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”

BELIEF AND BAPTISM

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Shelby G. Floyd

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While Paul was at Corinth on his second evangelistic journey, “…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized” (Acts 18: 8). Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching and testifying that Jesus was the Christ (Acts 18:5). This account of the conversion of the Corinthians is in harmony with all the other conversions in Acts of apostles.

Christ’s Last Instruction
Before Jesus left the earth, his last instructions to the apostles were to, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16).

Later when Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian church, he stated that he was thankful he had not personally baptized a great number of people. This was because he did not want anybody to say that he had baptized them into his name:

“I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:14-17).

Baptized For the Forgiveness of Sins
We are to be baptized into the name of Christ for the forgiveness of sins:

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mt. 28:18-20).

Therefore, we can be called Christians and honor him who died for us (Acts 11:26).

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Seeking A Marriage

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Shelby G. Floyd

Today, most young people between the ages of 18 and 25 are thinking about getting married and having a family.  It is very important for the happiness and success of a young man or young woman to make the right decision in choosing their partner for life.  Perhaps it would be good to observe a few principles by which God’s people made that choice in the Old Testament.

As you probably remember, the patriarch Isaac and his wife Rebecca, had twin boys—Jacob and Esau.  The New Testament declares that Esau was a profane man who sold his birthright for one morsel of food (Hebrews 12:16-17).  This simply means that his character was godless.  We see this demonstrated in the choice that he made when he selected his wife. Continue reading “Seeking A Marriage”