Resurrection – The final sign

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Reading: John 20

Key Verse: John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

The purpose of the gospels is that the readers might read the facts and then place their trust in Jesus based on the evidence presented to them. The ultimate sign that authenticated the man Jesus to be also God is the resurrection. It is also the pivotal truth as regards human salvation. If the resurrection were to be proved false then Christianity would crumble, since it would be a mere religion like all the other religions in the world.

None of the disciples expected the resurrection. They were frightened that their own lives might be in danger. But that changed to boldly preaching that Jesus had risen from the dead, and willing to suffer and die for this belief. Why the change? Only the recorded reason that they met with the risen Lord Jesus makes sense.

Jesus’ resurrection shows that his sacrificial death, to pay the penalty of our sin, was accepted. And because Jesus rose we also shall be raised. This hope enabled the great Puritan, John Owen, while lying on his deathbed, to say “Stop” to his secretary who wrote ‘I am still in the land of the living’ then add “Change that and say ‘I am yet in the land of the dying, but I hope soon to be in the land of the living.'”

Sermon Points:
A: Resurrection Transformation
B: Resurrection Confirmation
C: Resurrection Anticipation

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 17 January 2015

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Worship, Wisdom and Women

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Reading: 1 Kings 3

Key Verse: 1 Kings 3:7-9 7 ‘Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’

Last week we saw from psalm 27 that the one thing that David sought after was to know God and live his life before God’s presence. At the beginning of King Solomon’s reign we also see how he answers this question when God approaches him, in a dream, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ King Solomon saw his weakness and so asked that God might ‘give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’

In this life we need wisdom to judge between truth & error, good & evil. The Bible tells us that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom because when we fear Him we will listen and obey His word, resulting in eternal life.In this life we need wisdom to judge between truth & error, good & evil. The Bible tells us that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom because when we fear Him we will listen and obey His word, resulting in eternal life.

Sermon Points:
A: Worship
B: Wisdom
C: Women
D: Warning

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 18 January 2015

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Have you got that ‘One Thing’?

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Reading: Psalm 27:1-14

Key Verse: Psalm 27:4 4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIVUK)

With the recent events of the terror attacks in Paris and storms in the UK people naturally ask “What’s wrong with the world? Has it gone mad?” The truth is that ever since Adam & Eve sinned the world has been corrupt. It is just more evident sometimes than other times.

Everything in life can change and be taken away from us. The only thing that cannot be taken away from us is that which is given to us by God. His gift of eternal life and His love for us. David in this Psalm proclaims his security in God. Though many ill events and wicked men come against him to over power and overwhelm David, yet with God he can have peace and confidence. David can have this peace and confidence because he knows God and is known by God. David’s desire is know God more and more intimately.

It is a profound thing that God Almighty, creator of the universe, wants to know us mere humans personally, we should use this privilege by seeking to know Him better through studying the Bible and prayer.

Sermon Points:
A: The Lord is mine
B: The Lord is my one thing

Series: Psalms

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service , 11 January 2015

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Tree and Temple

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Reading: Mark 11

Key Verse: Mark 11:12-17

Mark links the events of the cursing of the fig tree, with Jesus over-turning the tables of the money changes in the temple. The fig tree in full leaf should have had some small eatable nodules which indicated that figs would grow on the tree later. No nodules meant the tree although showed every sign of life in its leaves, was actually barren and useless.

Israel did not exist for own benefit but to bear witness to other nations. But true worship had been replaced with formal legalism, the trappings of which actually prevented the Gentiles from coming and worshiping God as the court of the Gentiles was all crowded out with stalls. with Jesus’ actions in the temple he was judging the temple worship as fruitless and in effect closing it down.

The church today continues to exist for the benefit of everyone outside the church. If we lose our reason for being then we also will not escape God’s hand of judgement. Where a church fellowship does not reach out and welcome in, then it will be allowed to wither and die.

Sermon Points:
A: Was Jesus angry at commercialism?
B: God’s Word is divinely ordered
C: Fig Tree acted out parable of temple worship being declared as dead
D: Reach out and welcome in, or wither and die.

Series: One Off

Preacher: David Ferguson
Preached: Evening Service , 11 January 2015

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The Christmas Story

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Luke 2

Key Verse: Luke 2:14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.

In fulfilment of prophecy a baby boy, called Jesus because He is the Saviour of His people, had been born. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. God the Son had added to His divinity human flesh, the Godman. The angel Gabriel announces this amazing birth, proclaiming peace to men, not to all mankind, but to those people on whom His favour rests.

God’s peace and favour does not rest on those who reject the gospel, God’s gift of life, because they believe lies rather than trust God’s Word.

The shepherds were a despised group of people in their day but they trusted the Word of God proclaimed by Gabriel and acted upon it, obtaining the unique privilege of worshiping in person the King of Glory on His birthday.

In fulfilment of prophecy a baby boy, called Jesus because He is the Saviour of His people, had been born. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. God the Son had added to His divinity human flesh, the Godman. The angel Gabriel announces this amazing birth, proclaiming peace to men, not to all mankind, but to those people on whom His favour rests.
God’s peace and favour does not rest on those who reject the gospel, God’s gift of life, because they believe lies rather than trust God’s Word.
The shepherds were a despised group of people in their day but they trusted the Word of God proclaimed by Gabriel and acted upon it, obtaining the unique privilege of worshiping in person the King of Glory on His birthday.
Do we worship the redeemer?Do we worship the redeemer?

Series: 2014 Advent Season

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 21 December 2014

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Advent: A new Exodus

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Matthew 1:18-2:18

Key Verse: Matthew 2:14-15 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.

