What is the Silver Spring Church of Christ?
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.
Yeah…But this is What He Meant!
The United States has entered its period of campaigning for political office. Specifically,
candidates are seeking your votes and endorsements for President of the United States. If you vote (and I hope you do), then you typically vote your own personal interest. Candidates find themselves constantly in front of a microphone making statements that they have to come back and explain. Many candidates have “people” who speak on their be-half. These “people” are sometimes called spin doctors. Spin doctors have a very tactical way of taking the words of someone and making those words have a different intent or “spin” than initially received.
For example, what if the US Surgeon General stated, “Cigarette smoking
causes serious negative health issues. A person can never smoke too many cigarettes.” The concerned physician will promote that cigarette smokers should stop smoking. The tobacco producer spins it another way, “I know what the Surgeon General said, but this is what he meant… you can never smoke too many cigarettes; so keep smoking.”
There is a master of spin. He goes by the names father of lies (John 8: 44), the tempter (Mathew 4: 3), the evil one (Matthew 5: 37), Satan (Matthew 4:10), and the serpent (Genesis 3:1).
The tempter tried to spin the words of scripture in Psalm 91: 11, 12 “'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” But Jesus replied back with scripture from Deuteronomy 8: 3, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
The craftiness of the serpent by merely saying, “Did God really say…?” in Genesis 3 changed the relationship man had with his creator for the rest of time. The woman listened to the spin the serpent placed on God’s command.
The apostle Paul warns (Romans 17) that we should keep away from those who put obstacles in our way that are contrary to what we have learned. They try to deceive the minds of naďve people.
We must each constantly be on our guard for many will use the truth to spin a lie.
Church of Christ
Sunday's - October 4, 2015 AM Worship Service
“Jesus Let the World Know”
GUEST SPEAKER: Floyd Williamson
ALERT: Franklin Avenue Parking
The community has agreed with the Department of Transportation
to permit Franklin Avenue street parking in front of the
church building so long as two
cautions are observed:
Earle H. WestDo
not park in the travel lane;
Do not park on the sidewalk.
Ladies - You’re All Invited!