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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 17, 2018

Episode 118 Manifestations of the Spirit

What are the manifestations of the Spirit of God? We read about divine manifestations of God in the early church. Can we expect similar manifestations today? If so, what does God expect from us for Him to reveal Himself through us for His purpose and glory? In I Corinthians chapters 12-14 we read Paul’s instruction to the Corinthian church regarding the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all. These manifestations are different from the fruit of the Spirit described in the letter to the Galatians. I believe the scriptures teach plainly that we need both the fruit and the gifts of the Spirit to be able to function as a spiritual person and a spiritual expression of the Body of Christ in this world as God intends to meet pressing needs.

Today we share ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject given in 1998 in a home fellowship. He concentrates on the difference between intellectual belief and faith that is originated and completed by Jesus. His message is that we need all of the manifestations of the Spirit to be able to meet the many demands that come our way in the ordinary affairs of life. We share this ministry with the prayer that God will use it to encourage all of us to be more hungry for these manifestations leading into a greater experience of God and the riches of His grace. Jesus opened the door for us. Let us press in to all that God has provided that His purpose would be fully realized in our lives and our locality.

May 10, 2018

Episode 117 The Church at Prayer

Prayer is one of the great mysteries in the working of God. It defies human logic, but it is at the center of our warfare against the enemy. When all else fails, prayer connects us to the throne of God and releases His power for His purpose and glory. There are many aspects to prayer. Basically, prayer is two-way communication with God. The prayer that is effective is prayer that is initiated in our hearts by the Holy Spirit as He knows the mind of God and intercedes for us according to the will of God. His intercession is not only for us (we are the object of His intercession) but He intercedes through us (we are the vehicle through which He intercedes). Thus we become an integral part of this work of God. But this is not only a personal matter; it is also the ministry of the church as a whole.

Today we share some ministry on this subject by Harry Foster taken from a small booklet entitled The Essence of all Prayer (“That I May Know Him”). Harry labored with T. Austin-Sparks, and this was published in 1947. May the Lord enlarge our vision of our responsibility before God  in corporate intercession in the church for His purpose and glory.

 

May 3, 2018

Episode 116 Holding Truth in Love

Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians that we are to speak the truth one to another in love and that this is a very important key in growing up into Christ. What does this mean in practical terms? How do we do this without compromise and without breaking relationships? Right relationships are critical in the working of God, right relationship with God, and right relationships with others. To avoid conflicts, we often choose to be silent on important issues where God is not silent. Then sometimes we get stirred up on a particular issue and speak out in such a way that the main result is broken relationships which are very difficult to mend. Is there an answer to this dilemma?

  • Relationship with God is the foundation
    • We maintain the unity that God has made (Eph. 4:1-6)
    • Our unity is in God’s life
  • To maintain our relationship with God we must walk in truth
    • Jesus is Truth
    • The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth (John 16:12-15)
    • We are called to walk in truth (express truth) (I John 3:18, 2 & 3 John)
  • We are also called to walk in love
    • Love is the very nature of God
    • Love is expressed in a Godly care for others
    • Love is selfless (does not consider self)
    • Love is expressed in action (deeds of righteousness)
  • If we hold truth separate from love it kills (2 Cor. 3:6)
  • If we seek to love separate from truth we will compromise (Luke 18:18-23)
    • We cannot be afraid of losing the relationship by standing in truth
    • We must know God is directing us to address critical truth in His time and way
  • If we hold truth in love God is there to sustain and reveal light to walk in (I John 1:7)
  • How do we love Jesus?
    • Keep his commandments (John 14:15, 15:10)
    • Serve others (John 13:14)
    • Feed my sheep (John 21:15-17)
  • It is not possible to love God without loving others (I John)
  • Love is most fully expressed in the context of God’s structure in close relationships
    • In the natural family
    • In the spiritual family
  • The power for love is
    • The indwelling God (the Holy Spirit)
    • A crucified life (dead to self-interests)
    • An active relationship of abiding in Christ
  • Love is the final test of all things (it does not pass away—I Cor. 13, John 17)

 

 

Apr 26, 2018

Episode 115 Exercising Our Choice in the Will of God

When we come to God we choose to submit to Christ Jesus as our Lord. He gives the Holy Spirit to dwell within us to enable this to be true. Is our choice taken away from us at that point, or do we still have a choice to do the will of God in all things? Often times we do not realize our great responsibility in what God is doing in our time. We rejoice that we have been delivered from sin and brought into the family of God. That is a wonderful beginning and it is accomplished by a mighty working of God’s grace. But do we understand that from that point on we still have a choice, and our progress and usefulness to God depends on us making a conscience choice to do His will?

