Historical Ministry Sermons

Historical Ministry Sermons

Hawthorne Baillie – Abraham the Friend of God (16 min)

This historic recording from November 1950 on the topic of “Abraham the friend of God” by Hawthorne Baillie (1884-1964), is the oldest recording on our site. Mr Baillie was born into a godly home in Northern Ireland. He grew up to be a noted footballer with little interest in the things of God. However, God spoke to him through his sister’s death. He was awakened and saved and immediately showed a deep interest in the things of God. In 1913,…

Three Days’ Journey (25 min)

This message will do your heart good! Seven years after he was saved, Peter Orasuk, still clearly wondering at the grace of God in his life, preached in his home assembly, gathered in the Charlottetown Gospel Hall, Prince Edward Island, Canada, on the “three days’ journey” Israel took as they left Egypt. He links the three days’s distance from Egypt with salvation, baptism and fellowship in Acts 2:42. Are you willing to go all three days or accept one of…

We Need to be Stirred Up (33 min)

In 1957, at the age of 74, three years before his homecall, Oliver Smith (1883-1960) rose to his feet on the Sunday afternoon of the Manchester Conference (Iowa, USA) and preached on Paul’s words to Timothy, urging him to stir up the gift that was in him. In a conversational message, Oliver tells numerous memorable stories and incidents to illustrate simple but powerful truth. Look out for him saying “I’m happier now when I’m not happy, than I was before…

We Shall See His Glory – “Maranatha” (41 min)

One of John Glenville’s (1920-2013) favourite occupations was to exclaim “Maranatha” when he met another believer. Mr Glenville really seemed to live in a genuine and daily expectation of the imminent return of Christ, as should we all. In this message, given at the Belfast Easter Conference many years ago, Mr Glenville speaks on “beholding the glory of the Lord” and, of course, speaks in anticipation of the day when, caught up all together, we shall see Him and be…

Tom Meekin – The Time is Short (20 min)

Tom Meekin (1947-2017) was saved as a young lad. Once baptised and in assembly fellowship, it was soon clear that the Lord had given Tom a gift to communicate the Word of God both in ministry and the gospel. From 1972 to 1981, Tom and his wife Sally served the Lord in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Upon returning to Northern Ireland, Tom continued to be used as an assembly overseer and one who travelled widely ministering the truth of…

Jack Gamble – Paul’s Advice to Young Men (36 min)

Jack Gamble (1925-1994) from Glasgow, Scotland, was saved at 14, and then baptised and received into the assembly that met in Plantation Street (later Harley Street) in the Ibrox area of the city. He spent his whole working life at Rolls Royce, but ploughed his energies and time into the local assembly, and the study and preaching of the Word. Much loved and widely used, Jack Gamble was a powerful preacher who spoke with authority and zeal. We enjoyed having…

Norman Crawford – On 66 Years in Assembly Fellowship (27 min)

Norman Crawford (1927-2013) stood up at the Stark Road conference (Livonia, Michigan, USA) in 2008 and spoke on the preciousness of the local assembly, after 66 years in assembly fellowship. Mr Crawford had seen a number of assemblies planted during his long life of gospel preaching and Bible teaching and held assembly truth very close to his heart. Even on a big conference occasion, and after having spoken on it for many years, Mr Crawford never missed an opportunity to…

Jim Burnett – The House of God (41 min)

Jim Burnett (1935-2005) was born and brought up in Fife, Scotland. Sent to Egypt on national service, he met a young man who witnessed to him and soon after took him to his first gospel meeting. Jim sat with 200 other servicemen and listened to the gospel. He was saved that very evening. Back in Scotland, Jim was baptised and received into fellowship with the believers in Hospital Hill Gospel Hall in Dunfermline. Jim went on to become a mighty…

Robert McIlwaine – “What is your life?” (24 min)

When a man, who has been saved for 81 years, stands to his feet at the age of 90 to speak softly and solemnly on the powerful question “What is your life?”, one has to sit up and listen. Robert McIlwaine (1925- ) takes up this searching question from James 4:14 as he reminisces about his long life; its challenges, triumphs, discouragements and regrets. This is a touching message that will speak to your heart and cause you to reassess…

Albert Ramsay – Have You Lost Your Song? (18 min)

Asaph was a singer, but in Psalm 73 he seems to have lost his song. Have you lost yours? Albert Ramsay (1913-1993) takes up the Psalm in three sections: “out of the sanctuary”, “in the sanctuary” and “after the sanctuary”, and concludes that “sanctuary men are singing men”. Reading: Psalm 73 (Message preached in Larne in the late 1980’s)

Jack Lennox – Stories about Hymns (36 min)

Jack Lennox (1924-2016) grew up in Curran, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War 2, and was saved in Magherafelt some time after the war ended. In 1971 Mr Lennox was commended to full-time service and laboured in the gospel through a number of decades of faithful service. Mr Lennox had a great interest in hymns and often wove details about hymns and their writers into his messages. He was invited to speak…

7 Wonders about the Church (42 min)

Joe Merson (1921-1996) grew up in a Christian family, the youngest of 9 children, in the picturesque coastal village of Sandend (pictured above), Scotland, but sadly he rebelled against his godly upbringing. Returning home drunk one night, he nearly drowned – an experience that awakened him to his danger of perishing, soon after which he was converted to Christ. He was later commended to the Lord’s work full time and gave the rest of his life in gospel endeavour and…