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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.
Acts of the Apostles: Notes and Commentary E-Book PDF
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14. The Gospel Goes to Judea and Samaria: Acts 8:1-25 PDF
13. Stephens Defense and Martyrdom: Acts 7 PDF
12. Ministering to Grecian Widows and Stephen Accused: Acts 6 PDF
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
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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The Teachings of Jesus for the 21st Century
3. The Kingdom of God in the 21st Century PDF
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1. Authority in Religion for the Modern World PDF
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God Is Impartial
Some religious people
teach that God will save only a group whom they call the elect. According to this teaching, God predestined
this group to be saved and all others will be lost. The Bible teaches just the opposite to this view in Acts 10:24-35:
“34 And Peter opened his mouth and said, ‘Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every
nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is acceptable to him.’” God is impartial.
First, God is impartial because He desires the salvation of every responsible human being. Paul
wrote of “our Saviour who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:3-4).”
Peter taught, “The Lord . . . is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).” God does not force salvation on anyone. God
draws sinners through teaching: “No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him.
. . It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught of God. Every one that
has heard from the Father, and has learned, comes unto me (John 6:44-45).” Those who receive and
obey the teaching of God, obtain salvation: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And he that hears, let him say, Come. And he that is athirst, let him come: he that will, let him
take the water of life . . . (Rev 22:17).” God saves all who obey His will.
Second, God is impartial in that He has one church to which He adds all the saved (Eph. 4:4;
Acts 2:47). The Lord did not establish one church for one group of us and another church for another group. Instead,
he ordained that he “might reconcile them both [Jew and Gentile] in one body unto God through the cross, having slain
the enmity thereby.” Both Jew and Gentile includes all people of every nation (Mark. 16:15). The Lord commanded
all nations, Jew and Gentile, to submit to baptism (Mark 16:16). Paul wrote, “For in one Spirit were we all baptized
into one body, whether Jews or Greeks (1 Cor. 12:13).” God adds every saved person to the church (Acts 2:47).
Finally, God is impartial
in that He has one plan of worship for His people to follow. All Christians are to meet on the first day of the week
to take the Lord’s Supper and to give as God has prospered us (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2). When Christians meet,
they are to sing, pray and continue “steadfast in the apostles’ teaching” (Eph. 5:19; Acts2:42). Jesus
said that “the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his
worshippers (John 4:23).”
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