Gathering Together and Building up

 

Just added – a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie, at Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock, from 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verse 23:

1 Corinthians chp 10 vs 23 – Gathering Together and Building Up – J Stewart Gillespie – 25083015

 

Outline notes available from this message:

 

1 Corinthians chapter 10 approaches this issue of freedom and guidance in the decisions we make by asking 4 key questions in the exercise of freedom:

  1. Does it build me up? (v23)
  2. Does it bless others? (v24)
  3. Does it bring Glory to God (v31)?
  4. Does it bring others to Gods Glory? (v33)

 

  1. Does it build me up? (v23)

all things are lawful” – Christian behaviour is not founded on the principle of law

Restricting Christian behaviour cannot be done on the basis of law

That Christian behaviour is not constrained by law is not to say that Christian behaviour is not constrained!

expediency‘ : sumpheo: ‘sun’ – together and ‘pheo’ – to bring – to bring it together

edification‘ : oikodomeo: to build, construct

  • bring it together
  • build it up

 

You might think, well that is all very well, Christian behaviour not dictated by law, but surely in reality there are rules, surely it makes sense, surely its easier if there is a kind of agreed code of conduct:

  • places you don’t go
  • things you don’t do
  • jobs you can’t do

Lets just stick to some basic laws!

The greatest building projects in the Word of God have been accomplished, not by law but by Grace:

  • The law did not build the tabernacle – many details given in the law and yet many details absent! What does a cherubim look like? How were the colours arranged in the curtain; blue, purple, scarlet and fine twinned linen? What were the dimensions of the lampstand? Consider Exodus 25:31-40 – the lampstand – notice anything important missng? How big was it? I mean how can you build it if you don’t know how big it is? Illust: Not that long ago, needed a new back door, had some work men out, first thing they wanted to know – what size was it? No point in saying, well all I need is a back door! The cynic, skeptic and unbelieving mind would rejoice in this, there is plenty for us all to rejoice in, in the Word of God! Here is a tabernacle they could never build because the basic detail ain’t in the rule book! The tabernacle wasn’t built purely according to the rule book. Let me show you how the tabernacle was built. For this Bezaleel must be filled with the Spirit of God (Exodus 31:2)
  • The law did not build Davids Kingdom – The Spirit did (1 Sam 16:13; Ps 51:11)
  • The law didn’t build Zerubabels temple – The Spirit did (Zech 4:6)
  • The law did not build Christs church – The Spirit did (Acts 1:5, 7-8; 2:1-4, 38, 41, 47)

 

A second word is used here:

expediency‘ : sumpheo: ‘sun’ – together and ‘pheo’ – to bring – to bring it together

I was asked a very good question; ‘what’s the difference between ‘expedient’ and ‘edify’?’

  1. ‘expedient’ – is a horizontal word
  2. ‘edify’ – is a vertical word

that whilst:

  1. Expedient – has to do with gathering together
  2. Edify – has to do with building up

The order is significant

The distinction is real

They are distinct but complementary

We can discern them going hand in hand right the way through the Word of God:

First the gathering together and then

The building up

 

 

David brought together all that was needed for the temple (1 Chron 22:14)

Solomon would build the temple from that provision (1 Chron 22:6ff)

 

The Israelites would bring all the raw materials for the tabernacle (Exodus 25:1ff; 35:29)

Bezaleel would then build it (Exodus 35:30ff)

 

A little lad would bring of his 5 loaves and 2 fishes

The great miracle of feeding would be performed by the Lord

in this miracle there was in a sense a double gathering together and building up:

John 6:13they gathered them together and filled 12 bushels with the fragments of 5 barley loaves…”

and a second building up:

12 baskets – one for each disciple (Luke 9:17)

 

Whilst it goes beyond the context of 1 Corinthians chp 10; in the Christian life, individually, personally, we can see this pattern being worked out:

First – you gather together

Then – you build up

If we are going to build up we must first gather together

On a personal / individual way if we are going to build up one another, if we are going to build up the church, if we are going to preach the gospel, teach the younger ones, do a work for the Lord, there must first be a gathering together!

If there is no gathering together in time, prayer, study, then there will be no building up.

1 Corinthians 10:23 does not really have personal preparation as the context, although we can see this as a pattern and as an application.

The context in 1 Corinthians chp 10 was that of friction in the church, the bringing together then of verse 23 has an eye on that which would bring together the body of Christ (cf chp 1, 3 &12) rather than that which would cause schism and friction!

Their behaviour was splitting and fissuring the people of God apart (chps 1,3,8,10).

