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Anchor of Truth

There have always been many voices saying “This is the way to know God.” Today’s media explosion has created more voices and more confusion. Why then another? Personal connection with other believers cannot be replaced by the mass media. It is much more satisfying to have a deep spiritual relationship with ten believers than to be in a crowd of ten thousand. Every individual is important to God, and His plan involves each one in a very real way. There are things that are important to God that can only take place in close personal relationships. Our purpose is to share truth to help strengthen your relationship with God and with other believers in your locality. The goal of God is to build a family of His children together in love, walking in truth. Personal submission and obedience to Christ will bring conformity of each member to Christ, and a growing expression of the nature of God in a local gathering. The testimony going out to the world around will be as a “light set on a hill that cannot be hidden” and “the pillar and ground of the truth.”
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Sep 28, 2017

Episode 96 Spiritual sensitivity

We know that God is Spirit, and those who worship God must do so in spirit and truth. We are also are to be led by the Spirit. How can our spiritual sensitivity be increased so that we can be sure we are truly knowing God in the spirit? It seems at times that so much comes at us that brings confusion so we hardly know which way to turn. How do we know that we are really sensing God in the spirit? Are there some basic principles that can help us? This arises not only in our daily lives, but also in spiritual gifts, ministry, and host of related areas. I believe that there are some guidelines in scripture that can help us.

  • God is Spirit
  • Man is body, soul, and spirit (I Thes. 5:23)
  • Man connects with God in his spirit (I Cor. 2:10-12, 6:17)
  • Three possible sources of spiritual movement (God, Satan, man)
  • Significant areas to consider
    • Seeking God only by our mind (reasoning)
    • A defiled spirit (2 Cor. 7:1)
    • A motive to be somebody “special” in spirituals (Phil. 2:3)
    • A troubled heart, unrest (Isaiah 30:15)
    • Undisciplined desires (James 1:14,15)
    • Undisciplined emotions (2 Peter 1:5-9)
  • Consider the outcome of the leading
    • The Spirit leads in the purpose of God
    • The Spirit leads in unity (with God and one another)
    • The Spirit exalts Jesus Christ
    • The Spirit is the Spirit of truth
    • The Spirit is the Spirit of love
  • Praying in the Spirit (Jude 20)

 

Some good ministry concerning man as body, soul, and spirit

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/what_is_man.html

 

 

Sep 21, 2017

Episode 95 Tested by God

Are you being tested? Does God test His children? If so, why does He test us and how? So often when we face trials and testing we lose sight of what God is doing, what He is after in our lives. God is working for eternity, and so often we are just looking at temporal things. But we are told that one day everything that we see around us will be burned up, and only what is of God will last. Today we review some accounts in the scriptures where men were being tested by God, asking God for light on our own pathway that we may see clearly what God wants to teach us in our own testing.

  • Christ is our example (Mat. 4:1-10, Heb. 2:17-18, 4:15-16, 5:8-9)
  • God is not afraid to test what He has built in us
  • Testing reveals who we are:
    • What we have learned
    • Weakness where we need to be strengthened
  • Tests reveal hidden things
    • Hidden motives (pride, independence)
    • Un-crucified flesh (self)
  • Consider Abraham, the father of faith
  • Consider Israel (Deut. 8:2, Ex. 16:4)
  • Tests reveal if we are living by the faith of God or not (Heb. 12:2)
  • God’s testing gives opportunity for Him to be glorified in and through our lives
  • We are told to welcome tests (James 1:3-8)
Sep 7, 2017

Episode 94 The Cross and the way of Life

What is the way of life? How do we experience the fullness of God’s life in our daily lives? God’s way is the Cross of Christ. But that is not just what happened 2000 years ago. That is the foundation, but we need to know the application in our lives today.  When we think about the Cross, I think most of us just try to think back to what happened 2000 years ago. We try to envision the suffering of Jesus for our sin and also how His suffering opened the way for our sin to be forgiven. But while all of that is good and right, the Cross and what God did there also has real application in our daily lives. Today we explore that subject further.

