By David Watson

Benchley, February 21, 2018

  • The point of the whole thing: application!
    • Do I fully appreciate what the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have done for me? Galatians 2:19-21
      • Galatians 3:24
    • Do I have the courage it takes to obey? John 12:42-43
      • Hebrews 13:4 – What if I live with my girlfriend and read this verse?
      • Acts 2:38 – What if I was baptized another way and read this?
    • Do I have the honesty to admit my faults? Luke 23:41-42
      • James 1:23-25
    • Am I humble enough to keep studying and re-evaluating? Acts 26:9
    • Do I understand the eternal consequences of my actions today? Hebrews 10:26-31
    • Will I take the initiative and do what I need to do? Ezekiel 33:30-33
  • Using your Bible: II Corinthians 9:7
    • Read the text! Always start this way!
    • Read the context
      • Paul writing to the church in Corinth. Lots of problems in that church.
      • II Corinthians 9:5-11 – immediate context
      • II Corinthians 8:1-5; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Romans 15:26 – extended context

Ready for Either

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 18, 2018

  • Philippians 1:19-20
  • How the faithful face the prospects of death
    • Ephesians 6:19-20
    • Acts 4:29 – the apostles before the court
    • We must speak the Word of God boldly.
      • The Catholic Church has been embarrassed by moral corruption. Surely there are Catholics that desire something better. What do they need? They need us to speak the Word boldly.
    • Romans 1:16 – The gospel is God’s power to save.
    • Ephesians 4:15
    • Hebrews 2:14-15
    • I Corinthians 15:42-44 – Death is gain for the Christian.
  • How the faithful face the prospects of living
    • I Peter 4:2
    • Are you a good example to your children at home?
    • Ephesians 6:4
    • What you are at home is what you are.
    • Is your spouse better off because of you?
    • Are others more likely to serve God because of you?
    • If we don’t live for Christ, our lives will not help others.

Then You Shall Say to Them

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I Peter, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 18, 2018

  • I Peter 2:14-3:2
  • I Peter 2:16 – See Galatians 5:1-2. God set us free from sin through forgiveness of our sins so that we could be His servants.
  • I Peter 2:17
    • Love the brotherhood: This is the only place in the Bible where any sort of brotherhood action is commanded.
    • Fear God: This involves two types of fear:
      1. Reverence for God
      2. If we do not obey Him, we should be afraid of His punishment.
    • Honor the king: We are to honor the office of the ruler.
  • I Peter 2:24 – In what sense did Jesus bear our sins? See Leviticus 16:14-22. Just as the scapegoat bore the sins of the people, Jesus bore our sins on the cross. The difference is that Jesus needed only to bear our sins once for all time. The scapegoat ceremony had to be completed yearly. Compare Hebrews 10:1-10.

By David Watson

Benchley, February 14, 2018

Walking Righteously

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 11, 2018

  • Isaiah 33:14-16
  • Who can stand in the righteous judgment of God? He who walks uprightly.
  • Walking righteously:
    • Speaking uprightly
      • James 3:8; 1:26
      • This is a life-long task.
      • Colossians 4:6
      • I Peter 3:15
    • Despising unrighteous gains
      • II Corinthians 8:21
    • Rejecting bribes
      • Judas accepted a bribe to the condemnation of his soul.
      • I Samuel 8:3
    • Stopping your ears from hearing about bloodshed.
    • Shutting your eyes from looking on evil.
      • Habakkuk 1:13
      • II Peter 2:14
      • Matthew 5:28
    • Walking righteously is an exalted walk. Isaiah 33:16
      • Ephesians 4:1-3
      • The Christian walks on the highest plane a man can walk.
    • Walking righteously is a well-supplied walk.
      • Philippians 4:7
    • Walking righteously is a walk of hope. Isaiah 33:17
      • Romans 8:23
      • Titus 1:2
      • Hebrews 2:9
      • Hebrews 5:8-9
      • Hebrews 6:19
      • I John 3:2
      • Philippians 3:23

