BIBLICAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT

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Shelby G. Floyd

From the beginning of time, the Lord God has held all power in heaven and on earth. The prophet Isaiah affirmed this in just a few words:

Isaiah 33:22
(For the LORD is our Judge,
The LORD is our Lawgiver,
The LORD is our King;
He will save us)
NKJV

Please notice that the Lord is our Judge—he has all judicial power; the Lord is our Lawgiver—all legislative power; and, the Lord is our King—all executive power. Perhaps this verse is where James Madison and the Founding Fathers got the idea for Three Branches of Government! Continue reading “BIBLICAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT”

THEY BELIEVED AND WERE BAPTIZED

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Shelby G. Floyd

While the apostle Paul was at Corinth, Greece, on his second evangelistic journey, he converted many of the Corinthians by the gospel of Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 16:17). Continue reading “THEY BELIEVED AND WERE BAPTIZED”

THE DRAWING POWER OF THE CROSS

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Shelby G. Floyd

John 12: 32-34
32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die.
34 The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”
NKJV

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THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 13

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.—Galatians 2:9 KJV

PART SIX

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE MINISTERING OF BENEVOLENCE

 

LESSON THIRTEEN

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE MINISTERING OF BENEVOLENCE

One area of Christian fellowship, one with another, involves the sharing of our material blessings with the poor and the needy. The church of Christ had hardly been established until a situation arose where many members of the church were in need of the necessities of life. Their fellow-members, who were blessed with material goods, rallied to their support and liberally shared their blessings with those who were not as fortunate as were they. Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 13”

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 12

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.—Galatians 2:9 KJV

LESSON TWELVE

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE SUFFERING OF OTHERS

While the Christian life is predominately a life of joy and happiness, because of the salvation that one has in Christ Jesus, nevertheless, there must be times when there will be sickness and sorrow, crying and tears, pain and death. For these things will not pass away until we reach the heavenly state (cf. Revelation 21:4). Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 12”

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 11

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Shelby G. Floyd

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.—Galatians 2:9 KJV

PART FIVE

FELLOWSHIP WITH SUFFERING

 

CHAPTER ELEVEN

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST AND PAUL

It is the lot of all who live in the flesh to suffer. Suffering is never a pleasant thing, but like many unpleasant things it can work together for our good. One must make sure, however, that his suffering is due to the good that he has done and not to the evil (Cf. 1 Peter 5:15-16). One of the prominent features of the life of Christ was that he suffered. He suffered from his enemies, he suffered many times from his friends, and finally he suffered upon the cross. One of the most glorious things about the Christian life is that we may have fellowship with the sufferings of Christ. Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 11”