The Attitude Toward Sin

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 16, 2018

  • One’s attitude regulates one’s life. We must have the right attitude toward God and all men.
  • What is sin?
    • I John 3:4
    • James 4:17
    • I John 5:17
  • Sin is a terrible thing
    • Many people blame God for the terrible things in this world, but these terrible things are caused by sin.
    • Genesis 1-3 – The fall of man. Suffering is caused by separation from God and the tree of life. This is caused by sin.
  • Sin separates us from God
    • Matthew 25:46
    • Hebrews 10:1
    • Jesus’ sacrifice was the only thing that could reunite us with God. Thus, sin should not be taken lightly. Sin should be hated!
  • Wrong attitudes about sin
    • Many people love sin when they should hate it
      • Psalms 52:3
      • Micah 3:1-2
      • Many in the world today have the same attitude.
      • Isaiah 5:20
    • Approving of sin
      • Romans 3:8
      • Anyone who tries to justify wrongdoing by showing what good comes from it is guilty of this attitude.
    • Indifference toward sin
      • Overlooking sins in your family. Overlooking filthy entertainment.
    • Condemn certain sins and condone others
      • Romans 2:1-2, 21
      • It’s easy to be inconsistent when it’s your own sin.
  • The right attitude toward sin.
    • Hate evil and love good!
      • Psalms 119:4, 128
      • Proverbs 6:16-19
      • Matthew 5:16
      • II Corinthians 7:10
    • Desire to be released from the guilt of sin by obeying the gospel of Christ.
      • Help others do the same.

Preparing to Read Ezekiel

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 16, 2018

  • Israelites were taken into captivity in three deportations:
    • 1st: Jeremiah 25:11-12 – 605 BC
    • 2nd: Ezekiel captured! – 597 BC
    • 3rd: II Chronicles 36:21 – 586 BC
  • Interesting things in Ezekiel:
    • Three lengthy visions
      • Glory of God (Ezekiel 1-3)
      • Journey to Jerusalem (Ezekiel 8-11)
      • A glorious temple (Ezekiel 40-48)
    • Ezekiel acts out scenes using props
      • Ezekiel 4:1
      • Ezekiel 5:1-2
      • Ezekiel 12:3-16
      • Ezekiel 12:17-20
      • Ezekiel 24:15-27
    • Vivid imagery and parables
      • Ezekiel 16
      • Ezekiel 23
    • “They will know that I am the Lord” (63 times)
      • Ezekiel 6:10, 13
  • You are being punished for your sins (Ezekiel 1-33)
    • Judah (Ezekiel 1-24)
    • Other nations (Ezekiel 25-32) – Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistines, Tyre, Sidon, Egypt
    • Ezekiel 3:4-17
    • Ezekiel 9:9
    • Ezekiel 10:18-19; 11:22-25
    • God definitely punishes, so we must repent (II Peter 3:9).
    • Ezekiel 18:30-32
    • Ezekiel 33:10-11
  • There is hope for the future (Ezekiel 34-48)
    • Ezekiel 33:21
    • “David” = Jesus – Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25
      • Matthew 1:1
      • Micah 11:10
      • Luke 1:32
      • Acts 13:34
    • Ezekiel 34 – Shepherds
    • Ezekiel 37 – Valley of dry bones, two sticks (God restoring Israel, spiritual unity in the New Covenant)
      • Ezekiel 37:11-19
      • Ezekiel 37:16, 24-28 – The two sticks: Mormons claim one stick is the Bible and one is the Book of Mormon. However, no books are in the context.
        • II Corinthians 6:16
      • Ezekiel 38-39 – Victory over “Gog” in battle (God’s New Covenant kingdom will be invincible)
      • Ezekiel 40-48 – Temple (God’s fellowship with His people; Acts 15:15-18; Ephesians 2:19-22; I Peter 2:5)

