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  • Nigel Heath

    Contributing sermons since Sep 9, 2008
Nigel's church

WESTWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH
EAST KILBRIDE, *Province/Other G75 8EY
0044 1355 242481

About Nigel
  • Education: I studied at Lebanon Missionary Bible College for three years gaining the Cambridge Certificate in Biblical Studies and college Diploma. After several years of missionary service in Nigerla I studied for a further year in the Baptist College in Glasgow and gained the Diploma of Practical Theology. I have continued to read and study in 23 years of ministry and gained further qualifications in christian counselling.
  • Experience: Four years missionary service, ten years a pastor in Edinburgh, 13 years a pastor in East Kilbride, Glasgow.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Nothing here is copyright - it’s all public domain as far as I am concerned. Many of my thoughts are not original. Like everyone else I have filtered these after having read other people’s books and other people’s helpful sermons. Some of what you read is original. If you find it helpful use it. You don’t need to quote me.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I enjoy and appreciate the writings of Bill Hybels, Rick Warren and the late Ray Stedman.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: At the recent olympic games two teams were disqualified in relay races because they fumbled the handing over of the baton and they dropped it. My prayer is that I will not pastor a church that fumbles the handover of the Gospel of God’s grace and fails to prepare a new generations of disciples of Christ to carry the message forward. I do not want to retire from ministry and leave a church that is incapable of producing spiritual children.
  • Family: I am married to my wife Liz. We have two sons, one of whom is married. Liz and I are proud grandparents to our grandon Aaron.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My mother is no longer with us and my father lives far away and does not hear me preach.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Liz keeps me on track. She tells me when I preach well and when she thinks I should move on to a new topic.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Approach:Read yourself full; pray yourself hot; let yourself go! Outline: So what? What’s what? Yeah but! Now what!
  • Books that have had an impact: Of books read recently: Emerging Churches (Eddie Gibbs Brian K Bolger), The Forgotten Ways (Alan Hirsch), Organic Church (Neil Cole). Also Philip Yancey ’What’s so Amazing about Gracr’. Presently reading Dee Hock ’Birth of the Chaordic Age’.
  • Hobbies: Fishing, football, reading, hill walking, antiques and collectables and ebay!
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: The most important thing in life is that we become more like Jesus every day.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: When I arrived at the words in the Bible reading, ’Behold I stand at the door and knock’ someone rang the church doorbell.
  • What I want on my tombstone: ’to the praise of his glorious grace’ Ephesians 1:6
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  • The Marks Of Maturity

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2016
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    Only when we can say, 'For me to live is Christ' can we truly say, 'to die is gain'. Spiritual maturity is the outcome of a life truly surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord.

    INTRO Away back in the 1980’s when I began ministry at Abbeyhill Baptist Church a fellow Minister in the City was faced with a problem. A homeless person had turned up at church and the church did not know what to do with him. Rather than doing nothing this colleague who was the Pastor of ...read more

  • A Call For New Missional Initiatives -- Acts 11: 19-26

    Contributed on Aug 7, 2011
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    Do you long to be able to share your faith with others but have great difficulty doing so? It might surprise you that even Apostles such as Peter, James and John had some difficulties with cross-cultural communication. What is the way forward for a Chu

    A CALL FOR NEW MISSIONAL INITIATIVES -- Acts 11: 19-26 INTRO Yesterday -- the first Saturday in August -- is reckoned to be the happiest day of the year. To be even more specific: 7pm is the happiest moment of the happiest day of the year. The statistics are based on a study of more than ...read more

  • Prophecy And The Value Of Listening Intently For God

    Contributed on Jul 3, 2011
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    Listening for what God is saying is important. Listening well is essential. Those of us who seek to share with others a word that could be described as prophetic should also listen well before we speak.

    29.5.11 THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING INTENTLY TO GOD INTRO What do you hope for when you come to Church on a Sunday? I expect for most of us who come we hope to hear from God. We want to be able come away at the end of a service having heard something that changes the way we see things or feel ...read more

  • The Gift Of The Apostle

    Contributed on Jul 3, 2011
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    In what sense is the ministry of the Apostle active in the Church of today? In which ways is this different to that of the Apostles of the New Testament? There is a ministry today in the Church that can be described as apostolic, even if distinct from t

    15.5.11 THE APOSTOLIC MINISTRY -- ROM 10:1-15 'First apostles' INTRO RECAP. Last Sunday we did what we called a mini-consultancy. Bill has all the data and is working on it, but it will be a while before we can get back to you with what it all means. I began by stating that: The church is ...read more

  • The Gift Of The Evangelist

    Contributed on Jul 3, 2011
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    In terms of realized eschatology the kingdom has come, the kingdom is coming and the kingdom will co. Ezekiel's vision of the temple is a picture like that of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and the results that followed.

    12.6.11 THE GIFT OF THE EVANGELIST INTRO Today is Pentecost Sunday -- the day in our Church calendar when we remember not so much the Jewish feast, but what took place on that most memorable of all Jewish Pentecost feasts -- the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. POINT Some of us may associate ...read more

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  • I Am Stubborn, Then

    Contributed on Jul 3, 2011
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    I AM STUBBORN, THEN. Here is a transcript of a conversation between my three year old grandson and I this week: "Help put away the toys, please." "No." "Come on, Aaron. Please help to put away the toys." "No." "Tell you what, you help put away the toys and you'll get a treat ...read more

  • The Balloon And The Ballast

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2010
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    THE BALLOON AND THE BALLAST We need a balance between the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Imagine launching a helium balloon with no ballast. It would just up and away and finally burst when it reaches an altitude where the air is so thin that it cannot rise higher. It needs ballast--something ...read more

  • Reading Someone Else's Mail

    Contributed on Jan 25, 2010
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    Reading Someone Else's Mail Have you ever read somebody else's mail? Come on, admit it. Surely there was a time you can remember when you saw an opened letter somewhere and you invented some reason why it would be the responsible thing to do to read it! Or perhaps I'm preaching to a ...read more

  • In Fact, Our Relationships Are More Important To ...

    Contributed on Jan 20, 2010
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    In fact, our relationships are more important to us than any anything else. Example Evidence for this, if we need it, can be found in such things as the last messages sent or spoken by those who knew they were about to die in the 9/11 plane crashes. The final messages were all expressions of ...read more

  • Why Am I So Exhausted?

    Contributed on Sep 15, 2009
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    WHY AM I SO EXHAUSTED? I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I ...read more