The Holy Spirit and Salvation

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By Jimmy Stevens

Benchley, October 16, 2018

  • Introduction: Every conversion to Christ since the Pentecost in Acts 2 has been begun, carried on, and maintained as a result of the operation of the Holy Spirit on the sinner’s heart.
    • Almost universally accepted, but there is controversy on how the Holy Spirit operates.
    • Would God be so vague about this fundamental element of salvation?
  • This study will center around these questions:
    • In the conviction and conversion of the sinner to Christ, how does the Holy Spirit exercise his influence upon the heart? Directly or indirectly? Immediately (without means) or intermediately (with or through means)?
    • Bible teaches the Holy Spirit operates intermediately, through means of the inspired Word.
  • Popular concept of salvation
    • Many teach a need for a direct operation of the Holy Spirit on sinners to save them.
      • “We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but by choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense.” – Edward T. Hiscox, The Hiscox Standard Baptist Manual, 1965, pgs. 137-138
      • If man is by nature a sinner and can do nothing to affect his salvation, then only by God’s grace alone can the sinner be lifted up from his sinful condition. This is called regeneration. God sends the Holy Spirit to give saving faith to the sinner (since the sinner is incapable), and applies the blood of Christ for salvation based solely on that faith without any works performed.
      • “We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that is is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit; in connection with the divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel, and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.” – M. Pendleton, Baptist Church Manual, Broadman Press, 1966, pg. 49
    • This doctrine assumes total hereditary depravity, a doctrine John Calvin made popular in the 16th century, patterned after the earlier Catholic doctrine of original sin.
      • Catholic: “Adam’s transgression was not confined to himself, but was transmitted, with its long train of direct consequences, to all his posterity. It is called original sin because it is derived from our original progenitor.”
        • “As an infant one day old cannot commit an actual sin, the stain must come from the original offense of Adam.”
        • “… we have all inherited the transgression of our first parents, and … we are born enemies of God.” – James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers, 87th edition, John Murphy Company Publishers, 1917, pgs 266-267
      • John Calvin: “We thus see that the impurity of parents is transmitted to their children, so that all, without exception, are originally depraved. The commencement of this depravity will not be found until we ascend to the first parent of all as the fountain head.” – John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2:1:6, Reprinted 1975 by William B. Eerdman Publishing Co.
    • When you hear, “Let the Holy Spirit open your hearts,” etc., the speaker is implying a special operation of the Holy Spirit apart from the power and influence of God’s Word. Sometimes called baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Bible and “original sin”?
    • Adam’s sin only demonstrated humanity’s choice to sin. Adam did not pass sin to following generations, not make it impossible for humanity to do right. Deuteronomy 24:16; Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 18:2-3; John 8:34; I John 3:4; James 4:17
    • If the Holy Spirit does not operate directly on the sinner’s heart, then how does he operate?
  • How does the Holy Spirit communicate with mankind?
    • Old Testament: Through God’s Word. II Samuel 23:2; Psalms 95:7-8 with Hebrews 3:7-8; II Peter 1:21
    • New Testament: Holy Spirit saves by God’s Word. Ephesians 3:3-5; I Peter 1:12, 22-25; Romans 1:16
    • The saving power was in the message, not in the process by which the message was delivered. Philippians 1:15-18
  • Some false ideas where the Holy Spirit is in the same context with the Word.
    • False ideas
      • The Spirit converts … the Word further instructs
      • The Word converts … the Spirit further instructs
      • The Spirit does what the Word does … therefore, the Spirit is the Word
    • The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit uses the word as His agent in converting sinners. To illustrate:
      • John chopped down the tree with an ax … John chopped down the tree
      • Mark killed the snake with a hoe … Mary killed the snake
      • Holy Spirit converts sinners with the word … Holy Spirit converts sinners
    • The Holy Spirit is not the Word but uses the Word to save. II Thessalonians 2:13-14

