Terminal Ordinariness and the Mystery of the Cherubim of Glory – 2 Corinthians chp 3 vs 6 to 18

Just added, to our series on 2 Corinthians, a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie:

 

2 Corinthians chp 3 vs 6 to 18 – Terminal Ordinariness and the Mystery of the Cherubim of Glory – JS Gillespie – 28032017

 

more messages from 2 Corinthians >>

Gospel – J Stewart Gillespie 2017

Recordings of Gospel messages preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie in 2017:

 

Encounters with God – Jacob Sunset to Sunrise – Genesis 28 – JS Gillespie – 05032017

 

God – Reality and Identity – JS Gillespie – 30012017

 

Encounters with God – The Voice of Conscience – JS Gillespie – 15012017

 

Encounters with God – When God Calls – 3 Things God wants to Say – Genesis chp 3 – JS Gillespie – 05022017

 

When God Speaks – JS Gillespie – 19022017

 

Genesis chp3 – An unexpected meeting with God – JS Gillespie – 12032017

 

Encounters with God – Dieing for a Touch of Jesus – Luke chp 8 -02042017

 

Encounters with God – When Meeting Christ is Just too Painful – JS Gillespie – 07052017

 

The Jesus I Saw – Luke chp 8 – JS Gillespie – 21052017

 

God – By Blood Flood and Flame – JS Gillespie – 05062017

 

Encounters with God – Trapped in Darkness Transformed by Light – 18062017 – JS Gillespie

 

 

Encounters with God – The Voice I Saw – Revelation chapter 1 – JS Gillespie – 02072017

 

Luke Chp 1 – Finding God Where We Left Him – J Stewart Gillespie – 23072017

 

Luke chp 1 vs 26 to 38 – God Supplies His own Greatness – JS Gillespie – 30072017

 

Luke chp 1 vs 46 to 53 – A Hunger for God and for Happiness – JS Gillespie – 06082017

 

Luke chp 4 vs 16 to 30 – Preaching on the Edge of a Precipice – JS Gillespie – 20082017

Luke chp 5 – When My best just isnt Good Enough – JS Gillespie – 03092017

 

Luke chp8 vs 22 to 26 – Let Us Go Over to the Other Side – JS Gillespie – 17092017

 

Luke chp 8 vs 26 to 39 – Where Many Swine Feed – 01102017

 
The Good Samaritan – You’ve Got to Love to Live – Luke chp 10

Gospel 2017

Download or listen online to mp3 Gospel messages preached in the church at Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock in 2017

 

Encounters with God – Jacob Sunset to Sunrise – Genesis 28 – JS Gillespie – 05032017

 

My Duty My Debt My Deliverer – Bill Stevely – 19022017

 

Encounters with God – When God Calls – 3 Things God wants to Say – Genesis chp 3 – JS Gillespie – 05022017

 

When the World isnt Such a Beautiful Place – Simon Leitch – 22012017

 

Encounters with God – The Voice of Conscience – JS Gillespie – 15012017

 

Be Ready for God – Matthew chp 3 – Craig Mackie – 08012017.mp3

 

Through the Eyes of the Cross – Robert Gray – 29012017

 

9 Words of Peter – A Sinner Saved to Love Again – Gareth Dunlop – 26022017

 

Expecting Great things of Jesus – Craig Mackie – 12032017

 

When Christ Shines His Light – Tam Kelly – 19032017

 

A Little more Light – Jackie Locke – 26032017

 

Encounters with God – Dieing for a Touch of Jesus – Luke chp 8 -02042017

 

The Conversion of a Christian – Acts chp 9 – William Houston – 23042017

 

Travelling Well – Destination Hell – Gordon Armstrong – 30402017

 

Encounters with God – When Meeting Christ is Just too Painful – JS Gillespie – 07052017

 

This is Not it – Craig Mackie – 14052017

 

The Jesus I Saw – Luke chp 8 – JS Gillespie – 21052017

 

Demons and Deliverance – Mark chp5 – Alan Park – 28052017

 

God – By Blood Flood and Flame – JS Gillespie – 05062017

 

Encounters with God – Trapped in Darkness Transformed by Light – 18062017 – JS Gillespie

 

Noah – When Judgment Came as a Flood – Mark Johnston – 25062017

 

