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”

BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT

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Shelby G. Floyd

Everyone is born into the kingdom of nature by a natural birth—of and from the womb. Those who become Christians are born into the kingdom of God by a spiritual birth—of and from water and the Spirit: Jesus answered,

“Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5).

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HAVE SELF-CONTROL

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

In his second letter the apostle Peter wrote, “Add to your faith… self-control” (2 Peter 1:6). Every Christian therefore is to learn self-control. Self-control or temperance is “to control the mind and body with all of the lusts.” Continue reading “HAVE SELF-CONTROL”

CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD

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Shelby G. Floyd

The book of 1 John was written about 85-90 A. D., at a time when false teachers were denying that Christ was divine and also that he had a fleshly body. John refutes both of these false ideas. There are some today who are still teaching these same false doctrines. Continue reading “CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD”

CONCERNING CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

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Shelby G. Floyd

In Ephesians 5:22-33, the apostle Paul sets forth the nature of the church and its relationship to Christ. He says in one place,

“This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:32).

What did Paul mean when he said, “I speak concerning Christ and the church”? Continue reading “CONCERNING CHRIST AND THE CHURCH”

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST

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Shelby G. Floyd

Let us trust God to strengthen us in doing his work. This is biblical from the statements of the inspired writers:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

“For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (Colossians 1:29).

“And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might” (Ephesians 1:19).

As Jesus left the earth to go back to heaven he said to his disciples and also to us: “And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age” (Matthew 28: 20). This is a wonderful promise that every child of God who is faithful in serving the Lord should claim.

When Jesus was on the earth he went about teaching in the synagogues of the Jews, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and serving suffering humanity. But he said to his disciples: “The harvest truly is plenteous but the labors are few. Pray therefore the Lord of harvest that he will send laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:36-38). This statement indicates that God is not going to do all the work. His plan is for his people to go and get involved in the work of saving souls, strengthening the saved and serving the suffering.

However, while we are doing all that we can we must still trust God to be with us, to strengthen us and in his providence to open up doors for us to advance the gospel. We must cooperate with the ruler of the universe in order to be successful.

Let all of us in the Lord’s church trust in the mighty hand of God instead of the weak hand of man!

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