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

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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”

THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL

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Shelby G. Floyd

1 Thessalonians 5:23
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
NKJV

There is a class of people whom we call materialists that deny that man has an immortal soul. When the Bible says that God “created man out of the dust of the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,” they take that to mean that man is just body, bone, blood and breath, and that when man dies he ceases to exist. I do not believe that, but I do believe just the opposite, that man has an immoral soul or spirit that dwells in this house or tabernacle of clay. A hundred years from now when most of us will be dead in the body we will still be alive in another world.

So we are going to explore the Bible, the Old and New Testament, to see if there is an inward man as well as an outward man, an invisible man as well as a visible man. Continue reading “THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL”

THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS

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Shelby G. Floyd

Long ago when God’s people were rebuilding the temple, the prophet Zechariah asked this question,

“For who has despised the day of small things” (Zechariah 4:10)?

Continue reading “THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS”

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE CHURCH JESUS BUILT

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Shelby G. Floyd

About 32 A.D., or one year before the day of Pentecost, Jesus declared, “Upon this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Did Christ in fact do what he said he would do? Yes he did. On the day of Pentecost the apostles received the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). And all of them stood up and preached the good news in languages that everyone could understand (Acts 2:5-14).

We have one of the apostles’ sermon recorded—the apostle Peter. Near the end of his sermon the audience cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” His answer was, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). The Bible declares, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). And in the last verse of that chapter, the Bible says, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as were being saved” (Acts 2:47). Jesus said “I will build my church” and one year later the church is spoken of as being in existence.

Now the question is can we identify that church in our day and time? The church existed on the day of Pentecost and up to the end of the first century. Can we identify that same church today? It would be a reflection upon your intelligence to suggest that all of the churches today with their different doctrines and practices would in fact be the church we read about in the Bible. Continue reading “HOW TO IDENTIFY THE CHURCH JESUS BUILT”