Thursday, November 9, 2017

Does Ezekiel 40 - 48 Teach Premillennialism?

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Ezekiel
Lesson – 52 – Ezekiel 40 - 43 - Archdale church of Christ
 Russ McCullough – 8 November 2017 – “The New Temple” Part 3
“Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone, we are cut off.” – 37.10

1.   Read Ezekiel 40.1 – 4; 43.18 - 27
2.   Prayer
3.   Three kinds of eschatology or “end times.”
A._________________________________
B._________________________________
C._________________________________
4. Millennial is a term for a ___________________________.
5. Premillennialism was a popularly held in the Gnostic Apostasy from the ______ Century to the ___________.
6. I was revived in the ___________ Century Reformation by the H_______________, the A___________________ and some P_________________.
7. It rose again in the late ____________ Century first in E______________ before spreading to A______________________.
8. It then began to be called for a whiled D________________________.
9. It’s current form was popularized first by J_____________ N_______________ D______________ (died 1882).  It was he who first taught of a P__________ T_______________ R___________________.
10. P_________ T____________ are also known as C________________ P______________________ whose most famous is C. I. Scofield.  He taught:
          A. ______________________________________________________________
          B. ______________________________________________________________
          C. ______________________________________________________________
          D. ______________________________________________________________
          E. ______________________________________________________________
          F. ______________________________________________________________
11. The H_____________ P_______________________ teach nearly identical theology
With the exception being that the R______________ takes place after the T__________________ instead of before.
12. These teachings came about by a W__________________ literalism Imposed on Scriptures such as Ezekiel 40 – 48.  This method views all forms of G__________ as if they were all Prophetic N______________________. 
13. “IF” this were to be the case then:
          A. Physical Israel must be R_________________ to the physical L________
          B. Israel would have to be ruled by one literal King D____________ who would have to be re-encarnated.  (37.22 – 24)
          C. The Nation of Israel would dwell in the physical land for all E________________. (37.25)
          D. A new T_________________ would have to be built on the O_________ earth in which G_________ would have to dwell for E_______________ (37.26, 27; 43.7)
          E. The Levitical P___________________ would have to be restored forever.  (43.19; 44.15; Lev. 16.34 with Zadokites ONLY O____________ating.
          F. A________________ would have to be sacrificed for S__________ and to make A______________________ for sin for an eternity.  (43.19, 20, 21,22, 25, 26; 44.27, 29; 45.17)
          G. C______________ would be restored as essential to communion with God in worship (44.9)

REFERENCES:
http://www.theopedia.com/premillennialism
 McGuiggan, Jim, (THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL), (Montex Publishing Company, Lubbock, TX, 1979, 1984), pg. 332


Ezekiel
Lesson – 52 – Ezekiel 40 - 43 - Archdale church of Christ
 Russ McCullough – 8 November 2017 – “The New Temple” Part 3
“Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone, we are cut off.” – 37.10
1.   Read Ezekiel 40.1 – 4; 43.18 - 27
2.   Prayer
3.   Three kinds of eschatology or “end times.”
A._________________________________
          A: PRE-millennialism – Christ comes before a “7-year great tribulation” just prior to a 1,000 year earthly reign.
B._________________________________
          A: POST – Millennialism – Christ comes after a “7-year great tribulation” just after a 1,000 year earthly reign.
C._________________________________
          A: A – Millennialism – The biblical view, there is no earthly millennial reign.  Christ comes without warning.
4.   Millennial is a term for a ___________________________.
A: 1,000-year time frame
5.   Premillennialism was a popularly held in the Gnostic Apostasy from the ______ Century to the ___________.
A: 2nd / 5th

