Philippians

Good Works & Dead Works



John Alley begins this message with 5 points from his previous messages about the purpose of the Lord’s Day. The final of these points was that there is a spiritual experience of Christ that we are meant to walk in – faith rest. John goes on to present a simple yet profound comparison between good works, which come from a place of rest, and dead works, which come from human striving. These two different types of works, says John, begin with and are classified by what we believe, who we believe, and in what (or whom) we put our trust. Dead works are of the flesh and lead only to death, while good works are what we were created for and were prepared or us from the beginning of time. And yet, says John, often our works are a mixture of both. John gives helpful illustrations of the heart motives that could be at the heart of two people doing identical works, both of which in themselves seem good and have good outcomes. If we do things to obtain righteousness, then our works are dead. God will give righteousness as a grace gift, but not if strive to be “worthy” of the gift. John presents several verses of Scripture. To illustrate good works, John brings verses from Ephesians 2 and Philippians 2 and then to warn against dead works he brings verses from Hebrews6 and 9 and John 6. John concludes this inspiring message with words from the apostle Paul, who spoke of building with gold, silver and precious stones or wood, hay and stubble.

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Prayers For Us All



John Alley begins his message today with a recap of the previous week’s teaching regarding the keys to successful prayer. These include discovering and deciding what is the will of God, setting the heart to believe that the requests we make of God will be answered, and then confessing aloud the word, promise or truth of God about the given situation. John goes on to read the passage in Philippians 1:9-11, which he has titled “Prayers for us all”. This, says John, is the kind of prayer that we should be praying for ourselves, our families and the church – that we might grow and abound in love and knowledge and depth of insight. John also reminds the listener of Daniel, who the Bible tells us prayed 3 times a day – evening and morning and noon. And Daniel was greatly esteemed by God. This, says John, is a model for prayer that we need to emulate in order to see great breakthroughs. Sunday 14th July 2013

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Unwavering Confession



John Alley begins this message with the interpretation of a dream in which he found a tool abandoned by workers. John presents 2 Cor 6:7, which speaks of the believer having weapons in the right hand and the left, and explains that the tool is akin to a weapon, one that the people of God have neglected for some time. This tool is the power of a strong, constant, day and night, devil-be-damned confession of the Word of God that brooks no other opinion as it applies to a given situation. John quotes Jeremiah 23:29 where the Word of God is likened to a hammer which breaks rocks into pieces, and also Phil 4:6 which speaks of not being anxious, but by prayer and petition presenting our requests to God. John provides a practical demonstration of the way in which our words of confession, along with the promises of God, are able to break asunder any obstacle or problem, as well as giving a current example of the dramatic effect of putting this principle into action and seeing the desired sale of a building come very quickly. John also speaks of the way in which the enemy of our souls looks for a weakness in us and seeks to break into our lives in the same way that we are able to break apart obstacles by the confession of the Word of God. John exhorts to be persistent and to never give up, all the while declaring aloud the Word of God into the situation we face. We must, says John, not be anxious, but present our petitions to God, set our hearts to believe and then confess the Word of God unceasingly until we see the answer to our prayers.

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