Ayr Conference 2016

Just added, the 3 messages preached at this years annual Christian Conference, held in Riverside Evangelical Church Ayr, and hosted by Woodpark Evangelical Church, Belmont Ayr:

 

The Garments of Christ – Fraser Munro

 

The Body of Christ – J Stewart Gillespie

 

The Coming of Christ – Sandy Foster

 

‘and one Sat on the Throne…’ Revelation chapter 4

 

Just added, a new message preached by Mr Alistair Sinclair from Revelation chapter 4:

 

Alistair Sinclair – and one sat on the throne – Revelation chp 4 vs 1 to 3 – 22122015

‘to another the gifts of healing…’

 

Just added, a new message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie:

 

1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 9 – To Another the Gifts of Healing – JS Gillespie

 

Outline notes available for this message:

 

What differentiated the Corinthians old dead religious experience from the new experience of Christ was the genuine presence of God amongst them:

Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Where Gods presence is.

That is the Christian gathering is not primarily a gathering:

  • To talk about God
  • To teach about God
  • To debate about God
  • To discuss about God

The distinctive feature of the Christian gathering is:

  • To meet with God

Where Gods presence is, that presence is knowable.

Subjectively:

Gods presence is knowable by:

  • Gods Peace – John 20

  • Gods Purity – John 9

  • Gods Pleasure – Psalm 16

Objectively – the Revelation of God:

  • God spoke (1 Corinthians 12:3)

  • God revealed Himself

What do we desire for our local Church / fellowship / assembly in the year ahead?

  • spiritual growth?

  • numerical growth?

  • Unity of believers?

  • Good Bible teaching?

  • Effective evangelism?

All of this certainly, but all is but a shell / sham if this is not true:

The Presence of God with us.

That is, as we gather together with:

Sin in my heart – It is exposed

Burdens pressing down upon me – they are lifted by His joy

Trouble in my heart – it is calmed by His presence

And this all from the defining feature of the assemblies :

  • not emotionalism

  • not hype

  • not a multimedia extravaganza

All this form the fact that as we gather God speaks

This must be our defining feature

Not just the doctrinal claim of His Presence, but the power and reality and proof of His presence, that He is with us and that is known by the fact God speaks

This needs to be the expectation of Gods people

This needs to be the preparation of our preachers

We ought to settle for not giving less

 

Not only could they claim that God spoke but they could prove that God spoke!

In verses 4 to 11 the apostle will present the proof of it

9 distinct spiritual gets and yet all are:

  • Consistent

  • Coherent

  • Coordinated

Between individuals and over time

Drawn together by unity of:

  • Origin (v4)
  • Order (v5)

  • Outcome (v6)

We noticed that as the Spirit of God gave:

‘Wisdom’ to Bezaleel in the tabernacle it was with the purpose of presenting the work of Christ as an elaborate parable, or more germane to 1 Corinthians chapter 12, when Joseph is given that ‘Word of Wisdom’ it is to complete an elaborate picture of the:

‘Person of Christ’

to another faith

Abraham:

  1. Personal faith

  2. Practical faith

  3. Prophetic faith

All lead him to Christ

‘to another the Gifts of healing…’

We will notice in these Old Testament records of healing that we do not have a random collection of miracles but rather one consistent pattern of:

  • Origin

  • Order

  • Outcome

It has to be noted that when it comes to healing miracles that there is a very uneven distribution of this miracles through the Bible.

The distribution of helping miracles is certainly more akin to  strawberry jam than jelly, a very lumpy distribution indeed.

Book of Genesis – 2300 years approx of Biblical history we have no examples of the gift of healing, one intercession prayer by Abraham for God to heal Abimelech

From Exodus to Malachi – approx 1500 years of biblical history we have approximately 7 occasions when we have the gift of healing:

  • Exodus to Deuteronomy – 3 examples of the gift of healing
  • 1 Kings – 1 example of the gift of healing – Widow of Zarephaths son by Elijah
  • 2 Kings – 3 examples of the gifts of healing
  1. Healing at Marah – (Exodus 15)
  2. Healing from the fiery serpents (Numbers 21)

Healing during a period of Satanic attack

Satan as a serpent

3 animals in scripture linked with Satan:

