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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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Dec 8, 2016

Episode 55 Spiritual Gifts


I think that most of us are aware that there is considerable disagreement in Christianity concerning the place that spiritual gifts hold in the church today. That is certainly unfortunate to say the least. What is the purpose of these gifts? Are they for us today? So many seem to have either dismissed spiritual gifts saying they were only for the early church while others have pursued them but ignored the instruction given by Paul to ensure that all are edified by their use. Why is there so much confusion? Can we come to a place of clarity on this subject? Can we partake of all of God’s provision for His purpose and glory?


• The Holy Spirit in Acts is the same for us today
o The Bible does not replace the Holy Spirit
o God is a supernatural God
o Every provision of God is for a specific purpose
• Spiritual gifts are given to each one for the profit of all (I Cor. 12:1-11)
o All members may experience the manifestation of the Spirit
o The Holy Spirit distributes “as He wills”
o The experience of God’s provision is under the authority of Christ
• We are to desire “spirituals” and pursue love (I Cor. 14:1)
o Prophecy is identified as a focus for edification, exhortation, and comfort
o Love is not a special gift but rather how the gifts should be exercised
• The Corinthian church is not the “model church” of the New Testament
o God was active in their midst to minister to needs
o Paul’s ministry was primarily to “set things in order” for edification
o Paul’s grace was needed to meet the needs that gifts had not met
• What we can learn from the experience of the Corinthians
o Spirituals have not passed away
o We need all of God’s provision to achieve God’s results
o We will experience the provision of God as we “desire”
o In all things, we experience God as we walk in faith
o We always learn through consistent exercise (experience)

• 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

 

Dec 1, 2016

Episode 54 The Transformation of our Mind


The mind is one of the most critical members of our body, and Paul says it is also the focus of the transformation of our whole person. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” How is this accomplished? What is our part? What is God’s part? To see our mind transformed where we think properly about all things is a major work. So many of our problems can be traced back to wrong thinking about God, about what He is doing in this time, about others, and about ourselves. Yet God has made full provision for our mind to be renewed so that we can have the mind of God in all things.


• Repentance is a change of mind and heart
o It begins when we turn from the world to Christ
o It continues when we see a direction we are taking is wrong
o It is true repentance when it is accompanied by deeds
• When we are born again (born of the Spirit):
o We have a new connection to God (life)
o We have a new heart (desire to please God and do His will)
o We have access to God’s grace through faith
o We must now bring the whole body under God’s control through obedience
• Some key elements of the transformation of the mind
o A teachable, submissive spirit (ready to take instruction)
o Giving focused attention to the scriptures
o Seek out sound ministry (a ministry of Christ Jesus)
o Making ourselves available to the grace of oversight
o Fellowship with other believers
o Look for the Holy Spirit to teach us in all things
o Obedience when light comes to us, no matter how small
• Confront truth and agree with God, even if it results in conflict
• Don’t defend ourselves and past behavior, but rather in humility embrace change
• Be consistent until our normal response is to “think in God” or according to God
• A renewed mind results in revelation as we experience God in the midst of need

The School of Christ—Learning by Revelation (T. Austin-Sparks)
http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001035.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

Nov 24, 2016

Episode 53 The Grace of God


This is David Sheats on Anchor of Truth. There probably is no word in the Christian vocabulary that is more well-known than the word “grace.” Yet at the same time, there is also a very great divergence of understanding what the grace of God is and what it means to each of us. We are told that grace came to us in Christ Jesus our Lord? What does that mean to you and me? What do we expect in our relationship with Jesus? Our expectations are important, because if we are looking for the wrong thing, we may miss the Lord when He is right before us. Israel had wrong expectations of the Messiah, so when Jesus was before them most did not recognize Him. This is also a danger for us. Let us look again at what has come to us in Christ Jesus our Lord.


• Grace is in the person of Christ (John 1:14-17)
o Grace includes mercy but is more than that (Heb. 4:16)
o Grace includes ability from God to change us into His likeness (Titus 2:11-14)
o Grace is unmerited favor, but the favor is for strength to serve God (Heb. 12:28)
• Grace is unlimited to meet every need because:
o It is in Christ Jesus (God) who has no limits (2 Tim. 1:9, 2:1)
o Is given as a gift (not earned) (Rom. 5:15)
o Is for the eternal purpose of God (Rom. 8:28)
• Grace is varied because:
o God is sovereign  (as he chooses)(Eph. 4:7)
o God is fully creative and original (look at His creation)
• There are conditions to experience the grace of God
o Must come to God in faith (Rom. 5:2, Eph. 2:8)
o Must forsake sin (repentance) (Gal. 5:4)
• Grace expresses God in the flesh to others
o Paul was a gift of grace to us (Eph. 3:1-13)
o God has given grace to each one to express Himself (Eph. 4:7)
• The grace of God is revealed in Christ to take us into eternity with God (I Peter 1:13)

• 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

 

Nov 17, 2016

Episode 52 The Kingdom of God


This is David Sheats on Anchor of Truth. Jesus said we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. What is the kingdom of God? Is it something in the future or now? Is it a kingdom that can be seen or is it hidden? How do we obey this command of Jesus? There is much discussion related to this subject, and as with so many subjects, we can hardly begin to answer the questions in such a short time. But Jesus spoke much about the kingdom of God so I believe He expected us to have some understanding on how it applies to us. While this is a big subject, let us focus on what it means to us today.


