Appearance & Reality

audio icon Death of Christ: The Cross

The theme of this major section is the death of the Lord Jesus, a cornerstone of the Christian faith. Christ’s death on the cross appeared a dismal failure, but it was in reality a glorious triumph. The Cross has great meaning and significance. We will consider how through the Cross, God establishes the New Covenant, poured out His Spirit upon mankind, and provides the way for man to overcome the weakness of the flesh, the powers of darkness and the influence of the world. Appreciation of the Cross invokes in us a deeper sense of worship for God, and motivates us to live with a greater sense of meaning and purpose. We conclude this section with reflections on the Lord’s Supper.

Introductory messages

AR173 The Cross - Defeat or Triumph? 10Mar96 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 21.0MB | PDF 117KB
AR174 The nature and intensity of Christ's agony and suffering (1) 31Mar96 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.1MB | PDF 115KB Glorious triumph and accomplishment and supreme manifestation of moral and spiritual strength and quality of life:
(i) Voluntary and in the path of truth and obedience to God the Father
(ii) The nature, various aspects and intensity of His suffering and agony.
AR175 The nature and intensity of Christ's agony and suffering (2) 21Apr96 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.1MB | PDF 104KB Glorious triumph and accomplishment and supreme manifestation of moral and spiritual strength and quality of life: the spiritual pressure and afflictions; Christ's prayer and agony in Gethsemane; while on the cross, still actively concerned for the needs and well-being of others and attending to them.

The New Covenant

AR176 The significance of the Cross - reconciliation and the New Covenant 12May96 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB | PDF 130KB The significance of what was accomplished at the cross and their implications for mankind and the fulfilment of God's purposes: opens the way for:
(a) Forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to God
(b) Entering into the New Covenant with God (through repentance and faith): potential for rising up to the highest level of moral and spiritual stature and fellowship with God and the brethren at the deepest level and full participation in fulfilment of God's purposes.
AR177 The New Covenant - in Christ 2Jun96 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.3MB | PDF 123KB Analogy of rich man bequeathing bountiful possessions, extensive resources to his beneficiaries.
AR178 The New Covenant - baptised into the Body of Christ and church life 23Jun96 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.1MB | PDF 152KB The New Covenant/Testament: Why the New Testament is known as the New Testament.
Baptised into the body of Christ, members of one another, church-life and the fulfilment of God's purposes.

The Spirit-filled life

AR181 Baptism with the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit 25Aug96 | LISTEN 1hr47min | MP3 24.3MB | PDF 144KB Errors, wrong understanding and teaching.
AR182 How to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit (1) 15Sep96 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB | PDF 118KB How to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, to be filled and continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
AR183 How to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit (2) 6Oct96 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB | PDF 128KB How can we know whether we have received the baptism with the Holy Spirit?
AR184 Some reflections on the Spirit-filled life (1) 27Oct96 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.1MB | PDF 108KB
AR185 Some reflections on the Spirit-filled life (2) 17Nov96 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 21.0MB | PDF 121KB Distinction between the expression “baptism with the Holy Spirit” and being “filled with the Holy Spirit”.
AR186 Hindrances 8Dec96 | LISTEN 1hr43min | MP3 23.6MB Hindrances: What can hinder a person from experiencing the baptism with the Holy Spirit, deepening/maintaining the fullness of the Spirit in his life.

God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, their roles and position

AR187 God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - their roles and position 29Dec96 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.1MB How we ought to understand, appreciate and respond to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, their respective roles and position.

God the Father

AR188 God the Father: testimony of the Lord Jesus 19Jan97 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.1MB
AR189 God the Father: testimony of Paul (1) 10Feb97 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.3MB
AR190 God the Father: testimony of Paul (2) 2Mar97 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.1MB
AR191 Reference to God in the Scriptures generally a reference to God the Father (1) 23Mar97 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB In the Scriptures, reference to God is generally a reference to God the Father or primary reference to or emphasis on God the Father.
AR192 Reference to God in the Scriptures generally a reference to God the Father (2) 20Apr97 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 20.9MB In the Scriptures, reference to God is generally a reference to God the Father or primary reference to or emphasis on God the Father.
AR193 Concluding message and summary. 11May97 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 21.0MB How we ought to understand, appreciate and respond to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, their respective roles and position.

