Gospel

Souls #3

Souls #3
When talking with someone to bring them to know Christ, what do you do? And what should you say? There is no formula, says David Alley in this message, but there are things that can guide us and help us think and act in ways that can bring people to Christ. Much of it has to do with being authentic Christians in every part of our lives.

Vision Sunday – Celebrating the Feast of Epiphany

The Epiphany Sunday message brought today is a composite one with various speakers involved. John Alley begins the message, emphasising that Christians need to have a Bible worldview – a thinking faith that leads us to win the enemies of Christ so that they become friends of Christ. Philip Alley takes up the thread and answers the question, “How much has the Kingdom of God advanced?” Philip gives a comprehensive report of the progress of the Gospel in the nations, emphasising that even though human beings take a negative view of the state of the world, the world is in…

City on a Hill

City on a Hill
In Matt 5:14-16 Jesus says "you are the light of the world" and a "city on a hill." Many Christians think He is talking directly to them, and in a type of way he is, but the fuller meaning applies to the entire Church. It is the Church, that shines as a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. But the Church needs to be the church that Christ intended for it to truly shine.

Is the World Improving? – A Christian Missions Viewpoint

Is the World Improving? – A Christian Missions Viewpoint
John Alley begins today’s message by quoting from a blog by J D King on the subject of the way that Christians are being duped into believing that the world is getting worse and worse. But is evil really growing? Is humanity actually descending further and further into chaos? John brings forth some very convincing statistics which would contradict this view. Deaths as a result of war and violence have decreased dramatically; poverty is in the decline while prosperity and economic opportunity continue to spread.; people are living linger and are healthier, while Christianity has quadrupled over the last 100…

The Advance of the Gospel Through History

The years prior to the Reformation have often been portrayed as a downward spiral for Western Culture. ‘The Dark Ages’ they are called, where the Barbarians destroyed countless libraries of the Greeks and Romans. But The so- called ‘Dark Ages’ were a time of evangelism technological development brought about by the Church. The Invention of spectacles, water mills, Hospitals and schools have come directly from educated monks, who not only copied by hand numbers of Scriptures, but also the literature of Greek and Roman Philosophers, preserving books that would not have existed today without them. Wherever Christ has been taken…

A Throne Established In Love

A Throne Established In Love
Isaiah prophesied (Isa 16:4-5) of the coming Christ, that one from the line of David would in love establish a throne from which he would forever rule and reign. John Alley unpacks this Scripture passage, emphasising the themes of love, faithfulness and righteousness as he takes the listener on a tour of several supporting Scripture verses from the writings of Paul to the Romans, and from the gospels of Matthew and Mark. Touching on the subject of the heretical teaching of Dispensationalism that began from the 1830s, which gave the opinion that the world was almost at an end and…

Follow Me

Follow Me
Jesus called a number of people to come and follow him. Some did and some didn't. But the truth is he calls us all to follow him, more specifically to "take up our cross and follow him." This message explores what it means to follow, and what it means to take up your cross in doing so. Drawing examples from the lives of C.T Studd, St Francis of Assisi and Jim Elliot, you will be encouraged to do the same - to lay down your life for Christ to do His will.

In His Steps

In His Steps
What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? What is a disciple? Does being a Christian change the way I behave? These are some of the questions with which Philip Alley commences his message, also making reference to a well known Christian book from which he chosen title is derived. Philip goes on to discuss Scripture verses from the book of Luke which speak of daily taking up our cross and denying self. Every day we must choose to live differently, following Christ’s example. Growth comes through people and through pain, says Philip. The influence of others can…

Return To Your First Love

Return To Your First Love
At the commencement of this message John Alley reads an email testimony from one of the Fellowship which delivers a word from God regarding “necrosis”, or death of tissue within the body. Our greatest dangers, says John, are hardness of heart and coldness of heart. The key to recovery is humility and repentance. Tony Ponicke takes up the message with an illustration of the way in which becoming accustomed to something causes us to become less aware of the reality of it. Tony reads from Revelation Chapter 2, where the Lord dictates a letter to the church at Ephesus –…

Our World

Our World
John Alley begins today’s message with Psalm 98, a call to worship which speaks of God’s faithfulness to Israel. John moves on to Romans 15:7-12, an exhortation to accept one another as Christ has accepted us. The New Testament, says John, is full of God’s promise to the Patriarchs that there is no distinction, neither Jew nor Gentile. Sociologists have said that the world is quickly moving towards Christianity. However, whereas once Western nations considered themselves the centre of Christianity, the incredible growth that we have seen in our lifetime has been centred largely in Africa, Latin America and Asia.…