• Some statements by Jesus concerning the kingdom of God
o Seek first the Kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33)
o It does not come by observation, is within you (Luke 17:20-21)
o You must be born again to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3)
o “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)
o There are mysteries relating to the kingdom (Luke 8:10)
• God chose Israel as a nation to express Himself in this world (Deut. 6:7-8)
o Jesus was the king of the Jews (Matt. 2:2, 27:11, 27:37)
o Israel did not recognize or receive Jesus as their king (Matt. 21:33-46, John 19:15)
o The kingdom of God was taken from Israel and given to another (Matt. 21:43)
• God chose the church as the Body of Christ to express Himself to the world
o Jesus expounded truths pertaining to His kingdom after His resurrection (Acts 1:3)
o The Holy Spirit was given to bring the kingdom of God within (Acts 2:36, I Cor. 12:3)
o The church is the present expression of the kingdom of God on earth (Eph. 2:19, I Peter 2:9)
o The disciples taught truths concerning the kingdom of God (Acts 8:12, 14:22, 19:8)
• The authority of God is manifested in earthly bodies and has physical effects
o Christ was the expression of the kingdom of God during his earthly ministry
o The church is the present Body of Christ
o The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17)
o Where Christ reigns as Lord, the character of God is revealed in this world
o God’s purpose is that the local assembly of believers should be a pure expression of God
• One day the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of God (Rev. 11:15, 12:10)

• 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

Nov 10, 2016

Episode 51 The Sovereignty of God


Perhaps no other subject challenges us quite so much is how God can be sovereign and still give man a free choice. The question arises in many ways and the answers do not come easily. Are real answers possible that will help us in our walk with God? Men have struggled with this question for centuries, and in our short time here we would not suggest that we are even going to begin to answer every question. But I do think there are some basic truths that can help us and bring us to a solid foundation of our faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.


• God is much bigger than we commonly think
o He is eternal (no beginning and no end)
o He is all powerful
o He is Omnipresent and Omniscient (knows all things)
o Every Divine Attribute is without limit and in perfect harmony
• Jesus revealed God to us in human form (John 14:9, Col. 1:19, 2:9)
o Jesus was God in the flesh (“I am”)
o He said He was the beginning and the end
o All things are being summed up in Christ (I Cor. 15:28)
• God has sovereignly chosen to work all things in Christ Jesus our Lord
• He has given us a free choice to submit to Christ as Lord and Savior
• Faith rests on the foundation of an infinite God who has chosen to include us in Christ
• Our fulfilment in God (fullness) depends on
o Union by the Holy Spirit (beginning and continuing)
o Faith which rests in God and who He is (Heb. 11:6)
o Obedience to Christ as Lord (members of His body)
• Rest comes as we abide in Christ (who is God and sovereign)
• Struggle comes as we reason, depend on ourselves, and exert our own will
• Sovereignty and free choice are not contradictory but rather complementary

Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
https://www.amazon.com/Knowledge-Holy-W-Tozer/dp/161895198X


• 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

Nov 3, 2016

Episode 50 You are light in the Lord

We all need light to walk in, and Spiritual light is critical to be able to walk in the Spirit. What is spiritual light? How do we get it? What should we expect if we have light to walk in? Jesus said that He was the light of the world. He also said that we are the light of the world. Paul told us that we are light in the Lord. We are commanded to walk in the light as He is in the light. As we walk in the light as He is in the light we will have fellowship with one another, and we are cleansed from our sin.

• Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12)
o Light is in the person of God
o We come into the light in His life (union) (John 1:4)
• Light is not simply intellectual understanding
o Light requires faith (commitment to Christ as Lord) (John 12:35,36)
o Light requires obedience to Christ as Lord (John 3:19,20)
o Light requires continuous walking in the light that He gives (I John 1:7)
• We become light in a proper relationship with Christ (Eph. 5:8)
• Light is costly (Rev. 3:18)
o Light comes with a “good eye” (Luke 11:33-36)
o Walking in the light means no hidden issues
o Humility, nothing to hide, an honest heart looking to the Lord to walk in truth
• Our calling is to shine as light in a world of darkness (Matt. 5:14, I Peter 2:9)
o Walking in the light results in an expression of Christ
o Walking in the light will expose sin (darkness) around us. (Eph. 5:13)
o Walking in the light will bring conflict (2 Cor. 11:14)
o We stand in victory as we abide in Christ (light) in the darkness
• The end of all things is God as the only light in the New Jerusalem

