THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS

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Shelby G. Floyd

One of the favorite figures of speech applied to the church is that of a way, a path, and a road that leads from one place to another.

DO ALL RELIGIOUS ROADS LEAD TO HEAVEN?

Christianity is a definite way over which the redeemed pass from earth to heaven. In a day when highways and roads are so familiar, it is easy for some people to get the idea that there are many ways for one to reach heaven. It is a popular doctrine that we are all going to heaven in different ways. While this is popular, is it the truth? Continue reading “THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS”

ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS

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Shelby G. Floyd

God expects us to take action with a fervent spirit. In the Bible this is called zeal. Zeal is “a mixed passion composed of grief and anger, fervent love and desire; for what a person loves earnestly, he is careful to see it honored, and grieved when it is dishonored.” Therefore, zeal is an emotion and translates a Greek word that means, “To boil with heat, be hot; metaphorically used of boiling love, anger, zeal for what is good or bad, fervent in spirit” (Thayer, page 271). Continue reading “ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS”

THE LORD’S DAY

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Shelby G. Floyd

John the apostle said that he was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day:

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet (Revelation 1:10).

When this statement was made John was in exile on the island of Patmos. To what day does John refer? Every day belongs to the Lord for he created the universe in six days and rested on the seventh.

Therefore, John must have had in mind a special day set aside to honor God and Jesus Christ. Under the Old Testament economy the seventh day which is our Saturday was set aside to worship God. “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.”

In the New Testament economy God has changed the day from Saturday to Sunday which is called the “first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2). It is on this day that our Savior arose from the dead, on this day the apostles were baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). Also the first full gospel sermon offering forgiveness of sin was delivered on this day (Acts 2:1-4).The church had it’s beginning in Jerusalem on Sunday—the first day of the week (Acts 2:1-47). The New Testament church was in the habit of worshipping God and having fellowship with Christ and each other on this day (Acts 2:42-47). In Acts of Apostles we have a window into a Sunday worship service (Acts 20:1-12). We are commanded to meet on this day (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

Let us all be faithful in this blessed privilege and duty. Let us be present in body, soul and spirit on the Lord’s Day!

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

HELLO, MY NAME IS CHRISTIAN

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Shelby G. Floyd

Today, I’m studying with you about the new name Christian. When God called his people Israel, he gave them a new name. He changed Jacob’s name to Israel. Down through the ages, when God has given people a new commission or a new work, many times he has changed their names and has given them a name which signified some new work upon which they were about to embark. So it seems logical and likely that God would give his people a new name when Jesus established his church, and this he actually did, and that name is Christian. Continue reading “HELLO, MY NAME IS CHRISTIAN”

THE IDENTITY OF THE CHURCH

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Shelby G. Floyd

Have you been able to identify the Lord’s church among all the different religious groups? There are several unmistakable marks of identity of the church that stand out so plainly in the New Testament. Jesus only promised to build one church. Make sure you can identify with the church that was purchased with the precious blood of Jesus.  Continue reading “THE IDENTITY OF THE CHURCH”

ARISE AND BE BAPTIZED

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Shelby G. Floyd

Today, February 22, 2018 is the birthday of the political father of America. It is good that we still honor him because of the great blessings that he and others vouchsafed to all of us. It has been stated that George Washington, the father of our country was baptized by immersion. The following photo hangs in Gano Chapel of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. It pictures George Washington being immersed by the preacher John Gano (1736-1804). Continue reading “ARISE AND BE BAPTIZED”