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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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Jul 12, 2018

Episode 125 Spiritual Blindness

What are the causes of spiritual blindness? Jesus had some strong things to say about blind leaders seeking to lead blind men. He also gave a strong rebuke to the church of Laodicea regarding blindness. Is it possible for us to be blind and not know it? Spiritual vision is a great miracle that comes to us by the mercy and grace of God. The scriptures teach us that we are all born into this world blind to spiritual things and God must open our eyes to see the unseen and see all things properly as God sees them. Jesus came as a great light into a world of spiritual darkness. Today we want to look again at the issues surrounding spiritual vision and the causes of spiritual blindness.

  • Spiritual vision is always a great miracle from God
    • Jesus came into a world of darkness (Matt. 4:16)
    • Blindness is a work of the enemy (2 Cor. 4:4)
    • Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12)
  • Spiritual vision is a continuous working from beginning to end
    • Those who have never seen (Matt. 15:13-14)
    • Those who have seen something but not clearly (Mark 8:22-26)
    • Those who have true vision but for whom a vast realm of divine thought waits for a fuller work of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:15-23)
    • Those who have seen, but have lost spiritual sight and are now blind but think they see (Rev. 3:14-23)
  • Causes of spiritual blindness
    • Unbelief (2 Cor. 4:4)
    • Disobedience (2 Peter 1:5-9, I John 2:9-11)
    • Self-seeking in some way (Matt. 6:22-23)
    • Some scriptural examples of those whose eyes were opened
      • Isaiah (2 Chron. 26, Isaiah 6) “I saw the Lord”
      • Balaam (Num. 22-24, 22:31) “the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes”
      • Man born blind (John 9)
      • Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)
      • Paul (Acts 9:3-8, 26:12-18)
    • Cure to spiritual blindness
      • Humility (John 9:41)
      • Honesty (I don’t see clearly)
      • The veil is removed “in Christ” (2 Cor. 3:14)
      • Continually beholding God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3-4,esp. 3:18, 4:6)
    • Jesus is the light of life (John 1:4, 8:12)

 

Some good ministry on this subject by T. Austin-Sparks:

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

 

Jun 28, 2018

Episode 124 Maturing for His Use

We all want to be used by God for His purpose and glory according to His grace. For this to happen, we must be prepared. Our lives must be a living letter, written by the Spirit of God. What are the essential elements of this preparation? How does this take place? To be effective in our service in God’s Kingdom, the character of God must be manifested through our words and deeds. The resources for this to take place come from God Himself living in us by His Spirit. His life must take expression in our whole being so that our whole person is an expression of the character and nature of God. This does not happen overnight, but it does take place if we are diligent in our relationship with God and mature as sons of God as He has designed.

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. It was given in a home Bible study about 1995. His main text is 2 Peter 1:2-9. It is our prayer that God may use this teaching and exhortation in our lives to spur us on into the full purpose that God has for each one of us.

Jun 21, 2018

Episode 123 Commitment without Compromise

If our heart is to know God then we are looking for reality, not just words. Jesus came that we may have life and bring us into the reality of fellowship with God. To experience this fellowship we must be committed to this relationship in faith without compromise. So many times we are familiar with spiritual concepts but lack the reality of which the words speak. The gospel which so many of us have heard all of our lives leaves us with lofty spiritual ideas, but falls short of bringing us into the reality of the words. To stay in this condition is deception leading to disaster in one way or another. To be the spiritual men and women that we desire and God desires, God must be in control in all things.

Today we share a strong exhortation from Gordon Gentry on the way into the reality of God’s provision for us in Christ Jesus. The ministry was given in a small home fellowship in 1998. Our prayer is that God may use this in all of our lives to make the pathway clearer, be stimulated into active faith, and experience the riches of God’s grace for His purpose and glory.

 

 

Jun 14, 2018

Episode 122 Adjustment to the Government of the Holy Spirit

When we first come to God the scripture describes the event as “being born again” whereby we are now alive with the life of God. Now the process of maturity begins as we abide in Christ. This requires a continual adjustment to His authority. Is this taking place in our lives? All of us need to be continually adjusted to the will of God. That is a life-long process. When we first come to God and are made alive in the Spirit it is a wonderful day. But that day is the beginning of a life of continual change “from glory to glory.” In other words, each new step into God and experiencing of His grace is glorious, and that prepares us for the next step. It is continual growth in experience of the grace of God.

Today I want to share with you a testimony and encouragement from Chip Brogden that recently came to me. I was very blessed and encouraged by this and I want to share it with you. I will put the link to the written article on the show notes so you can read it for yourself. Let us be encouraged today as we let the Lord have His way in all things.

