Tree and Temple

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Reading: Mark 11

Key Verse: Mark 11:12-17

Mark links the events of the cursing of the fig tree, with Jesus over-turning the tables of the money changes in the temple. The fig tree in full leaf should have had some small eatable nodules which indicated that figs would grow on the tree later. No nodules meant the tree although showed every sign of life in its leaves, was actually barren and useless.

Israel did not exist for own benefit but to bear witness to other nations. But true worship had been replaced with formal legalism, the trappings of which actually prevented the Gentiles from coming and worshiping God as the court of the Gentiles was all crowded out with stalls. with Jesus’ actions in the temple he was judging the temple worship as fruitless and in effect closing it down.

The church today continues to exist for the benefit of everyone outside the church. If we lose our reason for being then we also will not escape God’s hand of judgement. Where a church fellowship does not reach out and welcome in, then it will be allowed to wither and die.

Sermon Points:
A: Was Jesus angry at commercialism?
B: God’s Word is divinely ordered
C: Fig Tree acted out parable of temple worship being declared as dead
D: Reach out and welcome in, or wither and die.

Series: One Off

Preacher: David Ferguson
Preached: Evening Service , 11 January 2015

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“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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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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