Preparing to Read Leviticus

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 11, 2018

  • Leviticus 1-10: God defines worship
    • Leviticus 4:1-7 – Instructions for sacrificing a bull.
    • God is the one being worshiped, so He has the right to define how that is done.
    • Leviticus 10:1-3 – Nadab and Abihu worshiped in an unauthorized way. God exercised His right to define how He was worshiped.
  • Leviticus 11-15: Clean and unclean
    • Leviticus 11:1-3, 44-47 – God’s rules for clean and unclean animals.
    • Unclean does not necessarily mean sinful.
    • Leviticus 15:13
    • It was special to approach God. You had to prepare yourself and be clean.
    • Looking back, we can see the medical wisdom behind God’s rules for cleanliness.
      • Exodus 15:26
      • Leviticus 13:45-46 – rules for handling leprosy
  • Leviticus 16-17: Atoning blood
    • Leviticus 16:15-17, 34
    • Hebrews 9:11-12; 10:10
  • Leviticus 18-27: “I am the Lord”
    • Leviticus 19:1-4
    • Leviticus 18:1-5, 26-30
    • Leviticus 20:26
    • I Peter 1:14-16
    • God is holy, therefor we should be holy.
    • II Corinthians 6:16-18
    • Leviticus 26:11
    • Leviticus 25:23 – The law of jubilee. The land always belonged to God – they were just temporarily sojourning on it.

I Peter, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 11, 2018

  • I Peter 2:1-14
  • I Peter 2:1 – “Therefore” – since they had purified their souls and been born again, Peter exhorts them to put aside malice, deceit, hypocrisy, etc. and desire the word of God.
  • I Peter 2:2 – No matter how long we have been serving God, we still need the milk of God’s word.
  • I Peter 2:3 – The word “if” here is used in the sense of “since.” Do these things in verse 2 since you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
  • I Peter 2:9 – Christians are a chosen race in the sense that they are the people who decided to obey God. It’s not a particular physical race that are now God’s chosen race.
    • See also Colossians 1:13. We have been called out of darkness.
  • I Peter 2:10 – The quotes here are from Hosea 1:10.
  • I Peter 2:11 – We can win this war because God has promised not to tempt us beyond what we are able to bear. (I Corinthians 10:13)
  • I Peter 2:12 – We should live so as to influence others for good. Even if they have heard the word and rejected it, seeing us living well may cause them to seek God.
    • “day of visitation”:
      • Psalms 8:4
      • Psalms 106:4
      • Luke 1:68, 78
      • Luke 7:16
      • Luke 9:44
    • I Peter 2:13-14 – Compare Romans 13:4.

By David Watson

Benchley, February 7, 2018

  • Commentaries, continued:
    • Preaching is really an audio commentary.
    • Nehemiah 8:7
    • Class workbooks are also their own form of commentary.
    • Don’t blindly accept what any commentary says.
    • Reference: Commended Commentary List from Mark Roberts: http://www.BibleClassMaterial.com/commentary
  • Greek
    • Studying the Bible using Strong’s numbers. Each Greek and Hebrew word is assigned a number, so you can look them up and compare them without knowing the original languages.
    • It’s now much easier to do word studies in the original language, thanks to Strong’s numbers and other helps.
    • Be careful about drawing the wrong conclusion based on individual words. Every word has more than one meaning! Context is important!
    • John 21:15 – See John 19:26

What Makes Benchley Work

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 4, 2018

  • Introduction
    • Acts 17:1-9 – The beginning of the local church in Thessalonica.
    • The local church in Benchley was started October 23, 1994 in the living room of Joe and Sherri Harding.
    • I Thessalonians 2:19-20
  • Love
    • I Thessalonians 1:1-3
    • In any successful church, love is actively working.
    • I Thessalonians 3:5-8
    • I Thessalonians 4:9-10
    • II Thessalonians 1:3; I Thessalonians 1:6
    • I Thessalonians 5:12-18
    • I Thessalonians 4:13-17; 5:1-11 – Paul answers their questions and tells them to use the information to comfort and encourage each other.
  • Truth
    • I Thessalonians 2:13
    • II Thessalonians 3:1
    • I Thessalonians 5:27
    • II Thessalonians 2:1-12
    • I Thessalonians 4:1
  • Work
    • I Thessalonians 1:3
    • I Thessalonians 2:14
    • II Thessalonians 3:4, 13-14 – Keep working!
    • I Thessalonians 5:14