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.
"A Rainbow in the Sky"
Would you believe that at one time all mankind was vegetarian? Would you also believe that for a time it never rained on the earth? Genesis 6 teaches that God regretted that he had made human beings on the earth. So, God brought the great flood that wiped out from the face of the earth the human race He created, and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground. For the first time, water fell from the sky. Genesis 7 states that all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. Only Noah was left and those with him on the ark.
Now imagine, that all those who lived before the great flood never saw a rainbow. They never
witnessed God’s covenant for all generations to come. Whenever I see a rainbow in the sky, I marvel at its simplicity and complexity. For with all of man’s perceived greatness, man cannot put a
rainbow in the sky. A rainbow requires clouds, water vapor in the sky, and sunlight. The sun must be at an exact angle in the sky relative to the observer’s position. The water vapor refracts the sun light and
separates the sun’s rays into individual visible wavelengths. What we see is a reflection of those separate visible wavelengths into ROYGBIV. Occasionally, we see a double rainbow which is even more incredible.
The rainbow reminds us of God’s promise that “Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood, never again will God curse the ground because of man. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease,” Genesis 8:22.
Take some time to enjoy all that God’s creation offers. Pause and reflect on God’s promise every time you see a rainbow in the sky.
Joseph O. Anderson
Silver Spring Church of Christ
Morning Service: 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
11:15 AM - 12:15 AM
Evening Service: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bible Study: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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.
New Sermon Series...
For the next three months, the theme for the Sunday morning
lessons will be: “Foundations for Christian Faith,” which
will include three monthly series: “Belief in God,” “Belief
in Jesus Christ,” and “Belief in the Bible.” The first
series lessons on Sundays in September will be about
“Foundations for Belief in God:”
Sept. 04: God Seen in Reason (Hebrews 11:1-6)
Sept. 11: God Seen in Nature (Romans 1:18-20)
Sept. 18: God Seen in Human Beings (Acts 17:24-31)
Sept. 25: God Seen as Loving (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)