2 Corinthians, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 22, 2017

  • II Corinthians 2:14-3:18
  • II Corinthians 2:17 – “Peddling” here is used in the sense of preaching for personal gain.
  • II Corinthians 3:3 – Paul is talking about those who had made the corrections he rebuked them for in I Corinthians. They were now acting as a living epistle.  People who live by Christ today are also epistles that may lead others to Christ.
  • II Corinthians 3:5 – Compare II Corinthians 12:9 concerning Paul boasting in his weakness.
  • II Corinthians 3:6 – The Old Covenant brought spiritual death, but the New Covenant brought spiritual life.
  • II Corinthians 3:8-11 – The “ministry of the Spirit” (New Covenant) is more glorious than the “ministry of condemnation” (Old Covenant).

Be Ready to Give an Answer

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 19, 2017

  • I Peter 3:15
  • Do you believe you are the only ones that will be saved?
  • Negatively, I don’t believe I am a member of the saved relationship because:
    • I have obeyed rules that man laid down. Matthew 15:9
    • I believe in salvation by faith only.
  • I believe that I am part of the saved relationship because:
    • I have obeyed the word of the Lord Jesus. Matthew 7:21
    • Jesus is the author of salvation. Hebrews 5:9
    • I believe Jesus is the great I AM. John 8:24
    • I believe the gospel is the power of God to salvation. Romans 1:16
    • I repented of my sins. Acts 17:30; Romans 10:10; Acts 2:47
  • Matthew 10:32
  • Why do you believe the church you are a part of is the right church?
    • Not because:
      • My parents attended that church.
    • Because:
      • I believe this congregation is patterned after the way Jesus authorized a church to work and worship.
      • This church is right in:
        • Its authority for teaching and practice. II Timothy 3:16-17
        • Descriptive phrase by which it is identified. Acts 20:28
          • Several example names are given in the New Testament. The common theme is that the name must point ownership to God.
        • Its answer to “what must I do to be saved?”
        • Its worship
          • Singing (Ephesians 5:19)
          • Prayer (Acts 2:42)
          • Studying the Bible (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 14)
          • Observing the Lord’s Supper
          • Laying by in store
        • Its work
          • Meeting to worship
          • Supporting preachers to spread the Word of God
        • The structure through which is does all this
        • Teaching its members to keep self pure. Ephesians 5:26-27

Good News About Jesus Christ

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 19, 2017

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Godly Families, Part 25

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 19, 2017

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2 Corinthians, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 15, 2017

  • II Corinthians 1:11-2:16
  • II Corinthians 1:21 – See I Samuel 10. God anointed the apostles by setting them in place to do their work.
  • II Corinthians 1:22 – God sealed the apostles as belonging to Him and gave them the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that their task was from God and not from man. See also Galatians 1:12.
  • II Corinthians 2:6-8 – Paul is warning against being overly righteous and refusing to forgive a person because their sin is too great. When someone repents, we must forgive and not lay his past life to his charge any more.  When we forgive someone, we should reaffirm our love for them.
  • II Corinthians 2:11 – The enemy is Satan – not the sinning brother!

Church – Ekklesia

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 12, 2017

  • The Greek word ekklesia (ἐκκλησία) is a compound word that means “called out.”
  • Acts 19:32, 39, 41
  • The word refers to called out people without regard to who they are, where they are, how many there are, or the circumstances or relationships involved.
  • In regard to God’s people the word refers to called out people without regard to who they are, where they are, how many there are, or the circumstances or relationships involved.
  • Acts 7:38
  • Romans 16:4, 16
  • Acts 14:26 – the church assembled
  • Churches in houses:
    • I Corinthians 16:19 – Remember “church” is called out people, but who they are and their relationship must be determined by context. Were the called out in their house?
      • Old Testament saints?
      • The church universal in their house?
      • A congregation?
      • The church assembled?
      • Saints in a congregation viewed distributively?
      • Saints in their house?
    • Romans 16:5 – All through this context, it is simply groups of saints being talked about.
    • Colossians 4:15 – Did Nympha have another church in his house, or does “church which is in his house” simply refer to the saints in his house?
    • Philemon 1:2 – Were Philemon and Apphia members of one congregation in Colossae and Archippus of another or did Paul address Philemon, Apphia, Archippus, and the “called out” in his house?
    • The evidence in each case strongly favors the idea that “church in their house” simply refers to the “ekklesia,” i.e., Christians in their house.

