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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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Jun 30, 2016

Episode 32: Spiritual Relationships


Right relationships are where we find reality, and yet they seem to be where the most problems are found. What is God’s way into right and satisfying relationships? Is it possible to have right relationships with all? It seems that this is where the enemy of our soul works overtime and where problems abound on every hand. Sin resulted in a broken relationship with God, but Christ died that so that relationship could be restored. The effects of sin permeate this world and affect every human relationship. In Christ relationships are restored and brought back to God’s intention. Yet to see the reality of this, we must avail of the full grace of God in Christ Jesus. How do we do this?


• The result of sin is a broken relationship with God
o All of us begin separated from God
o The gospel is the way that relationship is restored
• The effects of sin are seen in broken relationships with men
o The struggle is most often seen first in the family
o Godly parents are the key to right family relationships
o Challenges in relationships are to be expected in mankind
• The family of God is where spiritual relationships are established
o Relationships are now not natural but spiritual (2 Cor. 5:16)
o We see others as “members of Christ” (I Cor. 12:27)
o Spiritual relationships are according to “life” not “understanding”
o The effects of sin in all of us make the relationships challenging
• What are the essential elements to establishing right relationships?
o I as an individual must be in union with Christ by the Spirit
o I am allowing Jesus to change me in every relationship
o A Godly care (love) for others in my heart (Rom. 5:1-5)
o When a relationship is not right, do we have spiritual discernment why?
o If we see the root problem, do we have God’s wisdom in what to do?
o Are we holding “truth” in “love”


All spiritual Reality is found in Right Relationships
Religion Replaces Relationship with Ritual and Rules

• 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

Jun 23, 2016

Episode 31: The Testimony of God


I am sure we have considered the importance of testimony. What is the testimony that God is looking for? What is the value of testimony in the hands of the Holy Spirit? Are we a testimony to the glory of God? I think that most of us would say that a person that tells us “do as I say but not as I do” has very little to offer anybody. We all want to hear from somebody who is living what they teach, and especially when that teaching agrees with the character of God as revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. The life or testimony that a person lives opens the door for us to receive from that person.  Jesus is our prime example in that. He was the “Word of God made flesh.” What was true for him is also true for us.


• Our Personal Testimony
o Each believer is responsible to Jesus Christ as Lord
o God has provided the grace to live His life
o Inward righteous is revealed in outward obedience
• Our Family Testimony
o The natural family is where our testimony is first seen and tested
o The character of God is seen in right relationships
o Accountability is first learned in the family
o Church leaders are first tested and proven in the family life
o A Godly family is a great witness to the reality of God
• Our Corporate Testimony
o The local church (assembly) is the Family of God
o The character of God is revealed in right spiritual relationships
o The church is the place that the testimony of righteousness is upheld
o Each assembly is responsible for the maintenance of the testimony
o The Lord’s Table is significant place of accountability to God and one another
• Ministry to other localities
o Others want to know how truth is being lived out where the minister came from
o Truth should be proved out first in the local assembly before taking it to others
o The Holy Spirit is able to bring an anointing (authority) on a good testimony
• Concern for the testimony of God
o Willing to accept responsibility (personal and corporate)
o Avail of the grace of God to fulfill this responsibility

• 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

Jun 16, 2016

Episode 30: Christian Unity


What is Christian Unity? How do Christians relate to one another? We are told that “there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, and one faith.” A casual look at Christianity around us would seem to deny all of that. How do we deal with that? We know that there is one God and we understand that we are one in Him. But what does that mean in practical terms? How does that work out? It seems that there are so many divisions in Christianity that to speak about oneness is hopeless, just denying the reality. Let us take another look at this with the prayer that God will shed light in which to walk today in a meaningful way for His glory.


