Have you got that ‘One Thing’?

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Psalm 27:1-14

Key Verse: Psalm 27:4 4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIVUK)

With the recent events of the terror attacks in Paris and storms in the UK people naturally ask “What’s wrong with the world? Has it gone mad?” The truth is that ever since Adam & Eve sinned the world has been corrupt. It is just more evident sometimes than other times.

Everything in life can change and be taken away from us. The only thing that cannot be taken away from us is that which is given to us by God. His gift of eternal life and His love for us. David in this Psalm proclaims his security in God. Though many ill events and wicked men come against him to over power and overwhelm David, yet with God he can have peace and confidence. David can have this peace and confidence because he knows God and is known by God. David’s desire is know God more and more intimately.

It is a profound thing that God Almighty, creator of the universe, wants to know us mere humans personally, we should use this privilege by seeking to know Him better through studying the Bible and prayer.

Sermon Points:
A: The Lord is mine
B: The Lord is my one thing

Series: Psalms

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon 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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Psalm 62

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Reading: Psalm 62

Key Verse: Psalm 62:11-12 One thing God has spoken,
two things I have heard:
‘Power belongs to you, God,
and with you, Lord, is unfailing love’;
and, ‘You reward everyone
according to what they have done.’
(NIVUK)

The psalmist is stressed, but in the midst of his struggles has confidence in the Lord.

We when struggling, angry at God’s providence, should pour out our hearts and submit, reminding ourselves of God’s strength and love. Remember God who he is and what he has done

Sermon Points:
A: v1-4 Trusting God when it is tempting not to.
v3-4 addresses his opposition, contrasting them with God v1-2
B: v5-8 Encourage ourselves in God v8 preaches to fellow believers
C: v9-12 Encouragement in God’s truth
v11-12. Addresses God personally
v12b reward each person according to what he has done

Series: One Off
Preacher: Mr Alister MacInnes
Preached: Evening Service, 14 December 2014


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