Sunday, August 21, 2016

Delivered, Sacrificed and Raised!

“Delivered, Sacrificed and Raised!”
“From Ulster Plantation to the Carolina’s with the Gospel!” *

Russell H. McCullough / Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 / - Date:  21 August 2016

Text: Mark 9.30 – 32; Matthew 17.22 – 23; Luke 9.43 - 45
Thesis: Forgiveness, Remission and Redemption are made Unilaterally and Unconditional by God through Jesus Christ.

1           Introduction

A.   He and the disciples have left the region of Caesarea Philippi
1)     Golan Heights
2)    AKA as Caesarea Paneas per Josephus
3)   Center of worship of the Greek pagan god, Pan(eas), the god of “desolate places” (Hades)
4)   A great cave is there of which flowed much water then
That formed the headwaters of the Jordan
5)   The cave was known as “The Gates of Hades”
a.    This where Peter made his great confession
6)   Herod Agrippa had his palace here
B.   They now passed through Galilee
1)     Located in the region of the tribes of Naphtali and Dan
2)    West and SW of the Sea of Galilee
3)   Solomon rewarded his ally, the Phoenician king Hiram, with 20 cities here, hence the name; “Galilee of the Gentiles”
4)   Here was Jesus’ center of operation, Capernaum

2          Delivered to the Hands of Men

A.   John 3.14 – 17
B.   Isaiah 52.13 – 53.7
C.    When man is given total control – He plots to kill God
1.      The most prolific murderers of all time, Mao – Stalin – Hitler were all disciples of Charles Darwin

3          Murdered by the Hands of Men

A.   Isaiah 53.8 – 10a
B.   His life was not taken, it was given as “a ram in the bush”
1.      Genesis 22.9 – 14
C.    John 10.14 - 18

4         Raised for the Sins of Man

A. Isaiah 53.10b – 54.1

5          The Meaning of the Text

A.   God delivered Him
B.   We murdered Him
C.    He was raised for our
1.      Forgiveness
2.     Remission
3.    Redemption

6         The Challenge of the Text

A.   Repentance
B.   Forgiveness of others as Christ forgave us
C.    Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly before God

7          “The Gospel Call”

A.      How shall we neglect such a great salvation?

·         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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