There has only been one Christ and He built just one church... His church.
The words "Capitol Heights church of Christ" simply means that we are a congregation of the Lord's church that meets in the area of town known as Capitol Heights.
We're located in the Capitol Heights community at the corner of N. Maryland St and Madison Ave in Montgomery Alabama.
We're a non-denominational church built upon the solid truth of the Bible. The teachings and ministries of our congregation reflects this belief.
Our congregation is small in number but Jesus said, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20).
The size of the congregation isn't important, what is important is that we worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).
In Deuteronomy 24:19-22, Moses, inspired by the Holy Spirit, commanded the children of Israel to engage in a particular form of benevolence. "When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow" (Deuteronomy 24:19a). In the following verses, he commands similar practices in regard to olive trees and vineyards. This practice was known as gleaning, and is an instructive example of benevolence for us today.
First, note how it was carried out. The Scripture did not command the landowners to harvest all the land, put some of the harvest in bags, and deliver it to the poor. Instead, the poor had to exert themselves and work to harvest the grain, olives or grapes. This allowed the able-bodied needy to maintain their self-respect by engaging in labor for their own sustenance. (Of course, other measures existed to help those who were truly unable to work.)
Second, notice the principle behind the commandment, in verse 22: "You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this thing." In other words, the principle is a variation of the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have done unto you."
Finally, note the consequence of the benevolence, in addition to the feeding of the poor: "...that YHWH (LORD) your God may bless you in all the work of your hands" (Deuteronomy 24:19b).
In conclusion, the Biblical practice of allowing the poor to glean in the fields suggests to us that in our benevolence, we ought to remember three things.
First, where possible, we ought to create opportunities for those in need to work for what they need.
Second, we ought to be benevolent because by doing so we will fulfill the Golden Rule.
Third, God will bless us if we are benevolent.
May we strive to be benevolent in a manner that is pleasing to God.
By Todd Gee
Words From The Early Church
Minucius Felix (A.D. 210) wrote, "How beautiful is the spectacle to God when a Christian does battle with pain; when he is drawn up against threats, and punishments, and tortures; when, mocking the noise of death, he treads under foot the horror of the executioner; when he raises up his liberty against kings and princes, and yields to God alone, whose he is; when, triumphant and victorious, he tramples upon the very man who has pronounced sentence against him! For he has conquered who has obtained that for which he contends."
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