San Francisco, California, on September 18 through 20. These messages were published previously under the title The Two Greatest Prayers of the Apostle Paul. 7. One message given in San Francisco, California, on September 20. It is included in this volume under the title The Lord's Recovery of the Church and the Strengthening and Release of the Inner Man. 8. Four messages given in Los Angeles, California, from September 27 through October 2. These messages are included in this volume under the title Worshipping God with the Worship That He Seeks. 9. Five messages given in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 6 through 8. These messages are included in this volume under the title Taking Christ as Our Person for the Church and Worshipping the Father in Spirit and Truthfulness. 10. Four messages given in Chicago, Illinois, on October 9 through 11. They are included in this volume under the title The Human Spirit and the Church.
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.