It is very important that the imparted word of God bring us to maturity, says John Alley. When the word of God gets deep into us and becomes part of our being, we become strong. Christians and churches are not meant to be weak, says John. We need to practice the discipline of sitting in the presence of God and of honouring God in public worship. We need the living and abiding word of God. John then goes on to speak of the Spirit of understanding, the anointing for community and the anointing by which leaders perceive community. All of these have been explored in the past, but John believes that there is yet another level to which we are meant to attain. With many Scripture references, John describes times and events where God has put on a particular person the anointing for a given task. The person who would have greater grace, says John, must give their attention to the word of God.