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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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Jun 16, 2016

Episode 30: Christian Unity


What is Christian Unity? How do Christians relate to one another? We are told that “there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, and one faith.” A casual look at Christianity around us would seem to deny all of that. How do we deal with that? We know that there is one God and we understand that we are one in Him. But what does that mean in practical terms? How does that work out? It seems that there are so many divisions in Christianity that to speak about oneness is hopeless, just denying the reality. Let us take another look at this with the prayer that God will shed light in which to walk today in a meaningful way for His glory.


• Unity is spiritual (not in natural things) Eph. 4:1-6
o Not according to my heredity (or race)
o Not in an organization
o Not in mental understanding
o Not in outward conformity to standards or rules
• The foundation of unity is union with Christ
o Christ brings us into His life (Calvary was for that purpose)
o Christ brings us into the family of God (brothers and sisters)
• Spiritual unity is practical in expression
o In attitude
o In relationships
o In understanding (a renewed mind)
o In conduct (an expression of the character of Christ)
o In our locality (with those we know personally)
• Spiritual unity is maintained as we mature in expression
o As we walk in truth and love we are changed into His likeness
o We do not compromise with sin to maintain unity
o We care about each person God brings into our lives
o Corporate unity is expressed at the Table of the Lord
• What steps can we take to express the oneness of God (John 17: 20-23)
o Are we convinced that God is glorified in unity among His children?
o Is there a growing comprehension of Jesus Christ and His purpose?
o Can we consider our own attitude towards other believers?
o Are we allowing God to change our mind and actions?
o Are we serving others out of love and devotion to Christ?

• 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 9, 2016

Episode 29: Making Disciples


The command of Jesus upon His departure was to “go and make disciples.” What is a disciple? How do we make disciples? Are we fulfilling the command of Jesus in this matter? To make a disciple is different from making a convert. Jesus said “it is enough for a disciple to be as His master.” The thought in discipleship is conformity to Christ in all matters. Many have seen the demands of discipleship and pursued the matter in many ways. Did Jesus give us instructions for how this is to be carried out? How does discipleship fit into God’s overall plan?


• All aspects of God’s working must be seen together (no contradiction)
o Discipleship addresses the individual part of God’s working
o The church (assembly) emphasizes of the corporate part
o The Family of God speaks of the corporate structure and atmosphere
o The Body of Christ speaks of the corporate expression of God’s grace to others
o The Bride of Christ speaks of the ultimate goal in eternity
• The basic thought in discipleship is to be like his master in all things (Luke 6:40)
o In nature (born of God)
o In character (conformed to His image)
o Devoted to Christ (ready to be married to Him for all eternity)
o A learner, follower, and reproducer
• Discipleship must be worked in the context of the church (Eph. 4 & 5)
o God has given grace to men to make disciples, preparing them to minister to others
o Christ is the One who disciples us to Himself by the Holy Spirit through men (Eph. 5)
o God’s way is multiple channels of grace, not just one man
• To be a disciple of Christ:
o Alive to God by the Spirit
o Under the authority of Christ
o Able to receive the grace of God through men
• To be useful in God’s hands to disciple others to Christ
o An example of a disciple
o Sensitive to the Holy Spirit (living relationship)
o Devotion to Jesus above every other relationship (Luke 14:26)
o Dead to self-interests, willing to suffer (Luke 14:27, Rom 6)
o Personal involvement with others in real life experience

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/discipleship/


• 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 2, 2016

Episode 28: Do denominations fit into God’s plan?


The concept of a denomination is quite familiar to most of us, but denominations as we know them have not always been with us. The early church did not have any such concept. Do they fit into the plan and purpose of God? Denominations are so prevalent in our time that perhaps we have not even considered if they are what God wants or not. What is a denomination? Why do we have them? Do they help or hinder? We want to look at some of these questions in light of God’s ultimate purpose.


• The external Issues (what we see)
o A special name (distinction)
o Oneness defined by a set of beliefs or doctrines
o A rallying around a special doctrine(s) that is seen as critical
o A central authority (headquarters on earth)
o Often a building that can be seen by men
o The name of the pastor is often on the billboard
o Often a spirit of isolation even if none of these things are seen
• The real issues (spiritual issues that are important to God)
o Only Christ and Him crucified
o God is one (not divided into groups in a locality, Eph. 4:4,5)
o Maintain the unity of the Spirit while coming to a oneness of faith (Eph. 4:3)
o The authority of each member and assembly is Christ (Col. 2:19, I Tim. 2:5)
o The church is the bride of Christ (hidden from the world)
o Man should not be exalted (only Christ)
o To have the right attitude towards all Christians (holding truth in love, I John 3:18)
• What should be our attitude (response)
o Seek God for a clear revelation of His Body which is the church (Eph. 1:22,23)
o Let the Holy Spirit full our hearts with love (Romans 5:5)
o Ask God for wisdom on how to break down the walls of separation
o When light comes obey and do not hold up the past

• 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

 

May 26, 2016

Episode 27: Meeting with God


Many times our gathering together as believers comes short of “Meeting with God.” What does it mean to meet with God? Why do we gather together? What should we expect? What does God expect? What is our part? Church meetings can take many forms. We may meet for worship, to hear a musical program, to listen to a sermon, or just to meet with each other. While none of these things are wrong in themselves, God’s desire is that we meet with Him together. In the Old Testament, the presence of God revealed in the midst of His people was an awesome and sobering time. What is the counterpart of this in the New Covenant?