  • The Cross is the foundation of everything God is doing today
  • The Cross is the way we partake of the life of God
  • The principle of the Cross applies to every aspect of our life
  • God is the One who will apply the Cross in the circumstances of our life
  • The Cross is the way we experience the fullness of God’s life
  • Our place is to:
    • Agree with God in that which He has brought judgment
    • Believe Him to take us through situations that are beyond us
    • Obey when He sheds light on our pathway
  • The power of an endless (resurrection life) is our experience (life out of death)

 

Some excellent ministry on this subject:

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/cross_and_the_way_of_life_the.html

 

Aug 31, 2017

Episode 93 Growing up in Christ

Before a baby is born, all focus is on the birth date. But after the birthday, the attention shifts to growing up. It is the same in the spiritual. Our spiritual birthday is a wonderful day, but now we need to grow up. What is God’s way for this to take place? Growth (both physical and spiritual) takes time and effort. God has given us very clear instructions on how this is to take place. The majority of the New Testament is focused on this subject. In order to be successful, we must follow God’s way and not create our own way. He is perfect and has designed the perfect way for us to grow up and become full-grown mature sons and daughters, able to bear further responsibility in His kingdom both now and for eternity.  Today we look again at God’s plan and ways for our spiritual growth.

  • Christ
    • He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)
    • It is Christ formed in us that is our hope of glory (Col. 1:27)
  • Family of God (provision)
    • The presence of God (2 Cor. 6:17-18)
    • God’s provision of grace-elders, ministers, each member (Eph. 4:7)
    • Fellowship (Eph. 3:9)
  • Essential elements to benefit
    • Life (I Peter 2:5)
    • Right relationships with God and one another (Eph. 4:25-32)
    • Teachable spirit (2 Tim. 2:1-2)
    • Obedience to God when light comes (James 1:21-25)
  • The goal
    • Christ formed in us (Gal. 4:19)
    • Changed into His likeness-maturity (2 Cor. 3:18)
    • A body to do His will (Heb. 10:5-7)
    • God all in all (I Cor. 15:28)

 Some additional resources regarding God’s plan in His family:

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/growing-up-together-into-christ/

 http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-family-of-god/

 

Aug 24, 2017

Episode 92 Working through conflicts

How do we work through conflicts? It seems that life is full of them. They can be conflicts in personalities, doctrines, family relationships, work relationships, with the world and with brothers and sisters in the Lord? Is it possible to dwell in peace with all men? If so how? Sometimes it seems like the conflicts come at us so fast we don’t know which way to turn. We don’t even understand how we got into the conflict. Yet God has called us to live at peace with all men as much as it lies with us. Today we want to look briefly at this subject asking God to shed light on our pathway that will allow us to know His grace and be at peace with all men.

  • Conflicts because of sin
    • Self-interests are the root of most conflicts (James 3:13-4:6)
    • Self is only dealt with at Calvary (crucified with Christ, Gal. 2:20)
    • When we are dead we cannot be touched
  • Conflicts because of personalities
    • Each person is unique
    • Love adjusts to another person (Eph. 4:25-31)
  • Conflicts in living together
    • Close living brings out differences in many ways
    • Walking in God’s order is essential to peace
  • Conflicts because of ideology
    • Unity is first in life (Eph. 4:3)
    • Unity in understanding takes time (Eph. 4:13)
  • Conflicts in laboring together with others
    • God has given different grace to each one (Eph.  4:7)
    • To labor together takes submitting to one another as unto the Lord
  • We are called to pursue peace with all men as much as possible (Rom. 12:18, Heb. 12:14)

 

Some good ministry on the practical working of the Cross of Christ in our daily lives

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/cross_and_the_way_of_life_the.html

 

 

Aug 17, 2017

Episode 91 Led by the Spirit of God


Paul says that the sons of God are those who are led by the Spirit of God. How does the Spirit lead us? When someone says that God is leading them to do something should that ever be questioned? If so, how should that be done? Our topic today is a very sensitive issue and the answers are not always easy. Yet God has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within us and to lead us in all aspects of life. There are examples in the scriptures and spiritual principles that can help us. Today we want to look at some of those.