Spirit ⇒

Action ⇐ Word

John 3:5

Born, begotten

I Peter 1:23-25; I Corinthians 4:15; James 1:16

John 6:63

Gives life Psalms 119:50, 93

Titus 3:5

Saves

James 1:21

Romans 15:13

Power of hope

Romans 1:16

I Corinthians 6:11

Sanctified

John 17:17

I Corinthians 6:11

Washed

Ephesians 5:26

Ephesians 5:18-19

Indwelling

Colossians 3:16

  • Bible example of the Holy Spirit using His Word to save:
    • Acts 2 and the 3000 converted
      • John 16:7-8 – Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin
      • John 14:26; 16:13 – Guide apostles to all truth
      • Acts 1:8 – Apostles to wait for Holy Spirit and power
      • Acts 2:1-4, 11 – Holy Spirit gave apostles words to speak
      • Acts 2:5-13 – Many marveled, some mocked
      • Acts 2:14-21 – Peter defended apostles’ actions
      • Acts 2:22-35 – First gospel sermon
      • Acts 2:36 – “You have crucified”
    • Result of hearing the preaching?
      • Acts 2:37 – People were convicted of their sin. HOW?
      • Acts 2:37 – “When they heard this” HEARD WHAT?
      • The gospel of salvation. I Corinthians 15:1-4
    • The Spirit convicted and converted many who were of the world. Continue Acts 2:38-41, 47
  • The direct operation theory opposes the teachings of the Bible.
    • Destroys sinners’ spiritual responsibility and accountability. John 12:48; Romans 14:12; II Corinthians 5:10
      • You cannot give account if you don’t have a choice!
    • God is blamed for lost souls.
    • There is no record in the Bible of sinners being saved apart from the instructions from God’s Word.
    • It didn’t change one’s character.
      • Pharaoh – Genesis 41
      • Balaam – Numbers 24:2; II Peter 2:15
      • King Saul – I Samuel 19:18-24
    • In the Bible, the direct operation of the Holy Spirit was irresistible. If they could resist they would be more powerful than God. Therefore, if the Holy Spirit operated directly, every person on whom He operated would be “born again.” Since God does not show partiality (Acts 10:34), the Holy Spirit would operate on every sinner because God wants all to repent (II Peter 3:9). This is universal salvation, yet Jesus taught otherwise. Matthew 25:46
    • It denies the Bible’s claim that God’s Word is sufficient to save.
      • Saves – Romans 1:16; I Corinthians 1:18; James 1:21
      • Reconciles – II Corinthians 5:18-20
      • Gives life – John 6:63; Psalms 119:50, 93
      • Converts – Psalms 19:7
      • Cleanses – John 15:3; Acts 15:9; Romans 10:17
      • New birth – I Peter 1:22-23; I Corinthians 4:15; James 1:18
      • Sanctifies – John 17:17
      • Judge in the last day – John 12:48
  • Conclusion
    • Neither in the New Testament days nor today does the Holy Spirit convert one to Christ by directly working on hearts in some mysterious, unknown fashion. Both then and now the Holy Spirit saves souls by words of the gospel preached or written. Even those who were endowed with the ability to speak by inspiration were not saved by that endowment. They had to first be obedient to that which was taught to them, the Word of God.

