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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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Dec 29, 2016

Episode 58 Evidence of God’s presence in His temple


What is the evidence that God is dwelling in His temple? We know what it was in the Tabernacle. It was a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. But when God took up residence in His church on the day of Pentecost what was the evidence then? Is it the same today? I think we must all come before God in this matter with a humble heart, ready to hear, ready to learn, and if necessary ready to change. If we come with our preconceived ideas we may see what we want. But let us come asking Jesus to anoint our spiritual eyes with eye salve that we may see all things as He does.  We must be looking for the right things or we may miss God Himself.


• The coming of God (the Holy Spirit) in His temple was obvious (Acts 2:1-4)
o A rushing wind, tongues of fire, and prophecy (the wonderful works of God)
o This event was fulfilment of prophecy (2:17-21)
• The continuing working of God was manifest in many ways
o Conviction of sin (2:37)
o Obedience to God’s word (2:41)
o Teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer (2:42)
o Fear of God, miraculous signs (2:43)
o A communal spirit (2:46)
o Praise to God (2:47)
o Addition of more believers
• As a gathering matures, other manifestations are more obvious
o A plurality of God-given leadership
o A ministry that feeds the flock with Christ
• The presence of God does not necessarily mean spirituality in believers
o God’s presence in the Corinthian church was evident (I Cor. 1:4-9)
o The expression from the Corinthian church was “carnal” (I Cor. 3:1)
• God’s continued presence in His temple is contingent upon our obedience
o God gives us time to obey
o The churches in Revelation are an example (chapters 2 and 3)
o The indication that God is present and in control of an assembly of His people is an expanding expression of Christ (Testimony)
o God does not just want to be present but rather acknowledged as God. His purpose is that we walk in all truth, not just a part.
o Unity, love, and holiness is fruit that comes from the abiding presence of God

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• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Dec 22, 2016

Episode 57 Discipline in the Church of God


The subject of discipline in the Household of God is a very touchy subject. To avoid the problems, some have concluded that we should never be involved in such things (“Judge not”). Others have done this in a very harsh way that has left severe damage in lives. Is there a right way? Should the church ever discipline members? If so, how? As we look briefly at this subject today, I would encourage us to come carefully to the scriptures and ask God to reveal His mind. I think we all want to do the will of God, and we know that we are our brother’s keeper. Love cares for each member, and the scriptures give some clear direction. Even though discipline is challenging to say the least, love must be a love of action.


• Discipline is in the context of the Family of God
o The church is universal in scope but local in expression
o Members are part by their own choice in faith
• Love is expressed in Godly care
o Discipline is love in action
o Speaking the truth in love is done in relationship (Eph. 4:15-16)
• Addressing a need is always progressive (Matt. 18:15-20)
o Making a distinction (Jude 22, I Thes. 5:14)
o Consistency is critical
• A care for the person and the testimony
o The expression of every member is important to the local testimony (2 Thes. 3:6-15)
o No member is except from accountability (I Cor. 12:20-26)
o Teachers are held to a higher standard (James 3:1)
• The grace of God and spiritual direction is critical
o We should never move beyond the grace of God
o We should never stand between another member and Christ
• The end goal of any correction or discipline is the restoration of fellowship (Heb. 12:3-12)
o God knows the heart, but man judges the outward actions
o Fellowship with God is revealed in fellowship with one another (I John)
• The church properly expressed is the Temple of God in reality

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

 

Dec 15, 2016

Episode 56 The Temple of God


A common theme among most religions of the world is a temple for worship. This is a central part of Christianity as well, but the New Covenant expression of that is very different from all other religions and even the temple that we see in the Old Testament. What is the Temple of God in the New Covenant? In the final words of Stephen’s sermon in Acts 7 he said that God does not dwell in temples made with hands. What then was the meaning of the Old Covenant temple? I believe we can agree that in our time the church is the Temple of God. What does that mean to God? What does that mean to us?


