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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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Apr 28, 2016

Episode 23: The Ministry of the Evangelist


The evangelist is one of God’s gifts of grace to the church. It is the beginning ministry responsible for proclaiming the good news of God’s redemptive grace for mankind. The evangelist is the one bearing the message to the lost world. Today we take a look at this all important ministry. The ministries of the prophet, teacher, and pastor are primarily to the church, those who have come out of the world to Christ. But the ministry of the evangelist is primarily to the lost, thus that ministry has a distinctive flavor and focus. While most of us may not be evangelists as a primary calling in life, I believe the scriptures teach us that all of us are called to that ministry to some extent.  To examine the ministry of the evangelist can help all of us see where we fit in and function in our grace and calling.


• The man
o God sends men who are prepared
o The man becomes the message (like fire in the bones that cannot be silenced)
o The calling is from God and he answers to God for that calling
• The message
o The message must originate in God, not in man
o The message is a proclamation of Jesus Christ (the grace that has come to us)
o The message should lead to the full gospel, not just the beginning
• The means
o God will open doors specific to our circumstances
o The means (method) may vary, but the power is in the Holy Spirit
o The evangelist should labor with the other ministries in God’s order
o The evangelist is often an extra local ministry
• The fruit
o It is critical that the fruit be gathered into God’s vessel for growth
o God’s purpose is not just babies, but full grown sons and daughters
• All are called to do the work of the evangelist to some degree
o As a testimony (example)
o To give an answer for the hope that we have
o To extend the goodness of God to those in our lives
o To pray that God will raise up men to take the message to other places
o To support the ministry of the evangelist

Pamphlet discussing the relationship of the church and evangelism
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-church-and-evangelism/

• 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 21, 2016

Episode 22: The Ministry of the Shepherd


God’s leadership in His church is the ministry of the shepherd. It is a leading and serving ministry, not a driving or dictatorial function. We are all sheep and sheep need a shepherd. Christ is the Chief Shepherd, and He has enlisted men of His choosing to perform that function in each gathering. Their ministry is very critical as it sets the tone of the entire gathering. A gathering of believers will not rise above the leadership of that gathering. Individuals may to some extent go on beyond, but the gathering as a whole is formed by the leadership. It is an awesome responsibility.


• The ministry of shepherds (pastors) is to lead into green pastures
o Give leadership as needed
o Lead into peace (beside still waters)
o Ensure nourishing food (effective, meaningful ministry)
• Shepherds oversee the public spoken ministry (prophets and teachers)
o Able to teach but may or may not have a teaching ministry
o Encourage ministry in needed areas
o Give helpful feedback to the ministers
• Shepherds protect the flock from dangers
o Unseen until danger arises, then takes action
o From without (false teachers, doctrines, influences)
o From within (conflicts, unspiritual movement)
• Shepherds care for each member in a personal way
o Observe growth
o Identify needs
o Help resolve problems (bind up the wounds)
o On call, available for fellowship
• Shepherds do not do all the work but enable each member to function under Christ
• Shepherds present the flock to the owner (God) (I Peter 5:1-4)

Short pamphlet on the subject of Eldership or Shepherds
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/eldership/

• 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 14, 2016

Episode 21: Oversight through Eldership


The government of God in the church is a critical issue and we must go God’s way to be successful in reaching God’s goal. God’s provision is a plurality of mature brothers under the authority of Christ moving as one man. To maintain Christ as Head of His body is the central issue. The scriptures teach us that we need “overseeing.” We need God’s watchful care in our personal lives and any gathering of God’s people also needs oversight. The care of God extended to us through this ministry is critical to our personal growth and the growth of any expression of the Body of Christ. Today we look at some of the essential elements.


• Maintaining Christ as Head is an essential element
o Only mediator between man and God is Christ Jesus
o God has chosen to work in and through man
o God expresses His mind for a gathering through ministry
• Elders, pastors, bishops, and overseers
o One person, different words expressing function
o Is a function of grace, not an office
o Local in scope of responsibility
o Always in plurality
• Must meet qualifications (I Tim. 3:1-7)
o Mature brothers
o Family in order
o Desire (from God) to care for the testimony
o Willing to lay down their lives for the sheep (not lording over)
• Function (Acts 17:20-35)
o To care for the testimony of God
o To care for each member
o To prepare each member for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12)
o To attach each one to Christ (not themselves)
• Where do we begin?
o Submission to Christ as our Lord
o The love of God in our hearts by the Holy Spirit
o Looking to care for others
o Open for God to express His care to us through any member
o Recognize grace in others and benefit from it
o Recognize elders when needed and guided by the Holy Spirit


http://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Eldership-Urgent-Restore-Leadership/dp/0936083115

• 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 7, 2016

Episode 20: The importance of the Teaching Ministry


The ministry of the teacher in the church is a very essential ministry for the growth of the individual and the body as a whole. The teaching ministry is a building ministry. Without that ministry we will experience weakness in our walk with God. The ministry of the teacher is to take the vision (or principles of God) and expand them (break them into smaller sections) so we can understand and put truth into practice in our lives. In other words, the teacher brings the Word of God to apply in the issues of our daily life. Without that ministry, we listen to or read about the wonderful things of God but we don’t know what to do with them.


• Teaches are a God-given grace to the church (Eph. 4:11)
o Not all are teachers (James 3:1)
o Will be held to a higher standard of judgment
o Must meet certain qualifications (I Tim. 3:8-13)
o Should not be a novice
o Should teach with the authority of God (I Peter 4:11)
• Teachers minister Christ to us
o Not intellectual facts with no bearing on real life
o Building on the foundation (1 Cor. 3:10-11)
o Teaching that is helpful must be alive in the Spirit (John 6:63)
o The ultimate teacher is the Holy Spirit through men (I John 2:27)
• To benefit from teaching we must be listening with “spiritual ears”
o He that has an ear let him hear (Rev. 2 and 3)
o Listening for God to obey Him (John 7:17)
• The teaching ministry of men and women is different
o Men’s ministry is more open, spoken and leading (I Tim 2:12)
o Women’s ministry is more private, hidden, and by example (Titus 2:3)
• There is a teaching that all members do (Col 3:16)
o Example is utmost
o Testimony
o Fellowship
• Where do we begin?
o On our knees
o In the scriptures
o Open to every member of the Body of Christ
o Dependent on the Holy Spirit
o Quick to obey when light comes to our pathway

• 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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