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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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Mar 9, 2017

Episode 68 Do Christians sin?


Do Christians sin? Some say yes, all the time since we are not perfect in this life. Some say no, because after we have experienced sanctification we cannot sin. What is the truth? Can we know the truth? Surely this is a very important area because Christ died that we may be delivered from sin. If that means that we can be delivered from sin in this life and yet we do not experience this deliverance, what shall we say to God when we stand before Him on the final judgment day? The scriptures speak much about this so I don’t think we have any excuse not to know God’s mind. Let us ask God for clarity regarding what He has done for us in Christ Jesus that we may experience all that God has provided and please Him in all things.


• Sin in the life of unbeliever:
o Sin reigns in death (Rom. 5:21)
o A controlling disposition (Rom. 7:18-20)
o Cannot please God (Rom 8:8)
o All “righteousness” is rejected as self-effort (Isiah 64:6)
• Sin in the life of the disciple
o Not the “norm” if we are abiding n Christ (I John 3:4-9)
o Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:1-2)
o If we continue to sin we do not know Him (not in Christ)
o If we do sin (stumble) we have an advocate if we confess our sin and repent (I John 2:1-2)
o The Holy spirit is faithful to convict of sin (John 16:8-11)
• What is sin?
o Sin is lawlessness (I John 3:4)
o Sin is unrighteousness (touching the unclean thing) (I John 5:17)
o Knowing to do good but not doing it (James 4:17)
o Refusing to walk in light that has come (John 15:22)
o Unbelief (John 16:9)
o Whatever is not of faith (Rom. 14:23)
• The consequences of un-repented sin
o Coldness in our relationship with God (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1)
o Coldness in our relationship with other disciples (I John 1:5-7)
o Blindness (John 9:39-41)
o Hard heart (seared conscience) (Rom 2:4-6)
o Deception (2 Thes:2:9-12, James 1:16)
o Judgment, death, Eternity in hell


Continued next week


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Mar 2, 2017

67 The Beginning Work—Love


The working of love is a very familiar topic to most of us. Yet the width and depth of this work is far beyond our natural ability. Jesus said that we are to love as He loved, and that love was fully demonstrated at Calvary as He laid down His life for us. We are told that love is the bond of perfection and without this love we are nothing. We find ourselves challenged at every turn to experience and express this love. Our provision is God Himself, because He has put this love in our heart by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Now our responsibility is to work that love out through these bodies of clay.


Our program today is taken from some ministry given by Gordon Gentry in a home meeting in February 2001. The gathering was being prepared to recognize eldership in the foreseeable future. The emphasis in the ministry was that without fervent love, recognizing elders and benefitting from their ministry would not be possible. Thus the exhortation was to “give ourselves to fervent love.” I believe all of us can benefit from this strong exhortation to love expressed in action.


This ministry is also available on the web site:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/audio/


• 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 23, 2017

Episode 66 Sanctification


What is sanctification? We are told this is the will of God but how does it take place? Is sanctification optional or is sanctification a necessary part of our salvation? How are we sanctified unto God? In the Old Testament we see many references to sanctification. The priests were sanctified in a very detailed way for their service in the temple. The altar was sanctified before the sacrifices were offered on it. The people were commanded to sanctify themselves before they approached God. Instructions for sanctification are brought into the New Covenant but on a higher plane.   Christ sanctified Himself that we might be sanctified unto God.


• The basic meaning of sanctification is to be separated from the world and set apart to God
• Sanctification has two basic parts ( by Jesus and the Holy Spirit)
o We are set apart to God because of the blood of Christ (Heb. 10:5-14)
o The Holy Spirit brings truth into application in our lives (2 Thess. 2:13)
• Christ sanctified Himself on the cross that He my sanctify us in truth (John 17:19)
• The continual work of sanctification comes through the word of God as we obey
o The washing of the word (Eph. 5:26)
o Through obedience (2 Tim. 2:21)
• Sanctification results in purification of the whole person (body, soul, spirit) I Thess. 5:23)
• Sanctification is an essential part of our salvation  “Chosen for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth (2 Thess 2:13)
• Submitting to the sanctification of the Spirit results in us being conformed to His image. That is what God is doing, changing us from glory to glory into the image of His Son, preparing us for the final wedding day.
• Sanctification touches anything in our lives that is contrary to the nature and character of God
• Salvation is not just a “ticket to heaven”, leaving us here to live for ourselves until that day, but calling us out of this world, out of sin, and into union with Christ. The Holy Spirit is our “down payment” or dowry, waiting for the final wedding day, or the consummation of the marriage.
• “He who has this hope, purifies himself, even as He is pure” (I John 3:3)
• How do we insult the Spirit of grace? (Heb. 10:29)