 

Transcript of today’s program:

https://www.chipbrogden.com/adjustment-to-the-government-of-the-holy-spirit/

 

 

Jun 7, 2018

Episode121 Redeemed for God’s purpose, not ours

When we first came to the Lord, our focus was on our need of deliverance from sin. But God did not redeem us just so that we could live a better life. Rather He redeemed us for His eternal purpose. Have we let God shift our focus? So often we just think about our needs and how God can meet those needs. When we think about it carefully, we may start to see how selfish we really are. As we mature God wants to shift that focus so that we are here on this earth for Him and His purpose. His promise is that as we seek His kingdom first (His sovereign rule) and partake of His righteous in Christ Jesus, then He will take care of our needs. Have we let that truth sink into our hearts to the point that it controls our thoughts and very core of our actions?

Today we share some encouragement in that direction that was recently given in a small home fellowship in preparation for remembering the Lord. Our prayer is that God will work in all of our hearts to deliver us from a life of self-centeredness into a Christ centered life for His purpose and glory. It cost God the death of Christ at Calvary to make this possible. May the Lord reveal afresh to all of us the greatness of His love and mercy that has been extended to us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

May 31, 2018

Episode 120 Our Greatest Enemy

What is our greatest enemy? Is it Satan? The World? Those who say they hate Christians? While these may bring us afflictions and trials from time to time, I don’t think they are really our greatest enemy. I think our greatest enemy is ourselves separate from Christ. In order to see this, we must come back to Calvary and what Christ Jesus did on the cross. God judged the entire human race according to Adam at the cross and put it away from Him. It was infected with sin and beyond repair. Nothing in the old creation could be rescued, so God began a new race in Christ. This race would not fail because it is based on what God can do, not what man can do in himself. To enter into this new race we must be born again. In new birth we are joined with Christ and now all things are of God. To begin and continue in this new creation is God’s answer to sin, death, and the limitations of man separate from Him.

  • God judged Adam’s race at the cross (Gal. 2:20,6:14, Rom 6:6)
  • God began a new creation in Christ Jesus (Gal. 6:15)
  • Now all things are of God (Gal. 5:16-21)
  • To experience this we must be born into this new creation (John 3)
  • We now must grow up into Him (Eph. 4:15, 2 Peter 3:18)
  • We are called to walk in His life (Gal. 5:16)
  • This walk is a walk of faith in His life (Col. 2:6)
  • If we do not walk in faith in the new creation, what we are accord to Adam rules
    • Our natural reasoning rules (what we know from past experiences)
    • Our desires rule (flesh)
    • Our emotions rule
    • Our personality rules
    • The world rules us by its pressures
  • The enemy appeals to what we are in ourselves (“be your own resource”)
  • God bids us acknowledge that apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5)
  • This is a continual walk of faith in the life of God (Gal. 2:20)

 

May 24, 2018

Episode 119 The Battle for Truth and Life

There is a battle going on today and eternal issues are at stake. It is a battle for life and within that battle is a battle for truth. On a casual look, the real issues are often not seen for what they are. We dare not be complacent in this battle lest we be deceived and brought down to death. These are the words that came to me as I rose up this last Sunday morning. I share them with the prayer that they may be of encouragement to each one of us in what we are facing today.

“We are in a battle for truth. The devil is a liar and the father of lies. He questions God and leads others to question God. If we listen to his lies, we will be brought down to the dust, defeated, and die. If we abide in Christ and listen to Him we will rise up in victory and live with Him forever.”

“The devil uses every means he can to deceive us. He appeals to logic, pride, and the desires of the flesh. His goal is that we will move separate from God and rely on our own strength. God wants us to move in union with Him and rely on His strength.”

“Each one of us today is facing a critical, life changing decision. Will we believe God and take a step of faith in truth, or will we listen to the lies of the enemy. One leads to life, the other to death. The significance of the choice is critical. It does not seem so important, but the issue is one of life and death.”

