Monument! The pastor is talking about a monument in this sermon, and it's probably not a coincidence that this message was brought the same week of the historic conference that brought Dr. Alan Cairns to Stornoway. The message of the sovereign God is still being preached around the world. There's still time for salvation!
mo' money mo' money mo' money Somone (can't remember who) was asked how much money was enough, and he said "just a little more" - this sermon gets into Solomon's wealth (which made the Queen of Sheba faint!) and what his conclusions were - that money is not going to satisfy you even if you get it. An important message for today's world where money seems to be the solution for everything, both in the secular world and in a lot of the religious world, at least how it is presented. But it's not. Everything in this world will fade away.
Who do you think you are? I think the crux of this series on Ephesians, and certainly the emphasis of this message, is that Christians do not know who they are in Christ. I spent many years being drawn to the Christian message and to the Bible, and wanted to know more, and in today's world it's very hard to find the true Christian message of God's sovereignty anywhere. The week this was preached, I happened to visit a bookstore's "Christian" section and was struck by how shallow the information largely was, and how much error there is, and then it hit me that for so many years I tried to get spritual nourishment from the junk food they sell. I encourage Christians to find out what the Bible says they are. I encourage people who are not Christians to find out who Christians should be.
Nothing changed in today's world This series on Ecclesiastes brings out the fact that nothing has changed, it's just sin is better marketed now and more people can afford it. Working hard isn't quite as appealing as it once was, but pleasure has taken center stage as the cure for everything. Pleasure only masks the symptoms temporarily. The more you use pleasure to mask your symptoms, the less effective it is and the more you need. As the sermon ponts out: without God, all this stuff is pointless! Ecclesiastes is one of the most up-to-date "old" books ever written, and should speak to anyone living in the modern world.
Who are you? This series on Ephesians is a welcome study because I'm not sure many people who call themselves Christians even know what that means anymore. I know I was drawn to Christianity, but had trouble finiding solid teaching like this. What passes as Christianity today is very different from what Pastor Quigley shows us from the Bible.
Great Message! A good solid preaching in sound doctrine. Ephesians is such a straight forward message with a blessing in the doctrine and Word. The Minister, Andrew, brings this message of Chapter two of those who not only come to church, but also come to Christ. A powerful and subtle difference.
State your qualifications The book of Ecclesiastes speaks to our modern, existentialist age with its simple summary of life "under the sun" and its hope found in God. Why should we pay attention to it? If someone is an expert on a subject, they will have a resume (C.V.) that shows why they are qualified. Pastor Quigley has summarized the resume of Solomon, and shows why we need to take Ecclesiastes seriously. (Unfortunately, this recording has a hum on it, but the material is good and you'll tune it out very quickly.)
The Good News If you only have time to listen to one of these messages from this week of services, this is the one. If you only listen to one sermon this year, this is the one. This is the heart of the gospel - man's condition and God's grace towards us. There is true hope here, and this message is so hard to hear anywhere these days. It's not on Christian radio, it's not on television.
True to your soul This week of sermons has been recorded and placed on the Internet so
that you can hear the true gospel message from God's word. If you have
found this web page, please listen to these messages. Pastor Quigley
is true to your soul. You will not hear this gospel from television
preachers who need your money, or from churches trying to draw large
crowds. You're probably like me, and want to find the answers to
questions about life, but haven't been able to. Take a moment and
listen, and turn to the scriptures and see for yourself what they
say. Your life is short and uncertain, and it's time to look into
eternity now while there is time. What will happen to you after you
die? What is the meaning of life, and does it have a purpose? What
will eternity be like?
Encouragement for the weak If you ever wanted encouragement for pressing on in the service of God in the face of your own weaknesses, this is it. This sermon reminded me that my weaknesses, and failures, and failings, are themselves used as a powerful backdrop to display God's mighty works. When you're feeling you aren't succeeding very well, listen to this sermon to remind yourself that God, on the other hand, IS.
Lesson from manhandled paralytic and his helpers This message about the manhandled paralytic and what his helpers did to bring him to the gospel was challenging, and convicting, on a personal level. Am I really doing anything to help get the gospel out? As much as these helpers who paraded the man past the mocking crowd, damaged private property, and interrupted the Lord's message?
What does it mean to be a Christian? On one level, this series on Haggai is addressed to a specific church and denomination in Scotland, but on another level, it's about what it means to be a Christian. I've been challenged to re-examine whether I measure up to God's standard, in many areas, just like the people in Haggai's day were challenged.
What motivated William Wilberforce? This sermon examines what motivated William Wilberforce. His name is frequently dropped today in the circles of political activism. By tracing Wilberforce from his younger days of dissipation through his conversion and then through his political career, Pastor Quigley shows that the constant motivating factor in Wilberforce's life was the salvation of people's souls. The political activism for which he is known and celebrated was the result of this passion. This is an inspiring sermon that practically demonstrates what being a slave of God really means.
A "Must!" This sermon, with its couplet, also from Haggai 1 are "must sermons" to which to listen. I am a missionary to Scotland, with a great burden for the malaise of today's reformed churches. We have it tough, but we've got to do something. Rev. Quigley stirs the right pot, I believe. Go back and listen to the previous Haggai sermon, and then listen to this one. You must! I've been an OPC pastor (USA) for over 35 years, so I'm not speaking as a rookie. I believe Quigley gets us heading in the right direction!
You've got to hear this, and listen! "Critical for Western Clergy to listen to this" is my short comment. Pastor Quigley scripturally analyses our Western malaise, and prescribes an antidote. This, and the next Haggai sermon he preaches are the two most insightful sermons I've heard on what our churches need to do today. Highly, highly recommended. I'm writing to all my old OPC presbytery friends and tipping them to this set of sermons. We need to go in a different direction, or we will find our plight similar to that of the Mediterranean church when Islam cut thru it like butter -- conquering the whole of the ancient church in about 10 years! The next 20 years are critical to the Western Church!
Understanding the captivity This is one of the clearest explanations I have heard on God's people being taken out of their land, into captivity, and then back to their own land to rebuild the temple. If you've ever been slightly confused about the books of Ezra, Haggai, Daniel, etc. and how they all fit together, listen to this sermon. And if you want to be challenged deeply about your desire to see the Kingdom built, listen to the second one in this series.
Haggai's Message: God's Sovereignty If you are like me, you probably have difficulty finding the book of
Haggai in your Bible. Yet this little and obscure book has a powerful
message from God to us that is not simply relevant, but vital. Pastor
Quigley brings out this message so we can better understand what God
is saying through this book. In Romans 6:22, those who are set free of
sin have become slaves of God. The question Paul asks in 6:21 is what
fruit were you getting from sin? The answer is none. But then Paul
says that, in Christ, the fruit you get leads to
sanctification. Haggai shows us that God is challenging us to consider
our ways. Is being a Christian just one compartment in life, or does
it mean more than that? Being a slave to God means taking his yoke
(Matt 11:29-30). I was challenged to the core when I realized this,
and I think anyone who listens to this sermon will be, too.