The Song of Moses

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Reading: Exodus 15:1-21

Key Verse: Exodus 15:1
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
‘I will sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
he has hurled into the sea.’

It might seem strange to have all these action narratives and then a song, but God has included it in Holy Scripture because it sets out the principle. The principle that the correct reaction to the acts of God are praise and worship.

Sermon Points:

A: The Praise of God
In our praise we are declaring God’s worth.
In our praise we are refocusing our attention on God.
1: Personal praise
2: Passionate praise

B: The Person of God

Series: Exodus, Rescued for Relationship

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillian
Preached: Evening Service, 03 August 2014

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Follow me

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: John 21:15-25

When talking with Mary, Jesus had said “Tell the disciples and Peter to meet me in Galilee”. Now after breakfast on the morning of the miracle catch of fish, Jesus confronts in love Peter’s denials.

Previously Peter had boasted of greater love and passion for Christ than the other disciples, now he more humbly confesses his love for Christ and appeals to His all-knowing knowledge.

Peter is healed of guilt and commissioned to be a shepherd of God’s flock, as Jesus the head shepherd will no longer be physically here on earth.

Peter previously buckled under the fear of potential suffering, but in the future he will face it faithfully.

Sermon Points:
A: Call
B:Commission
C: Cost

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Evening Service, 13 July 2014

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Hungry?

I’m writing this not long after our June Communion and I hope we all enjoyed the weekend. We were blessed to welcome five new members and we thank God for Jan, James, Janette, Derek & Betty. God continues to assemble his team at
Rosskeen!

Friday night of the communion weekend in particular impacted on me. It made me examine myself as to my appetite for God himself. My appetite is never normally a problem for me (which is itself the problem!) but I’ve found myself challenged and reawakened to seek after more of God. C S Lewis (perhaps the most quotable man – bar Jesus – who ever lived!) once said:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition
when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child
who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum
because he cannot imagine what is meant
by the offer of a holiday at the sea.
We are far too easily pleased.”

One of the biggest challenges to me personally was hearing of incidences where God came down in power and many Christians had to leave as they struggled to cope with God’s presence. How would I react? Am I too comfortable with too little?

Going through the Psalms I see such passionate language such as:

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

The psalmist yearns for God himself. It was Paul’s cry too – “oh that I might know him!” It’s so easy for that passion in us to dull. To become satisfied with forms and ritual. To be far too easily pleased. Where do we look for satisfaction? Has God become sidelined? Peripheral? It happens all too easily – to us all. We need
to encourage one another on to avoid this from happening.

What is most necessary for us all is that we see the all-surpassing preciousness of Jesus. The Cross shows us that most vividly and clearly – the passion God has for us, the lengths he would go to save us, infinite love, infinite dedication, hope. Like Bartimaeus maybe our prayer should be ‘Lord, I want to see’.

We are going through a process of change in the congregation – which is never easy. But let that not distract us from pursuing more of God. We are satisfied with far too little, when God offers us infinite joy – as he offers us himself. Often we major on minors and things become issues in Church life that should not be. Let’s major on who is central – God himself. Those who have gone before were faithful in their day, we must wrestle with what faithfulness to God looks like in 2013. Through it all we must keep our eyes on Jesus.

The greatest reward of the Christian life is to be with God forever. We shall see him face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12, Rev 22:4). I pray that that would not only be my passion but our passion now.

“Less would not satisfy, more could not be desired”.
William Guthrie, The Christians Great Interest

Rev. Calum MacMillan

Rev Calum MacMillian
Assistant Minister