Sunday, February 11, 2018

Boldness, Access, and Confidence Through the Faith of Christ

Lord's Day morning worship service sermon OUTLINE - 11 February 2018, Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210.  Your speaker is Russ McCullough.  The ACOC is a congregation of the undenominational church of Christ found exclusively in the New Testament.  "We preach Christ and Him crucified."  You will find presented "100% Organic Christianity - Nothing added, nothing deleted, nothing artificial."  Worship services are held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Lord's Day.  We also meet for Bible study at 9 a.m. on Lord's Day and at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings.  YOU are always welcome!

LISTEN! to this entire sermon on: SOUNDCLOUD:

https://soundcloud.com/archdale-church-of-christ/sermon-am-021118-ephesians-312-boldness-access-and-confidence-acoc-russ-mccullough


“The Faith of Christ Gives Boldness, Access, and Confidence”

“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: 11 February 2018  

Text: Ephesians 3.7 - 12
Thesis: It’s not the power of our human faith but the Holy and Righteous faith of Christ in which we have DARING boldness, A DOOR of access, and DETERMINENT confidence!

Introduction – Today, many American theologians focus on the faith, or lack thereof, of individuals.  It is an ego centric rather than a God centric approach.  Man has the power if he just has enough faith to say the right words to God who then will be obligated to do the will of what man desires.  We call this the Word of Faith movement.  Kenneth and Gloria Copeland are two of the more prominent leaders of this movement.  Recently she said this regarding the flu:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=gloria+copeland+video+of+the+flu&view=detail&mid=D7F03A161609C458FA24D7F03A161609C458FA24&FORM=VIRE

Quote from Gloria Copeland as reported by Anna Sheffer on February 6, 2018 @ 10:45 a.m. per her blog; “Hello Giggles”

Thankfully, none of us has to rely on our faith, our imagination, or our own “power of positive thinking” for salvation for no man could ever have such faith…but Jesus Christ DOES have a PERFECT faith! 
For He, as John Gill once said, is “both the author and object of our faith.”

The key verse in this passage is vs. 12: “in whom we are having the boldness and the access in confidence through the faith of Him.” – Literal Greek to English translation from the Textus Receptus

Today, let’s look at the 3 blessings we have which Paul describes as “through the faith of Him.”:

·       DARING or “boldness” of faith in Christ
·       DOOR or “access” to God Himself through Christ
·       DETERMINATION or “confidence” in the faith of Christ

I Our Faith in Christ is DARING
a.   Boldness is directly connected to Jesus – Acts 4.13
b.   Boldness is one thing for which we must pray – Acts 4.23 – 31
c.   Example of the Boldness of George Washington at Princeton on January 2 and 3, 1777.
d.   Video clip on Boldness from Mt. Vernon historian, Rick Atkinson:

https://vimeo.com/152296577

II Our Faith in Christ gives us ACCESS to God Himself through prayer
a.   By one Spirit unto the Father – Ephesians 2.18
b.   I John 1.9 – 10
c.   Psalms 80.3 – 7
1.   The Congregation stands:

III Our Faith in Christ gives us CONFIDENCE
a.   All confidence comes from God – Psalms 65.5
b.   Confidence is a “refuge, a secure place, a fortress”
c.   Proverbs 3.26
d.   Proverbs 14.26

CONCLUSION:  Through Christ we have faith to be BOLD, to have ACCESS and to be CONFIDENT.

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

The power of God’s Will is not in our power but in the power of Christ whose faith was perfect and blazed a trail for each of our weak souls.

The Challenge of the Text for Christians Today:  In our weakness we find the power of Christ and in His power, we find faith.  With God everything is possible but with man, nothing at all is ever possible.


“The Gospel Call” – “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” = Acts 2.38

·         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.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ephesians 3 Lesson, Answer Grid and Podcast

At the Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 we are currently studying the Book of Ephesians.  Each week we provide a lesson sheet, answer grid, and a recorded synopsis of the lesson.  We are now turning these recorded synopsis's into a podcast.  These podcasts are found on Sound Cloud.  It goes without saying that everyone is always invited.  Worship times are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Lord's Day.  Bible Study times are at 9 a.m. on Lord's Day morning and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

LISTEN! now to "Ephesians 3, Episode 7" on SOUNDCLOUD linked below:

https://soundcloud.com/archdale-church-of-christ/gospel-call-podcast-episode-7-ephesians-3-russ-mccullouh-host

