When Giants Stand Tall – 2 Corinthians chapter 8

Just added, to our series on 2 Corinthians, a new message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie, from 2 Corinthians chapter 8

 

2 Corinthians chp 8 vs 9 to 15 – When Giants Stand Tall – JS Gillespie – 22022018

 

The Grace of God and the Problem of Pain – 2 Corinthians chapter 8 vs 2

Just added, a new message preached from 2 Corinthians chapter 8 verse 2:

Why do Gods people suffer if God is a God of Sovereign Grace?

 

2 Corinthians chp 8 verse 2 – The Grace of God and The Problem of Pain – JS Gillespie – 11032018

 

2 Corinthians – chps 7 to 9

Messages preached from 2 Corinthians chapters 7 to 9:

 

2 Corinthians chp 7 vs 1 – Logical Holiness – Dr J Stewart Gillespie – 12112017

 

2 Corinthians chp 7 vs 1 to 3 – Reasonable Holiness – JS Gillespie – 14112017

 

2 Corinthians chp 7 vs 2 to 7 – The Cost of Comfort – JS Gillespie 28112017

 

2 Corinthians chp 7 vs 8 to 12 – Whos Sorry Now – JS Gillespie – 05122017

 

2 Corinthians chp 7 vs 11 to 16 – Surprised by Joy – JS Gillespie -12122017

 

2 Corinthians chp 8 – Sovereign Grace for Gods Suffering People – JS Gillespie – 08012018

 

2 Corinthians 8 – Gods Transforming Grace – JS Gillespie – 14012018

 

2 Corinthians chp 8 vs 1 to 15 – Finding Christ in our Suffering – JS Gillespie – 18022018

 

2 Corinthians chp 8 vs 1 to 15 – Joy Riches and Christ Discovering Gods Grace in my Grief – JS Gillespie – 20022018

 

2 Corinthians chp 8 – Sovereign Grace for Gods Suffering People – JS Gillespie – 08012018

 

2 Corinthians chp 8 verse 2 – The Grace of God and The Problem of Pain – JS Gillespie – 11032018

2 Corinthians chp 8 vs 9 to 15 – The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ – Grace Sufficient – JS Gillespie – 18032018

 

2 Corinthians chp 8 vs 9 to 15 – When Giants Stand Tall – JS Gillespie – 22022018

 

2 Corinthians chp 8 vs 8 to 15 – Grace Personal and Sufficient – JS Gillespie – 27022018

 

2 Corinthians chp 9 – I Cannot lose by Giving what I did not Gain by Grasping – JS Gillespie – 28012018

 

2 Corinthians chp 9 vs 1 – The Service of Giving – JS Gillespie – 27032018

 

2 Corinthians chp 9 vs 5 to 9 – Eulogy to God – JS Gillespie – 03042018

 

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Baptism: Marian McBryde

Baptism of Marian McBryde and a recording of the message preached on that occasion from Acts chapter 8 by J Stewart Gillespie:

 

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

 

Baptism – Sam Gillespie

Just added, recordings from this evenings baptismal service for Sam Gillespie:

 

Sam Gillespie Baptism – 03042016

 

Sam Gillespie Baptism – Mark Johnstone – 03042016

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

He who has the Son has Life – Peter Hinshelwood

 

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

 

jesus-and-a-sinner-and-a-whole-load-of-hypocrites-john-chp-8-j-stewart-gillespie-23102016

 

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

 
 
 
 

Funeral Services

Recordings from some of our remembrance and funeral services held :

 

Funeral – John Conchar – 18012018

 

Adam Wallace Funeral Service – JS Gillespie – 18112016

 

McMichael Robert – Funeral – JS Gillespie – 23092016

 

Funeral – Jean Carmichael – 15092016

 

Funeral of Gordon Lindsay – 25082016

 

William Burley Funeral 29072016

 

 

Funeral – William Barbour – eulogy – 26052016

 

Funeral Service of Sadie Freeburn – JS Gillespie – 12052016

 

Funeral Service – Judith Ann Brown

 

Funeral Service of Elizabeth Houston – J Stewart Gillespie

 

Funeral William Timpany – Born 29041931 – 03092015.mp3

 

Jean Timpany New Cumnock – Funeral Service

 

Funeral Jean Robertson

 

 

Beth Webster – Funeral – 29072010

 

George Webster – Funeral

 

Michael Flynn Funeral

 

Jean McGinn Funeral

 

Bert Pagan Funeral

 

John Bell – Cumnock – Funeral Service

 

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.