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.
Legal-Illegal vs. Moral-Immoral
The current situation following the Supreme Court’s decision regard-ing same sex marriage seems to call for Christians to review the distinction between acts that are legal or illegal, moral or immoral. These pairs of words relate to two different concepts.
The terms “legal/illegal” refer to matters legislated by civil government whether the king,
another ruler, or a legislative body. Romans 10:1 says, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.” Civil authorities generally seek to make laws that are in the best interest of the citizens and consistent with the underlying legal authority such as the U.S. constitution. Some-times the basis of legislation may reflect changing social views since legislators and judges are sensitive to current social norms.
The terms “moral/immoral” refer, for Christians, to judgments of right and wrong as determined by the will of God. They are designed for our present and eternal well bring and can, in a sense, be compared to the manufacturer’s directions for the care and maintenance of a new automobile.
In some cases, acts that are legal may also be moral while illegal acts may be immoral. In such cases the two realms coincide. For example, murder is both illegal and immoral. In other situations, acts that are illegal may not only be moral, but required for the Christian. Acts 4:12 records that the legal author-ities in Jerusalem ordered Peter and John “not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.” Peter and John answered, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge.” Later, when confronted once again with alleged law breaking, the apostles said, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) Conflict situations such as this can result in consequences ranging from mild social disapproval to imprisonment and martyrdom.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same sex marriage is legal. This ruling does not in any way determine its morality or immorality. For Chris-tians, to whom biblical teaching is the final moral authority, same sex marriage is immoral. Therefore Christians may not practice such nor participate in or give approval to such. This is not the place to present Biblical teaching on this topic. It will likely be addressed from the pulpit. At the same time, we are not called upon to hate those who practice same sex marriage, indeed such hate is forbidden to Christians. They are persons whom God loves and sent Jesus to redeem from sin.
The Supreme Court decision is based on a
very important constitutional provision, namely, equal protection
under the law. Changing social acceptance seems also to have been a
factor. Fortunately, both federal and Maryland law recognize that
for many people, religious moral principles conflict with this
ruling. Therefore churches and individuals with sincere religious
scruples are exempted from participating in, officiating at, or
approving same sex marriages. We must obey God rather than men, but
still must be careful to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Earle H. West, Elder
Church of Christ
Sunday's - August, 2nd AM Worship Service
GUEST Speaker: Ian Drucker
ALERT: Franklin Ave. Parking Issue Resolved
The community individual who originally complained about our parking along Franklin Ave. has withdrawn that complaint as long as no one parks on the sidewalk. This is agreeable with the De-partment of Transportation. So we may park on Franklin Ave. in front of the building so long as two
cautions are observed:
Earle H. WestDo
not park in the travel lane;
Do not park on the sidewalk.
GUEST SPEAKER: Ian Drucker
August 2, 2015
Making My Way to Jesus the Messiah – Insights from My Journey from Judaism to Christianity
Sunday AM: My Jewish Heritage – the Foundation of my Faith
Sunday Bible Class: My Jewish Misconceptions – Denying
Jesus as the Messiah
Sunday PM: My conversion account – Seeing, Accepting and Following Jesus as the Messiah
2 Corinthians 5:17
FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY
IT’S TODAY - July 26, 2015
Last Sunday of each month
Silver Spring Church of Christ
100 E Franklin Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20901
9:30am Worship Service
11:15am Bible Study
12:15 pm-1:30pm Fellowship Meal in Annex
dish to share
Bring a loved one to Christ
Information Packets will be available
Special sermon for guests
Children are welcome!
Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!