Appearance & Reality

audio icon Conduct, Service, Action

This section of 53 messages deals with the meaning and quality of conduct, service and action. We will consider what constitutes effective prayer and effective service, and the problems associated with being over-impressed by outward appearance of things such as an over-emphasis on dramatic experiences, numbers in outreach, and outward forms and activities. We will also consider issues relating to proper outworking of church life, for example, corporate worship, effective preaching, being good hearers and being trained and equipped for service. We will also reflect on the subject of communication, including the dangers of pleasant words and the positive and negative responses to reproof.

Effective service and contribution to God's Kingdom

AR065 Effective Prayer (1) 31Dec89 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 15.9MB | PDF 120KB
AR066 Effective Prayer (2) 21Jan90 | LISTEN 1hr30min | MP3 15.4MB
AR067 Serving God and Good Works: The woman who broke the alabaster vial (1) 11Feb90 | LISTEN 1hr40min | MP3 17.1MB
AR068 Serving God and Good Works: The woman who broke the alabaster vial (2) 4Mar90 | LISTEN 1hr42min | MP3 21.0MB
AR069 Serving God and Good Works: The poor widow 25Mar90 | LISTEN 1hr30min | MP3 20.5MB The poor widow who contributed two small copper coins which amount to a cent.

What appears to be effective ministry and significant contributions may not be so

AR070 Over-emphasis on miracles and healings 15Apr90 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB Over-emphasis on miracles and healings contrasted with the ministry and approach of the Lord Jesus Christ: John Chapter 6.
AR071 Over-emphasis on miracles and healings - problems and consequences (1) 6May90 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB Problems and adverse consequences that tend to be associated with contexts where there is over-emphasis on miracles and healings and the more obvious and dramatic spiritual experiences.
AR072 Over-emphasis on miracles and healings - problems and consequences (2) 27May90 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.3MB Context conducive for the Lord to work freely and deeply or conducive for the evil one to operate freely and effectively; Unavoidable and unnecessary spiritual pressures and attacks.
AR073 Principles operating in the spiritual realm 17Jun90 | LISTEN 1hr52min | MP3 25.4MB Understanding God and how He has created man and other living beings helps us understand some underlying principles involved in the evil one working in our lives and how we can minimise unnecessary spiritual pressures and attacks: Principles operating in the spiritual realm.
AR074 Reaching out to non-believers (1) 8Jul90 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB Problems associated with over-emphasis on measurement of effectiveness of service by numbers.
AR075 Reaching out to non-believers (2) 29Jul90 | LISTEN 2hr02min | MP3 27.8MB Problems associated with over-emphasis on measurement of effectiveness of service by numbers: Proper perspective.

False sense of assurance associated with outward appearance of things

AR076 Outward forms and activities lacking spiritual life and reality 19Aug90 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB Outward forms and activities lacking spiritual life and reality together with false sense of assurance that all is well.
AR077 False sense of well being and security (1) 9Sep90 | LISTEN 1hr50min | MP3 25.2MB
AR078 False sense of well being and security (2) 30Sep90 | LISTEN 1hr29min | MP3 20.3MB
AR079 False sense of well being and security (3) 21Oct90 | LISTEN 1hr49min | MP3 24.8MB How can we have a true sense of well being and security?
AR080 Repentance: "Rend your heart and not your garments" 11Nov90 | LISTEN 1hr29min | MP3 20.2MB

Time of worship together

AR081 Time of worship together 2Dec90 | LISTEN 1hr49min | MP3 18.7MB
AR082 Open worship 23Dec90 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 15.8MB
AR083 The Scriptures: Proper recognition of the authority of the Scriptures and implications 13Jan91 | LISTEN 1hr53min | MP3 25.8MB
AR084 Liberty and order 3Feb91 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB
AR085 Freedom for the Lord to work, speak and rebuke 24Feb91 | LISTEN 1hr28min | MP3 19.9MB

Preaching

AR086 Preaching: 1 Kings 22:1-25 17Mar91 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB
AR087 The effective preacher and preaching (1) 7Apr91 | LISTEN 1hr25min | MP3 19.3MB 2 Timothy 4:1-4; Different kinds of messages with different emphasis, effect.
AR088 The effective preacher and preaching (2) 28Apr91 | LISTEN 1hr31min | MP3 20.8MB Preparation for good messages involves:
1.(a) Discipline and diligence in the study of the Scriptures and prayer
(b) Life taught and dealt with by God: Life and readiness of preacher.
AR089 The effective preacher and preaching (3) 19May91 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 20.8MB 2. Strongly motivated by love and deep convictions
3. Preached in the power of God
4. Gifted in preaching.
AR090 The effective preacher and preaching (4) 9Jun91 | LISTEN 1hr47min | MP3 24.3MB Example of Paul
Serious matter to say "this is what the Lord has declared" when it is not so.

