“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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Heaven

The hitchhikers guide to life, death and everything after

Reading: Revelation 21:1-22:5

Key Verse: Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling-place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ starts
“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…”

But these words are a lie and a pipe dream. It is when we do not think about eternity, and we believe evolutionists that what we have here and now is all that there is, that we end up with retaliation and continual fighting. To think about eternity brings a vital warning to the unbeliever and comfort to those who are already in Christ.

Sermon Points:
A: Where is it?
B: What is going to be like?
C: Why think about heaven?

Series: The Hitchhikers Guide to Life, Death and Everything After

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 31 August 2014

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The rich man and Lazarus

The hitchhikers guide to life, death and everything after

Reading: Luke 16:19-31

Key Verse: Luke 16:31
He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead’

This passage deals with the big question of what happens to us when we die? When we look and understand the end of life, then the rest of the life makes sense. The passage touches on eternity and eternal punishment and eternal life.

If life is all there is, then to look after yourself first and foremost, to live like the rich man, makes sense. But suffering and putting others first only makes sense when we have the eternal perspective.

How we live matters, what we do with our assets shows what we truly believe. Do we use our wealth with eternity in mind?

Sermon Points:
A: Wealth v19-22
B: World to come v23-26
1: Retain consciousness
2: Certain
C: Word v27-31

Series: The Hitchhikers Guide to Life, Death and Everything After

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service, 01 June 2014

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