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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
Acts of the Apostles: Notes and Commentary E-Book PDF
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3. The Holy Spirit Comes with Power; This Is What Was Spoken: Acts 2:1-21 PDF
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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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Parables of Jesus Christ
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3. The Parable of the Weeds in the Field and Others in Matthew 13 (Matt 13:24-33, 36-52)
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This Month's Article: November 2017
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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.
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).
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).
facts, if we observe them, will recreate Christ’s church.
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