Surprised by God – Mark chapter 3

Just added, a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie from Marks Gospel:


Mark chp 3 vs 1 to 6 – Surprised by God – JS Gillespie – 04032018


Gospel – J Stewart Gillespie – 2018

Gospel messages preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie 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


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


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


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


Mark chp 1 – The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – JS Gillespie – 16012018


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


Mark chapter 1 – The Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God – JS Gillespie – 28012018


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


Mark Chp 1 – The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – JS Gillespie – 18022018


Mark chp 1 + 2 – Dont Just tell me Im a Sinner – JS Gillespie – 04032018


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


Mark chp 3 vs 1 to 6 – Surprised by God – JS Gillespie – 04032018


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



Jesus Loves me This I know

A new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 14 verse 1 by J Stewart Gillespie:


1 Corinthians chp 14 vs 1 – Jesus Loves me This I Know – J Stewart Gillespie – 29032016


Outline notes from this message:

We noticed last time that we considered 1 Co 13:10; ‘that which is perfect

We suggested that this was a reference to the completeness and perfection of Divine Revelation not presently in the Bible but in a future day at the return of Christ

We suggested 3 major reasons why ‘that which is perfect’ cannot be a reference to the completed canon of scripture:

  1. We noted that in verses 8 and 9 that ‘prophecies’ fell into the category of the passing (verse 8) and the partial (v9). That is that prophecy by its nature is subject to a frame of time and moves through distinct phases of revelation, expectation and then fulfillment. Until that prophecy is fulfilled exactly what it means is the subject of interpretation, and until it is fulfilled its full meaning will remain unclear. Any revelation therefore dependent upon unfulfilled prophecy cannot be the ‘perfect’ or fullness of revelation. The Bible contains unfilled prophecy, it is in fact, ‘a more sure word of prophecy,’ and thus cannot be that complete revelation.

  1. Perfect revelation requires perfect preparation of the individual to receive it (13:11); that perfect preparation is the ongoing work of God in us, transforming and conforming us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29), a work which will only be complete when we meet Christ (1 John 3:2), perfect revelation and comprehension, ‘to know even as I am known,’ must await that future day.

  2. The imagery of 1 Co 13:12, in referring to seeing through the glass darkly uses the image of the Bible – the glass, used in 2 Corinthians chp 3:18 and James 1:23, that is the position of the present, the future position is, ‘face to face.’

That perhaps leaves us with something of a problem then, if I am saying that, ‘that which is perfect,’ lies in the future, am I then left with the continuance of sign gifts till then? Do I expect miracles, tongues, prophecy and wonders to continue until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ?


7 reasons for the cessation of sign gifts:

  1. Specifically of ‘tongues’ verse 8, we are told that they shall ‘cease’ – middle tense, they are given for a purpose, discussed in 1 Corinthians chp 14 and then of their own accord will stop. They only appear 3 X in the Acts of the apostles, and then here in 1 Corinthians, when they are abused / misused.

  2. The sign gifts were essentially signs of the apostles; Acts 5:12; 2:43; 2 Co 12:12; Heb 2:3-4. The apostles were those who saw the Lord in His death (11/12) and His resurrection (12/12) (Acts 1:22). If someone today claims to have the gift of miracles / prophecy / wonders then your first response can be; ‘you must be an awful lot older than you look.’

  3. Prophecy was foundational to the church (1 Co 3:10-12; Eph 2:20) – we cannot go back after 2000 years and re-lay the foundation! Well that’s not entirely true, outside my house you can see 2 or 3 great foundation stones from the Arthur memorial church, layed over 100 years ago. You can change the foundation, but to do so, they had to first demolish the church. That is precisely what happens when we re-lay the foundations!

  1. The faith which we hold and believe has been “once and for all” (Vincents Word Studies), delivered unto the saints; Jude 1:3 and is now to be passed on (2 Tim 2:1-2) rather than being freshly revealed (2 Tim 2:1-2). The passing of the baton.

  2. Revelation 22:18-19 makes it clear that we cannot add to the NT scripture – no new revelation

  3. The overall pattern of the Bible – supernatural signs and the gift of miracles were never normative; they occur during only 3 phases of history:

  1. Moses and Aaron,

  2. Elijah and Elisha

  3. Christ and the Apostles

  1. When we come to later epistles, the exhortation is not to prophesy but to expound scripture; read, study, and teach scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-2; 4:6,13-16; 2 Tim 2:15; 3:14-17. Herein leis the real problem with the charismatic movement; not so much in the gifts which they think they have and do not possess but in dwelling on the fake and fraudulent they miss what God really does have for us.

The problem with all of that was not so much what he said – babbling in tongues; the problem lies more with what he did not say; all of the blessings which God has in His Word for us, were ignored.

‘Follow after love and desire spiritual gifts but rather that ye may prophesy’        (1 Corinthians 14:1)

So we might find at Corinth, brother Jim, he has the gift of prophecy, you may ask, well why does brother Jim prophecy? From 1 Corinthians 14:1 you could rightly say that brother Jim prophecies as a consequence of love. It is because he loves Gods people at Corinth that he prophecies. But you knew brother Jim from years ago; from when he worked and lived in Corinth, you may well scratch your head at that explanation and tell me, but I knew brother Jim years ago, when he bought and sold and lived in Corinth, all he was interested in was himself, in maximising his profit and pursuing his pleasures.

