Galatians

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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Other Messages About: Righteousness, Paths of Righteousness Series, Self Control, Acts, Galatians

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He Walked in Our Shoes



We have all heard the saying that before we judge someone, we should "walk a mile in their shoes". Philip Alley's message today centres on the incarnation of Christ, when God Himself came in human form and walked "in our shoes". Philip brings forth many Scripture verses that prove that Christ, while fully human, was at the same time fully divine. While Jesus was fully human, He was not merely human. Both the human nature and the divine nature existed in harmony - there was no division in Christ, but perfect unity. Philip goes on to illustrate from Scripture that the incarnation of Christ is strongly linked with the atonement for our sins. Hebrews 4 tells us that we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our human condition, but one who has gone before us and has shown the way to make Godly choices. So how are we to live in the light of the incarnation? Philip encourages the listener with Galatians 6:2, which exhorts the believer to carry one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Philip adds the thought that just as Christ came in a human body, the Church embodies the Holy Spirit so that the world can see Christ.

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Other Messages About: Christmas, Incarnation, Galatians, Hebrews

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Power In Your Spirit



These day s we are surrounded by lots of electronic devices which have their place, but are they the cause of many Christians being more “in the mind” than in the Spirit on the Lord’s day – or any other day? John Alley explores the whole subject of the soul and the spirit of man, explaining that while God has breathed His spirit into man, our spirit is dead in sin until such time as we become born again of the Spirit. When we fail to grow and become strong in the Spirit, says John, our spirit is weak and may be bound, preventing us from fully walking with God. Every Christian needs to be strong in spirit – not in an aggressive, willful way, but with a calm and quiet heart. John teaches from the Scriptures, taking passages from the books of Ephesians, Revelation, John, Philippians, Galatians, Hebrews and 1 Corinthians, exhorting the people to worship God in spirit and in truth, putting no confidence in the flesh – we worship by the impulse of the Spirit. John also teaches regarding the dividing of soul and spirit by the word of God as well as the value of praying and singing in tongues as a means of strengthening the spirit within. John closes this excellent message with a reminder that every time we pray we should by faith step into the realm of the Spirit and find God by surrender.

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Other Messages About: Prayer, Power, Galatians, Ephesians, 1 Corinthians

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Insights Into Unity



David Alley brings this week’s message, focusing on the issue of oneness and community. Beginning with Psalm 133 and moving through to Romans 15 and Galatians 5, David gives many convincing evidences of both the will of God that we be one in Christ and the many outcomes and benefits of giving our hearts to others and then praying for the empowering work of the Holy Spirit to complete the work. Sunday 23 September 2012

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Other Messages About: Unity, Community, Psalms, Romans, Galatians

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