  1. Serpent – deception by dissatisfaction and doubt – cf. Genesis chp 3
  2. Lion – Destruction (1 Peter 5)
  3. Dragon – Dominion (Rev 12:3-17)
  1. Healing of Miriams Leprosy (Numbers 12)
  2. Healing of the widow of Zarephaths son (1 Kings 17)
  3. Healing of the Shunammites son
  4. Healing of Namaans leprosy
  5. Resurrection of the dead man thrown into Elishas grave

From Matthew to Acts – mainly in the gospels, over a period of only 4 years we have a multiplication of healings, innumerable healings performed by Christ and His disciples, so any in fact that at times the gospels will record:

“healed all” – Matthew 8:16

“healed many” – Mark 1:34

“healed many” – Mark 3:10

The prototype of all healing miracles – Exodus 15:22-27

This is arguably the first time that God gives the gift of helaing, not necessarily the first time that God heals but the first time that God delegates this healing ability as a gift.

Interestingly on this occasion no one will be healed; yet Exodus 15 is the prototype of all gifts of healing

At Marah a principle or prototype will be established that will influence and impact on all other biblical healings

Why do I make such a claim?

At Marah God will reveal Himself for the first time as: Jehovah Ropheka (Exodus 15:26) – The God who heals thee.

In this miracle of healing God establishes :

  1. His identity (Exodus 15:26)
  2. His Ability – His spiritual authority / method by which He heals

Why is it that the first healing miracle / gift of healing is not the healing of a person at all?

For this reason – in order that the tree can be thrown into the equation!

There is a tremendous problem with the gift of healing – the problem of sin and it’s moral consequences.

Sickness is due ultimately to sin.

the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Sickness is the path from perfect health to death

Sickness is thus the consequence of sin

That link is reiterated in Exodus 15:26

We are not of course claiming and the Bible does not teach that our individual personal sin is the cause of our individual personal sickness; (John 9:1-3); any more than our individual and personal death is due necessarily to the cumulative effect of our individual and personal sins (Romans 5:12-14); otherwise the wicked would die young, the good would die old and the infant would never perish in the womb.

The effect of sins presence in this world is to corrupt the perfection of order and creation and this corruption, like pollution affects us all.

If death finds its origins in sin

If sickness is the means to death

Then sickness is ultimately authored by sin

To remove sickness is thus ultimately not purely a medical exercise but a moral one (Rev 21:4)

Thus God can no more arbitrarily deal with sickness than He can with sin

To deal with sickness there is a cost!

That cost is a moral and spiritual cost, just as it was for sin itself; only in the atoning work of Christ can God be both Just and the Justifier of those who believe in Jesus (Romans 3).

Gods power to heal lies as much in the work of Christ on the tree as much as His power to save does.

Healing draws it’s power from the cross of Christ (Isaiah 53:5)

For God to heal is ultimately for God to deal with sin – Luke chp 5:17ff; Mark 2:5ff.

It all depends upon the addition of the tree

We cannot remove healing from the work of Christ

Gods gift of healing is always designed to draw us to Christ.

‘to another faith…’

 

Just added , a new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 12 verse by J Stewart Gillespie:

 

1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 9 – to another faith…- JS Gillespie

 

Outline notes are available from this message:

 

What differentiated the Corinthians old dead religious experience from the new experience of Christ was the genuine presence of God amongst them:

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

That is the Christian gathering is not primarily a gathering:

  • To talk about God
  • To teach about God
  • To debate about God
  • To discuss about God

The distinctive feature of the Christian gathering is that here we meet with God

Where Gods presence is, that presence is knowable.

Subjectively:

  • Gods presence is knowable by:

  • Gods Peace – John 20

  • Gods Purity – John 9

  • Gods Pleasure – Psalm 16

Objectively:

  • God spoke

  • God revealed Himself

The Bible nowhere sets out arguments to prove the existence of God:

  1. Gods non existence is not an argument worth debating – Psalm 14:1
  2. The denial of God is a consequence of Gods withdrawal and abandonment – Romans chp 1
  3. The existence of God is not dependent on an argument but rather the Apostle Paul, The Corinthians are utterly convinced regarding the reality of God, because God speaks.

Of course anyone could claim that God speaks, but it is an altogether different matter to prove it.