Ephesians
Paul’s Greatest Church Planting Success
 7 February 2018
Archdale church of Christ – Russ McCullough
Lesson # 7 – Ephesians 3.1 - 21

1.     As an introduction to this passage, just what does the word “Dispensation” mean?
2.     For WHAT reason?
3.     Paul is a what and for whom? 
4.     God’s grace is characterized as a S________________ (or in the KJV, D___________________.)  What does this mean?
5.     Per Strong’s, D_________________ means; “…A_______________ of a H______________ or an E___________; specifically a religious E_______________...S___________________.”
a.      The word occurs only _____ other times in the NT
b.     All uses are by P_________ and him alone.
1)    I Corinthians 9.17_________________________________
2)    Ephesians 1.10 ___________________________________
3)    Colossians 1.25 ___________________________________
6.     What was made known to Paul by revelation?
7.     What, exactly, will prove Paul’s insight into this Mystery of C__________?
8.     Paul’s generation was the very first have this R_________________.
9.     To who was it revealed and by whom?
10. Vs. 6 says the mystery is what?
11. Through what vehicle did this mystery come?
12. Name the 3 characteristics of the now Christian Gentile:
a.      F___________ H___________
b.     M_________________
c.      P__________________
13. Who was made a minister of this gospel?
14. Paul came to be such a minister according to what gift?
15. How was this gift administered to Paul?
16. Discuss how Ephesians 2.7, Colossians 2.11 – 12, and Acts 22.16 are all inseparably connected.
17. If God is “no respecter of persons,” how is Paul the “least of all the saints?”
18. BTW, the question is not “how can a saint be alive,” it is instead, “when does one become a saint?”
19. Through which vehicle is the “manifold wisdom of God to be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places?
20. How is the eternal purpose of God to be realized?
21. Through our faith, we have what 3 things per vs. 12?
22. What does Paul ask of the Ephesians?
23. Vs. 14 – For WHAT reason?
24. Vs. 14 – 21 is a what?

Answer Grid

Paul’s Greatest Church Planting Success
 7 February 2018
Archdale church of Christ – Russ McCullough
Lesson #7 – Ephesians 3.1 - 21
1.     As an introduction to this passage, just what does the word “Dispensation” mean?  Most stated something having to do with a specific time frame
2.     For WHAT reason?  That the Gentile is no longer a stranger or alien but an equal partner with the Jew in the on-going construction of the House of God built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets anchored to the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus Christ.
3.     Paul is a what and for whom?  A prisoner for Jesus Christ on behalf of the Gentiles.
4.     God’s grace is characterized as a S________________ (or in the KJV, D___________________.)  What does this mean?  Stewardship / Dispensation
5.     Per Strong’s, D_________________ means; “…A_______________ of a H______________ or an E___________; specifically a religious E_______________...S___________________.”  Dispensation means – Administration of a household or an estate specifically a religious economy…Stewardship
a.     The word occurs only _____ other times in the NT.  Three
b.     All uses are by P_________ and him alone.  Paul
1)    I Corinthians 9.17_________________________________
2)    Ephesians 1.10 ___________________________________
3)    Colossians 1.25 ___________________________________
6.     What was made known to Paul by revelation?  The Mystery
7.     What, exactly, will prove Paul’s insight into this Mystery of C__________?  The Mystery of Grace through Christ was made to him by revelation; i.e. Paul knows he’s writing inspired Scripture.
8.     Paul’s generation was the very first have this R_________________.  Revelation
9.     To who was it revealed and by whom?  To Paul by the Holy Spirit
10. Vs. 6 says the mystery is what?  That the Gentiles are equal partners with the Jews in the church of Christ
11. Through what vehicle did this mystery come?  The Gospel
12. Name the 3 characteristics of the now Christian Gentile:
a.      F___________ H___________
b.     M_________________
c.      P__________________ 
Fellow heirs, Members of the same body, partakers of the same promise
13. Who was made a minister of this gospel?  Paul
14. Paul came to be such a minister according to what gift?  The Gift of God’s Grace
15. How was this gift administered to Paul? By the working of his power
16. Discuss how Ephesians 2.7, Colossians 2.11 – 12, and Acts 22.16 are all inseparably connected.
Paul received the gift of God’s Grace by God’s power, The powerful working of God is granted in baptism, Paul had his sins remitted in baptism where the powerful working of God forgave him and bestowed upon him the gift of the Holy Spirit
17. If God is “no respecter of persons,” how is Paul the “least of all the saints?”  Only in Paul’s own human estimation for God is no respecter of persons.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and there are no good people in their own right
18. BTW, the question is not “how can a saint be alive,” it is instead, “when does one become a saint?”  One becomes a saint upon repentance and baptism, he is not designated such after he is long dead by other men who just happen to still be alive
19. Through which vehicle is the “manifold wisdom of God to be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places?”  The church which is made up of both Jew and Gentile saints.
20. How is the eternal purpose of God to be realized?  His eternal purpose realized in Christ Jesus our Lord
21. Through our faith, we have what 3 things per vs. 12?  Boldness, access, and confidence
22. What does Paul ask of the Ephesians?  Not to lose heart over what he is suffering
23. Vs. 14 – For WHAT reason? His suffering is for their glory
24. Vs. 14 – 21 is a what?  A prayer for the church of Christ at Ephesus