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. It was given in a small home Bible study about 1997. Our prayer is that we would all see clearly our responsibility to choose to do the will of God as He reveals that will to us, for it is in our obedience that God is pleased and the very love and nature of God is revealed in our community for His glory.

 

Apr 19, 2018

Episode 114 God’s Answer, His Spirit

On the day of Pentecost we are told that Christ was exalted to the right hand of God, received the promise of the Spirit, and then poured out the Spirit for all who will come to Jesus and receive. Have we realized the greatness of God’s provision? Are we walking in that provision? I think most of us are very familiar with the many scriptures that speak of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God’s answer to every question and every need we have is His Spirit. Who are the sons of God? Those who are led by the Spirit. How can we have victory over sin? By the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. How can we understand the scriptures? The Holy Spirit will teach us. How can we know truth? The Spirit will guide us into all truth. How can we know the power of God to do His will? The Holy Spirit will come upon us. How can the things of Jesus be real to us? The Holy Spirit will take of the things of Jesus and make them ours. The Holy Spirit is God, and has been given to abide in us to bring us into fellowship with the Father and the Son. Jesus did not leave us alone but sent “another” advocate just like Him to bring us into everything that God has for us.

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry given in a home fellowship in 1998 entitled “God’s Answer, His Spirit.” I pray that all of us will be greatly encouraged in God’s provision, leading to a fuller experience of the riches of God by His indwelling Spirit for the purpose and glory of God.

 

Apr 19, 2018

Episode 114 God’s Answer, His Spirit

On the day of Pentecost we are told that Christ was exalted to the right hand of God, received the promise of the Spirit, and then poured out the Spirit for all who will come to Jesus and receive. Have we realized the greatness of God’s provision? Are we walking in that provision? I think most of us are very familiar with the many scriptures that speak of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God’s answer to every question and every need we have is His Spirit. Who are the sons of God? Those who are led by the Spirit. How can we have victory over sin? By the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. How can we understand the scriptures? The Holy Spirit will teach us. How can we know truth? The Spirit will guide us into all truth. How can we know the power of God to do His will? The Holy Spirit will come upon us. How can the things of Jesus be real to us? The Holy Spirit will take of the things of Jesus and make them ours. The Holy Spirit is God, and has been given to abide in us to bring us into fellowship with the Father and the Son. Jesus did not leave us alone but sent “another” advocate just like Him to bring us into everything that God has for us.

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry given in a home fellowship in 1998 entitled “God’s Answer, His Spirit.” I pray that all of us will be greatly encouraged in God’s provision, leading to a fuller experience of the riches of God by His indwelling Spirit for the purpose and glory of God.

 

Apr 12, 2018

Episode 113 Body, Soul, and Spirit

The scriptures tell us that we were made in the image of God for God. Paul also prayed that we may be sanctified completely that our spirit, soul, and body may be preserved blameless at his coming. How does this happen? Is this happening to us? The Psalmist says that man is fearfully and wonderfully made. Man is a complicated being and not easy to understand or explain. But there is teaching in the scriptures that can give us some understanding of how we are made and what God is doing to bring us back from the effects of sin that we may enter fully into fellowship with Him both now and into eternity. God is conforming us to the image of Christ and preparing us to be wedded to Him for all eternity. As we mature we can understand more of how this is taking place that we may cooperate fully with the Holy Spirit who is working in us both to will and do for His good pleasure.  