Spiritual Sight by T. Austin-Sparks
http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001063.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

Oct 27, 2016

Episode 49 In the Spirit


God is Spirit, and we are commanded to worship God in spirit and in truth. We are to live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, pray in the Spirit, worship in the Spirit, and know each other according to the Spirit. What does God mean by “in the Spirit”? How do we do these things? The whole working of God in a spiritual work. Since God is Spirit, to know God we must know what this means in a practical way. The opposite to knowing God in the Spirit is to seek to know God with our natural senses. If we do this, it leads us into religion and we will find ourselves bound by our concepts, desires, and human limitations. God has made the way to be delivered from the limitations of the flesh into His glorious presence.


• God is Spirit
o Man is made in God’s image (a spiritual being)
o We have a spirit, but born separate from God due to sin
o We begin “in the Spirit” when we are born of the Spirit (Gal. 3:3)
o Our spirit is joined to His Spirit and we are made alive to God (I Cor. 6:17)
• God expects us to continue in the Spirit
o To live in the Spirit (Rom. 8:5)
o To be led by the Spirit (Rom. 8:14)
o Assurance of relationship (Rom. 8:16)
o To know the things of God (I Cor. 2:10-12)
o To pray in the Spirit (Jude 20)
o To worship in the Spirit (John 4:24)
• Evidence (fruit) that comes from a life in the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)
o Peace with God (Rom. 5:1)
o Righteousness that comes from a walk of faith
o Harmony with God’s children (Eph. 4:3)
• Conflict with God (and His children) comes when:
o We touch sin in some way
o We resist the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51)
o We quench the Holy Spirit (I Thes. 5:19)
o We grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30)
o We have something to defend or hide
• To try to know God in the flesh is constant struggle
• To know God in the Spirit is life and peace

• 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

Oct 20, 2016

Episode 48 Experiencing God’s grace in relationships


What is the greatest challenge that we face in our lives? While there may be many answers to that question, I would say that perhaps the greatest challenge that most of us face has to do with relationships. Why should that be so? How can we know God’s grace in every relationship? We often struggle with close relationships in our family. We often are challenged in relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are challenged in our relationships in our jobs. And certainly nations are challenged as men strive to be at peace with one another. We want to concentrate today on our relationships as brothers and sisters in Christ that we may see clearly God’s chosen way for growth.


• Why are relationships such a challenge?
o The effects of sin (in our person and in the world)
o Selfishness  (James 4:1-6)
o Not seeing others through God’s eyes (His care for every person)
• The foundation of success is death to self
o Accomplished at Calvary for the human race
o Begun in experience  when we are baptized into His death
o Continued as we abide in Christ (daily relationship)
• Recognize that God’s grace comes to me through others (Eph. 4:7, Acts 4:33, 20:32)
o He uses men to proclaim the gospel to us
o He uses men to care for us and meet our needs
o He uses men to instruct us in the way of righteousness
• Recognize that God uses each of us to minister to others
o God makes us a channel of His love and care to others
o Selfishness is driven from us as we give ourselves to labor in the lives of others
o The cost of laboring is very real (laying down our lives)
• At the heart of discipleship is the question of accountability
o Am I willing to be accountable to God for the grace coming to me through others?
o Am I willing to be accountable for the grace God has given me for others?
o Accountability is very critical for change and growth
• In His sovereignty God has chosen to:
o Work all things in Christ Jesus
o Work in and through men
o Hold us accountable in every relationship (receiving and giving)

• 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

Oct 13, 2016

Episode 47 Overcoming all things in Christ


The promises of God to the churches in Revelation are to the overcomers. What does it mean to “overcome”? How do we overcome all things? We all face trials of one kind or another, and I think each one of us wants to triumph in these trials. God has made a way for us to do this in Jesus Christ our Lord. It is important that we understand how God has designed for us to go through the trials of this life in victory. It is not by strength of character or determination. It is not a matter of just believing that everything will work out ok even though we don’t understand. Our victory is based on what Christ did. He overcame all things, and we overcome in Him.