6.   I was revived in the ___________ Century Reformation by the H_______________, the A___________________ and some P_________________.
A: 16th, Huguenots, Anabaptists, Puritans
7.   It rose again in the late ____________ Century first in E______________ before spreading to A______________________.
A: 19th, England, America
8.   It then began to be called for a while D________________________.
A: Dispensationalism
9.   Its current form was popularized first by J_____________ D______________ (died 1882).  It was he who first taught of a P__________ T_______________ R___________________.
A: John Darby, Pre-Tribulation Rapture
10.                P_________ T____________ are also known as C________________ P______________________ whose most famous is C. I. Scofield.  He taught:
A: Pre-Tribulationists, Classic Premillennialists
A.   ______________________________________________________________
A: The 2nd coming comes in 2 stages separated by a 7 year long “Great Tribulation”
B.   ______________________________________________________________
A: The 1st coming will be an “air rescue of the church rapture”
C.   ______________________________________________________________
A: During the 7-year “great tribulation” the anti-Christ will conquer the world and kill anyone who will not worship him.
D.  ______________________________________________________________
A: At the far end of the 7 years, 144,000 “witnesses” will go out and convert all the Jews living in Israel so that “all Israel might be saved”
E.   ______________________________________________________________
A: At the end of the 7 years, Christ returns for the 2nd time, destroys the anti-Christ and rescues Israel
11. The H_____________ P_______________________ teaches nearly identical theology with the exception being that the R______________ takes place after the T__________________ instead of before.
                             A: Historic Premillennialist, Rapture, Tribulation
12.These teachings came about by a W__________________ literalism Imposed on Scriptures such as Ezekiel 40 – 48.  This method views all forms of G__________ as if they were all Prophetic N______________________. 
A: Woodenized, genres, Narrative

13. “IF” this were to be the case then:
          A. Physical Israel must be R_________________ to the physical L________
A: Returned, Land (Egypt to the Euphrates, and down the West Bank, which would mean that Israel would absorb parts of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan)
B. Israel would have to be ruled by one literal King D____________ who would have to be re-incarnated.  (37.22 – 24)
                   A: David
C. The Nation of Israel would dwell in the physical land for all E________________. (37.25)
                   A: Eternity
D. A new T_________________ would have to be built on the O_________ earth in which G_________ would have to dwell for E_______________ (37.26, 27; 43.7)
                   A: Temple, Old, God, Eternity
F.   The Levitical P___________________ would have to be restored forever.  (43.19; 44.15; Lev. 16.34 with Zadokites ONLY O____________ating.
A: Priesthood, Officiating
G.  A________________ would have to be sacrificed for S__________ and to make A______________________ for sin for an eternity.  (43.19, 20, 21,22, 25, 26; 44.27, 29; 45.17)
A: Animals, Sin, Atonement
H.  C______________ would be restored as essential to communion with God in worship (44.9)
A: Circumcision

REFERENCES:
http://www.theopedia.com/premillennialism
 McGuiggan, Jim, (THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL), (Montex Publishing Company, Lubbock, TX, 1979, 1984), pg. 332
  

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A New Perspective on Old

We live in a society that rewards youth and disregards age.  It's been that way for some time.  When we were all growing up in the 50's, 60's, and 70's we all ignored this fact...we were young and in the spotlight.  Now the tables are turning.  WE are now the one's being "shuffled off to Buffalo."

There are, of course, many reasons for this shift in society.  Before WWII, old age was far more rare.  People died much earlier than people do today.  If you were, say, north of 70 during WWII, you were from very deep in the 19th century.  You would have been born 5 - 10 years after the Civil War ended.  You were sort of a "national treasure" to be honored and respected.

Somewhere in our lives collective journeys, something radically changed.  That something is called existentialism.  It is a a philosophy that is self absorbed and sees the present and the future as glorious and the home of all hope, prosperity, and improvement.  It also, at best, discredits everything and everyone from the past.  People from the past were ignorant, inferior, and immoral per the standards of today.  If you are old, you are part of the past and responsible for any and all extant societal problems.  It's time for the old to go.

BUT...what is God's perspective?  The Bible teaches us to "honor our fathers and mothers."  It tells us to respect the "gray head."  It promotes the accumulation of both knowledge and wisdom, the things that the elderly have more than anyone.  Perhaps, though, most importantly when God had a job to do He often would choose the elderly to "lead the charge," so to speak.

