The wise and foolish builders

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Matthew 7:15-29

Key Verse: Matthew 7:24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (NIVUK)

Jesus gives the warning that people must not only hear but also accept and act upon His teachings if they are to receive the gift of eternal life and be saved from eternal damnation.

The immediate context in Jesus teaching is His warning that there are people who outwardly look the same as Christians, and sincerely believe themselves to be Christians, without actually being Christians. On the day of judgement they will pled they religious activities as evidence of their Christianity, yet they will be banished from His presence because they trusted in their “Christian” activities rather than trusting in Jesus’ actions and His promises.

In the light of this danger of false Christianity and false hope, Jesus uses the parable of wise and foolish builders to make plain how get our response to His teachings about Himself has eternal consequences.

Then later Paul, writing to the church at Corinth, warns the believers to not only build on the correct foundation, but when building to use quality building material, such as gold and precious stones rather than wood, hay and stubble.Then later Paul, writing to the church at Corinth, warns the believers to not only build on the correct foundation, but when building to use quality building material, such as gold and precious stones rather than wood, hay and stubble.

Sermon Points:
A: Two men
B: Two foundations

Series: Matthew

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service , 25 January 2015

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Fear of God, Fear of Man

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Luke 12:1-12

Key Verses: Luke 12:1b Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.’

Luke 12:4-5 ‘I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.’

To fear God is the beginning of wisdom, but to fear man is to be enslaved.

The Pharisees feared the opinions of their fellows. They only possessed a hypocritical false piety rather than real piety. Jesus warned against this corrupting hypocrisy saying that the only person you should really fear is God, since man can only do limited harm, while God has the power to determine our eternal destiny.

The Pharisees’ stubborn deliberate resistance to the Truth brought condemnation, but we should not only follow Jesus but be willing to confess him openly before men as God the Holy Spirit enables us.

Sermon Points:
A: Fear of man v1-3
B: Fear of God v4-7
C: Fear of man v8-9
D: Fear of God v10-12

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Evening Service, 07 September 2014


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