• We do not overcome because
o We just believe everything will work out ok
o We just try to follow the example of Christ
o We try to explain everything by our natural reasoning
• The basis of our victory is the victory of Christ at Calvary
o He overcame all things (Rev. 3:21)
o Christ destroyed the power of the enemy at Calvary (Col 2:8-23, esp. vs 15)
o Christ now is seated at the right hand of God--authority over all (Eph. 1:20,  Heb. 8:1)
o If we are “in Christ” then we are seated with Him (Eph. 2:6)
• The basis of our victory is abiding in Christ (union)
o We must first enter into this union by the Spirit
o We cease from our efforts (will power), trying to please God on our own
o Acknowledge our complete dependence on Christ (death to self)
o Resting by faith in Him, His grace, wisdom, and strength
o Obeying when He speaks and light comes
• Victory is in very practical things
o Over sin (a heart of righteousness to do the will of God)
o Brings our whole self under God’s control (mind, desires, emotions, words, deeds)
o Makes us a channel of God’s grace to others
o Keeps us in peace in the midst of the storms of life
o Strength to keep going when the flesh wants to give up
o Ability to stand in truth when pressed to compromise
o Wisdom when there seems to be no way
o Love in the face of hate
o A thankful heart, even in trials
o Worship in the midst of sacrifice

• 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

Oct 6, 2016

Episode 46 The trial of our faith


As Christians we often speak of faith and rightly so. But what is faith? How do we know we are walking in faith? What is the “trial of our faith”? We find ourselves challenged in this matter at every turn, yet the only way we can please God is by walking in faith. Sometimes what we call faith is only a strong determination to believe God for what we want to see happen. But faith that originates from us and our desires is not faith. Faith must originate from God and is given to do His will. This is where the weakness often is found. We are here for God, and God gives His grace to enable us to do His will, not ours. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.


• Faith is not
o Wishful thinking
o Mind over matter
o The way we get what we want
• What is faith?
o Faith is the “assurance of things hoped for” because God has spoken (Heb. 11:1)
o Faith is based on the word of God (Rom. 10:17)
o Jesus is the Author of our faith (Heb. 12:1,2)
o Jesus is the Finisher of our faith
• Faith comes as we abide in Christ
o Faith requires relationship (John 15:7)
o Faith is imparted for the purpose and glory of God (Acts 3:1-10)
o Living in faith takes issues out of our hands and puts them in God’s hands
• A central issue is death to the natural man
o Paul—I have been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20)
o God has designed that we live His life by His faith
o No flesh shall glory in His presence (I Cor. 1:29)
• The trial of our faith works eternal issues
o Patience (James 1:1-7)
o Experience of God’s wisdom
o Steadfastness
o A testimony that brings glory to God, not man

• 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

 

Sep 29, 2016

Episode 45 Worship in Spirit and Truth


Jesus said the hour has now come when true worshipers will worship God in spirit and truth, and that the Father is seeking such to worship Him. What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth? How important is that to God? Are we fulfilling the desire of our Father in this? Most Christians today would readily acknowledge that worship is a very important part of the Christian life. But many times our understanding or expression of worship to God is shallow or even wrong. It is often confined to an hour of singing in a special place and led by a single person. I would encourage us to examine the scriptures again for a fresh understanding of what kind of worship is pleasing to God, so that we may not fail to give God that which He desires and deserves.


• What is Worship?
o To do reverence or homage, by prostration, pay Divine homage, adore
o “The overflow of a grateful heart, under a sense of Divine favor”
o “The outpouring of a soul at rest in the presence of God”
o “The occupation of the heart, not with its needs or blessings, but with God Himself”
o “The upspring of a heart that has known the Father as Giver, the Son as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as the indwelling Guest”
• The first mention of worship in scripture (Abraham in Gen. 22:5)
o Initiated by God (a word from God)
o Conditioned by faith (Heb. 11:17)
o Involves sacrifice
o Separation unto God
o Renunciation of self
o Glorifies God
o Blessing to the worshiper
• Distinction between prayer, praise, and worship
o Prayer—occupation of the soul with needs
o Praise—occupation of the soul with its blessings
o Worship—occupation of the soul with God Himself
• Worship of Christ by the “wise men” (Matt. 2:1-12
• By Mary of Bethany (John 12:1-11)


A classic on the subject of worship by Gibbs
https://www.amazon.com/Worship-Christians-Occupation-P-Gibbs/dp/1593871643


• 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

 

Sep 22, 2016

Episode 44 The ministry of Intercession

Perhaps the most basic instinct in men is to pray. Even the person that does not confess to believing in God finds themselves praying in an hour of crisis. What is prayer? Why pray? How should we pray? In many ways, prayer is one of the greatest mysteries in the life of the Christian, while at the same time even a small child can pray. We are commanded to “pray without ceasing.” The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Let us be encouraged in this great labor that God has called us to.

