Living without Anxiety 3 Golden Rules

Just added to our studies in 1 Corinthians; a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie:

1 Corinthians chp 7 vs 25 to 40 – Living without Anxiety 3 Golden Rules – JS Gillespie – 13012015

A New Self for A New Year – Robert Gray

Just added; a recording of this evenings Gospel message, preached by Mr Robert Gray:

A New Self for a New Year – Robert Gray – 04012015


Outline notes available for this message:


2 Corinthians chp 4 vs 3 to 6, 5:14-21, 6:1-2
Vs 17 ‘therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature’
We still have the same Gospel message in 2015
The message doesn’t change
2014 saw the commemoration of the first world war
It was meant to be the war to end all wars
Yet today the world remains full of war
Men and women gave their life for freedom
2014 was the 10th anniversary of the tsunami
2014 was the year of the commonwealth games
2014 has gone into eternity
Will we have another year ?
What will 2015 hold for us ?
This is the heart cry of God : ‘be ye reconciled to God’
What do you think of Christ?
We present to you the Lord Jesus Christ Gods Son
This is Gods way of salvation

‘if any man be in Christ he is a new creation ‘
1 Corinthians chp 15:20-22
If any man be in Christ they a new creation
All die in Adam
So in Christ shall all be made alive
Sin brings death, disease and separation from God
As in Adam all die – 1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 22
The bible teaches that sin is both the cause of spiritual and physical death
Are you in Adam or are you in Christ?
As in Adam we all die
What we need is someone who cares and who can give life
This we have in Christ
We need life and only Christ can give life (1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 22)
Christ came to rescue us and Christ came to give life
Have you had your sins forgiven?
Are you in Christ?
There is life in Christ, what a message!

Christ knew that all men die, He understood our need.


Questions :

  1. Are you in Christ?
  2. Would you like to be changed tonight?

Afraid you couldn’t keep it?

He gives the help.

  1. When did you move to being in Christ? Was there a time in your life whenever when you changed from being in Adam to be in Christ?
  2. Are you a new creation?
  3. Has Christ moved in?
  4. Has the old gone in your life? The old things you used to listen to and the old things you used to do, are they gone?
  5. Is Jesus Christ real to you? A new creation will want to tell others about Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ has changed the course of time and eternity

God has made Jesus Christ to be sin for us

2 Corinthians chapter 5 vs 21

Christ is able to change your life right here and now

Jesus brings life

Jesus brings hope

The old things go and everything is made new


Ayr Conference 2015 – A People Belonging to Gods Heaven – Alistair Sinclair

Just added to the site, the first message from this years annual Christian Conference held in Riverside Evangelical Church Ayr;

A People Belonging to Gods Heaven – Philippians chp 3 – Alistair Sinclair


Outline notes from this message:


Philippians chp 3

Written in his own home; Paul was a Prisoner in his own home

Gods ways are not our ways, but from this adversity there came:

  1. Opportunity for Paul preaching to the guards
  2. Some stirred up to preach
  3. Others stirred to add to Pauls affliction by preaching contentiously


3 individuals mentioned in the letter who are copies of Christ :

  1. Paul
  2. Timothy
  3. Epaphroditus


The flesh manifested was manifested by those who :

1 Pushed for circumcision

2 God is their belly

Both errors caused by the vile bodies

“in me that is in my flesh dwells no good things ”

Paul wrote epistles to 7 geographical locations:

  1. Rome
  2. Corinth
  3. Galatia
  4. Ephesus
  5. Philippi
  6. Colosse
  7. Thessalonica

Paul writes 7 epistles to 7 geographical locations

  1. Romans – fundamental truth
  2. Ephesians – family truth
  3. 1 Thessalonians – future truth

After these truths they are then challenged in the nex 2 epistles

No church epistle after 1 thessalonians – the church is taken home

They were trying to substitute orthodoxy for obedience at Philippi; a common problem

Verse 7 Pauls balance sheet, added them up and reckons them as dung

Verse 9 – found in Him, you’ll never meet a Muslim who will say I am in Muhammed, or a Buddhist that will say I am in Buddha but the Christian is in Christ

Verse 10 if by any means – strong phrase

Physical Resurrection is guaranteed to all believers cf. 1 Corinthians chp 15; ‘we shall all be changed’

Paul hadn’t made it yet!