• In the Old Testament:
o The Tabernacle (Exodus 40:34-38)
o The Temple (I Kings 8:1-13)
• The New Covenant
o Entering through the veil into the Holy of Holies (Heb. 10:16-25)
o Coming by way of the blood of Christ
o Coming as living stones, alive with the presence of God (1 Peter 2:4)
• To worship God
o To worship in spirit and truth
o To give Him His rightful place together
• To hear God
o Ministers speak as oracles of God (I Peter 4:11)
o To be fed with Christ (living bread)
• To be a vessel though whom God may manifest Himself to others
o Prepared (right relationships)
o Sensitive to the Holy Spirit (alive, looking to God)
o Manifestation of the Spirit as He chooses (I Cor. 12)
• Jesus walks in the midst (Revelation 1-3)
o The messages were to the churches (not just individuals)
o The messengers were in the right hand of Jesus (Rev. 1:20)
o The purpose of God is to bring us together as one under His authority


More on Meeting with God:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/meeting-with-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

May 19, 2016

Episode 26: The Purpose of Ministry


In past episodes we have discussed some the individual ministries in the church. Today we want to look at the purpose of those ministries all working together in harmony under the direction of God. Many times we tend to focus on one particular ministry that we like or think is most important. A common one today is “The Pastor.” While pastors (or elders) are a very important ministry in the local gathering, God does not intend for us to focus on a single ministry but rather allow God to use all of the ministries together to bring us into maturity in Christ. We need everything that God has provided to achieve God’s goals.


• God’s way of maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16)
o To prepare each member for work of ministry
o To bring unity of the faith
o A true knowledge of the Son of God
o A perfect (mature) man
o Fullness of Christ
o No longer children, tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine
o Not deceived
o Speaking the truth in love
o Growing up into Christ
o Every joint (relationship) supplying
o Edification in love
• Some specific fruit of ministry
o Christ as Lord of each individual and assembly as a whole
o Spiritual life (manifestation of the Spirit, I Cor. 12:1-11)
o Expression of God’s love—Col. 3:14)
o Maturity (growth in expression of God’s character)
o The expression of the Cross (death to world, sin, law)
o Holiness (expression of God’s nature)
• The importance of ministry functioning together
o No one man (or ministry) can fully express God (I Cor. 12:12-31)
o We “together” are the Body of Christ

A very good discussion of the “work of ministry” in the plan of God:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/ministry/

• 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

 

May 12, 2016

Episode 25: The plan of God in creation concerning man and woman


One of the critical issues that we face today is the differing roles of man and woman in the working of God. This has always been an issue, but today we see the enemy bringing all of the force he can to bring confusion to God’s order. Today we look briefly at this all important subject.  It was God who created man and woman, and His creation was perfect. Sin has distorted His design but God has not changed His mind today regarding His plan concerning man and woman in all aspects of life. To allow God to wash our minds of natural reasoning is difficult, but I believe if we want to know the full blessing and approval of God we must function as God has designed.


• Creation
o Man created first, then woman taken from man (I Tim. 2:13)
o Woman created as a suitable “helper” for man (Gen. 2:18)
o Woman was taken out of man and brought back in relationship (I Cor. 11:8)
o God’s order in creation is stated in I Cor. 11:3
• The family is a visible expression of God’s order
o The husband is the leader, responsible for all things
o The wife is the helper, fitting together with her husband as “one”
o The family is the structure in which children are brought to maturity
• The Family of God
o God’s order is maintained in the family of God
o God’s children are brought to maturity in His family
o The natural family fits into God’s family (Ref. Eph. 5:22-33)
• The function of Man (husband)
o Overseer (in natural and spiritual family)
o Leadership (example, vision, direction)
o Ministry (laying down his life, serving, lifting up his wife with him)
• The function of Woman (wife)
o To assist the man in his responsibility
o To allow herself to be led (not to exercise authority over men, I Tim. 2:11-13)
o To minister (in her place with her grace)
• The challenge in our day
o To take our view from God and not natural reasoning or culture
o To stand in truth and love


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/they-two-shall-be-one/
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/woman-an-honored-vessel/


• 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

May 5, 2016

Episode 24: Do we have Apostles Today?


