A better question would be who is the Silver Spring Church of Christ? We are a body of people who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord -- meaning that God lived on earth in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus Christ taught us how to live, died for our sins, rose from the dead (to demonstrate that He really was God) and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
Our congregation consists of people from every race, of many languages and nationalities (about 25 nations represented on a typical Sunday morning!), of all ages, educational levels, marital statuses, and economic levels.
We are all sinners who have thrown ourselves on the grace of God, and we live with a joy and peace because God graciously forgives. God's Holy Spirit lives in us, and changes us from what we should otherwise be without Him.
PRIDE: HOW TO AVOID/CURE IT
A recent Sunday evening lesson focused on the sin of pride. It was eminently Biblical, since repeatedly scripture condemns human pride. But a related crucial question is
how to avoid or cure it, since most of us are tempted to be lifted up in pride at one time or another.
But first, just a side note on definitions. There is a sense in which one may have “good” pride. One may be “proud to be an American” or a citizen of another country. One may be proud of new shoes or a new college degree. It simply means “glad to have, or glad to be,” with no disparagement of others in a sinful sense.
There are two considerations which help provide an antidote or cure for sinful pride.
First, consider the infinite wisdom of God. Ecclesiastes 5:2 says, “God is in heaven, and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.” I Cor. 1:25 tells us that “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
Second, consider what we are told in I Cor. 4:7, “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” Daniel 4 tells how king Nebuchadnezzar was lifted up in pride as he said, “Is not this Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?” So, he was cut down until he could recognize that he had not done all this on his own power. It is so easy for us, like that great king, to be lifted up in pride that we have accomplished this or that by our own hard work, forgetting that we were given good genes, good health, etc. by which to do these things.
The sin of pride goes back a long way. Satan apparently fell from his exalted status by pride. Elders are not to be new converts so they may avoid becoming conceited and “fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.” (I Tim. 3:7) Adam and Eve were tempted to sin by the promise that they would “become like God” in their knowledge. (Gen. 3:5)
So, “Humble yourselves in the sight of God and He will lift you up.”
Earle H. West, Elder,
Church of Christ
ALERT: PARKING CHANGES COMING
As a result of neighbor complaints that we were parking on the
sidewalk on Sunday mornings (we were not), the office of
Montgomery Councilmember Tom Hucker became involved. That
office contacted the Montgomery County Department of
Transportation which reported that
parking along E. Franklin
Avenue is illegal, but since no signs were posted, the ban was
not enforced. Hucker's office has informed us that "No
Parking" signs will soon be erected. We do not know when the
signs will be installed or what extent of E. Franklin will be
involved, but members should be alert and avoid being ticketed
once the signs have been installed. More of us will have to
park on neighboring side streets, and we should be careful
not to park in front of private driveways. Any suggestions for
resolving our parking problems would be welcomed.
Earle H. West