  • When Jesus stood for truth at the Cross it cost Him His life but opened the door for us into His life
  • We are brought into the life of God as we believe in Jesus (who is truth)
  • As we abide in Christ and walk in truth, we experience the overcoming life of God in all things
  • If we question God (listen to the lies of the devil), our relationship with God is deeply affected.
  • If we do not repent, turn from our unbelief and disobedience, we are on a pathway then ends in death.
  • A stand for truth must always be coupled with love (relationship)
  • Jesus said that “He is the truth”
    • All truth leads us into union with Christ
    • To walk in truth we must walk in union with Christ
    • Truth cannot be known separate from Christ
    • The danger is that we will try to ascertain truth through human logic
  • Jesus also said that “He is the Life”
    • Jesus came to give us life
    • God’s life is experienced in union with Christ
    • Life overcomes death
    • Christ rose from the dead by the power of God’s life
  • We are called to abide in Christ
    • God is constantly revealing more of Christ to us
    • Every revelation requires a step of faith to experience and apprehend
    • The enemy appeals to the weakness of our flesh
    • Our responsibility is to live every day in constant dependence on God
  • Living out of our own resources leads to defeat and death
  • Living out of God and His resources by faith leads to victory and eternal life with God

 

 

May 17, 2018

Episode 118 Manifestations of the Spirit

What are the manifestations of the Spirit of God? We read about divine manifestations of God in the early church. Can we expect similar manifestations today? If so, what does God expect from us for Him to reveal Himself through us for His purpose and glory? In I Corinthians chapters 12-14 we read Paul’s instruction to the Corinthian church regarding the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all. These manifestations are different from the fruit of the Spirit described in the letter to the Galatians. I believe the scriptures teach plainly that we need both the fruit and the gifts of the Spirit to be able to function as a spiritual person and a spiritual expression of the Body of Christ in this world as God intends to meet pressing needs.

Today we share ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject given in 1998 in a home fellowship. He concentrates on the difference between intellectual belief and faith that is originated and completed by Jesus. His message is that we need all of the manifestations of the Spirit to be able to meet the many demands that come our way in the ordinary affairs of life. We share this ministry with the prayer that God will use it to encourage all of us to be more hungry for these manifestations leading into a greater experience of God and the riches of His grace. Jesus opened the door for us. Let us press in to all that God has provided that His purpose would be fully realized in our lives and our locality.

May 10, 2018

Episode 117 The Church at Prayer

Prayer is one of the great mysteries in the working of God. It defies human logic, but it is at the center of our warfare against the enemy. When all else fails, prayer connects us to the throne of God and releases His power for His purpose and glory. There are many aspects to prayer. Basically, prayer is two-way communication with God. The prayer that is effective is prayer that is initiated in our hearts by the Holy Spirit as He knows the mind of God and intercedes for us according to the will of God. His intercession is not only for us (we are the object of His intercession) but He intercedes through us (we are the vehicle through which He intercedes). Thus we become an integral part of this work of God. But this is not only a personal matter; it is also the ministry of the church as a whole.

Today we share some ministry on this subject by Harry Foster taken from a small booklet entitled The Essence of all Prayer (“That I May Know Him”). Harry labored with T. Austin-Sparks, and this was published in 1947. May the Lord enlarge our vision of our responsibility before God  in corporate intercession in the church for His purpose and glory.

 

May 3, 2018

Episode 116 Holding Truth in Love

Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians that we are to speak the truth one to another in love and that this is a very important key in growing up into Christ. What does this mean in practical terms? How do we do this without compromise and without breaking relationships? Right relationships are critical in the working of God, right relationship with God, and right relationships with others. To avoid conflicts, we often choose to be silent on important issues where God is not silent. Then sometimes we get stirred up on a particular issue and speak out in such a way that the main result is broken relationships which are very difficult to mend. Is there an answer to this dilemma?

  • Relationship with God is the foundation
    • We maintain the unity that God has made (Eph. 4:1-6)
    • Our unity is in God’s life
  • To maintain our relationship with God we must walk in truth
    • Jesus is Truth
    • The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth (John 16:12-15)
    • We are called to walk in truth (express truth) (I John 3:18, 2 & 3 John)
  • We are also called to walk in love
    • Love is the very nature of God
    • Love is expressed in a Godly care for others
    • Love is selfless (does not consider self)
    • Love is expressed in action (deeds of righteousness)
  • If we hold truth separate from love it kills (2 Cor. 3:6)
  • If we seek to love separate from truth we will compromise (Luke 18:18-23)
    • We cannot be afraid of losing the relationship by standing in truth
    • We must know God is directing us to address critical truth in His time and way
  • If we hold truth in love God is there to sustain and reveal light to walk in (I John 1:7)
  • How do we love Jesus?
    • Keep his commandments (John 14:15, 15:10)
    • Serve others (John 13:14)
    • Feed my sheep (John 21:15-17)
  • It is not possible to love God without loving others (I John)
  • Love is most fully expressed in the context of God’s structure in close relationships
    • In the natural family
    • In the spiritual family
  • The power for love is
    • The indwelling God (the Holy Spirit)
    • A crucified life (dead to self-interests)
    • An active relationship of abiding in Christ
  • Love is the final test of all things (it does not pass away—I Cor. 13, John 17)

