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Series: Prayer

January 30, 2022 - The Holy Spirit's Partnership
Today we will conclude our series on Prayer with the topic “The Holy Spirit’s Partnership”. John 16:7 in the Amplified version says, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].” Note the diverse terms used to describe the Holy Spirit’s actions in our lives. As a denomination the Alliance is Christ centered, Spirit empowered and Mission Focused. How is the Godhead represented in this mission statement?
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January 23, 2022 - The Son's Example
John 8:25-30
“Where did he derive the strength for His perfect example? Was it from some source beyond our reach? Was it through His own nature? Or was it through sources that are as available to us as they were for him? The last would seem so…And it makes it certain that our Lord derived His daily strength from communion with God, from a life of faith and prayer, and constantly receiving the Holy Spirit and the gracious help of His Father, just as we must.” A.B. Simpson founder of the C&MA
“The point isn’t so much that we get to do what Jesus did; the point is that we get to walk intimately with Jesus and then, out of that closeness, see the Kingdom of God advance.” Doug Balzer
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January 16, 2022 - The Father's Plan
Matthew 6:5-15
Prayer is a spiritual communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him. Prayer to God is like a child’s conversation with his father. It is natural for a child to ask his father for the things he needs.
In verses 9-13 we have what is generally called “The Lord’s Prayer.” The Lord’s Prayer is Jesus’ model prayer given to the disciples in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. A succinct and powerful expression of how to pray in light of the gospel and the kingdom of God. In Matthew, the teaching occurs during the Sermon on the Mount with the disciples and the crowds around Jesus. Following a six counter cultural commands in Matthew 5:21-48, Jesus offers three examples of what it is to do righteousness and offers practical steps for those tempted to give in religious performance to win the applause of others (Matthew 6:1). The section on prayer in Matthew 6:5-15 forms the second of three instructions on godliness. You will notice that each of the instructions in Matthew 6:1-16 begins with the same phrase --- “when you” --- followed by an action “give to the needy.” And when you pray, or when you “fast”, Jesus instructs the disciples not to carry that action out like “the hypocrites”, and then provides an alternative method.
Believer’s Bible Commentary said that Matthew 5-7 is the constitution of the Kingdom of God. In it, Jesus our King, summarizes the character and conduct expected of His subjects. This sermon is not a presentation of the plan of salvation; nor is its teaching intended for unsaved people. It was addressed to the disciples according to 5:1-2 and was intended to be the constitution, or the system of laws and principles, which was to govern the King’s subjects during His reign. It was meant for all---past---present, or future --- who acknowledge Christ as King.
The Father’s Plan is for his beloved children to spend eternity with Him in heaven. God the Father sent His son Jesus who paid the penalties of our sin and restored that broken relationship between God and man. And God is calling all of us and giving all of us this wonderful privilege to represent Him. To be the hands and feet of Jesus.
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January 9, 2022 - Epiphany-Gospel for All Nations
(1) Do you recognize Jesus as King & Saviour of the world?
Jesus our Saviour - Luke 2:11
Jesus our Redeemer - Titus 2:14
Jesus our Healer - Isaiah 53: 4-5 & Matthew 8:17
Jesus our Sanctifier - 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Jesus our Coming King - Isaiah 9:6
(2) Is Jesus the reveled King of Kings and the authority in which you put your trust and hope?
(3) What should our response be to the revelation of this Jesus in our midst and in our lives?
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