The word Apostle means many things to many people. In general I think most people think of the twelve apostles. While their ministry is obviously foundational, I think that there is a wider meaning that we need to understand. The meaning of the word “apostle” is “sent one.” The scriptures use this word to describe more than just the original twelve apostles. A more common word that is used today with a similar meaning is the word “missionary.” To grasp the full ministry of the apostle and see how this ministry applies to us we need to look at all of the scriptures together.


• Those who are considered “apostles” in the New Testament
o Jesus (Heb. 3:1)
o The original twelve (Matt. 10:2)
o Paul (I Cor. 9:1, 15:9, 2 Peter 3:15)
o In Acts (Barnabas, Silas, Titus and others) (Rom. 16:7, I Cor. 12:29, 2 Cor. 8:23)
o Epaphroditus (Phil 2:25) (your messenger or apostle)
• Those who are sent by God
o Have a mission from God for His purpose (establishing of churches)
o Are separated to the work by the church (Acts 13:1-3)
o Empowered by the Holy Spirit according to God’s grace
o The principle of plurality should continually be exercised
• We need to recognize those whom God has sent
o Recognize God’s provision coming to us through men
o To recognize the grace and receive it (2 Cor. 6)
o Respond to God, not just to the person
o Support them in prayer and material needs
• Authority
o Is not in the title or the man himself
o Is according  to the grace of God towards building up in Christ
• Be available for God to send us
o To the neighbor next door
o To our brother and sister
o To another gathering of God’s children (local and abroad)


• 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

 

Apr 28, 2016

Episode 23: The Ministry of the Evangelist


The evangelist is one of God’s gifts of grace to the church. It is the beginning ministry responsible for proclaiming the good news of God’s redemptive grace for mankind. The evangelist is the one bearing the message to the lost world. Today we take a look at this all important ministry. The ministries of the prophet, teacher, and pastor are primarily to the church, those who have come out of the world to Christ. But the ministry of the evangelist is primarily to the lost, thus that ministry has a distinctive flavor and focus. While most of us may not be evangelists as a primary calling in life, I believe the scriptures teach us that all of us are called to that ministry to some extent.  To examine the ministry of the evangelist can help all of us see where we fit in and function in our grace and calling.


• The man
o God sends men who are prepared
o The man becomes the message (like fire in the bones that cannot be silenced)
o The calling is from God and he answers to God for that calling
• The message
o The message must originate in God, not in man
o The message is a proclamation of Jesus Christ (the grace that has come to us)
o The message should lead to the full gospel, not just the beginning
• The means
o God will open doors specific to our circumstances
o The means (method) may vary, but the power is in the Holy Spirit
o The evangelist should labor with the other ministries in God’s order
o The evangelist is often an extra local ministry
• The fruit
o It is critical that the fruit be gathered into God’s vessel for growth
o God’s purpose is not just babies, but full grown sons and daughters
• All are called to do the work of the evangelist to some degree
o As a testimony (example)
o To give an answer for the hope that we have
o To extend the goodness of God to those in our lives
o To pray that God will raise up men to take the message to other places
o To support the ministry of the evangelist

Pamphlet discussing the relationship of the church and evangelism
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-church-and-evangelism/

• 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

 

Apr 21, 2016

Episode 22: The Ministry of the Shepherd


God’s leadership in His church is the ministry of the shepherd. It is a leading and serving ministry, not a driving or dictatorial function. We are all sheep and sheep need a shepherd. Christ is the Chief Shepherd, and He has enlisted men of His choosing to perform that function in each gathering. Their ministry is very critical as it sets the tone of the entire gathering. A gathering of believers will not rise above the leadership of that gathering. Individuals may to some extent go on beyond, but the gathering as a whole is formed by the leadership. It is an awesome responsibility.


• The ministry of shepherds (pastors) is to lead into green pastures
o Give leadership as needed
o Lead into peace (beside still waters)
o Ensure nourishing food (effective, meaningful ministry)
• Shepherds oversee the public spoken ministry (prophets and teachers)
o Able to teach but may or may not have a teaching ministry
o Encourage ministry in needed areas
o Give helpful feedback to the ministers
• Shepherds protect the flock from dangers
o Unseen until danger arises, then takes action
o From without (false teachers, doctrines, influences)
o From within (conflicts, unspiritual movement)
• Shepherds care for each member in a personal way
o Observe growth
o Identify needs
o Help resolve problems (bind up the wounds)
o On call, available for fellowship
• Shepherds do not do all the work but enable each member to function under Christ
• Shepherds present the flock to the owner (God) (I Peter 5:1-4)

Short pamphlet on the subject of Eldership or Shepherds
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/eldership/

• 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

Apr 14, 2016

Episode 21: Oversight through Eldership


The government of God in the church is a critical issue and we must go God’s way to be successful in reaching God’s goal. God’s provision is a plurality of mature brothers under the authority of Christ moving as one man. To maintain Christ as Head of His body is the central issue. The scriptures teach us that we need “overseeing.” We need God’s watchful care in our personal lives and any gathering of God’s people also needs oversight. The care of God extended to us through this ministry is critical to our personal growth and the growth of any expression of the Body of Christ. Today we look at some of the essential elements.