By Jimmy Stevens

Benchley, October 15, 2018

  • Introduction
    • Only the Bible has the right answer. II Timothy 3:16-17; II John 9; I Corinthians 4:6
  • The problem of sin and God’s promise to save
    • Adam and Eve introduced sin into the world. They broke His commands. I John 4:6. Sin separates us from God. Isaiah 59:2. Adam and Eve were separated from God and doomed to eternal condemnation.
    • God immediately promised victory over sin and eternal death through the seed of woman who is Jesus. Genesis 3:15. It was fulfilled when the virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus. Every human being since Adam and Eve has been offered the hope of forgiveness through this promise. Galatians 4:3-4; Matthew 1:18-22
  • Jesus is the answer to the sinner’s problem of sin
    • When mankind sinned, God’s justice demanded eternal death as punishment. Heaven is not a place for sinners, and with sin they cannot go to heaven. However, God offered an escape from sin. Titus 2:11
    • “Grace” in this text means “unmerited favor” or a “gift” given to someone who does not deserve it. The gift of God’s grace was in giving his only Son as a sacrifice to take away the sins of the world. John 3:18; I Timothy 1:15; I Corinthians 15:3; I Peter 2:24.
  • What is the power in Jesus’ death that takes sins away from sinners?
    • The blood Jesus shed on the cross. Matthew 26:28; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Revelation 1:5.
    • Jesus proved power to take away sin in His resurrection, showing power over Satan, sin, and death, as foretold in Genesis 3:15; Acts 2:22-24.
  • What do we have so far?
    • Those who sin are separated from God.
    • God wanted to save sinners.
    • God sent His Son to shed His blood to take away their sins.
    • Jesus proved the power of His blood over sin and death in His resurrection.
    • Now, the most logical question: “If forgiveness and remission of sin comes through the blood of Christ, how does the sinner today come in contact with that blood to have his sins forgiven?” In some way, sinners must join Jesus’ death to contact the cleansing power of His blood.
  • How does one join with Jesus’ death, or “die with Christ”?
    • Must be crucified or die with Jesus. Not literally, but figuratively, to be saved. Galatians 2:20; Colossians 2:20; 3:3
    • Again, how does one join with Jesus’ death, or “die with Christ”?
  • Paul explains it very clearly in Romans 6:3-11
    • Romans 6:3 – Baptism connects one with Jesus’ death where His blood was shed. If one can be saved without or before baptism, he can be saved without or before contacting the blood of Christ.
    • Romans 6:4 – To join Jesus’ death naturally means joining His burial. One is “buried with Him” in water “through baptism,” Acts 8:36. Some define baptism as sprinkling or pouring, but its real meaning is dipping or immersing to completely cover like a burial. We have read of the importance of Jesus’ resurrection to prove His power over sin and death. God raised Him to “newness of life” without sin. A sinner is “buried with Him through baptism,” so God can raise him “to walk in newness of life” as well. Did Jesus enjoy “newness of life” before or after His burial? Does the sinner enjoy “newness of life” before or after burial with Christ in baptism?
    • Romans 6:5 – Death, burial, and resurrection through baptism is a likeness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. I Corinthians 15:1-4.
    • Romans 6:6 – When joining Christ’s death through baptism, the “old man” and “body of sin” is “crucified with Him (Jesus)” and “done away with” . Is the sinner’s “old man” and “body of sin” “done away with” before baptism or after baptism?
    • Romans 6:7 – This sums up the “old man” being “done away with”. One is not freed from sin until after
    • Romans 6:8 – Death through baptism (Romans 6:3). To “live with Him” describes “newness of life” (Romans 6:4).Galatians 2:20; I Peter 2:24. One cannot live with Christ, free from sin, until after being baptized with Him in His death and not before baptism.
    • Romans 6:9-10 – Jesus could not have had dominion or power over sin and death until after He had gone through His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead. If He had not risen, His death would have been like any other’s.
    • Romans 6:11 – Referring to Romans 6:9-10, just as Jesus proved His power over sin when He was raised from His death and burial, the sinner can also “reckon” himself to be “dead indeed to sin” and be made “alive” having been raised from baptism. “Dead indeed to sin, but alive to God” comes after baptism and not before.
  • What is Romans 6:3-11 teaching?
    • With baptism: What happens to the sinner?
      • Put into Christ
      • Joins Christ’s death
      • Contacts Christ’s blood shed in His death
      • Joins Christ’s burial
      • Joins Christ’s resurrection
      • Gains newness of life
      • Crucifies the old man and body of sin
      • Freed from slavery to sin
      • Made alive to God
    • Without or before baptism: What happens to the sinner?
      • Not in Christ
      • Not joined to Christ’s death
      • No contact with Christ’s blood
      • Not joined in Christ’s burial
      • Not joined in Christ’s resurrection
      • No newness of life
      • Old man and body of sin not crucified
      • Not freed from slavery to sin
      • Not alive to God
  • The rest of the New Testament considers baptism necessary to salvation
    • Disciples were made by baptism – Matthew 28:19
    • One is saved after he believes and is baptized, Mark 16:16. If one is not saved after baptism, then he is also not saved after believing. Belief and baptism are equally necessary for salvation.
    • Water baptism is required for remission of sins. Mark 1:4; John 3:23
    • Remission of sins in baptism, Luke 24:46-48; Acts 2:38. Remission of sins came after If believers were saved before baptism, they were also saved before remission of their sins.
    • Baptism washed away Paul’s sins, Acts 22:!6. Before his baptism, he believed, but still had sin. After his baptism, his sins were washed away. Remember, he wrote Romans 6!
    • Become sons of God through baptism, Galatians 3:26-27. Baptism is how to “put on Christ” and get “in Christ”. If one is a “son of God” before baptism, he is a son before he has “put on Christ” or is “in Christ”.
    • Sin is cut away in baptism, Colossians 2:11-13. If one can be saved before or without baptism, he can be saved before or without sins being cut away or forgiven and without being raised to be alive with Christ.
    • Baptism saves, I Peter 3:20-21. Noah was saved by water. If one can be saved before or without baptism, he can be saved before or without being saved!
  • What sinners in the first century were taught to be saved
    • Believe in Jesus, the Son of God, that He can take away sins. John 8:24; Acts 16:31
    • Repent by turning from sin to follow Christ. Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38
    • Confess faith that Jesus is the Son of God. Romans 10:9-10; I John 4:15. While all of these are necessary for salvation, one thing they cannot do is remove sin. But one is …
    • Baptized to wash away sins. Acts 22:16
  • Conclusion
    • The answer to “Will only the baptized be saved?” would have to be “YES!” With all these things depending on baptism, it is evident that one who is not baptized is not saved. Mark 16:16. Anyone can be dunked in water, but true baptism requires genuine faith in Jesus Christ and His gospel in order to be saved.

