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The Call to be a People



Last week John preached about the desire of God to raise a people who will do his work. This calling is on Peace, and on others around the world too. In Feb 1994, while John Alley was wrestling with his call to apostolic mission in the nations, plus his ministry in the home church, he said to the Lord. “This looks like two different jobs to me. Which one do you want me to do?” The Lord replied, “It’s not two jobs! The Vision is one vision! The church IS the mission.” Later that same year, 1994, when praying one Saturday night around the new building, John Alley received a prophetic vision with a strong message: "I saw that we would as a people come into great unity of the Spirit, and that our teams, when they went out, would have tremendous power - but the power would come from the unity at home." This sermon contains these stories and more information about how God's desire is to use a people in unity, with one heart, for his purposes.

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The Prayers of Paul



In the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul recorded the prayers he was praying for the Ephesian church. In examining these prayers, we find keys that we ourselves should also pray. However in this sermon by John Alley, he explains that these are prayers are meant to be prayed for an entire community of believers, and intended to bring them together into deeper things of the Lord. Take up those prayers of Paul, and add your weight of faith to what God wants to do among us as a people.

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As Long As It's Today



Jonathan Maxwell brings a moving and thought provoking message, beginning with his own story of making the choice to be open and honest in all situations. Reading from the book of Hebrews, Jonathan reinforces that “as long as it is called ‘today’”, we are meant to encourage one another. God puts brokenness in our lives, says Jonathan, so that we remain dependent on Him. And there are times when our honesty in our brokenness can be of great encouragement to others. Jonathan then invites others to share their own hearts, and a great many of the people do so.

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Growing Up



Philip Alley’s message today compares and contrasts “organic growth” as opposed to “intentional growth”. In the spiritual sense, organic growth occurs simply by being surrounded by good leaders, good teaching and good opportunities – but this kind of growth takes a long time before maturity is reached. Intentional growth, says Philip, has nothing to do with the passage of time, being busy with church activities, or knowledge which fills the mind with facts. It is not a condition of God’s love for us and our salvation does not depend on it. But if we desire to grow intentionally, there are things we need to do. These include a change of mindset, time spent in the word of God, our spiritual food, the giving up of our “rights” and developing a passion for the things of God so that we put aside other things in order to seek Him. This message is rich with meaning and will inspire the listener to press in to God and to intentionally grow!

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Who We Are As People of Peace 2



John Alley’s second message on the subject of who we are as a people begins with a brief recap of the previous message and some history of the people of Peace. John then speaks of the covenant that God made with him, based on the Scriptures from Isaiah 55:3-5, and then goes on to speak of the ongoing vision and mission of the church, which runs alongside the ongoing work of the reformation and the restoration of the city eldership. The whole church, says John, is called to this.

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What Do You See?



We all have leaders. How do we see them? Do we see them for who they are, or do we stop short? In this message we look at how we are meant to see those over us.

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Who We Are As People of Peace 1



In today’s message John Alley outlines some facts about Peace, including the 4 component parts (church, apostolic ministry, school and Peace Aviation) and the properties that comprise our “outer” identity before going on to speak of some of the history of Peace as a people. When a people don’t know their history, says John, they are likely to repeat that history. John speaks of events leading up to the understanding gained of an anointing to build community, as well as seeking God for understanding and goes on to say although much grace has been attained, it needs to be maintained over the long term. If we want to keep what we already have, says John, we should ask God for something bigger.

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Our Values - Listen



Philip Alley resumes his series of messages on the subject of boundaries in community, this week focusing on listening to God. Our first calling, says Philip, is to find God. To this end we spend time and pay attention, listening for what God might say to us. In a world where technology and other things constantly clamour for our attention, attentions spans have generally been seen to be shortening. And all the while the attractions and distractions of such things as having a lucrative career, the pursuit of a large and luxurious home, social media and newer and trendier possessions steal away our focus from the Lord. Philip quotes Scripture verses from Isaiah 55, encouraging the listener to come aside and draw near to the Lord before listing some keys to reversing the effects of the attractions/distractions previously mentioned. These include pausing and reflecting prior to action, reviewing and recording (journaling), getting some outside perspective, finding time alone, finding good examples, meditation, study and solitude. Philip concludes with a suggestion that we adopt the practice of taking an annual long walk for the purpose of drawing aside and near to God.

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Boundaries in Community - How Should We Live With One Another?



Philip Alley begins today’s message with a brief overview over the way God builds community before moving on to discuss what is and isn’t community. We belong to one another, says Philip, but just as we have our personal boundaries, there are lines that we are not meant to cross in community. Philip provides a list of boundaries that are not meant to be crossed and then focuses on the problems that arise when criticism and gossip are allowed free reign in a community. Many Scripture passages are included in this message, illustrating clearly the qualities of a life lived sensibly according to God’s design for our relationships with others.

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Wamberal 2013 Session 5



This series of 5 messages was recorded at Grace Community Church Wamberal, Central Coast NSW. There was a consistent theme brought up by the Holy Spirit of 'Oneness'. John Alley opened up this subject and gave some enlightening revelation about this 'Oneness' dynamic and how it outworks corporately and individually.

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