THE LOVE OF GOD

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Near the close of Paul’s brief letter to the young preacher Titus, he penned these words:

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:4-7; NKJV).

SINFUL MEN NEED SALVATION

First we notice why salvation is needed by the human race.  In verse three Paul describes the way people lived without God:  “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another” (Titus 3:3). That is not a pretty picture and deep down most people would not like to live like that. Sin is universal, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Therefore, every person accountable for their attitude and actions needs salvation from sin.

GOD’S LOVE IS THE BASIS OF SALVATION

Lost sinful man was without hope until the kindness, love, mercy and grace of God appeared to man in the person of Jesus Christ. If man is to be saved or pardoned from his sins, God must save him. When the Christ was born it was stated that his name would be JESUS—Savior, “for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). God’s part in the salvation of man is the large part: “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” (Titus 3:4-5). While no work of man’s righteousness can be the basis of salvation, this does not mean that man has no part in his salvation.

Someone made the ridiculous statement that salvation is “by grace alone, through faith alone, to God alone be the glory!” If salvation is by any one of these alone, it excludes the others. Salvation “by faith alone,” as taught by the followers of John Calvin is “the doctrine of devils.” According to James the devils have “faith only” and are lost: “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead” (James 2:19-20)? Furthermore, James teaches just the opposite of the “faith only” of Calvin and his “fellow travelers! After illustrating that Abraham, the father of the faithful was justified by his works growing out of his faith when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar, he declared, “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only” (James 2:24). Salvation from sin is “not by faith only.” I prefer James over Calvin and demons!

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Shelby G. Floyd, minister, Heartland Church of Christ, 1693 West Main Street, Greenwood, Indiana 46142

UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Jim, thank you for the good selection of hymns today. Let us remember Mick Addington will have very serious surgery tomorrow. Pray for him that he will have a good outcome from that surgery. Be sure to sign up for the Band of Brothers Bible class this Thursday evening. I thought Damon really did a great job this morning with the adult class. I am very proud of him, and I have encouraged him to preach the gospel, but he says he did not receive the call to preach.

I am also glad to announce that Mark Webb is visiting us today from Sarasota, Florida. He is the son of Shirley and Richard Webb. Mark is here for a job interview, and I said are you coming back to Indiana if you get the job, and he said yes. It would be good to see some people coming from Florida to Indiana instead of Indiana to Florida. Mark, it is good to have you with us today.

As was announced our lesson today is “Can We Understand the Bible?” Some say that we cannot understand the Bible! But I believe the Bible can be understood or else why did God give us the Bible? I want to say right up front that I am indebted to a lot of the older preachers for the things that I am going to say today, because if we understand the Bible we all are going to say the same thing. We may not say it in the same words, but we are going to say the same thing. And so what I am going to say today really has been said by great gospel preachers most of whom have died and gone on to another world. So I make no apology for that because they presented it to the people, and I understand the Bible and you understand the Bible. So the question is can we understand the Bible alike? The answer is yes and sometimes people ask that question like this: “Can we understand the Bible alike?” Well, if we understand it we will all understand it alike! So the word “alike” is redundant! We do not need the word alike. If we understand it we will all be alike! Continue reading “UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE”

EXALTING GODLY MOTHERS

By

Shelby G. Floyd

What a beautiful day to come and worship God. We are so thankful that God has been good to all of us this week and that we are now ready to study the word of God. Gene Boomer did an excellent job teaching the adult class today and we are thankful that we have capable men who can present the truth of God. We are thankful to all of you who take the time to come out each Sunday morning to study the word of God together.

I received a letter this week from Ree Stevenson. She expressed how much she missed being with all of us here at Heartland. She is enjoying living with her son in Brown County. And she sent back her contribution check to support the church here at Heartland. This demonstrates the kind of members and their commitment they have to the Heartland congregation.

Today I have chosen to speak to you on the subject of “Exalting and Honoring Godly Mothers.” This is a good subject to talk about because we have a lot of mothers in this congregation– young, middle-aged, and older. And all mothers need to be encouraged concerning the great work that God gave them to do. Continue reading “EXALTING GODLY MOTHERS”

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOUL

By

Shelby G. Floyd

The sole goal of most people today is how much profit they can accumulate of this world’s goods and riches.

Jesus taught that we should value our soul over everything else in this world: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul” (Matthew 16:26)? According to Christ there is no profit if a man [anthropos-mankind] could gain the whole world (which is impossible), and then end up losing one’s soul.

What is the soul of man that Jesus is talking about? The word “soul” is translated from [psuchen]. This word literally refers to our “breath of life” without which we would be dead. By extension it refers to “the (human) soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end and secure eternal blessedness, the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life” (Thayer, p. 677). An example of this use is in the book of Hebrews where the overseers watch out for the souls in the congregation: “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17 NKJV).