  • The makeup of man
    • Body (the physical part of man that is seen)
    • Soul (the inner man—mind, desires, emotions)
    • Spirit (intuition, conscience, communion)
    • The whole man is to be sanctified (I Thess. 5:23)
  • The Body
    • Made for the Lord (I Cor. 6:13)
    • Is how the life of God is expressed (Heb. 10:5-10)
    • Has been affected by sin (Rom. 8:13)
  • The Soul
    • Is the seat of “I” or who I am (including our spirit)
    • Is eternal (Matt. 10:28)
    • Is renewed through obedience ( 2 Peter 1:5-11)
    • The mind is renewed by taking every thought captive to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5)
    • Our desires and emotions must not control (Gal. 5:24)
  • Our Spirit
    • Is seen as distinct from the soul (Heb. 4:12, I Thess. 5:23, I Cor. 14:4)
    • Is made alive by new birth (John 3:6, Rom. 6:4)
    • Is the faculty by which we “know” God (I Cor. 2:11-12)
    • The place of communion with God (I Cor. 6:17)
    • Is the seat of worship (John 4:23)
  • Sanctification
    • Initiated by God (the Holy Spirit, (preparing the Bride, I Cor. 6:11, Eph. 5:25-27)
    • All based on Calvary and God’s grace (I Cor. 1:30, I Peter 1:2)
    • Begins in our spirit (life from God, John 5:40)
    • Works out in the inner man as we are conformed to Christ (Gal. 4:19)
    • Expressed through the body in deeds of righteousness (I John 2:28-3:9)

 

 A good reference for further study on the makeup of man

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/what_is_man.html

 

 

Mar 29, 2018

Episode 112 Should Christians expect the Rapture or the Great Tribulation?

The subject of end-times is often a point of strong disagreement among many sincere believers. Should we be expecting the Rapture or is this a false expectation. Is the church destined to go through the Great Tribulation? Why is there so much confusion surrounding this subject? I think that one the main reasons there is so much confusion on end-times events is that we do not go back far enough to get a good foundation of God’s purpose and plan. To just start reading the book of Revelation and try to understand the events without a foundation in other parts of the scripture leads to confusion. God has been moving with purpose from eternity past to eternity future. Our place is to understand His purpose as much as possible and then live in accordance with His purpose.

  • Some basic foundations
    • God will deal with Israel again (Jer. 30, Ezek. 36-39, Rom. 9-11)
    • We are in the “Times of the Gentiles” (Daniel 9:24-27, Luke 21:24. Rom. 11:25)
    • The church is a “mystery” not seen by OT prophets (Eph. 3:8-11, Col. 1:24-29)
    • The revelation of the church as the Body of Christ is a New Covenant truth
    • The “Day of the Lord” is a general term and does not mean the same thing in every scripture
  • God has two plans, one for Israel and one for the church. They are not the same
    • Israel is promised a land as a nation. They look for their King and Messiah
    • The Church’s promise is as the Bride of Christ. He is their Lord and Husband
    • All saints from Genesis to Revelation are not in the church
  • The “one new man” is Jews and Gentiles made one in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit
    • One new man (Eph. 2:14-18, Gal. 3:28)
    • Gentiles are grafted into Christ, not Israel (Rom. 11:16-25)
  • The coming of the Lord
    • The rapture is us coming to the Lord in the air (I Thess. 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:50-53)
    • The second coming is Christ coming to the earth as King of Israel and the world
    • The early church expected the soon return of the Lord
  • The “Great Tribulation” is not the normal tribulation that Jesus told us to expect
    • Is the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” (Jer. 30:7)
    • The pouring out of the wrath of God
    • People will come to the Lord during that time.
  • God has promised to keep the church from the Great Tribulation (Rev. 3:10-11, I Thess. 5:9)
  • God does not want us to know exact dates but to be ready at all times (Acts 1:6-8, Matt. 25:1-13)
  • The enemy would try to rob of us our “blessed hope.” (Titus 2:11-14)

 

Additional teaching on End Times issues:

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-end-times/

https://www.amazon.com/Revelation-Sealed-Book-An%C3%ADbal-V%C3%A9lez/dp/1490824170

 

 

Mar 15, 2018

Episode 111 How should Christians use the Law of Moses today?

