THE BIG “IF”

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Shelby G. Floyd

After exhorting his readers to add to their faith—goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love—Peter urges them to put all of this into action. Unless one is active nothing happens:

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8).

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THE PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST

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Shelby G. Floyd

In Colossians 1:18, the apostle Paul expressed the preeminence that Christ should have over His church when he said, “And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead: that in all things He might have the preeminence.” We must give Christ preeminence in all things and especially we must give Him first place of importance in the church.

When Paul said He is the head of the church, the word “head” means originator, source, leader and ruler. Christ is the head of the church in the sense that He brought the church into being. He is the originator of the church. Christ is the head of the church in the sense that He is the source of the life of the church.

Christ is the head of the church in the sense that He is the ruler of the church. He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He has executive authority: He proposes. He has legislative authority: He disposes. He has judicial authority: He judges. So we must give preeminence to Christ as the head of the church, the originator of the church, and the source of all life in the church, the legislator, the executor and the judge of the church.

Concerning Christ Paul says, “Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.” The word “beginning” there does not mean that Christ had a beginning. Christ existed before the creation (John 1:1-4). Christ is the firstborn from the dead. He was not the first to rise from the dead, but the first and the highest rank to rise from the dead. This means he holds the preeminence or highest rank over the church.

Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142
shelby@thefloyds.net

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH

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Shelby G. Floyd

This subject ought to be brought before young people and others continually. It is a topic that must be stamped indelibly upon the hearts of all who would please our heavenly Father and who would know the truth. It is a simple subject, and yet one that is not known or understood by many people. The subject is, “The Establishment of the Church.”

Are you a member of the church of Christ? Are you sure the church of which you are a member is the church you can read about in the New Testament? Are you sure it is the New Testament church? Are you sure you have entered the body of Christ, or the church, in the way God has asked all people to enter the church? These are questions only you can answer. As we pursue the topic, “The New Testament church and its Establishment,” do some soul searching to find out if you are really a part of the church that we read about in the Bible. Continue reading “THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH”

LIVING FOR CHRIST

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Shelby G. Floyd

This lesson is from the book of Philippians. It is definitely one of my favorite books in the Bible. It is upbeat and optimistic. This is Paul’s hymn of joy just as 1 Corinthians 13 is his hymn of love.

Analyzing the book of Philippians we find that Chapter One is the single mind, Chapter Two is the submissive mind, Chapter Three is the spiritual mind and Chapter Four is the secure mind. When we look at it from a different point of view: Chapter One, the Christian’s purpose is to live for Christ; Chapter Two, the Christian’s pattern is to have the mind of Christ; Chapter Three, the Christian’s prize is to receive the high calling of God in Christ Jesus; and Chapter Four, the Christian’s provision is to have all things through Christ.

But, when one looks at it from still another point of view: Philippians One, Christ our life; Chapter Two, Christ our example; Chapter Three, Christ our hope; and Chapter Four, Christ our source of strength and supply. I personally heard the outstanding preacher Guy N. Woods, preach a series on Philippians when I was a young preacher and I will never forget the lessons he proclaimed. Continue reading “LIVING FOR CHRIST”

“THERE IS DEATH IN THE POT”

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Shelby G. Floyd

Recently I listened to Paul Harvey’s daily news program on the radio as I drove along in my automobile. He said something that was humorous but also had a very serious tone to it. Apparently there was a little boy who had watched too much television. His father took him to a restaurant for a meal. When the waitress asked him what he would like to have he said, “I’ll have the largest steak in the house and a bottle of Lowenbrau.”

All of us who watch television just a little know that the programs are saturated with references to beer, wine and all kinds of strong drink. Subtly implied is the idea that it is the “in” thing. The idea is that if you are young, happy and successful, drinking alcoholic beverages is the thing to do. We know that is not the entire picture or story of drinking strong drink.

Television stories and dramas fail to show the broken homes and the people who are maimed and killed on the highways by drinking drivers. They fail to show the entire picture. I read in the Indianapolis Star a story by Bob Greene that pictures the other side of the coin. This is a story about the dangers of drinking alcohol, especially by young people who start at an early age. It is bad for anybody. It is especially sad to see young people start early in life to destroy their lives and influence by drinking alcohol. Continue reading ““THERE IS DEATH IN THE POT””

GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION

 

*The authority for salvation is Jesus’ command to preach the good news
– Matthew 28:18-20.

*Because of sin, all people are lost – Romans 3:23

*Through the grace and love of God, salvation is possible through the death of Jesus Christ
– Romans 5:1-8

*A person must have faith in God and His plan of salvation
– Romans 10:13-17

*Repentance, which is a change of mind and action is a condition of salvation – Luke 13:1-5

*A person must publicly confess faith in Jesus Christ as the Divine Son of God – Romans 10:9-10

* Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved -Mark 16:16

*Baptism puts a person into Christ where salvation is found – Galatians 3:26-27

*Live a faithful Christian life of spiritual growth
– 1 Peter 1:5-11

Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana

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”