In many passages of scripture the soul refers to that part of man distinguished from the body which is not dissolved by death. In this sense Jesus warned, “Do not be afraid of those who
kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28, NIV).
“Hell—Greek—geenne—Gehenna—place of everlasting punishment!”

Each person had better wake up and take care of the soul. Our soul will live forever. Our soul will have no end and is either destined for eternal joy or woe.

The soul of mankind cost God the price of the life and blood of his unique Son: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NIV).

God has revealed his plan of salvation to redeem the soul of man from the ravages of Satan and sin. Sinner friend, take the time to learn the conditions of salvation and act thereupon in obedience. Trust and obey!

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Shelby G. Floyd, Minister, Heartland Church of Christ, 1693 West Main Street, Greenwood, Indiana 46142

LET YOUR GENTLENESS BE VISIBLE

By

Shelby G. Floyd

The keynote of Philippians 4:5 is “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

To the faithful child of God “the God of peace” gives “the peace of God” that transcends all understanding:”

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:7-9 NIV).

In this setting Paul gives the requirements to keep and maintain this peace:

(1) Stand firm in the Lord (Philippians 4:1).

(2) Agree with your brother and sister in the Lord (Philippians 4:2).

(3) Be a peacemaker by helping to promote peace (Philippians 4:3).

(4) Have a rejoicing spirit on all occasions and under all circumstances (Philippians 4:4); and,

(5) Let your gentleness be evident to all (Philippians 4:5).

There has been and still is, much harshness in the relationships that Christian people sustain with each other and all men. Jesus said that by our love for each other all people would know that we are his disciples. Jesus set the example of a reasonable, gentle, moderate, patient, fair and gracious spirit in his dealings with all people. These are just some of the synonyms of the word used in Philippians 4:5.

Paul taught Timothy that an elder should be patient and moderate (1 Timothy 3:3). To Titus he commanded that God’s people should be gentle to all men (Titus 3:17). If we are practicing the wisdom from above, we will be of a gentle disposition. Friends, brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:1). Let your gentleness be evident to all!

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Shelby G. Floyd, Minister, Heartland Church of Christ, 1693 West Main Street, Greenwood, Indiana 46142

WORSHIP IN SINGING

By

Shelby G. Floyd

God is a Spirit and those who worship him must do so in spirit and truth (John 4:24). This means we must worship from the heart (Matthew 15:9) and as God directs: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17 ESV).

Singing can be used to praise God, teach, express joy, gladness, and victory over sin. Hannah sung a prayer song of joy after she gave her son to the Lord (1 Samuel 2:1-10). Mary magnified the Lord in song because he had chosen her to bring Christ into the world (Luke 1:46-55). Paul and Silas were able to sing and pray at midnight after they had been severely beaten and imprisoned (Acts 16:25). Let all of us sing unto the Lord with all our might!

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray
Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
(James 5:13 NIV).

Through Jesus therefore, let us continually
offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name (Hebrews 13:15 NIV).

Even little children can praise God with their lips:

and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” (Matthew 21:16 ESV).

May the God of heaven bless our worship when we lift up our voices in praise, adoration and joy, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19-20 NKJV).

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Shelby G. Floyd, Minister, Heartland Church of Christ, 1693 West Main Street, Greenwood, Indiana 46142

LAUGHTER

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Good morning church. It is good to be here, and we just had a great song service. It is very good that we can share the word of God each other. I am very thankful that God has been so good to me and that I can still do some work in his kingdom.

Today, the subject that I am going to speak on is “laughter.” I had been preaching for 45 years before I ever spoke on the subject of laughter. And when I started doing research, I was amazed at how much the Bible has to say about laughter. When we started this congregation, we decided that we wanted a congregation where people are happy, where they have a smile on their face, and where they can enjoy each other’s company. I am sure all of us realize that we have been around some congregations where the people do not seem to be very happy. Many of these people are very grumpy and sour. And that dampens the spirit of anybody when you are around people like that. And those sour and grumpy people seem to attract sour and grumpy people to them. And that is not a good thing. Whereas people who are joyful like to be with people of like mind. And now I have been preaching 61 years and speak to you again on the subject of laughter.

How many of you like to laugh?(Almost everybody in the audience raised their hand). I know you do! If you do not believe that, just stay around here 15 minutes after we dismiss and you will see how much people enjoy each other’s company, they are in a joyful spirit and many people have smiles on their faces while laughing.