• Prayer is communication with God
o In prayer we face God directly
o Acknowledges the sovereignty of God
• We pray because
o God commanded us to
o It is the way God has involved us in what He is doing
o We are concerned about the things of God (Matt. 6:10)
o We care about others
• How do we pray
o Should be inspired and directed by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26,27)
o In the will of God
o In private (Matt. 6:6)
o With others (agreeing together,  Matt 18:19)
o Without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17, Col. 4:2)
o From the heart (John 15:7)
o In the name of Jesus (John 14:13)
• Prayer is a labor
• We learn to pray by praying

An excellent booklet on prayer is Pray in the Spirit by Arthur Wallis
https://www.amazon.com/Pray-Spirit-Arthur-Wallis-ebook/dp/B007AN88FY#nav-subnav


• 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

Sep 15, 2016

Episode 43 Forming Christ in us


This is David Sheats on Anchor of Truth. Paul told the Galatians that he was in labor until “Christ was formed in them.” What does it mean for Christ to be formed in us? How does this take place? When we first come to the Lord as our Savior, is Christ now “formed in us”? In the gospel that is popular in our time, the message is often presented as “receive Christ into your heart.” Upon responding, believers are then told that now “Christ dwells within them” and the main work of saving us is done. We are encouraged to testify to others what God has done for us and encourage them to “receive Jesus” into their heart. Today we want to examine this thought in light of the scriptures, especially focusing on the place of obedience in the life of the believer.


• The emphasis in scripture is on receiving the Holy Spirit (not Jesus)
o Receiving Jesus was being open to hear Him (John 1:12)
o Jesus comes to us in the indwelling of the Spirit (John 14-16)
o Christ dwells in us as we abide in Him and move in faith (Eph. 3:14-19)j
• The formation of Christ (His character) is accomplished through obedience
o The “engrafted word” (James 1:21,22)
o The “Word” is to be made flesh in us (John 1:14)
• Our love for God is revealed through obedience (John 14:23)
• Our lives are established in obedience (Matt. 7:24-27)
• Obedience results in a practical and visible expression of God in this world
• The ability to obey comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit (God)
• All Obedience is “unto God”
• Obedience is to the step God puts before me (walking in the light)

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-discipline-of-obedience/


• 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

 

Sep 8, 2016

Episode 42 The Renewing of the Mind


This is David Sheats on Anchor of Truth. To be able to think clearly about all things requires that our mind be renewed. Our thinking has been affected by many things that often results in confusion. How is our mind changed to think as God thinks? Is that possible? Paul tells us that the renewing of our mind is essential to our transformation. He also appeals to the Corinthians to “be of the same mind and the same judgment.” Is that possible? With so many different ideas floating around today we may have become discouraged and given up, but today we want to be encouraged that our mind can be renewed and we can think as God thinks.


• Our minds need to be renewed (Rom 12:1,2)
o Affected by sin
o Affected by input from the world
o Affected by our own reasoning
• Renewal is a process
o Requires a regenerated heart (pure desire to know God)
o A desire to know the will of God to do the will of God (John 7:17)
o A humility to acknowledge that I may be wrong in my thinking
• Scripture is an essential part of this renewal
o Gives us a history of God’s working
o Given to teach us about God
o Given for instruction in righteousness  (2 Tim. 3:16)
• The importance of fellowship (Acts 2:42)
o Allows us to “think together” with others
o Forces us to articulate truth in our own words
o Enables us to partake of grace through others
o Humility puts us in the place of a learner
• Truth (understanding) comes for us to obey
o Walking in the light prepares us for more (I John 1:7)
o Obedience results in truth being made part of us (John 1:14)
o The word made flesh results in testimony to the world

• 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

 

Sep 1, 2016

Episode 41 Spiritual Sight


The scriptures speak in many places of a “spiritual sight.” What is this spiritual seeing? What do we mean by the “eyes of the heart”? How do we see spiritual things? Why would we not see spiritual things? What is spiritual blindness? To be able to walk physically with confidence we need to see clearly. It is the same in spiritual things. There are critical issues that can either help or hinder spiritual vision. Jesus said in one place to a church that they were blind and should anoint their eyes with eye salve to be able to see. Today we consider some of the elements of this spiritual vision.


• Spiritual vision is a miracle of God’s grace (Eph. 1:17)
o To see who Jesus is (God)
o To see what He is doing (that God may be all in all)
o To see how to move with Him in all things (under his authority)
• Elements of sight
o Eyes to see (a heart given to God and submitted to Him)
o Light (Jesus)
o Walking in the light (Obedience to Jesus)
• From John 9 (The man born blind)
o The man was born blind from birth
o A sovereign act of creation to see
o The physical situation reveals spiritual truth
• From Ephesians 1: 15-23
o These believers had a testimony of “faith and love”
o Paul was in prayer that they might “see” (revelation)
o They needed to know their calling, inheritance, and power
o Seeing these things would allow them to function as the Body of Christ
• From Revelation 3:14-22 (Laodicea)
o Thought that they saw but were blind
o Only Jesus can give the spiritual vision we need
o There is a price to pay

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/all-begins-in-revelation/

• 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

 

Aug 25, 2016

Episode 40 Hearing God


What does it mean to “hear God”? Can we hear God speaking to us today, or is that something that was unique in the Old Testament? Jesus said that “My sheep hear my voice.” Was that only for those who were listening to Him at that time, or is this something for us today? There are many scriptures in both the Old and New Testament that say that men heard God communicate to them in some way. Most of us today have a copy of the Bible. Has God limited Himself to communicating to us only as we study the scriptures, or can we still expect God to speak to us directly in some manner?


