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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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Mar 30, 2017

Episode 71 Our Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ


Christians speak often about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. What do we mean by that? What is this relationship? What makes it personal? How do we know if our relationship with Jesus Christ is what God intended? We do not find the term “personal relationship with Jesus Christ” in the Bible, so on what basis do we use this term? We do not even find the word “relationship” in most English translations, but the concept appears everywhere. How has God designed for us to relate to Him? How do we relate to Jesus Christ? And how does God intend for us to relate to each other? As we seek spiritual reality, these are critical questions to be answered in truth. The answers need to be based in the scriptures and true to our experience.


Today we share ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. The ministry was given in the year 2000 in a small home setting. Gordon concentrates on what we should be looking for in our relationship with God and how we experience His love and grace that lifts us out of ourselves and our ability into God and His life working in us. Central to this is faith and how our faith can be strengthened.


• 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

Mar 23, 2017

Episode 70 Righteousness


Can God make us righteous, and if so how? Does He require us to be righteous to take us into eternity with Himself? Many today think that Jesus came to forgive our sins so we can go to heaven, but that true righteousness is not possible in this life. Is that true? Is it possible to do righteously if we are not righteous? Many today think that righteousness is only an “imputed” or theoretical righteousness but does not work out in a reality in our lives. Because we have been taught that “all of our righteousness is as filthy rags” in God’s sight, we should not worry too much if we see unrighteousness in our lives. Our comforting thought is that God overlooks our unrighteousness because we have believed in Jesus as our Savior. I think this is a great misunderstanding of God’s salvation. Christ not only made a way for us to be forgiven of our past sins, but He also made provision for us to become righteous in God’s eyes.


• There are three aspects to our salvation. All are based on Calvary
o Forgiveness of our past sins through repentance and asking Jesus to forgive us
o Living the life of God now as we are transformed into His image
o Our final deliverance into the eternal kingdom of God in a new body
• Jesus came to make us righteous. (Rom. 5:19, 2 Cor. 5:21)
• A righteous man does righteous deeds because he is righteous (I John 3:7)
• It is true that our righteousness (separate from Christ) is not acceptable before God (Isaiah 64:6)
• A disciple is one who is living the life of God and thus partaking of His righteousness (Gal. 2:20)
• A righteous man lives “from faith to faith” (Rom. 1:17)
• The church puts on the breastplate of righteous (Eph. 6:14)
• We are commanded to pursue righteousness (Matt. 5:6, I Tim. 6:11, 2 Tim. 2:22)
• God does not “overlook” our unrighteousness because He made a way that we can be righteous in Christ Jesus our Lord
• God is preparing a righteous bride to be married to His Son (Eph. 5:25-27)
• The righteous will shine forth in the eternal kingdom of God (Matt. 13:43)

• 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

Mar 16, 2017

Episode 69 Do Christians sin, Part 2


The consequences of sin in a person’s life here on earth are severe. The end result of un-repented sin is eternal judgment and separation from God into hell. We dare not play around with sin. God has made full provision for us to be delivered from sin. We must not miss the way. God paid the ultimate price for us to be delivered from sin. Because of this, we have no excuse to continue in sin. Yet in spite of God’s provision, many believers still live in bondage to sin. What shall we say when we stand before God on the final day? What excuse will we give? I do not believe that any excuse will stand before God. We may have been subjected to bad teaching, bad parenting, and a host of other things, but on the final day God will sweep all of that away and ask us “what did I reveal to you”? Lest we be found condemned on that day and cast away from His presence forever, let us give great diligence to being delivered from the bondage of sin and live each day pleasing unto Him.