Moses was not called until he was 80.  Joshua became prime minister of Israel very late in life.  Abraham reached his heyday as a very old man.  David won a civil war in his old age.  Jacob didn't unite his family until his ancient years.  We could go on. But..just what is the point you might ask?

Archdale is a congregation made up of mainly, older people.  Many of us are retired.  Many of us are on Medicare and Social Security.  Many of us are moving slower these days than in the recent past.  HOWEVER,
...we are a congregation with more collective experience, more Bible knowledge, more wisdom and insight...than most congregations.  
Jesus is calling us to action!  He wants us to begin to use the talents He has been giving us over our lifetimes.  He is challenging us to "charge the hill," and not to "go to the rear."  We know more people - Jesus wants us to speak to more people.  We know more Bible - Jesus wants us to teach more Bible, and do it more often.  We have more time - Jesus wants us to use more time for Him.  We have homes - Jesus wants them to be opened up for fellowship.

We need to cease to think that "life has passed us by."  Zig Ziglar used to call this "stinkin' thinkin' " and said that "people need a check up from the neck up."  In a recent interview Justice Clarence Thomas observed that his late grandfather used to tell him; "Old man "Can't" is dead, I helped bury him."  We must change our perspective!  When companies falter, they turn to experience.  When crisis comes, it is the "old diplomat" that is called our of retirement.  When we are at the "end of our rope" we seek out the sage advise of the ancient one.

We must open our eyes to our blessings, our talents, our opportunities, our wisdom, our knowledge, our experiences, our influence, and our abundance as God has blessed us.

There was a song some time ago that expressed this sentiment: "Don't carry your blessings around as if they are burdens."  Senior citizenship is not a burden, it is a blessing and a vehicle for growth, personal growth and collective growth as well!

God wants Archdale to grow, and He's asking us to roll up our sleeves and get to work!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Understanding Ezekiel in It's Genre & Context - An Intro to Chapters 40 - 43

Ezekiel
Lesson – 51 – Ezekiel 40 - 43 - Archdale church of Christ
 Russ McCullough – 1 November 2017 – “The New Temple” Part 2 w/ Answers
“Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone, we are cut off.” – 37.10
1.   Read Ezekiel 40.1 – 4; 43.18 - 27
2.   Prayer
3.   The Bible asserts that Truth N________________ changes and the A____________ M______________ asserts that Truth is E___________ (Always) changing and actually is modeled along with what 19th century theory? ____________________________
A: Never, Allegorical Method, Ever, Darwinian evolution (the simple evolves into the complex)
4.   One popular error today in (M____ Interpretation) that the entire Bible is one long N______________________ which “wood__________________” the entire text completely neglecting G___________.  This idea has led to many absurd doctrines, the most notable of which is P_________________.
A: Mis-, Narrative, Woodenizes, Genre (A type of writing style), Premillennialism
5.   Another popular error today asserts that the Bible, like the C_______________________ is a “L____________, B________________ Document.”  This subjects God’s Will to E_____________ & C_____________.  Here we see the proverbial “D_____________ tail wag the T________________ dog.”
A: Constitution, Living, Breathing, Evolve, Change, Darwinian, Theological
6.   This idea is also known as S___________ P______________ which means the “F_____________ S______________”.  This espouses the notion that as man’s K________________ increases so does his ability to see the H_______________ M________________ in Scripture that all previous generations could N_______ including the very A______________ of the Books of the Bible!
A: Sensus Plenior, Fuller Sense, Knowledge, Hidden Messages, Not, Authors
7.   The most infamous teacher espousing “Sensus Plenoir” is B___________ M________________ espoused in his best-selling book: A GENEROUS ORTHODOXY.
A: Brian McLaren
8.   In reality, the Bible should be read and U_________________ in the G______________ in which that portion written, just like any other book!  Proper understanding of the Bible P____________ written in various G____________ is called “S______________ L______________” which means the “L______________ S______________.”  Jesus uses this method in Luke 4 and Luke 24.
A: Understood, Genre, Plainly, Genres, Sensus Literalis, Letter Sense
9.   The Bible contains at least 12 genres: A:
A.   Legal Narrative (Story or account) – The Torah – the first 5 books of the Old Testament.
B.   Historical Narrative – Joshua thru II Chronicles + Acts in the NT
C.   Didactic (Doctrine) – Doctrinal teaching found throughout the Bible in various genres.
D.  Wisdom – Job thru Ecclesiastes
E.   Poetry – Psalms + random places in the NT
F.   Music – Psalms + various places in the NT such as Philippians 2
G.  General Epistles (Letter) – Written to numerous people such as the books to the Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, etc.
H.  Personal Epistles – Written to individuals such as Timothy and Titus
I.    Sermons – The Book of Hebrews is a sermon on the Old Testament
J.   Prophesy – Books foretelling the future such as Isaiah and Jeremiah
K.  Apocalyptic – Highly symbolic books written in times of national crisis such as Zechariah, Ezekiel and Revelation
L.   Metaphor – Various places such as the Gospels.  A metaphor is an illustration using one thing to describe another.
10.                Based upon all of this, this passage is most like which of these above?  A: Ezekiel is both Prophetic and Apocalyptic