How should Christians use the Law of Moses? This seems to be a major issue in our time. The law was given to Israel through Moses and takes a large place in the Old Testament. But most of us are not of Israel, so how should we use the Law? In our last program we introduced this subject but today we want to go farther. Most of us are very familiar with the teaching that the law came through Moses, but grace through Jesus Christ. But what does that mean to us in practical terms? Do we just completely discount the Law of Moses? What meaning does it have to us? How should we use the law in our personal lives, with our family, and in the church? How should we use it with those who are not in Christ? Many today are trying to go back and keep certain parts of the Law of Moses. Is this right?

  • Why was the Law of Moses given?
    • To specify the moral requirements of a Holy God
    • To reveal sin (Rom. 7:7-13)
    • To minister Christ (Ceremonial-sacrifices, Tabernacle)
    • To structure the nation of Israel until Christ came (Gal. 3:19-25)
  • When Christ came He fulfilled the Law (Matt. 5:17-20)
    • He kept all of the commands of God perfectly
    • He fulfilled all of the prophecies concerning the Messiah
    • He gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin once for all
    • He made the way that the righteous requirement of God could be fulfilled in us (Rom. 8:1-4)
  • How then is the law to be used today?
    • To convict the sinner (I Tim. 1:8-10)
    • As a basis for teaching the moral requirements of God (Matt. 5-7)
    • As a basis for civil law
  • How is the law not to be used?
    • As a basis for our acceptance before God ((Rom. 3:19-20)
    • As a legal (literal) requirement for conduct (Col. 2:11-23)
  • In the New Covenant
    • God writes His law on our hearts by the presence of the Holy Spirit (Heb. 8:7-13)
    • God writes His word on our minds by the Holy Spirit
    • The Holy Spirit will interpret and apply spiritual truth from the Law of Moses
    • Spiritual men and women will use the Law of Moses to minister Christ
  • Should Christians today keep the holy days (Sabbath, Feasts) (Rom. 14)
    • Not to be approved before God or to be more spiritual (Gal. 5:1-6)
    • Could be used as a form of teaching (ministry of Christ)
    • The spirit in which we use these things is critical (must not be legal or condemning)
  • The supreme test: Does our use of the Law of Moses minister grace? (John 1:17)
  • Does our ministry always lead a person to union with Christ as our complete sufficiency? (Col. 2:10)
  • Is our ministry using the Law of Moses a ministry of life or death (2 Cor. 3)

 

 

Mar 8, 2018

Episode 110 Is the church Spiritual Israel?

Is the church Spiritual Israel? We know that God has used Israel in a very significant way in His working in the past. In our time the instrument of His choice is the church. Is the church an extension of Israel in a spiritual way, or is the church a completely new work of God? This question seems to be a very critical issue in our time. Perhaps because the nation of Israel is the focus of much attention in the Mid-East today, many are directing their attention to Israel. In so doing, many are also going back to the Old Testament and becoming convinced that we should be keeping the Law of Moses as much as possible. A key issue at the heart of this debate is whether the church is a completely new working of God begun at the day of Pentecost, or whether the church and the New Covenant are really just an extension of God’s working in Israel but in a spiritual way. Today we want to look at this subject, seeking to bring clarity that we may all walk in truth and love for God’s purpose and glory.

