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The Apostolic Company #2

The Apostolic Company #2 In recent prophecies we have heard a number of different promises given to the church. We have already talked about the Apostolic Company, but the other promises have yet to be unpacked. God has promised grace for the apostolic message to go out to the nations, but also to go out on a regional scale. As an Apostolic company we have a grace to be tenderers and shepherds of our own region. It is important that we devote ourselves to our home town as well as going out. God is not just interested in the Apostolic…

Our Values – Listen

Our Values – Listen
Philip Alley resumes his series of messages on the subject of boundaries in community, this week focusing on listening to God. Our first calling, says Philip, is to find God. To this end we spend time and pay attention, listening for what God might say to us. In a world where technology and other things constantly clamour for our attention, attentions spans have generally been seen to be shortening. And all the while the attractions and distractions of such things as having a lucrative career, the pursuit of a large and luxurious home, social media and newer and trendier…

Who We Are As People of Peace 1

Who We Are As People of Peace 1
In today’s message John Alley outlines some facts about Peace, including the 4 component parts (church, apostolic ministry, school and Peace Aviation) and the properties that comprise our “outer” identity before going on to speak of some of the history of Peace as a people. When a people don’t know their history, says John, they are likely to repeat that history. John speaks of events leading up to the understanding gained of an anointing to build community, as well as seeking God for understanding and goes on to say although much grace has been attained, it needs to be maintained…

Growing Up

Growing Up
Philip Alley’s message today compares and contrasts “organic growth” as opposed to “intentional growth”. In the spiritual sense, organic growth occurs simply by being surrounded by good leaders, good teaching and good opportunities – but this kind of growth takes a long time before maturity is reached. Intentional growth, says Philip, has nothing to do with the passage of time, being busy with church activities, or knowledge which fills the mind with facts. It is not a condition of God’s love for us and our salvation does not depend on it. But if we desire to grow intentionally, there are…

As Long As It’s Today

As Long As It’s Today
Jonathan Maxwell brings a moving and thought provoking message, beginning with his own story of making the choice to be open and honest in all situations. Reading from the book of Hebrews, Jonathan reinforces that “as long as it is called ‘today’”, we are meant to encourage one another. God puts brokenness in our lives, says Jonathan, so that we remain dependent on Him. And there are times when our honesty in our brokenness can be of great encouragement to others. Jonathan then invites others to share their own hearts, and a great many of the people do so.

The Prayers of Paul

The Prayers of Paul
In the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul recorded the prayers he was praying for the Ephesian church. In examining these prayers, we find keys that we ourselves should also pray. However in this sermon by John Alley, he explains that these are prayers are meant to be prayed for an entire community of believers, and intended to bring them together into deeper things of the Lord. Take up those prayers of Paul, and add your weight of faith to what God wants to do among us as a people.

Every Effective Believer Fellowships

In this message, John Alley explores the meaning of true fellowship. Using the word of God as his reference, and referring to the Greek word translated as fellowship, John emphasizes the absolutely essential nature of the fellowship of the saints, in the context of Christian community.

The Call to be a People

The Call to be a People
Last week John preached about the desire of God to raise a people who will do his work. This calling is on Peace, and on others around the world too. In Feb 1994, while John Alley was wrestling with his call to apostolic mission in the nations, plus his ministry in the home church, he said to the Lord. “This looks like two different jobs to me. Which one do you want me to do?” The Lord replied, “It’s not two jobs! The Vision is one vision! The church IS the mission.” Later that same…

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