Encounters with God – The Voice I Saw – Revelation chapter 1 – JS Gillespie – 02072017

 

The Grace of God – Craig Mackie – 09072017

 

How Hard is it to become a Christian – Mark chp 10 – Robert Gray – 16072017

 

Luke Chp 1 – Finding God Where We Left Him – J Stewart Gillespie – 23072017

 

Luke chp 1 vs 26 to 38 – God Supplies His own Greatness – JS Gillespie – 30072017

 

Luke chp 1 vs 46 to 53 – A Hunger for God and for Happiness – JS Gillespie – 06082017

 

Luke chp 4 vs 16 to 30 – Preaching on the Edge of a Precipice – JS Gillespie – 20082017

 

Luke chp 5 – When My best just isnt Good Enough – JS Gillespie – 03092017

 

Luke chp8 vs 22 to 26 – Let Us Go Over to the Other Side – JS Gillespie – 17092017

 

The Lamb – Robert Gray – 24092017

 

Luke chp 8 vs 26 to 39 – Where Many Swine Feed – 01102017

 

Gods Patience Doesnt last Forever – Craig Mackie – 08102017

 

Meeting Jesus – An Opportunity with Obstacles – Kenneth Gilmour – 22102017

 

The Power of the Lord Jesus – Neil Smith – 29102017

 

The Good Samaritan – You’ve Got to Love to Live – Luke chp 10

Because we all need a Fresh Start – JS Gillespie

Just added, a new message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie, from 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 45 to 48:

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 45 to 48 – First and Last Adam First and Second Man because we all need a Fresh Start – JS Gillespie – 01112016

 

Funeral Services

Recordings from some of our remembrance and funeral services held :

 

Adam Wallace Funeral Service – JS Gillespie – 18112016

 

McMichael Robert – Funeral – JS Gillespie – 23092016

 

Funeral – Jean Carmichael – 15092016

 

Funeral of Gordon Lindsay – 25082016

 

William Burley Funeral 29072016

 

 

Funeral – William Barbour – eulogy – 26052016

 

Funeral Service of Sadie Freeburn – JS Gillespie – 12052016

 

Funeral Service – Judith Ann Brown

 

Funeral Service of Elizabeth Houston – J Stewart Gillespie

 

Funeral William Timpany – Born 29041931 – 03092015.mp3

 

Jean Timpany New Cumnock – Funeral Service

 

Funeral Jean Robertson

 

 

Beth Webster – Funeral – 29072010

 

George Webster – Funeral

 

Michael Flynn Funeral

 

Jean McGinn Funeral

 

Bert Pagan Funeral

 

John Bell – Cumnock – Funeral Service

 

Bad – 1 Corinthians Chapter 7

Just added a new message from 1 Corinthians chapter 7 verses 1 to 7:

 

1 Corinthians chp 7 vs 1 to 7 – Whats so bad About Fornication – JS Gillespie – 28102014

 

Notes from this message:

 

In response to the Corinthians questions about marriage; Paul appears to agree with their suggestion that ‘it is good for a man to touch a woman,’ but only good for those so gifted and not everyone is (7:7).
Sometimes we don’t see gift as gift!
Some people are naturally fitted for a particular life of service:

  • Jacob – the father of 12 boys; you need your wits about you for that job, you would need eyes in the back of your internet router; Jacob the schemer; the wheeler and dealer. Jacob could spot a made up story when he heard one; how a wild beast had ripped his youngest son to shreds, devoured him whole without leaving so much as a finger nail, having carefully first removed only his outer coat of many colours!! – Jacob was suspicious.
  • Moses 40 years with the grumbling nation of Israel in the wilderness, you would need a lot of patience! Moses is peculiarly fitted for the task as the meekest man in all the earth; “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” (Num 12:3)
  • Samson and his strength
  • David – “the sweet psalmist of Israel,” (2Sa 23:1), a man of deep emotions and reflection is also a man after Gods own heart; nothing superficial about him.
  • Paul – the Theologian and thinker, taught by Gamaliel, a Pharisee, a man peculiarly suited to expounding the Word of God.

Each individual is a unique mixture of grace, gifts and abilities.

‘To avoid fornication’ (7:2)

What’s so bad about fornication?
Does the media of our day, the stars of the day, the films of the day, the celebrities of the day not attempt to normalise / glorify these extramarital relationships?

