Love, Law and a Long Way from the Truth – 1 Timothy chp 1 verses 4 to 7

Just added to our series in 1 Timothy, a new message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie:


1 Timothy chp 1 vs 4 to 7 – Love Law and a Long way from the Truth – JS Gillespie – 22082018


Jesus came Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom

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


Mark chp 1 – Jesus came Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom – JS Gillespie – 04022018


Gospel 2018

Gospel messages preached at Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock in 2018:


John chp 1 vs 1 to 13 – Faith in Reality – JS Gillespie – 17092018


John chp 1 vs 4 to 9 – O For a Little Light in my Darkness – 02092018 – JS Gillespie


Coming to God Gods Way – William Clark – 26082018


Decisions Decisions – Jim Armstrong – 19082018


John chp 1 vs 1 to 4 – The Mystery of Time and the Meaning of Life – JS Gillespie – 22072018


John chp 1 vs 1 to 3 – There is Something you need to Know about Jesus – JS Gillespie- 15072018


What will I do with Jesus – The False The Foolish The Fearful and Faithful- Mark chp 14 + 15 – JS Gillespie – 24062018


Preparing for Forever – Mark chp 14 – JS Gillespie – 17062018


Genesis chp 4 – Symptoms of a Broken Heart – Craig Mackie – 10062018


He who has the Son has Life – Peter Hinshelwood – 03062018


Mark chapter 8 – Jesus – The Bigger Picture – JS Gillespie – 10062018


Mark chp 10 vs 17 to 27 – Great Expectations – JS Gillespie – 27052018


Mark chp 9 – Leaving the World Behind to think Gods Thoughts after Him – JS Gillespie – 06052018


Gods Good News – Robert Gray – 29042018


So Satisified with Jesus I forgot to Eat – Mark chp 6 – JS Gillespie – 22042018


Resurrection – Gordon Armstrong – 15042018


Strength to the Weak Love to the Sinner – Romans chp 5 vs 6 to 8 – George Burns


Let there be Light – Genesis chp1 – Craig Mackie – 11032018



Markchp 2 vs 1 to 12 – Jesus – no Wonder He was so Popular – JS Gillespie – 25022018


Mark chp 1 – Jesus came Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom – JS Gillespie – 04022018


He Came Down that I Might go Up – William Houston – 28012018


Mark chapter 1 – Seeking God out of our Comfort Zone – JS Gillespie – 21012018


Tom Gray – Testimony – 07012018


Robert Gray – Testimony – 07012018


Craig Mackie – Testimony – 07012018


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


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


Distracted by Prosperity – Living Well Dying Badly – Luke chp 12 vs 12 to 21 – JS Gillespie – 19112017


Luke chp 11 – Dumb Devils and the Finger of God – JS Gillespie – 03122017


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)


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


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)