• 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 16, 2017

Episode 65 Experiencing God in Relationships


At the heart of what God is doing is proper relationships. Thus it should not surprise us that the enemy does everything within his power to destroy relationships and create enmity between us and God and between one another. We are commanded to not be ignorant of his devices. How can right relationships be established, maintained, and strengthened? To see all relationships established and maintained for the purpose and glory of God takes nothing less than the power of God. We must avail of God’s provision, and that provision is experienced in union with Him, our spirit joined with His Spirit. Our relationship with God must first be right before we can work out other relationships in a proper way.

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. This ministry was given in January 1986 and followed other ministry on this subject.
As he begins, you will hear him refer to some questions that were given the week before for serious consideration before the Lord and further fellowship. The discussion was not recorded, but the questions were as follows:


• What is your statement of God’s purpose?
• How much are you committed to seeing that purpose fulfilled?
• What have you done this past week in these three areas:
o Your relationship with God
o Your relationship with your husband or wife
o Training your children

This ministry is also available on the web site:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/audio/


• 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 9, 2017

Episode 64 Pursuing Holiness


God is holy beyond anything we can imagine, but we are commanded to “be holy for I am Holy.” We are also commanded to pursue holiness without which no one will see the Lord. How do we do this? How can we be holy? When we try to comprehend the holiness of God, we may feel so inadequate that we give up before we even start. How can we be holy as He is Holy? But we cannot just put this subject aside because the admonition in scripture is very real and critical.

Today in looking at this question, I want to read a chapter from a book by Tozer entitled “The Knowledge of the Holy.” I think the direction and encouragement there can be helpful to us all. May God shed light in each of our hearts as we press in to know God.


Scriptures:
Lev. 11:44
I Peter 1:15-16
Hebrews 12:14

Here is the link to Tozer’s “Knowledge of the Holy”
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

 

Feb 2, 2017

Episode 63 A Beginning Expression of the Church


What should we expect in a beginning expression of the church? We see in some degree what God wants, but how do we begin? What is our responsibility? We want to obey God, but what truth is important at the foundation?  How does an expression of the church come into being? We may have come out of a more formal institution of some kind in hunger for more reality but are not clear in what we need to do.  What truth is essential at the foundation? How do we know that God is gathering a people together and it is not just an effort of man? We face these and many related questions in a beginning gathering of God’s children. 


Today we share with you a time of ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. The setting is a home in which a few brothers and sisters had been gathering once each week for several years for a Bible Study. Gordon was encouraging them in take their responsibility before God seriously and act on the truth that they had already received.


I think any gathering could benefit from the truth Gordon was sharing, but particularly a beginning gathering that is seeking to be more established and express the life of God in their locality.


The recording of this time of ministry is also located on the NT Church Source web site at the following link:


http://www.ntchurchsource.com/audio/


• 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 26, 2017

Episode 62 Evaluation and criticism


Paul said in one place that we are to examine ourselves, to test ourselves. He was speaking to a church that was struggling with some serious issues, and He was admonishing them to be honest with where they were in the Lord. Are we always willing to face honest evaluation? To evaluate ourselves honestly is not easy. Our first tendency is usually to defend ourselves when criticized in some way. But when we do that, we usually close the door to progress in that area. If we are at rest in our relationship with God, we should never need to fear what comes to us through others. In addition, we need to be able to honestly evaluate ourselves before God, allowing the Holy Spirit to search us as He chooses. This is an essential element of spiritual progress.


• Accusation is usually hard to deal with
o It touches our person
o Our humility is tested (Phil. 2:3)
o Others do not know our hearts, but they see our actions
• Evaluation of our actions may be accurate
o They can be more objective
o They see the actions, not the intent
o We should be thankful that they care enough to speak to us (Eph. 4:15)
• Evaluation of our actions may be wrong
o Standing for truth will bring persecution (John 15:20)
o We must know that we are holding truth in love
o We can rejoice as we share in the sufferings of Christ  (Phil. 3:10)
• A mixture of right and wrong
o Need a spirit of humility to not immediately reject
o The Holy Spirit to sift and sort as we wait upon God
• I would like to have your evaluation of this podcast
o What has it meant to you?
o How can I improve?
o What subjects would you like to see addressed?