(Sorry the mic was not switched on for the first few minutes. Introduction missed.)
Matthew in his laying out of the gospel shows the parallels between the people of Israel and the incarnate Son of God. Exodus from Egypt/Jesus comes out of EgyptRed Sea/Jesus Baptism Wander around desert for 40 years/fasting in desert 40 daysLaw given on mount Sinai/Jesus preached the sermon on mount, interpreting the true meaning of the law

Sermon Points:
A: Birth of a special son
“The God who thunders in creation, now cries in a manger”
B: Escape from a crazy king
YouTube video from Desiring God of John Piper reading of his Christmas poem “The Innkeeper”www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ykhJMSoElI
C: Escape to a new life with God
To know God, to be a slave of Jesus Christ is to be free

Series: 2014 Advent Season

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 21 December 2014

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Jesus anointed by a sinful woman – The true worshipper

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Reading: Luke 7:36-50

Key Verse: Luke 7:47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.

We can see from Jesus explanation that the normal cultural practice towards a guest had not been followed, implying that Jesus had been invited not truly as a guest but to set a trap for him. When the uninvited woman, probably a protestute, came into the gathering Simon let the situation continue, thus proving to himself that Jesus’ credibility as prophet could be dismissed.

Simon thought sin was just in a person’s actions and that one could become contaminated by sin by association. Thus a godly person would keep themselves from sin by not mixing with sinners. Simon also though God would speak to Jesus and reveal to Jesus her background if he truly was a prophet. In this Simon was correct,God did revealed hidden secrets to Jesus but it was those of Simon’s own mind that were revealed.

Simon thought that everybody belong in two groups, holy and unholy sinners. In this he was correct, but he had placed himself in the holy group and this woman and now Jesus in the unholy sinful group. But the truth is Jesus alone is in himself holy, and therefore we all belong to the sinful group, whether we are very sinful or less sinful we are all born sinners and cannot cleanse ourselves of any sin no matter how small or great, we all alike stand condemned. Jesus in his parable showed that we are all in debt to God whether great or small amounts and none of us can repay anything.

This woman, who had been a great sinner, came in repentant faith to Jesus, and was made holy having all her sin taken away. While on the other hand Simon remained in the sinful situation that he started in because he would not trust in Jesus to take his sin away and convert him from the unholy group to the holy group. The woman’s thankfulness and love overflowing in her unadulterated worship of Jesus.

Sermon Points:
Easy to not see yourself in the story. It is important to apply truths to ourselves.”Where am I in the story?” How can I work on this? How do I apply? What do I need to work on?

When justifying our actions we instinctively think of someone worse than us.
Q1: Have you forgotten your debt that Jesus has paid?

Our hearts are temples of the Holy Spirit, places of worship to God
Q2: God cares about your worship. How do you worship God?

Q3: How does the world see you? Are you known for your love for God and the church?

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Roddy MacRae
Preached: Evening Service, 04 January 2015

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“From everlasting to everlasting you are God”

Rev Iain MacAskill

Reading: Psalm 90

Key Verse: Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

This prayer of Moses empathises time and our morality compared to the eternal unchanging nature of God. The prayer was written during a time of judgement of God and is most likely the incident recorded in Numbers 21 when in response to the people of Israel grumbling against Moses and against Himself, God sent a plague of venomous snakes. Repenting the people asked Moses to prayer to the LORD that he would take the snakes away. This psalm 90 is most likely that prayer.

At this time of new year, we tend to reflect and take stock of what has happen and where we hope to be going. In doing this we need to not neglect the eternal perspective. When real painful times come, we know that they will not last forever unlike upon the death of an unconverted person, where their loss and pain is eternal. For the Christian this life is as bad as it gets, whereas for the non-Christian this life is as good as it gets. But when times are well with us we need to consciously remember that we are mortal, life at best is fleeting. Our aims and desires should be tempered with the knowledge of our mortality, and that spiritual gain is the only gain which will be of eternal benefit.

Since we have this eternal perspective to life we ought to look outward with love and genuine concern at the world around us, our community which we are a part of and yet not a part of, since as are ruled by two different kings. Concern remembering our time is short, there might not be a next time, another opportunity, and our community outside of Christ is lost and helpless. We should use the time span that God has allotted to our lives wisely for the eternal benefit of others.

The LORD revealed himself to Moses with the words “‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’”(Exodus 34:6-7) Let us show forth God to our friends, neighbours and colleagues this year, praying for a blessing and seeking God’s favour in all we do.

Sermon Points:
A: Eternity
B: Frailty
C: Responsibility

Series: Psalms

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 04 January 2015

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Can I tempt you with something

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Reading: Matthew 3
Key Verse: Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. (NIVUK)
In the Old Testament both Adam & Israel are called a son of God. Both when tempted fell and brought condemnation on themselves.

Like Adam, in the Garden of Eden, Jesus, in the desert, was tempted to doubt the goodness of God, to misuse Scripture and to disobey one of God’s clear commands. But where Adam, a son of God, fell into sin, Jesus, The Son of God, stood up under the temptation to sin, able to bear the full weight of the temptation.

Sin puts ourselves first. Jesus’ self giving love kept him following the Father’s plan putting the Father’s will first.
Sermon Points:
A: Jesus the Obedient Son
B: Temptations of the Son
1: Physical need/Hunger – Tempted to doubt God’s goodness/change situation God has placed Him in
2: Misuse of scripture – Tempted to believe a lie/put God to the test
3: Path of suffering/Avoid the cross – Tempted to take the easy way/compromise on God’s laws
C: How we should face our temptations
1: By faith in Jesus
2: By looking for a way out
3: By relying on the Holy Spirit

Series: Matthew
Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 28 December 2014


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