The Servant and his Service – JS Gillespie – Burnbank Missionary Confernce 2017

Just added, a new message preached at Ebenezer Hall, Burnbank, Hamilton, Annual Missionary Conference 2017, by J Stewart Gillespie from 2 Corinthians chapter 6:


2 Corinthians chp 6 vs 1 to 5 – The Servant and His Service – JS Gillespie – 07102017


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’

Grace the Unexpected Glory – John Chapter 1 verses 14 to 18

Just added, a new message preached from Johns Gospel:

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

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




He who has the Son has Life – Peter Hinshelwood


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




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


Free to Preach Free Grace Freely – 1 Corinthians chp 9

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


1 Corinthians chp 9 vs 16 to 27 – Free to Preach Free Grace Freely – JS Gillespie – 12052015

A Message for Easter

A selection of messages of hope and power for this Easter from our website:

Job Chapter 19 verse 26 – Easter 2013 – and Job had a hope – J Stewart Gillespie – 31032013

A Message for Easter – 1 Corinthians chp 15 – Mark Johnstone (Linwood) – 24042011

Luke Chp24 – An Unexpected Resurrection – J Stewart Gillespie – 04042010

Luke Chp 24 – When Everything Seems to Go Wrong – J Stewart Gillespie – 25032008

Hebrews Chapter 13

Hebrews chp 13 – Satisfied with Christ – JS Gillespie – 19112013


Hebrews chp 13 vs 1 to 7 – How to Feed an Angel Pavlova – JS Gillespie – 26112013


Hebrews chp 13 vs 8 to 16 – Forever Resting on a Name Unuttered – JS Gillespie – 03122013


Hebrews chp 13 vs 8 to 16 – When Wrong Has no Rights – 10122013 – JS Gillespie


Hebrews chp 13 vs 13 to 19 – Let Your Thoughts be Psalms – JS Gillespie – 17122013


Hebrews chp 13 vs 20 to 25 – Peace Perfect Grace – JS Gillespie – 24122013


Mathew Cordiner – Hebrews – Christ Our Great High Priest – 03052011.mp3


Sinclair Alastair – Hebrews – 4 Places Christ is


Studies in Hebrews – Character Cameos 1 – Jacob – You Cant Climb Jacobs Ladder – JS Gillespie – 01022012


Studies in Hebrews – Character Cameos 2- Ahimelech – The Secret Resources of Gods Sanctuary – JS Gillespie – 08022012


Studies in Hebrews – Character Cameos 3 – Melchizedek – A High Priest Who Does not Wait to Be Asked – JS Gillespie – 15022012


Studies in Hebrews – Character Cameos 4 – Lucifer – Hells Angel – JS Gillespie – 22022012.mp3


Studies in Hebrews – Character Cameos 5 – He – JS Gillespie – 29022012


Christ in Hebrews – JS Gillespie – 15112014


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