Encounters with God – The Voice I Saw – JS Gillespie

Just added, a new message in our series on ‘Encounters with God’

 

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

 

Christ at Christmas – Wonder Worship and Wickedness -JS Gillespie

Just added, a new message for Christmas 2016, preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie, at the Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock:

 

Christ at Christmas – Wonder Worship and Wickedness – 18122016 – JS Gillespie

 

Think you Get to Heaven by being good? Think Again!

Just added, a new message preached by Mr Craig Mackie:

 

Think you Get to Heaven by being good – think Again – Matthew chp 1 – Craig Mackie – 13112016

 

Jesus Christ His Supremacy and Superiority – Hebrews chapter 1

Just added, a new message preached by Mr Alan Gamble from Hebrews chapter 1:

 

Hebrews chp 1 vs 1 to 4 – Jesus Christ His Supremacy and Superiority – Alan Gamble – 06092016

 

He Must Reign – The Eternal Kingdom of the Son of Man – 1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 25

Just added, a new message in our series on 1 Corinthians:

 

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

 

Outline notes for the above message:

 

We saw last week that Christ’s ultimate rule and dominion over this world and beyond is the 4th in a series of reasons arguing for the necessity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

  1. Proof of the Gospel (v1-11)
  • Text of Scripture (v3-4)
  • Triumph of Resurrection (v4)
  • Testimony of Eye Witnesses (v5-8)
  • Transformed Life of Paul (v9-11)

 

  1. Problem of Denying the Resurrection (v12-19)

We need a living Saviour for:

  • Justification by Faith (Isa 53; Roms 4)
  • Relationship with God (Roms 5)
  • Atonement / Reconciliation (Rroms 5)
  • Redemption (Roms 8)
  • High Priestly ministry of Christ (Hebs 2,4,7)
  • Eternal Security (Heb 7:25)
  • Resurrection (John 11)
  • Home in Heaven (John 14)

 

  1. Picture of Resurrection (v20-23)

Firstfruits

Not only a Feast of Jehovah and part of Gods redemptive plan but following on after the passover and in fact on the morrow after the Sabbath – that is the Sunday, the 1st Day of the week.

 

  1. Purpose of God in Human Politics (v24-28)

An unusual / unexpected angle on resurrection

The resurrection and victory of Jesus Christ over the grave and over death was an essential part of the fulfilment of Gods Purpose for the universe.

He must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet” (1 Co 15:25)

If Christ is to subdue all enemies under His feet, He cannot reign over a world which still remains affected by death.

If Christ is to possess all rule and all authority and power (15:24) then there can be no rebellion against Him.

No rebellion against Him, means no rebellion against God.

No rebellion against God means no sin

No sin means no death!

A victory over all for Christ necessitates a victory over sin and death.

Christ could not truly be described as so ruling if the world remains in:

  • Rejection
  • Rebellion

Secondly

Not only is Christ’s victory over this world, sin and death an essential part of Gods purpose for His Son but Christ’s Victory over this World, Sin and Death is an essential part of God Purpose for me personally!

As we see and become convinced that Gods purpose in Christ has been and will be fulfilled in every detail, as we become convinced that God is indeed driving, steering, breaking and accelerating all of human history, this revelation has a purpose. On this foundation of assurance I base my every day decisions, plans and purposes for the future. Decisions such as:

  • Lordship Spiritual realm – in my consecration and spiritual life (v29), only makes sense if Christ is victorious and sovereign. I am hardly going to enter into baptism, leaving my old life behind me to back a loser. I will surely only take such a step of declaring myself dead to the old life and alive to Christ if I am convinced He is the winner! If I am convinced of His Lordship over all, it is empty lip service and hollow praise indeed indeed unless I acknowledge His Lordship over my little life too! If I do truly appreciate and believe that He is sovereign over all things then my life will reflect that. I don’t truly believe in a sovereign Christ over all if I cannot bow in obedience to His demands upon my life, my time, talents and treasures. Empty praise indeed that acknowledges Him as Lord of all but I have something more important at the moment, too busy today to obey Christ.
  • Lordship in Service (v30-32)
  • Lordship in Speech (v33)
  • Lordship in Sanctification (v34)

 

But the question is then, is Christ Lord of all?

‘Must He Reign’ (v25) ?

We looked back at one of the great foundational prophecies in Daniel chp 2:

  • Head of fine Gold (v32)
  • Breast and arms of Silver (v32)
  • Belly and thighs of brass (v32)
  • Legs of Iron (v32)
  • Feet of Iron and clay (v33)

all replaced with the Stone cut without hands (v34).

In Daniel chapters 2 & 7 God sets out His plan and purpose for the whole of human history.

