Bulletin for Sundays 02/01/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

PREMILLENNIALISM, Part 1

One of the most erroneous teachings being passed off as truth these days is the doctrine of premillennialism.  The premillennialist believes that Jesus will one day “rapture” all the saints before or during a period of great tribulation on the earth.  During this tribulation, an, “Antichrist” will rise to political power and amass great armies that destroy everything in their path.  At the end of this seven-year tribulation, the premillennialist believes that Christ will return and lead His armies to victory against the Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon.  Christ will then supposedly re-establish the throne of David at Jerusalem (the kingdom of God ), where Jesus will reign in peace and harmony for a thousand years.

While this is admittedly an exciting and intriguing doctrine, it simply does not harmonize with what the Bible says.  First, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus will return only once, and that this world will then be consumed in a fervent heat. (cf. Heb. 9:28; 2 Thess. 3:9-14)  Second, when John uses the term.antichrist” in his writings, it always refers to an attitude or doctrine, not a specific individual. (cf. 1 John 4:1-3)  Third, the Bible clearly states that the political throne of David came to an end in Jeremiah’s day.

Jeremiah 22 records the fates of four of the last five kings of Judah You will remember that in prophecy, Judah was the tribe of royalty, the tribe which the Messiah would emerge (cf. Gen. 49:10).  Jehoaichin was the second-to-last king of Judah He sat on the throne of David a mere three months before being taken captive to Babylon Notice what is said of him: “Thus says the Lord, ‘Write this man down as childless…none of his descendants shall prosper, sitting on the throne of David, and ruling anymore in Judah.” (Jer. 22:30)  Jehoaichin (also called Jeconiah or Coniah) was doomed to live out his days in chains, and Jeremiah prophesied that none of Jeconiah”s descendants would return to a national rule of Judah The age of political kings from the tribe of Judah saw its end with the captivity of Jehoaichin.

What then became of David’s descendants?  God has promised David that his seed would one day give rise to the Messiah (2 Sam. 7:12 -13).  With the removal of Jehoaichin from power, it looked as if there might be no Messiah after all!  In the midst of people’s despair, however, God inspired Jeremiah with one of his most important prophecies: “I will raise to David a BRANCH of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.” (Jer. 23:5)  Despite the fact that David’s political throne was no more, God still promised a King for His people!

What kind of King is Jesus?  Matthew 1:11 records that David’s bloodline did indeed continue through Jehoaichin until Jesus.  Interestingly, although they had the right credentials, Joseph and Mary did not have any political power in Israel (fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy).  Joseph was a simple carpenter from an unpopular corner of Israel called Nazareth Still, Matthew 1 fully demonstrates that Jesus had the credentials to be the kind of political King that David was.

Jesus had a different kingdom in mind, however: “My kingdom is not of this world” (Jn. 18:36 ).  You see, Jesus fully intended to establish a kingdom, but He NEVER intended to claim the literal throne of David and reign on earth, as premillennialism teaches.  Those who have obeyed the Lord in faith, repentance, confession, and baptism are, “transferred into the kingdom of the Son.” (Col. 1:13; cf. Mt. 16:16-19; Jn. 3:3-5; Acts 8:12, 28:30-31)  May all people repent, for the kingdom is HERE, and the King is already on His throne!  More next week.

   --Robert-- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)

 (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


VALENTINES DINNER

Everyone in the congregation is invited to a Valentine dinner on Friday evening, February 13, 6:30 p.m. at LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker.  The entrée choices will be steak, chicken fried steak, and grilled chicken.  There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer (with prices listed for each entrée).  Please check which entrée you think you would like just so we can give the restaurant an idea of what to expect.  If anyone needs a ride, the vans will leave at 6:00 p.m.  See Maggie Prater for more info. 


SYMPATHY

Jearline Bates, former secretary at Central Church of Christ for 30 + years, passed away on Wednesday afternoon in Norman Regional Hospital.  Funeral services are to be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 at Cooper Funeral Home in Tecumseh, OK


PRAYER CONCERNS

Harvey Moore tests at M.D. Anderson last week showed no malignancy in the lung. He will have to remain in Houston for IV treatments.