• The foundation
o God is sovereign
o God’s purpose is that we may be one through Christ Jesus our Lord
o God has given the Holy Spirit to make Jesus real in us
• God chooses the perfect way to communicate with man. He may
o Speak in an audible voice from heaven
o Send an angel
o Speak in a dream or vision
o Send a man
o Speak in "a still small voice" (Spirit to spirit)
o Bring truth to us through a scripture verse (or passage)
o Bring an urging to the heart (our spirit)
o Bring a thought to our mind concerning a specific issue before us
o A spiritual gift (a strong sensing in the Spirit to meet a particular need).
o Circumstances (and giving insight into those circumstances)
o Probably other ways and combinations of all of these as God sees fit.
• All communication that we say is from God needs to be tested:
o By the scriptures (Old and New Testament)
o By a plurality of spiritual brothers
o By the peace of God ruling in our inner man (spirit) after waiting on God
• Some danger areas are as follows:
o Personalities often rule when looking for God's direction:
o An analytical mind puts heavy emphasis on the scriptures, examining the original, etc.
o An emotional person may put a heavy emphasis on "feeling"
o A person with undisciplined desires may find direction in their own desires
o A person attracted to the supernatural may be open to deceiving spirits
• A desire to "do something for God" (or be somebody) can overrule everything and lead into great deception
• A young Christian (or un-spiritual Christian) needs more input from spiritual brothers to help them be grounded

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Aug 10, 2017

Episode 90 The Outworking of Love


Speaking of faith, hope, and love, Paul said the greatest of these is love. One day faith will not be needed because we will see all things as they are. Our hope will have been fulfilled. But love will never pass away because that is the nature of God. How is this love expressed today? We often talk about love, but how much do we know of the practical expression of love? Much of the time (if not most of time) when love is mentioned in the scriptures it is not in reference to our love for God but rather our love for one another. Today we share some strong encouragement from Gordon Gentry on the expression of love towards others. This ministry was given in a home meeting in March 1999. May the Lord use this to stimulate us to a greater love towards all men for the glory of God.


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Aug 3, 2017

Episode 89 The risen Christ within us


The symbol of Christianity is the Cross. Is that what it should be? Christ was crucified, but today He is alive. The Cross was necessary, but the empty tomb is the uniqueness of Christianity. It is the risen Christ in us that is the “Hope of Glory.” The Cross of Christ was the turning point in human history. Without the sacrifice of God in Christ, we would have no way that our past sins could be forgiven. While we were without hope, Christ died for us. But if Christ had remained in the grave, our faith would be futile and we would still be in sin. Many religions of the world can show you the tomb of their founder, but only Christianity has an empty tomb. Our hope is because Christ has risen from the dead, and the resurrected Christ in us is our hope of glory.


• The problem of mankind is death, not just sin (Rom. 5:12-14)
• The answer to death is not law but life.
• The gospel is based on Calvary, but our hope is in a living Christ (I Cor. 15)
• It is this living Christ within us that is our strength (Col. 1:24-29)
• Christ dwells within us by faith (Eph. 3:17)

Some excellent ministry pertaining to the resurrection of Christ
http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/horizoned_by_resurrection.html

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Jul 27, 2017

Episode 88 Add to your faith


Does spiritual progress take work? If so, what kind of work? Many today would say any mention of strenuous effort pertaining to our relationship with God is a “gospel of works” and is false doctrine. Is this true?

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry from the first chapter of 2 Peter with a strong exhortation to diligence in our relationship with God. This ministry was given in a home meeting in August 1998. May the Lord stir each one of us deeply to give ourselves to the spiritual work that is needed to ground us firmly in Christ to be able to face the many trials of this life and finish the course before us triumphantly for His purpose and glory.


“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5–11, NKJV)


Additional ministry by Gordon Gentry:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/audio/


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jul 20, 2017

Episode 87 Ten Shekels and a Shirt


Why do we come to God? Why do we serve God? Is our focus on ourselves and what we can get from God, or do we care about God, His glory, and His purpose? This is a critical question that must be answered correctly if we are going to know God’s approval in our life and labor. Today we want to share a sermon with you by Paris Reidhead entitled “Ten Shekels and a Shirt.” This message was given at a conference in the mid 1960’s. It has been said by many to be perhaps the most important sermon ever preached. It addresses the question that we have posed in a very powerful way, and I believe the truth brought out is one we all need to hear and take to heart in a very deep way. May the Lord use this to feed each one of us today with Christ himself.