Monday, February 5, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ephesians 2.11 - 12 - "From No Hope, to Near, to Reconciliation!"

LISTEN! to the synopsis of this lesson on "SoundCloud!"

https://soundcloud.com/archdale-church-of-christ/ephesians-211-22-lesson-6-31-january-2018-acoc-teacher-russ-m-ccullough

Ephesians
Paul’s Greatest Church Planting Success
 31 January 2018
Archdale church of Christ – Russ McCullough
Lesson #6 – Ephesians 2.11 – 22

1.     What is the “therefore” there for?
2.     The Gentiles were in the past called what?
3.     Who were they called that by?
4.     What 3 key words describe the previous conditions of the Gentiles?
a.      S______________   (Without) (Lit. “A___ a S__________”) (Romans 3.21;  3.28;  4.6) 
b.     A______________ (Aliens) (Lit. “E___________, to be a non-P________________.”)  (The word is used only one other time in Hebrews 11.4)
c.      S______________ (Strangers)  (Lit. “F_____________, without a S______________ in”)  (I Timothy 5.10;  Hebrews 11.13;  13.2)
5.     What hope did the Gentiles have prior to Christ?
6.     How does Paul describe the current condition of the Gentile now in Christ Jesus?
7.     Just what was it that brought us “near?”
8.     What is the purpose of this blood?  (Matthew 26.28)
9.     How is this purpose applied?  (Acts 2.38)
10. For He Himself (Christ) is our what?
11. In this context, “peace” is best understood as the “Messiah’s Peace” or the W___________ of our S_______________  (Romans 2.10;  3.17;  5.1)
12. What metaphor does Paul use to describe the new status of the Gentile Christian?
13. Christ did this by abolishing what?
14. What plan did God have to bring about this peace, this “Messiah’s salvation?”
15. How did God plan to kill the former hostility between the parties?
16. “Reconcile” means to “B____________ back a former state of H______________.”
17. How was this message of reconciliation communicated?
18. Who are the “far off” and the “near?”
19. How is this concept often stated in the New Testament?
20. Vs. 18 describes what great doctrine?
21. What is the new description of the Gentile Christian?
22. In the New Testament, “household” is a synonym for what?
23. What is the foundation of the church of Christ?
24. That foundation rests upon what?
25. How is this foundation stated in Acts 2.42?
26. Upon what does the entire structure grow upon?
27. Who is the assembler of this structure?
28. What is the numerous building material of this structure?
29. Who will live in this structure?         



ANSWER GRID

1.     “Not of your own doing, it is a gift of God…”
2.     The un-circumcision
3.     The circumcised
4.     Separated – “At a space”
Alienated – “Estranged, participants”
Strangers – “Foreigner, without a share in”
5.     None
6.     Near
7.     The blood of Christ
8.     The remission or forgiveness of sins
9.     In water baptism
10. Peace
11. The way of our salvation
12. The dividing wall / fence at the Temple that separated the Gentiles from the Court of the Women with death to any who trespassed it.
13. The Law of Commandments and Ordinances
14. By creating in Himself one new man in the place of two.
15. He would reconcile them.
16. Bring, Harmony
17. Peaching
18. The Gentiles and the Jews
19. “To the Jew first and also to the Greek”
20. The Trinity
21. “Fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God”
22. The family
23. The apostles and prophets
24. The chief cornerstone, Jesus Chris
25. The Apostles Doctrine
26. Christ, the chief cornerstone
27. The Holy Spirit
28. Individual Christians
29. God Himself!




Boldness, Access, and Confidence Through the Faith of Christ

Lord's Day morning worship service sermon OUTLINE - 11 February 2018, Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 282...