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Living Righteousness



John speaks a direct word about the righteousness of God. Its not popular, or even considered relevant by segments of society to think we need righteousness. Yet scripture says, without righteousness, nobody will see God.

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Our Values: Open



Philip Alley begins this message by reiterating some of the values already discussed and then raising the value of openness. Philip uses hospitality as an example to being open to others, quoting many Scriptures which refer to the use of hospitality. The early church, says Philip, had at their disposal the clearest of messages – the cross – and the simplest of tools – the home. In church there is one speaker and all others listen, but in a home situation all are free to contribute. Jesus links His royalty and kingship to hospitality – “Whatever you did to the least of these, you did to me” Hospitality brings healing – “You matter to God and to me”. Philip goes on to quote John Stonestreet, who said “Escape is not an option for Christians”. The Apostle John’s writings all point to light overcoming darkness, and Philip draws this rich truth out from several verses of Scripture before telling the story of Hans and Sophie Scholl who saw great evil being done and acted, even at the cost of their own lives. This message is both challenging and inspiring, and provokes the listener to seriously consider the claims of Christ on our lives.

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The Path of Righteousness #3 - Self Control



David Alley takes up the thread of the series focussing on righteousness in this third part. Righteousness, says David, is a gift to us at the time of salvation, however there then begins the journey of sanctification, or becoming righteous. And a large part of this process has to do with self control – that decision not to give in to every whim of personal wants, choosing to follow instead the path of righteousness set out for us by our Saviour. How is it possible to learn self control? David refers to many Scripture verses as he draws the listener to the conclusion that we do not attain self control by our own attempts, trying hard to do what is right. Rather, the attainment of self control comes from God in the form of one of the fruits of the Spirit. We all, says David, have things in our hearts that the enemy can use to tempt us – therefore we need to change what is in our hearts. David concludes his message by reflecting that just as righteousness is a gift from God, so too is self control.

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The Path of Righteousness #2



Feeling a deep conviction that many Christians today, especially younger generations, have no strong sense of the need for personal holiness and have never sat under extensive teaching on righteousness, and knowing the extensive call of God in Holy Scripture to uprightness before God, and that this is the vital gift of God, John Alley here brings scriptural truth to life. Beginning again with the fascinating account in Acts 24 of Paul's trial before Felix, where, as "Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid," and then discussing John Wesley's famous sermon "Christ our Wisdom, Righteousness, Holiness, and Redemption," John provides a comprehensive overview of what the Bible says about righteousness and its importance and blessing in the life of the redeemed, along with some excellent personal examples of growing in righteousness in God's eyes.

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The Path of Righteousness



Feeling a deep conviction that many Christians today, especially younger generations, have no strong sense of the need for personal holiness and have never sat under extensive teaching on righteousness, and knowing the extensive call of God in Holy Scripture to uprightness before God, and that this is the vital gift of God, John Alley here brings scriptural truth to life. Beginning again with the fascinating account in Acts 24 of Paul's trial before Felix, where, as "Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid," and then discussing John Wesley's famous sermon "Christ our Wisdom, Righteousness, Holiness, and Redemption," John provides a comprehensive overview of what the Bible says about righteousness and its importance and blessing in the life of the redeemed, along with some excellent personal examples of growing in righteousness in God's eyes.

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Keeping The Feast



In this message John Alley explores the significance of Bible prophecy including prophecy already fulfilled. John examines scriptures beginning with the parable of the wedding feast found in Matthew 22 and Luke 14. The prophetic message of this parable, says John, has already been fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. John explains at length the position of the guest found to be without wedding clothes, reminding the listener that there is grace and mercy to be found for the one who humbly repents before the Lord and seeks his forgiveness and the life that He so freely gives. John brings the message to a conclusion with 1 Corinthians 5:8, which speaks of keeping the festival, or feast. The meaning of keeping the feast is found in the way that believers walk together and recognise the body of Christ. The table of the Lord follows, with the breaking of bread, symbolising the breaking of Christ ‘s body so that we might be one.

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The Tithe & Stewardship



Today's message is shared between Tony Ponicke and Philip Alley. Tony begins by speaking abut the meaning of good stewardship to all that God graciously gives us to use on His behalf. Salvation, says Tony, involves the complete giving of ones self to God, along with everything that we own. In other words, we no longer consider ourselves o=to own anything, but we are managers who must make certain that we seek God's wisdom in the management of His resources. Philip takes up the them by speaking of the link between generosity and righteousness, as well as the part played by law and grace in our "living-out" of the principles clearly laid down in Scripture. We must, says Philip, obtain the revelation of God's plan and purpose in the area of finance and worldly goods.

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