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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