Great Sermon! Mr. Wilberforce's passion for the lost at home and abroad made me ashamed of myself for not praying and witnessing as I should. In the midst of persecution he kept on going be cause he kept his on the prize of the high calling--Christ Jesus and he was not ashamed nor did he care what people he just prayed and saw Christ transform.
Before watching "Amazing Grace"... I re-listened to this sermon before watching the film "Amazing Grace" which tells of the life of William Wilberforce. It was a great reminder to me that Wilberforce's motivating force was the glory of God - he was absolutely driven by it. The film was excellent; but there still is the tendency to feel that it was about the slaves. For Wilberforce, it was about God. And he was passionate about not only saving lives, but saving souls.
Counterculture insidious subversive message Let me warn you that what this sermon says is, frankly, subversive and would radically change anyone who put them into practice. While taking the suggestions he makes directly from the Bible, Pastor Quigley advances ideas that are completely 180-degrees against a culture that prizes religion as entertainment and personal gain, and treats people as a means to an end. Should this material somehow get leaked into mainstream religious circles, I think it would be banned and the ideas denounced. Giving people room to make mistakes and grow? That won't catch on. Keeping centered on Christ? Might crimp fund raising a little.
Great Sermon, strange title! "Nutty" is not in the sense of slapstick humor, but in the sense of not making sense. The downfall of Saul is examined to see a normal, mentally healthy person being blinded by sin and wrong thoughts, and serves as a warning about the power of sin to deceive.
Who cares? you should.... This is some of the most passionate Biblical preaching. The messages were given at a camp where there was no PA system (apparently, at least that's what it sounds like), so it demands your careful attention in spots. In the main the recording has good quality. The preaching is outstanding, the sort of thing young (or old) people need to be hearing in these times. The truth about salvation, and the reality of Hell, are presented clearly to those who do not know Christ or who are nominal about it. Then, for those who do, exhortation and teaching follow, the kind of message you just don't hear anymore. Well worth listening to and passing on to young people who need to hear it.
Not just for wives This sermon starts out, in a sense, about husbands and wives - but goes on to include the whole church of God; no matter who you are or what your role is, you will be encouraged to 'minister' wherever God has placed you. It all comes back to serving Him.
Truth about gifts In talking about gifts, this sermon goes back to Exodus and discusses the Hebrews and how God gave them the riches of Egypt to start a new nation. The event in Exodus is frequently used by Word of Faith and prosperity gospel preachers to illustrate their false doctrines of personal wealth and greed. The truth is much different, and this sermon talks about God's gifts and his sovereign purpose for them, and shows how the events of Exodus are part of God's plan for his own glory. It's good to hear the truth!
Young people - listen up - take notes! There's a message-within-the-message addressed to young people (anyone under 30) here - please listen - benefit from what God has put in his word for you. The world will entice you with temptations, but what the world never tells you is the consequences of its pleasures. That part is always left out. The world's pleasures just aren't worth it in the long run.
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.