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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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Jan 28, 2016

Episode 10: What does it mean to Believe in Jesus?


We have been considering some elements of “salvation.” Integral to this subject is the issue of what it means to “believe” or to have faith. What is saving faith? How do we know that we believe? “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”” (Acts 16:31, NKJV) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, NKJV)


• What Biblical faith (or believing) is not:
o An intellectual belief in certain facts
o Something that requires no commitment or action
o A kind of positive confession (mind over matter)
o Receiving is not believing (John 1:12)

• What Biblical faith is:
o Believing in a person (The person of Jesus Christ)
o A commitment of will to the Lordship of Christ
o Based on the Word of God (communication from God)
o A continual belief (not just a one-time act)
o Believing brings us into an experience of the grace of God
o Begins in heart, confession with mouth, completed in actions (Rom. 10:8-10)


To believe God is to commit (trust) your whole person into His hands, knowing that He is God and He is faithful in all things. “. . . . I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Timothy 1:12, NKJV)


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

Jan 21, 2016

Episode 9: What is Repentance?


Today we want to look at the area of repentance. In the proclamation of the gospel today, this is often misunderstood or completely overlooked. In doing so, it leaves a great weakness in our initial foundation in our walk with God.


• Repentance is our beginning place. It was the beginning message of:
o John the Baptist (Matt. 3:1,2)
o Jesus (Matt 4:17)
o Peter (Acts 2:38) Repentance was commanded
o Paul (Acts 20:21) Repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus
• Repentance (to change one’s mind, to turn)
o Includes thought, word, and deed (2 Cor. 7:11)
o Not just feelings, tears, or regret
o John said to “Bring forth fruits of repentance” (Matt. 3:8)
o Repentance is towards God (we have sinned against Him) (Acts 20:21)
• Confession of sin is specific, not just general
o I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive”
o Turning from the sin by the grace of God
o Restitution if possible (Luke 3:10)
• Christ came to bring a real salvation from sin (I John 3:4-9)
o That our sins may be “taken away) (vs 5)
o To destroy the works of the devil (vs 8)
• The command to all men everywhere is to repent (Acts 17:30)


God has provided a real salvation from death, sin, and the expression of sin (sins) that the righteousness of God might be revealed in these vessels of clay

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

 

Jan 19, 2016

Episode 9: What is Repentance?


Today we want to look at the area of repentance. In the proclamation of the gospel today, this is often misunderstood or completely overlooked. In doing so, it leaves a great weakness in our initial foundation in our walk with God.


• Repentance is our beginning place. It was the beginning message of:
o John the Baptist (Matt. 3:1,2)
o Jesus (Matt 4:17)
o Peter (Acts 2:38) Repentance was commanded
o Paul (Acts 20:21) Repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus
• Repentance (to change one’s mind, to turn)
o Includes thought, word, and deed (2 Cor. 7:11)
o Not just feelings, tears, or regret
o John said to “Bring forth fruits of repentance” (Matt. 3:8)
o Repentance is towards God (we have sinned against Him) (Acts 20:21)
• Confession of sin is specific, not just general
o I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive”
o Turning from the sin by the grace of God
o Restitution if possible (Luke 3:10)
• Christ came to bring a real salvation from sin (I John 3:4-9)
o That our sins may be “taken away) (vs 5)
o To destroy the works of the devil (vs 8)
• The command to all men everywhere is to repent (Acts 17:30)


God has provided a real salvation from death, sin, and the expression of sin (sins) that the righteousness of God might be revealed in these vessels of clay

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

 

Jan 14, 2016

Episode 8: What is Salvation?


One of the most common questions that is brought to us is this: “Are you saved?” Another closely related question is “Are you born again?” What do we mean by these terms? Are we using them the way the Bible does? A danger is that we attach our own meaning to the terms and use them in way that God does not use in the Bible. When we do this, we run the risk of not only deceiving ourselves but misleading others.


• The most common concept of salvation is only “saved from hell.” This is a very narrow definition that does not include much of what God has in mind.
• Salvation is not just a “decision for Christ” but a process. In the scripture we find that we have been saved, we are being saved, and we shall be saved.
• Jesus is the Author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him (Heb. 5:9)
o Have been saved from death (see Romans 5:12), and past sins
o Are being saved from sin, the effects of sin, and from ourselves
o Will be given a new body and saved from the wrath of God and eternal judgment

We see this outlined for us in 2 Peter 1:1-10
• Partakers of the divine nature through the promises of God
• A process of “adding to our faith”
• An eternal hope “if” we do these things

Dangers:
• The prevalence of an “easy believism” gospel (just accept Jesus as your Savior)
• The danger of a simple intellectual acceptance of Biblical truth
• The danger of an emotional experience that does not leave us in union with Christ
• The danger of depending on membership in a “church organization”

On future programs:
• The importance of repentance
• What it means to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”
• Why water baptism.
• Receiving the Holy Spirit

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

Jan 7, 2016

Episode 7: Knowing God


What does it mean to know God? How do we know God? How do we know that we are knowing Him? Many today know about God but they do not know God in a personal way. God has opened the door that all may know Him. My prayer today is that all of us may enter more deeply into this personal relationship with God. 


From the tract on the web site entitled  “Knowing God”


“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3


• Knowing someone (including God) means experiencing God
• Salvation is not experienced separate from knowing God
• The New Covenant opened the door for “all to know Him” (Heb. 8:11)
• The Old Covenant was based on what man could do, the New on what God can do
• The basis of the New Covenant is the Cross of Jesus Christ
• Jesus died so that we could enter into union with God by the Spirit
• The Christian life is living His life by faith, not our life
• Being born again brings us into a relationship, not just an experience
• That which is born of God overcomes all things
• Knowing God is a love relationship that bears fruit (an expression of God)
• Love is expressed in relationship, communion, union, and oneness

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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