Bob Bivins and Jim Cross’ eye surgeries last Thursday went well. 

Hazel Lee Behrnes has moved to Shawnee Colonial Estates, room 50. 

It was so good to see Lorine Watson in services Sunday.  

Prayers have been requested in behalf of: Danielle Simpson (granddaughter of Gerald & Leona Smith); Sharlene Latsey (friend of Pamela Blackshire); and Tara Costoe (co-worker of Kevin Laffoon)

Remember cancer, chemo, & radiation treatment patients in prayer: Hazel Lee Behrnes, Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Lorine Watson.


Youth News
Bob Stephens

A couple of things…

First:  I need the LTC forms!  Anybody who hasn’t turned them in yet, please do so ASAP!

Second: Sunday evening after worship the youth group will have a Super Bowl party at the youth house.  Kids, bring chips and bottled pop, we’ll supply the pizza.

     Did I say a couple of things?  Oops, I meant a few things!

Third: I got a note from Trey Canard’s mom at Church Sunday with Trey’s racing schedule.  His races are televised on the SPEED channel.  Here are a few dates that give us a chance to watch him in action.

Feb. 1 – 11am (San Francisco)

Feb. 8 – 5 pm (Anaheim)

Feb. 15 – 5 pm (San Diego)


FEBRUARY
DAILY BIBLE
READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Ex. 27,28

1

Matt. 21:1-22

2

Ex. 29,30

2

Matt. 21-23-46

3

Ex. 31,32,33

3

Matt. 22:1-22

4

Ex. 34,35

4

Matt. 22:23 -46

5

Ex. 36,37,38

5

Matt. 23:1-22

6

Ex. 39,40

6

Matt. 23:23 -39

7

Lev. 1,2,3

7

Matt. 24:1-28 

8

Lev. 4,5

8

Matt. 24:29-51

9

Lev. 6,7 

9

Matt. 25:1-30

10

Lev. 8,9,10

10

Matt. 25:31-46

11

Lev. 11,12

11

Matt. 26:1-25

12

Lev. 13

12

Matt. 26:26-75

13

Lev. 14 

13

Matt. 27:1-26

14

Lev. 15,16

14

Matt. 27:27-50

15

Lev. 17,18

15

Matt. 27:51-66

16

Lev. 19,20

16

Matt. 28

17

Lev. 21,22

17

Mark 1:1-22

18

Lev. 23,24

18

Mark 1:23 -45

19

Lev. 25

19

Mark 2

20

Lev. 26,27

20

Mark 3:1-19

21

Num. 1,2

22

Mark 4:1-20

23

Num. 5,6

23

Mark 4:21 -41

24

Num.  7,8

24

Mark 5:1-20

25

Num. 9,10,11

25

Mark 5:21 -43

26

Num. 12,13,14

26

Mark 6:1-29

27

Num. 15,16

27

Mark 6:30 -56

28

Num. 17,18,19

28

Mark 7:1-13

29

Num. 20,21,22

 

 


LOOKING AHEAD

February 13, Friday @ 6:30 , Valentines Party LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker

February 22, 23, Affirming the Faith Seminar, Theme: “I Am Not Ashamed,” hosted by OKC area churches of Christ; held at N. MacArthur; www.affirmingthefaithok.com

February 28, Central Teacher’s Work Day, Saturday, 10 a.m.  Lunch provided.

March 6, Annual Shawnee Area Leadership Dinner, hosted at Lakeview.  More TBA

April 5, Family Seminar at Central, Dr. Alan Martin from Oklahoma Christian University


Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in the armed forces.


We hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              136

Worship Service                                       195

Sunday Evening                                       114

Wednesday Evening                                118

Contribution                                     4,560.15

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                   Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                                         Eric Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                      Mitch Harmon

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Gene Norton                         Tim McGalliard

Lynn Harmon                  Kenton McGalliard

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Clavin Norwood                     Brandon Gober

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                                  Ron Taffe

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                        Ron & Debbie Taffe

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Barbara Vanlandingham & Molly Gettle

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

George Mastick

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                          Jim Cross

Song Director:                         Austin Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Tim Norton

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Josh Lyons                                   Jim Walling

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297