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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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December 3, 2017

4. Peter Preaches the Gospel: Acts 2:22-36 PDF

 
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
 

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Morning Worship 11:00:  Brother Justin Silvey is a well-taught and excellent preacher of the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Please come to hear him preach the pure and true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

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 

December 3, 2017

6. The Wedding Feast (Mt 22:1-14) and the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Mt 25:1-13) PDF

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: December 2017 (This article will fit a 2 column, 6 inch newspaper advertisement.)  
 

The Church, Christ’s Kingdom

            Some religious folk make a distinction between the church and the kingdom.  A popular theological system maintains that the church is an interim institution that will continue until Christ returns to reign on earth for a thousand years.  According to this system, when Christ returns to earth, he will establish his kingdom.  Does the Bible teach that the church and the kingdom are separate institutions? 

            First, Daniel predicted that God would one day establish a kingdom that would never be destroyed (Dan. 2:44; 7:14).  He also specified the period of history when this would take place (Dan. 2:31-46).  The kingdom was to come in the time of the Roman Empire.

            Second, Zachariah predicted the promised Branch, who was the Messiah.  Zachariah said that this Branch, the seed of David, would “sit and rule upon his throne (Zach. 6:13).”  Christ served as priest during the first century; therefore, he occupied the throne of David and began to rule over his kingdom in the first century. 

            Third, Jesus used the words church and kingdom interchange-ably (Matt. 16:16-18).  He identified his church and the kingdom and showed that the words church and kingdom refer to the same group of people and to the same institution. 

            Fourth, the language of the Hebrew writer proves that the church and kingdom are the same (Heb. 12:22-28).  He says that we have come to the church of the firstborn (Christ) and that we have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb. 12:23, 28). 

            Fifth, when we are born of the water and the spirit, we enter the Lord’s kingdom established on the Day of Pentecost after Christ’s resurrection (John 3:1-5; Acts 2).  At the same time and by the same process, the Lord adds us to his church (Acts 2:37-47). 

            Finally, prior to this Pentecost, the Bible speaks of the church and the kingdom in future terms.  Christ taught, “There are some here . . . who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God come with power (Mark 9:1).”  He also said, “Upon this rock I will build my church (Matt 16:18).”  Following this Pentecost, the Bible speaks of the kingdom and the church as being in existence.  The Bible says that he “translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love (Col 1:13);” we receive “a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb 12:28);” and he “made us to be a kingdom (Rev 1:6).”  Of the church Paul wrote, “He . . .  gave him to be head over all things to the church which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all (Eph 1:22-23).”


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