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).
Who is the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost)? What are some things you need to know about the Spirit? What was His miraculous work in the time of the apostles?
The terms “Holy Spirit” and “Holy Ghost” are interchangeable. Some of the other terms that are used to refer to the Spirit are “Spirit of truth”, “Comforter”, “Spirit of God”, etc. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, just as God the Father and Christ the Son are Divine Persons.
The study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit is a deep subject, and it is not our purpose to go into detail in this article. It is important, however, for you to understand certain basic truths about the Spirit.
In New Testament times there was a baptismal measure of the Spirit. Jesus promised the apostles that they would be ”baptized with the Holy Ghost” and that ”ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:5-8). On the day of Pentecost those chosen men were miraculously filled with the Spirit and spoke the Word of God in many languages (Acts 2). Except to the apostles, the only other time the miraculous power of the Spirit was given directly was to the household of Cornelius (Acts 10:44-46; 11:15-17). This was to prove that Gentiles were to receive the Gospel, the same as the Jews.
Also in New Testament times miraculous gifts of the Spirit were sometimes given by the laying on of the apostles’ hands (Acts 8:14-18; 19:6). The miraculous gifts of 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 were given in this manner. Only the apostles were enabled to bestow these gifts. For example, Philip was given miraculous powers, but he could not pass them on to others (Acts 6:5,6; 8:5-7, 14-18). Instead, as these verses show, it was necessary for apostles to come to Samaria, that the miraculous gifts might be given by the laying on of their hands.
There is no record of miraculous gifts of the Spirit ever being given in any other way (with the exception of the apostles and Cornelius, as discussed above). Since, therefore, these gifts were available only through the laying on of an apostle’s hands, and since there are no apostles living today, it must obviously follow that miraculous gifts are not being given today.
When we remember the purpose of the gifts, it is not difficult to understand that the miraculous work of the Spirit ceased with the end of the apostolic age. Remember, miracles were used to confirm the Word, which was still being revealed (Hebrews 2:3,4; 1 Peter 1:12; Mark 16:17-29). When this purpose of confirming the Word was finished, the gifts would no longer be needed. We now have the complete, perfect, written, and confirmed Word of God.
In 1 Corinthians 13:8 Paul listed three of these gifts and plainly declared that they would be of limited duration. This is in a context which discusses all the miraculous spiritual gifts and names these three as typical of the whole. The gifts were present at the point in time when Paul was writing, but the day was coming when they would ”cease”, ”vanish”, and ”fail”. The verses that follow show that the age of miraculous gifts was the childhood period of the church; but with the coming of the manhood stage, these temporary gifts would end. Then ”faith, hope, and charity” would continue to abide until the return of Christ.
By David Pharr
Words From The Early Church
Hippolytus (A.D. 170-236), in his Discourse on the Resurrection and Incorruption, preached, "'Men,' he says, 'in the resurrection will be like angels of God,' to wit, in incorruption, and immortality, and incapacity of loss. For the incorruptible nature is not the subject of generation; it grows not, sleeps not, hungers not, thirsts not, is not wearied, suffers not, dies not, is not pierced by nails and spear, sweats not, drops not with blood. Of such kind are the natures of the angels and of souls released from the body. For both these are of another kind, and different from these creatures of our world , which are visible and perishing."
Senior Bible Class
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Minister: Todd Gee
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