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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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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)

 

 

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