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Our Service in the Kingdom of God



John Alley begins his message with a question – “How is my life meant to be fruitful for God?” John goes on to give some examples of matters that need to be given our attention in order to live such a life. First, we need to come to grips with God’s authority and yield completely to him. In baptism, we show outwardly that we are submitting totally to God. Forgiveness and love of enemies is another vitally important matter to which we must give our attention if we are to serve God, as is the renewing of our minds and devotion to prayer. Watchfulness and thankfulness should be marks of our lives, and a life of service to the Lord and to others is, in fact, worship, says John. John concludes with a Scripture from the book of Philippians which exhorts us to continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling...so that we may become blameless and pure.

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Daniel #3 - Reserved for Gods Service



Philip Alley gives a brief overview of his previous message on the life of Daniel before moving on to today’s theme of living ready for service, just as Daniel did. Philip begins with a timeline of the outstanding events of Daniel’s life as recorded in Scripture, beginning with his challenge to eating the food offered as a very young man to his encounter with the lion’s den when he was over 80 years old. Daniel lived a counter cultural life, says Philip, a way of life completely different to the accepted values of the society in which he lived. He was very clear about who he was – and we must be too. We must not allow ourselves to draw our nourishment from the world around us but to look to God for our sustenance in all things. We make our decisions, says Philip, but then those decisions make us. Today Philip focuses on Daniel 5, describing the city of Babylon and describing the handwriting on the wall that spelled the demise of the kingdom of Belshazzar after he took the sacred vessel from the temple to drink from in an unholy manner. Drawing a parallel, we are the temple of God, and we must not fill our vessels with unholy things but be filled with the Spirit of God. True joy comes from knowing that we are redeemed, says Philip. Happiness comes and goes and depends on circumstances, but true joy is a gift of God. Philip’s message is rich with examples from Daniel’s way of life and decisions that we would all do well to emulate.

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Taking The Long View



Many believers grew up with the teaching that the world was almost at an end, says John Alley. Thus it was that the vision we have had for the nations has been limited. And yet, even while the church held this view, the kingdom of God was all the while advancing in the nations. With the passing of the early apostles, says John, there began a decline in the doctrine of the church. Some have taught that following the restoration of the five-fold ministry the return of Christ would be imminent. However, this is not accurate, for apostles (and the apostolic nature of the church) are being restored not as the end in itself, but for the purposes of God through the gospel in the earth. Ultimately, it has always been about discipling the nations, and there is a great history yet to be written, with many, many biblical prophecies concerning the gospel and the Kingdom of Christ in the nations yet to be fulfilled. In any case, whilst there has been some progress in the restoration of apostles to the church, we have not yet seen the restoration of apostolic authority, only the wider acceptance of the idea of having apostles. According to Ephesians 4, it is clear that Christ remains in His ascended rule at the Father's right hand and continues to appoint apostles etc “until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the full measure of the fullness of Christ." In other words, there is much to be done. John appealed for the opening up of our minds to see that everywhere the whole weight of scripture had in view a very long history for mankind, the earth, salvation, and the glory of the Messiah in the nations. John concludes his message with the thought that while the world is not about to end, for each of us individually life can be uncertain – we are each to live daily ready to meet God, while at the same time planning to live a long, fruitful life and working for the extension of God’s kingdom in the earth.

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