Summer Series Starts Wednesday, May 6
Summer Series – Austinville Church of Christ
THEME: Developing a Closer Walk with God!
May 6 - Ken Tyler (Arab Church of Christ) – Walking with God by putting First things First (Matthew 6:33).
May 13 - Kyle Butt (Florence, AL) – By Shining as Lights in the midst of a Crooked and Perverse Generation (Philippians 2:15).
May 20 - Andrew Kingsley (Ashville Road Church of Christ) – By Working Out Your Own Salvation with Fear & Trembling (Philippians 2:12).
May 27 - Eric Lyons (Wetumpka Church of Christ) – By Letting God Work in Us (Philippians 2:13).
June 3 - Trae Durden (North Highland Church of Christ) – By doing all things without Complaining or Disputing (Philippians 2:14).
June 10 - David Barker (Midway Church of Christ) – By being Children of God that are blameless, harmless and without fault (Philippians 2:15).
June 17 - VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Mark Little – Daniel and the Lion’s Den (Daniel 6:1-28).
June 24 - Tony Edwards (Main Street Church of Christ) – By Holding Fast the Word of Life (Philippians 2:16).
July 1 - Joshua Posey (University Church of Christ) – By a Daily Intake of God’s Word (Psalm 1:1-3; Matthew 4:4).
July 8 - Barry Binion (Florence Blvd. Church of Christ) – By engaging in a Consistent Prayer Life (1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:1-2).
July 15 - Doug Burleson (Freed-Hardeman University) – By Abounding in the Work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).
July 22 - Kyle Bolton (Church Street Church of Christ) – By Confessing and Repenting of Sins that Separate us from God (1 John 1:9).
July 29 - 5th Wednesday Night Singing.
"For the Remission of Sins"
"Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins'..." Acts 2:38 (NKJV)
Some contend that the phrase "for the remission of sins" here means because the sins have already been remitted, which means dismissed, or forgiven. Many believe that their sins were previously forgiven, and now because of this, they are baptized.
But is that what this passage means?
Let's consider another verse, where Jesus says:
"For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:28 (NKJV)
Why did Jesus have to shed His blood? Did He shed it in order for sins to be forgiven, or because sins had already been forgiven?
We read that:
"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins." Hebrews 10:4 (NKJV)
"and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood," Revelation 1:5 (NKJV)
So we find that it was necessary that Jesus die and shed His blood in order for sins to be forgiven.
The phrase "for the remission of sins" in Matthew 26:28 in the Greek is exactly the same as is found in Acts 2:38. If Matthew 26:28 means Jesus shed His blood in order for, from that time forward, sins to be remitted, then Acts 2:38 must mean the very same thing. One must repent and be baptized in order for, from that time forward, one's sins to be forgiven.
Any other interpretation than this makes the clear meaning of one passage of scripture disagree with another.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God - Proven By Prophecy
There are over 330 prophecies given in the Old Testament regarding the coming Messiah, Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
To be valid, a prophecy must be:
(1) Far removed in time from the fulfillment.
(2) Given in such detail there can be no mistake when fulfilled.
(3) Given by a plausible prophet, or foreteller.
(4) Fulfilled definitively and without question.
A very few examples that meet the above requirements:
Micah 5:2, fulfilled in Mat. 2:6
Hosea 11:1, fulfilled in Mat. 2:15
Jeremiah 31:15, fulfilled in Mat. 2:17-18
Joel 2:28-32, fulfilled in Acts 2:16-24
These and many more are given in God's word to us, to prove to us and make us to believe (John 20:30-31) that Jesus was the prophecied and the true "very Christ" (Acts 9:22).