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"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build
My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. 19 "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;
and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
2 Tim 2:2-3
"2 And the things you have heard me
say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."
19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the
Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Winter Quarter: 2018
Acts Of the Apostles
Acts of the Apostles: Notes and Commentary E-Book PDF
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11. The Apostles Heal Many and Are Persecuted: Acts 5:12-42 PDF
10. Benevolence and Discipline in the Early Church: Acts 4:32-5:11 PDF
9. In the Power and Name of Jesus Christ: Acts 4:1-31 PDF
8. Peter's Second Gospel Sermon: Acts 3:13-26 PDF
7. The First Miracle of Healing: Acts 3:1-12 PDF
6. Obedient Believers Added Together in the Church: Acts 2:42-47 PDF
All Nations from One Man
I am very careful
when preaching and teaching not to allow political issues to infiltrate the conversation. After all, we don’t come
together as the church to discuss politics, we come together to worship and study God’s Word. Politics has become an
idol, even for many in the Lord’s body, that distracts from God and the church. No matter where you go, politics can
easily become a divisive tool of the devil to put people against each other, and this even happens in the church. And so,
I am always very careful about discussing politics, especially when we have come together to study the Bible.
there are some things, Biblical issues that have been disguised as political issues, about which I cannot and will not remain
silent. I grew up in the south, so I am no stranger to racist attitudes that so many in this part of the country still hold,
but I never dreamed that I would see the kind of abominations that have plagued our country in recent weeks. If anything,
I thought for sure that they would get better over time, but they have sadly gotten worse in recent years.
I am not
in the business of deciding or discussing who is to blame for the terrible things that recently took place in Charlottesville,
VA. I am not in the business of deciding whose comments on the events were either too harsh or not harsh enough. I am not
in the business of deciding whether monuments and flags should be left up or taken down. I am not in the business of blaming
any individuals for inciting these violent demonstrations because of what they have said or have not said.
As a Christian
(not as a preacher but as a Christian) I am in the business of loving my neighbor. I am in the business of loving my neighbor
by not repaying evil for evil, but by giving thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all (Rom. 12:17). I am in the
business of loving my neighbor by doing everything within my power to live in harmony and peace with all people (Rom. 12:18).
I am in the business of loving my neighbor by doing no wrong to my neighbor, thus fulfilling the law through love (Rom. 13:10).
I am in the business of loving my neighbor by treating others the way that I want to be treated (Mt. 7:12). I am in the business
of remember the words of Paul in Acts 17:26
"And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth"
No matter how you feel about the things that have happened in our nation’s past and
no matter how you feel about those who are currently in the seats of government in our nation, there is no place in the Lord’s church for racism. **Justin Sivley, Evangelist, Orangeburg Church of Christ
Orangeburg (SC) Church of Christ
2855 Columbia Rd NE, Orangeburg, SC 29118
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Winter Quarter 2018: Parables
of Jesus Christ
13. The Persistent Widow (Lk 18:1-8) and the Separation of Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46) PDF
12. The Lost Sheep (Lk 15:1-7), The Lost Coin (Lk 15:8-10), and The Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32) PDF
11. Taking the Lowest Place (Lk 14:7-11) and the Great Banquet (Lk 14:15-24) PDF
10. The Friend at Midnight (Lk 11:1-13) PDF
9. The Rich Fool (Lk 12:13-21) and the Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31) PDF
8. The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37) PDF
4. The Unmerciful Servant (Matt 18:21-35) PDF
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The Keys of the Kingdom
In Matt. 16:19, our Lord
made a pronouncement of far reaching significance. He told Peter, “I will give unto you the keys
of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose
on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” What message did Jesus intend to convey in this statement?
First, Jesus used the word keys in this passage in a figurative sense to denote the means of access.
To give one a key was to endow one with authority. For example, during this period of history when
Jesus was speaking, when the Jews elected a person to be a doctor of law, they placed in the person’s hand the keys
to the temple library. These keys gave the person access to the writings of the scholars and signified
the person’s qualifications to be a teacher of the law.
Second, when the Lord
gave Peter the keys of the kingdom, he gave him the privilege of announcing the conditions on which all people would enter
the kingdom. Peter used the keys on three occasions. On the Day of Pentecost in Act
2, Peter set forth and bound God’s terms of forgiveness and salvation for all men (Acts 2:36-47). In
Acts 10, Paul repeated these same terms and bound them on the Gentiles (Acts 10:34-48). In Acts 8, Paul
set forth and bound God’s plan for forgiving and restoring erring Christians (Acts 8:18-19). This
plan of God for our salvation never changed at any time in all the pages of the New Testament, nor has it changed since (Jude
3). God has only this plan for all men (Acts 15:7-9).
contrary to the belief of many people, the giving of the keys of the kingdom did not make Peter the head of the church.
The Lord gave the power of binding and loosing to all the apostles (Matt. 18:18; John 20:22-23). The
Lord did not give Peter some apostolic office that involved greater powers than the rest of the apostles. In his infinite
wisdom, the Lord saw fit to bestow on Peter the honor of being the first to preach the gospel in the Christian dispensation
Finally, the terms of God’s salvation for us are the same as they were two thousand years ago (Mark 16:15-16;
Acts 2:38; John 3:3-5). These terms, which Peter and the rest of the apostles announced and bound all over the known world,
are the very same today. If we obey the Lord’s will as set forth by Peter and the apostles, we will
receive his salvation and be added to his church (Acts 2:47) and be “translated into the kingdom of the son of His love
(Col. 1:12).” We appeal to you to obey the teaching and enter into the kingdom so richly supplied.
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