Just added to our studies in 1 Corinthians; a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie:
Just added; a recording of this evenings Gospel message, preached by Mr Robert Gray:
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.
- Are you in Christ?
- Would you like to be changed tonight?
Afraid you couldn’t keep it?
He gives the help.
- 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?
- Are you a new creation?
- Has Christ moved in?
- 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?
- 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
Just added to the site, the first message from this years annual Christian Conference held in Riverside Evangelical Church Ayr;
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:
- Opportunity for Paul preaching to the guards
- Some stirred up to preach
- Others stirred to add to Pauls affliction by preaching contentiously
3 individuals mentioned in the letter who are copies of Christ :
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:
Paul writes 7 epistles to 7 geographical locations
- Romans – fundamental truth
- Ephesians – family truth
- 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
Just added to the site, Ian Grants message from this years annual Christian Conference held in Riverside Evangelical Church Ayr;
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
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:
Lev 16 verse 14
Heb 9 Verse 24
Lev 16 verses 5 to 8
Hebrews 9 vs 26
3rd Appearing :
Lev 16 waiting for the High Priest to come out of the Sanctuary
Just added to the site, Stephen Grants message from this years annual Christian Conference held in Riverside Evangelical Church Ayr;
Outline notes from this message:
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
- Historical Jerusalem
- Jerusalem of the millennial reign
- 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
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
Just added to our series on 1 Corinthians, a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie:
Just added, a new message preached by Mr Craig Mackie from Mark chapter 4:
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
Just added: a new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 7:
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:
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:
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!
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.
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.”
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
Just added; this years Christmas message, preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie