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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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Sep 29, 2016

Episode 45 Worship in Spirit and Truth


Jesus said the hour has now come when true worshipers will worship God in spirit and truth, and that the Father is seeking such to worship Him. What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth? How important is that to God? Are we fulfilling the desire of our Father in this? Most Christians today would readily acknowledge that worship is a very important part of the Christian life. But many times our understanding or expression of worship to God is shallow or even wrong. It is often confined to an hour of singing in a special place and led by a single person. I would encourage us to examine the scriptures again for a fresh understanding of what kind of worship is pleasing to God, so that we may not fail to give God that which He desires and deserves.


• What is Worship?
o To do reverence or homage, by prostration, pay Divine homage, adore
o “The overflow of a grateful heart, under a sense of Divine favor”
o “The outpouring of a soul at rest in the presence of God”
o “The occupation of the heart, not with its needs or blessings, but with God Himself”
o “The upspring of a heart that has known the Father as Giver, the Son as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as the indwelling Guest”
• The first mention of worship in scripture (Abraham in Gen. 22:5)
o Initiated by God (a word from God)
o Conditioned by faith (Heb. 11:17)
o Involves sacrifice
o Separation unto God
o Renunciation of self
o Glorifies God
o Blessing to the worshiper
• Distinction between prayer, praise, and worship
o Prayer—occupation of the soul with needs
o Praise—occupation of the soul with its blessings
o Worship—occupation of the soul with God Himself
• Worship of Christ by the “wise men” (Matt. 2:1-12
• By Mary of Bethany (John 12:1-11)


A classic on the subject of worship by Gibbs
https://www.amazon.com/Worship-Christians-Occupation-P-Gibbs/dp/1593871643


• 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

 

Sep 22, 2016

Episode 44 The ministry of Intercession

Perhaps the most basic instinct in men is to pray. Even the person that does not confess to believing in God finds themselves praying in an hour of crisis. What is prayer? Why pray? How should we pray? In many ways, prayer is one of the greatest mysteries in the life of the Christian, while at the same time even a small child can pray. We are commanded to “pray without ceasing.” The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Let us be encouraged in this great labor that God has called us to.

• Prayer is communication with God
o In prayer we face God directly
o Acknowledges the sovereignty of God
• We pray because
o God commanded us to
o It is the way God has involved us in what He is doing
o We are concerned about the things of God (Matt. 6:10)
o We care about others
• How do we pray
o Should be inspired and directed by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26,27)
o In the will of God
o In private (Matt. 6:6)
o With others (agreeing together,  Matt 18:19)
o Without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17, Col. 4:2)
o From the heart (John 15:7)
o In the name of Jesus (John 14:13)
• Prayer is a labor
• We learn to pray by praying

An excellent booklet on prayer is Pray in the Spirit by Arthur Wallis
https://www.amazon.com/Pray-Spirit-Arthur-Wallis-ebook/dp/B007AN88FY#nav-subnav


• 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

Sep 15, 2016

Episode 43 Forming Christ in us


This is David Sheats on Anchor of Truth. Paul told the Galatians that he was in labor until “Christ was formed in them.” What does it mean for Christ to be formed in us? How does this take place? When we first come to the Lord as our Savior, is Christ now “formed in us”? In the gospel that is popular in our time, the message is often presented as “receive Christ into your heart.” Upon responding, believers are then told that now “Christ dwells within them” and the main work of saving us is done. We are encouraged to testify to others what God has done for us and encourage them to “receive Jesus” into their heart. Today we want to examine this thought in light of the scriptures, especially focusing on the place of obedience in the life of the believer.


• The emphasis in scripture is on receiving the Holy Spirit (not Jesus)
o Receiving Jesus was being open to hear Him (John 1:12)
o Jesus comes to us in the indwelling of the Spirit (John 14-16)
o Christ dwells in us as we abide in Him and move in faith (Eph. 3:14-19)j
• The formation of Christ (His character) is accomplished through obedience
o The “engrafted word” (James 1:21,22)
o The “Word” is to be made flesh in us (John 1:14)
• Our love for God is revealed through obedience (John 14:23)
• Our lives are established in obedience (Matt. 7:24-27)
• Obedience results in a practical and visible expression of God in this world
• The ability to obey comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit (God)
• All Obedience is “unto God”
• Obedience is to the step God puts before me (walking in the light)

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-discipline-of-obedience/


• 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

 

Sep 8, 2016

Episode 42 The Renewing of the Mind


This is David Sheats on Anchor of Truth. To be able to think clearly about all things requires that our mind be renewed. Our thinking has been affected by many things that often results in confusion. How is our mind changed to think as God thinks? Is that possible? Paul tells us that the renewing of our mind is essential to our transformation. He also appeals to the Corinthians to “be of the same mind and the same judgment.” Is that possible? With so many different ideas floating around today we may have become discouraged and given up, but today we want to be encouraged that our mind can be renewed and we can think as God thinks.


• Our minds need to be renewed (Rom 12:1,2)
o Affected by sin
o Affected by input from the world
o Affected by our own reasoning
• Renewal is a process
o Requires a regenerated heart (pure desire to know God)
o A desire to know the will of God to do the will of God (John 7:17)
o A humility to acknowledge that I may be wrong in my thinking
• Scripture is an essential part of this renewal
o Gives us a history of God’s working
o Given to teach us about God
o Given for instruction in righteousness  (2 Tim. 3:16)
• The importance of fellowship (Acts 2:42)
o Allows us to “think together” with others
o Forces us to articulate truth in our own words
o Enables us to partake of grace through others
o Humility puts us in the place of a learner
• Truth (understanding) comes for us to obey
o Walking in the light prepares us for more (I John 1:7)
o Obedience results in truth being made part of us (John 1:14)
o The word made flesh results in testimony to the world

• 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

 

Sep 1, 2016

Episode 41 Spiritual Sight


The scriptures speak in many places of a “spiritual sight.” What is this spiritual seeing? What do we mean by the “eyes of the heart”? How do we see spiritual things? Why would we not see spiritual things? What is spiritual blindness? To be able to walk physically with confidence we need to see clearly. It is the same in spiritual things. There are critical issues that can either help or hinder spiritual vision. Jesus said in one place to a church that they were blind and should anoint their eyes with eye salve to be able to see. Today we consider some of the elements of this spiritual vision.


• Spiritual vision is a miracle of God’s grace (Eph. 1:17)
o To see who Jesus is (God)
o To see what He is doing (that God may be all in all)
o To see how to move with Him in all things (under his authority)
• Elements of sight
o Eyes to see (a heart given to God and submitted to Him)
o Light (Jesus)
o Walking in the light (Obedience to Jesus)
• From John 9 (The man born blind)
o The man was born blind from birth
o A sovereign act of creation to see
o The physical situation reveals spiritual truth
• From Ephesians 1: 15-23
o These believers had a testimony of “faith and love”
o Paul was in prayer that they might “see” (revelation)
o They needed to know their calling, inheritance, and power
o Seeing these things would allow them to function as the Body of Christ
• From Revelation 3:14-22 (Laodicea)
o Thought that they saw but were blind
o Only Jesus can give the spiritual vision we need
o There is a price to pay

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/all-begins-in-revelation/

• 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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