• Maintaining Christ as Head is an essential element
o Only mediator between man and God is Christ Jesus
o God has chosen to work in and through man
o God expresses His mind for a gathering through ministry
• Elders, pastors, bishops, and overseers
o One person, different words expressing function
o Is a function of grace, not an office
o Local in scope of responsibility
o Always in plurality
• Must meet qualifications (I Tim. 3:1-7)
o Mature brothers
o Family in order
o Desire (from God) to care for the testimony
o Willing to lay down their lives for the sheep (not lording over)
• Function (Acts 17:20-35)
o To care for the testimony of God
o To care for each member
o To prepare each member for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12)
o To attach each one to Christ (not themselves)
• Where do we begin?
o Submission to Christ as our Lord
o The love of God in our hearts by the Holy Spirit
o Looking to care for others
o Open for God to express His care to us through any member
o Recognize grace in others and benefit from it
o Recognize elders when needed and guided by the Holy Spirit


http://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Eldership-Urgent-Restore-Leadership/dp/0936083115

• 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

Apr 7, 2016

Episode 20: The importance of the Teaching Ministry


The ministry of the teacher in the church is a very essential ministry for the growth of the individual and the body as a whole. The teaching ministry is a building ministry. Without that ministry we will experience weakness in our walk with God. The ministry of the teacher is to take the vision (or principles of God) and expand them (break them into smaller sections) so we can understand and put truth into practice in our lives. In other words, the teacher brings the Word of God to apply in the issues of our daily life. Without that ministry, we listen to or read about the wonderful things of God but we don’t know what to do with them.


• Teaches are a God-given grace to the church (Eph. 4:11)
o Not all are teachers (James 3:1)
o Will be held to a higher standard of judgment
o Must meet certain qualifications (I Tim. 3:8-13)
o Should not be a novice
o Should teach with the authority of God (I Peter 4:11)
• Teachers minister Christ to us
o Not intellectual facts with no bearing on real life
o Building on the foundation (1 Cor. 3:10-11)
o Teaching that is helpful must be alive in the Spirit (John 6:63)
o The ultimate teacher is the Holy Spirit through men (I John 2:27)
• To benefit from teaching we must be listening with “spiritual ears”
o He that has an ear let him hear (Rev. 2 and 3)
o Listening for God to obey Him (John 7:17)
• The teaching ministry of men and women is different
o Men’s ministry is more open, spoken and leading (I Tim 2:12)
o Women’s ministry is more private, hidden, and by example (Titus 2:3)
• There is a teaching that all members do (Col 3:16)
o Example is utmost
o Testimony
o Fellowship
• Where do we begin?
o On our knees
o In the scriptures
o Open to every member of the Body of Christ
o Dependent on the Holy Spirit
o Quick to obey when light comes to our pathway

• 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

Mar 31, 2016

Episode 19: The New Testament Prophet (Prophetic Ministry)


The ministry of the prophet in the Old Testament was very prominent. The ministry of the prophet in the New Testament is also very important in the purpose of God. There is often much confusion today in reference to the ministry of a “prophet.” The first thought that comes to the minds of many is someone who is able to “foretell future events.” While foretelling the future is included in the meaning of “prophecy”, it is really is only a small part. The basic meaning of prophecy is really “forth telling” or telling forth the mind of God. It is in this context we want to consider the function of the prophet or prophetic ministry.


• The prophet in the Old Testament
o He was a “seer” (one who saw what God was doing)
o One who spoke for God
• The New Testament Prophet
o One who proclaims the Purpose of God (vision)
o His ministry is based on the Scriptures
o Has a calling and grace from God (Eph. 4:11)
• Prophetic Ministry
o In beginning form this may come from an extra-local source
o May take the form of multiple brothers sharing from the scripture
o May become more focused as God raises up a brother within the assembly
• We need the Prophetic Ministry
o To impart vision of God’s purpose and plan
o As a foundation for other ministry
o As a light to keep us on course
• Some important elements
o Needs to function with other ministry (such as the teacher, elders)
o Must be alive with the anointing of the Spirit
o Must be true to the scriptures
o Must come through a prepared vessel (scriptural qualifications, I Tim. 3:8-13)
o Must be with spiritual authority to be effective (as an oracle of God, I Peter 4:11)


A valuable resource is a book entitled “Prophetic Ministry” by T. Austin Sparks
http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/prophetic_ministry.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

 

Mar 25, 2016

Episode 18: The Pathway to Maturity


 I believe it is the desire of all Christians to “grow up” into mature, stable sons and daughters of God. Not only is this our desire, it is also God’s desire. He has made full provision for this. While I believe it is the desire of every Christian to come to maturity in Christ, this is not an automatic process. We all begin as babes, but to come to full maturity we must avail of all of God’s provision. This is true in the natural family, and it is also true in the spiritual. We need all God has provided, not just part.


