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.
Thank God and Praise Him
Let me share something which touched me very much in a positive way. Most, if not all, of
you know we ask visitors to fill out attendance cards. This information allows us to write them a thank you note and urge them to come back again. It also asks for their impressions of this congre-gation. Recently, actually a couple of months ago, I was given two cards with comments about their observation of the Silver Spring Church of Christ. One was from a lady and the other was from a gentleman and I believe they were both first time visitors. Read on please.
The first question is "What did you notice first? One said, "Friendly congregation." The other said, "We are a family. You make all feel welcome in God's name." Wow! The second question is "What did you like best? One answered, "Great singing Good fellowship." The other commented, Sunday worship and Bible study-teaching from the minister." Double wow! Finally the third question on the response card asks, "What did you like least? One said, "All good." The other person replied, "There was not anything I did not like." Need I say it? Triple wow!
Isn't it wonderful that two visitors had these observations and impressions of our
congregation! Oh I know and you know also that we are not perfect but it is still encouraging to hear these compliments. Hopefully we shall be motivated to continue to smile, greet, and say encouraging things not just to our friends and fellow Christians but especially to our weekly visitors. Listen to the Apostle Paul's advice all from Romans 12: "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love." Verse 10, "Honor one another above yourselves." Verse 10 also. "Live in harmony with one another." Verse 16. "Live at peace with everyone." Verse 18.Finally the chapter ends with this advice, "Do not be overcome by evil, but over-come evil with good." Verse 21.
The great Apostle Paul urges in Chapter 15 and verses 1 and 5, "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves." Then in verse 5, "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves
as you follow Christ Jesus." Our shared prayer should be that this con-gregation at Silver Spring, Maryland will be attuned to these passages and always reflect the life and attitudes of Jesus Christ. Then the influence will be good and favorable in reflecting our Lord Jesus in our own lives and words and actions. Yes it is nice to receive positive and nice comments on visitors' cards but can you and I imagine what it will be like to hear Him say to us, "Well done good and faithful servant." Mat-thew 25:21.
Thank you, my fellow Christians here at Silver Spring Church of Christ. Keep up the good work. Praise the Lord!
Elder, Silver Spring
Church of Christ