 

 

Apr 26, 2018

Episode 115 Exercising Our Choice in the Will of God

When we come to God we choose to submit to Christ Jesus as our Lord. He gives the Holy Spirit to dwell within us to enable this to be true. Is our choice taken away from us at that point, or do we still have a choice to do the will of God in all things? Often times we do not realize our great responsibility in what God is doing in our time. We rejoice that we have been delivered from sin and brought into the family of God. That is a wonderful beginning and it is accomplished by a mighty working of God’s grace. But do we understand that from that point on we still have a choice, and our progress and usefulness to God depends on us making a conscience choice to do His will?

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. It was given in a small home Bible study about 1997. Our prayer is that we would all see clearly our responsibility to choose to do the will of God as He reveals that will to us, for it is in our obedience that God is pleased and the very love and nature of God is revealed in our community for His glory.

 

Apr 19, 2018

Episode 114 God’s Answer, His Spirit

On the day of Pentecost we are told that Christ was exalted to the right hand of God, received the promise of the Spirit, and then poured out the Spirit for all who will come to Jesus and receive. Have we realized the greatness of God’s provision? Are we walking in that provision? I think most of us are very familiar with the many scriptures that speak of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God’s answer to every question and every need we have is His Spirit. Who are the sons of God? Those who are led by the Spirit. How can we have victory over sin? By the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. How can we understand the scriptures? The Holy Spirit will teach us. How can we know truth? The Spirit will guide us into all truth. How can we know the power of God to do His will? The Holy Spirit will come upon us. How can the things of Jesus be real to us? The Holy Spirit will take of the things of Jesus and make them ours. The Holy Spirit is God, and has been given to abide in us to bring us into fellowship with the Father and the Son. Jesus did not leave us alone but sent “another” advocate just like Him to bring us into everything that God has for us.

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry given in a home fellowship in 1998 entitled “God’s Answer, His Spirit.” I pray that all of us will be greatly encouraged in God’s provision, leading to a fuller experience of the riches of God by His indwelling Spirit for the purpose and glory of God.

 

Apr 19, 2018

Episode 114 God’s Answer, His Spirit

On the day of Pentecost we are told that Christ was exalted to the right hand of God, received the promise of the Spirit, and then poured out the Spirit for all who will come to Jesus and receive. Have we realized the greatness of God’s provision? Are we walking in that provision? I think most of us are very familiar with the many scriptures that speak of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God’s answer to every question and every need we have is His Spirit. Who are the sons of God? Those who are led by the Spirit. How can we have victory over sin? By the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. How can we understand the scriptures? The Holy Spirit will teach us. How can we know truth? The Spirit will guide us into all truth. How can we know the power of God to do His will? The Holy Spirit will come upon us. How can the things of Jesus be real to us? The Holy Spirit will take of the things of Jesus and make them ours. The Holy Spirit is God, and has been given to abide in us to bring us into fellowship with the Father and the Son. Jesus did not leave us alone but sent “another” advocate just like Him to bring us into everything that God has for us.

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry given in a home fellowship in 1998 entitled “God’s Answer, His Spirit.” I pray that all of us will be greatly encouraged in God’s provision, leading to a fuller experience of the riches of God by His indwelling Spirit for the purpose and glory of God.

 

Apr 12, 2018

Episode 113 Body, Soul, and Spirit

The scriptures tell us that we were made in the image of God for God. Paul also prayed that we may be sanctified completely that our spirit, soul, and body may be preserved blameless at his coming. How does this happen? Is this happening to us? The Psalmist says that man is fearfully and wonderfully made. Man is a complicated being and not easy to understand or explain. But there is teaching in the scriptures that can give us some understanding of how we are made and what God is doing to bring us back from the effects of sin that we may enter fully into fellowship with Him both now and into eternity. God is conforming us to the image of Christ and preparing us to be wedded to Him for all eternity. As we mature we can understand more of how this is taking place that we may cooperate fully with the Holy Spirit who is working in us both to will and do for His good pleasure.  