• What is maturity?
o Maturity is conformity to the image of Christ in all aspects
o Maturity is a place of stability (not tossed by desires, trials, and ideas)
o Maturity brings us to a place of greater usefulness to God
• Obedience is essential to realize God’s character established in us
o Relationship must be real
o Obedience is to the leading of the Holy Spirit
o The Word of God is the foundation of our faith and obedience
• Ministry is a key provision of God (Eph. 4)
o Public ministry (prophets and teachers)
o Eldership (those who watch out over our souls)
o Ministry of every member
• Humility is essential to be able to receive
o Teachable
o Open to any brother or sister for God to use
o Quick to hear, slow to speak
o Looking unto Jesus in all things (not man)
• Exercise in the Spirit
o Sensitivity
o Not trying to “do something or be something for God”
o Given to prayer (communion with God)
o Learning in every situation of life


Consistency is the price of success.


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/spiritual-maturity/


• 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

Mar 17, 2016

  Episode 17: Walking in Truth


Many today would say that “doctrine divides” so let’s just lay aside those areas of disagreement and love Jesus. Is that good direction? On first consideration, that may sound good but is it possible to love Jesus without walking in truth? What truth is important and what is not? It would not be hard to make up a list of basic doctrines that divide Christians today. I think we know that God wants us to be in harmony and have His mind in all things. Why does this seem so hard? Why are there so many different doctrines, Bible Schools, and fundamental issues that divide Christians? Is it possible to have the “same mind and same judgment” in all things (I Cor. 1:10)?


• Truth is defined in Christ (John 14:6)
o The truth that we are concerned with always relates to the person of Christ
o Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14)
o Jesus embodied truth (who He is, what He said, what He did)
o Truth includes the goal, plan, character, and ways of God in Christ Jesus
• The Holy Spirit has been given to lead us into truth (John 16:13)
o The Holy Spirit must indwell and control (union with God)
o In the New Covenant God writes His word on our hearts and mind (Heb. 8:10)
o The truth cannot be known simply by intellectual study (I Cor. 2:9)
o Truth must always be held in love (Eph. 4:15-16)
• Christ is formed in our lives as we “walk in truth” (3 John 2-4)
o To walk in truth is to walk in Christ (or abide in Him)
o As we live God’s life the character of Christ (truth) is formed in us (Gal. 4:19)
o As we walk in truth our mind is renewed (Rom. 12:1-2)
• Some practical expressions of the character of Christ:
o Love (I Cor. 13)
o Holiness (separation from sin and this world)
o God’s order in creation (man and woman)
o Expression of Christ, not self (John 15:5)
o Humility, submission one to another
• Truth takes expression in us as an individual and in the corporate gathering
o The family of God is the “pillar and ground of the truth” (I Tim. 3:15)
o To see a gathering of God’s people express truth (Christ) takes spiritual work
o All truth is important at the right time and place according to God’s direction
o The importance of a pure testimony for the glory of God must compel us to action


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/walking-in-truth/


• 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

 

Mar 10, 2016

Episode 16: Walking above sin by faith


Today a constant prayer that we hear is “Lord I know we are all sinners. Please forgive us.” It often is a general prayer with no specific sin mentioned, just an acknowledgement that we are all “sinners.” Did Christ come to deliver us from sin? Many would say that He forgives us of our past sin, but that we are still sinners by nature and will continue to sin. Is this true? Is it possible to walk above sin?


• What is sin
o Wrong relationship with God (Genesis 3)
o A disposition of sin (Romans 7)
o Sin is lawlessness (I John 3:4)
o Sin is not just making a mistake
o Something that is not sin today may become sin tomorrow (James 4:17)
• When a person comes to Christ, what happens?
o Repentance, forgiveness, and cleansing of sin
o A new nature (Divine Nature) by indwelling of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1)
o A new creation—all things of God ( 2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 6:15))
• What is the fruit that we can expect of a person who has been born again?
o Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-24 )
o A fountain flowing from within (John 7:38-39)
• Can a Christian sin
o God never takes away our choice
o To sin we must be “draw away” (James 1:14-16)
o If we continue to sin, we do not know Him (I John 3:6 )
• Christ died so that God may live in us
o If we are abiding in Christ (living His life by faith) we do not continue to sin
o If we do stumble and sin, He is faithful to forgive our sin (I John 1:9)
o All of this is by the grace of God (not self-effort, but abiding in Christ)


In summary, Christ died that we may be forgiven of our past sin and be indwelt by the Holy Spirit that we may not continue to sin. We can disobey God and sin, but if we confess our sin He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us. If we are living a life of sin, then something is wrong in our relationship with God and that needs to be dealt with urgently.


