Gospel

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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In His Steps



What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? What is a disciple? Does being a Christian change the way I behave? These are some of the questions with which Philip Alley commences his message, also making reference to a well known Christian book from which he chosen title is derived. Philip goes on to discuss Scripture verses from the book of Luke which speak of daily taking up our cross and denying self. Every day we must choose to live differently, following Christ’s example. Growth comes through people and through pain, says Philip. The influence of others can encourage growth is we will allow it to, as will the pain that comes through living in a broken world. Sometimes, says Philip, pain comes in conjunction with people and sometimes that pain is deliberately caused. This is especially difficult when the people are close to us. But Jesus’ own people hated him and killed him – yet he did not retaliate. Philip closes with the thought that we are saved because of Jesus’ silence, and a question. Will our silence in the face of suffering convict others?

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Follow Me



Jesus called a number of people to come and follow him. Some did and some didn't. But the truth is he calls us all to follow him, more specifically to "take up our cross and follow him." This message explores what it means to follow, and what it means to take up your cross in doing so. Drawing examples from the lives of C.T Studd, St Francis of Assisi and Jim Elliot, you will be encouraged to do the same - to lay down your life for Christ to do His will.

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A Throne Established In Love



Isaiah prophesied (Isa 16:4-5) of the coming Christ, that one from the line of David would in love establish a throne from which he would forever rule and reign. John Alley unpacks this Scripture passage, emphasising the themes of love, faithfulness and righteousness as he takes the listener on a tour of several supporting Scripture verses from the writings of Paul to the Romans, and from the gospels of Matthew and Mark. Touching on the subject of the heretical teaching of Dispensationalism that began from the 1830s, which gave the opinion that the world was almost at an end and the Church would not prevail in the world with the gospel, John speaks of St Patrick who had not heard such nonsense and therefore his faith was unencumbered by such unbelief. Patrick won Ireland to Christ, and Ireland then, in turn, re-educated a Europe which had been ravaged by the Barbarians. And when God creates anything, says John, He creates in huge numbers. God promised Abraham that his descendants would be greater in number than the grains of sand on the seashore. Therefore, we should expect that the spiritual descendants of Abraham – all those who come to Christ and find the faith of Abraham – would be innumerable. Please, leave room in your heart, says John, for God to do a big work with the gospel in this world.

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A Gospel for all Cultures



John Alley brings a message today of hope in the Gospel – in the person of Jesus and what He accomplished for all men, for all time. John explains the basic truths – God created man in innocence, but man fell into sin and lost that innocence. Therefore, God sent Jesus, born into the Jewish race but reaching all men and replacing all religions. Although the earthly ministry of Jesus was brief, and He did not travel extensively or conduct large meetings but nevertheless His truth has reached all over the world. Jesus, says John, is the Man for all seasons, all nations and all cultures. Academics have conducted studies which indicate that every good thing in society today finds its roots in the word of God and the teachings of Jesus. John concludes his message with encouragement to the istener to know that when people turn og God, He blesses them and lifts up those nations.

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