• 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, 2017

Episode 61 The Fear of God


There are many scriptures that speak about “the fear of God.” In our time, it seems that is not a very popular subject. We would much rather speak about the love of God. But we dare not ignore any area of truth and concentrate on things we like. Should we fear God? In the Old Testament there is much mention of those who feared God. But there are also many scriptures in the New Testament that speak of the fear of God. How do we reconcile the love of God and the fear of God? Is there a right fear of God? Should a fear of displeasing God be a motivation in our lives?


• There is only one God (Old Testament and New Testament)
• Words (such as love and fear) need to be understood in context
o Love—4 Greek nouns
o Fear—3 Greek nouns
• The love of God (action) comes to God even in fear and trembling
• We come to God because of Jesus Christ and what he has done
• We always come in reverence (Godly fear), not familiarity
• A proper fear of God will inspire:
o A worship that is pleasing to God (John 4:21-24)
o A circumspect walk (Acts 9:31)
o A fear of touching the “unclean thing” (2 Cor. 6:11-7:1)
o A carefulness in our relationships with others (Eph. 4:25-5:21
o Careful attention to this great salvation (Phil. 2:12)
o An acceptable service to God (Hebrews 12)
• How do we get a right kind of fear?
o Revelation of who God is by the Spirit (1 Cor. 2)
o Asking God to reveal Himself to us  (John 14)
o A careful reading of scriptural accounts that reveal God in action
o Waiting before God (giving Him undivided attention)
o Meditation on the majesty of God in all things (His divine attributes)
o 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

 

Jan 12, 2017

Episode 60 God as He Is


Who is God? Do we know who He is? That may sound like a very elementary question, but I do not believe it is. God is vastly more than we realize. So many times we serve a God of our own creation rather than God as He is. How can we have a greater revelation of the true God of this universe? It is impossible for us to grasp God in our natural mind. The scriptures are very clear that only the Holy Spirit can reveal God to our hearts. Even though we read the scriptures diligently, we are still utterly dependent on God to open the eyes of our hearts to an expanding revelation of who God is. To know God as He is must be the focus of our entire lives. Everything else, our worship, our experience of His grace, and our service depends on a proper revelation by the Spirit of Who He is.


Today I want to share a time of ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. It was given in March 1983 in a gathering in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was present at that time and benefited, but I was again encouraged and challenged as I listened to it again. I trust you will also be edified as you listen.  The recording can also be found on the web site listed below.


Look for “God as He Is” at this link:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/audio/


• 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 5, 2017

Episode 59 Spiritual Warfare


What is spiritual warfare? This term is often used today, but the meaning behind the term is quite different in many cases. Are we involved in a war? If so, what is the war and what are the weapons of this war? Let us turn to the scriptures for guidance in this matter. It is very easy for us to take bits of scripture here and there and construct our own idea of the conflict based on our own reasoning as relates to our current situation. It is challenging to step back from the immediate conflict and gain God’s view. But I believe this is the right way to come to God’s answer. Then we can view our current situation properly and know how to go forward in God’s grace.


• The war is between God and Satan
o The conflict originated in heaven
o The conflict is a conflict in authority (who will be God)
• The conflict was brought to earth when Satan deceived Adam and Eve
o God gave Adam authority over the earth
o Satan usurped that authority through deception
o Satan is called “the god of this age” (2 Cor. 4:4)
• Christ won the conflict with Satan at Calvary
o Now is Satan cast out (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11)
o Jesus won by submission to the Father (Phil 2:5-11)
o In the resurrection the triumph was complete (I Cor. 15)
o All authority has now been given to Jesus (Matt. 28:18-20)
o Satan is now a defeated foe, waiting for his final doom
o God leaves him loose for His purpose
• Our victory is “In Christ”
o We enter into union with Him in the Spirit
o We are now seated with Him in heavenly places by faith (Eph. 2:1-10)
o His victory is now our victory as we abide in Him
• Some key elements in our warfare—having done all we stand (Eph. 6:10-20)
o Truth
o Righteousness
o Gospel of peace
o Faith
o Salvation
o The word of God
o Prayer

• 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 29, 2016

Episode 58 Evidence of God’s presence in His temple


What is the evidence that God is dwelling in His temple? We know what it was in the Tabernacle. It was a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. But when God took up residence in His church on the day of Pentecost what was the evidence then? Is it the same today? I think we must all come before God in this matter with a humble heart, ready to hear, ready to learn, and if necessary ready to change. If we come with our preconceived ideas we may see what we want. But let us come asking Jesus to anoint our spiritual eyes with eye salve that we may see all things as He does.  We must be looking for the right things or we may miss God Himself.