• 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

Mar 3, 2016

Episode 15: The Meaning of the Cross in our Daily Lives


Every Christian is familiar to some extent with the historical events surrounding the crucifixion of Christ 2000 years ago. In addition, I believe that most of us know that the work Christ did on the cross forms the basis of our salvation today. But my concern is that we not just know these things in an intellectual way, but rather that we experience the reality of what Christ provided for us in our daily walk.


• Some things that happened at the Cross
o Adam’s race was put to death (crucified) in Christ (Gal 2:20, Gal. 6:14, Rom. 6:6)
o The price of blood was paid for our cleansing from sin (Heb. 9:16-28, I John 1:7)
o The law was done away with (Colossians 2:14)
o Satan was defeated (Colossians 2:15)
o The way into the presence of God was opened (Heb. 6:19-20)
o The way was opened for Jesus to give the Holy Spirit (John 7:39)
• Our place is to believe God in what He says was accomplished at Calvary
o God does not accept anything we are according to the natural
o Forgiveness of sin is by repentance and believing in Christ’s atonement
o We now live under a new law, the law of life (Rom. 8:1-4)
o Our power over the enemy is as we resist Him in union with Christ (James 4:7)
o God is pleased as we draw near in full assurance (Heb. 4:16, James 4:8)
o Full fellowship with God is experienced through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
• Defeat comes when we
o Depend on anything natural (personality, self-effort)
o We depend on what we have done instead of what God does in us (Phil. 2:12,13)
o Resort back to keeping the outward commandments for acceptance before God
o Listen to the enemy and his accusations
o Shrink back from God because we do not feel worthy
o When we entertain reservations in yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit


In summary, we enter into the finished work of Christ in experience by believing in Christ and union with Him by the Spirit.


“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NKJV)  “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2, NKJV)


• 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

Feb 25, 2016

Episode 14: The House Church


In past programs we have considered the church as an expression of the Family of God and the Body of Christ. Today there are many who are seeking to work out God’s purpose in the confines of the home rather than a formal “church building.” Do we have a scriptural basis for this? Does the atmosphere of the home provide an advantage in working out God’s purpose? What is a “House Church”? Is that better than a “normal church”? What do we expect in a House Church? What is God looking for? Today we explore this subject in light of God’s eternal purpose.


• What is a “House Church”?
o No basis for a “House Church” but rather a church that meets in a house
o A meeting place does not make a church a church
o The church of Jesus Christ is spiritual
• What makes a church a church?
o Not because a meeting is held on Sunday, has a pastor, program, and so on
o Christ is Head (authority)
o Christ is foundation (what He did at Calvary)
o Christ is the life (by the Holy Spirit)
• The benefits of meeting in a house
o A family atmosphere
o A smaller group where relationships can be closer and every member function
o Minimum financial obligations for meeting purposes
• Challenges of meeting in a home
o Relationships are challenged
o More personal responsibility
o Can easily tend to become just a social time
o Physical problems with parking, neighbors, laws of the land, etc.
• Meeting with God
o Focused time in the presence of God
o The Holy Spirit in charge
o Men available to be used as God directs
o All things unto edification (building up our relationship with God)


The focus of a church gathering should be relationship: Right relationship with God and with one another. Religion replaces relationship with ritual and rules.


A good resource for those who are seeking to work out God’s purpose in a home setting is “The Principles Book.” http://christcenteredchristianity.com/resources/principles-book-gospel-fellowships/


• 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

Feb 18, 2016

Episode 13: The Word of God


The phrase “The word of God” is very familiar to many of us. It is used throughout the Bible. However I would like to suggest to us that for the most part, when we read “The word of God” or “The word of the Lord” in the scriptures that the reference is not to the Bible but rather to something else. Do we think of “The word of God” as only applying to the scriptures? I believe it is important to have a clear understanding of this because Jesus said “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”


• In Heb. 4:12 The Word of God is described as living, powerful, dividing soul and spirit, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart
• Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17)
• Jesus is called the Word of God (John 1:1, Rev. 19:13)
• The word that Jesus speaks is spirit and life (John 6:62)
• In the OT, when we read the “word of God” or “the word of the Lord” came to so and so” it was not the prophet reading from some part of the scriptures. Rather it was direct communication by God to a prophet and then the prophet spoke the word to others.
• In the NT we find a different working. “All shall know me” (Heb. 8:11, 10:16) Now God is writing His word on our hearts and minds by the Sprit. It is a “new and living way.”
• Because of Christ we now have direct access to the Father by the Spirit. (Eph. 2:18)
• God chooses how He will communicate to us, but the Spirit is always the One who makes it living to us (I John 2:27). Some of the primary means are:
o The scriptures
o Through other men (fellow believers, ministers, spiritual gifts)
o Directly to our spirit (as we look to God in prayer)
o Circumstances (spiritual insight)
o Through creation
• We are commanded to have “ears to hear” (Rev. 2 and 3)
• Any communication that we say is of God should:
o Result in light to walk in, clarity, and peace. This is the basis of faith. 
o Consistent with what is recorded for us in the scriptures  (2 Tim. 3:16)
o Verified with other believers depending on the content

Christ opened up to us a “new and living way” whereby we can speak directly to God and He can communicate directly to us.

