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The Advance of the Gospel Through History



The years prior to the Reformation have often been portrayed as a downward spiral for Western Culture. ‘The Dark Ages’ they are called, where the Barbarians destroyed countless libraries of the Greeks and Romans. But The so- called ‘Dark Ages’ were a time of evangelism technological development brought about by the Church. The Invention of spectacles, water mills, Hospitals and schools have come directly from educated monks, who not only copied by hand numbers of Scriptures, but also the literature of Greek and Roman Philosophers, preserving books that would not have existed today without them. Wherever Christ has been taken in the world, societies have improved culturally, economically and technologically. The Dark Ages are only ‘dark’ from the point of view of those who believe that development can only come from literature. The kingdom of God has been spreading since the resurrection of Christ, and as it keeps growing, it changes hearts, lives, and entire cultures.

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City on a Hill



In Matt 5:14-16 Jesus says "you are the light of the world" and a "city on a hill." Many Christians think He is talking directly to them, and in a type of way he is, but the fuller meaning applies to the entire Church. It is the Church, that shines as a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. But the Church needs to be the church that Christ intended for it to truly shine.

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Souls #3



When talking with someone to bring them to know Christ, what do you do? And what should you say? There is no formula, says David Alley in this message, but there are things that can guide us and help us think and act in ways that can bring people to Christ. Much of it has to do with being authentic Christians in every part of our lives.

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Souls #2



Following on from a previous message on soul winning, we consider the idea of giving birth to someone in prayer. In the same way that a mother goes through labor for her children, each person must be labored for in prayer so that they come to salvation. Some labors are harder than others, and some souls need much labor in prayer, but our lack of concern is sometimes what stops people finding Christ.

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Souls #1



If you knew someone in your close circle of friends afflicted with a terrible life threatening disease, would you care? Of course you would. And if you had the cure, would you make it available to them. Of course you would. So it is with sin, which is life threatening and fatal for all eternity. We also have the cure, which is Christ and his work on Calvary. And we have the Spirit given to us to help us be his witnesses. A person's final words seem to carry a great deal of impetus. Jesus' final words before his ascension were to make disciples of all nations. (Matt 28:18-20) However he also told them (Acts 1:1-9) to wait before starting that job, and receive the Holy Spirit first, who was going to help them. Seek the Spirit so that you might have power from Heaven to save the lost. Ask for God's help in bringing others to Him. They need him and God will help us bring them through if we ask.

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What is the Gospel?



This week David Alley preached on What the Gospel is, its historical context and how we should minister it to the unsaved.

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The Cost of the Gospel



When the gospel comes to us it challenges us to change, but not everyone is challenged the same way. Living in a society which feels entitled, the gospel of Christ challenges that. Beginning with the story of Doug, a travelling evangelist from the UK, John Alley discusses the rewards and the trials of living for Christ. John Alley shows in scripture a number of examples of people who responded in various ways to the call of the gospel as it affected them. How will you respond to what Christ asks of you?

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Follow Me



“Salvation is free but discipleship will cost you your life.” Thus Philip Alley begins today’s message with this quote and others from Dietrich Bonheoffer, a man who knew what it meant to be a true disciple, wholly committed to Christ. He knew what it meant to serve God, love others and most of all to tell the truth, says Philip. Philip then goes on to list some of the things that are a threat to community. `These include criticism, resentment, jealousy and offense to name but a few. Philip then goes on to open up several passages from Scripture which give an antidote to such threats. Beginning with Galatians 6:14, Philip points out that not only is the world to be crucified to us, but that we must be crucified to the world. In other words, have we yet reached the point where the world has forgotten about us, ignores us because we are different and of no use to worldly people. A comprehensive list of Scripture verses follow, each one with deep meaning to be explored and put into place in our lives. It is not enough to contemplate the cross, says Philip. We need to allow the cross to do a work in us.

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Our World



John Alley begins today’s message with Psalm 98, a call to worship which speaks of God’s faithfulness to Israel. John moves on to Romans 15:7-12, an exhortation to accept one another as Christ has accepted us. The New Testament, says John, is full of God’s promise to the Patriarchs that there is no distinction, neither Jew nor Gentile. Sociologists have said that the world is quickly moving towards Christianity. However, whereas once Western nations considered themselves the centre of Christianity, the incredible growth that we have seen in our lifetime has been centred largely in Africa, Latin America and Asia. John exhorts the people to pray, seek God and search the Scriptures so that the rest of the world does not leave us behind in the advance of Christianity. John’s message is full of exciting facts: for example, in 1979 the Bible had been translated into 100 languages, but just 37 years later in 2016, the Bible has been translated into 2,239 languages! The world is changing, as our Lord Jesus Christ rules the tide and times and the affairs of men. John exhorts those who hear this message to fight the good fight, to finish the race and to keep the faith, just as Paul said in 1Timothy. John has brought forth many rich Scriptures in this inspiring message, further proof of the will and intention of God for this world.

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Return To Your First Love



At the commencement of this message John Alley reads an email testimony from one of the Fellowship which delivers a word from God regarding “necrosis”, or death of tissue within the body. Our greatest dangers, says John, are hardness of heart and coldness of heart. The key to recovery is humility and repentance. Tony Ponicke takes up the message with an illustration of the way in which becoming accustomed to something causes us to become less aware of the reality of it. Tony reads from Revelation Chapter 2, where the Lord dictates a letter to the church at Ephesus – “...you have forsaken your first love...” Indifference, says Tony, is an enemy that takes hold of our hearts. We go through the motions of being in love with Jesus but there is no heart in it. We sing songs but we do not worship. “Remember the height from which you have fallen...” says the letter to the church at Ephesus. Tony echoes that instruction with some keys for our use: Worship from the heart; pray and study the Bible; give with joy and love and give ourselves in service to others. This is a message to provoke the listener to solemn consideration of their individual positioning with regard to salvation and the state of our hearts towards our Lord and Saviour.

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