In verses 4 to 11 the apostle will present the proof of it

9 distinct spiritual gets and yet all are:

  1. Consistent

  2. Coherent
  3. Coordinated

Between individuals and over time

Drawn together by unity of:

  1. Origin (v4)

  2. Order (v5)

  3. Outcome (v6)

We noticed that as the Spirit of God gave:

‘Wisdom’ to Bezaleel in the tabernacle it was with the purpose of presenting the work of Christ as an elaborate parable, or more Germaine to 1 Corinthians chapter 12, when Joseph is given that ‘Word of Wisdom’ it is to complete an elaborate picture of the:

‘Person of Christ’

We would like to look at the 3rd of these gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:9 :

to another faith

When God has gifted ‘faith’, He has always done so with the purpose of drawing us to the Person of Christ.

It may be tempting to think with some commentators of ‘faith’ here in the context of:

  • extraordinary faith

  • supernatural faith
  • miracle working faith

As the faith to:

  1. Walk on water – Peter

  2. Slay a giant – David

  3. Destroy the temple of Dagon – Samson

This is undoubtedly contextually relevant, however when it comes to faith there is no substantive difference between what we call:

ordinary faith

and

extraordinary faith

In truth all faith is extraordinary and supernatural

Faith is not defined as faith by the nature of its outcome

If faith was outcome focused then the object of:

  1. Peters faith would be that he could walk on water

  2. David’s faith would be that he could Slay a giant

  3. Samsons faith would be that he could destroy Dagons temple

Then we could be absolutely sure that:

  • Peter would sink

  • David would miss

  • Samson would fail

Faith is measured not by the greatness of its outcome, but the defining feature of faith lies in its object: that is in Christ.

When Peter took his eyes off of Christ, he began to sink (Matt 14:30ff)

Saving faith and supernatural faith so called are in essence thus the same; defined by their object – Christ and not defined by their outcome.

“believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thought shalt be saved”

If there is one person we think of in connection with faith it must be Abraham (Romans 4:16)

Abraham is the father of the faithful

Abrahams Faith:

  1. Personally (Genesis 15:1-6)
  2. Practically (Genesis 14)

  3. Prophetically (Genesis 22)

Abrahams Faith:

Personally

Genesis 15:1-6

Fulfilled in Christ; cf. Genesis 22; Genesis 17:4,7

Abahams personal faith brings him into a relationship with God, a relationship only possible through Christ (Genesis 15:6) – it is only by Christ that God is able to make anyone right by faith cf. Romans chapters 3, 4 and 5.

The terms of Genesis chapter 15 and 17 and 22 point clearly to Christ:

“everlasting covenant” (Gen 17:6)

“everlasting covenant” (Gen 17:13)

“stars of the heaven and the sand of the sea shore” (Gen 22:17-18)

Abrahams personal faith was a faith that:

Justifies

Brought everlasting promise

Produced offspring as the stars of heaven

blesses every nation

The apostle Paul is in no doubt as to how that is possible: Galatians 3:6; Romans 3:26

Practically

Genesis chapter 14

Abraham masters an army to go and recapture Lot from the grip of 5 victorious Kings

Practical faith would lead him to one of the greatest encounters of his life; Genesis 14:17ff

By that practical faith, Abraham encountered Melchizedek – King of Righteousness and King of Peace.

Here is a King / Priest – almost unique in the pages of scripture, until Psalm 110:4 and Hebrews 7:1ff – Christ is our Great High Priest (Hebrews 9:11)

Revelation 19:16

Prophetically

Genesis chapter 22

Thine only Isaac” (22:3)

‘only’ : yahiyd – 12 times in the Ot

The last use of this word ‘only’ (yahyid) is in Zechariah 12:10

Note also it’s use in Psalm 22:20

Consider in Genesis 22:

  • Person – Genesis 22:2 : ‘Thine only’ : ‘yahiyd’ – the Son and the Sacrifice – lamb and burnt offering
  • Place – Moriah – the temple mount

  • Picture – ‘wood’ = ‘tree’

  • Provision (v8)

  • Promise

Abrahams faith leads Prophetically to Christ

 

How to be Sure Really Sure that God Exists

 

Just added, a new message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians chapter 12:

 

1 Corinthians chp 12 vs 4 to 11 – How to be Sure Really Sure that God Exists – JS Gillespie – 01122015