By Jimmy Stevens

Benchley, October 14, 2018

  • Introduction
    • Positive outlook in life is refreshing. Christians, Romans 5:1-2, 11
  • Our society’s attitude abhors almost anything negative.
    • “Don’t solve problems if it requires conflict. Overwhelm them with positive action only.”
    • Our nation influenced for more than 60 years.
      • Post “Great Depression” (1930s) and WWII (1940s) – prosperity, good times, increased preoccupation with pursuing materialism.
      • 1940s-1950s – booming population of new babies. “Baby Boomers.” PARENTS COULD NOT SAY NO! Children did not learn accountability.
      • Also introduced: a popular, permissive philosophy on childrearing. Love and affection without pain of discipline. Build self-esteem by rewarding failure. Teach children to express their individuality. Allow unrestrained gratification.
    • Result: “Hippie” generation (1960s-70s) – Selfish, self-centered, unrestrained gratification, especially with sexuality. Communistic, socialistic, Feminist Women’s Liberation, gender confusion. Loss of respect for the dignity of life. Poor work ethic. No respect for civil authority. Baby Boomers now lead our country.
  • Effect on the Lord’s church:
    • Society’s influence creeping into the church. Materialism. “Positive only” attitude. Division in the 1950s-60s reflects the conflict with this attitude.
    • Attitude illustrated: “It’s good to make someone feel good.” “… bad to make someone feel bad.” “Emphasize the positive in the Bible and avoid the negative.” “Negative preaching is a system of legalism.”
    • Preaching emphasized momentary, emotional restoration rather than eternal salvation. If members felt good, they must be pleasing God. So, whatever it took to create this emotional euphoria – food, entertainment, social gatherings, or simply avoiding the pain of applying sound doctrine was justified. “After all, how can positive emotions develop from negative preaching?”
    • Result: Less Bible knowledge. Unable to defeat false teachers. “Easier to compromise or slander.” New Testament pattern for the church violated. People feel saved while living in sin. Ultimately, there is no wrong, therefore, no caution against sin. You can be nice to sin through compromise, but sin will NEVER be nice to truth. When we compromise with sin, we lose some of our faith.
    • Stand for nothing and accept anything. After all, “We don’t want to be negative.”
  • Many suffer from “negaphobia” (neg – negative, phobia – persistent fear of).
    • Society: Politically correct, euphemistic terminology. Change “sin” and “evil” to “alternate lifestyle” – homosexuality, living together without marriage, fornication glorified.
    • Church: Don’t publicly challenge “false religions” or “false doctrines” or call one a “false teacher” who teaches false doctrine. Yet, these will turn around and adamantly criticize and malign those who openly defend the truth. Talk about negative! Call sin “opinion” and defend it under Romans 14. Soothe the emotions with “drama” preaching without addressing spiritual problems. Preach partial truths to avoid confrontation. Preach truth, but don’t apply lest feelings get hurt (social drinking, dancing, immodest apparal, church discipline). Don’t convict sinners in their sin.
    • Some will say, “We need more positive and less negative preaching.” Or, “Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.” The problem is that positive and negative are often subjectively defined. Whose definition? Yours? Mine? Or God’s?
  • The Bible and “positive” preaching.
    • Warns against positive only preaching. Jeremiah 8:4-12; II Peter 2:1-3, 18-19; II Corinthians 11:12-15
    • Negative preaching does what positive cannot. Most understand positive statements of doing good. Galatians 5:23. Does God ever warn against doing good? Knowing to do good has never been a problem. However, there is a constant need to warn against evil because evil constantly tries to get people to sin.
    • If it is in the arena of the negative, not the positive, where sin will be defeated.
  • God’s idea of positive preaching is determined by its results, not by how it sounds.
    • God’s idea of positive preaching?
      • Positive preaching instructs and informs.
      • Negative preaching warns against sin which destroys positive preaching.
      • Negative preaching helps one understand evil without having to experience it.
    • Summary
      • Positive truths instruct, encourage, and edify = POSITIVE
      • Negative truths warn, convict, and prevent one from sinning = POSITIVE
      • Favoring one over the other defeats the power of both = NEGATIVE
      • Positive only neglects valuable warnings and rebukes = NEGATIVE
      • Negative only neglects full instruction and encouragement = NEGATIVE
    • All of God’s truth produces positive results when preached and obeyed.
  • Positive preaching and the Bible
    • Adam and Eve: Genesis 2:16-17 – negative command for positive good
    • Israel: Mostly negative laws, yet for their good. Deuteronomy 10:1-4, 12-13; 5:7-21, 32-33
    • All scriptures, positive and negative, must be proclaimed to produce positive results. Positive only will always produce negative results – see our nation.
      • Jesus magnified positive with negative. Matthew 15:11-14 (see also Matthew 15:7-19); Matthew 22:34-40. (Remember, Law and Prophets were mostly negative. II Timothy 3:13-17)
      • II Timothy 4:1-5 – preaching both positive and negative = POSITIVE
    • The whole counsel of God: II Timothy 4:1-5; Acts 20:27; I Corinthians 4:17
    • Positive power of negative instructions: Job 5:17-18; Jeremiah 36-38; II Corinthians 7:6-11; Hebrews 12:3-11; Acts 2:22-24, 36-42, 46-47
    • Heart of God’s grace: Titus 2:11-12 – positive and negative
  • Conclusion: True, positive preaching is not accomplished until preachers and Christians declare and live the whole counsel of God.
    • To emphasize the positive over the negative produces negative results.
    • To emphasize the negative over the positive produces negative results.
    • To teach a balance of both will produce positive results.
    • Preaching the whole counsel of God is always positive preaching.
    • Excellent example: Acts 2:22-47. Without the negative, 3000 souls would not have changed.

