II Corinthians, Part 15

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 24, 2017

  • II Corinthians 12:1-21
  • II Corinthians 12:7 – It’s not known exactly what this “thorn in the flesh” was. Whatever it was, it was specifically given to Paul to keep him from exalting himself.
  • II Corinthians 12:10 – When man recognizes his nothingness and God’s power, then he is strong.
  • II Corinthians 12:21 – If they had not repented by the time Paul arrived, he was threatening to be bold in his rebuke of them.

By David Watson

Benchley, May 21, 2017

  • Deuteronomy 6:10-15
  • Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39)
    • Galatians 5:13-14; 6:1-2
    • I Thessalonians 5:14
    • Acts 20:17-38
    • Social media has made us less social!
  • Delight in the law of the Lord (Psalms 1:2)
    • Genesis 6:5-6
    • John 12:42-43
    • Psalms 1:1-3
    • Job 23:12
    • I Peter 2:1-3 – Long for the pure milk of God’s word!

What Must I Do to be Saved?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 21, 2017

  • The most important question ever asked: “What must I do to be saved?”
  • Acts 16:22-33 – The jailer did not know anything about salvation, but once he was taught (Romans 10:17), he knew he needed to repent and be baptized.
  • Acts 2:36-38 – These people had believed in God all their lives, but they had not yet obeyed Jesus. Believing in God was not enough.
    • Acts 2:20-21 – Joel prophesied that people would need to call on the name of the Lord to be saved. This involved repenting and being baptized.
  • Acts 22:6-16 – When Saul came to understand that Jesus was the Messiah, he still had to find out what to do to be saved.
    • Acts 22:16 – Calling on the name of the Lord involved being baptized!
  • Matthew 7:21 – Believing in Jesus is not enough!
  • Romans 6:12-13 – We must use our bodies as instruments of righteousness until God.
  • What must I do to remain saved?
    • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Always press on toward the goal!

I Peter 3:1-20

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 21, 2017

  • I Peter 3:1-20
  • I Peter 3:1-2 – “In the same way” here points back to I Peter 2:21-25, referring to how Jesus died so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. Wives should likewise die to sin and live to righteousness, not only for their own benefit, but also to be a good influence on their husbands.
  • I Peter 3:6 – Women can be metaphorical children of Sarah if they follow her example in living righteously.
  • I Peter 3:7 – Paul is not saying that women are weaker – just that husbands should treat them with love and care as though they are weaker.
  • I Peter 3:10-12 – Compare I Peter 2:24.
  • I Peter 3:18-20 – Christ taught people who were in a prison of sin, just like Noah did in his time.

II Corinthians, Part 14

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 17, 2017

  • II Corinthians 11:8-33
  • II Corinthians 11:8-9 – Notice that Paul’s example here shows churches sending money to him directly. This is an important pattern because it allows the church that is sending the money to maintain control of it. If other churches had sent money to the Corinthian church to support Paul, they would have ceded control of the money, which breeds all sorts of problems and breaks the autonomy that should exist between local churches.
  • II Corinthians 11:19 – Paul is being sarcastic here. Gladly tolerating the foolish certainly doesn’t make anyone wise!

Leprosy

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, May 14, 2017

  • Numbers 12:1-15
  • II Samuel 3:29
  • II Chronicles 26:16-21
The horrors of leprosy The horrors of sin
Symptoms can take a long time to show up. Hebrews 3:13
Contagious if untreated, but requires long term sustained contact I Corinthians 5:6; 15:33; II Corinthians 6:17
Lose the ability to sense pain I Timothy 4:2; Hebrews 3:13
Injuries due to lack of sensation Ephesians 4:19
Paralysis Romans 3:10-12; II Peter 1:8; Luke 14:34-35
Blindness II Peter 1:9; I John 2:9-11; II Corinthians 4:3-4
Irreversible nerve damage II Samuel 12:13-14
Terminal James 1:15
  • Prognosis
    • Early diagnoses and treatment usually prevent disability – Ecclesiastes 12:1; James 5:19-20; Hebrews 12:13
    • Important to finish the entire course of treatment – Philippians 3:12-14
  • The cure
    • Comes from God – II Kings 5:1-3, 7; Matthew 11:5
    • Through baptism – II Kings 5:10-14; Acts 22:16
    • Life after leprosy – II Kings 5:15; Mark 1:40-42; Acts 22:15