Message outline:
•INTRODUCTION
•THE LEVITE
•PRAGMATISM
•HUMANISM
•LIBERAL, FUNDAMENTAL or...NEITHER?
•REVERANCE FOR LIFE
•WHAT ABOUT YOU?
•THE PREACHERS
•THE DIFFERENCE!
•THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
•THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN

Link to message transcript:
http://truthinheart.com/EarlyOberlinCD/CD/5/shekels1.htm


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jul 20, 2017

Episode 87 Ten Shekels and a Shirt


Why do we come to God? Why do we serve God? Is our focus on ourselves and what we can get from God, or do we care about God, His glory, and His purpose? This is a critical question that must be answered correctly if we are going to know God’s approval in our life and labor. Today we want to share a sermon with you by Paris Reidhead entitled “Ten Shekels and a Shirt.” This message was given at a conference in the mid 1960’s. It has been said by many to be perhaps the most important sermon ever preached. It addresses the question that we have posed in a very powerful way, and I believe the truth brought out is one we all need to hear and take to heart in a very deep way. May the Lord use this to feed each one of us today with Christ himself.


Message outline:
•INTRODUCTION
•THE LEVITE
•PRAGMATISM
•HUMANISM
•LIBERAL, FUNDAMENTAL or...NEITHER?
•REVERANCE FOR LIFE
•WHAT ABOUT YOU?
•THE PREACHERS
•THE DIFFERENCE!
•THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
•THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN

Link to message transcript:
http://truthinheart.com/EarlyOberlinCD/CD/5/shekels1.htm


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jul 13, 2017

Episode 86 How do we know the will of God?


How can we know the will of God? This is a question that is always before us. It is especially before us when faced with a big decision. But even in our daily lives, we want to do the will of God in all things. Today we look again at God’s provision in this matter. Perhaps the simple answer to this question is “to be led by His Spirit” and that is true. But for this to be real in our lives, we need to look more closely at some of the issues involved. Our concepts, desires, and emotions often get in the way and the pathway before us does not seem clear. We are complicated beings, made in the image of God. Discerning what is of God and what is not of God is often not easy. As we look at this subject and the scriptures, our prayer is that we may see the ways of God more clearly so that we may do the will of God in all things for His purpose and glory.


• God is sovereign over all—Trust Him
o Nothing happens without His direct command or permission
o God has sovereignly given us the ability to choose
o God wants us to move in faith and depend on Him in all things (John 15:5)
o God does not lead us into sin (James 1:12-18)
• Jesus Himself is the will of God (Eph. 1:9)
o Union with Christ by the Spirit is the foundation
o Our choice is to submit willing to His authority
o Our place is to lay down our life and to live His life by faith
• God’s ultimate purpose is always the guiding light
o To know God in all things (John 17:3)
o To be prepared to dwell with God for eternity
o To be changed into His likeness (Rom. 8:29)
o To be a vessel of grace with others
• The Scriptures serve as our foundation for understanding (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
• The Holy Spirit makes the truth in scriptures alive and applicable (John 14:26, 16:12-15)
• In the New Covenant He will write His word on our heart and mind (Heb. 8:7-13)
o Heart (spirit, conscience, knowing)-- does the burden persist
o Mind (intellect) , scriptures, thoughts in the particular situation
• Wisdom is from God as we see the need and ask (James 1:2-8)
o Counsel with others (Prov. 11:14, 15:22)
o Circumstances (discernment)
• Peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:6-7)
• Proving God in small things, leads to confidence in bigger things

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Jul 6, 2017

Episode 85 Christ in You


What is our salvation? Is it believing the Bible is the Word of God? Is it believing the right teaching? Is it an experience with God? Is it belonging to the right Church? All of these things have their place, but our salvation is not these but rather “Christ in you.” Today we continue the subject of our last program which was that “Christ may be fully formed in us.” We share some ministry on this subject by Gordon Gentry given in May 1998. He begins in Ephesians chapter 1 and seeks to show us how Christ Himself is our salvation.


