The Official’s Son

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Reading: John 4:43-54

Key Verse: John 4:50 ‘Go,’ Jesus replied, ‘your son will live.’The man took Jesus at his word and departed.

In 1859 Charles Blondin crossed the Niagara Gorge. The audience when asked believed he could safely carry them across in a wheelbarrow, but none where prepared to actually get into the wheelbarrow. This illustrates the difference between accepting truths about God and trusting your very life to God trusting in what He has said.

The unnamed nobleman found Jesus a days uphill jounery away and begged for the healing of his son. Jesus replied by addressing the issue of belief and signs. Upon the nobleman’s repeated plea Jesus heals the boy with a word “Go your son will live.” The nobleman taking Jesus at His word, departed in faith.

The critical aspect of faith is not the strength of our faith but the object of our faith. All people have faith. It requires faith to believe there is no God, since His existence cannot be disproved. Faith in God alone is what brings life.

Sermon Points:
A: Faith
1: Trusting in a person
2: Taking a person at his word
B: Life

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 05 October 2014

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The Waters of Marah

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Reading: Exodus 14-15

Key Verse: Exodus 15:23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)

We are tempted when facing troubles to conclude we being disciplined, but the truth is we can face troubles when, or sometimes because, we obey God.   

We like Moses, in our troubles, should pray to God and trust in his providential care. God “tests” us in the sense of stressing a metal to improve it and show it’s genuineness.  

The Bible is God’s self revelation. God orchestrated some historical events which when looked back on from the vantage point of the full revelation in the New Testament, take on a symbolic foreshadowing of the gospel. In this strange incident of Moses casting a piece of wood into the bitter water we see a foreshadowing of the cross taking away the bitterness of sin, death.
 
Sermon Points:
A: Troubles
B: Responses
C: God’s Provision

Series: One Off

Preacher: David Furguson
Preached: Evening Service, 28 September 2014

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Crossing the Red Sea

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Reading: Exodus 13:17-14:31

Key Verse: Exodus 14:13 -14
Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’

In the Batman trilogy, Bruce Wayne/Batman does not want anybody to know he is batman so creates a false exterior of a playboy billionaire. But this false image is off putting to his true love Rachel Dawes. He says to Rachel “everything you see here is not me, inside I’m different, inside I’m more” but she replies “It’s not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you.” In a similar way in the book of Exodus God is revealing who he is by his actions.
Egypt has been levelled by the 10 plagues and following the last plague of death, where the angel of death passed over the children of Israel, they have been set free. Now God is leading them out.

Sermon Points:
A: Doubting God’s Direction
B: Seeing God’s Salvation

Series: Exodus, Rescued for Relationship

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

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