• 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

Feb 11, 2016

Episode 12: Receive the Holy Spirit

The place of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer today is often surrounded by considerable misunderstanding and conflict. I think the enemy can be blamed for much of that, because he knows that when believers are filled with the Holy Spirit and moving under His control he is powerless to stop them. We must not let confusion hinder us from partaking of the full provision of God. Jesus told the disciples just before He departed this earth that “John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:5, NKJV). What is this baptism? What does this promise mean to us today? Let me encourage us to take a look at the scriptures with an open mind and believe that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth.

• God’s plan is to indwell man and be their life
o The Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead that brings God within us
o This first happened on the day of Pentecost (Acts chapter 2)
• This “Pentecost” is to be experienced by each believer
o There are other accounts recorded in Acts of believers receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17,  Acts 9:17, Acts 10:44-48), Acts 19:6)
o The terms baptized, received, filled, came upon, repentance unto life, and fell upon are all used to describe the same event.
o The baptism or receiving the Holy Spirit is always described as an event that you know has happened with outward evidence.
• There is no scriptural basis to say that a believer automatically receives the Holy Spirit upon believing or water baptism.
o John 20:22 is a command but no record of fulfilment until Pentecost
o Acts 2:38 is a promise but does not say how
o Water baptism is a picture of Spirit baptism but in scripture they are always distinct
• When the Holy Spirit comes to indwell:
o Our spirit is united with His Spirit (I Cor. 6:17)
o The Holy Spirit brings us into union with the Father and the Son (John 14)
o The Holy Spirit comes to administer the authority of Christ in each believer (I Cor. 12:3)

Receive the Holy Spirit! Do not be denied of the “gift of promise.” (See Luke 11:13)

• 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

Feb 4, 2016

Episode 11: What is the place of water baptism in salvation?

Water baptism as we know it today was first introduced by John the Baptist when he was calling Israel to repentance. Jesus was introduced in this baptism in a very remarkable way. From that point on water baptism became an integral part of Christian initiation and the proclamation of the gospel. Yet controversy surrounds this subject to this day. Today we take a brief look at this subject with the desire that each believer may move in faith before God.

• The Baptism of Jesus
o Recorded in all four Gospels
o Jesus introduced in John’s baptism (Matt. 3:13-16)
o John connected water baptism and Spirit baptism on this occasion
• What can we learn from this account?
o Jesus verified that the baptism of John was of God by submitting to it
o Jesus identified with sin in John’s baptism as He would in reality at Calvary
o God’s plan of salvation was foretold in this event
o Water baptism is a symbol of Spirit baptism and leads to that
o The work of the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is seen together
• Water baptism is seen as an act of obedience following repentance and faith in Christ
o Peter (Act 2:38)
o Samaria (Acts 8:12)
o Ethiopian eunuch  (Acts 8:36-38)
o Paul (Acts 9:18, 22:16)
• What happens in water baptism?
o My faith in Jesus as Savior is demonstrated in an act of obedience to Him.
o It is a burial ceremony (following Jesus into death of my old life)
o It is a “washing away of my past sins”
• Some important points
o Water baptism is always seen in scripture as “believer’s baptism”
o The very word “baptism” indicates submersion (typifying our union with Christ)
o Water baptism without spirit baptism is not complete
o Water baptism normally precedes Spirit baptism but not always (Acts 10)
o There is “one baptism” (Eph. 4:5)
o We must not give too much or too little importance to water baptism
o The value of water baptism to us is the faith that we bring to the event

• 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

Jan 28, 2016

Episode 10: What does it mean to Believe in Jesus?


We have been considering some elements of “salvation.” Integral to this subject is the issue of what it means to “believe” or to have faith. What is saving faith? How do we know that we believe? “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”” (Acts 16:31, NKJV) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, NKJV)


• What Biblical faith (or believing) is not:
o An intellectual belief in certain facts
o Something that requires no commitment or action
o A kind of positive confession (mind over matter)
o Receiving is not believing (John 1:12)

• What Biblical faith is:
o Believing in a person (The person of Jesus Christ)
o A commitment of will to the Lordship of Christ
o Based on the Word of God (communication from God)
o A continual belief (not just a one-time act)
o Believing brings us into an experience of the grace of God
o Begins in heart, confession with mouth, completed in actions (Rom. 10:8-10)


To believe God is to commit (trust) your whole person into His hands, knowing that He is God and He is faithful in all things. “. . . . I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Timothy 1:12, NKJV)


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

Jan 21, 2016

Episode 9: What is Repentance?