• The Tabernacle
o The first “temple” that we see in the Old Testament
o Constructed exactly according to the pattern given by God
o All parts spoke of Christ in some way
o Was filled with the presence of God when completed (Exodus 40:34-38)
• The Temple
o Was patterned in many ways after the Tabernacle
o The critical elements of the Tabernacle were put there
o The presence of God filled the temple upon completion (I Kings 8:10-13)
• Jesus
o Spoke of Himself  as the “temple” (John 2:18-22)
o The Holy Spirit came to abide at the Jordan (Matt. 3:16-17)
o The presence of God dwelt in Jesus in fullness (John 1, Hebrews 1, Col. 1:19)
• The church today is now the Temple of God
o Indwelt by the presence of God by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2)
o The fullness of God now dwells in the church (Eph. 1:23 3:19)
o All believers are now priests unto God (I Peter 2:4-9)
o We are to offer spiritual sacrifices to God (Rom. 12:1, I Peter 2:5)
• The New Jerusalem
o No temple for God Himself is the temple (Rev. 21:22)
o God Himself is the glory and light
•  As Individual members today
o A living stone fitted in by God
o Separated from this world, holy (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1)

• 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

Dec 8, 2016

Episode 55 Spiritual Gifts


I think that most of us are aware that there is considerable disagreement in Christianity concerning the place that spiritual gifts hold in the church today. That is certainly unfortunate to say the least. What is the purpose of these gifts? Are they for us today? So many seem to have either dismissed spiritual gifts saying they were only for the early church while others have pursued them but ignored the instruction given by Paul to ensure that all are edified by their use. Why is there so much confusion? Can we come to a place of clarity on this subject? Can we partake of all of God’s provision for His purpose and glory?


• The Holy Spirit in Acts is the same for us today
o The Bible does not replace the Holy Spirit
o God is a supernatural God
o Every provision of God is for a specific purpose
• Spiritual gifts are given to each one for the profit of all (I Cor. 12:1-11)
o All members may experience the manifestation of the Spirit
o The Holy Spirit distributes “as He wills”
o The experience of God’s provision is under the authority of Christ
• We are to desire “spirituals” and pursue love (I Cor. 14:1)
o Prophecy is identified as a focus for edification, exhortation, and comfort
o Love is not a special gift but rather how the gifts should be exercised
• The Corinthian church is not the “model church” of the New Testament
o God was active in their midst to minister to needs
o Paul’s ministry was primarily to “set things in order” for edification
o Paul’s grace was needed to meet the needs that gifts had not met
• What we can learn from the experience of the Corinthians
o Spirituals have not passed away
o We need all of God’s provision to achieve God’s results
o We will experience the provision of God as we “desire”
o In all things, we experience God as we walk in faith
o We always learn through consistent exercise (experience)

• 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

 

Dec 1, 2016

Episode 54 The Transformation of our Mind


The mind is one of the most critical members of our body, and Paul says it is also the focus of the transformation of our whole person. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” How is this accomplished? What is our part? What is God’s part? To see our mind transformed where we think properly about all things is a major work. So many of our problems can be traced back to wrong thinking about God, about what He is doing in this time, about others, and about ourselves. Yet God has made full provision for our mind to be renewed so that we can have the mind of God in all things.


• Repentance is a change of mind and heart
o It begins when we turn from the world to Christ
o It continues when we see a direction we are taking is wrong
o It is true repentance when it is accompanied by deeds
• When we are born again (born of the Spirit):
o We have a new connection to God (life)
o We have a new heart (desire to please God and do His will)
o We have access to God’s grace through faith
o We must now bring the whole body under God’s control through obedience
• Some key elements of the transformation of the mind
o A teachable, submissive spirit (ready to take instruction)
o Giving focused attention to the scriptures
o Seek out sound ministry (a ministry of Christ Jesus)
o Making ourselves available to the grace of oversight
o Fellowship with other believers
o Look for the Holy Spirit to teach us in all things
o Obedience when light comes to us, no matter how small
• Confront truth and agree with God, even if it results in conflict
• Don’t defend ourselves and past behavior, but rather in humility embrace change
• Be consistent until our normal response is to “think in God” or according to God
• A renewed mind results in revelation as we experience God in the midst of need

The School of Christ—Learning by Revelation (T. Austin-Sparks)
http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001035.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

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