• Communication, an essential element of relationship
• The New Covenant brings a new dimension in communication
• The New Covenant, a new relationship
• Union, the prerequisite for communion
• Quietness, a necessity for hearing
• He that has an ear, let him hear
• How does God speak to us?
o By the Spirit, to our spirit
o The anointing
o By knowing
• Hearing God, the basis of faith
• Hardness of heart, dullness of hearing
• Communion with God
• Communication that we say is from God should be tested by:
o The scriptures
o Other believers
o The peace of God in our heart
o Proved through obedience


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/hearing-god/

• 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

 

Aug 18, 2016

Episode 39 Will the church pass through the Great Tribulation?


Will the church pass through the Great Tribulation here on this earth? This is a question of great controversy among many today. There are strong differing views among many of God’s children. In light of the conflict, does it make any difference what we believe? Can we know the truth? There are hundreds (maybe even thousands) of books written on this subject. And the positions taken by teachers are not taken lightly, but rather come out of very sincere study of the scriptures. With this as a background, how could we even begin to offer anything that may be of value on this subject? Yet even with all of that, I would like to offer some input that I trust will be helpful. I do not pretend to be an authority on this subject, but there are few truths that seem very clear to me that I pray will help.


• Israel and the church
o The church is not spiritual Israel
o The church is the bride of Christ
o God has one plan for Israel, another for His bride
• Israel
o Was God’s chosen “nation” to reveal Himself to the world
o Was “cut off” when they rejected Christ (Matt. 21:43)
o God will again deal with Israel (fulfill all prophecies)
o Christ will one day physically reign as King in Jerusalem over the whole world
• The church
o Began on the day of Pentecost
o Is described by Paul as a “mystery that was hidden but now revealed”
o Is the Body of Christ here on this earth at this time
o Is being prepared to be “married” to Christ
o Is caught up from this earth at the rapture
• The Great Tribulation
o Will be like no other (the wrath of God poured out on ungodliness)
o God has not appointed the Bride of Christ to undergo His wrath (I Thess. 5:9)
• Our Hope
o The appearing of our Lord and Savior (Titus 2:13, I Peter 1:3-13)
o The marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 21:9,10)
o Our responsibility is to be prepared (Eph. 5:25-32)

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

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000702532/The-Revelation-of-the-Sealed-Book.aspx

• 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

Aug 11, 2016

Episode 38 Waiting on God


The world rushes madly on, pressing us to keep up with the demands of modern life. We want instant food, instant solutions, instant success, and of course with all of that, instant spirituality. We know there is no such thing, and we know that “those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” But what does it really mean to wait on God, and why is it so important? In the New Covenant, everything is built around an expanding revelation of Jesus Christ. For Christ to be revealed to us, in us, and through us, we must learn to wait on God. No matter how much life pushes us, we must not allow this intimate place with God to be pushed aside if we are going to finish the race triumphantly. Today we want to be encouraged in this all important discipline of life.


• Waiting on God—our source of strength (Isaiah 40:31)
• Revealing Christ to us
o A miracle of God’s grace (Matt. 16:17)
o Humility an essential element (John 9:41)
o Christ is God revealed in the flesh (Col. 1:15-18)
o Christ is Lord of lords—all authority (Matt. 28:18-20)
o Christ is revealed as He abides within by the Spirit (John 14:15-26)
• Revealing Christ in us (Gal. 1:15-17)
o Christ formed in us (Gal. 4:19)
o Love and obedience is the way (John 14:15)
o Dealing with God is not simple (Heb. 12:3-11)
• Revealing Christ through us
o Our message is Christ
o As Christ is formed in us, we become the message
o We must labor according to His plan (I Cor. 3:9-15)
o The plan of God in Christ comes by way of revelation (Eph. 1:15-21)
o Preparation as a vessel that God can use takes time
• Our mind must be renewed
• The early believers gave time to waiting on God
• We are responsible to avail of God’s provision of grace in Christ Jesus

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/waiting-on-god/


• 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

Aug 4, 2016

Episode 37 New Testament Giving


Finances and the surrounding issues are a major part of our lives. How does God want us to handle the matter of giving in our day? In the Old Testament, He gave very specific commandments concerning tithing. Is this for us today? How should the work of God be supported? How should ministers be supported? How should we give to the pressing needs around us? What is the basis of our giving? How do we know when we have given enough? These and many other questions surround the area of finances and giving.


