THE LORD’S DAY

By

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

WORSHIP ON THE LORD’S DAY

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Shelby G. Floyd

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The New Testament clearly outlines the essentials on worship. These are: the Lord’s Supper, the contribution, prayer, preaching, and singing. However, in the matters of judgment or incidentals the New Testament does not have a lot to say. This indicates that God leaves it up to our human judgment as to how we should carry out what he has commanded when he has not specifically stated how we are to carry it out!

A Window into Worship

In our text, we have a window through which to see a worship service of the New Testament church. This worship took place at Troas on Paul’s third evangelistic journey (Acts 20:1-12).

As Paul traveled around visiting the churches he encouraged them with the word of God. Comfort and encouragement mostly comes from the word of God: “He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece” (Acts 20:2).

First Day of the Week Worship

We notice that worship at Troas was on the first day of the week. This is what we call Sunday. Why was worship on Sunday and not on Saturday or any other day of the week?

“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight” (Acts 20:7 NKJV).

Why did the New Testament church worship on Sunday instead of Saturday, which was the day of worship for the Jews? They worshipped on Sunday because Jesus Christ himself sanctified the first day of the week, by his own resurrection from the dead on the first day the week (Luke 24:1).

John Worshipped in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

John the apostle was exiled to the island of Patmos, probably by Domitian (84-96 A. D.). He was away from the church on the mainland of Asia Minor. But on Sunday—the first day of the week, John described himself as being in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10). This means, that he was in heart and soul with the congregation that worshipped on the first day of the week. On Sunday all Christians need to be present in body and spirit to worship the Lord.

Let us also be devoted to taking the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week, to remember the salvation we have in Christ. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).

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

THE TRUMPET WILL SOUND

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Shelby G. Floyd

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In an hour of seeming defeat Christ promised his disciples that one day he would come back from heaven to take them home to be with him.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

Jesus Christ spoke these words in the last hours before he died on the cross. From a human standpoint his campaign was a failure. His little army was frustrated and discouraged as their hopes of the victorious Christ were shattered by his cruel death on the cross of Calvary. But then Jesus encouraged them with his promise, “I will come again.” Continue reading “THE TRUMPET WILL SOUND”

Pagan Proof

By

Shelby G. Floyd

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The above graphic is a portrait of Julian the Emperor on a bronze coin from Antioch that was minted around 360 to 363 A. D.

Easter Sunday is the time of the year that many people think about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his ascension back to heaven to reign over his kingdom or church.  The resurrection of Christ is one of the most authenticated facts in history. Unbelievers say that we only rely upon our proof for the resurrection of Christ from the Bible.  It is true that the internal evidence of the word of God emphatically upholds our faith in the resurrection of Christ.  Our faith that Jesus Christ was the son of David according to the flesh and the son of God by his resurrection from the dead cannot successfully be overturned (Romans 1:3-4).  But there is additional evidence of the resurrection of Christ from sources that are external to the Bible.

One of these sources is from Julian the Emperor (331-363 A. D.).  Julian was the 63rd Emperor of the Roman Empire and he reigned from 361-363 A. D. He also was a gifted writer and philosopher, as well as a great military leader. In his lifetime he fought and won several battles, but in 363 he was mortally wounded in a battle with the Persian army.

He was educated by his parents who believed the Christian religion and brought him up in Christian doctrine.  However, after he became the Emperor he zealously tried to restore the religious practices of pagan Rome.  In doing so he turned his back upon his Christian upbringing and became known as Julian the Apostate.

After ruling the Roman Empire for just two years he was mortally wounded on June the 27th, 363.  He was only 32 years old.  A Persian soldier had thrust a spear into his abdomen.  As the dying Emperor lay bleeding, he grunted and groaned in agony, and it was reported that he cried out, “You have conquered, O Galilean.” This reference is beyond doubt referring to Jesus Christ whom he had opposed. And thus our Galilean Savior will go on conquering until all of his enemies have been put under his feet and he will be declared forever to be Lord of lords and King of kings.

The moniker “Julian the Apostate” is not something that one should be proud to wear.  An apostate is anyone who falls away from the faith either by negligence or by design.  And the apostle Peter described such as person in his second letter: “ For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.  For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire” (2 Peter 2:20-22 NKJV).

May we all increase our faith in the risen Savior and do all we can to advance the Christian religion throughout the whole world before our Lord and Savior returns in glory?

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