Growing Pains

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: James 1:1-12

Key Verse: James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Godly wisdom is called for to enable us to face trials with joy.

As humans we naturally are earth bound in our perspective. However we are to get our thinking in line with God’s thinking. God’s Word calls upon us to have such an attitude of life such that we can have joy in our unhappy trails because we can see beyond them the good that God is working in us through the trails.

This attitude calls for true wisdom which is from God, who is willing and able to give to those who really desire it.

Sermon Points:
A: Suffering
B: Singlemindedness
C: Saviour

Series: James

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service, 07 September 2014


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Unity: More than just a ‘nice idea’

How does the world see the church? Divided? Paul wrote to a divided and quarrelling church in Corinth about such issues.

Reading:John 17:1-26; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Sermon Points:
A: Disunity dishonours God

  1. Recognise the problem
  2. Love God first and others next – Putting other peoples interests first.
  3. Hand the situation over to God

B: Unity is given by God

  1. Unity is not uniformity.
  2. Unity is not cowardice

C: Unity centres on Jesus

Series: 1 Corinthians

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service, 03 February 2013

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Wider or deeper?

Today I got my second assignment back on the Christian Counselling course I am doing (www.ccef.org) and one of the feedback comments really struck me.

Much of the Christian life is not learning completely new things, but rather it’s a process of growing deeper into the basic truths of the Gospel.

It made me ask the question as to whether I am growing deeper into the Gospel and allowing it to it permeate my heart and change me?  Where are we at? We may have grasped the Gospel intellectually but are we going deeper and living it?  Many of our problems stem at their root from either a failure to grasp the Gospel, or to apply it.

So, as I ask myself, I put the question out there – are we focusing so much on widening our knowledge that we have lost sight of going deeper?