The Light Shines In Darkness (John 1:5)

Summer Series (May 4 – July 27, 2016)

May 4 Darkness and Light (Listen)
Chandler Smith
May 11 Satan: Source of Darkness (Listen)
Matt Harrison
May 18 The Darkness of Judaism (Listen)
Garrett English
May 25 The Darkness of Buddhism (Listen)
Jason Brewton
June 1 Denominationalism vs. True Christianity (Listen)
Chris Savage
June 8 The Darkness of Islam (Listen)
Gary Chapman
June 15 The Darkness of Jehovah's Witness (Listen)
Stephen Haschke
June 22 The Darkness of Agnosticism (Listen)
Jason Edwards
June 29 The Darkness of Satanism (the occult) (Listen)
Jeremy King
July 6 The Darkness of Atheism (Listen)
Jeremy Manchester
July 13 The Darkness of Mormonism (Listen)
Cleatius Copeland
July 20 The Darkness of Post-Modernism (Listen)
Brent Harris
July 27 Christ: the Light of the World (Listen)
Jay Browne

Abraham Taught us how to Believe

In Romans 4:18-22, Paul speaks of the faith of Abraham, saying,

 

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.”

 

Abraham believed despite challenges to his faith; against hope, he believed in hope. Now that is not to say that Abraham believed even when all the evidence said he should not. After all, Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as the evidence of things hoped for; faith necessitates evidence. What this really suggests is that Abraham believed despite some existing conditions that would seem to contradict his hope. He believed despite his age. God could bring life from the deadness of his body and Sarah’s womb. He was fully convinced that what God promised, He was able to perform. God would give him an innumerable host of children, like the sands of the sea shore or the stars of heaven. Whenever Abraham looked down at the ground or up at the sky, he would remember God’s promise. Despite there being some evidence not to hope, he believed in the more abundant evidence for him to hope.

Paul gives us the modern application of this in Romans 4:23-25,

 

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

 

In the same way Abraham believed in God, we ought to trust in the resurrected Christ. We must believe in the resurrection despite some evidence to the contrary. There exists plenty of skepticism today concerning the resurrection of Christ; and the reasons are all across the board. Some say He never existed to resurrect. Some say his resurrection is no more significant than any other false religion that claims a resurrected character. Others say his resurrection was a fake, a hoax, a conspiracy; much like the Jewish leaders tried to say in Matthew 28:11-15 (we have discussed these examples in recent weeks). 

There are proposed reasons not to believe in the resurrection; but there are far greater evidences to support it. One would be that the most historically and consistent ancient document, our Bible, substantiates and gives witness to His resurrection. Also, the resurrection is consistent with the miracles of Christ. In John 3:1-2, Nicodemus told Jesus that he had to be from God, because no person could do the miracles He had done, except God be with Him. It would not make sense that Christ was given the seal of approval by God from all His other miraculous work; yet, God would leave Him in the grave at the end of it all. But even other historical factors outside of Scripture prove the resurrection. When you look any ancient historical account that gives witness to the historicity of Christ, none of them record a cadaver filled tomb. No Jew, no heretic, no anti-Christ ever made the claim, “just go look back at His tomb, and you will find His body there; He is not risen, check for yourselves.” Despite some arguments contrary to our hope, we ought to believe in the greater evidence that substantiates our hope in the risen Savior.

 

 

What to expect

We in churches of Christ take seriously the Lord’s words in John 4:24: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The word of God, and specifically, the New Testament of Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:6-13), is our standard of truth for acceptable worship (John 17:17). God has not left it up to us to do as whatever we please when we approach him; through the inspired apostles of Christ he has directed the church in the manner in which we are to worship him. Our goal is to do as the early church, which “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).This makes our worship distinctive from what most are accustomed to seeing in other churches.

Because we are committed to following the God-given, apostolic pattern for worship, we praise God in song, “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Col. 3:16). Our singing is not accompanied by a piano or band or other forms of instrumental music because we do not find authority for these additions in the New Testament. We learn from God’s word the church is to sing (Eph. 5:19), and we do not add to what God has instructed us to do or go beyond the authority of his word (1 Cor. 4:6; Rev. 22:18-19). While most visitors find our a cappella singing unusual, they also find the four part harmonies beautiful and edifying.

We learn from apostolic example and instruction to the early church that God’s people are to observe the Lord’s supper when they meet every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29), and so each Sunday we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. Also, our members give into a collection for the work of God’s kingdom in accordance with the teaching of God’s word (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

In our worship assembly we also offer prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and listen to the preaching of the life-changing, soul saving gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16). Our preaching is Bible-based, for we are to “speak as the oracles of God,” (1 Pet. 4:11). We are committed to exalting God by teaching and preaching “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and citing book, chapter and verse as we exalt God and focus on hearing his will for our lives revealed in the scriptures.

You will also find a warm welcome from friendly folks who want to help you understand God’s will for your life and his plan for your salvation so that you can be sure you are saved by his grace and have the hope of eternal life. We hope you can attend one of our worship assemblies or Bible classes soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“The churches of Christ greet you”

Those are the words of Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, and we in the Roanoke Church of Christ echo that same sentiment to you today. But perhaps you’re wondering: Who or what are the churches of Christ? We hope the following will help answer that question:

Before the world ever began, God had a plan for you. That plan is revealed in the Bible and includes his church. The Bible tells us the church is part of the “eternal purpose” of God for every one of us that was made possible through Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:10-11). But there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the importance and identity of that church.

It was Jesus who said to his disciples, “I will build my church” (Mt. 16:18). The Lord kept that promise; he built his church and it exists today. The word of God tells us the church is called “the body of Christ” (Eph. 1:22-23) and that there is “one body…one Lord, one faith” (Eph. 4:4-6). There are no denominations in the Bible, yet when we look around today we see so many different churches, different faiths, different teachings. All of this religious contradiction can be confusing.

But if set aside the denominations, doctrines and traditions of men and simply go back to the Bible, we can belong to the church that Jesus built—the Lord’s church that is a part of God’s eternal plan to redeem us and bring us to heaven through his Son. If we follow the New Testament of Christ and do today what they did then, we can be today what they were then—simply Christians (Acts 11:26). Nothing more, nothing less—just Christians. Not members of any denomination, but members of Jesus’ church we read about in the Bible.

We in the churches of Christ are striving to be faithful to the authority of God’s word and abide by the pattern he has given us for his church (Acts 2:42; 2 Tim. 1:13). We kindly invite you to join us in going back to the Bible to be Christians only, a part of the Lord’s family, the church which he died to save with his blood (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:23-25). Please let us know if you would like to study the Bible to learn more about the Lord’s church and his plan for our salvation.

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Sunday

9:30 am - bible class

10:30 am - worship

6:00 pm worship

Wednesday

7:00 pm bible class

Singing every 5th wednesday of the month