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 Matt 16:18:18
"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."
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 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."
 
Matthew 28:19-20
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.
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 Fall Quarter: 2017
  Acts Of the Apostles

Acts of the Apostles: Notes and Commentary E-Book PDF

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November 12, 2017

3. The Holy Spirit Comes with Power; This Is What Was Spoken: Acts 2:1-21 PDF

 
November 5, 2017

2. The Apostles Wait for the Holy Spirit, Jesus Ascends, and God Chooses Matthias: Acts 1 PDF

October 29, 2017

1. The Acts of the Apostles: Introduction 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.

But 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
(803) 534-7926
 

Go to the church web site http://www.orangeburgchurchofchrist.info/ for more lessons and sermons by Justin Sivley. 

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10:00 am  Adult Bible Class   Jim Roquemore brings the 10:00 am Bible lesson for adults.  Jim is an interesting and dynamic teacher who is always relevant as he guides us through Numbers.

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Wednesday Evening 7:00 pm:  Justin Sivley,  will discuss the harmony of the events and teachings of the four gospel accounts of the life of Christ

 

 
Fall Quarter 2017: "The Parables of Jesus Christ 

November 12, 2017

5. Two Parables for the Pharisees: The Two Sons (Mt 21:28-32) and the Wicked Vinedressers (Mt 21:33-46) PDF

November 5, 2017

4. The Unmerciful Servant (Matt 18:21-35) PDF

October 29, 2017

3. The Parable of the Weeds in the Field and Others in Matthew 13 (Matt 13:24-33, 36-52)

October 22, 2017

2. The Parable of the Sower (Matt 13:3-9, 18-23) PDF

October 15, 2017

1. Introduction to the Parables of Jesus Christ PDF

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This Month's Article: November 2017 (This article will fit a 2 column, 6 inch newspaper advertisement.)  
 
  Bible Facts Concerning the Church

            The scriptures clearly and definitely set forth the essential facts about the church established by Jesus Christ.  These scriptural facts outline the pattern for all to see and to follow.  Paul commanded, “Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus (2 Tim 1:13).”  We should all note the facts that make up this pattern.

            First, Christ is the founder (Matt. 16:18).  God authorizes no human beings, no matter how great, to build or found a church.  

            Second, the church originated in Jerusalem, in approximately 30 A.D. (Acts 2:1-47).  Any church with a different date and place of origin cannot be the church of Christ.

            Third, Christ is the head of the church (Col. 1:18).  The Bible does not authorize any man or group of men to be head of the church.  God reserves this position for Christ and Christ alone (Matt. 28: 18-20).

            Fourth, only the Lord adds members to the church (Acts 2:41, 47).  In these passages, these early Christians heard the word, believed the word, obeyed the word in baptism, and were saved.  The Lord added to the church daily those that were saved.  There was no voting in the early church to see whether they should accept someone.

            Fifth, the members of the church wear scriptural names.  The Bible calls individual members saints (Acts 9:13), disciples (Acts 6:1), brethren (Acts 6:3), and Christians (Acts 11:26).  The Bible calls a collective group of Christians the church (Phil. 3:6), the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27), and churches of Christ (Rom. 16:16).  the Bible condemns the wearing of human names (1 Cor. 1:10-13).

            Sixth, the Bible specifies the worship of the church. The church of the Bible assembled weekly on the Lord’s Day for partaking of the Lord’s supper (Acts 20:7), for preaching of God’s word (Acts 20:7), for giving as they prospered (1 Cor. 16:1-2), for praying(Acts 2:42), and for singing 1 Cor. 14:15). 

            Seventh, the Bible specifies the terms of membership in the church.  In Acts 2:47, “The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (KJV).”  The Lord saves people when they hear the gospel (Rom. 10:17), believe (Mark 16:16), repent (Luke 13:3), confess (Rom. 10:10), submit to baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38), and live faithful unto death (Rev. 2:10). 

            Bible facts, if we observe them, will recreate Christ’s church.



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