1 Peter

The 7 Deadly Sins



John Alley begins this message with a question – “Who was the greatest sinner who ever lived?” The answer, says John, is that whenever a question such as this is raised, the Christian must immediately think of themselves, just like Paul as recorded in 1 Timothy 1:15. John gives the list of seven deadly (or mortal) sins: wrath, greed, sloth pride, lust, envy and gluttony before focusing on two that he considers most prevalent in Christian circles. These are wrath (which includes impatience, unforgiveness and criticism of others) and pride, the sin of holding ourselves out of proper position in relation to Christ, assuming superiority. This, says John, is the source of all sins and can only be overcome when we find grace in the cross of Christ. John brings forth many Scriptures that give serious pause for thought before finishing on a reference from 1 Peter 3:1-7, which speaks of inner beauty. And if is possible to possess a great inner beauty, says John, then it is also possible to harbor a great inner ugliness. John concludes with the following summary – God gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud.

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Other Messages About: Sin, 1 Timothy, 1 Peter, Greed, Lust

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A Life Surrendered



Today John Alley commences his message with an excerpt from “Binding the Strong Man over America” by John Benefield. This inspiring passage tells a story of dramatic change to a region of Oklahoma in the wake of extensive Prayer, spiritual mapping and spiritual warfare and emphasises the fact that spiritual forces are very much at work in the world about us. John then goes on to examine Isaiah 40:6-8, which compares man to the grass of the field which is here today and withers tomorrow before proclaiming that the world of God stands forever. John goes on to remind the listener that life is temporary, a short period in which to decide whether we love life and therefore love the Lord, or hate life and therefore hate Christ. We can fall on the stone and be broken, says John, or it will fall on us and crush us. The choices we make here and now determine our eternity. The outer man is perishing and decaying moment by moment, but for those who have Christ, there is great joy and peace inside. John goes on to examine Scriptures from 1 Peter 1:22-25 and from Psalm 103, all of which reiterate the theme of the temporary nature of earthly life alongside the eternal truth that lives forever in those who believe. Where else can we find such hope? In John’s words, we cannot. In these days leading up to the annual Summit, John exhorts the people of God to empty ourselves of all that is of “self” and repent of every wickedness so that we can receive all that the Holy Spirit desires to impart.

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A Clear View of Christ 3 - Set Your Hope



Michael Appleton begins this inspiring message with a reading from 1 Peter 1:13, which speaks of setting our hope fully on the grace to be given us when Christ Jesus is revealed.

So what is hope? Michael explores the Bible meaning of the word, examining the context in which it is used. Hope is not mere wishful thinking. But we need to be sure of where our hope should be placed. Michael makes clear that our hope cannot be placed in the temporal things of this world and lists things that our hope can safely be placed in. These include the word of God, the Holy Spirit, Christ living in us and the blood of Jesus. Our hope, says Michael, is Jesus. And the more we put our confidence in Him, the more the things we do will change.

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