By David Watson

Benchley, September 16, 2018

  • Creation and people begin to sin (Genesis 1-11)
    • Exodus 20:9 – The Earth was created in 6 days – not eons.
    • Genesis 3:14-19 – Man sins and was cursed.
    • Hebrews 2:14
    • I Corinthians 15:54
    • Genesis 6:17 – God brings a worldwide flood to destroy the corrupt, violent people.
    • God is in charge. Man’s great dilemma is sin.
  • Abraham and 3 promises (Genesis 12-50)
    • Genesis 12:1-7 – God makes three promises to Abraham
      • Descendants to become a great nation
      • Descendants to inherit the land of Canaan
      • Through Abraham all the nations would be blessed
  • Deliverance from Egypt, Law of Moses, Canaan (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua)
    • Exodus 1:1-9; 12:37 – The first promise if fulfilled – Israel is a great nation!
    • Joshua 21:43; 23:14 – The second promise if fulfilled – Israel takes the promised land.
  • United and Divided Kingdom (Judges, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles)
    • No righteous kings in Israel. Assyrian captivity after 200 years.
    • A few righteous kings in Judah. Babylonian captivity after 350 years.
    • God sends many prophets to both kingdoms to try to get them to turn back.
  • Captivity, return, and rebuilding (Ezra and Nehemiah)
    • Three waves of deportations followed by three waves of returning exiles.
    • 400 years of silence before the events of the New Testament begin.
  • Jesus and the Good News! (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)
    • Acts 3:25-26 – Final promise to Abraham fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus’ earthly parents came through Abraham’s line of descendants and through Him, all mankind would be blessed.
    • Jesus is crucified and buried. On the third day, He is resurrected, appears to many, and then ascends to Heaven where He reigns today.
  • The New Covenant begins (Acts)
    • Acts 1:8
  • The Bible as a whole tells the story of sin, our greatest problem, and how God worked His plan over thousands of years to bring a Savior to the world. Now we can all unite and obey that Savior so that we can glorify God and go to Heaven in the end!

Lights in the Darkness

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By Tant Miller

Benchley, September 9, 2018

  • Introduction
    • Titus 2:1-8
    • I Peter 3:15-16
    • Psalms 119:11 – Memorizing verses can be very helpful
  • John 8:12 – Jesus is the light of the world.
    • John 12:46
    • II Timothy 1:10
    • Luke 1:79
    • James 1:17
    • Acts 26:18
    • Ephesians 5:8
    • I Thessalonians 5:5, 8
    • Philippians 2:15
    • John 1:1, 14, 4
    • Romans 8:29
  • Christians are to be conformed to Jesus’ image, therefore they are to be lights in the world.
    • Colossians 2:10; 3:16-17
    • I Corinthians 11:1
    • Colossians 1:27
    • Philippians 1:21; 2:5; 3:13-14, 10-11; 4:13
    • We are to be in Christ
      • Romans 8:1-9, 14-17
    • We must also be lights in the world.
      • John 8:12
      • Matthew 5:14
      • Galatians 2:20; 6:14
  • Being lights of the world demands our best. We have to be better each day.
    • Hebrews 6:1
    • Luke 5:4; 9:23, 62
    • Ecclesiastes 9:10
    • Matthew 6:21
    • II Peter 1:5-11; 3:8
    • Hebrews 5:12-14
    • I Timothy 4:12-13
    • II Peter 3:18
    • I Timothy 4:16
  • Being a light to the world demands that we be a good influence on others.
    • I Peter 2:11-12
    • I Timothy 4:16
    • Matthew 5:15-16
    • Philippians 2:15
    • Acts 4:13
    • Zechariah 8:23
    • I Corinthians 11:1
    • Do we ever talk about God with others?
    • Matthew 6:33
    • I Timothy 5:22
    • II Timothy 2:19
  • Being a light to the world demands that we do walk in the light.
    • Colossians 2:13
    • I John 1:6-7
    • Psalms 119:105
    • II Corinthians 11:14-15
    • Matthew 7:21-23
    • Ephesians 6:12
    • I John 4:1
    • Ephesians 5:11
    • II John 9
    • John 3:19-21
    • Romans 4:3
    • Romans 1:16
    • Hebrews 4:12
    • Matthew 5:14-16
  • Conclusion
    • I Corinthians 9:27
    • Jeremiah 15:16
    • Matthew 9:27
    • Ezra 7:10
    • I Corinthians 15:58
    • Philippians 1:4-5
    • I John 1:3
    • Luke 13:3
    • Romans 10:9-10
    • Acts 2:38
    • Revelation 2:10
    • Acts 22:16