Some of the key points are as follows:
• We are justified in Christ
• God is working all things to His end purpose in Christ
• Christ is the Living Word dwelling in us
• Christ brings us to the end of what we can do (death to self)
• Many of our problems are because we are consumed with “me”
• Growth is the increasing manifestation of His life in us
• We must not let this world and its philosophy control us
• Obedience is to what Christ is saying to us now in a living relationship

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jun 27, 2017

Episode 84 Christ fully formed in you


What is the central message of the Gospel? Some may say “that we may be forgiven of our sin.” Some may say “that we may be with God in heaven.” While these are included, I think there is something more basic and central, and it is that Christ may be formed in us. Today we conclude our series from the ministry of T. Austin-Sparks on Galatians. Here is his introduction:


We come to this last morning of our consideration of this great question. That is, the great question as to the true nature of the dispensation which came in with the Lord Jesus. We have this morning therefore to gather up all that we have been saying into one matter. We have covered a lot of ground, but it all amounts to one issue. It is not a matter of one system over against another. That is, it is not a question of Judaism over against Christianity. It is not a question of legalism over against spirituality. It is not a question of the Old Testament over against the New Testament. And it is not a question of Paul over against his enemies. All these things have come into our consideration, but they are not the special issue. The great battle which began with the coming of the Lord Jesus, and for which the Apostle Paul was a chosen instrument, is not the battle for a special interpretation of Scripture. It is not the battle for a particular form of doctrine. And it is not the battle for a particular form of worship. It is a much bigger battle than all those things.


And so we have this whole letter to the Galatians which touches all these things gathered into one word. The whole letter, and all that has to do with it is gathered into one verse. It is, so far as words are concerned, a very short verse. But you see that it is a very big verse. It is in chapter four, verse nineteen, "My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you." One slight alteration or correction ought to be made in the translation. The word "formed" ought to be translated "fully formed." So that the verse should read, "My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be fully formed in you."


Meeting 32 - The Matter Which is of Supreme Importance is: "Christ Fully Formed In You"
T. Austin Sparks, February 29, 1964 A.M.


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001101.html


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jun 22, 2017

Episode 83 The Holy Spirit came to create a new order


Why did God send the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost? How did the working of God change on that day? Have we really comprehended the significance to us of the Promise of the Father that brought God within each believer? Today we continue with the ministry of T. Austin-Sparks from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Here is his introduction:


This morning we come to what I feel to be one of the most important messages that we have been giving. We have been seeing that the Letter to the Galatians is a concentration of the great change which took place with the coming of the Lord Jesus. That is, that the coming of Christ into this world changed the dispensations, and changed the whole nature of things. So that Christ stands as the dividing of two whole systems. The whole system of Judaism which had existed up to the time of His coming was set aside when He came. From that time, as He said, a new order was introduced, and that is represented by His repeated phrase, "The hour cometh and now is." Now this morning, we are going to consider the essential nature of that great divide. How the new dispensation and the new order differs from the old. This is a matter of supreme importance for us here this morning, and for all Christians if only they would accept it, because Christianity as we know it has been largely constituted on the old dispensation. The great difference between the old and the new has not been fully recognized.


Meeting 31 - The Holy Spirit Came Especially for the Purpose of Creating a Spiritual Order of Things
T. Austin Sparks, February 28, 1964 A.M.


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001100.html


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Jun 15, 2017

Episode 82 Emancipation from Legalism is to see Christ


We often hear the term “legal” used when discussing some aspect of truth. What is meant by that? What is legalism? The only true emancipation from all forms of legalism is to see Christ. What does it mean to see Christ? Today we continue the ministry by T. Austin-Sparks from Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he addresses this subject of legalistic Christianity. Here is a quote from this ministry.


Legalism always crucifies Christ afresh BECAUSE legalism cuts out the greatest word in Christianity. The word over the door into true Christianity is the word:"GRACE." Legalism always wipes out "Grace," and puts in its place "LAW."
Grace is the chief word in the vocabulary of the Christian. Do you notice that where legalism reaches its fullest expression, it always puts the crucifix in the place of the empty tomb? The badge of the Christian is the empty tomb. That is 'Life from the dead.' The badge of legalism is a crucifix, 'a dead Christ.' Legalism always brings death, and the chief thing about Christ is resurrection. It is Life from the dead. This was something that Paul came to see when it pleased God to reveal His Son in him. And he said, let me get out of all this legalistic system. Jesus of Nazareth Whom we crucified is alive. He has been revealed alive in my heart.


