MAKING BIG PROMISES

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Shelby G. Floyd

We must be careful about making big or rash promises to the Lord without counting the costs of doing what we say we will do. If we do not we cannot be his disciples. Once a man made a big promise to Jesus:

“I will follow you wherever you go” (Luke 9:57).

Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). Continue reading “MAKING BIG PROMISES”

THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL

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Shelby G. Floyd

1 Thessalonians 5:23
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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There is a class of people whom we call materialists that deny that man has an immortal soul. When the Bible says that God “created man out of the dust of the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,” they take that to mean that man is just body, bone, blood and breath, and that when man dies he ceases to exist. I do not believe that, but I do believe just the opposite, that man has an immoral soul or spirit that dwells in this house or tabernacle of clay. A hundred years from now when most of us will be dead in the body we will still be alive in another world.

So we are going to explore the Bible, the Old and New Testament, to see if there is an inward man as well as an outward man, an invisible man as well as a visible man. Continue reading “THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL”

THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS

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Shelby G. Floyd

Long ago when God’s people were rebuilding the temple, the prophet Zechariah asked this question,

“For who has despised the day of small things” (Zechariah 4:10)?

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HOW TO IDENTIFY THE CHURCH JESUS BUILT

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Shelby G. Floyd

About 32 A.D., or one year before the day of Pentecost, Jesus declared, “Upon this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Did Christ in fact do what he said he would do? Yes he did. On the day of Pentecost the apostles received the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). And all of them stood up and preached the good news in languages that everyone could understand (Acts 2:5-14).

We have one of the apostles’ sermon recorded—the apostle Peter. Near the end of his sermon the audience cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” His answer was, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). The Bible declares, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). And in the last verse of that chapter, the Bible says, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as were being saved” (Acts 2:47). Jesus said “I will build my church” and one year later the church is spoken of as being in existence.

Now the question is can we identify that church in our day and time? The church existed on the day of Pentecost and up to the end of the first century. Can we identify that same church today? It would be a reflection upon your intelligence to suggest that all of the churches today with their different doctrines and practices would in fact be the church we read about in the Bible. Continue reading “HOW TO IDENTIFY THE CHURCH JESUS BUILT”

HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED?

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Shelby G. Floyd

I’m sure that all of us have heard the old saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence,” or the saying that is similar to that, “All that glitters is not gold.” How much land does a man really need? You might say, “Well, I don’t really know. How much land does a man really need?” That’s what we are going to attempt to answer in the course of our lesson.

I do know that when we are young we had high hopes and we had great ambitions to reach out and to be successful and to find wealth and fame and land and houses and prestige and prominence and position and power. But as we get older, sometimes we realize that those things are just ephemeral; they are transitory and they are not as valuable and as important as we thought when we were younger. Continue reading “HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED?”

MY FAMILY

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Shelby G. Floyd

One thing we have to be really thankful for is the Heartland church family. We are a family. And the church family is made up of a lot of wonderful families. And we are thankful for each family here at Heartland. It is wonderful when we come together each Sunday and we see the love that we have for each other and the smiles on everyone’s face. Everyone expresses how glad they are to see each other, to worship together and to serve the Lord.

We are a family and I was wondering how many of you and your children watched the TV show Family Ties. Many of you have enjoyed that show. It brings many good memories when we recall watching a happy family. The church here is a happy family. And this reminds me of what Paul said to the church at Ephesus:

“For this reason I bow my knees unto the Father for whom the whole family in heaven and earth derives its name” (Ephesians 3: 14-15).

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THE BAPTISM OF JESUS

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Shelby G. Floyd

Matthew 3:16-17
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
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As I come before you today I recognize that there is a spirit among us of support, loyalty and joy for the hometown team. And I also believe that it is the case that we have that same loyalty and support and joy for the hometown congregation—the Heartland church of Christ. And that is why you are present today.

A few years ago, I presented the lesson that I am presenting today. And I was surprised that afterward a young man came to me and said, “I need to be baptized—I want to be immersed for the forgiveness of sins.” And I thought that this person was a member of the church already. And I learned a great lesson from this, that in almost every service that we will have like this, there are probably one or more people who need to be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins. And so we preach on a lot of different subjects, but sometimes we assume that everybody sitting in one of the chairs has been baptized and become Christians. But that is not always the case, and therefore today I want to talk to you about the baptism of Jesus Christ. And I hope that I can make this lesson so simple that even a little child can understand it. That is my goal and that is my purpose in delivering this message. Our comments will cover the entire third chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. Therefore you are encouraged to open up your Bibles and follow along to make sure that we faithfully present the record of the baptism of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “THE BAPTISM OF JESUS”