Kindness

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 9, 2018

  • Kindness starts with God
    • I John 4:8; I Corinthians 13:4
    • Ephesians 2:1-7
  • Kindness is a decision, not just a reaction.
    • Luke 6:31-35 – Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
      • Expect nothing in return.
    • Genesis 50:21 – Joseph shows kindness to his brothers
    • II Timothy 2:21-25 – We should be kind to people that disagree with us.
  • Kindness identifies me as a child of God.
    • Luke 6:35
    • II Corinthians 6:3
    • Galatians 5:19-23 – Kindness stands out more these days, but that just makes it easier for us to be good examples to others.
    • Ephesians 4:31-32
    • Colossians 3:12
  • Kindness brings people closer to God.
    • Romans 2:4
    • Acts 9:36-32 – Tabitha’s kindness brought people to God.
    • Proverbs 3:3

By David Watson

Benchley, September 9, 2018

  • Bible Study Starter, continued:
    • Our attitudes
      • Romans 10:2
      • Saul of Tarsus
      • The parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-22)
        • “Beside the road” (Matthew 13:4, 14) – Do I make the effort to understand the Word?
        • “Rocky places” (Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21) – Do I help the Word take root?
        • “Among the thorns” (Matthew 13:7, 22) – Do I let the Word and wealth choke the Word?
        • “The good soil” (Matthew 13:8, 23) – Do I hear the Word, understand it, and bear fruit?
  • The Bible’s Inspiration
    • Inspiration – evidence
      • The Bible claims to be inspired, but so do other books such as the Quran and the Book of Mormon. Is there any evidence that supports the Bible’s claim? Yes!
      • God does not want people to blindly accept the claims of any person or book. Acts 17:2-3
      • Historical accuracy
        • The Bible has proven to be extremely accurate.
          • King Sargon of Assyria (Isaiah 20:1)
          • King Sennacherib
          • Moabite Stone
          • Tacitus’ writings
        • The Bible mentions hundreds of people and places.
      • Scientific foreknowledge
        • The Bible contains a number of scientifically accurate statements and medically accurate practices, thousands of years before modern science revealed the same truths.
          • Quarantine – Numbers 5:1-3; Leviticus 13
          • Circumcision on the 8th day – Genesis 17:12-14
          • Dimensions of the ark – Genesis 6:15
          • Water cycle – Amos 9:6; Ecclesiastes 1:7; 11:3
      • Fulfilled prophecy
        • Compared to Nostradamus, Jeane Dixon
        • The Bible makes very specific prophecies and warns about false prophets. Deuteronomy 18:22
        • Ezekiel 26 – prophecy about the destruction of Tyre
    • Inspiration – what it means
      • II Timothy 3:16
      • The Holy Spirit chose the very words inspired people used.
        • Matthew 10:19-20; I Corinthians 2:13; I Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:10-12; II Peter 1:20-21
        • Use a translation that tries to remain true to the original words (NASB, ESV, NKJV)
      • The Holy Spirit did His work with a personal touch, incorporating some personal traits from each writer.
    • Transmission of the text
      • We don’t have original manuscripts, but we have so many copies that agree with each other that we can have great confidence in the accuracy of the Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls helped increase this confidence even more.
      • We have over 5,700 manuscripts of the Greek New Testament today.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 5, 2018

  • Acts 13:16-47
    • Theme: The gospel was to be delivered to the Gentiles. This sermon lays the foundation for that. That foundation is Jesus.
    • Main points:
      • Recounting history of the Israelites (Acts 13:16-47)
      • Jesus brought as the Savior (Acts 13:23)
      • Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead (Acts 13:27-37)
      • Jesus frees all from sin (Acts 13:38-42)
      • Jews see the crowds Paul is gathering and stir up trouble (Acts 13:44-45)
      • Paul and Barnabas turn to the Gentiles to preach the gospel to them (Acts 13:46-47)
    • Verse notes:
      • Acts 13:34 – “Sure blessings of David” are those that came about in Jesus.
      • Acts 13:35 – This is a quote from Psalm 16:10
      • Acts 13:39 – “Believes” here is used in a comprehensive way – a belief that obeys. It’s talking about those who believe Jesus not just those that believe in
      • Acts 13:46 – It was necessary to preach to the Jews first because that was God’s plan for His chosen people. See Ephesians 3:7. Paul preached to everyone.

