Sunday, May 1, 2016

"Who Am I...Really?"

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

Russell H. McCullough / Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 / - Date: 1 May 2016


Text: Mark 7.14 - 23
Thesis: Defilement is a matter of the heart not of diet, the fruit of my lips defines who I am…really.

1           Introduction

A.   Jesus engages the crowds at Gennesaret – 6.53 – 56
1. The crowd at the front, the Pharisees at the rear
B. The Pharisees confront Jesus regarding their traditions – 7.1 – 8
             1. The Pharisees at the front, the crowd at the rear
C. Jesus makes plain the hypocrisy of the Pharisees – 7.9 – 13
             1. The Pharisees at the front, the crowd at the rear
D. Jesus re-engages the crowds – 7.14 – 16
             1. The crowd at the front, the Pharisees at the rear
E. Jesus 3 – Pharisees – 0!
             1. He destroys their tradition
             2. He exposes their hypocrisy
             3. He lays waste their faith in their own “righteousness”
             4. He re-engages the sinner

2          Jesus Calls Upon the Crowd to HEAR and UNDERSTAND – 7.14

A. Jesus keeps calling!
B. Jesus does not call them to see, experience or feel ANYTHING
C. Jesus DOES call them to HEAR and UNDERSTAND a MESSAGE
             1. Romans 10.14 – 17
                       a. NOTE: Hearing and OBEDIENCE are totally linked!

3          The Message: 7.15 - 16

A. Nothing outside a person defiles him
B. What comes out of a person defiles him
C. Jesus exposes the Pharisees doctrine as FALSE
             1. Jesus, with just one sentence, turns an entire body of   
                  doctrine on its ear!
a.    The old order is destroyed
b.    The new order is revealed

4         Question, Rebuke and Explanation – 7.17 - 23

A. The question – 7.17
B. The rebuke – 7.18 – 19
             1. Marks comment in vs. 19 is consistent with Peter’s
                Experience and revelation of Acts 10.
B.   The explanation – 7.20 – 23
1.      The internal inventory will proceed to the loading dock!
2.     Here’s some quotes from PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, March 13, 2012:
a.    “Slips of the tongue are almost inevitable. For every 1,000 words spoken, we make one or two errors. Considering that the average pace of speech is 150 words a minute, a slip is bound to occur about once every seven minutes of continuous talk. Each day, most of us make somewhere between 7 and 22 verbal slips.”
b.    "Nice to beat you," smiles a woman when she meets the ex-girlfriend of her husband. A dinner guest thanks his host "for the hostility."
3.    “For as one that hath reckoned within himself, so is he…” – Proverbs 3.27a (Jewish Publication Society Bible)
a.    No matter how one may try not to, he will eventually speak what is really in his heart:
1)     One given to coarseness will one day laugh at a dirty joke.
2)    One given to jealousy will one day spread gossip about her adversary
3)   One given to pornography will one day be seen looking at it
4)   One given to profanity will one day be heard cursing
5)   One given to pettiness will one day betray a friend
6)   One given to superiority will one day ridicule his friend in the presence of others
4.    Our words and our deeds eventually reveal who we REALLY are.
a.    Evil thoughts
b.    Fornication
c.     Theft
d.    Murder
e.    Adultery
f.      Coveting
g.    Wickedness
h.    Deceit
i.       Sensuality
j.       Envy
k.    Slander
l.       Pride
m.  Foolishness (Impudence) – From the Latin “impudens” – “in shame.”  STRONGS says;
“Senselessness, egotism, recklessness.”

5          The Meaning of the Text

A.   We can’t be doubleminded people
1.      James 1.5 -8
2.     James 4.7 – 10
3.    James 3.6 – 12
4.    Revelation 3.14 - 16

6         The Challenge of the Text

A. Know who you are
B. Look daily into the mirror of God’s Word
C. Fight duplicity every day and in every way
D. Don’t concern yourself with other peoples duplicity
E. Understand that un-dealt with duplicity leads to doublemindedness which leads to hypocrisy which leads to apostasy which leads to damnation

7          “The Gospel Call”

·         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:

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