Here is a practical and sobering thought for these Corinthians:

personal vertical growth

is founded upon

collective horizontal growth

we first:

gather together

and then we

build up

In despising one another with schism (chp 3) and trampling over one anothers conscience (chp 8 + 10) and envying one another (1 Co 12)

In causing all of that schism and disruption we destroy the very best environment for our own spiritual growth and prosperity.

We are part of the body of Christ; “and wither one member suffer all the members suffer with it.” (1 Co 12:26).

In despising one another, they destroy their own spiritual growth.

 

 

1 Corinthians Chapters 1 to 3

mp3 recordings from our series of messages on 1 Corinthians chapters 1 to 3

 

1 Corinthians chp 1 vs 1 – Welcome to Corinth – JS Gillespie – 28012014

 

1 Corinthians chp 1 vs 1 to 2 – Problems Problems Problems – JS Gillespie – 04022014

 

1 Corinthians chapter 1 verses 3 to 4 – The Grace to Get the Grace that’s Given – J Stewart Gillespie (04/03/2014)

 

1 Corinthians chp 1 – The Place The Problems and Power of Gospel – JS Gillespie – 19022014

 

1 Corinthians chp 1 vs 10 to 17 – Divided we Fall – J Stewart Gillespie – 11032014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 1 vs 18 to 31 – The Power of the Cross – JS Gillespie – 25022014.mp

 

1 Corinthians chapter 1 verses 18 to 24 – Preaching the God we Know – JS Gillespie-30032014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chapter 2 – The Secret of Wisdom – JS Gillespie – 26012014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chapter 2 vs 1 to 9 – When I Came to You – JS Gillespie – 01042014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chapter 2 – Gloriously Discontent – J Stewart Gillespie – 25032014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chapter 2 – The Meaning of Life and Other Minor Matters

 

1 Corinthians chp 3 – Feeding On Christ – JS Gillespie – 01032014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians Chp 3 vs 1 to 3 – The Sin of Schism

 

1 Corinthians chapter 3 – Beyond Personalities – JS Gillespie – 30032014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 3 – Fighting and Fellowship – J Stewart Gillespie – 13042014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chapter 3 vs 4 to 9 – But a Servant – When a Dream becomes a Vision

 

1 Corinthians chapter 3 verse 12 – Gold Silver and Precious Stones

notes available here for this message

 

1 Corinthians chapter 3 – Gold Silver and Precious Stones

 

1 Corinthians chp 3 vs 16 – Meeting God in His Temple

notes available from this message

 

1 Corinthians chp 3 – We Have The Mind of Christ

 

Stewart Don – 1 Corinthians Chp 3 – 15012008

 

1 Corinthians chapters 4 to 6 >>

1 Corinthians chapters 7 to 9 >>

1 Corinthians chapters 10 to 13 >>

1 Corinthians chapters 14 to 16 >>

Just added: Fruitful Prayers and Problem Figs

Just added; a new message preached by Mr Craig Mackie from Mark chapter 11:

 

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

Jesus – The Authentic Experience

Just added a recording of this Sunday evenings message, preached from Luke chapter 4:

 

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

 

 

Gospel – J Stewart Gillespie 2015

Download or listen online to Gospel messages preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie at the Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock in 2015:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 
 

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

 
 

Dead, Dieing and Alive Forever

Just added, a new message from Mr Don Stewart (Prestwick) from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 and Ephesians chapter 2:

Dead Dieing and Alive Forever – Ephesians Chapter 2

A Bomb in a Basket

Sometimes we might be tempted to look at the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and at those who preach the Son of God, crucified, buried, rejected and resurrected, and to scratch our head and wonder; ‘Is that it?’

God was about to change the world forever, through the service of a converted persecutor of the church;Saul of Tarsus. In Acts chapter 9 Pauls ministry gets off to an ignoble start as he is bundled into a basket and lowered down a city wall at night! Is this the man that will turn the western world upside down? Where is the power in that? The ‘dynamite’ of God lay not in who Paul was but in what he had found in Jesus Christ! This was a Bomb in a Basket. Taken from :

The Bomb in the Basket

Tell me There’s a Heaven – Just added

Just added, a recording of this evenings Gospel message preached by Mr Robert Revie (Tarbolton):

Tell me theres a Heaven – Robert Revie – 16032014.mp3

Robert examines some of the great questions posed in the book of Job:

“man dies and wasteth away yea man giveth up the ghost and where is he?” (Job 14:10)
“if a man die shall he live again?” (Job 14:14)

and answers them in the light of Jobs trust in a living Redeemer and His expectation of one day seeing God “in the flesh.”