Two prodigals and the Kingdom of Heaven


Reading: Luke 15:1-2, 11-32

In the culture of the day the older brother inherited a double blessing. With only 2 sons, this older brother would have received two thirds of his father’s wealth. After the younger had taken his share away then everything left was the older son’s to inherit. When the father was generous with the younger brother coming home the older brother was galled, since the father spending his own money meant less inheritance for him.

Are we like the older brother?

Sermon Points:
Young brother
Let God be God. You cannot appease God only Jesus can and did.

Older brother
Wanted the blessings of heaven but did not want to share it.

Jesus is the true elder brother
How like Jesus the true elder brother are you?

Series: Communion 2014
Preacher: Rev Roddy MacRae
Preached: Thanksgiving Service, 02 November 2014

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The Shadow of the Cross

Reading: John 11:45-12:11

Key Verse: John 12:3 Then Mary took about half a litre of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Only Mary seemed to understand that the shadow of burial hung over Jesus. Mary gave her all to Jesus, wealth, reputation, love. Jesus interpreted her actions as fitting for his burial. In contrast Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 apostles but yet not truly a disciple, who dwelt under the shadow of disbelief, objected to Mary’s extravagance because he withheld his heart loving money rather than Jesus.

The chief priests wilfully rejected all the signs that Jesus presented even to the extent of not only wanting to kill Jesus but also Lazarus to get rid of the evidence that Jesus had power over death.

Sermon Points:
A: Mary – shadow of burial
B: Judas – shadow of false belief
C: Chief priest – shadow of death

Series: One Off

Preacher: Mr Allan Shearer
Preached: Evening Service, 19 October 2014

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Wealth and Worry

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Luke 12:13-34

Key Verse:  Luke 12:20-21

‘But God said to him, “You fool!
This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”
‘This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich towards God.

Wealth or the lack of it both have dangers. The wealthy are tempted to trust in their wealth for their security, while the poor worry about making ends meet.

Jesus instructs wealthy who are tempted to ignore God and trust in their wealth for security, not be foolish but be generous and store up treasure in heaven, while those who are poor in this world’s goods are to trust in God’s goodness and know that nothing escapes his knowledge

Sermon Points:
A: Wealth
B: Worry
C: Warnings

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 14 September 2014

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