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.
You have raised your children to grow up in a Christian environment and when they go off to college for the first time they are no longer under your supervision. They are free to make their own decisions and we pray they make the right decisions. An important step in
preparing for college is to know what to expect. These are some of the
challenges they may face followed by scripture they can meditate on when facing these challenges:
Faith/Diversity - Students may walk away from their faith and no longer profess to be Christian. At home their faith was associated with family and our
congregation. That familiarity will be replaced by a college environment that may make their faith seem out of place. College provides not only ethnic diversity, but the confrontation with different beliefs, worldviews, and moral choices. Most will feel ill-equipped to answer challenges raised by alternative views to their own
faith - both in the classroom and in the dorm room.
Romans 16:17-1817 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are
contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
Freedom – No longer under parental guidance and restrictions, their new-found freedom may cause their priorities to change. Their tendency may be to act on impulse, make decisions based on emotion, and instant gratification.
Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
1 Peter 2:16 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
Social - The college social life may cause students to engage in activities they normally would have avoided at home. Peer
pressure, who doesn't want to fit in? The social environment of college also provides anonymity - a free pass to let loose. They may be urged to cheat, steal, try drugs, deceive you (parents), or say or do some-thing that makes them feel uncomfortable.
James 4:77 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Matthew 26:41 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into
temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempt-ed[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Proverbs 23:19-21 “Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”
God can deliver us from temptation and negative peer pressure if we pray for it. But we should pray that temptation does not arise. If it does, say no quickly and get away from the difficulty. Even if the results from doing right don't seem promising, it will turn out for the best in the end.
Jackie Gill, Elder
Church of Christ
Sunday's - August, 16 2015 AM Worship Service
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 33:13-15
SERMON TITLE: “God Sees”
SPEAKER: Floyd Williamson
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.