Solution to the problem of the weakness of the flesh

AR194 The Cross provides the foundational basis for us to overcome sin, the weakness of the flesh, the world and the powers of darkness 1Jun97 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 21.0MB
AR195 Foundational basis for solution to the problem of the weakness of the flesh: Rom. 6:6 (1) 22Jun97 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB
AR196 Foundational basis for solution to the problem of the weakness of the flesh: Rom. 6:6 (2) 13Jul97 | LISTEN 1hr18min | MP3 17.8MB
AR197 Practical outworking (1) 3Aug97 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB Abiding in Christ and He in us... major aspects to bear in mind... watch and pray...
AR198 Practical outworking (2) 24Aug97 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB Identification with Christ in His death and resurrection and the principle of death leading to life, the principle of the Cross.
AR199 Practical outworking (3) 14Sep97 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB Identification with Christ in His death and resurrection and the principle of death leading to life, the principle of the Cross.
AR200 Practical outworking (4) 5Oct97 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB Paul's testimony and example and his exhortation to us to live likewise.
AR201 Practical outworking (5) 26Oct97 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB Continue with Paul's testimony and example and concluding remarks.

Overcoming the evil one and the powers of darkness

AR202 Overcoming the evil one and the powers of darkness 16Nov97 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB What was accomplished at the Cross provides the foundational basis for overcoming the evil one and the powers of darkness.

Ability to discern attacks and wiles of evil one and how to counter them

AR203 Satan not powerless: approach to spiritual warfare and factors affecting how we fare 7Dec97 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB Satan not powerless: approach to spiritual warfare; factors affecting how we fare, what we experience and the outcome - ability to discern attacks of evil one and how to counter them - the nature and character of the evil one, what he seeks to accomplish and the way he works.
AR204 Ability to discern attacks... attacks on our faculties 28Dec97 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB
AR205 Ability to discern attacks: work, family, church-life and everyday life 18Jan98 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB
AR206 Ability to discern attacks: attacks on church-life... emergence of healthy church life 8Feb98 | LISTEN 1hr35min | MP3 21.5MB
AR207 Nature and intensity of attacks and our deficiencies 1Mar98 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB Factors affecting how we fare include: the nature and intensity of the spiritual attacks; weaknesses and deficiencies in our life and commitment and ground given.
AR208 Weaknesses and deficiencies and ground given 22Mar98 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB
AR209 How to resolve our weaknesses and deficiencies 12Apr98 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB
AR210 Concluding remarks, God's intervention, giving room for what we do not understand 3May98 | LISTEN 1hr58min | MP3 26.9MB
AR211 Deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt under Moses 24May98 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB Example of God's intervention and giving room for what we do not understand.
AR212 The apostles, Paul, progressive revelation 14Jun98 | LISTEN 1hr13min | MP3 16.5MB Give room for what we do not yet understand – example of the apostles and Paul. Complexities of spiritual warfare: must be humble, prayerful – never presumptuous or overconfident; bear in mind principle of progressive revelation.
AR213 God's provisions for us to overcome 5Jul98 | LISTEN 1hr21min | MP3 18.4MB
AR214 God's provisions for us to overcome and how we can overcome in the light of God's provisions 26Jul98 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 21.0MB
AR215 Meaningfulness and helpfulness of spiritual warfare 16Aug98 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB
AR216 Meaning of an overcoming life in relation to spiritual warfare (1) 6Sep98 | LISTEN 1hr20min | MP3 18.2MB
AR217 Meaning of an overcoming life in relation to spiritual warfare (2) 27Sep98 | LISTEN 1hr39min | MP3 22.5MB