  • First the natural, then the spiritual (I Cor. 15:45-49)
    • In Christ there is a “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:16-19)
    • There is an “old man” (Adam), and a “new man” (Christ) (Rom. 6:5-7, Eph. 4:20-24)
    • The working in Israel was very physical or natural
    • The foundation and expression of the church is spiritual
  • God’s purpose in Israel
    • To reveal that He was the only true God (Exodus 7:5)
    • To reveal Himself and His ways to all the nations
    • To have a people through whom Christ would come
  • God’s purpose in the church
    • A Holy Nation (people) (I Peter 2:9-10, Mat. 21:43)
    • The Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:27)
    • The Household of God (Eph. 2:19)
    • A Temple of God (Eph. 2:21-22)
    • The Bride of Christ (Eph. 5:22-33, Rev. 21:1-3)
  • The purpose of the Law of Moses
    • Specify God’s moral requirements for mankind (law was good)
    • Laws which structured Israel as a nation
    • Minister Christ before Calvary (Tabernacle, sacrifices)
  • The righteousness (of law, and of faith)
    • Mankind was dead in sin
    • The Law of Moses restrained sin and revealed the need of a Savior
    • The provision of God in Christ at Calvary brought the life of God within man
    • God in man gives ability to keep the righteous requirements of the law
  • The use of the Law of Moses today
    • To instruct in the ways and character of God (brings out new and old, Matt 13:52)
    • To bring conviction of sin to the unbeliever (I Tim 1:8-10)
    • To minister Christ and the New Covenant (must be by spiritual men)
  • The church is a new working of God in a New Covenant by the same God (2 Cor. 5:18)
  • The church embodies spiritual truth spoken to Israel but is not a “spiritualized Israel” (Gal. 6:14-15)

 

 

Feb 22, 2018

Episode 109 Communing with God

What does it mean to commune with God? What does it mean to hear God? What lifts us out of only an intellectual agreement with certain truths into a living relationship with the God of this universe? Is our heart hungry for that? So often we read scripture or hear certain truths proclaimed and agree with what we read or hear, but we lack the experience and spiritual reality that both we and God desires. Are we content where we are, or are our hearts hungry for God and everything that He has provided for us? If our heart is hungry for more, I believe we will find some help in this ministry by Gordon Gentry given in 1989. May the Lord give us ears to hear Him and eyes to see the pathway of faith into a deeper communion with God. Jesus opened the door for us. Let us go through that door for the purpose and glory of God.

 

Feb 9, 2018

Episode 108 Crossing over into the Spirituals

Many of us have heard a lot about God and what He has done in the past for others. We know the scriptures, and we agree that God has made full provision for us. But often we find ourselves still lacking in our own experience of the supernatural God. What is the answer? It is one thing to follow, it is another thing to learn, but it is still another thing to launch out and experience God for ourselves. Elisha is an example of “crossing over Jordon” and experiencing God for Himself. Today we share with you some ministry by Gordon Gentry given in 1989. His strong encouragement to us is to “crossover” and experience the fullness of God, both individually and collectively with other believers. Our prayer is that God will shed light on our pathway that we may step out in faith into all that God is and has for us for His purpose and glory.

Jan 25, 2018

Episode 107 Christ the Foundation of Gathering

What is the basis of our gathering together as believers? I think most would agree that out gathering should be on the foundation of Christ and unto Him as Head of the body. But what does that mean in practical terms? The gathering together of Christians in unity seems to be one of the most difficult areas we face. There is so much division because of different doctrines and different types of ministry. We know this should not be but so  often we don’t seem to able to achieve what God wants, namely that we may be one as the Father and Son are one as Jesus prayed in John 17. Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. It was given in a home meeting in 1998. It is our prayer that the truth Gordon shared will be helpful in seeing our way into a greater unity and experience of God in our gathering together unto Christ as our Lord.

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/audio/

 

Jan 11, 2018

Episode 106 Passion for Christ

What will move us from a place of passivity into a place of passion for Christ and His purpose? Will more Bible study, meetings, ministry, and prayer do the work? These all have their place, but by themselves they will not produce what both we and God desire. What will? I think that there is only one thing that will move us and that is fervent love for Jesus. How do we get that? There are two things I see that are essential: 1) A fresh revelation of Christ’s love for us, and 2) that same love deposited in our hearts by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Both require us to deal with God for that which comes only from Him.

Today we share some encouragement from T. Austin-Sparks on the object of Christ’s travail at Calvary. In doing so, it is our prayer that God will use this to reveal afresh to all of us the passion that Christ had to secure us for God.

  • The object of His Travail
  • It’s Infinite Value to God
  • Our Difficulty in Believing it
  • Christ’s Infinite Love for His Own
  • The Infinite Importance to Him of the Church
  • The infinite Motive for our Response

 

Link to Austin-Sparks ministry in this podcast:

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/000899.html

 

 

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