ACTS 8:1-8 And at that time there was a great PERSECUTION against the CHURCH which was at Jerusalem, and they (the church-CHRISTIANS) were scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the APOSTLES. And devout (men with deep religious feeling, totally committed to Jesus) carried Stephen to his burial, and made havoc (wide spread destruction) of the (CHURCH), entering into every HOUSE, and taking men and women and committed them to prison.
Therefore they were scattered abroad went EVERY WHERE PREACHING THE WORD (THE BIBLE). Then Philip preached CHRIST in SAMARIA. And the people gave HEED to what Philip spoke. Unclean spirits came out of many and many taken with palsy and the lame were healed. And there was GREAT JOY IN THAT CITY. When people do what God says there is always GREAT JOY.
1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-28 I know very well how foolish the PREACHING OF THE BIBLE sounds to many that are LOST (with a stony, hard heart) when they hear what Jesus expects of people to be saved. But we who are saved recognize the gospel message as the true and valuable POWER OF GOD.
ROMANS 1:16 FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, for it is the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVETH THE GOSPEL-THE BIBLE. ACTS 10:42-43 And he COMMANDED US TO PREACH UNTO THE PEOPLE and testify that JESUS was ordained of God to be the JUDGE, and through the name of JESUS whosoever BELIEV ETH JESUS (the bible and obeys the gospel) shall receive the REMISSION OF SINS).
ACTS 2:38 Repent and be baptized to RECEIVE THE REMISSIONS OF SINS.(AND THEN BE SAVED AND RECEIVE THE GIFT OD THE HOLY GHOST AND ADDED TO THE CHIRCH WHERE ALL THAT ARE SAVED RESIDE).So the church contain ALL the saved. THE CHURCH contains the children of GOD. THE DISCIPLES (FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST) BEGAN TO BE CALLED CHRISTIANS AT ANTIOCH). So all the saved-on earth are in Christ the church and members of his body. Preaching and STUDY of the BIBLE gives man WISDOM TO PERFORM WHAT GOD EXPECTS OF HIM.
PROVERBS 8:1,5 Doth not WISDOM CRY? And understanding put forth her voice? O ye simple (foolish) understand WISDOM and ye fools let me give you understanding and you treasure it in your heart and mind. The PREACHING OF THE BIBLE GIVES WISDOM. The church is to make known to man the manifold WISDOM OF G0D. Therefore, today members of the church are to proclaim wisdom Bible so that through UNDERSTANDING WE may obey the word od God. THIS seems to MEAN---that---IF YOU WISH TO ACQUIRE WISDOM, SO THAT IT CAN SERVE YOU PRACTICALLY, YOU MUST BE A CHRISTIAN—THAT IS PREACHING AND MAKING THE DESIRES OF GOD KNOWN TO MAN. So everybody needs to attend the WORSHIP OF THE CHURCH SO THAT THEY CAN BE SAVED AND GAIN THE KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, AND WISDOM OF GOD NEEDED TO PERFORM WHAT GOD DEMANDS OF ALL MEN.
This is what God offers everyone that come to worship with us and attend Bible study. We go to the store for food, and to Shell Station for gasoline, and man goes to CHURCH for knowledge, understanding, wisdom, salvation, how to live, how to love all men, to be gentle to all men, and how to go to heaven.
Please join us at Piney Church of Christ, on Sunday: Bible study at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m.
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