Conclusion: We understand the Bible literally in its proper context as it is written in a specific genre.  We read and understand the Bible just like any other book.  That’s the way the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible and has preserved it for our time.  We don’t read poetry as if it is history.   We don’t read history and pretend it is allegory or fable.



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"One or Any?" - How Many Churches Did Christ Establish? - 29 October AM, 2017

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“I Am a Member of the church of Christ Because it is Scriptural in Name”

“From Ulster Plantation to the Carolina’s with the Gospel!” *


Russell H. McCullough / Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210
www.archdale.org / gospelcall.blogspot.com - Date: 29 October 2017  

Text: Matthew 16.13 - 20
Thesis: The church of Christ is Her Scriptural Name!
Introduction:
Nearly every Monday at Toastmasters I am encouraged to not be so solemn, so stoic, and so serious.  I am told to “lighten it up!” I am told to “laugh more!”  I am told to “be funny!”  I am told to just “be silly!” once in a while.  I want you to know that I am working on it! 
Let’s give it a shot, why don’t we?
Since it’s soon to be Thanksgiving, let’s try some “Pilgrim humor!”
“Why did the Pilgrims pants fall down?  Answer: His belt was around his hat!”
Well…It’s hard for me to be funny, to be humorous, for me to stand her and tell jokes.  Why?  It’s hard because 5 or more times a week I speak for God.  I don’t speak for me.  I don’t speak for the congregation.  I speak, teach, and preach the gospel.  People will go to heaven…or to hell…based upon their acceptance or rejection of the Word of God, the Word that I have been entrusted to preach! 
Today, I will speak on a text that has every atheist, every agnostic, every denominationalist, and MANY members of even the Lord’s church MAD enough to spit nails!
Today, I proclaim to you the most un-popular message in the World today:  But…DO NOT take my word for it!  Read for yourself John 14.6. 
·       The Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God! 
·       The Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY truth of God! 
·       The Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY one who can bring us eternal LIFE!
·       No one else can do ANY of these! 
·       In light of this, the Lord Jesus Christ established but ONE church!
·       When the church of Christ was established on the Day of Pentecost, Jesus got out of the church establishment business. 
·       HE HAS YET TO ESTABLISH CHURCH NUMBER 2!
·       What I say today is not my opinion
·       What I say today is not even my conviction
·       What I say today is not mine in any way, form or fashion
·       What I say today IS 100% Bible
·       Hear the Word of the Lord!
DISCLAIMER; Much of this material is not of my authorship, it is found in chapter six of Leo Brownlow’s book; WHY I AM A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST.
Brother Brownloe says; “The idea that there is nothing in a name is a prevalent and popular doctrine, in keeping with neither Scripture nor reason.”


