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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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 man at the pool

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: John 5:1-47

Key Verse: John 5:12 So they asked him, ‘Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?’

Jesus by his actions including healing on the sabbath was showing everyone how to fulfil the law of God. Jesus was keeping the Sabbath holy as God intended, but the Jewish leaders would not listen but rather persecuted him for breaking their man made rules.

Jesus responded to this persecution by teaching them more plainly who He was and by what authority He did what He did, to which they responded by trying all the more to kill Jesus.

Sermon Points:
A: Jesus character v1-14
B: Jesus claims v15-30
Claim 1: Jesus is equal with God the Father
Claim 2: Jesus has life in himself
Claim 3: Jesus will judge the whole world

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 26 October 2014

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