• Giving with simplicity
o Love gives and gives and gives again
o Giving is in the life of God
o The Old Testament served as a foundation but not a pattern for  the new
o Tithing is not a NT commandment
o We give out of our relationship with God
o God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6,7)
• Supporting those who labor in the Gospel
o Responsible to support those who labor (I Thes. 5:12,13, I Tim. 5:17-18)
o Ministers labor out of love, not for money
• The Assembly
o Self-supporting
o Has never been called to own buildings
o Is not the “store house” of the Old Testament
• Equality (2 Cor. 8:14,15)
o The abundance of one overflows to the lack of another
o Asking for money is not consistent with faith
• Believing God in all things is the underlying issue
o The one who has a need trusts in God
o The one who gives does so “as unto the Lord”

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/new-testament-giving/

• 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

 

Jul 28, 2016

Episode 36: Forgiving others


It seems that one of the most difficult things for us to do is forgive another for a wrong (real or perceived). Yet Jesus said if we are not willing to forgive one another, neither will He forgive us. We dare not let un-forgiveness take hold of us as it can cost us our life in God. Why is it so hard to forgive? What happens when we don’t forgive? If we are struggling with un-forgiveness, how can we be set free?


• Why are we offended?
o Wrongly accused or treated
o Embarrassed
o Slighted or neglected (In my opinion)
o Hard (hurtful) words from another
• God’s solution for not being hurt
o Dead (crucified) in Christ
o Nothing to defend (an open heart before God and men)
o Not considering self (Christ is our example)
• What do we do if somebody does sin against us?
o God is a God of mercy
o Forgive as we have been forgiven
o Forgive 7 times 70 (A miracle of grace)
o Pray for the other person (they don’t know what they are doing)
o Return love (a soft answer)
• What happens if we don’t forgive?
o Broken relationships
o A root of bitterness begins to grow in us (Heb. 12:14-15)
o Spiritual blindness sets in
o Our relationship with God grows cold
• We are struggling with un-forgiveness, so what do we do?
o Remember Christ on the cross
o Remember how much I have been forgiven of
o Come boldly to God and ask Him to work in our heart (Heb. 4:16)
o Let it be an opportunity to know God in a deeper way (Phil. 3:10)

• 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

Jul 21, 2016

Episode 35: How can the sin of adultery be forgiven?


One of the very big issues that the church has been increasing facing in recent years has been the question of adultery. There is great disagreement among many over what adultery is, what is necessary to be forgiven, and whether those involved in a broken relationship can be remarried. The scriptures have a lot to say about this subject. We dare not ignore the plain teaching and strong warnings, but rather face the matter honestly. Let us come humbly before God, believing that He is for us and His grace is sufficient in every way. Let us ask God for ears to hear what He has said to us with a heart to obey.


• What is marriage (Matt. 19:4-6)
o Union between a man and woman
o Pronounced by God based on what is done
o Only death can break the union (I Cor. 7:39, Rom. 7:1-3)
• What is divorce
o Separating a God-ordained union
o Does not break the union in God’s eyes
o Man cannot break what God has joined  (Matt. 19:6)
• What is adultery (Matt. 5:32, Mark 10:11, Luke 16:18)
o Entering into a union with another person’s mate
o An adulterous relationship
• What is the result of adultery
o Great havoc on all affected relationships
o Destruction of the testimony (Eph. 5:31,32)
o A leavening affect in an assembly of God’s people (I Cor. 5:6,7)
o Eternal separation from God (I Cor. 6:9)
• How can adultery be forgiven
o Repentance by breaking the sinful union (2 Cor. 7:10,11)
o Coming to Jesus for forgiveness based on Calvary
• Drawing on the grace of God
o Must be dealing with the living God
o Need to come to the scriptures with a heart to obey (John 7:16)
o Must know a miracle of divine grace (Heb. 4:14-16)


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/divorce-and-remarriage-the-significance-of-union/


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage/


https://www.amazon.com/Remarriage-Adultery-Unless-David-Pawson-ebook/dp/B00564TNV2#nav-subnav


• 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

Jul 14, 2016

Episode 34: Christ the Power of God


If the Christian life is anything, it is the life of Christ lived in power in these vessels of clay, the same power that raised Christ from the dead. This may be firmly established from scripture, yet the experience of so many of us seems to fall short of knowing this power. Why is that? What are we missing? What is the way in to experience what God has provided for us in Christ our Lord? We need power to live in this sin-sick world and rise above its pull. Paul said that the gospel is the power of God to do that. Do we know what the Gospel really is? It is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is God in Christ and Christ living His life in us. That is the “normal Christian life.” Do we know this in reality?