Overcoming the world

AR218 Overcoming the world 18Oct98 | LISTEN 1hr21min | MP3 18.5MB | PDF 106KB
AR219 The spirit of the world 8Nov98 | LISTEN 1hr22min | MP3 18.8MB | PDF 113KB Why the world is a major problem area, the nature of the problem and the various aspects of the difficulties involved: the spirit of the world.
AR220 Meaning of “the world”; relationship with the opposite sex, sex and related issues 29Nov98 | LISTEN 1hr16min | MP3 17.2MB | PDF (AR220a) 67KB | PDF (AR220b) 85KB
AR221 Greed and covetousness (1) 20Dec98 | LISTEN 1hr15min | MP3 17.1MB | PDF 109KB
AR222 Greed and covetousness (2) 10Jan99 | LISTEN 1hr27min | MP3 19.8MB | PDF 108KB
AR223 Desire for Power, Status, Fame and Recognition 31Jan99 | LISTEN 1hr26min | MP3 19.5MB | PDF 46KB
AR224 Desire for power, fame, status, recognition (2): Part 2 Positive and negative examples from the Scriptures 21Feb99 | LISTEN 1hr43min | MP3 17.6MB | PDF 152KB Positive & negative examples: Daniel, Saul, Jeroboam, Moses, Peter.
AR225 Pleasure and enjoyment (1) 14Mar99 | LISTEN 1hr18min | MP3 17.8MB | PDF 102KB
AR226 Pleasure and enjoyment (2) 4Apr99 | LISTEN 1hr23min | MP3 18.8MB | PDF 94KB
AR227 Pleasure & enjoyment (3): Example of the Lord Jesus & Paul 25Apr99 | LISTEN 1hr30min | MP3 20.5MB
AR228 Preoccupied, distracted, entangled, choked by the things & affairs of this world 16May99 | LISTEN 1hr34min | MP3 21.4MB
AR229 Understanding the nature of the problem and how to overcome it 6Jun99 | LISTEN 1hr28min | MP3 20.1MB The nature of the problem, why the tendency to be engrossed, entangled, distracted and choked, and what is needful to overcome and to live well.
AR230 Overcoming the problem yet fulfilling our earthly responsibilities 27Jun99 | LISTEN 1hr37min | MP3 22.0MB Maintaining a healthy balance & wholesome approach of not being engrossed, distracted, entangled, and fulfilling our earthly responsibilities.

Difficulties, suffering and hardships

AR231 Difficulties, afflictions, pain, suffering, hardships, pressures and persecution 18Jul99 | LISTEN 1hr26min | MP3 19.7MB
AR232 Difficulties, suffering, hardships: their meaning and significance (1) 8Aug99 | LISTEN 1hr29min | MP3 20.3MB
AR233 Difficulties, suffering, hardships: their meaning and significance (2) 5Sep99 | LISTEN 1hr29min | MP3 20.3MB
AR234 Overcoming difficulties, suffering and hardships with the right attitude, perspective & approach 19Sep99 | LISTEN 1hr27min | MP3 19.9MB

Worldly thinking, wisdom and approach to the issues of life

AR235 Worldly thinking, wisdom & approach to the issues of life 10Oct99 | LISTEN 1hr28min | MP3 20.1MB
AR236 Why we must reject worldly thinking; how to respond to non-Christian literature and views 31Oct99 | LISTEN 1hr20min | MP3 18.1MB
AR237 Science and the Christian faith (1) 21Nov99 | LISTEN 1hr35min | MP3 21.7MB
AR238 Science and the Christian faith (2): miraculous, supernatural occurrences & science 12Dec99 | LISTEN 1hr22min | MP3 18.7MB
AR239 Literature and the arts 2Jan00 | LISTEN 1hr21min | MP3 18.4MB
AR240 Wise in the eyes of the Lord or in the wisdom of this age? 1 Cor 3:18-21 23Jan00 | LISTEN 1hr09min | MP3 15.7MB
AR241 The Christian response: Outworking in practical everyday life situations: examples 13Feb00 | LISTEN 1hr29min | MP3 20.2MB

Conforming to the world

AR242 Conforming to the world: why is this a major problem area? 27Feb00 | LISTEN 1hr15min | MP3 17.0MB
AR243 Why there is a tendency and it is easy to be conformed to the world. 19Mar00 | LISTEN 1hr24min | MP3 19.1MB
AR244 Salt and light: being an effective witness without being conformed to the world 9Apr00 | LISTEN 1hr21min | MP3 18.4MB

How we overcome the world

AR245 How the Cross enables us to overcome the world 30Apr00 | LISTEN 1hr24min | MP3 19.2MB How we overcome the world: Gal. 6:14, 2:20; 1John 5:4,5.
AR246 How we overcome the world (1) 21May00 | LISTEN 1hr25min | MP3 19.4MB Jn 17:15-18; learn from the perfect example of the Lord Jesus: Matt. 4:10: “Go Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”
AR247 How we overcome the world (2) 11Jun00 | LISTEN 1hr27min | MP3 19.7MB Man shall live on every word of God and shall not put God to the test.
AR248 What we can learn from the way the Lord Jesus overcame the world 2Jul00 | LISTEN 1hr24min | MP3 19.2MB What we can learn from the way the Lord Jesus overcame the world in the context of Satan's temptations: Matt. 4:1-11.
AR249 Concluding message on overcoming the world 23Jul00 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB

Worship

AR250 The death of Christ and how it can deepen our worship of God (1) 13Aug00 | LISTEN 1hr31min | MP3 20.8MB Reflections on the meaning of the death of Christ, what took place and what was accomplished at the Cross, can help deepen our worship of God because it can help us appreciate the depth of God's love toward us.
AR251 The death of Christ and how it can deepen our worship of God (2) 3Sep00 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.3MB Reflections on the death of Christ can help us to appreciate the power and wisdom of God and all that He has done and provided for us in and through Christ.

Motivation

AR252 Reflections on the death of Christ can help us to be properly motivated (1) 24Sep00 | LISTEN 1hr24min | MP3 19.0MB Reflections on the death of Christ can help us to be properly motivated in our lives: deep love for God and man.
AR253 Reflections on the death of Christ can help us to be properly motivated (2) 15Oct00 | LISTEN 1hr17min | MP3 17.5MB Motivated by God's love for us, our love for God and man, with divine love, in the direction of bringing to completion what was begun at the Cross, with consuming intensity and passion.

What we should become and how we should live

AR254 Christ our perfect example, especially the Cross 5Nov00 | LISTEN 1hr31min | MP3 20.7MB
AR255 Moral and spiritual stature and qualities 26Nov00 | LISTEN 1hr26min | MP3 19.7MB Christ our perfect example, especially the Cross: Moral and spiritual stature and qualities.
AR256 The Cross enables us to become what we should become and live out how we should live. 17Dec00 | LISTEN 1hr06min | MP3 15.0MB

The Lord's Supper

AR257 The meaning and reality of the body and blood of Christ we partake 7Jan01 | LISTEN 1hr36min | MP3 21.8MB The Cross the basis of the Lord's Supper -reflections on the death of Christ can help deepen our appreciation and experience of the meaning of the Lord's Supper; importance of the Lord’s Supper; meaning and reality of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus we partake.
AR258 Enhances oneness with the Lord & oneness, unity, fellowship in the body of Christ 28Jan01 | LISTEN 1hr36min | MP3 21.8MB
AR259 Remembrance of Christ 18Feb01 | LISTEN 1hr20min | MP3 18.2MB
AR260 Proclamation of Christ's death 11Mar01 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB
AR261 Consciousness of Christ's Second Coming 1Apr01 | LISTEN 1hr33min | MP3 21.2MB
AR262 Preparation of heart in relation to the partaking of the Lord's Supper 22Apr01 | LISTEN 1hr27min | MP3 19.9MB
AR263 Readiness to partake the Lord's Supper 13May01 | LISTEN 1hr13min | MP3 12.4MB
AR264 Practical aspects: context, frequency, administration & supervision, physical elements used 3Jun01 | LISTEN 1hr16min | MP3 17.3MB
AR265 The spiritual meaning & significance of the elements bread & wine: Unleavened bread 24Jun01 | LISTEN 1hr14min | MP3 16.8MB
AR266 The spiritual meaning & significance of the elements bread & wine: Wine 15Jul01 | LISTEN 1hr25min | MP3 19.3MB
AR267 Prefigured or foreshadowed in the Passover 5Aug01 | LISTEN 1hr27min | MP3 19.8MB
AR268 A spiritual feast, the New Covenant in Christ's blood, spiritual union with Christ 26Aug01 | LISTEN 1hr13min | MP3 16.7MB