  • The makeup of man
    • Body (the physical part of man that is seen)
    • Soul (the inner man—mind, desires, emotions)
    • Spirit (intuition, conscience, communion)
    • The whole man is to be sanctified (I Thess. 5:23)
  • The Body
    • Made for the Lord (I Cor. 6:13)
    • Is how the life of God is expressed (Heb. 10:5-10)
    • Has been affected by sin (Rom. 8:13)
  • The Soul
    • Is the seat of “I” or who I am (including our spirit)
    • Is eternal (Matt. 10:28)
    • Is renewed through obedience ( 2 Peter 1:5-11)
    • The mind is renewed by taking every thought captive to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5)
    • Our desires and emotions must not control (Gal. 5:24)
  • Our Spirit
    • Is seen as distinct from the soul (Heb. 4:12, I Thess. 5:23, I Cor. 14:4)
    • Is made alive by new birth (John 3:6, Rom. 6:4)
    • Is the faculty by which we “know” God (I Cor. 2:11-12)
    • The place of communion with God (I Cor. 6:17)
    • Is the seat of worship (John 4:23)
  • Sanctification
    • Initiated by God (the Holy Spirit, (preparing the Bride, I Cor. 6:11, Eph. 5:25-27)
    • All based on Calvary and God’s grace (I Cor. 1:30, I Peter 1:2)
    • Begins in our spirit (life from God, John 5:40)
    • Works out in the inner man as we are conformed to Christ (Gal. 4:19)
    • Expressed through the body in deeds of righteousness (I John 2:28-3:9)

 

 A good reference for further study on the makeup of man

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

 

 

Mar 29, 2018

Episode 112 Should Christians expect the Rapture or the Great Tribulation?

The subject of end-times is often a point of strong disagreement among many sincere believers. Should we be expecting the Rapture or is this a false expectation. Is the church destined to go through the Great Tribulation? Why is there so much confusion surrounding this subject? I think that one the main reasons there is so much confusion on end-times events is that we do not go back far enough to get a good foundation of God’s purpose and plan. To just start reading the book of Revelation and try to understand the events without a foundation in other parts of the scripture leads to confusion. God has been moving with purpose from eternity past to eternity future. Our place is to understand His purpose as much as possible and then live in accordance with His purpose.

  • Some basic foundations
    • God will deal with Israel again (Jer. 30, Ezek. 36-39, Rom. 9-11)
    • We are in the “Times of the Gentiles” (Daniel 9:24-27, Luke 21:24. Rom. 11:25)
    • The church is a “mystery” not seen by OT prophets (Eph. 3:8-11, Col. 1:24-29)
    • The revelation of the church as the Body of Christ is a New Covenant truth
    • The “Day of the Lord” is a general term and does not mean the same thing in every scripture
  • God has two plans, one for Israel and one for the church. They are not the same
    • Israel is promised a land as a nation. They look for their King and Messiah
    • The Church’s promise is as the Bride of Christ. He is their Lord and Husband
    • All saints from Genesis to Revelation are not in the church
  • The “one new man” is Jews and Gentiles made one in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit
    • One new man (Eph. 2:14-18, Gal. 3:28)
    • Gentiles are grafted into Christ, not Israel (Rom. 11:16-25)
  • The coming of the Lord
    • The rapture is us coming to the Lord in the air (I Thess. 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:50-53)
    • The second coming is Christ coming to the earth as King of Israel and the world
    • The early church expected the soon return of the Lord
  • The “Great Tribulation” is not the normal tribulation that Jesus told us to expect
    • Is the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” (Jer. 30:7)
    • The pouring out of the wrath of God
    • People will come to the Lord during that time.
  • God has promised to keep the church from the Great Tribulation (Rev. 3:10-11, I Thess. 5:9)
  • God does not want us to know exact dates but to be ready at all times (Acts 1:6-8, Matt. 25:1-13)
  • The enemy would try to rob of us our “blessed hope.” (Titus 2:11-14)

 

Additional teaching on End Times issues:

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-end-times/

https://www.amazon.com/Revelation-Sealed-Book-An%C3%ADbal-V%C3%A9lez/dp/1490824170

 

 

Mar 15, 2018

Episode 111 How should Christians use the Law of Moses today?

How should Christians use the Law of Moses? This seems to be a major issue in our time. The law was given to Israel through Moses and takes a large place in the Old Testament. But most of us are not of Israel, so how should we use the Law? In our last program we introduced this subject but today we want to go farther. Most of us are very familiar with the teaching that the law came through Moses, but grace through Jesus Christ. But what does that mean to us in practical terms? Do we just completely discount the Law of Moses? What meaning does it have to us? How should we use the law in our personal lives, with our family, and in the church? How should we use it with those who are not in Christ? Many today are trying to go back and keep certain parts of the Law of Moses. Is this right?