Meeting 29—The Only True Emancipation from all Forms of Legalism is to See Christ (T. Austin-Sparks, February 27, 1964 A.M.)


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001098.html


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jun 8, 2017

Episode 81 Direct Revelation of Jesus Christ


Paul said that the gospel he preached did not come through any man, but by direct revelation of Jesus Christ. Is the experience of Paul unique to Him or is he an example of what each one of us should expect today? Today we continue the series by T. Austin-Sparks based on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In this message, Sparks focuses on the subject of direct revelation of Christ to Paul and what we should expect in our relationship with God. Here is a short quote from this ministry:


How did we get what we got? That is going to decide everything for the future. Sooner or later the stresses of life will come upon our position. The Lord will allow our position to be tried in the fires. And His object in so doing will be to find out exactly what we are resting upon. So Paul said, "I received it not from men, nor from a man. Peter may have been a very important man, but I did not get it from Peter. James may have been the Lord's Own brother in the flesh, and he ought to know, but I did not receive it from James. John was a very loving devoted disciple, he was one of the first three, but I did not get it from John. These men gave me nothing. I RECEIVED IT BY DIRECT REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. That is the basis of this dispensation. That is the basis of true spiritual Christianity. And that is the great distinguishing mark between a legal system and a spiritual life.


Meeting 28—The Great Distinguishing Mark Between a Legal system and a Spiritual Life is by Direct Revelation of Jesus Christ
T. Austin-Sparks, February 26, 1964 A.M.


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001097.html


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Jun 1, 2017

Episode 80 Is Christianity a Legal System or a Spiritual Movement from Heaven


Is Christianity a legal system on the earth or is it a spiritual movement from heaven? Or to put the question in other words, is what we see in the world that is called “Christianity” what God desires? If not, why not and how do we deal with that? The question that we pose is a very critical question for us. How does God view what we call “Christianity”? To answer this question, I want to share with us some ministry given some years ago by T. Austin-Sparks in a gathering in Manila, Philippines. It was given in some morning meetings in February 1964. At that point, Sparks was an older man and near the end of His time of ministry. I think the insight God gave him can be very helpful to us in answering this all important question. The transcript from the ministry is available on the Sparks web site (link below) so the reading is from that.


Meeting 27—Is Christianity a Legal System on the Earth, or is it a Spiritual Movement From Heaven?
T. Austin-Sparks, February 25, 1964 A.M.


Some Key points:
• Judaism was a very strong religious system
• Paul was a chosen vessel of God to introduce Christ into this context
• Paul faced a very strong battle with Judaism the moment Christ revealed Himself
• The true nature of Christianity was put to a very severe test in the early church
• The controversy that began in that day has continued down to us today
• It is possible for us to be bound by a legal religious system called “Christianity”
• The true Gospel brings us into liberty in Christ

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001096.html

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

May 25, 2017

Episode 79 Christ is Head of His Church


Christ is head of His church. Authority is at the very center of that statement. Moving under the authority of Christ is our place of safety, grace, and fulfillment. Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject.


The scripture is Colossians 1:12-18. Some of the subjects mentioned are as follows:

• Exercising our will in God
• Made by Him and for Him
• Fulfilment is found in submission to His authority
• God’s order in the man/woman relationship
• Thinking in God
• Life in God is a continual growth in experiencing God
• Faith requires that we put our whole self into God’s word
• There is no balance between the natural and spiritual
• Christ is working now in and through every member
• Our lives must command our children


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

May 18, 2017

Episode 78 Discerning the Body of Christ


Paul said that if a person partakes of the Lord’s Table but does not discern the Lord’s body, he eats and drinks judgment to himself. What does it mean to discern the Lord’s body? What is the “Lord’s body”? A critical foundation truth pertaining to the purpose and working of God in our time is that we are charged with being an expression of the Body of Christ in our locality. This is a great privilege and at the same times a grave responsibility. God has chosen to work in and through a many-member body to express His life. “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” (1 Corinthians 12:27, NKJV) Partaking of the Lord’s Table together is a statement that we are in a right relationship with God and one another, and have accepted this responsibility before the Lord. To make the statement falsely invites the Lord’s judgment.