The Son of God

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By Jimmy Stevens

Benchley, October 14, 2018

  • Introduction
    • Matthew 16:16 – “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
  • Defining “Son of God”
    • Equal with deity
      • NOT as “sons of God” in Noah’s day. Genesis 6:2
      • NOT as “children of God” as the Israelites.
      • NOT as “children of God” as saints in that church. Romans 8:14
      • BUT as deity, possessing the qualities others do not have.
    • Excellent testimony – enemies knew that “Son of God” meant deity. John 10:30-36; 19:7
  • What evidence was in Peter’s day causing one to say Jesus is the “Son of God”?
    • Prophecy and fulfillment
      • From the beginning. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Galatians 4:4
      • Abraham’s seed. Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:16. Isaac, Jacob, Judah, lineage of David.
      • Over 300 Bible prophecies made and fulfilled concerning Christ. Luke 24:44-45
      • It is impossible for that many statements to be made, hundreds of years before Jesus was born, and none fail without God guiding the prophets.
      • It convinced the enemy crowd on Pentecost. Acts 13:13-15, 27; 2:25-37
      • Stephen and Paul appealed to Old Testament to confirm sermons. Acts 7, 13
    • Testimony
      • God himself, Hebrews 1:1-2, 5; Matthew 3:17; 17:5
      • John the Baptist, John 1:29-34 (see also Matthew 3:17)
      • Apostles, II Peter 1:16-18; (see also Matthew 17:5); John 6:69; Acts 9:20
      • Enemies, Matthew 8:28-29; 27:50-54
      • Jesus himself, John 9:35-37
    • Miracles – friends and enemies testified that Jesus performed miracles
      • Purpose of miracles, John 5:16-23, 36; 10:37-38
      • Apostles would perform miracles, John 14:11-12; Mark 16:15-20
      • Enemies could not deny these testimonies, John 9:16, 29-33; Acts 2:22; 4:10, 13-17
    • Resurrection – Romans 1:1-4; John 20:24-29; I Corinthians 15:3-8
    • Unwritten evidence – John 20:29-31; 21:24-25
    • Infinite testimony from thousands. GOD DOES NOT ASK US TO BELIEVE A “STORY”. HE WANTS US TO BELIEVE IN A REAL PERSON AND REAL EVENTS.
  • Why should we arrive at the same conclusion?
    • These facts have never been refuted. Even secular history documents these facts.
    • Christ’s church still stands today as evidence. Matthew 16:16-19; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:8-12
    • What if Jesus was not the Son of God? No Rock à No Foundation à No spiritual building à No church. Yet the church is living today as proof of Jesus.
  • What should we do with this conclusion? Matthew 28:18-20
    • We either accept that Jesus is the Son of God and save our souls –OR—
    • Reject the testimony and be eternally lost. John 8:18-25
  • Conclusion: Hebrews 5:8-9

