Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Admiral and the Crow



“The Admiral and the Crow”
Sermon 2 in the Series – “Why I am a Member of the church of Christ”

“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:  

Text: Matthew 16.16 - 20
Thesis: I am a member of the church of Christ “Because It was Founded on the Scriptural Foundation”

1           Introduction

A.   Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson “turned a blind eye” to Admiral Parkers signal to retreat at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801.

B.   In the age of sail before the discovery of latitude and longitude coordination, at the top of the tallest mast on the ship was the “crow’s nest.”  So-called for it contained just that, a nest of crows in a cage.  When released the crow would immediately fly to land in the shortest and fastest route possible, thus the saying “as the crow flies.”

2          To What Does “Upon This Rock” Reflect?

A.   Petros – Peter
B.   PETRA – the CONFESSION
C.    “IF” there would have been the office of the pope then:
1.      Paul would have been pope for he was the one who chastised Peter in Galatians and not the other way around.
2.     Paul would have been pope since he was the “apostle to the gentiles.”
3.    Paul would have been pope since he was not married and Peter was.

3          I Corinthians 3.11

A.   No other foundation

4         Ephesians 2.20

A.   Christ is the chief cornerstone
1.      Psalms 118.22 – rejected corner
2.     Matthew 21.42 – Jesus applied this to Himself
3.    Acts 4.11 - Peter applied this to Christ
B.   The witnesses are one and the same as they are part of the foundation
a.    Acts 1

5          CONCLUSION: The one Singular Jesus Christ build his one and only singular church on the one singular foundation of which He is the only singular chief and cornerstone!


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

A.   Jesus promised, built, and is head of only one church – HIS!

7          The Challenge of the Text for Christians Today

A.    We must continue to strive to “contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.”

8         “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: http://www.ballywillanpci.org/rev-hugh-gaston
Ruins photo courtesy of: ballywillanpci.org.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

"What Will Owner of the Vineyard Do?"


“What Will the Owner of the Vineyard Do?”
“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:  23 April 2017

Text: Mark 12.1 – 12; Psalm 80.8 - 19
Thesis: The Owner of the Vineyard will return and destroy the evil tenants and give the vineyard to others

1           Introduction – What is involved in establishing and maintaining a vineyard?

A.    Purchasing the land

B.   A Vinedresser is hired
C.    Other workers are hired
D.   Plowing out the rocks
E.    Building a secure wall
F.    Building a tower to guard the vineyard
G.   Terraces are built on any steep hills
H.   A winepress must be built
I.       A permanent cover crop must be planted
J.     Vines are planted at approx. 1,555 per acre in mid-April by hand, one by one
K.   The trellis system is constructed
L.    The irrigation system is installed
M.In the first year, the vines are allowed to grow freely so as to establish a strong root system
N.  In February of the 2nd year all the vines are pruned back to only 2 buds per branch
O.  In February of the 3rd year the vines are all pruned back again
P.    In May of the 3rd year and again after harvest in October of that year, fertilizer is applied
Q.  In July-August of the 3rd year are cut back radically to remove up to 50% of the young crop
R.   The third year is the last year that slow growing vines are trained and spared
S.    Ongoing in every year during the months of March, April, and May constant care is taken to protect against frost.
T.    Ongoing in every year constant care is taken to discover and eradicate pests.
WHAT WILL THE OWNER OF THE VINEYARD DO?
U.   If unsuccessful in the October Harvest of year 3, all unsuccessful vines are uprooted and destroyed after the very first useable crop is gathered

2          The Owner of the Vineyard Went Into Another Country

A.   12.1
1)     Planted
2)    Fenced
3)   Dug a pit for winepress
4)   Built tower
5)   Leased to tennets

3          The Owner Sends a Servant to the Vineyard for Fruit

A.   12.2 – 3
1)     Took him and beat him
2)    Sent him away empty handed

4         The Owner Sends a Second Servant to the Vineyard for Fruit

A.   12.4
1)     Struck him on the head
2)   Treated him shamefully
5.  The Owner Sends Yet a Third Servant PLUS Many Other Servants to the Vineyard for Fruit
          A. 12.5
                   1) The 3rd servant they killed
                   2) Some others they beat
                   3) Some others they killed
6.  Finally, the Owner Sends His Beloved Son to the Vineyard for Fruit,
          A. 12.6 – 8
1) The owner said; “He is my son, they will respect Him.”
2) The tenants said however; “He’s the heir!  Let’s kill him
    and take his inheritance for ourselves!”
3)   They took him, killed him, and threw him out of the
 vineyard.
7. WHAT WILL THE OWNER OF THE VINEYARD DO?
          A. 12.8 - 9
1) “He will come and destroy the tenants and give the
       vineyard to others.”
8.  The Answer in Scripture
          A. 12.10 – 11
                   1) The greatest shock in history!

5          CONCLUSION: The servants are the prophets and the beloved Son is the Christ. 


6         The Meaning of the Text in It’s Theological, Historical & Cultural Context: Israel has continually rejected God and His Will.  They have killed the prophets and they have killed the Christ.  Rejecting Christ is tantamount to murder.

A. Knowing far more about God’s will than they did, most are still rejecting God and His Son Jesus Christ.

7          The Challenge of the Text for Christians Today

A.    All we are servants in the Vineyard of God.  He will someday return.  Will we repent or perish?  Will we hear and obey or will we refuse to hear and kill the messenger?  WHAT WILL THE OWNER OF THE VINEYARD DO?  God is on His way back to his vineyard and he will arrive at any moment!

