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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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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
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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What Must I Do to Be Saved? PDF
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Que Enseña la Biblia Acerca de la Salvación PDF
This Month's Article: January 2018 (This article will fit a 2 column, 6
inch newspaper advertisement.)
What the Bible Teaches about Salvation
of man is a central teaching of the Bible. From the time that the first man sinned in the Garden, God has
been seeking salvation for us all. God has acted from old to bring salvation to us. God has provided the
person in whom we are saved, the plan for our salvation, and the place of the saved on this earth.
First, consider the person who saves us. At the center of our salvation is the
person who is doing the saving and that person is Christ. Matthew wrote, “It is he that shall save
his people from their sins (Matt 1:21).” John 3:17 says, “For God sent not the Son into the
world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.” The greatest fact of the
New Testament is that God in the form of Jesus existed in the image of man. Hebrews says of Jesus, “Having
been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation (Heb 5:9).” In
Phil 2:5-9, Paul spoke of Christ who “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;
and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, yea, the death of the cross.”
Second, consider the plan of salvation. Christ does not save haphazardly.
He saves by his divine plan. The Bible nowhere teaches that Christ will save us by a plan of our
own choice. Christ saves us by a plan worked out in the mind of God: “Having foreordained us unto
adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will (Eph 1:5).”
The good pleasure of his will, not ours. If God is to save we who are lost, it must be according
to God’s own plan. God’s plan teaches that we must believe (Rom5:1), repent (Acts 17:30-31),
confess (Rom. 10:9-10), and be baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). After
explaining God’s plan of salvation in Acts 2:14-39, Peter urged the people present to “save yourselves from this
crooked generation (Acts 2:40).” To be saved today, we must obey this plan of God for our salvation
Third, consider the place of salvation. When we obey God’s plan of salvation
(Mark 16:15-16), the Lord adds us to his church (Acts 2:47). Paul declares in Eph. 2:16 that both Jew and
Gentile are reconciled in one body, which is the church (Eph. 1:20-23). Since reconciliation takes place
in the body, the church, the undeniable truth is that the church is the place of salvation. Has
the Lord added you to the body, the church, of which Christ is the savior (Eph. 5:23)?
Who saves us? Christ. What is the plan for saving us? God’s
plan. Where are the saved? In the body of Christ, the church.
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