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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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Mar 31, 2016

Episode 19: The New Testament Prophet (Prophetic Ministry)


The ministry of the prophet in the Old Testament was very prominent. The ministry of the prophet in the New Testament is also very important in the purpose of God. There is often much confusion today in reference to the ministry of a “prophet.” The first thought that comes to the minds of many is someone who is able to “foretell future events.” While foretelling the future is included in the meaning of “prophecy”, it is really is only a small part. The basic meaning of prophecy is really “forth telling” or telling forth the mind of God. It is in this context we want to consider the function of the prophet or prophetic ministry.


• The prophet in the Old Testament
o He was a “seer” (one who saw what God was doing)
o One who spoke for God
• The New Testament Prophet
o One who proclaims the Purpose of God (vision)
o His ministry is based on the Scriptures
o Has a calling and grace from God (Eph. 4:11)
• Prophetic Ministry
o In beginning form this may come from an extra-local source
o May take the form of multiple brothers sharing from the scripture
o May become more focused as God raises up a brother within the assembly
• We need the Prophetic Ministry
o To impart vision of God’s purpose and plan
o As a foundation for other ministry
o As a light to keep us on course
• Some important elements
o Needs to function with other ministry (such as the teacher, elders)
o Must be alive with the anointing of the Spirit
o Must be true to the scriptures
o Must come through a prepared vessel (scriptural qualifications, I Tim. 3:8-13)
o Must be with spiritual authority to be effective (as an oracle of God, I Peter 4:11)


A valuable resource is a book entitled “Prophetic Ministry” by T. Austin Sparks
http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/prophetic_ministry.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

 

Mar 25, 2016

Episode 18: The Pathway to Maturity


 I believe it is the desire of all Christians to “grow up” into mature, stable sons and daughters of God. Not only is this our desire, it is also God’s desire. He has made full provision for this. While I believe it is the desire of every Christian to come to maturity in Christ, this is not an automatic process. We all begin as babes, but to come to full maturity we must avail of all of God’s provision. This is true in the natural family, and it is also true in the spiritual. We need all God has provided, not just part.


• What is maturity?
o Maturity is conformity to the image of Christ in all aspects
o Maturity is a place of stability (not tossed by desires, trials, and ideas)
o Maturity brings us to a place of greater usefulness to God
• Obedience is essential to realize God’s character established in us
o Relationship must be real
o Obedience is to the leading of the Holy Spirit
o The Word of God is the foundation of our faith and obedience
• Ministry is a key provision of God (Eph. 4)
o Public ministry (prophets and teachers)
o Eldership (those who watch out over our souls)
o Ministry of every member
• Humility is essential to be able to receive
o Teachable
o Open to any brother or sister for God to use
o Quick to hear, slow to speak
o Looking unto Jesus in all things (not man)
• Exercise in the Spirit
o Sensitivity
o Not trying to “do something or be something for God”
o Given to prayer (communion with God)
o Learning in every situation of life


Consistency is the price of success.


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/spiritual-maturity/


• 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

Mar 17, 2016

  Episode 17: Walking in Truth


Many today would say that “doctrine divides” so let’s just lay aside those areas of disagreement and love Jesus. Is that good direction? On first consideration, that may sound good but is it possible to love Jesus without walking in truth? What truth is important and what is not? It would not be hard to make up a list of basic doctrines that divide Christians today. I think we know that God wants us to be in harmony and have His mind in all things. Why does this seem so hard? Why are there so many different doctrines, Bible Schools, and fundamental issues that divide Christians? Is it possible to have the “same mind and same judgment” in all things (I Cor. 1:10)?


