Gods Playlist for my Life – 1 Corinthians chapter 16 vs 1 to 7 –

 

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

 

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

 

The King, The Crook and the Conman – When I Know Tomorrow I Die – 1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 32

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

 

the-king-the-crook-and-the-conman-when-we-know-tomorrow-you-die-j-stewart-gillespie-25092016

 

Destroying the Destroyer – 1 Corinthians chapter 15 vs 1 to 26

Just added, a new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 15 by J Stewart Gillespie:

 

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

 

For He Must Reign – Gods Purpose in Human Politics – 1 Corinthians chapter 15 vs 25

 

Just added, the message in our series on 1 Corinthians:

 

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

 

A message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 15 and Daniel chapter 2 by Dr J Stewart Gillespie.

 

Outline notes for the above message:

In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, the apostle presents the necessity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, from 4 great necessities:

  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

‘Must He Reign’ (v25) ?

We note that the reign and dominion of Christ over all things is prophesied in many portions of the Word of God, including the prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar’s image in Daniel chp 2:

  • Head of fine Gold (v32) – Babylonian Empire
  • Breast and arms of Silver (v32) – MedoPersian Empire
  • Belly and thighs of brass (v32) – Greek Empire
  • Legs of Iron (v32) – Roman Empire
  • Feet of Iron and clay (v33) – revived Roman Empire

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

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

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

 

Chaos @ Corinth – When Christians get Distracted

Just added, a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians chapter 15:

 

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

 

Saved by A Living Saviour – 1 Corinthians chapter 15 vs 17

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

 

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

 

What Made Paul Great? – (1 Corinthians chp 15 vs 10)

 

Just added, a new message rpeached by J Stewart Gillespie from 1 Corinthians chapter 15:

 

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

 

outline notes from this message:

What made Paul great?

One of the greatest historical figures!

  • His lifes work lives on
  • His effects are still being seen today
  • His works are read more today than possibly any other author
  • Lifes are still being changed by the message he brought and recorded in the scriptures

 

What made Paul great?

He had a number of great abilities / opportunities in life:

  • ‘a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee’ (Acts 23:6)
  • ‘after the most stratest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee’ (Acts 26:5)
  • ‘Hebrew of the Hebrews, as touching the law, a Pharisee.’ (Phil 3:5)
  • ‘brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel’ (Acts 22:3)

Paul was:

  • Zealous, Religious, Well educated, Able preacher, organiser, Powerful, Successful (before men)

Yet a million miles from God and a hater and persecutor of Christ.

All of this simply made Paul a monster.

What made Paul great?

‘but by the grace of God I am what I am’ (1 Co15:10)

This was a Grace:

  1. Personal : ‘I am what I am’
  2. Persistent & Persevering: ‘bestowed upon me’
  3. Powerful and effective: ‘I laboured…yet not I but the grace of God which was with me.’
  4. Purpose: ‘was not in vain’
  5. Product: ‘so we preached and so ye believed’
  1. Personal : ‘I am what I am’

Pauls personal experience of Grace

A grace that made Paul what he was (Acts 9):

Character of Paul:

  • God meets Paul in spite of what he was and in spite of where he was going and in spite of what he was doing and in spite of how he was living (9:1) ‘Saul yet breathing out threatening and slaughter’. God is not seeking those who have first sorted themselves out! This is an appointment, an encounter on the foundation of grace! Grace is not God welcoming those who deserve it. Grace is God welcoming those who do not deserve it! This isn’t someone cleaning up their act and coming to God. This was a man with a passion and a zeal AGAINST Christ and AGAINST believers in the Lord Jesus.

Conversion of Paul:

  • Grace intervened in the life of Paul when he was close to disaster, ‘he came near Damascus’ (9:3)
  • Paul was drawing closer and closer to outright rebellion
  • He was pursuing the persecution of God
  • This was a:
  • Sovereign act of God (9:3)
  • Sudden act of God
  • Supreme act of God (Acts 26:13), ‘above the brightness of the sun’
  • God takes the initiative and the ‘light from heaven’ shines
  • This isn’t a man pursuing Christ
  • This is Christ pursing a man who is persecuting Christ
  • This is has its origins in Grace
  • ‘I am come to seek and to save that which was lost’
  • It was in Pauls pursuit of rebellion and hatred that God pursued Him

The Hound of Heaven

Francis Thompson:

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.
But with unhurrying chase,
And unperturbèd pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat—and a Voice beat
More instant than the Feet—
‘All things betray thee, who betrayest Me’.

