A Sermon Preached on Sunday 6th July 2014
Last Sunday Morning in Ryedale Evangelical Church we heard of the plan of God to produce fruit in those who are joined to Jesus Christ.
Back to basics, the Gospel isn’t a set of rules or even a proposition, its a Person, God, who is the Way, The Truth and The Life. Listen and live!
Sunday 12th January 2014.
William Horsburgh Preaching at Ryedale Evangelical Church in Pickering.
Another fine day, glorious weather and therefore a great opportunity to speak about the good news of sin forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ who most certainly died and rose again from the dead!
SOMEONE HAS COME BACK FROM THE DEAD,
THERE SHOULD NO LONGER BE ANY DOUBT
THAT LIFE CONTINUES BEYOND THE GRAVE!
In obedience to His command we would have our little part of the world know, that they might prepare themselves for the day they will meet Him.
Many people pass through Pickering, visitors and locals, too few wanted to stop and talk today, the frequent, “no thanks, I’m ok” revealing the tragic delusion that is being used to blind their minds.
Were You In Town ? Take a look at these pictures and get in touch if you were.
Before you can appreciate the Good News you need to hear and understand how God sees you.
These words are found in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome. Chapter 3 [quoting from: Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecclesiates 7:20]
10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.“
People mistakenly measure themselves against other people, and conclude they are all as good as one another. They are right – not good!
God’s standard is being ignored by a generation that has deluded itself into thinking there is no God, imagining that if they say it often and loudly enough it will be true.
Ps 14:1 The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
Its a real privilege to meet believers from other places, do stop and talk, we love to hear of the Lord’s work elsewhere. Here are a couple of Christians who were happy to do just that:
Acts 10 says this about Jesus Christ:
38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;
39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
[All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible]
FINALLY the Steam Locomotive made its appearance too, its amazing who and what you can see and hear in Pickering.
The weather has changed and we’ve good reason to be out spreading the goodnews again.
The preacher and the audience.
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and you can see our efforts here of reminding the world. Unfortunately there were few people about, some did stop and sing with us and then stay to listen as Nick and I preached.
Conversations afterwards found people attracted by the singing but far from any saving knowledge of Christ. Let’s call on God for the salvation of many souls.Speaking words of life.
Declaring the good news.
This evening we considered the last section of Matthew 25, under the title ‘Judgement is past’. I took time to point out that there is an immediate distinction presented between sheep and goats, believers and unbelievers. Then showed that there is no judgement of sin for believers at this time as Christ took it on Calvary, but that there is an evaluation of their service, prior to entering in to the eternal joy of fellowship and communion with God.
Matthew 25 verses 31 to 46 [NKJV]
31 ¶ “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
33 “And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
36 ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
38 ‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
39 ‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
40 “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
43 ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
45 “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
46 “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
This morning’s sermon was about Jesus calling out His first 5 followers. Each resulted in a commitment to be in fellowship with him, but each came in a different way. The Saviour is also acknowledged as Saviour, Messiah and King.
The text was John chapter 1 verses 35 to 51:- [NKJV]
35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
37 ¶ The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek? ” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”
39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).
42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
43 ¶ The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.”
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”