myBible – The Inspiration of Scripture

holding-bibleThe newest complete lesson in the myBible series addresses the Inspiration of Scripture.  How do we know the Bible is really inspired by God?  To what degree is it inspired?  How did this process work?  Each of these questions is important and deserves a thorough answer.  This lesson is now posted on the myBible page.

The myBible series is divided into five broad topics:

  1. Structure & Organization of the Bible – Completed and posted
  2. Inspiration of the Bible – Completed and posted
  3. Canonization of the Bible  – Ongoing
  4. Transmission of the Bible  (How was the Bible passed on over time?)
  5. Translation of the Bible  (Why are there so many translations?  Which ones are good?)

Check out the myBible page to download the new lesson on Inspiration.  Better yet, come visit us on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm to join us in the series and the current lesson on the Canonization of the Bible.  We would love to have you join us.  Check out The Anchor’s website for more information.

myBible

myBibleThe gift of God’s Word to mankind is the greatest treasure we have.  We need His Word to illuminate our minds to reality, to show us the way to salvation, to strengthen and sustain us, to purify us and help us to grow spiritually, to protect us from evil, and to help us press on to the end.  Ultimately, the Word is God’s revelation of Himself to us (both in writing and in the flesh of His Son Jesus).  It carries the power and perfections of its writer, the Holy Spirit.  Christ Himself relied upon the Word during His ministry.  Can we do any less?

We have an opportunity to grow in our love and appreciation for the Word and our understanding of many of the issues that face us concerning the Word of God in our day.  It seems that each generation faces new challenges concerning the Word.  Our day is no different.  Some of my goals for this study include:

  • Increasing our Biblical Literacy;
  • Building a coherent confidence in the inspiration and inerrancy of the Word of God and be able to share and express the reasons for our confidence with others;
  • Increasing our appreciation for the availability of God’s Word in our own language;
  • Growing in our love for the Word through study, meditation, memorization, and application;
  • Improving our ability to meaningfully read and comprehend Scriptures; and
  • Understanding the history and key issues surrounding English Bible translations and enable you to make an intelligent choice about what version(s) are sound translations and how and when they should each be used.

There are five broad topics that I would like to cover during this series, listed below.  This is a new study, began at The Anchor in February, 2014, meaning that we will be adding new lessons as they are completed.

  1. Structure & Organization of the Bible  (What is the Bible?  How is it organized?)
  2. Inspiration of the Bible  (Is it really written by God?  How did this process work?)
  3. Canonization of the Bible  (How did they know what books to put in the Bible?)
  4. Transmission of the Bible  (How was the Bible passed on over time?)
  5. Translation of the Bible  (Why are there so many translations?  Which ones are good?)

Check out the myBible page to download the first lesson.

Christmas 2013

starChristmas is a great opportunity to witness to family and friends about the birth of our Savior.  The trappings of the world, however, try to pull our attention away from Christ.  The only way a Christian will find success in their home and life is to take charge and proactively draw the attention of their family to Christ (I am exhorting the men here!).  To that end, I would like to highlight the following resources developed over the past few years to be used in a family/personal setting (25 Gifts or Chrismas Devotionals) or in a group (The Grinch Lesson).  There is a lesson for women (An Ornament for God) and a December version of “Girls Mini Ministries” that includes some Christmas crafts for young ladies.  Check them out on our Christmas Page!

Resource Review: The One True God

OneTrueGodFor the past year, The Anchor has studied the attributes of God, using The One True God, by Paul Washer.  After completing this study on my own, the Lord burdened me to lead the church through this book.  The Lord has used this resource and our study each week to bring about significant growth in our knowledge of our great God and Savior.