I heard about a woman that was married to four different men. When she was 20, she married a banker. He had a lot of money so they could do about anything they wanted to do. And he died. When she was 40, she married a circus director. And that was a big change in in her life, for they would travel all over the country with the circus. And so she learned to enjoy circus life. But then her circus husband also died. And when she was 60 she married a preacher. And the preacher taught her the plan of salvation and she obeyed the gospel, and became a Christian. She was so glad that she had married a man of God who had taught her how to live a better life. And then he died. And when she was 80, she married a funeral director. The funeral director told her how to be kind to everybody, especially when they would lose someone they really loved. She learned how to have that kind of a spirit. And then he died. Someone then asked her why she had married four different men with such different backgrounds. And she said that it was very simple: “One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go!” (The whole congregation had a big laugh!). I do not know about you but that is really funny and will make you laugh. I had a lot of fun with that story. I do not usually tell very many jokes in the pulpit, but that is a classic. Continue reading “LAUGHTER”

DO YOU LOVE THE WORLD?

By

Shelby G. Floyd

The Bible declares, “Do not love the world or anything in the world” (l John 2:15). John is thought of as the apostle of love. He teaches us to love God and each other. But here, we are commanded not to love the world. This means that we are not to love the evil things of this world or set our affections on the things of this world. Continue reading “DO YOU LOVE THE WORLD?”

SING FOR JOY!

By

Shelby G. Floyd

The Scriptures teach that when the New Testament church comes together to worship, it is to speak reciprocally to one another, “…in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…” (Ephesians 5:18-19 NKJV). Many of the songs that we sing are written to teach and admonish each other of our duties to live the Christian life and to serve God with all of our being.

Teach and Admonish in Singing

For example, the apostle Paul wrote a neighboring congregation of the Ephesian church concerning their worship in song:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:16-17).

This is good lest we forget our duties to live the Christian life. We are to teach and admonish one another to do the very best that we can, but to do so in the name or by the authority of the Lord Jesus. In many churches what is going on in worship has no biblical authority of the Lord and his apostles. 

Sing in Praise and Thanksgiving

But there is also another aspect to our worship in song and that is to praise Almighty God and exalt his son Jesus Christ. King David is our best example in the Old Testament of continually praising God for all his wonderful attributes. As an example, I have taken note of several Psalms in my daily Bible reading that verifies praise and thanksgiving in our worship singing service. God is good and worthy to be exalted with all of our voices!

Sing and Shout Joyfully

For example, in Psalms 95 David pleads for God’s people to come before the Lord with joy, thanksgiving and even shouting with joy because God is so great and worthy of all our praise:

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is the great God,
And the great King above all gods. (Psalms 95:1-3).

Sing To the Lord a New Song!

And in the next Psalm, David continues to plead with the people to, “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim good tidings of his salvation from day to day, tell of his glory among the nations, his wonderful deeds among all the people.” (Psalms 96:1-3).

We do not want our singing to be despondent and discouraging to those who come to worship the God of heaven and earth. We want our singing to be uplifting and encouraging to every worshiper of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every old song was a new song when the people starting singing it after it was published. Everyone like some new things and both the Old and New Testaments encourages us to sing some new songs!

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory (Psalms 98:1).

We look forward in anticipation to singing with joy in the congregational worship each Lord’s day.

Copyright © 2022 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

Shelby G. Floyd, Minister, Heartland Church of Christ, 1693 West Main Street, Greenwood, Indiana 46142



WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME SHALL BE SAVED

By

Shelby G. Floyd

It is good to see all of you this morning. We are having a beautiful rain that will brighten everything up. We also just had a great song service praising God and lifting up our hearts together in joyful praise. We are glad to see Wayne, Amber and Daxton back with us and they gave the church a card expressing their love and thanks for our support during Wayne’s injury and hospitalization. Jeff did a great job this morning teaching the adult class and you could tell that he did a lot of research and study. We are saddened that Mitch is sick and absent today.

I have a simple lesson today, but it needs to be proclaimed because there is so much false teaching in this world. The text in Romans 10: 5-13 was read and you will notice the last verse said, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). Now how many times have we seen on television, a preacher will stand up and say something like, “That is all you must do to be saved and have the promise of everlasting life.” The Bible does use that expression several times and we are going to look at them today and we will find out just exactly what the Bible means when it says, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” So many preachers are teaching that we are saved just by a profession of our faith. We admit the Bible does say “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” and that is in Romans 10:13. Thinking about that statement I pondered on the word “shall” which means future tense. It does not mean you are already saved. Pull up the dictionary and “shall” and “will” are future tense. Therefore, in calling on the name of the Lord, the phrase “shall be saved” involves future actions on the part of the sinner. Continue reading “WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME SHALL BE SAVED”