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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 25, 2017

Episode 79 Christ is Head of His Church


Christ is head of His church. Authority is at the very center of that statement. Moving under the authority of Christ is our place of safety, grace, and fulfillment. Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject.


The scripture is Colossians 1:12-18. Some of the subjects mentioned are as follows:

• Exercising our will in God
• Made by Him and for Him
• Fulfilment is found in submission to His authority
• God’s order in the man/woman relationship
• Thinking in God
• Life in God is a continual growth in experiencing God
• Faith requires that we put our whole self into God’s word
• There is no balance between the natural and spiritual
• Christ is working now in and through every member
• Our lives must command our children


• 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 18, 2017

Episode 78 Discerning the Body of Christ


Paul said that if a person partakes of the Lord’s Table but does not discern the Lord’s body, he eats and drinks judgment to himself. What does it mean to discern the Lord’s body? What is the “Lord’s body”? A critical foundation truth pertaining to the purpose and working of God in our time is that we are charged with being an expression of the Body of Christ in our locality. This is a great privilege and at the same times a grave responsibility. God has chosen to work in and through a many-member body to express His life. “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” (1 Corinthians 12:27, NKJV) Partaking of the Lord’s Table together is a statement that we are in a right relationship with God and one another, and have accepted this responsibility before the Lord. To make the statement falsely invites the Lord’s judgment.


• The focus of a true expression of the Body of Christ is Christ Himself
o Christ must be the foundation (the work of God in the cross)
o Christ must be the life (the Holy Spirit indwelling each member)
o Christ must be the Head (each member submitted to the authority of Christ)
• The foundation of the body is the broken body and blood of Christ
o All have been brought into union with Christ by the Spirit (I Cor. 12:12-13)
o All have been called to participate in His suffering (rejection by the world)
o To lay down their own life and live His life for the purpose of God
• As a member of the Body, I have a responsibility to give and receive
o God places me in an expression of His body according to His wisdom and choice
o I am responsible to recognize God coming to me through other members
o I am responsible to care for other members according to the grace God has given me
• Not discerning the Body of Christ could include:
o Only seeing my salvation as an individual matter
o Only seeing a gathering of believers as a “meeting” or organization
o Holding myself aloof from close relationships
o Not desiring accountability
o Not submitting “one to another”
o Seeing myself as complete without the grace of others
• To partake of “one loaf” and “one cup” without the corresponding relationship with Christ and others invites God’s judgment (weakness, sickness, and even death)
• God brings discipline that we may not be condemned with the world
o Conviction of the Holy Spirit in a personal way
o Care coming through other members
o Grace of oversight
o Plurality of brothers to give strength to truth I need
o The final judgment of the church if necessary


• 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 11, 2017

Episode 77 Judgment


It seems that there is one statement by Jesus that the whole world knows about, Christians and non-Christians alike: “Judge not that you be not judged.” Yet Paul said that the spiritual man judges all things. How do we reconcile these two statements? The subject of judgment often brings a host of responses, some of them quite passionate. Is there ever a place that we are to “judge” another person or is that entirely in the hands of God without human involvement? What do we mean by judgment? Sometimes we use the word judgment when we mean discernment. What is the difference between these? Today we look at this subject and especially in light of the Lord’s Table where we are told that “if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.” (1 Cor. 11:31)


• Judgment
o To make an evaluation for the purpose of choosing the course of action
o To make an evaluation in a spirit of condemnation
o To pronounce a final verdict on a disputed matter
• The final judgment on spiritual matters is always in the hands of God alone
• The Holy Spirit has been given to arbitrate in spiritual issues (John 16:8-11)
• We all make judgments (evaluations) in many things daily
• In order to make proper choices, we need to have proper discernment
• The Lord’s Table
o A table of purity (no expression of sin)
o The first action is for each member to discern or evaluate themselves properly
• If we do not discern our own condition properly, God will judge out of love
• God’s judgment
o Spiritual (by the Spirit)
o Conviction to the individual involved
o Through other members (counsel)
o Through the church (Matt. 18:15-20)
o By sickness (I Cor. 11:29-30, James 5:13-16)
o By death (Acts 5:1-11)
• If we are not willing to address a wrong expression in another’s life, we do not love
• All must be done in order with Godly care, wisdom, and love
• If we are resistant to such involvement it should concern us: why?
• Each member and the church together is responsible to testify to God’s nature

• 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 4, 2017

Episode 76 The significance of the Lord’s Table


The Lord’s Table is central to Christian doctrine and experience. The Lord Himself initiated this on the night of the last Passover. “Do this in remembrance of Me” was His command. What does this mean? How do we fulfill this commandment? Today we want to look at what we term “The Lord’s Table” and its significance to us in the gathering together of God’s people. We will concentrate on two passages of scripture, namely I Cor. 10:14-22 and 11:23-34

Our focus is on the following:
• This is the New Covenant expression of the Old Covenant Passover
• This is how Jesus commanded us to remember Him
• We express our love for Jesus by obeying Him in this. God’s love is defined ultimately at Calvary
• To partake of the elements declares that I am partaking of His life
• To not partake is also a statement that something is wrong and we are not loving Jesus in some way
• Partaking together gives forth a testimony that God is in our midst and His love is prevailing
• Individual and corporate accountability are included
• The Table only has value as we move individually and together in faith before God
• Qualification for partaking of the table
• Judgement
• Communion of the body of Christ
• Worship


• 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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