God in the Psalms

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 12, 2017

  • Psalm 99
  • God is faithful! Psalm 105
    • Why did God do all this? Because He told Abraham He would!
    • John 5:28-29 – God is faithful, so we can believe in the resurrection!
  • God is in charge! Psalm 2
    • Psalm 2:1-3 – the scene on earth
    • Psalm 2:4-9 – the scene in Heaven
    • Psalm 2:10-12 – the warning: listen up!
    • Acts 4:23-30 – It doesn’t matter who appears to be in charge on Earth. God is still in charge!
  • God cares for me! Psalm 139
    • Matthew 6:25
  • God punishes evil! Psalm 9
    • Genesis 4:10 – Cain, you are in trouble!
    • Exodus 2:23 – Pharaoh, you are in trouble!
    • Hebrews 10:31
  • God forgives! Psalm 32
  • Psalm 15:1 – Who can be in fellowship with God?
    • Psalm 15:2-5 – Those who live righteously!

Godly Families, Part 24

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 12, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training child to respect and obey authority (continued)
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Submit (in non-sinful matters) Romans 13:1-2; Ephesians 5:21-22, 25, 33 Show humility and good attitude toward authorities; enforce authority over kids. East to let things slide because they don’t bother me – but kids need the lesson. Disrespect, disobedience, bad attitudes (backtalk, eye rolling, etc.)
Lead well Deuteronomy 17:18-20; Matthew 20:25-28 Teach leadership by example, serving those led; giving small opportunities to lead. Use authority for selfishness; good, exemplary leaders hard to find. Exploiting opportunities for self.
Respect and obey God Isaiah 66:1-2; Acts 26:19 Fear God instead of just “going to church”; make a habit:  read Bible –> improve life Easy to just follow religious peers / traditions instead of God Himself. Rationalizing bad behaviors.
  • Train children to develop moral excellence
    • II Peter 1:5-11
      • Is it the job of public schools to teach these virtues?
      • How do we know when we have enough of these qualities?
      • Qualities:
        • Faith
        • Moral excellence (virtue)
        • Knowledge
        • Self-control (temperance) – Marshmallow Test
        • Perseverance (patience, steadfastness) – patience with our circumstances
        • Godliness
        • Brotherly kindness
        • Love – agape; affectionate goodwill
    • Teaching morals is unique
      • Teaching morals begins with the Word of God. II Timothy 3:16

 

2 Corinthians, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 8, 2017

  • II Corinthians 1:1-11
  • Introduction:
    • It is generally understood that II Corinthians was written by Paul shortly after I Corinthians. It was written from Macedonia about A.D. 57.
    • Purpose of the book:
      • To commend the Corinthians for correcting some of the things Paul rebuked them for in I Corinthians.
      • Give further instruction and admonition about the collection for the needy saints in Jerusalem (II Corinthians 8-9).
      • To rebuke those who were still tearing Paul down and advocating Judaism.
    • II Corinthians 1:2 – Peace: See Philippians 4:7.
    • II Corinthians 1:4 – Overcoming afflictions: See James 2:2.
    • II Corinthians 1:6-9 – Paul was God-centered, but also focused on the needs of the Christians in Corinth. He had great confidence that they would continue to do what was right.
    • II Corinthians 1:11 – This shows that Paul wanted people to pray for him and for his physical deliverance. This shows it is right to pray for physical things.

Ageism

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 5, 2017

  • II Samuel 19:31-39 – Barzillai the Gileadite
  • God says there is value in age, so we need to get over ageism.
    • Proverbs 16:31; 20:29
    • I Timothy 5:1-3, 9-10; 3:6
    • Leviticus 19:32
  • Let’s put this into practice!
    • Advice from a few wise voices at Benchley …
    • Philippians 3:17; Titus 2:2-5
    • Marriage
      • Genesis 2:24
    • Parenting
      • Proverbs 29:15
      • Colossians 3:21
    • General advice
      • James 2:1-4, 8-9
      • Colossians 4:6