Paul is a work in progress

V10 – being conformed

Only used 2 times in Philippians chp 3 and once in Romans chp 8, ‘that we might be conformed to the image of His Son – in the new Testament

So important  what we fill our minds with

Verse 15 —single minded and same minded

Verse 17 – get focused on Godly men and women

V19 – the flesh is the problem

V18 to 21 note 4 contrasts:

1 – End is destruction

We look for the saviour

2 – God is their belly

Change our vile body

3 – Whose Glory is in their shame

Like unto his glorious body

4 – Who mind earthly things

Your citizenship is in heaven


We ought to be a bit of heaven here on earth

Ayr Conference 2015 – The Saviour Who Entered in to Gods Heaven – Ian Grant

Just added to the site, Ian Grants message from this years annual Christian Conference held in Riverside Evangelical Church Ayr;


The Saviour Who Entered Gods Heaven – Hebrews Chapter 9


Outline notes from this message:


Hebrews was written to Jewish believers

Written to people who suffered for their faith 10:32ff

These were believers in danger of going back to Judaism

The letter written to

1 Strengthen their faith in Christ 10:33, chp 11

2 To show that what they have in Christ is vastly superior to what they had before


What we have in Christ is vastly superior to what we had before

Hebrew speaks about the better things

Better hope. Covenant, substance, country, blood, hope

Epistle of better things

Not written about us but written for us

Fundamental truths of ; Faith, Death of Christ, Divine chastening are all spoken of in this letter

No major church truth in Hebrews

Hebrews outline :

Chp 1 to 10 – the supremacy of Christ

Supremacy of Christ in Person

Writer compares  Christ with

Chp 1 and 2 over angels

Chp 3 – Moses

Chp 4 – Joshua

Chp 5 – Aaron


Chp 7 supremacy of Christ in his priesthood

Chp 8 Supremacy of Christ in his provision

Chp 10 supremacy of Christ in his passion


Chp 10 + 11 – stewardship

Chp 12 + 13 – standards of Christian living


Chapter 9

Worship is connected to service

Worship is the secret of service

Service is the expression of worship

List of the furniture in the tabernacle

No mention of the altar of incense

Lampstand is mentioned

Altar of incense is not mentioned

Table is mentioned

No mention of altar of incense

In this new relationship, the worship of God has been taken into the sanctuary

We are within the vail

No need for the altar of incense

Limitations of the old sanctuary :

Verse 7: limitations of access, one man once per year

We have unrestricted access to the presence of God

Not about familiarity

Limitations for the priest – verse 7

The priest had to offer something for himself and then for the people

Priest offered for himself and then the people

Limitation in the atonement (verse 13)

Limitation as to the duration of what was done – for the time present

Liberty of access – verse 12

Christ has entered once for all, Christ lives in the Holy place, the High Priest of old visited the Holy Place

Christ has gone to Heaven to stay in the Holy Place

Verses 13 – His blood is different

Blessings of Duration – eternal redemption

Note that there are 3 appearings in Hebrews chapter 9:

1st Appearing

Lev 16 verse 14

Heb 9 Verse 24


2nd Appearing:

Lev 16 verses 5 to 8

Hebrews 9 vs 26


3rd Appearing :

Heb 9:28

Lev 16 waiting for the High Priest to come out of the Sanctuary


Ayr Conference 2015 – A Heaven Belonging to Gods People – Stephen Grant

Just added to the site, Stephen Grants message from this years annual Christian Conference held in Riverside Evangelical Church Ayr;


A Heaven Belonging to Gods People – Revelation chp 21 – Stephen Grant


Outline notes from this message:


Stephen Grant

Revelation chp 21 vs 1 to 27

Where will you spend eternity?