Notice how prevalent a sin fornication is in the bible; how often it is recorded:

  • Judah and Tamar
  • Dinah and Shechem (Gen 34)
  • Reuben and Bilhah (Gen 35:22)
  • Lot and his 2 daughters
  • Israel in the wilderness
  • Samson and the Harlot from Gaza
  • Samson and Delilah
  • David and Bathsheba
  • Absalom and Davids concubines
  • Tamar and Amnon

 

If we include the polygamies there are even more cases of fornication.
A sin affecting not only the ungodly Canaanites but equally the great and the good: Judah, Lot, David, Samson and not just the carnal Absalom, Amnon and Herod.
It was frequently through fornication / sexual immorality that the great and the good blotted an otherwise unsullied copy book.
What’s so bad about fornication?

1. Frequent / common problem affecting both the great and the good and the godless alike.

2. It is a problem with spiritual consequences:

  • 1 Corinthians chp 6:15ff : the physical affects the spiritual
  • David Psalm 51:1-12,17
  • Solomon (1 Kings 11:4) – cuts across the spiritual strata and the generations; ‘It came to pass when Solomon was old…” (1 kings 11:4)

3. It is the corruption of Gods creatorial order

‘let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.’ (1 Co 7:2)
One man and one woman – the original creatorial order and pattern
‘for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife and these twain shall be one flesh.’ (Gen 2:24) – word spoken by Adam? From Matthew 19:5 it becomes clear that these are actually words spoken by God and quoted by Christ. Whilst it might appear from the text of Genesis 2:23-24 that Genesis 2:24 are the words of Adam, according to Matthew 19:5; the are in all probability the Words of God Himself, drawing a conclusion from from the creatorial work of Genesis 2. In other words, because of what I have done with Adam and Eve this is henceforth how the whole of human society will be organised and arranged. Marital relationships are a reflection / consequence of Gods creatorial work. Genesis 2:24 is a reliable commentary to read on the Word of God; it is Gods commentary on His own work! All subsequent marital relationships, the structure of society would be patterned after Gods creatorial work.
Marriage is one of the few remnants of Eden. No wonder it is under such attack.

It is important to see that the Divine ordinance of marriage in Genesis 2:24 for all subsequent humanity is patterned on the creatorial order of God in Genesis 2:23-24. This is important for our understanding of 1 Corinthians chp 7. Some will suggest that there is a difference in the ministry of chp 7 depending upon wither or not a marriage or divorce was pre conversion or post conversion. It is quite clear that the nature of marriage / validity of marriage is not altered by conversion. It is quite clear that marriage is a creatorial ordinance and as such is not materially altered by conversion; any more than your chronological age is altered by conversion or your health status is altered by conversion.

A conjugal ordinance rests on a creatorial order.

 

4. It is an attack on Gods character

To understand this you must appreciate what is so special about the creatorial order.
Man looks at creation and considers; wow isn’t that nice:

Fruit for me to eat
Water for me to drink
Flowers for me to see
Beaches for me to go on holiday to.

Well here is a shocker, creation is not all about me!
Creation is all about God.
From our studies in Romans chp 1:18-23 we are aware that creation is and was Gods first means of communication to mankind.
Of significance in Creation Gods character is revealed: His eternal power (Rom 1:20) and Godhead (1:20) and His Glory (1:23).
Creation is Gods first means of revealing His character.
You will have noticed, as you read through Genesis chapter 1 how the character of God, is subsequently progressively revealed in the Word of God and finally and fully revealed in Christ. The seed plot is here in Genesis chapter 1:

‘let there be light’ – a reflection of the nature and character of God; ‘I Am the light of the world’ – Gods creation is infused with light because of His Character. Life can exist deep in the Marianna Trench, 10km deep, in total darkness, at 1000 atmospheres of pressure, but this is not good enough for the God who is Light!

‘God saw that it was good,’ (1:4,10,12,18) – Gods creation is a reflection of Himself – Good.

‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed and fruit tree yielding fruit.’ God is the source of all fruitfulness; ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; because apart from Me you can do nothing.’ (Joh 15:5)

‘Let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and for years’ (Gen 1:14) – God is a God of order; ‘declaring the end from the beginning,’ and ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:’ (Ecc 3:1)

‘Let the waters bring forth abundantly, the moving creature that ahth life,’ – He is the God of Living waters; ‘He that believeth in me as the scriptures have said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’

‘let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle and creeping thing and beast…’ (Gen 1:24) God gives life. ‘In him is life and that life was the light of men.’

‘let them have dominion…’ (1:26) – God is a God of order; ‘The most High God ruleth in the Kingdoms of men and giveth them to whomsoever He choseth.’

So too in marriage – a creatorial order; Gods character is seen; God is faithful; ‘yet He abideth faithful’ (2 Tim 2:13); God is reliable; ‘I change not.’

God is a God of union and communion; Christ and the Church (Eph 5).

God likes what He is. God is what He likes. There is no sin in Him.

God hates what He is not – Sin
v2 “let every man have his own wife and let every woman have her own husband” – By implication if I am going to hold to this and respect this I am going to also reject ‘divorce and remarriage’ – no adultery; this is my wife, this is your life.

 

V3 “due benevolence” – favour, goodwill, notice there is an equality of favour and a difference of function.
In NT times marital rights were very much skewed in favour of the man, with Roman and Jewish men able to have multiple wives. Jewish laws on adultery differed for the man and the woman. A woman who had a relationship out with her marriage was guilty of adultery. A married man was only guilty of adultery if he had a relationship with a married woman. This perhaps answers the question often posed from John chapter 8 – what about the man taken in the act of adultery? He may not have been guilty of adultery!
Biblical recognition to the sexual needs of both husband and wife.
V5 ‘That Satan tempt you not for your incontinence’

think of those times in the Word of God when men failed, when women failed too.
Those episodes were not totally unpredictable:

Judah and Tamar (Gen 38:12ff)

Judah left widowed – unmet sexual needs
Tamar left without husband – unmet needs
This fall does not occur in a vacuum but in a setting in which Judah and Tamar are open to temptation, to some extent the scenario is predictable.
If predictable then it is preventable.

David and Bathsheba

Occurs when Bathshebas husband is away from home

Samson (Judges 14ff)

Consider Samson, the character perhaps more than any other in the OT we might associate with sexual immorality and fornication.

Samson had a series of illicit relationships; Judges 16 – Harlot from Gaza and Delilah

It was ultimately that final relationship with Delilah which would destroy him.

We have drawn many a lesson from Samson over the years – a story replete with lessons and teachings for us today – lessons on the attack of Satan, on the restoring Grace of God, lessons on final recovery, lessons on the slippery slope of compromise – Samson is drawn deeper and deeper into the trap of Judges 16; physical, emotional and ultimately spiritual.

Consider the background to Samsons downfall – his first relationship; his first marriage, whilst it was to a Philistine woman, which would ultimately be its undoing, yet in other respects every ting was done properly and above board:
i. Judges 14:1 ‘and saw a woman’
ii. Judges 14:2 – goes to his father and mother
iii. Judges 14:7 – Talked with the woman
iv. Judges 14:10 – marriage ceremony
v. Judges 14:15 – legitimate marriage ‘husband’

After the marriage and riddle – Samson leaves (Judges 14:19), but naively – maybe child like returns for his wife (15:1-2) whom he fully expects to be waiting for him!

He even respects his father in laws instruction (Judges 15:1)

His wife, having been taken by another is now burned to death by the Philistines

It is against this backdrop that we can / ought to appreciate the failings of Samson:
A broken marriage
A wife taken by another
An adulterous wife
Ending in the violent and cruel death of his wife
Yet Samson did seem to love her:
‘she pleaseth me well’ (14:3)
‘she pleased Samson well’ (14:7)
Returned for her in Judges 15:1
Samson was the big man with the soft heart, a broken heart
Note how his final downfall unfolds – with words re-echoeing of his first love; Judges 14:16; 16:15

 

“lest Satan tempt you for your incontinence”
Samson failed in the testing and tempting
Yet the temptation did not occur in a vacuum

1 Corinthians Chapters 14 to 16

mp3 recordings of messages preached from 1 Corinthians chapters 14 to 16

 

1 Corinthians chp 14 vs 1 – Jesus Loves me This I Know – J Stewart Gillespie – 29032016

outline bible notes are available for this message

 

