Matthew

Good Friday



The path to relationship with God goes through the death of God as Christ on the cross. Listen to Tony Ponicke as he brings us to remembrance of what Christ did this Good Friday.

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Amazing Outcomes in Prayer #2 - Heart Attitudes



There is more to prayer than words. What is being offered up to God is also the heart, the motivation and the attitudes and desires that go along with the words. That's why a wonderful sounding prayer by a Pharisee was rejected when a terrible sounding prayer by a Tax Collector was heard. In this message, David Alley shares 3 key things that help make prayer work, along with a bunch of interesting stories to illustrate. This message will help your faith to grow as you come to an increased understanding of what type of prayer really touches heaven.

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Amazing Outcomes in Prayer #1



David Alley presents a compelling message designed to build the faith of the listener to pray and receive from God. Quoting extensively from the Bible, David proves over and over that the will of God is to give to His children when they ask. But, says David. We must ask. And when we ask, we must ask with real desire to the thing we are seeking God for, and with faith. David quotes amazing events in world history, where great change has been wrought in response to the prayers of Christians, as well as some personal experiences of answered prayer. This message will encourage the believer to overcome the limits imposed by our human minds and to believe God for the provision of all things.

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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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Matt 24: Jesus Answers two Questions



Once again speaking on the subject of eschatology, John Alley begins this message with a brief outline of the life of Rev Richard Johnson, who arrived on the First Fleet 226 years ago. Rev Johnson achieved remarkable things, says John, as did his contemporaries Wilberforce and Newton. So what did these men have in common that resulted in the great works that they achieved? Clearly, all 3 believed in our wonderful Saviour, but in addition these men did NOT believe that the world was almost at an end, and therefore whole-heartedly poured out their lives in service to Christ. John, examining the Passage from Matthew 24 and 25, outlines 13 differences in the 2 parts of this passage, each of which answers one of the two questions posed to Jesus in Matthew 24:3. This verse is often interpreted as being one question, but a closer examination clearly proves that there were actually 2 questions, and therefore 2 answers. The first question and answer have already been fulfilled, but the second is still in the future. We should not, therefore, become complacent but should work for the Kingdom of God.

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Matt 24: Lights Out for Jerusalem



John Alley once again turns to Matthew Chapter 24 as he begins this message exploring what the Bible says about end times. Verse 29 of this chapter speaks of the sun and the moon being darkened and the stars falling from the skies. This, however, says John is not to be interpreted literally, but rather as a figure of speech relating to events in human history. John further illustrates this by pointing to other references in Scripture which are identical or very close to it and which clearly prophesy judgement on nations but not literal happenings in the heavens. This passage, says John, describe what was to happen to the nation of Israel and to Judaism. And indeed, the “lights did go out” in Jerusalem just as Jesus said, with the destruction of the Temple clearly portraying the words of Jesus. The light might go out for nations and for many but as John points out from Scripture, the light of Christ will never fade or depart for the Christian believer. Even in darkness. Light dawns for the righteous, for those who believe and who have the Christ light. This is a message of hope and will inspire the believer to work for the furtherance of the gospel rather than to be paralyzed by unfounded fear of what the future may hold.

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A Better View Of The World



Continuing his series of teaching on eschatology, or the end times, John Alley begins with the statement that there is a great deal of scholarship examining the Scriptures and arriving at satisfying conclusions regarding end times rather than alarmist ones. John goes on to explain how what we believe very much affects our behaviour and the choices we make in life as well as how we plan our lives. While we are free to hold to any of the varying views of how the last days will unfold, says John, we should adopt a position that allows us to plan for the future and to build great works in preparation for the coming of Christ. In other words, we should live as though we will live our entire lives for Christ and sharing Christ. John gives examples from history of people who lived that way and as a result, accomplished great things for the Kingdom. John then begins an examination of Matthew 24:29 – 31, a passage often misinterpreted by readers. John goes on to explain how the original Greek language used indicates that there are figures of speech used, bringing a clearer interpretation of the passage. This is an encouraging message which will bring liberty and hope to the hearer.

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Sins of Omission



Its easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if we don't do anything bad we must be good people. In this message Philip Alley reminds us that failing to do good, is also wrong. It's not enough to avoid being evil, we must also strive to serve and please God. Failing to do what God asks are called sins of omission. This message follows on from last weeks message on Initiative, and urges the listener to go beyond just the idea that taking action is good and brings blessing, but to also realise that serving God is required. Using 5 different Bible parables taught by Christ, Philip shows that doing nothing is considered wicked and lazy by God. He encourages us to action for the sake of the Kingdom.

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Prophecy Fulfilled The AD70 Destruction of Jerusalem



Christians have been taught for many years that the prophecies of Jesus regarding “end times” are yet to be fulfilled. Matters such as the great tribulation as described by Jesus are found mentioned in the gospels and are the subject of many parables told by Jesus. However, John explains that a careful examination of the writings of Josephus, a well-respected scholar and historian, when taken alongside the words of Jesus, paint a different picture. Many of the words of prophecy spoken by Jesus have already been fulfilled, says john. The understanding of this brings empowerment and great joy to the believer. John goes on to explain that in this current age, when God reaches out to his people it is with a whole heart that offers nothing but mercy. A time is coming, however, when a day of reckoning will come upon all people. Rich with scripture verses as well as historical teaching, this message will encourage the listener to be found, when Jesus returns, carrying out the will of our Lord.

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Never Stop Following



When God saves us it is not just to deliver us from sin and bondage. Exodus tells the story of God providing a deliverer for his people. The people wanted to be free, but God wanted more for them. In Exodus 19:4-6 God tells Moses he has brought the people to Himself and He will be their God and they will be His people. God desires intimate relationship with us. We are also told that we will have trouble in this world, and in Matthew 13 Jesus tells the parable of the sower. The story illustrates some of the difficulties that face us, we are all tempted to turn back from our calling. The scripture gives examples of those who having been called and were working for the gospel, but when things did not go the way they wanted they turned back. Judas Iscariot and Demas were involved in apostolic ministry with Jesus and Paul respectively. We have also received a deliverer in our Lord Jesus and are called to follow and pursue, to become like Him, this takes effort, perseverance and endurance. We need to remember that the Lord rescued us and commenced us on a journey and has a plan and a purpose for us all.

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