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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 27, 2017

Episode 84 Christ fully formed in you


What is the central message of the Gospel? Some may say “that we may be forgiven of our sin.” Some may say “that we may be with God in heaven.” While these are included, I think there is something more basic and central, and it is that Christ may be formed in us. Today we conclude our series from the ministry of T. Austin-Sparks on Galatians. Here is his introduction:


We come to this last morning of our consideration of this great question. That is, the great question as to the true nature of the dispensation which came in with the Lord Jesus. We have this morning therefore to gather up all that we have been saying into one matter. We have covered a lot of ground, but it all amounts to one issue. It is not a matter of one system over against another. That is, it is not a question of Judaism over against Christianity. It is not a question of legalism over against spirituality. It is not a question of the Old Testament over against the New Testament. And it is not a question of Paul over against his enemies. All these things have come into our consideration, but they are not the special issue. The great battle which began with the coming of the Lord Jesus, and for which the Apostle Paul was a chosen instrument, is not the battle for a special interpretation of Scripture. It is not the battle for a particular form of doctrine. And it is not the battle for a particular form of worship. It is a much bigger battle than all those things.


And so we have this whole letter to the Galatians which touches all these things gathered into one word. The whole letter, and all that has to do with it is gathered into one verse. It is, so far as words are concerned, a very short verse. But you see that it is a very big verse. It is in chapter four, verse nineteen, "My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you." One slight alteration or correction ought to be made in the translation. The word "formed" ought to be translated "fully formed." So that the verse should read, "My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be fully formed in you."


Meeting 32 - The Matter Which is of Supreme Importance is: "Christ Fully Formed In You"
T. Austin Sparks, February 29, 1964 A.M.


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001101.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

 

Jun 22, 2017

Episode 83 The Holy Spirit came to create a new order


Why did God send the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost? How did the working of God change on that day? Have we really comprehended the significance to us of the Promise of the Father that brought God within each believer? Today we continue with the ministry of T. Austin-Sparks from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Here is his introduction:


This morning we come to what I feel to be one of the most important messages that we have been giving. We have been seeing that the Letter to the Galatians is a concentration of the great change which took place with the coming of the Lord Jesus. That is, that the coming of Christ into this world changed the dispensations, and changed the whole nature of things. So that Christ stands as the dividing of two whole systems. The whole system of Judaism which had existed up to the time of His coming was set aside when He came. From that time, as He said, a new order was introduced, and that is represented by His repeated phrase, "The hour cometh and now is." Now this morning, we are going to consider the essential nature of that great divide. How the new dispensation and the new order differs from the old. This is a matter of supreme importance for us here this morning, and for all Christians if only they would accept it, because Christianity as we know it has been largely constituted on the old dispensation. The great difference between the old and the new has not been fully recognized.


Meeting 31 - The Holy Spirit Came Especially for the Purpose of Creating a Spiritual Order of Things
T. Austin Sparks, February 28, 1964 A.M.


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001100.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

Jun 15, 2017

Episode 82 Emancipation from Legalism is to see Christ


We often hear the term “legal” used when discussing some aspect of truth. What is meant by that? What is legalism? The only true emancipation from all forms of legalism is to see Christ. What does it mean to see Christ? Today we continue the ministry by T. Austin-Sparks from Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he addresses this subject of legalistic Christianity. Here is a quote from this ministry.


Legalism always crucifies Christ afresh BECAUSE legalism cuts out the greatest word in Christianity. The word over the door into true Christianity is the word:"GRACE." Legalism always wipes out "Grace," and puts in its place "LAW."
Grace is the chief word in the vocabulary of the Christian. Do you notice that where legalism reaches its fullest expression, it always puts the crucifix in the place of the empty tomb? The badge of the Christian is the empty tomb. That is 'Life from the dead.' The badge of legalism is a crucifix, 'a dead Christ.' Legalism always brings death, and the chief thing about Christ is resurrection. It is Life from the dead. This was something that Paul came to see when it pleased God to reveal His Son in him. And he said, let me get out of all this legalistic system. Jesus of Nazareth Whom we crucified is alive. He has been revealed alive in my heart.


Meeting 29—The Only True Emancipation from all Forms of Legalism is to See Christ (T. Austin-Sparks, February 27, 1964 A.M.)


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001098.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

 

Jun 8, 2017

Episode 81 Direct Revelation of Jesus Christ


Paul said that the gospel he preached did not come through any man, but by direct revelation of Jesus Christ. Is the experience of Paul unique to Him or is he an example of what each one of us should expect today? Today we continue the series by T. Austin-Sparks based on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In this message, Sparks focuses on the subject of direct revelation of Christ to Paul and what we should expect in our relationship with God. Here is a short quote from this ministry:


How did we get what we got? That is going to decide everything for the future. Sooner or later the stresses of life will come upon our position. The Lord will allow our position to be tried in the fires. And His object in so doing will be to find out exactly what we are resting upon. So Paul said, "I received it not from men, nor from a man. Peter may have been a very important man, but I did not get it from Peter. James may have been the Lord's Own brother in the flesh, and he ought to know, but I did not receive it from James. John was a very loving devoted disciple, he was one of the first three, but I did not get it from John. These men gave me nothing. I RECEIVED IT BY DIRECT REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. That is the basis of this dispensation. That is the basis of true spiritual Christianity. And that is the great distinguishing mark between a legal system and a spiritual life.


Meeting 28—The Great Distinguishing Mark Between a Legal system and a Spiritual Life is by Direct Revelation of Jesus Christ
T. Austin-Sparks, February 26, 1964 A.M.


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001097.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

Jun 1, 2017

Episode 80 Is Christianity a Legal System or a Spiritual Movement from Heaven


Is Christianity a legal system on the earth or is it a spiritual movement from heaven? Or to put the question in other words, is what we see in the world that is called “Christianity” what God desires? If not, why not and how do we deal with that? The question that we pose is a very critical question for us. How does God view what we call “Christianity”? To answer this question, I want to share with us some ministry given some years ago by T. Austin-Sparks in a gathering in Manila, Philippines. It was given in some morning meetings in February 1964. At that point, Sparks was an older man and near the end of His time of ministry. I think the insight God gave him can be very helpful to us in answering this all important question. The transcript from the ministry is available on the Sparks web site (link below) so the reading is from that.


Meeting 27—Is Christianity a Legal System on the Earth, or is it a Spiritual Movement From Heaven?
T. Austin-Sparks, February 25, 1964 A.M.


Some Key points:
• Judaism was a very strong religious system
• Paul was a chosen vessel of God to introduce Christ into this context
• Paul faced a very strong battle with Judaism the moment Christ revealed Himself
• The true nature of Christianity was put to a very severe test in the early church
• The controversy that began in that day has continued down to us today
• It is possible for us to be bound by a legal religious system called “Christianity”
• The true Gospel brings us into liberty in Christ

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001096.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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