Pauls conversion was:

  • sudden
  • sovereign
  • supreme act of God

Paul did not know what was happening, ‘who art thou Lord?’

This conversion of Paul in Acts 9 was a personal revelation of Jesus, by Jesus (v5), followed by an immediate commissioning of Saul to service (v6).

The Lord took Paul to a place of total dependence upon Himself, a place of dependence and need:

  • Blind (v8)
  • Dependent (v8)
  • 3 days of darkness (v9) – a spiritual death to all he was and had, in spite of Himself, God saved.
  • Depending in the darkness of blindness for the grace of sight (v12)
  • So wicked was Saul that Ananias, a man of God, having received a direct Word from the Lord questions he wisdom / will / purpose of God in restoring the sight of Saul!

‘brother Saul’ – brought into the family of God he had persecuted (9:17)

  • Given sight
  • Given light
  • Given the Holy Spirit

Saul transformed to Paul:

  • Preached Christ instead of Persecuting Christ (v20)
  • Instead of dragging believers out of the synagogues he made converts in the synagogue
  1. Persistent & Persevering: ‘bestowed upon me’

Gods Grace did not conclude at conversion

Gods Grace commenced at conversion

The encouraging truth is this – that the grace God gives, is the grace that continues with us, that grace never leaves, that grace is never removed by God!

Paul realised and practised this truth

Consider the potential when such a truth is realised and practised!

  1. Powerful and effective:

‘I laboured…yet not I but the grace of God which was with me.’

We do not work alone

We do not preach alone

We do not labour alone

  1. Purpose: ‘was not in vain’

A purpose for Grace in his life

There are some things which we can fritter away our life doing, which is not worthy to be called a man!

Look back at all the way God has:

  • spoken to you, called you, saved you, equiped you, challenged you, changed you, kept you, over many years!

Has God done this for a purpose?

Grace had saved Paul but not just so that Paul had:

  • a story to tell
  • a better quality of life
  • get out of jail free card

This was grace with a purpose / prospect

Grace to live for God / serve God

Paul would spend the rest of a life he almost messed up serving Christ!

Not distracted by the:

  • Trivial
  • Apathetic
  • Introspective
  • Sin

But to:

  • Reach out
  • Preach out
  • Burn out

For Christ

This Grace bestowed on Paul was not wasted.

What does it mean for a grace to be ‘not in vain?’

It means to:

  • Preach

Paul in his ministry reached out to:

  • Damascus, Jerusalem, Caesarea, Tarsus, Antioch, Seleucia, Cyprus with the conversion of the deputy of the island Sergius Paulus, Perga, in Antioch with great blessing, Iconium with mass conversions, Lystra and Derbe, in Samaria, Troas, Philippi and Macedonia, Thessalonica for 3 weeks with conversions, Berea with many saved, Athens with converts, Corinth for 18 months with many converts, Ephesus

    Paul preached to Jews, gentiles, Greeks and Romans, Roman soldiers, Chief captains, Centurion, Sanhedrin, Chief Priest, Felix and Druscilla, Festus, Agripa and Bernice in Acts of the Apostles.

  • It means to:
  • Pen – half of the NT
  • It means to leave a legacy of teaching spanning 2000 years
  • It means to write words still read today
  • it means to be used to transform lived
  • It means to bequeath words for which men will die
  • It means to write a book to live by
  • It means to share with others the words of eternal life

What has grace achieved in our life?

  1. Product: ‘so we preached and so ye believed’

Gospel 2015

Download or listen online to Gospel messages preached in 2015:

 

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

 Outline notes available for this message

 

When God gets Lost in the Crowd – Luke chp 2 vs 41 to 52 – JS Gillespie

 

Luke chp 3 vs 1 to 20 – By Water Flame and Spirit – JS Gillespie

 

One Celebrity Too Many – Luke chapter 4 – Tom Grayston

 

Luke chp 4 vs 1 to 12 – Jesus – God Without Doubts – JS Gillespie – 22022015

 

Luke chp 4 vs 16 to 37 – Jesus – The Authentic Experience – JS Gillespie – 22032015

 

Easter – 3 Bad Reasons for Unbelief – Luke Chp 24 – JS Gillespie – 05042015

 

Mark chp 11 vs 11 to 26 – Fruitful Prayers and Problem Figs – Craig Mackie – 12042015

