LET US GO FORWARD

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Shelby G. Floyd

Some people are two-faced. Now that I have your attention, I do not mean to be offensive to you, but some of us are two-faced in this sense—the month of January is named after the Roman god Janus. Janus was pictured as a two-faced man; one face turned back toward the old year with its sorrows, disappointments and shortcomings, and the other face was toward the New Year with all of its hopes, and anticipations of good things to come.

Too many of us are like Janus, we’re trying to look back at the old year, and at the same time trying to look forward to the new year. In that sense we are two-faced. Continue reading “LET US GO FORWARD”

THE LORD’S DAY

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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

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

THE TRUMPET WILL SOUND

By

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”