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The 10 Commandments Pt 4



Today Philip Alley brings to a conclusion his series on the Ten Commandments, examining Commandments 8, 9 and 10. Philip brings to life the Commandments, drawing out the relevance of each of them. “you shall not steal” – Philip proves with many examples from everyday life that our society is filled with theft. Not only is this so, but there are many types of theft – including stealing time that should be spent in the interests of our employer. The next Commandment instructs us not to give false testimony against a neighbour. Philip shows that anything said with the intention to deceive or manipulate is false testimony. These include gossip, flattery, deceptive speech and slander. The final Commandment – not to covet – is a symptom, says Philip, of our dissatisfaction with what God has gifted us with. We desire what someone else has, thus coveting. The cure for this, says Philip, is true contentment – wanting not what we desire but what God desires for us.

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The 10 Commandments Pt 3



Philip Alley continues his series of messages about the Ten Commandments with this overview of the fifth, sixth and seventh Commandments. The first four Commandments, says Philip, deal with our attitude towards God, while the remaining six deal with our attitudes and actions towards each other. The fifth Commandment deals specifically with our attitude to parents, and Philip gives many Scripture references to reinforce this. Next, Commandment six instructs that we must not murder. Philip takes the listener to the passage in Scripture where Jesus states that to hate is the same as to murder. Then, similarly, Philip demonstrates that the seventh Commandment, “Do not commit adultery”, begins in the heart, with even the thought being sin. Philip brings many convincing verses of Scripture to graphically illustrate the truth and the intention of the Ten Commandments.

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The Ten Commandments Pt 2



Philip Alley continues his series on the Ten Commandments. Before commencing the second part of this series, Philip recaps some highlights of the previous message before moving on to look at Commandments 3 and 4. Once again referring constantly to the Scriptures, Philip expands on what it really means to use the Lord’s name in vain – to use His name in ways that are empty, light or flippant. God has copyrighted His name, says Philip. We may use it, but only according to His requirements. Philip lists several ways in which we my commonly use the Lord’s name in the wrong way, including false promises, false prophecy, false attitudes and false pretences. Philip then moves on to Commandment 4, which deals with the proper use of the Sabbath. God created the earth and all that is in it after the pattern of 6 days work and then 1 day of rest. We would do well, says Philip, to adhere to that pattern. Philip lists ways in which the Sabbath rest is of real benefit to us and honouring to God, before listing some “Sabbath killers’, or things that are detrimental to the keeping of the Sabbath.

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The 10 Commandments Pt 1



This message by Philip Alley is the first part of a planned series based on The Ten Commandments. Philip reminds the listener that there are only two recorded instances of God Himself physically writing – one of them being when He inscribed the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. Philip prefaces his message with a discussion of the relationship between law and grace and their place in the lives of Christians. In this introductory message Philip looks at the first two commandments. First, says Philip, God refuses to be on top of our priority lists – He wants to be the centre of everything. That way, no one and nothing is able to come before Him. (Ex 20:1-2) Secondly, (Ex 20:4-5), we are not to make images to worship. And yet, there are other things on which we focus in such a way as to be akin to worship. Television, phones, even visits to the coffee shop – anything can become an idol in our lives. And the only thing that can free us from this tendency is to worship God, reflecting on the goodness of God.

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The Continuity of Law and Grace



John Alley prefaces this message with truths about posterity – the generations to come and the way in which our faithful prayers today can affect the outcome for those generations. John then goes on to discuss the continuous nature of law and grace. For the person without the Gospel, says John, the law has no power to strengthen, only to condemn. However, once grace has been received the law becomes a wonderful teacher, pointing the way to righteousness in Christ. The law reveals to us our sinful nature and also the moral integrity and purity of God. When we receive gospel grace, however, we are free from the law, which no longer condemns us but instructs us in a life of obedience to the grace we have received. John illustrates his message with many strong Scripture references, encouraging the listener to consider the continuity of law and grace as a harmonious combination for those who choose to live under grace.

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Christ and Sabbath Rest

From Sep to Nov 2013, John Alley preached a series of messages in various locations about Christ and Sabbath Rest. Sabbath is a topic not frequently discussed and yet still vitally important to understand. Are we supposed to keep the Sabbath? If so, what exactly is the Sabbath? Why do Christians meet on Sunday? These and many related ideas are discussed in these 8 messages.

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The Law, Grace and Freedom



David Alley commences this first message of a new series by pondering the question of what freedom really means to the Christian. Some people, says David, believe that once they are saved, they are under grace and therefore can act as they please. Others believe that they must observe every last one of the Old Testament laws in order to please God. Both positions, says David, are false and misleading. David goes on to illustrate from Scripture that the man who meditates (takes notice) on God’s law is blessed, while the one who goes his own way will perish. So what does it mean for the Christian to be free? David explains that we have all been found guilty of sins, and the debt we owe is more than any man could ever repay. However, by a miracle God’s own Son, Jesus, has paid our debt in full and we are free, but not free to do as we wish. Instead, we obey God out of love and gratitude for what He has done for us. God has released us from the consequences of our sin and has also give us power to overcome sin and live a life pleasing to Him.

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The Lords Day & Cultural Change



How does the command to keep one day in 7 holy apply today? How does that relate to Law and Grace? John Alley opens this content up with a insightful view of how power dynamic effects us.

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Law & Grace - How Should We Be Living



Philip Alley brings today’s message about the nature of the Law and of grace and the way that we should be living in the light of those two principles. The law was given, says Philip, to define sin, to demonstrate separation from God and to show that there is a penalty for sin. Grace brings the revelation that Christ’s mission on earth is the only remedy for sin. And yet, as Philip explains, grace was at work throughout Old Testament times as well. From the beginning of time law and grace worked together to teach, guide and protect mankind. Grace is not a free pass to sin, says Philip, but rather the power not to sin. Philip uses many verses of Scripture throughout his message to bring this powerful word for all believers today.

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