Today we want to look at the area of repentance. In the proclamation of the gospel today, this is often misunderstood or completely overlooked. In doing so, it leaves a great weakness in our initial foundation in our walk with God.


• Repentance is our beginning place. It was the beginning message of:
o John the Baptist (Matt. 3:1,2)
o Jesus (Matt 4:17)
o Peter (Acts 2:38) Repentance was commanded
o Paul (Acts 20:21) Repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus
• Repentance (to change one’s mind, to turn)
o Includes thought, word, and deed (2 Cor. 7:11)
o Not just feelings, tears, or regret
o John said to “Bring forth fruits of repentance” (Matt. 3:8)
o Repentance is towards God (we have sinned against Him) (Acts 20:21)
• Confession of sin is specific, not just general
o I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive”
o Turning from the sin by the grace of God
o Restitution if possible (Luke 3:10)
• Christ came to bring a real salvation from sin (I John 3:4-9)
o That our sins may be “taken away) (vs 5)
o To destroy the works of the devil (vs 8)
• The command to all men everywhere is to repent (Acts 17:30)


God has provided a real salvation from death, sin, and the expression of sin (sins) that the righteousness of God might be revealed in these vessels of clay

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

 

Jan 19, 2016

Episode 9: What is Repentance?


Today we want to look at the area of repentance. In the proclamation of the gospel today, this is often misunderstood or completely overlooked. In doing so, it leaves a great weakness in our initial foundation in our walk with God.


• Repentance is our beginning place. It was the beginning message of:
o John the Baptist (Matt. 3:1,2)
o Jesus (Matt 4:17)
o Peter (Acts 2:38) Repentance was commanded
o Paul (Acts 20:21) Repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus
• Repentance (to change one’s mind, to turn)
o Includes thought, word, and deed (2 Cor. 7:11)
o Not just feelings, tears, or regret
o John said to “Bring forth fruits of repentance” (Matt. 3:8)
o Repentance is towards God (we have sinned against Him) (Acts 20:21)
• Confession of sin is specific, not just general
o I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive”
o Turning from the sin by the grace of God
o Restitution if possible (Luke 3:10)
• Christ came to bring a real salvation from sin (I John 3:4-9)
o That our sins may be “taken away) (vs 5)
o To destroy the works of the devil (vs 8)
• The command to all men everywhere is to repent (Acts 17:30)


God has provided a real salvation from death, sin, and the expression of sin (sins) that the righteousness of God might be revealed in these vessels of clay

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

 

Jan 14, 2016

Episode 8: What is Salvation?


One of the most common questions that is brought to us is this: “Are you saved?” Another closely related question is “Are you born again?” What do we mean by these terms? Are we using them the way the Bible does? A danger is that we attach our own meaning to the terms and use them in way that God does not use in the Bible. When we do this, we run the risk of not only deceiving ourselves but misleading others.


• The most common concept of salvation is only “saved from hell.” This is a very narrow definition that does not include much of what God has in mind.
• Salvation is not just a “decision for Christ” but a process. In the scripture we find that we have been saved, we are being saved, and we shall be saved.
• Jesus is the Author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him (Heb. 5:9)
o Have been saved from death (see Romans 5:12), and past sins
o Are being saved from sin, the effects of sin, and from ourselves
o Will be given a new body and saved from the wrath of God and eternal judgment

We see this outlined for us in 2 Peter 1:1-10
• Partakers of the divine nature through the promises of God
• A process of “adding to our faith”
• An eternal hope “if” we do these things

Dangers:
• The prevalence of an “easy believism” gospel (just accept Jesus as your Savior)
• The danger of a simple intellectual acceptance of Biblical truth
• The danger of an emotional experience that does not leave us in union with Christ
• The danger of depending on membership in a “church organization”

On future programs:
• The importance of repentance
• What it means to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”
• Why water baptism.
• Receiving the Holy Spirit

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

Jan 7, 2016

Episode 7: Knowing God


What does it mean to know God? How do we know God? How do we know that we are knowing Him? Many today know about God but they do not know God in a personal way. God has opened the door that all may know Him. My prayer today is that all of us may enter more deeply into this personal relationship with God. 


From the tract on the web site entitled  “Knowing God”


“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3


• Knowing someone (including God) means experiencing God
• Salvation is not experienced separate from knowing God
• The New Covenant opened the door for “all to know Him” (Heb. 8:11)
• The Old Covenant was based on what man could do, the New on what God can do
• The basis of the New Covenant is the Cross of Jesus Christ
• Jesus died so that we could enter into union with God by the Spirit
• The Christian life is living His life by faith, not our life
• Being born again brings us into a relationship, not just an experience
• That which is born of God overcomes all things
• Knowing God is a love relationship that bears fruit (an expression of God)
• Love is expressed in relationship, communion, union, and oneness

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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