  • Why was the Law of Moses given?
    • To specify the moral requirements of a Holy God
    • To reveal sin (Rom. 7:7-13)
    • To minister Christ (Ceremonial-sacrifices, Tabernacle)
    • To structure the nation of Israel until Christ came (Gal. 3:19-25)
  • When Christ came He fulfilled the Law (Matt. 5:17-20)
    • He kept all of the commands of God perfectly
    • He fulfilled all of the prophecies concerning the Messiah
    • He gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin once for all
    • He made the way that the righteous requirement of God could be fulfilled in us (Rom. 8:1-4)
  • How then is the law to be used today?
    • To convict the sinner (I Tim. 1:8-10)
    • As a basis for teaching the moral requirements of God (Matt. 5-7)
    • As a basis for civil law
  • How is the law not to be used?
    • As a basis for our acceptance before God ((Rom. 3:19-20)
    • As a legal (literal) requirement for conduct (Col. 2:11-23)
  • In the New Covenant
    • God writes His law on our hearts by the presence of the Holy Spirit (Heb. 8:7-13)
    • God writes His word on our minds by the Holy Spirit
    • The Holy Spirit will interpret and apply spiritual truth from the Law of Moses
    • Spiritual men and women will use the Law of Moses to minister Christ
  • Should Christians today keep the holy days (Sabbath, Feasts) (Rom. 14)
    • Not to be approved before God or to be more spiritual (Gal. 5:1-6)
    • Could be used as a form of teaching (ministry of Christ)
    • The spirit in which we use these things is critical (must not be legal or condemning)
  • The supreme test: Does our use of the Law of Moses minister grace? (John 1:17)
  • Does our ministry always lead a person to union with Christ as our complete sufficiency? (Col. 2:10)
  • Is our ministry using the Law of Moses a ministry of life or death (2 Cor. 3)

 

 

Mar 8, 2018

Episode 110 Is the church Spiritual Israel?

Is the church Spiritual Israel? We know that God has used Israel in a very significant way in His working in the past. In our time the instrument of His choice is the church. Is the church an extension of Israel in a spiritual way, or is the church a completely new work of God? This question seems to be a very critical issue in our time. Perhaps because the nation of Israel is the focus of much attention in the Mid-East today, many are directing their attention to Israel. In so doing, many are also going back to the Old Testament and becoming convinced that we should be keeping the Law of Moses as much as possible. A key issue at the heart of this debate is whether the church is a completely new working of God begun at the day of Pentecost, or whether the church and the New Covenant are really just an extension of God’s working in Israel but in a spiritual way. Today we want to look at this subject, seeking to bring clarity that we may all walk in truth and love for God’s purpose and glory.

  • First the natural, then the spiritual (I Cor. 15:45-49)
    • In Christ there is a “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:16-19)
    • There is an “old man” (Adam), and a “new man” (Christ) (Rom. 6:5-7, Eph. 4:20-24)
    • The working in Israel was very physical or natural
    • The foundation and expression of the church is spiritual
  • God’s purpose in Israel
    • To reveal that He was the only true God (Exodus 7:5)
    • To reveal Himself and His ways to all the nations
    • To have a people through whom Christ would come
  • God’s purpose in the church
    • A Holy Nation (people) (I Peter 2:9-10, Mat. 21:43)
    • The Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:27)
    • The Household of God (Eph. 2:19)
    • A Temple of God (Eph. 2:21-22)
    • The Bride of Christ (Eph. 5:22-33, Rev. 21:1-3)
  • The purpose of the Law of Moses
    • Specify God’s moral requirements for mankind (law was good)
    • Laws which structured Israel as a nation
    • Minister Christ before Calvary (Tabernacle, sacrifices)
  • The righteousness (of law, and of faith)
    • Mankind was dead in sin
    • The Law of Moses restrained sin and revealed the need of a Savior
    • The provision of God in Christ at Calvary brought the life of God within man
    • God in man gives ability to keep the righteous requirements of the law
  • The use of the Law of Moses today
    • To instruct in the ways and character of God (brings out new and old, Matt 13:52)
    • To bring conviction of sin to the unbeliever (I Tim 1:8-10)
    • To minister Christ and the New Covenant (must be by spiritual men)
  • The church is a new working of God in a New Covenant by the same God (2 Cor. 5:18)
  • The church embodies spiritual truth spoken to Israel but is not a “spiritualized Israel” (Gal. 6:14-15)

 

 

Feb 22, 2018

Episode 109 Communing with God

What does it mean to commune with God? What does it mean to hear God? What lifts us out of only an intellectual agreement with certain truths into a living relationship with the God of this universe? Is our heart hungry for that? So often we read scripture or hear certain truths proclaimed and agree with what we read or hear, but we lack the experience and spiritual reality that both we and God desires. Are we content where we are, or are our hearts hungry for God and everything that He has provided for us? If our heart is hungry for more, I believe we will find some help in this ministry by Gordon Gentry given in 1989. May the Lord give us ears to hear Him and eyes to see the pathway of faith into a deeper communion with God. Jesus opened the door for us. Let us go through that door for the purpose and glory of God.

