The Big Story

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Reading: Luke 2:1-20 and Genesis 3:1-24

Key Verse: Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’

Luke 2:6-7 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

There is the saying “cannot see the wood for the trees”. Often we are like that when we study in detail verses or chapters of the bible without knowing where they fit in. So it is with the events of the first advent. We can listen the story of Christ’s birthday without grasping the wonder of it because we forget to set the events within local historical context and the wider bible context of salvation.

The whole bible is one big story with many interwoven themes but with the main theme being how God in love reaches out to his creatures who have rebelled against him, warning them of their situation, showing them their helplessness, but providing himself as their saviour, if only they would repent and believe.

Sermon Points:
A: Genesis 3 – How relationship with God got broken
B: Genesis 15 – God reaches out to Abraham – his off spring blessing to the whole world
C: Exodus – Saved to serve
D: History books – Servant kingship
E: Psalms – drip with references to Jesus
F: Prophets – Message to original people but also looking forward to Jesus
G: Malachi – lost their love for God, going through the motions.
H: Where do you fit into the big story

Series: 2014 Advent Season

Preacher: Mr David Fergusion
Preached: Evening Service, 07 December 2014

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A Spirit filled Family

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Luke 1:26-45, 57-80 Key Verse: Luke 1:63 63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. 65 Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. Normally the son would carry the same name as his father or at least another relative, but for John God himself named the John meaning “The Lord is gracious” Even though Zachariah sinned in disbelief yet God used his punishment as a sign. When Zachariah’s was able to speak again, fear of God fell on all who dwelt around about. Zachariah sings praise to God for answered pray for Israel in providing a redeemer.

Sermon Points: A: Sin B: Son C: Surprise D: Song E: Saviour

Series: 2014 Advent Season

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 07 December 2014

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A Priest and a Promise

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Luke 1:1-26

Key Verse: Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.

Dr Luke, after careful investigation speaking with eye witnesses, sets out his historical account of the life, death and reserection of Jesus. He starts his account with the background to the birth of John the Baptist, who was the last of the Old Testament prophets, and would be the forerunner of Jesus.

At just the right moment God fulfils his prophecies, bring the joy of parenthood to a barren couple, answering their prayers of long ago. God chooses to answer their prayer for a child while also answering the immediate prayer of Zacharias the priest as he prayed in the holy place within the temple for the redemption of Israel. Zacharias and Elizabeth’s son who would be named John and would be the forerunner of Jesus the redeemer of Israel and a light to the Gentiles.

Sermon Points:
A: Prophecy
B: Problem
C: Privileged
D: Prayer
E: Preparing
F: Proof

Series: 2014 Advent Season

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Evening Service, 30 November 2014

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Faith and works

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Matthew 25:31-46 and James 2:14-26

Key Verse: James 2:18-19 But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.

Society in general sees faith as a private belief that should not show itself in public in the way you act. However true Christian faith is not a belief divorced from actions, but is the cause which results in Christian action.

God’s work for us and through us does not stop when He saves us from the coming judgement, but He has also prepared good works for us to do. These will show themselves naturally in the life of the Christian, and be an evidence to onlookers of the reality of our Christian faith. Someone cannot have faith without works. They can claim to have faith without works but it is not true faith.

These works will be those motivated by love, and be expressions of love to others and especially to the Christian family – our Christian bothers and sisters.

Sermon Points:
A: Faith and works
B: Faith that works
1 Faith loves other people
1.1 Bad example v15-17
1.2 Good example v25
2 Faith loves God
2.1 Bad example v18-19
2.2 Good example v20-24

Series: James

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service, 30 November 2014

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Lazarus, back from the dead.

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: John 11:1-54

Key Verse: John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’

This is the third resurrection that Jesus has administered. Jairus daughter raised to life shortly after she had died, then stopping the funeral procession on the way to bury an only son of a widow from Nairn. Now with Jesus’ friend Lazarus the time span between death and resurrection has increased to 4 days.

Jesus does not use His power to roll away the stone or unwrap Lazarus, but involves other people. The resurrection itself is spectacular miracle yet it’s purpose, as with all his miracles, is not to be a spectacle but a sign which authenticates Jesus claims, which in this case was “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” Then people can believe in Jesus based on evidence.

Jesus humanity is shown as he experiences the pain of the death of his friend, but in the execution of the miracle His Divinity is shown. Mary & Martha still looked to Jesus even though they thought all hope was gone.

Sermon Points:
A: Sign of love
B: Sign of life

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 23 November 2014

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Don’t judge a book by its cover

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: James 2:1-13

Key Verse: James 2:8-13 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself,’ you are doing right. 9 But if you show favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as law-breakers.

Living in the West human rights is taken for granted. We may be tempted to think of human rights as just common sense. But throughout history and now throughout the world it is not so.

The Bible does not speak of human rights per se, but speaks of all humans having the same dignity which is found in the fact that we are all, although fallen and damaged, made in the image of God our Creator.

As fallen humans we naturally discriminate for people in our own group and against those in other groups. But as children of God, we are to welcome and befriend people regardless of outward appearance. When a person becomes a Christian we join a family where we are all one in Christ Jesus. There is no division between, rich/poor, educated/uneducated, cultured/uncultured – where the highly educated and paid surgeon can have fellowship with a bin man.

The Christian is to discriminate between truth and lies, but not what we cannot the see the motivations of a persons heart. If we are not to judge a person’s motivations behind an action, because we cannot see a person’s heart, how much worse is it to judge a person not even on actions but on just mere appearance.

Sermon Points:
A: Problem v1-4
B: Solution
– 1: Gospel v5-7
– 2: Character of God v8-13
– 2.1 The problem here is a lack of love
– 2.2 We can not pick and choose between commandments

Series: James

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service, 23 November 2014

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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

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

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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