We note 4 great world empires running from the time of Nebuchadnezzar:

  1. Babylonian Empire
  • Egypt, Arabia, Cyprus, Persia, Iraq, Turkey, Syria
  1. MedoPersian Empire
  2. Greek Empire
  3. Roman Empire

Something strange happens to the final Kingdom – the Roman Empire, it passes through a further stage of development; Clay and Iron.

The might of the 4th Kingdom would appear yet in some way compromised, pictured in feet and 10 toes, an unstable union of 10kings in a quai-democratic re-emergence.

These 10 Kings appear to exist simultaneously (Dan 2:44)

This final one of man’s Kingdoms will give rise to an eternal kingdom (v44) which will ‘stand forever.’

Stone cut without hands:

  1. Isaiah 28:16; 1 Peter 2:6
  2. Psalm 118:22; Matt 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:7
  3. Isaiah 8:14

We want to turn to Daniel chp 7 tonight to put some flesh on the bones of this statement by Paul that; ‘He must reign’:

Dan 7:2 – The great sea – may be the Mediterranean sea – 4 Mediterranean Kingdoms

The troubled sea is used elsewhere of the agitated nations (Isaiah 57:20)

Four creatures in this vision just as we had 4 parts to the image of Daniel 2

  1. Lion with Eagles wings

Lion symbol of royal authority, of ferocious power and strength

Judges 14:18; ‘what is stronger than a lion?’ & Prov 30:3

The ‘fierce lion’ is spoken of in Job 4:10; 10:16; 28:8

Linked with destruction in Jer 2:30; 4:7; Hose 13:8; Nah 2:12; 1 Peter 5:8

This places the lion in a similar position to the head of gold in the statue of Daniel chp 2; ‘thou O King art the head of gold,’ starting with the strongest and most ferocious of all beasts.

The Lion was also used in Babylon as a symbol of Babylonian Imperial power appearing on coins and on the Processional Way leading from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.

Eagles wings – symbol of speed:

  • Deut 28:49 ‘as swift as the eagle flieth’
  • Job 9:26 ‘as the eagle that hasteth to the prey’
  • Hab 1:8 ‘their horseman shall come from far, they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.’

v4 – ‘wings were plucked’ – the experience of the humbling of Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 4:10ff)

  1. Bear (Dan 7:5)

Raised on one side – an unbalanced Empire

Medo Persian empire

Daniel 5:31 – Darius the Mede (probably Gubaru a Mede appointed ruler of Babylon by Cyrus the Great), Babylon was taken in 539 BC, Gubaru was born in 601 BC – aged 62, cf Daniel 5:31

The prophecy on the writing on the wall was for the Kingdom to be taken by the Medes and Persians (Dan 5:28)

Medes initially dominated in the empire but eventually giving way to the Persians

Medo Persian Empire runs from 550 BC to 330 BC

3 Ribs: history books, as well as commentaries seem fairly consistently agreed that the MedoPersian Empire was marked by 3 large and significant victories:

  • Conquest of Lydia – 547 BC
  • Conquest of Babylon – 539 BC
  • Conquest of Egypt – 525 BC

Founded by Cyrus the Great and based on a model of centralised bureaucratic administration through Satraps under the King of Kings. Generally the Emperor did not interfere with the local customs or religions.

  1. Leopard

Alexander the Great defeats the Persian armies beginning in 334 BC

Leopard marked by speed

4 wings – speed

Alexander took command of the armies of Greece aged 18 years

Alexander becomes King in 336 age 20 years

Military campaign of 12 years dies aged 32

Alexander takes Persia, Babylon, India, Macedonia, Egypt

All in 12 years! Cf this to the Roman Empire which gradually builds up over about 400 years

Leopard is marked by speed cf. Hab 1:8

4 heads: 4 successors to Alexander:

4 Generals:

  1. Antipater – Greece and Macedonia
  2. Lysimachus – Thrace and Asia Minor
  3. Seleucus – Asia and Palestine
  4. Ptolemy – Egypt
  1. Beast

Iron teeth (v7) – connects to the image of chapter 2 – 4th phase – limbs of iron

Iron first use in the Bible is an instrument of murder (Num 35:16)

  • Iron often speaks of strength (Deut 3:11; 28:48; Josh 17:16; Judges 1:19; 4:3; Job 40:8; Psalm 2:9; Ps 107:10; Jer 28:13; 28:14; Ezek 4:3; Micah 4:13.)
  • Speaks at times of intensity (Deut 4:20; 1 Kings 8:51)
  • Speaks of endurance (Deut 33:25)
  • Used by Goliath (1 Sam 17:7)
  • Used for cruel oppression (2 Sam12:31; 1Kings 8:51; 1 Chron 20:3; Jer 11:4)