If brother Jim is now acting out of self sacrificial love, well that is something new! Where did he get that love from? You know the answer to that of course. Brother Jim got saved. Brother Jim was born again, he is a new creature in Christ, filled by His Spirit and the fruit of that Spirit which is; ‘love, joy, peace, longsuffering…’

Let’s just bring all of that together then, all of that means that the exercise of brother Jim’s gift, that gift of prophecy is ultimately a product of Gods love for Jim and Gods love for His people through the ministry of Jim? Is that correct?

So if I ask the question, how do I know that God loves me? I can look back into the past and remember Calvary (John 3:16) but I can also look into the present and perceive His ongoing love and care for me in the provision of the ministry of His Word.

Sometimes you will hear Christians say some very ill thought out things and I wouldn’t like you to imbibe them! Statements such as:

  • I’m not so much interested in the Word of God, I’m more interested in the love of God

  • There really wasn’t enough love in that place, a lot of Bible teaching.

You see God continues to express His love for us, in the care that He shows for us in the teaching and ministry of His Word.

Disregard for that, prioritising other things before that is really a disregard for the love of God and that has costs and consequences.

I’ve noticed it over the years, a particular Word of ministry, Word in the Gospel, that would have been particularly helpful to some of Gods people, but they had absented themselves that evening for other things. God’s love had been extended and rejected. They were the poorer for it.

Whitehaven 2008

The Messianic Miracles of Christ 1 – David Hands – 21032008


The Messianic Miracles of Christ – David Hands 2 – 21032008


Luke Chp 24 – Christ in the Home – J S Gillespie – 21032008


Christ in the The Heart 2 Kings 4 – J S Gillespie – 21032008

Gospel 2013

mp3 recordings to download or play online from our Sunday evening Gospel services held in the Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock in 2013

Bible Basics 9 – Eternal Judgment – JS Gillespie – 06012013

For God so Loved – John chp3 vs 16 – Gordon Armstrong – 13012013

This Man had a Conversion – 1 Timothy chp 1 vs 12 to 17 – William Houston (Kilmarnock) – 27012013

God is What He is – JS Gillespie – 03022013

Who is Jesus – Craig Mackie (New Cumnock) – 10022013

Just One Sin – Tom Jenkinson (Galston) – 17022013

Christianity – What is It – Craig MacKie – 10032013

Who is Jesus – Craig Welsh – 17032013

Peter – Changed at the Mountain – Matthew chp 17 – Craig Mackie – 14042013

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

Lord Fix My Problem – Luke chp 17 vs 11 to 19 – Stephen Grant (Bridge of Weir) – 12052013

Sin Pays Wages – Peter Hinshelwood – 20052013

Listen Up – John Gillespie (Ayr) – 02062013

The Good Shepherd – John chp 10 – Robert Gray – 23062013

Mark chapter 1 verses 1 to 8 – The Beginning of Something Big Really Big – JS Gillespie – 03032013

Mark chp 1 – A Fame that Spread – J Stewart Gillespie – 07042013

The Heart that Moves the Hand of God – Mark chp 1 vs 40 to 45 – JS Gillespie – 21042013

Mark chp 2 vs 1 to 12 – Its Not a Roof Its a Faith Filter – JS Gillespie – 28042013

Mark chp 4 vs 1 to 20 – Christ in the Pulpit – JS Gillespie – 26052013

Peace – Mark chp 4 to 5 – JS Gillespie – 30062013

Mark chp 6 vs 30 to 44 – Broken Bread and Fallen Heroes – J Stewart Gillespie – 21072013

Mark chp 6 and 7 – Beyond the Loaves and the Fishes – JS Gillespie – 04082013

Mark chp 10 vs 17 to 27 – Stuck in the Eye of a Needle – JS Gillespie – 25082013

Mark chp 12 vs 13 to 37 – Frequently Asked Questions – JS Gillespie – 15092013

Mark chp 15 – Time to Change Your Mind – JS Gillespie – 06102013

What Is God Like – Bill Stevely – Hebrews chp 1 vs 1 to 3 – 07072013

Ignoring the Warning – Jim Wade (Prestwick) – 18082013

Luke chapter 4 – Christ Can Set You Free – Jim Armstrong (Stevenston) – 21092013

Mark chapter 10 vs 46 to 52 – Casting off the Old Clothes – John Dunlop (Crosshouse) – 29092013

Acts chp 1 vs 1 to 11 – With Passion and With Power – JS Gillespie – 27102013

Acts chp 2 vs 21 to 40 – Who is The Lord – JS Gillespie – 17112013

Beauty and the Beggar – Acts chp 3 vs 1 to 19 – JS Gillespie – 01122013

Acts chp 4 – How Jesus Christ Changed the World – JS Gillespie – 050102013

Faith – 1 Peter chp 1 – Craig Mackie – 08092013

Sin and Salvation – Mark Johnstone (Linwood) – Romans chp 3 – 03112013

Light Life and Love – 1 Peter chp 2 – Craig McKie – 08122013

Luke chapter 1 verses 26 – 38 – Prepare for a Miracle – JS Gillespie – 22122013