Faith

Whats Your Posture

Whats Your Posture
How we approach any situation in life can directly change it's outcome. In this message Jonathan encourages us to reassess our posture in life. What's our first response? Is it one of faith?.

Embracing Faith

Embracing Faith
Philip Alley begins his message by likening the events of our lives to the action of ocean waves which crash over us, churning and tossing us this way and that. And yet, it is possible to stand fast by exercising our faith. Philip speaks from James 2:14, which speaks of the interaction of faith and actions. Can faith without actions save? What kinds of actions are we talking about? Philip answers these questions and more as he takes examples from the lives of Bible identities such as Noah, Abraham and Sarah, each of whom held fast to their faith in…

Being Peculiar

In this message, John Alley debunks the popular idea that in order to win the world for Christ, Christians should become like the world, so as to be accepted by them. John then goes on to explore many passages of scripture which teach that we are to live lives that are separate from the world, as God’s very own people. In the older versions of the Bible, this was referred to as being a ‘peculiar’ people, while in the modern translations, those same passages refer to a chosen people, and a people belonging to God. The real principle…

Philip Alley once again focuses on an aspect of the very familiar Christmas story, drawing comparisons between the respective responses given by Zechariah and by Mary, when each was visited by the angel Gabriel. Zechariah was skeptical, asking for evidence that the promised child would be born to himself and Elizabeth, while Mary was humble and simply asked for understanding – “how can this be?” Philip asks the question, “Why did Gabriel strike Zechariah dumb but call Mary “full of grace”? It was because of the differing heart attitudes. Philip goes on to say that any of us could easily…

Costly Grace

Costly Grace
On the final day of the financial year John Alley challenged the people of God to undertake a spiritual stocktake, each one to search their own hearts to ensure that they have not only believed the message of salvation through the cross of Christ, but have indeed received the grace from Christ that is the power to live a holy life. It cost Jesus everything, says John, to make such grace available to us, and it costs us everything to receive that grace. Jesus had to die in order to make that grace available to us, and we also must…

Your Body is the Lords

Your Body is the Lords
John Alley’s message begins with two passages including one from Leviticus 19:26-37 which outlines part of the Old Testament Law. At that time, the world was full of pagans and demon worshippers. This passage is meant to warn the people of God not to do the things that pagans do. The Law, says John, is good and was an unspeakable blessing to Israel. The New Testament, then, builds on the Law and gives grace by which we are able to follow the ways of God. Our mission is to learn how to please God, and then to walk in it.…

Unwavering Confession

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…

How’s Your Preparation?

How’s Your Preparation?
Two things we can be sure of, says David Hood, are - that God has a good plan for our lives, and that the enemy of our souls will do everything he can to oppose that plan. God does not want us to remain the same, and will actively work to change us into the image of Christ. David uses the story of Joseph, who endured many trials and yet cam through them with a heart that was true to God. In every situation, says David, we need to have an attitude that will allow God to work with us.…

Perseverance

Perseverance
Perseverance is an old fashioned word, and yet still appears in the most recent translations of the Bible. It's not fashionable to tell people they need to "make an effort" as part of being a Christian, and yet in this message John Alley showed how every command has a promise, and how very frequently, promises also come with proviso, or attached condition. So making an effort, is actually still a part of being a faithful follower of the Lord. He wants us to persevere, to seek after Him and to find Him. Everything we receive if by grace, yet in…