• The coming of God (the Holy Spirit) in His temple was obvious (Acts 2:1-4)
o A rushing wind, tongues of fire, and prophecy (the wonderful works of God)
o This event was fulfilment of prophecy (2:17-21)
• The continuing working of God was manifest in many ways
o Conviction of sin (2:37)
o Obedience to God’s word (2:41)
o Teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer (2:42)
o Fear of God, miraculous signs (2:43)
o A communal spirit (2:46)
o Praise to God (2:47)
o Addition of more believers
• As a gathering matures, other manifestations are more obvious
o A plurality of God-given leadership
o A ministry that feeds the flock with Christ
• The presence of God does not necessarily mean spirituality in believers
o God’s presence in the Corinthian church was evident (I Cor. 1:4-9)
o The expression from the Corinthian church was “carnal” (I Cor. 3:1)
• God’s continued presence in His temple is contingent upon our obedience
o God gives us time to obey
o The churches in Revelation are an example (chapters 2 and 3)
o The indication that God is present and in control of an assembly of His people is an expanding expression of Christ (Testimony)
o God does not just want to be present but rather acknowledged as God. His purpose is that we walk in all truth, not just a part.
o Unity, love, and holiness is fruit that comes from the abiding presence of 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

 

Dec 22, 2016

Episode 57 Discipline in the Church of God


The subject of discipline in the Household of God is a very touchy subject. To avoid the problems, some have concluded that we should never be involved in such things (“Judge not”). Others have done this in a very harsh way that has left severe damage in lives. Is there a right way? Should the church ever discipline members? If so, how? As we look briefly at this subject today, I would encourage us to come carefully to the scriptures and ask God to reveal His mind. I think we all want to do the will of God, and we know that we are our brother’s keeper. Love cares for each member, and the scriptures give some clear direction. Even though discipline is challenging to say the least, love must be a love of action.


• Discipline is in the context of the Family of God
o The church is universal in scope but local in expression
o Members are part by their own choice in faith
• Love is expressed in Godly care
o Discipline is love in action
o Speaking the truth in love is done in relationship (Eph. 4:15-16)
• Addressing a need is always progressive (Matt. 18:15-20)
o Making a distinction (Jude 22, I Thes. 5:14)
o Consistency is critical
• A care for the person and the testimony
o The expression of every member is important to the local testimony (2 Thes. 3:6-15)
o No member is except from accountability (I Cor. 12:20-26)
o Teachers are held to a higher standard (James 3:1)
• The grace of God and spiritual direction is critical
o We should never move beyond the grace of God
o We should never stand between another member and Christ
• The end goal of any correction or discipline is the restoration of fellowship (Heb. 12:3-12)
o God knows the heart, but man judges the outward actions
o Fellowship with God is revealed in fellowship with one another (I John)
• The church properly expressed is the Temple of God in reality

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

 

Dec 15, 2016

Episode 56 The Temple of God


A common theme among most religions of the world is a temple for worship. This is a central part of Christianity as well, but the New Covenant expression of that is very different from all other religions and even the temple that we see in the Old Testament. What is the Temple of God in the New Covenant? In the final words of Stephen’s sermon in Acts 7 he said that God does not dwell in temples made with hands. What then was the meaning of the Old Covenant temple? I believe we can agree that in our time the church is the Temple of God. What does that mean to God? What does that mean to us?


• The Tabernacle
o The first “temple” that we see in the Old Testament
o Constructed exactly according to the pattern given by God
o All parts spoke of Christ in some way
o Was filled with the presence of God when completed (Exodus 40:34-38)
• The Temple
o Was patterned in many ways after the Tabernacle
o The critical elements of the Tabernacle were put there
o The presence of God filled the temple upon completion (I Kings 8:10-13)
• Jesus
o Spoke of Himself  as the “temple” (John 2:18-22)
o The Holy Spirit came to abide at the Jordan (Matt. 3:16-17)
o The presence of God dwelt in Jesus in fullness (John 1, Hebrews 1, Col. 1:19)
• The church today is now the Temple of God
o Indwelt by the presence of God by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2)
o The fullness of God now dwells in the church (Eph. 1:23 3:19)
o All believers are now priests unto God (I Peter 2:4-9)
o We are to offer spiritual sacrifices to God (Rom. 12:1, I Peter 2:5)
• The New Jerusalem
o No temple for God Himself is the temple (Rev. 21:22)
o God Himself is the glory and light
•  As Individual members today
o A living stone fitted in by God
o Separated from this world, holy (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1)

• 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 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

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