WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?

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Shelby G. Floyd

THE BAPTISM OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

While Paul was beginning his third evangelistic tour, Apollos came to Ephesus. The Bible tells us several things about his character and abilities as a preacher of the word: (1) he was a learned man; (2) he had a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures; (3) he had been instructed in the way of the Lord; (4) he spoke with great fervor; and, (5) he taught about Jesus accurately. These things were all positive and good. However, there was one negative—he knew only the baptism of John the Baptist. This means that he baptized people into John’s baptism (Acts 18:24-26). But John’s baptism was not valid after the church was established! Now, the baptism of the great commission as given by Christ after his resurrection was to be practiced (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Continue reading “WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?”

BE RECONCILED TO GOD

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Shelby G. Floyd

We’re glad to announce today that little Scotty Doss is a year old, and he’s a mighty fine-looking boy. In fact, he’s a big boy for a year old. A lot bigger than I thought he’d ever be, from the way that he started out in that incubator for so long in the hospital. We’re proud of him, and hope all of you will take a look at him on his first birthday this morning (April 23, 1978, SGF).

Every person is accountable for their actions and needs to be reconciled unto God. This is because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

In 2 Corinthians chapter 5, the apostle Paul declared,

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:17-20 KJV).

From that reading you will notice that the words “reconciled,” and “reconciliation,” are used several times. Our topic this morning is “Be Reconciled To God.” Continue reading “BE RECONCILED TO GOD”

GOD’S GRANT OF REPENTANCE

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Shelby G. Floyd

We hear a lot about grants today. When young people are preparing to go to college they will check into scholarships that are available based on their track record, their grades and oftentimes they’ll receive these grants. Plus the federal government and the state many times will give dollar grants in different areas of education. We hear a lot about federal grants. The federal government has a grant for almost everything today. Many times our highways are blacktopped or repaved with cement as a result of the federal government giving the state a grant for the different highway systems. And in almost all of the Bills that are passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, there are all kinds of grants that are stuck into the fine print that pays off, you might say, the big city mayors. All of these grants are not just outright gifts with no strings attached. In fact, almost every one of them is conditional. There are conditions attached to each grant. Continue reading “GOD’S GRANT OF REPENTANCE”

USING ACADEMIC TITLES AS RELIGIOUS TITLES NO. 2

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Shelby G. Floyd

In the gospel, according to Mark, we read the following conversation,

Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him,

“Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God” (Mark 10:17-18 NKJV).

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USING ACADEMIC TITLES AS RELIGIOUS TITLES

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Shelby G. Floyd

In the latter part of the life of Christ, his disciples were concerned about the question, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:1)? Continue reading “USING ACADEMIC TITLES AS RELIGIOUS TITLES”

THE PREACHING OF REPENTANCE

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Shelby G. Floyd

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord“(Acts 3:19).

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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”