 

Feb 9, 2018

Episode 108 Crossing over into the Spirituals

Many of us have heard a lot about God and what He has done in the past for others. We know the scriptures, and we agree that God has made full provision for us. But often we find ourselves still lacking in our own experience of the supernatural God. What is the answer? It is one thing to follow, it is another thing to learn, but it is still another thing to launch out and experience God for ourselves. Elisha is an example of “crossing over Jordon” and experiencing God for Himself. Today we share with you some ministry by Gordon Gentry given in 1989. His strong encouragement to us is to “crossover” and experience the fullness of God, both individually and collectively with other believers. Our prayer is that God will shed light on our pathway that we may step out in faith into all that God is and has for us for His purpose and glory.

Jan 25, 2018

Episode 107 Christ the Foundation of Gathering

What is the basis of our gathering together as believers? I think most would agree that out gathering should be on the foundation of Christ and unto Him as Head of the body. But what does that mean in practical terms? The gathering together of Christians in unity seems to be one of the most difficult areas we face. There is so much division because of different doctrines and different types of ministry. We know this should not be but so  often we don’t seem to able to achieve what God wants, namely that we may be one as the Father and Son are one as Jesus prayed in John 17. Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. It was given in a home meeting in 1998. It is our prayer that the truth Gordon shared will be helpful in seeing our way into a greater unity and experience of God in our gathering together unto Christ as our Lord.

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/audio/

 

Jan 11, 2018

Episode 106 Passion for Christ

What will move us from a place of passivity into a place of passion for Christ and His purpose? Will more Bible study, meetings, ministry, and prayer do the work? These all have their place, but by themselves they will not produce what both we and God desire. What will? I think that there is only one thing that will move us and that is fervent love for Jesus. How do we get that? There are two things I see that are essential: 1) A fresh revelation of Christ’s love for us, and 2) that same love deposited in our hearts by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Both require us to deal with God for that which comes only from Him.

Today we share some encouragement from T. Austin-Sparks on the object of Christ’s travail at Calvary. In doing so, it is our prayer that God will use this to reveal afresh to all of us the passion that Christ had to secure us for God.

  • The object of His Travail
  • It’s Infinite Value to God
  • Our Difficulty in Believing it
  • Christ’s Infinite Love for His Own
  • The Infinite Importance to Him of the Church
  • The infinite Motive for our Response

 

Link to Austin-Sparks ministry in this podcast:

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/000899.html

 

 

Dec 21, 2017

Episode 105 Burning for God

In the Old Testament, when the sacrifice on the altar was prepared, God sent fire from heaven as a sign of His acceptance and approval. On the day of Pentecost the people saw tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each of the disciples in the upper room.  We are also told that our God is a consuming fire. What does all of that mean to us today? Fire is used throughout the scripture as a sign of the presence of God. The tabernacle had a pillar of fire that burned above it. The priests were commanded to keep the fire inside the tabernacle burning day and night. Jesus said that He came to send fire on the earth. God appeared to Moses in a burning bush. The judgment of God is very often referred to in the context of fire. Ministers are described as a flame of fire. Jesus is described in Revelation as One who has eyes of fire. John said that Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire.

In November 1984, G.W. North, a minister from England, visited a gathering in West Palm Beach, Florida for a few days. One evening his subject was “Burning for God.” Those who were present in that meeting will never forget the ministry and the impact on their lives. Today we share a recording of that ministry with the prayer that you also may benefit and be strongly encouraged to “burn for God.”

Dec 14, 2017

Episode 104 The Battle for Life

When Adam sinned, he took himself and the human race that followed into death. When Christ came He conquered Satan and his host of evil forces and opened the door for us to partake of God’s life. But if the victory has been won, why is there still a battle in this world between God and Satan? I think this is a very real question to many of us. We hear that Christ won the victory at Calvary, but yet our experience is that we are in a warfare. And Paul says that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against a host of wickedness in heavenly places. If this is true, then what did happen at Calvary and how does that relate to our experience today?

