The blind man

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: John 9:1-41

Key Verse: John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world

John in his gospel uses contrasts – light/darkness, alive/dead, see/blind. In the previous chapter Jesus has declare that He is The Light of the world. He provides the disbelieving Pharisees a sign by bring light into the darkness of this man’s existence by healing him, born blind, and giving him sight.

The Pharisees could not deny the fact that the blind man could now see, so they unsuccessfully tried to deny he was ever blind, being deliberately wilful in their disbelief. They closed their eyes to God’s sign, loving the darkness rather than the light revealed in Jesus because their deeds where evil.

We by nature are like the Pharisees setting our own standards but when the light of the gospel shines in our hearts we recoil seeing ourselves as substandard against God’s standard of perfection. We need to be like the blind man knowing our need and accepting God’s provision.

Sermon Points:
A: In His light we see ourselves
B: In His light we see the glory of God

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 16th November 2014

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Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:7-36, Psalms 100:1-5

Key Verse: Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name

Psalm 100 was possibly written and used in the time of the Exodus in the thanksgivings offering service.

The psalm calls all people everywhere both Jew and Gentile to acknowledge God, His goodness and to worship Him.

God is good his love endures forever. Elsewhere it says “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Therefore we are not take things for granted, but to be thankful in action and attitude like God expects of us.
Let us today give thanks – for people becoming Christian’s this year – for provision of our needs and more.

I love the Lord because ……….
He heard my voice, my prayer….
His faithfulness ….
His promises….
His provision….
of Jesus….
He will never leave me nor forsake me……..

Sermon Points:
A: Call to worship

B: Call to know God
1: Know God in Christ
2: Know God in Creation
3: Know God in His Care

C: Call to thanksgiving
1: God is good
2: His love endures for ever
3: He is faithful

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 16 November 2014

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The true bread from Heaven

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Reading: John 6:1-15, 25-71

Key Verse: John 6:27-29
Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Literally thousands of people could be called upon to verify that what all four gospel writers recorded was accurate.

This miracle was a gospel sign which pointed, like the previous Old Testament signs, to Jesus. In this instance Jesus being the very substance of life that would provide real eternal satisfaction to the deep desires of our hearts. But we could only experience this if Jesus was to be our substitute and die for our sins instead of us dying, like the Passover lamb died in place of the eldest child in Egypt.

Sermon Points:
A: Jesus is God’s provision for the world
B: Jesus is the bread that satisfies
C: Jesus is God’s way

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 09 November 2014

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Greatest Love

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 and John 15:9-17

This Remembrance Sunday were the nation remembers the people who died in the previous wars. 888,246 ceramic poppies currently surround the Tower of London, each poppy representing a British fatality during the First World War. Many are bury where they fell on foreign soil, some of them with no name as they are unknown.

In Westminster Abbey is the tomb of the unknown warrior. Surrounding it are four scriptures
THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT ARE HIS (top: 2 Timothy 2:19)
UNKNOWN AND YET WELL KNOWN, DYING AND BEHOLD WE LIVE (side: 2 Corinthians 6:9)
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS (side: John 15:13)
IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE (base, 1 Corinthians 15:22)

Today we will look at John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends

Sermon Points:
A: A Great Saviour
B: A Great Suffering
C: A Great Sacrifice

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 09 November 2014

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Two prodigals and the Kingdom of Heaven

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Reading: Luke 15:1-2, 11-32

In the culture of the day the older brother inherited a double blessing. With only 2 sons, this older brother would have received two thirds of his father’s wealth. After the younger had taken his share away then everything left was the older son’s to inherit. When the father was generous with the younger brother coming home the older brother was galled, since the father spending his own money meant less inheritance for him.

Are we like the older brother?

Sermon Points:
Young brother
Let God be God. You cannot appease God only Jesus can and did.

Older brother
Wanted the blessings of heaven but did not want to share it.

Jesus is the true elder brother
How like Jesus the true elder brother are you?

Series: Communion 2014
Preacher: Rev Roddy MacRae
Preached: Thanksgiving Service, 02 November 2014


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Taking hold of Christ

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Reading: Philippians 3:1-14

Key Verse: Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Paul had a deep spiritual angst to know more of God and that those in the churches under his care should also desire to know God more.

Do we want more and more of God or do we worship God at our convenience?

Sermon Points:
A: Thirst after God
B: Humility
C: Not “Jesus and …”
D: His righteousness received by faith

Series: Communion 2014

Preacher: Rev Roddy MacRae
Preached: Communion Service, 02 November 2014

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Gospel Change

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Reading: Colossians 2:1-17

Key Verse: Colossians 2:6-7
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

We often think of the gospel as for the unsaved, “those out there”. But the gospel is really for us all. The gospel is not just about setting us right with God (justification) but also about being made continually more into Christ’s likeness (sanctification).

Sermon Points:

A: Provision of the Gospel – God’s gift
B: Primary Purpose in the Gospel – saved to become like Jesus

  • Tools that God uses
  1. Word – living active word
  2. Holy Spirit

C: Preventing gospel change – sinful heart.

Series: Communion 2014

Preacher: Rev Roddy MacRae

Preached: Communion Preparatory Service, 01 November 2014

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The man at the pool

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: John 5:1-47

Key Verse: John 5:12 So they asked him, ‘Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?’

Jesus by his actions including healing on the sabbath was showing everyone how to fulfil the law of God. Jesus was keeping the Sabbath holy as God intended, but the Jewish leaders would not listen but rather persecuted him for breaking their man made rules.

Jesus responded to this persecution by teaching them more plainly who He was and by what authority He did what He did, to which they responded by trying all the more to kill Jesus.

Sermon Points:
A: Jesus character v1-14
B: Jesus claims v15-30
Claim 1: Jesus is equal with God the Father
Claim 2: Jesus has life in himself
Claim 3: Jesus will judge the whole world

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 26 October 2014

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