Satisfaction

Reading: John 4:1-42
Sermon Points:
A: A well with history
B: A woman with history
C: A worship with history
D: A woman with her story

Series: John’s Gospel

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 14 July 2013

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Let my people go

Reading: Exodus 5:1-6:12
Sermon Points:
A: A request
B: Responses
– Pharaoh’s response
– Foremen’s response
– Moses’ response
– God’s response
C: A refusal

Series: Book of Exodus, 05 in the series of

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 16 September 2012

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Relationship Status

Are you In A Relationship?  Perhaps It’s Complicated?  What about the most important relationship you can ever have?

Relationships.  They’re everywhere.  And it’s not just about who is going out with who, there are our relationships with our friends, our family, our classmates and workmates.  Relationships are part of what makes us human beings. It would be a sad life if we really were cut off and totally on our own.

But there is one relationship that is more important than all the others, and that’s what I want to talk about.  Our relationship with God.

Now, to some people that doesn’t make any sense.  Atheists, obviously, don’t beleive in God, so they won’t understand how we can have a relationship with him.  But a lot of people who do beleive in some sort of God might also have a problem here.  Islam teachs that God is unknowable. You can’t have a relationship with an unknowable God. Lots of other people treat God as somthing distant from creation, who set it up and then walked away. No relationship there.  But we know differently. We know that God is a personal, knowable God.  And better than that, we know that he wants us to know him, to be in a relationship with him.  In the very begining the Bible tells us he walked in the garden with Adam and Eve. Sin broke that relationship but God the Son – Jesus – came in to the world around 2000 years ago to mend that break and give us the chance to have a relationship with him again.

So, why am I going on about this relationship?  Well, quite simply, because it is the most important relationship you can ever have. At the end of the day that’s what will make the difference whether you are going to heaven or not.  It’s not about how good you are, or how often you go to church.  It’s not about being religious or giving to charity.  When it all comes down to it, what matters is your relationship with God.

And really, that is what Christmas is all about.  Not presents, or cake, or turkey. Not days off schol and Christmas Specials on TV. Not even going to church and singing carols.  Christmas is about remembering that Jesus – God – was born into this world and died for us so that we could have the chance of a relationship with God again.

So, if you’re not in a relationship with God, don’t you think it’s time you were?  It’s easy to do, just pray, ask Jesus to come into your life and then follow him.  If you are in that relationship then I’ve got a few questions for you too.  How often do you talk to God? Do you go out of your way to please him? Do you ever want to share him with your other friends? These are all things we do in a healthy relationship, aren’t they?

So, as we look towards Christmas and all that comes with it, what’s your relationship status?