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 joy set before us

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Isaiah 25:1-12

Key Verse: Isaiah 25:6-9
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine –
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8 he will swallow up death for ever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.

9 In that day they will say,
‘Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.’

Does partying come to mind when we think of God? Not normally, but that is the picture of heaven. God’s party – heaven a place of joy, found around the banqueting table of The Lord to which we are all invited. We are able to go to the party because God has dealt with the ultimate party pooper – death.

Sermon Points:
A: Invitation to all
B: Hope for all

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service, 18 May 2014

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David & Goliath

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading:1 Samuel 17:1-58
Sermon Points:
A: Defiance
B: Despair
C: Deliverance

  • Character attacked by his oldest brother v28
  • Credentials attacked by the king v33
    • David displays his credentials
      • servant heart – v34
      • prepared by God – v36
  • Abilities derided by Goliath – v45

D: Death

Series: King David

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service , 10 November 2013

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