International Assembly of the True Jesus Church was formed in 1975, although
the church itself was well established long before then. Up until that time,
the truth of salvation had been preached predominantly to Chinese people.
Accordingly, publications on biblical doctrines, including the flagship
periodical, Holy Spirit Times, were
in Chinese. And when believers took the gospel to countries such as India and
Thailand, they imparted it solely through the spoken word.
early 80s, as the gospel took root in Africa, Central and South America, and
the Philippines, missionary workers were sent out regularly to preach, pastor
and train up local workers. During this period, the Holy Spirit worked
powerfully through signs and miracles, leading to high attendance at
evangelistic services and to many people receiving the Holy Spirit and water
baptism. However, the lack of written resources in English and other languages
proved to be a problem: the new believers had nothing to read to nurture their
faith, and the workers could not provide the “solid food” that the congregations
needed (Heb 5:12–6:1).
the Department of Literary Ministry made a proposal to the IA to translate
twelve books into the native languages of the pioneering areas. They included Questions and Answers on the Truth by
Elder Tze Yuen Kuo, which was first published in
Chinese by the Taiwan General Assembly in 1954. Through the use of guided
questions, the book offered answers to a number of important biblical
questions. After being revised by Elder Shun Tao Hsieh and re-launched in 1988,
it was later incorporated into a series of books used for the training of
sermonizers. Thank God, this year, we are able to present an English revised
version entitled Q & A on Biblical
humans, we often try to grasp the matters of God through our own reasoning.
However, when we do this, we are in danger of misrepresenting Him and His
message. It is with good reason, then, that the Bible reminds us that no one
knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. If we wish to speak of
spiritual things, we have to leave man’s wisdom behind and search for the words
that are taught by the Spirit, even if at times they seem foolish on account of
our limited understanding (1 Cor 1:21–25).
For what man knows the things of a man except
the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God
except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been
freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s
wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things
1 Corinthians 2:11–13
read through Q & A on Biblical
Doctrines, we will note that questions are answered with Bible quotes,
which is a good approach when we consider that all Scripture has been given
through God’s inspiration (2 Tim 3:16) and that He is the one who can answer
everything concerning the truth.
God for all the workers who have been involved in the production of this book:
members of the Malaysian General Assembly who undertook the translation; the
editor and proof-readers; the graphic designers; and the IA Review Board. It is
hoped that the book will be the first in a series of multi-lingual versions.
continue to guide the English literary ministry and to bless the workers. We also pray that readers will be enlightened by
His truth. Amen.
Department of Literary Ministry
International Assembly of the True Jesus Church
True Jesus Church.