I There IS Something in a Name!
1.   Genesis 5.2
a.   Adam & Eve
b.   Not Number 1 and Number 2
c.   Not He and She
d.   Not Unit A and Unit B
e.   Adam & Eve!
2.   Genesis 17.5, 15
a.   God changed Abram’s name
b.   God changed Sarai’s name
c.   The names Abraham and Sarah were important to God!
3.   I Corinthians 1
a.   Read I Corinthians 1.13
b.   Paul condemned the first 4 denominations ever recorded!
c.   If there is “nothing in a name,” why did Paul condemn them all?
4.   If there is nothing in a name, why do we bristle when called that hated nick name…whatever that is.
a.   My blood pressure used to go up at Walmart when someone would come up behind me and yell; “EXCUSE ME!”
5.   If there is nothing in a name just refer to your husband as “Judas.”  Just refer to your wife as “Jezebel.”
6.   There IS something in a name!
II What Was the Church Called in the New Testament?
1.   Matthew 16.18 – “My church”
2.   Acts 2.47 and Acts 8.1 – “The church”
3.   Acts 9.2 – “The Way”
4.   I Corinthians 1.2 – “The church of God”
5.   Romans 16.16 – “churches of Christ”
6.   Ephesians 4.12 – “The Body of Christ”
7.   I Timothy 3.15 – “The church of the Living God”
8.   Hebrews 12.23 – “the church of the Firstborn”
9.   These are ALL biblical names for the church of Christ.
III What Were the Members of the Lord’s church Called in the NT?
1.   Acts 20.7 – “Disciples”
2.   I Corinthians 1.2 – “Saints”
3.   Romans 1.7 – “Beloved of God”
4.   I Corinthians 15.6 – “Brethren”
5.   Romans 8.4 – “Sons of God”
6.   I John 3.1 – “Children of God”
7.   Romans 8.17 – “Heirs of God”
8.   I Peter 2.9 – “Royal Priesthood”
9.   Acts 11.26 – “Christians”
IV The Testimony of Charles Spurgeon:
1.   “I say of the Baptist name, let it perish, but let Christ’s Name last forever.  I look forward with pleasure, to the day when there will not be a Baptist living.  I hope they will soon be gone.  I hope the Baptist name will soon perish; but let Christ’s name endure forever.” – Spurgeon Memorial Library, Vol. 1, page 168.
V  The Testimony of Martin Luther:
1.   “I pray you to leave my name alone, and call not yourselves Lutherans, but Christians.  Who is Luther?  My doctrine is not mine.  I have not been crucified for anyone.  St. Paul would not let any call themselves after Paul, nor of Peter, but of Christ.  How then, does it befit me, a miserable bag of dust and ashes, to give my name to the children of God?  Cease, my dear friends, to cling to these party names and distinctions: away with all; and let us call ourselves only Christians after Him from whom our doctrine comes.” – The Life of Luther, by Stork, page 289



CONCLUSION:  

The Meaning of the Text in It’s Theological, Historical & Cultural Context:

No matter what the church is called in the NT, no matter how the people in Her are characterized in the NT, the church of Christ is always a singular entity and never, ever, plural.  Jesus has yet to establish church #2.

The Challenge of the Text for Christians Today: Our challenge is to preach the singular gospel and the singular church is an ever-increasing plural society.


“The Gospel Call” “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you will receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”

·         My fifth great uncle was Hugh Gaston who was rector at the Ballywillan Presbyterian Church (pictured above left) in County Antrim, Ulster Plantation (Northern Ireland) and wrote the most dangerous book of his time; Gaston’s Collections.  It allowed “the ploughman to know more Bible than his clergyman.”  Hugh fled to South Carolina where he died prematurely of the measles.  He is buried just one hour south of Charlotte in Chester County, S.C. in “Burnt Meeting House Cemetery.”   Uncle Hugh continues to inspire my ministry to this very day.  You can read more about Uncle Hugh here: http://www.ballywillanpci.org/rev-hugh-gaston
Ruins photo courtesy of: ballywillanpci.org.

Does Ezekiel 40 - 48 Teach Premillennialism?

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