Excuses

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 2, 2018

  • Introduction
    • Luke 14:18
    • Proverbs 22:13
  • I need to acknowledge that I am at fault.
    • Genesis 3:6, 11-12, 17 – Adam tried to blame Eve, but he sinned, so God cursed him.
    • I Samuel 15:7-9 – Saul disobeys God
      • I Samuel 15:13 – Excuse attempt #1: I didn’t do anything wrong!
      • I Samuel 15:15 – Excuse attempts #2 and 3: It was the people and we were going to serve God.
      • I Samuel 15:20 – Excuse attempt #4: Restatement of attempts #1-3.
    • I John 1:8 – We have to acknowledge our own sin.
    • Luke 12:15 – Beware of greed!
    • Ephesians 6:1-3
    • Proverbs 29:15, 17; 22:15; 13:24 – Discipline your children.
  • I need to get motivated and change.
    • Acts 26:20
    • Psalms 51:1-4, 10-17
    • Acts 9:5, 20 – Paul made no excuses. He immediately turned and spent the rest of his life trying to serve God.
    • Bible study
      • Hebrews 5:12 – How is Bible study going in your life?
      • II Timothy 2:2
      • Wouldn’t it be better to open our eyes, pray for help, and start making changes?

By David Watson

Benchley, September 2, 2018

  • Introduction
    • II Timothy 2:15
    • I Peter 3:15
  • Bible Study Starter
    • God’s laws through the ages
      • The Bible gives us a spiritual history of the world.
      • Laws for patriarchs
        • In the very beginning, God dealt with people on a family basis, giving instructions to the fathers.
      • Law of Moses for Israel (Old Covenant)
        • Exodus 19:5 – God communicated His law for the nation of Israel. The best-known parts of the law are the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17).
        • Deuteronomy 5:1-3
        • Luke 24:44 – This law was called the “Law of Moses.”
        • Jeremiah 37:31-34 – The Law of Moses would be temporary.
        • Matthew 5:17-18 – The Israelites (Jews) were under this law from Exodus 20 until Pentecost in Acts 2. Even Jesus lived under the Law of Moses.
      • Laws for Gentiles
        • The Old Testament focuses on the Israelites, but God also gave laws to the Gentiles during that period of time. For example, Isaiah 13-21 records messages to several nations.
        • Gentiles were under these laws until Acts 10.
      • Law of Christ for all (New Covenant)
        • Jesus came bringing the New Covenant. Matthew 4:23; Hebrews 1:1-2; John 1:17
        • The New Covenant replaced the Old Covenant. Hebrews 8:6-13; 10:9-10. Jews were invited to take part in the New Covenant in Acts 2, Gentiles in Acts 10.
        • No one is under the Old Covenant today. John 12:48; Galatians 3:24-29; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:11-22
        • We now serve God through the Law of Christ taught in the New Testament.
      • God’s authority
        • Romans 14:11-12 – God is our creator and master, so He has all authority. He gets to decide how we ought to live our lives and worship Him.
        • This has always been true, even with Adam and Eve who were given a rule to follow in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:3). The story of Cain and Abel illustrates the strictness with which God exercises His authority (Genesis 4:1-8; Hebrews 11:4; Romans 10:17).
        • God’s authority continues today. Matthew 7:13-14, 21; II John 9
      • God’s love
        • All of us have become guilty of sin by breaking God’s law (I John 3:4; Romans 3:23).
        • Sin separates us from God, severing our fellowship with Him (Isaiah 59:1-2). Furthermore, there is nothing we can do on our own to restore that fellowship. We are helpless!
        • Thankfully, God took action on our behalf, sending His Son Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sins on the cross (Romans 5:6-9; Ephesians 2:4-10).
        • Through the Bible, God informs us of the conditions we must meet in order to receive His gift:
          • Believe and confess Jesus as Christ and Lord (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:36)
          • Repent (Acts 17:30; II Corinthians 7:10)
          • Be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:27)
          • Continue a new life of service to God until death (Romans 6:3-4; Matthew 22:35-40)