Chapter 21 of Revelation answers this question

Here is a detailed description of our eternal home

Verse 1 – ‘and I saw’ – marks a division in Revelation

This is beyond the great White throne judgement

This is the eternal state

Isaiah 66:26 – New heaven and new earth

Matthew 19:28 – old earth, regenerate

Followed by a New Heaven and New Earth not simply a regenerate old heaven and old earth

‘no more sea’ – water based environment is gone

No more evaporation, distillation and condensation

Different environment, not water based

Verse 2 – Jerusalem – 3 Jerusalems in the Bible

  1. Historical Jerusalem
  2. Jerusalem of the millennial reign
  3. The eternal city of the New Jerusalem (Revelation chp 21)


Jerusalem married to God, brings together regenerate Old and New Testament saints

Explains the Old Testament symbolism of the nation of Israel as the bride of Jehovah

This is the Fathers House

This is Gods presence like no other time

With no sin present; Gods tabernacle is with men

Verse 4 – no more tears in heaven

Verse 6 – It is done, cf the words of Christ on the Cross ; ‘It is finished’ here is the accomplished reality and consequences of this

The Appearance of the New Jerusalem; Encompasses the redeemed from the Old and New Testaments

Thus the names of the old Testament redeemed appear on it (verse 12)

The Glory of God emanates from this place

1500 miles cubed

Jasper – crystal clear diamond

Has walls – therefore has limits

Has gates – therefore can go in and out of it

Verse 15 – God measures what belongs to Himself

City lies four square

Cube shaped

1500 miles cubed

The holy places of the tabernacle and temple were cubic

216 feet thick

Walls like diamond

Walls 1500 miles high

Radiates out the Glory of God

Verse 22 – ‘And I saw no temple therein’

No temple because there is no sin

God no longer needs to distance Himself from man

Verse 24 – Will God structure His people into Nations and Kings in eternity



1 Corinthians chp 7 vs 25 to 31 – When Time is Short

Just added to our series on 1 Corinthians, a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie:


1 Corinthians chp 7 vs 25 to 31 – When Time is Short – J Stewart Gillespie – 30122014

My Story – Billy McClounie

Just added; Billy McClounie from New Cumnock tells his own story of how through bereavement and the bitter disappointments of life, God brought him on a journey which led him to to saving faith in Jesus Christ


My Story – Billy McClounie

Service in Any Circumstances – 1 Corinthians chp 7 vs 17 to 24

Just added: a new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 7:

1 Corinthians chp 7 vs 17 to 24 – Service in any Circumstances – JS Gillespie


Notes are available from this message:


We leave the section on marriage (7:1-15)
To return eventually to a section on engagement (7:25ff)
Between the 2 we have this section here (7:16-24) which seems on the surface to speak about quite unrelated subjects:

Circumcision (7:18-19)
Slavery (7:20-24)

Maybe this would indicate a bit of an aside?
Maybe this is a bit of a tangent?
More to it than that?
There is in 7:16-24 a principle already worked out and made explicit through the ministry Paul has given on marriage, this is then extended to other areas of the Christian life.
There has been evident a consistent way of dealing with the marriage related issues:

Unmarried – stay as you are (v8-9) with a “but if…” (v9)
Married – stay as you are (v10) with a “but if…” (v11)
Mixed marriage – stay as you are (v12-13) with a “but if…” (v15)

So stay as you are has been the ministry
Going to see this principle applied to:

1. Marital Status – Relationships – Marriage (7:8-17)
2. Circumcision – Religious / Social rights (7:18-19)
3. Service – Economic circumstances – Occupation (7:21-23)

There are many attitudes which are profoundly destructive in the service of God; few are more destructive than the attitude of heart which sees:

No opportunity in the circumstances into which God has placed us
No opening through the door which God has opened
No gifts in the abilities God has bestowed upon us

There is an outlook which perceives our:

Social circumstances as a mere hindrance
Personal circumstance as a burden
Our occupation as a distraction
Our marriage as a problem

The only positive you can get from some believers is that if only they were:

somewhere else
with someone else
with some other gift

Then every thing would be so much better
Or maybe like Elijah in the wilderness we get it into our head that the only prospect of a positive career move in the Christian life is promotion to glory by means of death. In so doing of course we:

neglect every gift God gives
ignore every open door
miss every opportunity

The reply of the apostle to that mindset is interesting:

‘who do you think God is?’

What is your view of God?

