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.
“CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD”
The Biblical account of creation says that God created mankind “in His image and likeness.” (Genesis 1:26,27; 5:1;9:6) This fact is the reason why most cultures place unique value on human beings. James 3:9 says that since we are made in God’s image, we should not curse other human beings.
But what does it mean to be made in God’s image? The scriptures do not provide an explanation and many people wonder what it means. This article will focus on what it does NOT mean, and in a future article, we shall try to provide some possible answers to what it DOES mean.
First, being made in the image of God does not mean any physical likeness. God is a spirit (John 4:24) and therefore has no physical parts. Jesus said in Luke 2:39 “a spirit does not have flesh and bones.” However, the Bible often uses figurative
language known as “anthropomorphism” which means ascribing human attributes to a being not human. Thus God’s “hand” and “ear” are mentioned in Isaiah 59:1, although God does not literally have hands, or ears. Jesus was raised up to sit at God’s “right hand.” (Acts 2:33,34) Thus it is not possible that we bear any physical like-ness to God as the meaning of being made in the likeness of God.
Second. being made in the image of God does NOT mean that human beings are divine beings, “little” or “lesser” gods. Peter rejected an attempt by Cornelius to worship him as divine (Acts 10:25,26) by saying “I also am a man.” On Paul’s first missionary trip, at Lystra when the people saw a miracle Paul performed, they tried to offer sacrifices, saying that “the gods . . . have come down to us” (Acts 14:11) but Paul and Barnabas rejected such worship. “We are also men of the same nature as you.” (Acts 14:15)
In a later article, we shall try to explain more fully what being made in the image of God means. Meanwhile, let us clearly understand that every human being of whatever race, ethnicity, gender, is worthy of respect and has value.
Earle H. West, Elder,
Silver Spring Church of Christ
The Evangelism Ministry will be led by Brother Errol Williams and will hold their first 2017 meeting on January 22nd (Sunday @ 12 Noon) in room 108.
Please talk with Brother Williams or contact him (email@example.com) to express your interest in attending the meeting on January 22nd or future meetings.
Brother Errol Williams
SHEPHERD’S TABLE BACKPACK PROGRAM
Help fill Backpacks for the Homeless to enhance our regular support for The Shepherd’s Table, we hope to participate this season in their “backpack” program. The backpacks are given out to those in need who receive their meals and stay overnight during the winter months. Our first backpack is in the lobby for you to fill.
If you would like to participate, just place your items directly into the backpack. Whatever is collected will be taken to The Shepherd’s Table after New Year’s.
Items most needed are: backpacks, winter scarves, hats, gloves, hand warmers, protein bars, juices, blankets, long underwear, travel-sized toiletries, and any other items that could be used by either men or women. Your generosity to those in need is always appreciated.
LADIES PRAYER BREAKFAST
The Ladies Prayer Breakfast will be held on January 14, 2017 at the home of Sister Negist Bellachew @ 10:00 am - 11:45 a.m.
You are invited to bring your favorite food or beverage to share.
Please use the sign-up sheet in the foyer or RSVP to Sister Carolyn @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call to let us know that you will be
attending. Please get my number from the Church Directory.
All new members are cordially invited to attend the New Member Fellowship for this quarter on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Clint and Mary Wilson, please check your Church Directory for the address.
Lunch will be served and all attendees will have an opportunity to meet, greet and interact in Christian fellowship.
Please inform Lesley Knox or me by Sunday, January 8, 2017 if you plan to attend. My phone number is listed in the Church Directory.
LAUREL BIBLE BOWL
March 11, 2017...Save the Date!
Location: Laurel Church of Christ
7111 Cherry Lane
Laurel, MD 20707
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: Registration begins
at 8:15 AM
Bible Bowl at 9:00 AM
Material Covered: Matthew 1-14
Age: 2nd-6th Graders
For more information: email email@example.com or visit
Seasons Greeting My Sisters!!!
REGISTRATION! REGISTRATION! REGISTRATION!
This is the time of year when many of us are in the giving spirit whether it's feeding the homeless, spending quality time with family and friends, or simply saying an
encouraging word to make someone smile.
The Church of Christ Ladies Lectureship-Retreat decided to extend this invitation to each of you to complete your registration on-line now through December 31, 2016 and we will honor the $165.00 early bird discount rate. Log onto www.ladiesretreat.org and complete your registration today!
Bless your sister, aunt, mother, mother-n-law, niece, sister-n-law, grandmother, granddaughter, or a sister friend by giving her a gift of a paid registration to the ladies retreat in the sunshine state of Orlando, Florida Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel,
April 13-16, 2017!
The Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel is a Four Diamond resort property. We encourage you to make a vacation centered around the ladies retreat! You have numerous choices like Magic Kingdom, Disney World, The Holy Land, Alligator Farm, along with many more attractions.
This conference is designed to edify our pre-teens, teens, young adults, and
seniors. You will witness Spiritual Inspiration, Stimulating Speakers, Passionate Praise, Motivating Fellowship, Energized Singing, and So Much More!!!
THIS WILL BE A RETREAT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!
Church of Christ Ladies Lectureship-Retreat, Post Office Box 40803, Fayetteville, NC 28309