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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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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