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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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Nov 29, 2018

Episode 134 The Mystery Revealed

Paul said that God had commissioned him and the other apostles to make known the “mystery” which was hidden to the prophets of old but has now been revealed. What was that mystery? What is the practical meaning of that to us today? A mystery is something that is hidden. This mystery was hidden from the Old Testament prophets, but now has been revealed. The mystery that Paul was commissioned to reveal is that now the full grace of God has been made available to both Jews and Gentiles in one body. Full access into the riches of God’s grace was opened up to every person through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, and the administration (or fellowship) of this grace is experienced in what is known as the church. Today we want to focus on “the unsearchable riches of Christ” that we may avail fully of this grace for the purpose and glory of God.

  • The summary of God’s present working is given in Eph. 2:19-22
  • Paul was given grace to reveal how that is to work out in practical terms
  • The full access into heaven and the promises of God is now open to every person
  • The administration (or fellowship) of this grace is in one body, the church (Eph. 3:9)
  • Prayer is a place of access into the riches of God’s grace
  • Christ dwells in our heart through His Spirit as we move in faith
  • The fullness of God is experienced together in love
  • The glory of God is seen in the church both now and in eternity

 

 

 

Nov 22, 2018

Episode 133 Building in One Body

In writing to the Ephesian Church, Paul said that God had reconciled Jews and Gentiles in one body. There was no more distinction, and in that context He is fitting us together as a Temple of God. What does that mean to you and me in practical terms? We refer to the church as “The Body of Christ” and “The Temple of God.” and rightly so. But the deeper meaning of those terms often escapes us. In Ephesians chapter 2 Paul seeks to give us some understanding of the significance of what God has done in Christ. An increasing comprehension (revelation) of what God has provided for us in Christ forms the vision that should control us as we work out the details of God’s purpose for us in everyday life.

  • Alive to God through Christ
  • Jews and Gentiles one in one body
  • Members of God’s household
  • Growing into a holy temple
  • Built together a dwelling place of God
  • Access to God through Christ by the Holy Spirit
  • Brought near by grace through faith

 

 

Nov 15, 2018

Episode 132 Building on the foundation by Revelation of Christ

Paul said he laid Christ as the foundation of God’s building. To build properly on that foundation we must also build according to Christ. To do this we must have supernatural revelation of Christ from God. How do we get this revelation? The building of God is all spiritual. It cannot be done with natural understanding. This leaves us on our knees before God for spiritual insight that only He can give. Within that revelation of Christ is the light we need to walk in to be effective in our labor for God’s purpose and glory.

  • The foundation is a true relationship with God (Eph. 1:15)
  • We are dependent on God (Eph. 1:16-17)
  • In this relationship with God (union and communion)
    • We see God’s hope (eternal goal--Eph. 1:18)
    • God’s final inheritance in those whom He has redeemed)
    • The power of God to accomplish His purpose (Eph. 1:19-21)
  • The vessel in which He is working His eternal purpose is the church (Eph. 1:22)
  • God’s purpose is to reveal Himself  through the Body of Christ (Eph. 1:23)
  • Our part for God to be able to impart this revelations is:
    • Acknowledging our utter dependence on God for all things (John 15:5)
    • Willing to pay the price (Rev. 3:18)
    • Obedience to what God has revealed to us (John 14:19-21)
  • God wants to reveal Christ to us. Are we hungry for that revelation?

 

Nov 8, 2018

Episode 131 Our Foundation—Jesus Christ

When writing to the Corinthian church Paul said that he had laid a foundation as a wise master builder. What was the foundation that Paul laid? If we are going to build properly we need to have a clear revelation of that foundation. We are continuing today on the subject of “Building in God” and are using the account of the beginning and growth of the Ephesian assembly as our outline. We have in the first three chapters of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians the foundation of the gospel he preached and the revelation truth of the church as the structure within which God is building today. The foundation is Jesus Christ, but what does that mean? We want to try to answer that question in some degree.

  • Jesus Christ as the foundation
    • Jesus is God revealed in a human body (Col. 1:15, 2:9)
    • Christ is the eternal Son of God (John 1:1-3)
    • God is uniting all things in Christ (Eph. 1:10)
  • Jesus Christ is our life (John 5:26, Col. 3:4, I John 5:12)
  • Jesus Christ is the Head of the church (Acts. 2:36, Eph. 1:22, Col. 1:18)
  • The Foundation of our salvation is the work of Christ at Calvary
    • Our deliverance from sin (Rom. 6:5-11)
    • The basis of the indwelling God by the Spirit (John 16:7)
    • The basis of our walk of victory over sin, death, and the devil (I Cor. 15:56)
  • Every further aspect of building must always be related to Christ and Calvary
  • The reality is experienced as we abide in Christ (union) (Eph. 1:1-14)

 

Nov 1, 2018

Episode 130 The Ephesian Church

The truth that we need is not always spelled out in the scriptures in a detailed outline. Many times it is given to us by the record of God’s working in the past. The foundation and growth of the Ephesian church is an example of that. Let us learn from this account. We continue today on the subject of “Building in God” by considering the beginning and growth of the Ephesian assembly. In many ways, Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is the most complete instruction that we have regarding the plan of God for achieving His eternal goal in our time. This letter was written from prison and is likely a summary of what he taught those believers for a period of three years when he laid the foundation. He had to condense three years into a relatively short letter, but our task is to “unpack” the truth in this letter and apply it to our situation by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

  • The beginning (Acts 19)
    • Baptism
    • Receiving the Holy Spirit
    • The gospel demonstrated in power
  • The cost of following Jesus
    • Persecution from religious men
    • Deeds of repentance
    • Persecution from the world
  • The full counsel of God (Acts 20)
    • Three years of teaching night and day
    • The church led by elders
    • Commended unto the grace of God
  • Prison ministry of Paul
    • Put in prison for the sake of the gospel
    • Accepting the place God puts us
    • God’s wisdom (seeing beyond the immediate)

 

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