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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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May 26, 2016

Episode 27: Meeting with God


Many times our gathering together as believers comes short of “Meeting with God.” What does it mean to meet with God? Why do we gather together? What should we expect? What does God expect? What is our part? Church meetings can take many forms. We may meet for worship, to hear a musical program, to listen to a sermon, or just to meet with each other. While none of these things are wrong in themselves, God’s desire is that we meet with Him together. In the Old Testament, the presence of God revealed in the midst of His people was an awesome and sobering time. What is the counterpart of this in the New Covenant?


• In the Old Testament:
o The Tabernacle (Exodus 40:34-38)
o The Temple (I Kings 8:1-13)
• The New Covenant
o Entering through the veil into the Holy of Holies (Heb. 10:16-25)
o Coming by way of the blood of Christ
o Coming as living stones, alive with the presence of God (1 Peter 2:4)
• To worship God
o To worship in spirit and truth
o To give Him His rightful place together
• To hear God
o Ministers speak as oracles of God (I Peter 4:11)
o To be fed with Christ (living bread)
• To be a vessel though whom God may manifest Himself to others
o Prepared (right relationships)
o Sensitive to the Holy Spirit (alive, looking to God)
o Manifestation of the Spirit as He chooses (I Cor. 12)
• Jesus walks in the midst (Revelation 1-3)
o The messages were to the churches (not just individuals)
o The messengers were in the right hand of Jesus (Rev. 1:20)
o The purpose of God is to bring us together as one under His authority


More on Meeting with God:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/meeting-with-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

May 19, 2016

Episode 26: The Purpose of Ministry


In past episodes we have discussed some the individual ministries in the church. Today we want to look at the purpose of those ministries all working together in harmony under the direction of God. Many times we tend to focus on one particular ministry that we like or think is most important. A common one today is “The Pastor.” While pastors (or elders) are a very important ministry in the local gathering, God does not intend for us to focus on a single ministry but rather allow God to use all of the ministries together to bring us into maturity in Christ. We need everything that God has provided to achieve God’s goals.


• God’s way of maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16)
o To prepare each member for work of ministry
o To bring unity of the faith
o A true knowledge of the Son of God
o A perfect (mature) man
o Fullness of Christ
o No longer children, tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine
o Not deceived
o Speaking the truth in love
o Growing up into Christ
o Every joint (relationship) supplying
o Edification in love
• Some specific fruit of ministry
o Christ as Lord of each individual and assembly as a whole
o Spiritual life (manifestation of the Spirit, I Cor. 12:1-11)
o Expression of God’s love—Col. 3:14)
o Maturity (growth in expression of God’s character)
o The expression of the Cross (death to world, sin, law)
o Holiness (expression of God’s nature)
• The importance of ministry functioning together
o No one man (or ministry) can fully express God (I Cor. 12:12-31)
o We “together” are the Body of Christ

A very good discussion of the “work of ministry” in the plan of God:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/ministry/

• 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 12, 2016

Episode 25: The plan of God in creation concerning man and woman


One of the critical issues that we face today is the differing roles of man and woman in the working of God. This has always been an issue, but today we see the enemy bringing all of the force he can to bring confusion to God’s order. Today we look briefly at this all important subject.  It was God who created man and woman, and His creation was perfect. Sin has distorted His design but God has not changed His mind today regarding His plan concerning man and woman in all aspects of life. To allow God to wash our minds of natural reasoning is difficult, but I believe if we want to know the full blessing and approval of God we must function as God has designed.


• Creation
o Man created first, then woman taken from man (I Tim. 2:13)
o Woman created as a suitable “helper” for man (Gen. 2:18)
o Woman was taken out of man and brought back in relationship (I Cor. 11:8)
o God’s order in creation is stated in I Cor. 11:3
• The family is a visible expression of God’s order
o The husband is the leader, responsible for all things
o The wife is the helper, fitting together with her husband as “one”
o The family is the structure in which children are brought to maturity
• The Family of God
o God’s order is maintained in the family of God
o God’s children are brought to maturity in His family
o The natural family fits into God’s family (Ref. Eph. 5:22-33)
• The function of Man (husband)
o Overseer (in natural and spiritual family)
o Leadership (example, vision, direction)
o Ministry (laying down his life, serving, lifting up his wife with him)
• The function of Woman (wife)
o To assist the man in his responsibility
o To allow herself to be led (not to exercise authority over men, I Tim. 2:11-13)
o To minister (in her place with her grace)
• The challenge in our day
o To take our view from God and not natural reasoning or culture
o To stand in truth and love


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/they-two-shall-be-one/
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/woman-an-honored-vessel/


• 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 5, 2016

Episode 24: Do we have Apostles Today?


The word Apostle means many things to many people. In general I think most people think of the twelve apostles. While their ministry is obviously foundational, I think that there is a wider meaning that we need to understand. The meaning of the word “apostle” is “sent one.” The scriptures use this word to describe more than just the original twelve apostles. A more common word that is used today with a similar meaning is the word “missionary.” To grasp the full ministry of the apostle and see how this ministry applies to us we need to look at all of the scriptures together.


• Those who are considered “apostles” in the New Testament
o Jesus (Heb. 3:1)
o The original twelve (Matt. 10:2)
o Paul (I Cor. 9:1, 15:9, 2 Peter 3:15)
o In Acts (Barnabas, Silas, Titus and others) (Rom. 16:7, I Cor. 12:29, 2 Cor. 8:23)
o Epaphroditus (Phil 2:25) (your messenger or apostle)
• Those who are sent by God
o Have a mission from God for His purpose (establishing of churches)
o Are separated to the work by the church (Acts 13:1-3)
o Empowered by the Holy Spirit according to God’s grace
o The principle of plurality should continually be exercised
• We need to recognize those whom God has sent
o Recognize God’s provision coming to us through men
o To recognize the grace and receive it (2 Cor. 6)
o Respond to God, not just to the person
o Support them in prayer and material needs
• Authority
o Is not in the title or the man himself
o Is according  to the grace of God towards building up in Christ
• Be available for God to send us
o To the neighbor next door
o To our brother and sister
o To another gathering of God’s children (local and abroad)


• 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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