• Unity is spiritual (not in natural things) Eph. 4:1-6
o Not according to my heredity (or race)
o Not in an organization
o Not in mental understanding
o Not in outward conformity to standards or rules
• The foundation of unity is union with Christ
o Christ brings us into His life (Calvary was for that purpose)
o Christ brings us into the family of God (brothers and sisters)
• Spiritual unity is practical in expression
o In attitude
o In relationships
o In understanding (a renewed mind)
o In conduct (an expression of the character of Christ)
o In our locality (with those we know personally)
• Spiritual unity is maintained as we mature in expression
o As we walk in truth and love we are changed into His likeness
o We do not compromise with sin to maintain unity
o We care about each person God brings into our lives
o Corporate unity is expressed at the Table of the Lord
• What steps can we take to express the oneness of God (John 17: 20-23)
o Are we convinced that God is glorified in unity among His children?
o Is there a growing comprehension of Jesus Christ and His purpose?
o Can we consider our own attitude towards other believers?
o Are we allowing God to change our mind and actions?
o Are we serving others out of love and devotion to Christ?

• 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

Jun 9, 2016

Episode 29: Making Disciples


The command of Jesus upon His departure was to “go and make disciples.” What is a disciple? How do we make disciples? Are we fulfilling the command of Jesus in this matter? To make a disciple is different from making a convert. Jesus said “it is enough for a disciple to be as His master.” The thought in discipleship is conformity to Christ in all matters. Many have seen the demands of discipleship and pursued the matter in many ways. Did Jesus give us instructions for how this is to be carried out? How does discipleship fit into God’s overall plan?


• All aspects of God’s working must be seen together (no contradiction)
o Discipleship addresses the individual part of God’s working
o The church (assembly) emphasizes of the corporate part
o The Family of God speaks of the corporate structure and atmosphere
o The Body of Christ speaks of the corporate expression of God’s grace to others
o The Bride of Christ speaks of the ultimate goal in eternity
• The basic thought in discipleship is to be like his master in all things (Luke 6:40)
o In nature (born of God)
o In character (conformed to His image)
o Devoted to Christ (ready to be married to Him for all eternity)
o A learner, follower, and reproducer
• Discipleship must be worked in the context of the church (Eph. 4 & 5)
o God has given grace to men to make disciples, preparing them to minister to others
o Christ is the One who disciples us to Himself by the Holy Spirit through men (Eph. 5)
o God’s way is multiple channels of grace, not just one man
• To be a disciple of Christ:
o Alive to God by the Spirit
o Under the authority of Christ
o Able to receive the grace of God through men
• To be useful in God’s hands to disciple others to Christ
o An example of a disciple
o Sensitive to the Holy Spirit (living relationship)
o Devotion to Jesus above every other relationship (Luke 14:26)
o Dead to self-interests, willing to suffer (Luke 14:27, Rom 6)
o Personal involvement with others in real life experience

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/discipleship/


• 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

 

Jun 2, 2016

Episode 28: Do denominations fit into God’s plan?


The concept of a denomination is quite familiar to most of us, but denominations as we know them have not always been with us. The early church did not have any such concept. Do they fit into the plan and purpose of God? Denominations are so prevalent in our time that perhaps we have not even considered if they are what God wants or not. What is a denomination? Why do we have them? Do they help or hinder? We want to look at some of these questions in light of God’s ultimate purpose.


• The external Issues (what we see)
o A special name (distinction)
o Oneness defined by a set of beliefs or doctrines
o A rallying around a special doctrine(s) that is seen as critical
o A central authority (headquarters on earth)
o Often a building that can be seen by men
o The name of the pastor is often on the billboard
o Often a spirit of isolation even if none of these things are seen
• The real issues (spiritual issues that are important to God)
o Only Christ and Him crucified
o God is one (not divided into groups in a locality, Eph. 4:4,5)
o Maintain the unity of the Spirit while coming to a oneness of faith (Eph. 4:3)
o The authority of each member and assembly is Christ (Col. 2:19, I Tim. 2:5)
o The church is the bride of Christ (hidden from the world)
o Man should not be exalted (only Christ)
o To have the right attitude towards all Christians (holding truth in love, I John 3:18)
• What should be our attitude (response)
o Seek God for a clear revelation of His Body which is the church (Eph. 1:22,23)
o Let the Holy Spirit full our hearts with love (Romans 5:5)
o Ask God for wisdom on how to break down the walls of separation
o When light comes obey and do not hold up the past

• 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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