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Tom Gillespie Baptism - Acts chapter 8 - JS Gillespie - 0602022  


God speaks through life, through creation, by His Word finally and fully in His Son Jesus Christ. If we have not heard God speak it is because we have not listened. Like those living in the days of God's loudest and clearest call, watching the life and miracles of Jesus Christ we can 'stop our ears so that we do not hear.! In Acts chapter 8 God speaks again. We observe God speaking Personally to Philip, a man sensitive to the personal guidance of the Spirit of God, moving obediently the call of God on his life and movements. We observe too the transformation in the Ethiopian eunuch as God speaks to this man through His word. He is transformed from ignorance to intelligence, darkness to light, from desperate seeking to settled conviction that he has found the answer to all of his searching, not in a place or a religion but in God's Son Jesus Christ. God speaks clearly in Acts chapter 8 through His Word, by the ancient prophets. Philip is able to open up the meaning of Isaiah chapter 53, showing that this ancient prophecy speaking of one led as a lamb to the slaughter as the sin bearer and sin sufferer and presented as the source of eternal salvation and the forgiveness of sins speaks of none other than Jesus Christ. It is by Jesus that the offer of Isaiah chapter 53 is made good; that by knowing Him, that is trusting Him, this righteous servant will make many right. God's fullest revelation lies here of course; the revelation of His Son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1). For those deaf to the still small voice of God, unwilling to open God's Word and dismissive of Jesus Christ, God has one other ongoing means of communication to a world deaf to His grace; that of changed lives. Baptism is a water shed moment in a person's life. For Israel in the book of Exodus it separated them from the world's old system in Egypt. In the days of John the Baptist, baptism drew a line between the old sinful ways and the new life of repentance. To the Corinthians in chapter 10 it was a water shed not so much form the world and it's system, nor simply sin but from the demonic and Satan, but perhaps the greatest of all demands present in baptism is the call to personal consecration, the leaving of the old life of self behind and the commitment to live the new life in Christ, by God's grace (Romans chp 6).

Yours by Grace in Christ 

Dr J Stewart Gillespie

Great Gospel Verses - For God so Loved the World - John chapter 3 verse 16 - JS Gillespie - 30012022  


The way to heaven and the path to knowing God runs as a golden thread from Genesis to Revelation. Some verses in the bible encapsulate these great truths in a more condensed form than others. Perhaps supreme amongst all of these great gospel verses is John chapter 3 verse 16:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

At the outset this verse leaves me alone with God, as ultimately I will be. All of my life, willingly or reluctantly I live with the assumption that God has created me, even if my reasoning leads me down paths of atheism, doubt or rejection of God; I still assume that the mind I possess is capable not only of drawing conclusions but of reaching truth, correct and reliable answers. In reality I have no basis for such a belief unless the mind I possess has been designed with truth in mind, quality controlled and 'fact checked.' A randomly arranged brain constructed from cosmic gunge would hardly be a reliable source of truth!

John 3:16 gives me not only the way of salvation; that by way of faith in the person of Jesus Christ but this great bible verse provides me with the reason for God's plan of salvation; "for God so loved the world." The reason for the desire of God to save men, to send Jesus and to provide a cross and a sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins lies in the unfathomable love of God towards us. Herein is an irresistible tide of Divine love lapping on the shores of human experience against which no evil of man nor malice of Satan can overcome. This is the love that brings Jesus, the source, substance and certainty of God's plan of salvation. The gospel is 'good news' both 'good' and 'new'. Jesus however is 'good Master,' 'good' but not new! He is the eternal Son of God. Get a glimpse of the sacrifice of God's Son for the sinner, believe in Him for salvation and grasp the certainty that salvation has in Him. It is the person of Jesus Christ we glimpse and grasp through hundreds of Old Testament prophecies, pictures and pointers. 

John 3:16 ultimately leaves us with a decision; a decision that determines destiny; "that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Yours by God's Grace in Christ 

Dr J Stewart Gillespie 

Busting The Myths Of Heaven Facing The Reality Of Forever - Robert Gray   

A gospel message preached from Revelation chapter 5 and 1 Peter chapter 4 verse 17 "what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" examining common misconceptions on what heaven is like and how we get to heaven. Download the audio file free or watch the video online of this gospel service at the Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock. Yours by Grace in Christ. 

Be Reconciled to God - Tom Gray  

A gospel message preached by Tom Gray from;

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

"2 Corinthians 5:20-21 

We must be reconciled, we are enemies with God. No excuses, we were born in sin. Cannot reconcile ourselves.  

Romans 5:6-11. 

Sin must be punished - God punished Jesus Christ. We are only reconciled through the cross of Christ. 

Isaiah 53:10-12. Is this about Jesus? See 1 Peter 2:21-25. 

Only in Jesus can we have peace with God. By His death and resurrection we are no longer enemies with God. 

What must we do? 2 Cor 5:21, it is done. Simply trust. 

"I've tried and failed...", "Nothing changed for me..." 

What are you holding on to still? What is your hope when you die? 

Be reconciled to God. Have faith in what He has already done. Find reconciliation, and the perfect righteousness of Christ."

"There is Therefore now no Condemnation" - Romans chp 8 vs 1 - Craig Mackie - 09012022  


Romans chapter 8 verses 1 to 3:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, condemned sin in the flesh.