 

Luke chp 6 vs 6 to 11 – Withered Hands and Wounded Spirits – JS Gillespie – 19042015

 

What Jesus Said to a Man who was Searching – John chp 3 – Robert Gray – 26042015

 

Luke chp 7 vs 1 to 10 – Great Changes for Hopeless Cases – J Stewart Gillespie – 03052015

 

Luke chp 14 – Wasted for Christ – Craig Mackie – 17052015

 

Luke chp 8 – A Mission, A Mess and a Miracle – JS Gillespie – 24052015

 

Gospel – Robert Gray

 

 

Luke chp 8 vs 40 to 56 – Finding Christ when we need Him Most – J Stewart Gillespie -07062015

 

 

Only a Few Hours Left with Jesus – Mark Chp 14 – Craig Mackie

 

Whats so Wonderful about Jesus – Luke chp 9 – J Stewart Gillespie – 21062015

 

Isaiah 45 vs 21 – A Just God and a Saviour – Robert Gray – 28062015

 

The Writings on the Wall – Bill Stevely

 

Rescued Redeemed and Reconciled – Colossians chp 1 – Craig Mackie – 19072015

 

Luke Chp 10 vs 17 to 37 – The Parable of the Good Samaritan – JS Gillespie – 26072015

 

Luke chp 11 – Our Father which Art in Heaven – J Stewart Gillespie – 02082015


Luke chp 13 vs 22 to 30 – On the Other Side of the Door – J Stewart Gillespie – 16082015

 

Dead Certain and Certain Death – William Clark

 

Luke chp 15 vs 1 to 7 – The Sheep The Shepherd and the Sinner on His Shoulders – J Stewart Gillespie – 06092015

 

Luke Chp 15 – I Never Realised I was so Lost – The Prodigal Son meets Reality – JS Gillespie – 200092015.mp3

 

Saved – Gordon Armstrong

 

Luke chp 16 vs 19 to 31 – Two Men Two Destinies Too Late – J Stewart Gillespie – 05102015

 

The Most High God – Robert Gray

 

Luke chp 18 vs 9 to 14 – Answering a Prayer Never Asked – JS Gillespie – 25102015

 

Zacchaeus – Everything he Ever Wanted but Nothing he Really Needed – Luke chp 19 – JS Gillespie – 01112015

 

Prophesies Promises and the Person of Christ – Craig Mackie

 

Luke chp 20 vs 9 to 19 – When Men Declared War on God – J Stewart Gillespie – 15112015

 

Delighted with Jesus – Matthew chp 4 – Craig Mackie – 22112015

 

Passing by on the Road of Life – David Dunn – 29112015

 

Irrepressible Doubts – Luke chapter 20 – Dr J Stewart Gillespie.mp3

 

Christmas – The Gift of God – Luke chps 1 and 2 – JS Gillespie – 20122015

 

Out with the Old and In with the New – Don Stewart – Mark chp 2 – 27122015

 
 

Luke – Chps 14 to 17

 

Luke 14 – Committment of Discipleship – Alan Gamble – 05092009

 

Luke Chp 14 – Paul Young – To Become Like the Son of God – 02012012

 

 

Luke chp 15 vs 1 to 7 – The Sheep The Shepherd and the Sinner on His Shoulders – J Stewart Gillespie – 06092015

 

Luke Chp 15 – I Never Realised I was so Lost – The Prodigal Son meets Reality – JS Gillespie – 200092015.mp3

 

Martin Hunter – Luke Chp 15 – Lost and Found – 27082011

 

Gods Mercy Mission – Luke Chapter 15 – Robert Revie – 10102010

 

Luke Chp 15 – Lost and Loved – J S Gillespie – 13072010

 

Gray Robert – Luke Chp 15 – The Prodigal Son – 27062010

 

Luke Chp 15 – Craig MacKie – 25052009

 

Luke 15 – The Prodigal Son – J Stewart Gillespie -02032008

 

Alistair Sinclair – Gospel – Luke Chapter 15 – 31082008

 

Smith George – Luke Chp 16 – 05102008

 

Jack Falconer – Luke Chp 16 – 05042009

 

Luke chp 16 vs 19 to 31 – Two Men Two Destinies Too Late – J Stewart Gillespie – 05102015

 

Lord Fix My Problem – Luke chp 17 vs 11 to 19 – Stephen Grant – 12052013