• A disciple is one who has been translated from death to life
o Life is experienced in union with Christ by the Spirit (relationship)
o This union is an active faith relationship (abiding in Christ) whereby the law of the Spirit of life in Christ overcomes the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-4)
• The righteousness that pleases God is experienced by faith
o Crucified with Christ, alive by faith (Gal. 2:20)
o We are saved by His life as we walk in the light (Rom. 6:10, I John 1:7)
• What are some reasons we may not be experiencing this victory
o Wrong understanding (teaching)
o Have made a place for 3 classes (unbeliever, moving in faith, and something else)
o Looking for an excuse to give way to the flesh (self) (I John 2:15-17)
o Disputing the Lordship of Jesus Christ by the Spirit
o Not being absolute with what God has already revealed (making excuses for our personality, upbringing, what others have said, understanding, etc.)
o Trying to deal with every sin (or weakness) instead of abiding in Christ
• We do not concentrate on trying to eliminate every sin, but rather consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the One who arbitrates in the heart. (Rom. 6)
• For the believer, sin is primarily a transgression of our relationship with God. Recognizing that we have violated the relationship, repentance, and rising up to obey is the place of victory.
• We are living under His authority, and that is exercised by the Holy Spirit. If we grieve or quench the Holy Spirit, our relationship goes cold. That is sin. In general, sin is self rule, self realization, putting self on the throne (not submitting to Christ as Lord and living His life) but living our life.
• Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:1,2, Col. 2:19)

• 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

Mar 9, 2017

Episode 68 Do Christians sin?


Do Christians sin? Some say yes, all the time since we are not perfect in this life. Some say no, because after we have experienced sanctification we cannot sin. What is the truth? Can we know the truth? Surely this is a very important area because Christ died that we may be delivered from sin. If that means that we can be delivered from sin in this life and yet we do not experience this deliverance, what shall we say to God when we stand before Him on the final judgment day? The scriptures speak much about this so I don’t think we have any excuse not to know God’s mind. Let us ask God for clarity regarding what He has done for us in Christ Jesus that we may experience all that God has provided and please Him in all things.


• Sin in the life of unbeliever:
o Sin reigns in death (Rom. 5:21)
o A controlling disposition (Rom. 7:18-20)
o Cannot please God (Rom 8:8)
o All “righteousness” is rejected as self-effort (Isiah 64:6)
• Sin in the life of the disciple
o Not the “norm” if we are abiding n Christ (I John 3:4-9)
o Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:1-2)
o If we continue to sin we do not know Him (not in Christ)
o If we do sin (stumble) we have an advocate if we confess our sin and repent (I John 2:1-2)
o The Holy spirit is faithful to convict of sin (John 16:8-11)
• What is sin?
o Sin is lawlessness (I John 3:4)
o Sin is unrighteousness (touching the unclean thing) (I John 5:17)
o Knowing to do good but not doing it (James 4:17)
o Refusing to walk in light that has come (John 15:22)
o Unbelief (John 16:9)
o Whatever is not of faith (Rom. 14:23)
• The consequences of un-repented sin
o Coldness in our relationship with God (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1)
o Coldness in our relationship with other disciples (I John 1:5-7)
o Blindness (John 9:39-41)
o Hard heart (seared conscience) (Rom 2:4-6)
o Deception (2 Thes:2:9-12, James 1:16)
o Judgment, death, Eternity in hell


Continued next week


• 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

Mar 2, 2017

67 The Beginning Work—Love


The working of love is a very familiar topic to most of us. Yet the width and depth of this work is far beyond our natural ability. Jesus said that we are to love as He loved, and that love was fully demonstrated at Calvary as He laid down His life for us. We are told that love is the bond of perfection and without this love we are nothing. We find ourselves challenged at every turn to experience and express this love. Our provision is God Himself, because He has put this love in our heart by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Now our responsibility is to work that love out through these bodies of clay.


Our program today is taken from some ministry given by Gordon Gentry in a home meeting in February 2001. The gathering was being prepared to recognize eldership in the foreseeable future. The emphasis in the ministry was that without fervent love, recognizing elders and benefitting from their ministry would not be possible. Thus the exhortation was to “give ourselves to fervent love.” I believe all of us can benefit from this strong exhortation to love expressed in action.


This ministry is also available on the web site:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/audio/


• 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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