8         “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: http://www.ballywillanpci.org/rev-hugh-gaston
Ruins photo courtesy of: ballywillanpci.org.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Finding Love in Leviticus


On Sunday evening, April 2, 2017, Greg Wanderman, gospel preacher for the Clover (SC) church of Christ spoke at the Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 during the worship hour.

He very admirably spoke on the subject; "Finding Love in Leviticus."  Though many wrongly assume that the God of the Old Testament is an angry tyrant, Greg pointed out with proof after proof from the text that quite the opposite is true.  He showed that the eastern gate of the Tabernacle (the tent of meeting) was the only entry to the abode of God Himself as Christ is the only "true door."  He noted that the show bread reminds us that Christ is the bread of life.  It was illustrated that the candles are symbolic for the fact that Christ is the light of the world.  The brazen sea was used for the priest to ritually cleanse themselves before serving in the Tabernacle as Christ commands baptism in water for the remission of sins. The prayers of the saints are symbolized by the incense of the temple.  In both the Tabernacle and in baptism, atonement is made by the shedding of blood to blot out sin.  Mercy is extended to the poor as two measures of flour would substitute for a pigeon should one be too poor to possess one.   The flour would be poured by the priest onto the burning sacrifice of a bloody sacrifice thus combining the blood going up in smoke with the powdery flour.

No, far from being the "God of Wrath," there is nothing but love to be found in Leviticus because above all else, God wants to Tabernacle with us, now and forever.

Thanks, Greg, for a job well done as God gets all the glory for "loving us while we were yet sinners." 

He Began to Speak to Them in Parables - Part 1


“He Began to Speak to Them in Parables”

“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:  2 April 2017

Text: Mark 12.1 - 12
Thesis:  In order to rightly divide the Scriptures we must understand how language is used in Scripture.

1           Introduction

A.   Keys are required to open doors.  Language and its use is the key to understanding.
B.   The NT uses Metaphors, Similes, Parables, Epigrams, but not Allegory to communicate God’s Will.  We are going to examine each.
1.      Metaphor – A metaphor is the comparison of two factual things that are essentially unalike in order to make a point – Luke 13.32
a.    IN ORDER TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE SCRIPTURES, WE MUST UNDERSTAND HOW LANGUAGE IS USED IN SCRIPTURE.
2.     Simile – A simile is a more overtly stated metaphor to underline, as it were, the meaning.  A simile is likely to us words such as “like” or “as” – Isaiah 53.6
a.    IN ORDER TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE SCRIPTURES, WE MUST UNDERSTAND HOW LANGUAGE IS USED IN SCRIPTURE.
3.    Parable – A parable is an extended simile or metaphor that is characterized by a setting, an account, and an application.  Many times, such as in Mark 12.9, a parable asks questions of the audience – Mark 12.1.  Sometimes the questions are rhetorical, providing the obvious answer.
a.    IN ORDER TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE SCRIPTURES, WE MUST UNDERSTAND HOW LANGUAGE IS USED IN SCRIPTURE.
4.    Epigram – “…any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed.” – Dictionary.com  -  “Epigram is a clever and witty statement expressed in just a few lines, pointing out foibles and truths of mankind.” – Literarydevises.net – Luke 6.42
a.    IN ORDER TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE SCRIPTURES, WE MUST UNDERSTAND HOW LANGUAGE IS USED IN SCRIPTURE.
5.    Allegory
a.    An allegory is a “½ true metaphor” as it has real things doing or saying things not found in reality, in other words, a fable – Judges 9.7 – 15
1)     This is the only true allegory in the entire Bible.  What Paul calls an “allegory” in Galatians 4 turns out to be a metaphor for the true meaning of the contrast is revealed by the Holy Spirit at the end of the context.
b.    An allegory is also the drawing of factual conclusions with no supporting evidence as taught by the so-called “church father,” Origen in the 3rd century.  Origen “spiritualized” or “assigned meanings by imagination” to the Scriptures drawing downright stupid conclusions.  His interpretation of the Prodigal Son in Luke 10?
1)Adam is the victim
2)Jerusalem is heaven
3)   Jericho is the world
4)   The Robbers are the devil and his demons
5)   The Priest is the law
6)   The Levite is the prophets
7)   The Good Samaritan is Christ
8)   The Beast is the Body of Christ
9)   The Inn is the church
10)           The 2 denarri coin is the Father and
11)  The Son Promise to come back is the Second Coming of Christ.
c.     The “Allegorical Jump”
1)     “Well, that’s not a heaven and hell issue.”
2)    “We know that babies are baptized in the New Testament because the “entire household” of both Cornelius and the Philippian Jailer were baptized.”
3)   “The Bible never says we can’t __________”

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

A.   If we ignore how language is used in the Scriptures, we will not have “ears to hear.”
B.   Peter refers to the misunderstanding of the language of Scripture, either done ignorantly or on purpose, as “twisting.” – II Peter 3.15 - 16

3          The Challenge of the Text for Christians Today

A.   At the heart of every error lies a misunderstanding of how language is used in the Bible.
B.   IN ORDER TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE SCRIPTURES WE MUST UNDERSTAND HOW LANGUAGE IS USED IN THE SCRIPTURES.
C.    “Why?”
D.   Luke 12.9 – “What will the owner of the vineyard do?”

4         “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: http://www.ballywillanpci.org/rev-hugh-gaston
Ruins photo courtesy of: ballywillanpci.org.


Ephesians 6.5 - 9 - Slaves, Bondservants, & Christ

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