The Ethiopian Eunuch

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Acts 8:26-40

Key Verse: Acts 8:35-36

Luke in his narrative of the early church turns from the incidents that are numerically larger and more local to this incident were a deacon, Philip the Evangelist, plays an important part in bringing the gospel to Africa.

God provides this God fearing eunuch, with a one to one personal bible lesson to explain the Gospel to him. And with a few rolls of the scroll he would come to Isaiah 56:3-5Do not let the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord
Speak, saying, “The Lord has utterly separated me from His people”;
Nor let the eunuch say, “Here I am, a dry tree.”
For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast My covenant, even to them I will give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.”

This outsider, who was both a foreigner and had the physical defect of being a eunuch could repent and believe in Jesus just like Philip himself had. This man understood the gospel was open to all, and having believed the truth was baptised showing his new allegiance to King Jesus and the family of God.

Sermon Points:
A: Recording
B: Revealing
C: Repenting
D: Rejoicing

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 25 January 2015

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Resurrection – The final sign

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

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

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

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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