Is God someone who gives you a wee helping hand with that heavy load you carry, that heavy burden that hinders your higher service? Or do we perceive that Gods highest service is to take His yolk upon you and bear that load He has given with Himself? It is His load! It is His service! It is His burden!

Is it God to whom we pray asking for pleasant / congenial / improved circumstances? Is God the God who ‘distributes to every man’ and who ‘called every one’ in those very circumstance?

Is it to God I appeal to bring me into more pleasant paths? Or do I recognise this path as the path He has set me on with the instruction; “so let him walk” (7:17)? “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” (Psa 40:2).

“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” (Pro 4:25-27)

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Pro 3:5-6)

In 1 Corinthians7:17 it is God who:

1. Distributes the gifts we have – The Provision
2. Calls us in the circumstances we are in – The Purpose
3. Sets the path upon which we walk – The Path

Don’t have a narrow view of God!
He is:

1. The Giver of Gifts
2. The Caller in all Circumstances
3. The Setter of Paths

Our disappointments are Gods appointments.

1. The Provision

‘as God hath distributed to every man…’ (v17)
God gifts the abilities
We have already had an indication that the circumstances and abilities of the Christian life exist by Divine appointment: “every man hath his proper gift of God” (7:7); the gift of maintaining a single life or of living a married life.
‘distributed’: ‘merizo’:3307
Just as the Lord ‘divided’ the fishes amongst the 5000 (Mk6:41) and each received something, so too us.
We have all that we need for His service.
“every man” – each has his gift – a theme picked up in 1 Co12:7,11.
On the path for a few months – what is your gift?
How long have you been using that gift?

2. The Purpose

‘as the Lord hath called every one…’ (v17)
God calls to the opportunities
God deliberately calls us in the circumstances of life in which we are found, rather than in spite of those circumstances

3. The Path
The path before us, with all of its problems is the one God has set us to walk for Him.

David – Status against him

Some can only see the giant looming before the shepherd boy, to conclude:

“Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” (1Sa 17:33)

they can perceive the absence of:


others see it as DESIGN (1 Sam 17) as the circumstances ordained to demonstrate that:

“This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
(1Sa 17:46)

Joseph – Slavery and Service against him

There is an outlook on the Christian life which sees a man:

Betrayed by your family
Sold into slavery
Taken into Egypt
Thrown into prison
Joseph you are a slave – Joseph are not even a person; you are a possession; you are only worth what someone is willing to pay for you!
Potiphar bought you, he can choice to do as he pleases with you.
You are a nobody

And asks; ‘Joseph how can you possibly serve God in those circumstances?’
You you have the view that service for God is spiritual activity in congenial circumstances you’ll miss Joseph!
Your ministry to Joseph will be; Joseph the first thing you must do is get out of that slavery, get out of Egypt, get out of Potiphars household, get out of prison and get back home; then you can serve God.
If only you were:

Somewhere else
with someone else
doing something else
then you could really be somebody for God Joseph!

You would have missed it – the plan and purpose of God in raising up Joseph through the path of:


to “Zaphnathpaaneah”

Moses: Circumcision against him

There is an outlook which is only able to perceive:

The persecution of Pharaoh
The slaughter of the children
Vulnerability of the boy born in a Jewish household
The slavery of a nation
The edict of Pharoah

Yet here is a unique, carefully ordained set of adverse circumstances in which Gods power will be shown:

“And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Exo 3:17)

“Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:” (Exo 6:6)

“And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.” (Exo 6:8)

“And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” (Exo 9:16)

These adverse circumstance deliberately ordained for the Glory of His name.
Even the circumcision of Moses; a Hebrew boy who had to be hidden, and who thus in his hiding was smuggled in to overthrow Pharaohs household.

Don’t tell me that you are not:

Young enough
Fit enough
Old enough
Mature enough
Smart enough
Free enough
Happy enough
Rich enough
Gifted enough
Able enough

to serve God
God doesn’t buy it!
Because what you are really saying is that God isn’t great enough to use someone who isn’t:

Young enough
Fit enough
Old enough
Mature enough
Smart enough
Free enough
Happy enough
Rich enough
Gifted enough
Able enough

That makes you a Christian Atheist!
There are in the purposes of God no circumstances adverse to Gods servants, only servants who are adverse to Gods circumstances.