THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 5

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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 FIVE

FELLOWSHIP WITH DARKNESS

“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11).

Today, some are saying that after one has obeyed the gospel, and has entered into fellowship with God, what he teaches in the way of doctrine has nothing to do with his fellowship with God; and therefore, we should not withdraw fellowship or draw the line on a person regardless of what he might teach. This is obviously false, for according to the apostle John, doctrine is very important. In fact, one who does not abide in the doctrine of Christ and goes beyond the doctrine of Christ does not possess God, meaning, he does not have fellowship with him. Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 5”

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 4

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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

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP

PART TWO

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE DEVIL

LESSON FOUR

FELLOWSHIP WITH SIN

Sin is a transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). Sin also involves an omission of our duty (James 4:17). Participation in things unauthorized by the word of God involves sin (Romans 14: 23). The Christian as far as humanly possible is to walk in the light as Christ is in the light, and to keep himself from sin. To this end the apostle Paul wrote his son in the faith, and preacher of the gospel, young Timothy, advising him to: “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: Keep thyself pure” (1 Timothy 5: 22). Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 4”

PROVE YOURSELF A MAN

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Shelby G. Floyd

Recently I read a very interesting little book entitled, “Be A Man, Son.” It’s the story about K. T. Moser, who became a student at Harding College. Before he entered Harding College to study for the ministry, he was a conscientious objector. And he was so classified by the Selective Service. But, later when he went to Harding College, he sent a notice in to revise his standing with the Selective Service from a conscientious objector, I think, to a ministerial classification. In some way they got it mixed up, and his classification came back as 1-A.

Well, of course, this was about the time of the Korean conflict—it was back in the 50’s. It wasn’t long until he was notified by Uncle Sam to come and take his physical, and, of course, he was in a classification to be drafted into the Army. Well, they drafted him, and he refused to take the oath, and so several months went by, he was arrested by the FBI and they had his trial. And in spite of all his friends from the college and his family and others who had known him, he was sent to prison down in Seagoville, Texas, where he had to spend a year and a half in prison because he was found guilty of evading the draft. It’s a real touching story, and he wrote most of it from prison, and he told what it’s like to be torn away from your family—his father and his mother. He hadn’t been married too long, and so he was separated from his wife. It was a very touching story, but the thing that stood out in the book, to me, and, of course, that was the title of the book—the last thing that his father said to him before they took him off to prison was, “Be a man, son!” And that’s what I want to use for our lesson. Continue reading “PROVE YOURSELF A MAN”

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 3

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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 THREE

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

There are three persons in the Godhead, each of which is identified by the term God, and that is a generic term identifying and denoting the divine nature. Each member of the Godhead is a distinct person. One cannot be in fellowship with one person in the Godhead without being in fellowship with the other members of the Godhead. If one is out of fellowship with one member of the Godhead, he is out of fellowship with all of the members. Since one is baptized into fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 18-20), therefore, it would be logical that blessings should be conferred and invoked upon children of God from each of these three divine persons.

In the benediction of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, we find the highest redemptive blessings brought together, distributed and conferred by each person in the Godhead. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13: 14). This statement is a wish or prayer that not only the grace of Jesus Christ and the love of God, but also the communion of the Holy Spirit might rest upon his readers. Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 3”

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 2

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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 TWO

FELLOWSHIP WITH CHRIST

Many persons do not have an accurate understanding of what is involved in fellowship with God and with one another. About the only idea that some have concerning fellowship is a sign over a door in some church building which says, “Fellowship Room.” This lesson is designed to enlighten our understanding concerning our fellowship with Christ the Son of God.

The apostle John said,

“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1: 3).

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THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP

By

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

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MARRIAGE DESIGNED BY GOD

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Shelby G. Floyd

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With the marriage today of Harry and Meagan so visible to the whole world, it is a good time to study the marriage relationship as designed by God in the beginning. The following sermon was presented in 1976, but the truth therein proclaimed is just as true today! Continue reading “MARRIAGE DESIGNED BY GOD”