1 Corinthians chp 14 vs 1 to 25 – When men Know there is a God – 05042016 – JS Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 3 – The Heart and the Head of the Gospel – J Stewart Gillespie – 12042016


 

1 Corinthians chp 5 vs 3 to 4 – Christ Died for our Sins – John Dunlop – 16052017

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 11 – When Great Men Sleep – J S Gillespie – 10052016

outline notes are available from this message

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 – Chaos at Corinth – When Christians get Distracted – 09082016 – JS Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 5 – Good News worth Believing – JS Gillespie – 18092016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 10 – What Made Paul Great – J S Gillespie – 24052016

 outline notes are available from this message

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 17 – Saved by A Living Saviour – J Stewart Gillespie – 14062016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 12 to 20 – Why do we need a Resurrected Saviour – JS Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 17 – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Why is it so Important – JS Gillespie – 12062016

 

Christ the Firstfruits – 1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 20 to 24 – Dr J Stewart Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 20 to 23 – Resurrection Connecting to the Mystery – J Stewart Gillespie – 05072016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 21 to 23 – Resurrection the Identity behind the Mystery – J Stewart Gillespie – 10072016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 25 – For He Must Reign – Gods Purpose in Human Politics – JS Gillespie – 16082016

outline notes are available from this message

 

1 Corinthians Chp 15 vs 25 – He Must Reign – The Eternal Kingdom of the Son of Man – JS Gillespie – 23082016

outline notes are available here for this message

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 26 – Destroying the Destroyer – J Stewart Gillespie – 28082016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 26 – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Who Stole the Doctrine – JS Gillespie – 04092016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 26 – When Death Dies – J Stewart Gillespie – 30082016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 29 – Dead Presumed Drowned – J Stewart Gillespie – 20092016

outline notes are available for this message

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 30 to 34 – Dieing Today Living for Ever – Suffering in the light of Eternity – JS Gillespie – 27092016

 

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1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 35 to 39 – Because we all Need a little Encouragement – JS Gillespie – 18102016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 45 to 48 – First and Last Adam First and Second Man because we all need a Fresh Start – JS Gillespie – 01112016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 52 – The Last Trump – JS Gillespie – 08112016

 

1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 1 to 5 – Good News worth Believing – JS Gillespie – 18092016

 

Eternal State – 1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 23 to 28 – John Dunlop – 31052016

 

1 Corinthians chp 16 vs 1 to 7 – Gods Playlist for my Life – JS Gillespie – 29112016

 

1 Corinthians chp 16 vs 9 – When Great Doors Open – JS Gillespie – 06122016

 

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1 Corinthians chp 16 – Recognising the Door of Gods Opportunity – JS Gillespie – 09112016

 

1 Corinthians Chp 16 vs 10 to 12 – When Gods Grace is Second Best – J Stewart Gillespie – 13122016

 

1 Corinthians chp 16 – Finally Lets get Focused on Forever – JS Gillespie – 13112016

 

1 Corinthians chp 16 vs 13 to 24 – And Finally Faith Love and Hope – JS Gillespie – 20122016

 
 
 
 

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Character Studies – Adam to Joseph

Character studies from Adam to Joseph – mp3 recordings of messages preached for download or play online

 

Adam – J Stewart Gillespie – 10012012

 

Abraham 1 – 18022003 – David Lind

 

Abraham 2 – 25022003 – David Lind

 

Abraham 1 – Dunlop John – 14092004

 

Abraham 2 – Dunlop John – 21092004

 

Abraham 3 – Dunlop John – 28092004

 

Abraham – Genesis chps 11 to 13 – Martin Brown – 05052015

 

Genesis chapter 28 – Jacob – When God Begins to Call – J Stewart Gillespie – 05022012

 

Jacob – You Cant Climb Jacobs Ladder – JS Gillespie – 01022012

 

Jacob – When God Blesses a Man – J Stewart Gillespie (12/02/2012)

 

Genesis chapter 49 – Jacobs Last Stand – J Stewart Gillespie – 05032012

 

Dunbar Gordon – Jacobs Conversion – 01032005

 

The 12 Sons of Jacob 03082004

 

Joseph – Hamilton Welsh (12th June 2007)

 

Character Studies 2 – Moses to the Judges>>