Daniel 2:40 “as strong as iron”, “iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things”

10 horns = 10 kings (Dan 7:7,24)

10 Kings yet to emerge (Rev 17:12)

All of this to be subverted under the :

  • ancient of Days” (7:9) cf (Rev1:13ff)
  • Son of Man” (Dan 7:13) cf. (Matt 24:30; 26:64)

Paul’s Prayer for the Progress of God’s People – Colossians chp1 – Craig Mackie

Just added a new message preached by Mr Craig Mackie from Colossians chapter 1:

 

Colossians cp 1 vs 1 to 14 – Pauls Prayer for the Progress of Gods People – Craig Mackie – 07062016

 

Gospel 2016

Download or listen online to messages preached at our Sunday evening Gospel service in 2016:

 

Tam Kelly – My Story – 03012016

 

The Kiss The Blindfold and the Cross – 3 Ways to Get Rid of God

 

Love Lifted Me – Tom Jenkinson.mp3

 

Luke chp 22 vs 54 to 62 – The Perfect Opportunity for Failure – JS Gillespie

 

Luke chp 23 – Doing Whatever we Want with Jesus – JS Gillespie – 07032016

 

Dieing to get out of Hell – Craig Mackie – 13032016

 

Sam Gillespie Baptism – 03042016

 

Sam Gillespie Baptism – Mark Johnstone – 03042016

 

 

 

Its all About Him

 

John chp 1 vs 1 to 13 – The Man who Showed us God – JS Gillespie – 24042016

 

John chp 1 vs 14 to 18 – Grace the Unexpected Glory – J Stewart Gillespie – 01052016

 

John chp 10 vs 22 to 33 – Confident in Jesus – Craig Mackie – 08052016

 

John chp 1 vs 19 to 34 – The Unexpected Jesus – JS Gillespie – 15052016

 

John chp 2 vs 1 to 12 – The Christ of the Crises – JS Gillespie – 2205201

 

Condemned – William Clark – 29052016

 

John Chp 3 – Starting where others Stop – J Stewart Gillespie – 04062016

 

Decisions Decisions Decisions – Craig Mackie – 12062016

 

John chp 3 vs 14 – Jesus Greatest Miracle – JS Gillespie – 19062016

 

Decision Direction and Destiny – You Choose – Paul Jenkinson – 26062016

 

Gospel – Robert Gray -03072016

 

John chp 4 – A Woman, A Well and a Whole lot of Emptiness – J Stewart Gillespie – 10072016

 

I Know that my Redeemer Liveth – Craig Mackie – 17072016

 

The New Way back to God – Robert Gray – 24072016

 

The Journey of Life – Tam Kelly – 31072016

 

Finding God in the Storms of Life – John chp 6 – JS Gillespie – 07082016

 

Finding the Saviour they Did not Want – John chp 6 vs 25 – JS Gillespie – 04092016

 

Baptism – Marian McBryde – Acts chp 8 – J Stewart Gillespie – 21082016

 

The Route to Heaven – The Way of the Cross – Jim Armstrong

 

He is our Peace – Craig Mackie – 11092016

 

The Gospel – Robert Gray – 18092016

 

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He who has the Son has Life – Peter Hinshelwood

 

Psalm 139 – Meet the God who Made Us – Craig Mackie – 09102016

 

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Switching on the Light of the Word of God – Robert Gray -30102016

 

John chp 9 – When the Light Begins to Shine – JS Gillespie – 06112016

 

Think you Get to Heaven by being good – think Again – Matthew chp 1 – Craig Mackie – 13112016

 

John Chp 10 vs 1 to 11 – When you hear the Shepherd Call – JS Gillespie – 20112016

 

John chp 10 vs 1 to 11 – Being Really Sure of the Way to Heaven – JS Gillespie – 27112016


 

 

God Watching Wondering Working and Waiting – Robert Gray – 27112016

 

Finding Christ in Lifes Dead Ends – John chp 11 – JS Gillespie – 04122016

 

Christ at Christmas – Wonder Worship and Wickedness – 18122016 – JS Gillespie

 
 
 
 

Remembrance and Reflection – 2 Peter Chapter 1

Just added; a new message preached by Mr Hamilton Welsh from 2 Peter chapter 1:

 

2 Peter chp 1 vs 1 to 21 – Remembrance and Reflection – Hamilton Welsh – 04112014

Luke chapter 1 verses 1 to 25 – When Doubts Set in

Just added a new message preached by  Dr J Stewart Gillespie from the Gospel according to Luke:

 

Luke chp 1 vs 1 to 25 – When Doubts Set in – JS Gillespie – 02112014