• The focus of a true expression of the Body of Christ is Christ Himself
o Christ must be the foundation (the work of God in the cross)
o Christ must be the life (the Holy Spirit indwelling each member)
o Christ must be the Head (each member submitted to the authority of Christ)
• The foundation of the body is the broken body and blood of Christ
o All have been brought into union with Christ by the Spirit (I Cor. 12:12-13)
o All have been called to participate in His suffering (rejection by the world)
o To lay down their own life and live His life for the purpose of God
• As a member of the Body, I have a responsibility to give and receive
o God places me in an expression of His body according to His wisdom and choice
o I am responsible to recognize God coming to me through other members
o I am responsible to care for other members according to the grace God has given me
• Not discerning the Body of Christ could include:
o Only seeing my salvation as an individual matter
o Only seeing a gathering of believers as a “meeting” or organization
o Holding myself aloof from close relationships
o Not desiring accountability
o Not submitting “one to another”
o Seeing myself as complete without the grace of others
• To partake of “one loaf” and “one cup” without the corresponding relationship with Christ and others invites God’s judgment (weakness, sickness, and even death)
• God brings discipline that we may not be condemned with the world
o Conviction of the Holy Spirit in a personal way
o Care coming through other members
o Grace of oversight
o Plurality of brothers to give strength to truth I need
o The final judgment of the church if necessary


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

May 11, 2017

Episode 77 Judgment


It seems that there is one statement by Jesus that the whole world knows about, Christians and non-Christians alike: “Judge not that you be not judged.” Yet Paul said that the spiritual man judges all things. How do we reconcile these two statements? The subject of judgment often brings a host of responses, some of them quite passionate. Is there ever a place that we are to “judge” another person or is that entirely in the hands of God without human involvement? What do we mean by judgment? Sometimes we use the word judgment when we mean discernment. What is the difference between these? Today we look at this subject and especially in light of the Lord’s Table where we are told that “if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.” (1 Cor. 11:31)


• Judgment
o To make an evaluation for the purpose of choosing the course of action
o To make an evaluation in a spirit of condemnation
o To pronounce a final verdict on a disputed matter
• The final judgment on spiritual matters is always in the hands of God alone
• The Holy Spirit has been given to arbitrate in spiritual issues (John 16:8-11)
• We all make judgments (evaluations) in many things daily
• In order to make proper choices, we need to have proper discernment
• The Lord’s Table
o A table of purity (no expression of sin)
o The first action is for each member to discern or evaluate themselves properly
• If we do not discern our own condition properly, God will judge out of love
• God’s judgment
o Spiritual (by the Spirit)
o Conviction to the individual involved
o Through other members (counsel)
o Through the church (Matt. 18:15-20)
o By sickness (I Cor. 11:29-30, James 5:13-16)
o By death (Acts 5:1-11)
• If we are not willing to address a wrong expression in another’s life, we do not love
• All must be done in order with Godly care, wisdom, and love
• If we are resistant to such involvement it should concern us: why?
• Each member and the church together is responsible to testify to God’s nature

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

May 4, 2017

Episode 76 The significance of the Lord’s Table


The Lord’s Table is central to Christian doctrine and experience. The Lord Himself initiated this on the night of the last Passover. “Do this in remembrance of Me” was His command. What does this mean? How do we fulfill this commandment? Today we want to look at what we term “The Lord’s Table” and its significance to us in the gathering together of God’s people. We will concentrate on two passages of scripture, namely I Cor. 10:14-22 and 11:23-34

Our focus is on the following:
• This is the New Covenant expression of the Old Covenant Passover
• This is how Jesus commanded us to remember Him
• We express our love for Jesus by obeying Him in this. God’s love is defined ultimately at Calvary
• To partake of the elements declares that I am partaking of His life
• To not partake is also a statement that something is wrong and we are not loving Jesus in some way
• Partaking together gives forth a testimony that God is in our midst and His love is prevailing
• Individual and corporate accountability are included
• The Table only has value as we move individually and together in faith before God
• Qualification for partaking of the table
• Judgement
• Communion of the body of Christ
• Worship


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Apr 27, 2017

Episode 75 Love never fails


Love never fails. That is Paul’s statement in writing to the Corinthians. How can that be possible? Has our love failed at times? Why did it fail? How can we know God’s love that never fails? The subject of love is perhaps the most common subject among Christians, yet at the same time the reality of a love that never fails is probably a rarity. None of us want our love to fail, but the challenges of relationships seem to bring us to the very limit.


Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. It was given in 1995 to a small home gathering. I pray that God will use this ministry to strengthen all of us in this very critical area of knowing the fullness of love that passes knowledge and never fails.


Some scriptures passages referenced are as follows:
Eph. 3:14-21
I Cor. 13:4-8
Eph. 4:1-6

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Apr 20, 2017

Episode 74 First Love


When God addressed the Ephesian church in the book of Revelation, He said that they had lost their first love, and that if they did not recover that He would remove their candlestick. What is first love? How do we get that? I think that all would agree that love is the critical element in our relationship with God and with one another. The Ephesian church was commended for their love, yet by the time John wrote to the church it appears that they had lost that element God called “first love.” Is this also a danger to us? If so, what is our defense against that and if we are already in that position, how can it be regained?


• The truth in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 is for all ages
• The Ephesian church had a very good beginning (Acts 19-20)
o They began in the Holy Spirit
o Their faith was seen in deeds
o Their love for the truth and one another was very real
• God commended them for many things (Rev. 2:1-7)
o Works, labor, patience, against evil, identified false apostles, perseverance, patience,
o Hate the deeds of Nicolaitans (“it does not matter how you live”)
• What was included in the love they had in the beginning
o Love for all the saints (Ephesians 1:15)
o God’s great love for us (2:4)
o Rooted and grounded in love (3:17)
o Love which passes knowledge (3:19)
o Bearing with one another in love (4:2)
o Speaking the truth in love (4:15)
o Edifying of the body in love (4:16)
o Walking in love as Christ did (5:2)
• What was the answer?
o “Do the first works”
o What did we do when we first came to the Lord?
o Familiarity is a great danger to us all
o Are we continually in awe of God’s love for us in Christ? (I John 3:1)
o Does the love of God in the heart by the Holy Spirit move us to deeds of love?
• Deeds of love
o Purify yourself (keep yourself unspotted from the world) (I John 3:3)
o Setting an example (“follow me as I follow Christ”)
o Bringing refreshment to our brothers and sisters (fragrance of Christ)
o Maintaining a pure attitude towards others even when hurt
o Opening our lives and homes to others
o I Cor. 13:4-8
• He who has an ear, he who overcomes—the tree of life
o Love is of God (I John 4:7)
o Without love, nothing else is of value

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Apr 13, 2017

Episode 73 The Revealing of God in Jesus Christ


The last book of the Bible is entitled “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Paul said that the gospel he preached did not come from man but from the revelation of Jesus Christ. What do we mean by “the revelation of Jesus Christ”? How does that come to us? When we use the term “revelation” many become reserved or even afraid. They begin to think of some strange supernatural appearance and associate the statement with the devil or deception. But the word “revelation” is very scriptural and we need not be afraid of using it in the right way. In fact, it speaks of something very critical that we need today concerning Christ our Lord. Let us come to the Lord and ask God to give us a proper understanding in this matter.


• Revelation means “unveiling something that was hidden”
o Christ was hidden (or veiled) to the natural man
o It required a supernatural act of God to reveal who He really was (Matt. 16:13-17)
• A foretaste of who Christ really was came on the mount of transfiguration (Matt: 17:1-8)
• A further unveiling of Christ came in all the events surrounding Calvary (Matt: 27:54)
• It was the revelation of the risen Christ that formed the foundation of the faith of the first Apostles
o Thomas (John 20:28)
o Peter (I Cor. 15:5, 2 Peter 1:16-18)
o Paul (Acts 9:1-9,Gal. 1:11-17)
• Paul is given as an example for us in many ways (I Tim. 1:12-16)
• Each one of us needs a personal “revelation” of who Christ is (God revealed in the flesh)
• That revelation is a critical part of bringing substance to our faith (Eph. 1:15-23)
o The hope of His calling
o His inheritance in us
o The power available to those who believe
• Christ is now the ascended Lord of all creation (Revelation chapter 1)
• The grace for the churches is in who He is (Revelation chapters 2 &3)
• It is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27-29)


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

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