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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Aug 4, 2016

Episode 37 New Testament Giving

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

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

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Jul 28, 2016

Episode 36: Forgiving others

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

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

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Jul 21, 2016

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

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

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

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Jul 14, 2016

Episode 34: Christ the Power of God

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

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

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Jul 7, 2016

Episode 33: Working for God

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

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

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Jun 30, 2016

Episode 32: Spiritual Relationships

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

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

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

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Jun 23, 2016

Episode 31: The Testimony of God

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

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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)

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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.”

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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.

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