• Truth is defined in Christ (John 14:6)
o The truth that we are concerned with always relates to the person of Christ
o Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14)
o Jesus embodied truth (who He is, what He said, what He did)
o Truth includes the goal, plan, character, and ways of God in Christ Jesus
• The Holy Spirit has been given to lead us into truth (John 16:13)
o The Holy Spirit must indwell and control (union with God)
o In the New Covenant God writes His word on our hearts and mind (Heb. 8:10)
o The truth cannot be known simply by intellectual study (I Cor. 2:9)
o Truth must always be held in love (Eph. 4:15-16)
• Christ is formed in our lives as we “walk in truth” (3 John 2-4)
o To walk in truth is to walk in Christ (or abide in Him)
o As we live God’s life the character of Christ (truth) is formed in us (Gal. 4:19)
o As we walk in truth our mind is renewed (Rom. 12:1-2)
• Some practical expressions of the character of Christ:
o Love (I Cor. 13)
o Holiness (separation from sin and this world)
o God’s order in creation (man and woman)
o Expression of Christ, not self (John 15:5)
o Humility, submission one to another
• Truth takes expression in us as an individual and in the corporate gathering
o The family of God is the “pillar and ground of the truth” (I Tim. 3:15)
o To see a gathering of God’s people express truth (Christ) takes spiritual work
o All truth is important at the right time and place according to God’s direction
o The importance of a pure testimony for the glory of God must compel us to action


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/walking-in-truth/


• 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

 

Mar 10, 2016

Episode 16: Walking above sin by faith


Today a constant prayer that we hear is “Lord I know we are all sinners. Please forgive us.” It often is a general prayer with no specific sin mentioned, just an acknowledgement that we are all “sinners.” Did Christ come to deliver us from sin? Many would say that He forgives us of our past sin, but that we are still sinners by nature and will continue to sin. Is this true? Is it possible to walk above sin?


• What is sin
o Wrong relationship with God (Genesis 3)
o A disposition of sin (Romans 7)
o Sin is lawlessness (I John 3:4)
o Sin is not just making a mistake
o Something that is not sin today may become sin tomorrow (James 4:17)
• When a person comes to Christ, what happens?
o Repentance, forgiveness, and cleansing of sin
o A new nature (Divine Nature) by indwelling of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1)
o A new creation—all things of God ( 2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 6:15))
• What is the fruit that we can expect of a person who has been born again?
o Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-24 )
o A fountain flowing from within (John 7:38-39)
• Can a Christian sin
o God never takes away our choice
o To sin we must be “draw away” (James 1:14-16)
o If we continue to sin, we do not know Him (I John 3:6 )
• Christ died so that God may live in us
o If we are abiding in Christ (living His life by faith) we do not continue to sin
o If we do stumble and sin, He is faithful to forgive our sin (I John 1:9)
o All of this is by the grace of God (not self-effort, but abiding in Christ)


In summary, Christ died that we may be forgiven of our past sin and be indwelt by the Holy Spirit that we may not continue to sin. We can disobey God and sin, but if we confess our sin He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us. If we are living a life of sin, then something is wrong in our relationship with God and that needs to be dealt with urgently.


• 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

Mar 3, 2016

Episode 15: The Meaning of the Cross in our Daily Lives


Every Christian is familiar to some extent with the historical events surrounding the crucifixion of Christ 2000 years ago. In addition, I believe that most of us know that the work Christ did on the cross forms the basis of our salvation today. But my concern is that we not just know these things in an intellectual way, but rather that we experience the reality of what Christ provided for us in our daily walk.


• Some things that happened at the Cross
o Adam’s race was put to death (crucified) in Christ (Gal 2:20, Gal. 6:14, Rom. 6:6)
o The price of blood was paid for our cleansing from sin (Heb. 9:16-28, I John 1:7)
o The law was done away with (Colossians 2:14)
o Satan was defeated (Colossians 2:15)
o The way into the presence of God was opened (Heb. 6:19-20)
o The way was opened for Jesus to give the Holy Spirit (John 7:39)
• Our place is to believe God in what He says was accomplished at Calvary
o God does not accept anything we are according to the natural
o Forgiveness of sin is by repentance and believing in Christ’s atonement
o We now live under a new law, the law of life (Rom. 8:1-4)
o Our power over the enemy is as we resist Him in union with Christ (James 4:7)
o God is pleased as we draw near in full assurance (Heb. 4:16, James 4:8)
o Full fellowship with God is experienced through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
• Defeat comes when we
o Depend on anything natural (personality, self-effort)
o We depend on what we have done instead of what God does in us (Phil. 2:12,13)
o Resort back to keeping the outward commandments for acceptance before God
o Listen to the enemy and his accusations
o Shrink back from God because we do not feel worthy
o When we entertain reservations in yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit


In summary, we enter into the finished work of Christ in experience by believing in Christ and union with Him by the Spirit.


“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NKJV)  “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2, 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

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