Good hearers

AR091 Good hearers 30Jun91 | LISTEN 1hr30min | MP3 20.6MB Ezekiel 33:30-33; Matthew 13:5,6,20,21,23: good reception/absorption and deep response and commitment to live by the truth learned.
AR092 Four important related aspects of good hearers 21Jul91 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB 1. Good reception and deep commitment to live by the truth learned
2. Ponder over for deeper understanding and absorption
3. Conscious outworking and application in daily life and decision making
4. Hold it fast: careful not to be distracted, diluted.
AR093 Characteristics that distinguish good from poor hearers (1) 11Aug91 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB Three important related features or characteristics which distinguishes the good from the poor hearers:
1. Heart that seeks the Lord and truth, longing to know so that we may live accordingly
2. Diligence and discipline with perseverance
3. Depth of love for the Lord and truth.
AR094 Characteristics that distinguish good from poor hearers (2) 1Sep91 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.3MB 4th feature or characteristic which distinguishes the good from the poor hearers: The Lord working in our lives: being filled and continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Trained and equipped to serve God

AR095 Some reflections on being trained and equipped to serve God 15Sep91 | LISTEN 1hr31min | MP3 20.7MB Some reflections on being trained and equipped to serve God: taught and trained by the Lord, filled and empowered by the Spirit.
AR096 Some problems associated with theological training in theological colleges 13Oct91 | LISTEN 1hr27min | MP3 19.7MB
AR097 The Scriptures (1) 3Nov91 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB The Scriptures (1): watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees: Some examples of various views and assertions including strong assertions on difficult and controversial areas and different views on the same issue.
AR098 The Scriptures (2) 24Nov91 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB The Scriptures (2): how we can safeguard ourselves from receiving or being influenced by wrong or unwholesome teaching? (1)
AR099 The Scriptures (3) 8Dec91 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB The Scriptures (3): watch out and beware of the leaven of the Sadducees: Mark 12:18-27. How can we safeguard ourselves from receiving or being influenced by wrong or unwholesome teaching? (2)
AR100 Healthy church life the conducive context for equipping for service 29Dec91 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB Concluding message: leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Healthy church-life is the conducive context in the plan of God for wholesome learning, growing, training and equipping God's people for the work of service: Ephesians 4:11-16.

Communication

AR101 Pleasing, pleasant words and flattery 19Jan92 | LISTEN 1hr29min | MP3 20.3MB
AR102 Pleasing pleasant words: praises 9Feb92 | LISTEN 1hr25min | MP3 19.4MB

Unpleasant words and proper response

AR103 Negative example of Uzziah 1Mar92 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB
AR104 Negative example: Cain 22Mar92 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB
AR105 Positive example: David (1) 12Apr92 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB
AR106 Positive example: David (2) 3May92 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 21.0MB

Positive example of Peter

AR107 Peter: Some of his failures 24May92 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB
AR108 Peter: Factors which contribute to the very positive outcome 14Jun92 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB
AR109 Meaning and nature of Peter's failures (1) 5Jul92 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB Spoke too freely, carelessly, too quick to respond, speak; differences in personality.
AR110 Meaning and nature of Peter's failures (2): fear 26Jul92 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 21.0MB
AR111 Peter's willingness to learn 16Aug92 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB Peter willing to learn and did learn well - generally as well as in the areas of his weaknesses - learning to overcome them.
AR112 Asking and answering questions 6Sep92 | LISTEN 1hr24min | MP3 19.1MB Luke 20:1 - 8: “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things”.
AR113 Pay attention to positive spiritual value, life and reality (1) 27Sep92 | LISTEN 1hr30min | MP3 20.5MB Pay attention to positive spiritual value, life and reality and helpfulness from eternal perspective (1): preaching, teaching, books. Example of superficial, sweeping statements without proper qualifications and problems: answer to prayer.
AR114 Pay attention to positive spiritual value, life and reality (2) 18Oct92 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB Example of Paul: the approach and emphasis in his ministry.
AR115 Communication which has depth, meaning, spiritual life and spiritual content 8Nov92 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB
AR116 Good fellowship or contributing to disunity? Carrying tales or being responsible? 29Nov92 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB
AR117 Carefulness in perception, communication and reception and slow to conclude: Prov. 18: 17 20Dec92 | LISTEN 1hr29min | MP3 20.2MB

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