First let me say a word about the study of God.  Some of you may feel that it is a boring or fruitless exercise to study His attributes.  I admit that I harbored similar thoughts at one time, until I listened to a series of messages from a conference focused on the attributes of God (click here for the sermons from the 2005 Heartcry Conference).  Through these messages the Lord opened my eyes to see and ponder His beauty as never before.  After listening to the messages, my soul hungered to know more.  I became aware of The One True God, written by Brother Paul Washer, a former missionary to Peru.  This book can be purchased online, but is also available as a free download if you don’t mind printing the pages.  More than a lecture, this resource is a workbook that leads you through a study of God’s attributes in the Word of God so that you might learn, reflect, worship, and experience the reality of God’s perfections for yourself.  I gladly confess that the presence of the Living God has visited me during my studies while using this resource!

Though I completed the workbook on my own, I have taken a slightly different approach to using this resource with the congregation.  I study each chapter and then prepare an interactive lesson based upon the content and related topics the Lord lays upon my heart.  It seems that before I study each chapter, I experience the same fears, “what can I say about this attribute of God that will capture the hearts and minds of the congregation?”, or “what can I tell them that they don’t already know?”.  Time after time, God proves my fears to be foolish.  The knowledge of the Holy is the highest pursuit of man.  It will be our eternal occupation in glory.  If you seek Him, He will captivate your heart and fill you with His fullness.

“You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand are pleasures forever.” – Psalm 16:11.

Try The One True God; you will not be disappointed!

 

Girls Mini Ministries

Back in 2011, my oldest daughter Grace shared a burden with us to minister to other GMMyoung girls through a newsletter she entitled, “Girls Mini Ministries”.  At the time, she was 10 years old.  She went to work learning how to create a newsletter.  Her mother and I only got involved as necessary to teach her how to use the publishing software and provide a final edit.

I began posting the newsletters on the anchoredresources.org website in September of 2011.  She has continued to faithfully create these newsletters each month, updating the look a little along the way.  This month marks two years of her monthly newsletters.  As a parent, I am blessed to see her spiritual growth and desire to minister to other young ladies.  She continues to enjoy this ministry.  I encourage you to check out Girl’s Mini Ministries on our website.  The September issue was just released.  This month’s topic is “Inner Beauty”.

2013 Revival Sermons

We’ve posted the sermons from our 2013 Revival.  Pastor Mike Calhoun from Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Bolivar, Missouri and his wife, Karaley, joined us for the special services and Pastor Mike brought the messages.  We are thankful for the visitors that joined us during service, but also grateful for the evidence of God using the truth to work in the hearts of both saved and lost.  The titles of the messages include:

  • The Word is Near Us
  • The Living and Powerful Word
  • Stronger on the Other Side
  • The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven

Click here to listen to sermons from the Revival 2013 series.

Sermon Notes for Kids

It is important for parents to teach their children to reverence the assembly of God’s people, especially the preaching of God’s Holy Word.  Every parent understands the challenges of keeping children engaged in the message, especially when they are younger.  To that end, David and Sacha Woodard developed these wonderful sermon note outlines for children.  There are three different outlines designed for different ages.  The downloads can be printed on a 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper and then cut in half to use for two different messages.  This is a great way to help your child to develop the habit of actively listening to the Word of God and letting the truth interact with their heart.  Thanks to David and Sacha for sharing!

          

Preschool/Early Elementary Sermon Notes.

Elementary Sermon Notes.

Jr. High/High School Sermon Notes.

A Letter from a Jehovah’s Witness

While living in Palmer, Alaska, the Lord allowed my wife and I to visit with a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Lord used it as an opportunity for me to really dig in and learn the doctrine about the deity of Jesus Christ (the fact that He is God). Shortly after moving to Anchorage, we received a letter from a Jehovah’s Witness that we conversed with. In this letter they dealt with the critical issue about Jesus’ identity. I felt that perhaps the best way to affirm the teaching that Jesus Christ is God is to take some of the strongest arguments of the adversary and demonstrate that they do not hold up to close scrutiny. When we see these arguments tumble, it will certainly leave us with the conclusion that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh!