Habakkuk

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 14, 2017

  • Timeline:
    • 607 B.C. – Habakkuk
    • 605 B.C. – Chaldea captures Jews (3 deportations)
    • 597 B.C. – second deportation
    • 586 B.C. – third deportation. Judah is conquered.
  • Overview:
    • The book of Habakkuk is a dialog between man and God.
    • Question 1: Habakkuk 1:2-4 – Why do you allow all this wickedness among your people?
      • Answer (Habakkuk 1:5-11) – An army will come to punish Judah.
    • Question 2: Habakkuk 1:12-17 – Using the Chaldeans seems even more unjust because they are even more evil!
      • Answer (Habakkuk 2:2-20) – God gives a detailed description showing that he knows just how evil the Chaldeans are, and he pronounces five woes upon them.
    • A prayer of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:1-19)
  • Lessons:
    • Sincere questions lead to solid faith!
      • Habakkuk 2:2
      • Judges 6:13, 39
      • Habakkuk 2:1 – Habakkuk 2:1 – Habakkuk was ready to listen to God’s answer.
      • Acts 17:11-12 – Many people believed after studying out their questions!
      • Romans 1:20
    • The righteous will live by his faith!
      • Habakkuk 2:2-4, 18-20
      • Habakkuk 3:16-19 – Habakkuk was sick waiting for destruction for come.
      • Romans 1:16-17
      • Galatians 3:9-11
      • Hebrews 10:36-39

Exodus, Part 9

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 14, 2017

  • Exodus 19-20
  • Sinai and the ten commandments:
    • Overview:
      • First 4: obligations to God
      • Last 6: obligations to other people
    • No other gods (Exodus 20:3)
    • No idols (Exodus 20:4-6)
      • All other religions used physical images.
      • See also Exodus 20:22-25.
    • Do not take God’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7)
      • See also Leviticus 19:12.
    • Observe the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:8-11)
      • Deuteronomy 5:15
      • Compare Hebrews 4:9. We work on Earth and at the end we receive rest.
      • Colossians 2:16-17 – the Sabbath is no longer commanded.
    • Honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12)
      • Matthew 15:3-6
      • Ephesians 6:1
      • This is not just requiring obedience. You must obey and honor your parents.
    • You shall not murder (Exodus 20:13)
      • Exodus 21:12 – capital punishment
      • Numbers 35:15-34 – God distinguishes between accidental death, murder, and execution.
    • You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14)
      • See also Leviticus 18, 20.
    • You shall not steal (Exodus 20:15)
    • You shall not bear false witness (Exodus 20:16)
    • You shall not covet (Exodus 20:17)
  • “You shall be my own possession” (Exodus 19:5-6)
    • Compare Galatians 3:7-14; Titus 2:14; I Peter 2:9
  • “The Lord came down on Mt. Sinai” (Exodus 19:20)
    • Compare Deuteronomy 5:22-29

II Corinthians, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 10, 2017

  • II Corinthians 11:1-9
  • II Corinthians 11:6 – See Mark 16:20. The other apostles used miracles to confirm what they were saying and Paul did the same.
  • II Corinthians 11:4 – The Corinthians were happy to follow false teachers, but were not inclined to listen to Paul (see II Corinthians 11:1).

The Parable of the Talents

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 7, 2017

  • Matthew 25:14-30
  • Colossians 1:13
  • Under my rule, servants should make the most of every opportunity to serve their master!
  • I need to find and use my ways to serve the Master.
    • “each according to his own ability”
    • Romans 12:4
    • I Corinthians 12:17 – We all have our unique abilities!
    • Matthew 25:37-40
  • Inaction is not an option.
    • “you have what is yours”
    • Matthew 25:24
    • Esther 4:13
    • Luke 19:11-27
  • There will be a day of reckoning.
    • “settled accounts with them”
    • Matthew 25:19
    • Matthew 25:31-46