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.
Give A Better Gift?
For most of us, this is the time of year when we focus on trying to find gifts to
give to others. We try the best we can to buy the things that people want, the
things that will make them happy, and the things that will show them how much
we care. One of the many considerations is how much money we spend,
because unfortunately money has become associated with value. Yet with all
the expensive gifts we could buy, there is one
that is much more valuable than any material
gift. We can give one another love and
demonstrate a faithful Christian example –
not just in words but also in the things we do.
This will stay with people much longer than any material gifts. Living the
Christian life is a gift that encourages others and changes lives. Let’s give one
another the gift that will keep on giving into eternity..
A specific example of this is when parents give their
children the gift of being a godly role
need to see adults interacting in a loving way, not just
at church but everywhere and all the time. They need
to see Christian parents communicating in a healthy
way and loving one another. They need to see that a
marriage is worth working on and saving. They need
to see that marriage is one of the many great gifts from God and that it’s
priceless. Show your love. Actually it’s an encouragement to everyone.
The closest thing to a definition is the Acts 11:26 passage where the scripture says “the
disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” But who were “disciples?” In the New Testament, the term “disciple” means a follower of Jesus. After Pentecost (Acts 2) it refers to those who had obeyed the gospel and were “added to the church” (Acts 2:47). They did not “join” any-thing, but simply “were” the church, just as a new born baby is added to a family. It would be foolish to speak of a baby as being born, then “joining” a family.
The following are a few words taken from “Church & Family” (Fall/Winter 2004)
which can be helpful to Christian parents and all married couples: “Think on
These Things: The Art of Marriage,” by Wilferd A. Peterson.
A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage
the little things are the big things..
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say: “I love you” at least once each day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives;
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is in giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
Floyd M. Williamson, Minister,
Church of Christ
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