Click on the links below to download the lesson on the deity of Jesus Christ, based on the letter we received from the Jehovah’s Witness.  You may also be interested in reading, “Witnessing to a Witness“, a short blog providing some tips to prepare yourself for the opportunity to share the gospel with a visiting Jehovah’s Witness.

Download Student Version

Download Teacher Version (includes answers)

Parenting for the Glory of God

Christian parents are hungry for Scriptural guidance on raising children in an increasingly corrupt culture.  I have found that past messages on parenting generate more visits to this site than about any other topic.  In October of this past year, I had the opportunity to speak at the 2012 F.A.I.T.H. (Families Actively Investing in the Home) Conference at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  The topic upon my heart was “Parenting for the Glory of God”.  The conference lasted three days, during which I presented four lessons.  Links to the messages, PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and the supplement are provided below.  I pray they can be a help and encouragement to your family.

Day 1: Parenting for the Glory of God

Day 2: Disciplining and Instructing for the Glory of God

Day 3: Parenting and Sanctification

A Bible Reading Plan for a New Year

Happy New Year!  As you consider the changes you will make in the New Year, make the Lord your first priority.  Deuteronomy 8:3 tells us, “Man shall not live by bread alone; but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord…”  Do you plan to eat every day this year?  May I also suggest you also spend time in God’s Word every day?

Some choose to read the entire Bible through in a year; others may seek a different reading scheme for a specific purpose.  I’ve included five intriguing options below.  The final option lets you create your own plan if you like to stray off the beaten path. 

The 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan: In 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, using 5 different study methods, you can read through the entire New Testament in a Year.  This is a great plan for someone who isn’t accustomed to daily Bible reading who would like to take the plunge and grow deeper in the Word.  Check it out at: http://www.navpress.com/uploadedFiles/5x5x5_BRP.pdf

The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan: The Discipleship Journal put out this excellent Bible reading plan that includes a reading from four different places in Scripture each day.  The plan anticipates 25 days of reading each month, allowing you three to six days each month to catch up, reflect, or work ahead.  By the end of a year, you will finish the entire Bible.  It is really neat to read from different parts of the Scripture and see the harmony of God’s Word.  I used this a couple years ago and really enjoyed it.  Check it out at: http://www.navpress.com/uploadedFiles/15074%20BRP.dj.pdf

The Chronological Bible Reading Plan: God’s Word is organized thematically (the Law, Historical Books, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation) in a loose chronological order.  That means some passages overlap with other books of the Bible. The Chronological Bible Reading Plan is designed to allow you to read through the entire Bible, chronologically, in a year.  This can be a fascinating and educational way to study Scripture.  Check it out at: http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.chronological.pdf

The Bible Eater: Read the entire Bible through in a year and the books of Romans and Hebrews twice.  This study is designed in a quarterly format, with daily reading from both Old and New Testaments.  Certain books are selected for one-sitting reads each quarter, which lightens the daily reading load and allows for four days off each month.  Certain chapters of Scripture that focus on the redemptive work of God are highlighted in red on the plan to encourage you to pay special attention to how God worked throughout human history to bring salvation to mankind.

Check it out at: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/files/2012/12/BibleEaterTrentHunter-3.pdf

 Create Your Own Plan: If you visit mybibleplans.com, you can choose specific books, a timeframe (month, week, year, etc…) and how you would like to read the Bible (web, email, RSS, Kindle, iCal or audio-link).  This plan uses the English Standard Version (ESV). 

Check it out at: http://www.mybibleplans.com 

In conclusion, I encourage you to pray about this and realistically assess your goals and the level of commitment you will make.  Choose a Bible version you are comfortable with or perhaps use this opportunity to check out another version you have been curious about.  I always recommend the more literal translations for serious study (like the King James Version (KJV), New King James Version (NKJV), New American Standard Bible (NASB), and English Standard Version (ESV)).  Personally, I’m planning to use the Bible Eater plan this year with the ESV.  I’ve intended to check out this version in more depth for some time.

May God bless you on your reading journey this year!