  • Sin brought death
    • Spiritual death (separation from God)
    • Physical death (the process of death begins early in our bodies)
    • Sin reigned in death (Romans 5)
  • Christ came that we may have life (John 10:10)
    • He took on human flesh
    • He became sin for us at Calvary (2 Cor. 5:21)
    • He died (physically)
    • He rose from the dead thus conquering death (I Cor. 15)
    • He is seated at the right hand of God in heaven (authority)
    • Christ gives life to those who come to Him (John 5:39,40; John 20:31)
    • The risen Christ dwells within us by the Holy Spirit (life)
  • We are called to possess what God has given
    • Israel was given the land but they had to possess (Deut. Ch. 1 & 7)
    • We have been given all spiritual blessing in Christ but we must possess (Eph. 1)
    • We would like to “overcome” without a fight, but that would leave us weaklings
  • Spiritual ascendency comes through spiritual enlargement
  • Spiritual enlargement comes through faith and obedience
  • Spiritual territory can only be taken with spiritual weapons (Eph. 6)
  • Spiritualty (God’s life) is revealed in and through physical vessels
  • Prayer (intercession) is a critical part of spiritual warfare

 A very good booklet that expands on the subject today

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

 

 

Dec 7, 2017

Episode 103 The place of Godly wives

After God had created Adam, He said it is not good for man to be alone so He created Eve as a suitable helper. God’s plan is for a husband and wife to function as one in the family for His purpose and glory. It is a perfect plan but requires each to take their place. Today we focus on the place of the wife. When God created woman, he took something out of the man. God views the husband and wife as one, so what was taken out of Adam is brought back together in a relationship. Thus the challenge in the marriage is to see a harmonious relationship where each member is able to contribute their part. Neither man nor woman is superior to the other, but there is a God-ordained place for each. To accept the place that God has created and function in that place is the key to a harmonious marriage and a fulfilment of God’s ordained purpose in the family.

  • As a child of God
    • Created by God (taken from Adam) as a suitable helper
    • Has her own relationship with God (no male or female, Gal 3:28)
    • Has a unique place in God’s creation but not “second class” (I Cor. 11:3)
    • Is different from a man in her makeup (disposition)
  • As a wife and mother
    • One with her husband (union, Eph. 5:31)
    • Functions in a place of submission as unto God (I Peter 3:1-3)
    • As a helper to her husband (in his vision and calling, Prov. 31)
    • A household in which the life of God is seen (I Tim. 5:14)
    • To teach the children (Prov. 1:8-9, 6:20-21)
    • To teach in their households (Priscilla, Acts 18:26)
  • As a sister in the Family of God
    • A member of the Body of Christ with a God-given function (I Cor. 12)
    • An adornment that glorifies God (I Peter 3:3-6)
    • A quiet and meek spirit that is precious to God (I Peter 3:4)
    • To adorn the gospel with good works (I Tim. 5:9-10)
    • Older sisters have a unique ministry to younger sisters (Titus 2:3-5)
    • A ministry of power in weakness (John 13:14-15, I Cor. 1:27, 2 Cor. 12:9)

 Two good resources on this subject:

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-godly-woman/

 http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/woman-an-honored-vessel/

 

 

Nov 30, 2017

Episode 102 Fathers lead the family

The family unit is God’s basic structure for the human race. To achieve God’s purpose, the family must function as one. The Father is given the privilege and responsibility to lead in that purpose under the direction of God with His unlimited grace. To realize God’s great purpose in the family takes God. So many families, even Christian families, so often fall short of what they can be. Yet God has made full provision for the family to be the most precious place on earth for all the members. To experience the riches of love and achieve the end goals that we and God desire we must follow God’s order and draw upon the grace of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Today we focus on the Father’s place in giving leadership in the family.

  • The father leads by example
    • Alive unto God
    • A disciple of Jesus Christ
    • Demonstrates the character of God
    • Walk in truth and love in humility
    • Maintain active fellowship with other brothers
  • The father is responsible to impart vision to his wife
    • Must see all things through God’s eyes
    • Bring his wife into God’s vision
    • Enable his wife to fulfil her place in the family
    • Always consider husband and wife as one
  • The father is responsible for the training of the children
    • Needs a clear goal in mind
    • Continuously evaluate the family as a whole
    • Bring light for each child to walk in according to maturity
    • Encouragement and challenge held in proper place
  • Authority is often the point of conflict
    • Respect must be earned
    • Always with a servant’s heart
    • Never shifting blame to his wife
    • Make difficult decisions when necessary

 

 

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