• Christ the Power of God (I Cor. 1:24, 2:2)
o The Christian life is not trying to live up to a certain standard
o The Christion life is living in union with the person of Christ
• Christ has already overcome all things
o We enter into His victory by union in the Spirit
o Faith (ceasing from our works and trusting unto obedience is the key)
• When we live in Christ, everything that He did is ours
o No condemnation (Romans 8:1-4)
o Dead to sin (Rom. 6:1-14)
o Delivered from the law (Rom. 7:1-6)
o No longer bound by the flesh (Rom. 8:9-13)
o Dead to the world (John 15:18-19)
• All of this is made real in us in experience as we abide in Christ
• Struggle comes when we try to attain by our efforts instead of abiding in Him.
• The power of God is experienced as we rest in Christ (Heb. 4)


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

Jul 7, 2016

Episode 33: Working for God


Today we often hear the statement regarding “our work for God” or similar words. Does God call men to work for Him? The needs we see around us are so many, and we may have a great desire to see those needs met. The laborers seem so few. What is the place of man in meeting the needs? What is our specific place in this labor? How can we know we are laboring in the will of God? These questions are most often asked by young people as they become aware of the bigger world and the great needs among mankind. There are many mission societies that recognize the great zeal in youth and seek to give them an opportunity in their area of interest. Are their scriptural guidelines pertaining to the work done for the purpose of God? How can we know that we are laboring properly?


• The Great Snare (see link below)
o Working for Jesus (Phil. 2:12,13)
o Knowing God
o Doing His Will (Matt. 7:24-26)
o Finding a Place of Rest
• All Labor must be according to His purpose and grace
o His purpose is eternal
o The working is spiritual, not natural
o The labor is according to His plan, not ours
• Some important questions:
o Is the work initiated by God or by me?
o Am I laboring according to His plan?
o Am I depending on my natural ability or His grace?
o Are the weapons of my labor spiritual (2 Cor. 10:4)
• What about my natural ability or skills?
• Does all labor need to be in the gospel and church?
• What about my desires (John 15:7)

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-great-snare/


• 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 30, 2016

Episode 32: Spiritual Relationships


Right relationships are where we find reality, and yet they seem to be where the most problems are found. What is God’s way into right and satisfying relationships? Is it possible to have right relationships with all? It seems that this is where the enemy of our soul works overtime and where problems abound on every hand. Sin resulted in a broken relationship with God, but Christ died that so that relationship could be restored. The effects of sin permeate this world and affect every human relationship. In Christ relationships are restored and brought back to God’s intention. Yet to see the reality of this, we must avail of the full grace of God in Christ Jesus. How do we do this?


• The result of sin is a broken relationship with God
o All of us begin separated from God
o The gospel is the way that relationship is restored
• The effects of sin are seen in broken relationships with men
o The struggle is most often seen first in the family
o Godly parents are the key to right family relationships
o Challenges in relationships are to be expected in mankind
• The family of God is where spiritual relationships are established
o Relationships are now not natural but spiritual (2 Cor. 5:16)
o We see others as “members of Christ” (I Cor. 12:27)
o Spiritual relationships are according to “life” not “understanding”
o The effects of sin in all of us make the relationships challenging
• What are the essential elements to establishing right relationships?
o I as an individual must be in union with Christ by the Spirit
o I am allowing Jesus to change me in every relationship
o A Godly care (love) for others in my heart (Rom. 5:1-5)
o When a relationship is not right, do we have spiritual discernment why?
o If we see the root problem, do we have God’s wisdom in what to do?
o Are we holding “truth” in “love”


All spiritual Reality is found in Right Relationships
Religion Replaces Relationship with Ritual and Rules

• 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 23, 2016

Episode 31: The Testimony of God


I am sure we have considered the importance of testimony. What is the testimony that God is looking for? What is the value of testimony in the hands of the Holy Spirit? Are we a testimony to the glory of God? I think that most of us would say that a person that tells us “do as I say but not as I do” has very little to offer anybody. We all want to hear from somebody who is living what they teach, and especially when that teaching agrees with the character of God as revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. The life or testimony that a person lives opens the door for us to receive from that person.  Jesus is our prime example in that. He was the “Word of God made flesh.” What was true for him is also true for us.


• Our Personal Testimony
o Each believer is responsible to Jesus Christ as Lord
o God has provided the grace to live His life
o Inward righteous is revealed in outward obedience
• Our Family Testimony
o The natural family is where our testimony is first seen and tested
o The character of God is seen in right relationships
o Accountability is first learned in the family
o Church leaders are first tested and proven in the family life
o A Godly family is a great witness to the reality of God
• Our Corporate Testimony
o The local church (assembly) is the Family of God
o The character of God is revealed in right spiritual relationships
o The church is the place that the testimony of righteousness is upheld
o Each assembly is responsible for the maintenance of the testimony
o The Lord’s Table is significant place of accountability to God and one another
• Ministry to other localities
o Others want to know how truth is being lived out where the minister came from
o Truth should be proved out first in the local assembly before taking it to others
o The Holy Spirit is able to bring an anointing (authority) on a good testimony
• Concern for the testimony of God
o Willing to accept responsibility (personal and corporate)
o Avail of the grace of God to fulfill this responsibility

• 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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