Sunday, December 19, 2004

Making The Vision Plain (3)

“Victory – Our Spiritual Journey”
Bible Reading: Matthew 2:1-15

Reflection :

There are three fundamental questions of life; 1. “Who am I?” 2. “Where did I come from?” 3. “Where am I going?”.
Over the last two Sundays the first two questions were addressed in the sermons, “Victory-a personal testimony” and “Victory-a biblical survey”. Today we will consider the question… “Where we are going?”.

Introduction :

Since our first meeting almost twenty years ago we have been on a journey worshipping God at six different locations. Like the wise men our journey began in the East!

1. The Tolbooth Mission
- An upper-room where we ministered to the poor and homeless of the city.
- The statute of John Knox – “Give me Scotland or I die.”
- Glasgow Cross where I surrendered my entire life to Christ in 1967.

* Don’t forget the poor.

2. Allen Glens School
- “Enlarge the place of thy tent.” Isa. 54:2
(A prophecy given by Judson Cornwall a mighty prophet from America)
* Don’t be content with a small or medium vision when you can “go large”! The famous 300!!
* Don’t forget youth of our cities and towns. Allen Glen had a vision to train young people – so must we.

3. St. David’s Primary School
- It reminds me of Bethlehem – you needed to be wise and have help from heaven to find it!
- It has since been demolished.
* Don’t forget the little children.

4. Smith Street Brethren Hall
- The congregation had grown too old to attend regularly but they longed for revival.
* Don’t forget the Simeons and the Annas who even in old-age can be filled with the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord day and night with prayer and fasting. (Luke 2:25-38)

5. Partick Burgh Halls
- The story of three great pioneers.
* C.T.Studd, Brother Andrew, Hugh Black
* "We beheld His glory” John 1:14
* In a vision I saw the cloud of glory moving to Govan! (Numbers 10:33-36)
* Don’t forget our great heritage.

6. South Govan Town Hall
- It looked like a stable but with the presence of Jesus it became the house of the Lord where wise men came to worship Jesus and offer Him their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
* Don’t forget that Jesus is Emmanuel – God with us. (Matt. 1:23)

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Making The Vision Plain (2)

“Victory - A Biblical Survey”
Bible Readings: Habakkuk 2:1-4; 1Cor.12:27-28;Eph. 2:20-22; Rev. 9-11, 22-27

God instructed Habakkuk to make the vision plain – I will attempt to keep the vision simple!

1. Victory is the building of Christ. - we are biblical
- “I will build my church” (Matt. 16:18)
- It will begin small but become much larger.
“We are his house… becoming a holy temple.” (Eph. 2:20,21)
* God wants to bless our ‘home’ – Ezek. 44:30

* The basic law of the temple – Absolute holiness – Ezek.43:12
* “…Do not harm the people by transmitting holiness to them.” – Ezek.44:19
* This is where God lives by His Spirit – Eph. 2:22
* There is no temple in the New Jerusalem – Rev. 21:22

2. Victory is the Body of Christ - we are evangelical
(a) “Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” (1Cor. 12:27)
(b) The blood is essential to the body. (Lev.17:4) – Evangelism
(c) Every part of the body is made up of tiny cells – cell groups, the key to healthy growth in the church
* Beware of FREE RADICALS!!

3. Victory is the bride of Christ – we are flexible
The bride of Christ is a city identified as “the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” Rev. 21:10
(a) Victory will have a city-wide expression – e.g Corinth, Ephesus and Antioch
(b) Victory will have different “gates” or ministries for reaching different groups.
“Its walls were broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates.” Rev. 21:12
* The eight cow bride of Polynesia.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Making The Vision Plain (1)

Bible Reading: Habakkuk 2:1-4,14

Key Verse :
“O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years… in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2 (KJV)

Our vision for Victory Christian Centre is of a large and ever growing church that is filled with the love of Christ and reaching out with the Good News to the ends of the earth.
Our vision is rooted in the Great Commission that Jesus has given to His church.

“But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT)

Over the next three Sundays I will (God willing) speak on the following aspects of the vision.
1. Victory – My personal testimony
2. Victory – A Biblical Survey
3. Victory – Our Spiritual Journey

1. Victory – The Dream that will not die.
(a) The United Free Church
(b) The Glasgow Christian Fellowship
(c) The Glasgow Centre for World Mission
- “Alex bought the Town Hall for A Pound”
The headline in the Sunday Post!

2. Victory – The Prophecies that did not lie.
(a) “Return to Scotland, stand on the wall and blow the trumpet-and God will send revival.” – Toronto
(b) “When the fire falls from the roof-I will send revival.” – Glasgow
(c) “Through radio and T.V you will preach the gospel to Scotland.” – New York State

3. Victory – The eagle that’s about to fly!
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry WAIT FOR IT…” Habakkuk 2:3

“But they that WAIT UPON THE LORD shall renew their strength; THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS AS EAGLES…” Isaiah 40:31

“Lord, lifts us up where we belong.”