WORSHIP AND THE SUNDAY BIBLE CLASSES

By

Shelby G. Floyd

The religion of Jesus Christ must be taught to every person who would be a Christian. This religion is not inherited by a fleshly birth (John 1:11-12; 3:3-5), but it is obtained by faith in Christ Jesus (John 20:30-31). Since faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17), the word must be taught. In giving the great commission, Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). A person then must enter the school of Christ to be instructed in the gospel in order to be a child of God. Jesus taught that, “It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me” (John 6:45).

However, this instruction does not end with conversion, but extends throughout the Christian life. After the apostles baptized the disciples; Jesus instructed them to teach the disciples to observe all that he had commanded them (Matthew 28:20). The three thousand on the day of Pentecost who gladly received the word, and were baptized, did not stop their instruction in the knowledge of Christ: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). We have access to the grace of God through the teaching of Christ and his apostles (Titus 2:11-12).

The Sunday school with classes for every age is one of the best ways the church can obey the great commission. The Sunday school contributes largely to the number of persons who are baptized each year. The teachers of each class should realize they have a weighty responsibility to edify the body of Christ. One of the purposes of the Sunday school then is to teach the gospel to those who attend the services, but are not yet members of the church. Those who are members need to attend the classes on Sunday in order to obtain knowledge of the Christian religion:

“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:2-3).

Unless each Christian advances in grace and knowledge there is reason to believe that person will be carnal minded and a detriment to the church (I Corinthians 3:1-3). Each congregation needs to equip and train more teachers and evangelists to preach the word. The Sunday school classes provide an excellent means to do this. Any Christian aspiring to be a teacher of the gospel will not be absent himself from the Bible classes conducted in the church. The teachers can train other teachers by committing the gospel to faithful men who shall be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). Many members of the church who should be teaching others need to be taught themselves, because they have become dull of hearing (Hebrews 5:11-14).

Each Christian is commanded to, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). The Bible is “…given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible is therefore the text book in every class in the Bible School.

Copyright © 2019 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

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

A HEALTHY, HAPPY HOME

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Shelby G. Floyd

A joyful congregation is made up of joyful people who have joyful homes. Most people want to have a happy home. To have a happy home is no accident. It involves work, planning and cooperation. Above all else, a happy home is a home that respects and abides by God’s instructions for each member of the family. Continue reading “A HEALTHY, HAPPY HOME”

Family Responsibilities

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Shelby G. Floyd

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A joyful congregation is made up of joyful people who have joyful homes. Most people want to have a happy home. To have a happy home is no accident. It involves work, planning and cooperation. Above all else, a happy home is a home that respects and abides by God’s instructions for each member of the family:

Ephesians 6:1-4
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—”that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
NIV

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Be Not High-Minded

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Shelby G. Floyd

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There are two human attitudes which are as far apart as the North Pole is from the South Pole. Those two attitudes are pride and humility. The Bible warns repeatedly concerning the attitude of pride, and the Bible repeatedly admonishes us and encourages us to take on the spirit of humility.

John Ruskin once wrote,

“I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility doubt of his own powers, but really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them, and they see something divine in every other man, and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.”

Another writer, B. F. Riley, said, “Lowliness is essential to loftiness.” Someone has said concerning humility, “Lowliness is the base of every virtue, and he who goes the lowest builds the safest.” Still another writer has pointed out that, “A sound head, an honest heart and a humble spirit are the three best guides through time and to eternity.” Each of these statements simply expresses the teaching of the New Testament scriptures concerning the importance of humility on the part of every child of God.

The Spirit of Pride

The egotistical, self-seeking, arrogant spirit of many today is nothing new under the sun. Even the apostles of Jesus Christ had this spirit, and Jesus repeatedly had to correct their attitudes, and teach them the spirit of humility.

On one occasion the disciples asked Jesus the pointed question, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus answered their question by calling a little child unto him, and by setting this little child in the midst of the apostles. Having done this he said,

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18: 3-4 ESV).

Was this teaching of Jesus Christ on this occasion sufficient to change the attitude of the apostles from pride, egotism and a haughty spirit to that of the humility of a little child? No, definitely it was not, for just two chapters later, in the gospel according to Matthew, we find that this spirit was still among them.

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, desired preeminent places of power, influence and prestige in what they thought would be an earthly kingdom. They sent their mother to ask Christ for the right hand and the left hand position when he would come in his kingdom. However the worldly spirit and attitude of the apostles could not be characteristic of them in the kingdom of God. His kingdom was not to be worldly, but spiritual in nature. The kingdom of God would be the reign of God in the hearts of men. Jesus said one time, “The kingdom of God is within you,” that is, it is a spiritual reign within the hearts of men. Continue reading “Be Not High-Minded”