Concluding messages on Appearance and Reality in relation to the Cross

AR269 Where is justice and where is the God of righteousness and justice? 16Sep01 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 20.9MB What can we learn from our reflections on the death of Christ in our consideration of the subject of “Appearance and Reality”? Where is justice and where is the God of righteousness and justice?
AR270 The darkest hour 7Oct01 | LISTEN 1hr23min | MP3 18.8MB
AR271 The absence and silence of God 28Oct01 | LISTEN 1hr26min | MP3 19.7MB
AR272 The death of the Messiah, Deliverer, Saviour (1) 18Nov01 | LISTEN 1hr15min | MP3 17.0MB
AR273 The death of the Messiah, Deliverer, Saviour (2): what we can learn 9Dec01 | LISTEN 1hr13min | MP3 16.5MB
AR274 Major accomplishments, supreme manifestation of moral and spiritual strength and quality of life 30Dec01 | LISTEN 1hr32min | MP3 21.0MB

Concluding messages on Appearance and Reality

AR275 Importance and relevance of the subject of Appearance and Reality 20Jan02 | LISTEN 1hr22min | MP3 18.7MB Importance and relevance of the subject and how the messages are covered: 1st major category: People: Scribes and Pharisees, Moses, Paul, the Apostles, Job.
AR276 1st major category: People, 2nd major category: Situations (1) 10Feb02 | LISTEN 1hr24min | MP3 19.2MB 1st major category (continued): People: Joseph, John the Baptist.
2nd major category: Situations: Paul before Agrippa.
AR277 2nd major category: Situations (2) 3Mar02 | LISTEN 1hr23min | MP3 18.9MB 2nd major category (continued): Situations: What kind of situations, contexts are conducive, helpful for our growth and development? Moses, Joseph, Job.
Walk by faith and not by sight: example of Paul. Framework within which we work out our lives: Daniel, Solomon.
AR278 2nd major category: Situations (3) 24Mar02 | LISTEN 1hr23min | MP3 18.9MB 2nd major category (continued): Situations: Difficult situations which appear likely to continue indefinitely or degenerating towards increasing darkness and hopelessness or developing in intensity towards a crisis and seriously damaging consequences.
AR279 2nd major category: Situations (4), 3rd major category: Conduct, Service, Action (1) 14Apr02 | LISTEN 1hr17min | MP3 17.4MB 2nd major category (continued): Situations: David fleeing from King Saul, his encounter with Goliath, his most serious faltering; 3rd major category: Conduct, Service, Action: their meaning and quality: Effective prayer.
AR280 3rd major category: Conduct, Service, Action (2) 5May02 | LISTEN 1hr29min | MP3 20.2MB 3rd major category: Conduct, service, action: Effective service.
AR281 3rd major category: Conduct, Service, Action (3) 26May02 | LISTEN 1hr25min | MP3 19.4MB 3rd major category (continued): Conduct, service, action: Problems associated with preoccupation or being over impressed with outward appearance of things; effective preacher and preaching; good hearers. Communication: introductory remarks.
AR282 3rd major category: Conduct, Service, Action (4), 4th major category: The Lord Jesus Christ 16Jun02 | LISTEN 1hr13min | MP3 16.7MB 3rd major category (continued): Conduct, service, action: Communication: Pleasing, pleasant words: flattery, praises. Unpleasant words: important to respond well to correction, reproof and rebuke.
4th major category: The Lord Jesus Christ: Introductory observations and overview.
AR283 4th major category: The Lord Jesus Christ (2) 7Jul02 | LISTEN 1hr10min | MP3 16.0MB 4th major category (continued): Continue overview of the Lord Jesus: His Person, situations He went through, His conduct, service and actions; His approach, emphasis and teaching; mixed responses to His ministry; how He related to different people; His conduct, words and ways which may appear puzzling, inappropriate or even improper.
AR284 4th major category: The Lord Jesus Christ (3) 28Jul02 | LISTEN 1hr24min | MP3 19.0MB 4th major category (continued): The Lord Jesus Christ: The kingdom of God and the fallen world.
AR285 4th major category: The Lord Jesus Christ (4) 18Aug02 | LISTEN 1hr24min | MP3 19.1MB 4th major category (continued): The Lord Jesus Christ: The kingdom of God and the fallen world: success, ambition, accomplishments; true strength and power; true riches.
AR286 4th major category: The Lord Jesus Christ (5) 8Sep02 | LISTEN 1hr25min | MP3 19.3MB 4th major category (continued): The Lord Jesus Christ: The kingdom of God and the fallen world: continue true riches; true greatness; sorrow and pain, peace and joy; dignity; partiality.
AR287 Concluding message on Appearance and Reality 29Sep02 | LISTEN 1hr15min | MP3 16.6MB

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