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Every Man Perfect #3 - Clothes Make the Man



Mark Twain said, in a well-known quote, “Clothes make the man……naked people have little or no influence on society”. In his message, Philip Alley draws a parallel between this statement and the matter of being clothed spiritually. The Bible has much to say about what we should be spiritually clothed with, and what is to be put off and got rid of. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, instructed the people to get rid of anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language, deception, evil desire and greed. Paul then goes on to say that we are to be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. James describes evil thoughts as showing favouritism and discriminating against others. Immature people, says Philip, react while mature persons respond. Philip then goes on to describe the spiritual armour that Paul speaks of in his letter to the Ephesians, giving detail of the attributes of each item and the purpose of each one. Philip closes with a quote from Paul. “When you have done everything to stand, stand firm”.

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Every Man Perfect #2 - Our Lives Are Not Our Own



John Alley commences his message with a reading from the book of Jeremiah which teaches that our lives are not our own – it is not for a man to direct his own steps. John then goes to the book of Luke, emphasizing the need for repentance. God is patient and merciful, says John, and while He gives another chance for His people to repent, there is a point where, if left too long, the person is unable to repent. John goes on to discuss the need to rebuild the Church Council. Weak leadership, says John, causes the flock to be scattered. John reads from Acts and Luke, teaching on what makes a real man. Real men, says John, are tender hearted, generous and hard working, ready to help others and full of the Holy Spirit. John concludes his message with discussion of the things with which we are meant to be clothed, never being separated from Christ our head.

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As We Move Into 2016 - Some Practical Advice



Today’s message by John Alley focuses on some the practical matters especially relevant to families as we move into another new year. John emphasises the importance of the whole family attending Sunday worship so that children witness their parents worshipping and attending to the teaching of church leaders. It is also vital, says John, that the hearts of parents are right towards those leaders, because children will observe, absorb and adopt the attitudes of parents, whether it be towards church attendance, respect for leaders or attention to and reverence for the word of God. John follows these thoughts up with an exhortation to all to every day surrender ourselves to Christ and to dedicate ourselves to Him before inviting all present to pray a prayer of dedication to God.

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Generational Blessing



Philip Alley talks about the power of blessing that comes generationally - from fathers. This is equally powerful in the context of sonship, where blessing comes from spiritual fathers. Listen and have your heart opened to how God can bless you through your existing spiritual leaders.

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Be A Man!



What does it mean to be a man? John Alley opens with the central theme of last week’s message. Beginning with insights from 1 Corinthian 16:13-14, John describes the role of committed, dedicated men who form a Church Council. These are men who will meet and pray over the life of the church, with the spiritual authority of those men’s prayers strengthening and empowering the church. In seeking to define the image of God as stamped into men, John also greatly honours women and emphasises the powerful and vital role they share in the house and work of God. John explains that all the traits that we consider good and admirable in men and women are found in God the Father, who made mankind in His image. But John’s purpose here is to stir up the men of the church to aspire to the measure of the greatest man who ever lived – the man whose qualities were not just ideals he pursued, but accomplishments — our Lord Jesus. Using the life and teaching of Jesus from Mark 10, John illustrates qualities that must be found in real men. These include a proper view of marriage, a big heart towards children, servanthood, inclusiveness, an unflinching approach to purpose, big heartedness, and much prayer. The prayer meeting, says John, produces power to change cities and nations.

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Church Muscularity



This message is about the one meeting of the church that establishes a church’s identity and muscularity. After years of great strengths in many areas of church life, John was burdened about growing weaknesses in many of the former indomitable strengths. The Lord took him to Psalm 89, where for 37 verses the faithfulness of God to David is extolled, but then its seeming failure lamented. Verse 40 stood out, “You have broken through all his walls, and reduced his strongholds to ruins.” From this the Lord spoke, and made clear that the great ‘strongholds’ we had enjoyed had been built as a result of the particular leadership structure we had had in place for 22 years, but weaknesses had grown because for the last three years we had followed a changed pattern. John lists seven areas in particular that needed to be strengthened, and shared that the Lord’s word was to return to what we had known before. And at the first of the re-instated meetings, the Lord had said, “This is the meeting that establishes the church’s identity. And its muscularity!” This was a return to a weekly leadership meeting where the ministry leaders of the church met with many of the mature men of the church as a church council, for a leadership meeting that was based on prayer, with a minimum of an hours prayer before anything was ever discussed. This was a men’s prayer meeting, meeting as leaders, husbands and fathers. Whilst in the church we had in place many other prayer meetings – strong daily prayer meetings, intercession meetings, cells praying, etc, this one particular meeting put something in place that no other did. Other prayer meetings were open to all as volunteers. This one was for a strong team who were obligated to it as servants of the church. It established a spiritual covering over the church, and brought a grace for protection and blessing that went over all things, in turn making other prayer meetings effective, and ministry empowered. Men are meant to take a strong position of spirituality and leadership in the church. Women may freely participate in every aspect of church life, but men must. For men, spiritual leadership is a duty that must not be shirked. As the Scripture exhorts, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Cor 16:13-14) This message thoughtfully establishes the great need for the covering prayer of men in churches everywhere.

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Leadership



What is it that makes a leader? How do you define leadership, anyway? In this inspiring message, Michael Appleton illustrates, through the word of God, the fact that we are all called to leadership in the area of our influence and effect on the world and those around us. Pointing out that our work should be regarded as worship, Michael sets the stage for us to take up the challenge of leadership for Christ. 20/07/2008

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