Faith in a Faithless World

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By Jimmy Stevens

Benchley, October 14, 2018

  • Introduction
    • The scriptures offer us comfort in times of trials. Hebrews 11-12 shows the power of faith in a faithless world. This text alone offers comfort, but a detailed study in the Old Testament of those characters mentioned offers even greater encouragement.
  • Parameters in studying Hebrews 11-12
    • Primary purpose, Hebrews 12:12-13, 3
    • God requires faith, Hebrews 11:6
    • Comfort from trusting evidence of what is not seen, either in the present (God, King Jesus, Holy Spirit) or future (eternal reward). Hebrews 11:1, 3, 8
    • People of strong faith “see” and “embrace” an invisible reward. Hebrews 11:9-10, 13
    • Enduring and persevering in trials makes faith stronger. Hebrews 12:7, 11; James 1:2-4
    • Faith grants us citizenship in an “unshaken” kingdom. Hebrews 12:28-29; Philippians 3:20-4:1
    • God offered countless “real” examples of faith to which we can relate. Hebrews 11
  • Examples of Faith in a Faithless World
    • Those of the Old Testament are our examples. God confirms their reality. I Corinthians 10:6, 11; Romans 15:4
      • Hebrews 11:1-2 – elders’ good testimony. Example: Hebrews 11:4-5, Abel and Enoch. God preserved evidence.
      • Hebrews 12:1 – great cloud of witnesses, yet more unmentioned, Hebrews 11:32. See also John 20:30; 21:25.
    • Heroes of faith, Hebrews 11:1-12:1
      • Trusted and obeyed God, Hebrews 11:1-22
      • Trusted and obeyed God during afflictions, Hebrews 11:23-12:1
    • Why they can comfort me in trying times – Hebrews 12:1-29
  • Conclusion
    • We will all face trials, individually, congregationally, nationally. But with strong faith, we can endure and be comforted that God rewards the faithful.

The Benchley church of Christ just north of Bryan, TX will be holding a gospel meeting October 14-17, 2018. Jimmy Stevens will be presenting lessons straight from the Bible during our normal meeting times on Sunday and at 7:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.  Click the thumbnail below to download the full flier, which includes more details and a map to the church building.  All are welcome!  No collection will be taken up from visitors.  We hope to see you there! (All lessons presented during the meeting will be available on ScriptureStream.com for streaming or download.)

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 10, 2018

  • Matthew 5:13-32
  • Matthew 5:13 – Salt is a physical preservative. Jesus is using it as a metaphor to refer to the saving influence of a Christian.
  • Matthew 5:14 – Christians light the way for other people to come to Christ.
  • Matthew 5:16 – See Ephesians 2:8 in reference to “good works.”
  • Matthew 5:19 – “Greatest” and “least” here could be used to mean “in reference to” the kingdom of heaven, rather than implying that one could annul the commandments of God, teach others to do the same, and still make it into heaven.
  • Matthew 5:24 – See Luke 13:3. Try to make things right with your brother, whether it is your fault or not.

Euphemisms

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, October 7, 2018

  • Introduction
    • Matthew 5:13 – Jesus commands His disciples to be different and let their light shine.
    • Ephesians 4:29
    • I Thessalonians 4:13-17 – The Bible uses euphemisms.
  • Do I use any of these euphemisms?
    • “Venting”
    • “Explaining”
    • “Teaching”
    • “Sharing examples”
    • “Truth”
    • II Corinthians 12:20; Colossians 3:8; I Peter 2:1
  • Major areas of temptation
    • School
      • Students, teachers, parents, administrators
      • “Love is kind” – I Corinthians 13:4
    • Work
      • Boss, underlings, fellow employees, former employees, former bosses
      • “Love your enemies” – Luke 6:27
    • Church
      • Sinners, former sinners, elders, elderships, preachers, elders/deacons/preachers’ wives/families, teachers, students. Local and elsewhere!
      • Proverbs 6:19 – “One who spreads strife among brothers is an abomination to the Lord.”
  • Is it I?
    • Romans 12:15
    • Ephesians 4:29; I Corinthians 6:6-8
    • What am I hoping for?
      • Proverbs 17:4
    • What do I do about it?
      • Do I only talk about it?
      • Luke 6:27-28, 35
    • What is my goal?
    • Does it motivate or demotivate me?
      • I Corinthians 13:6
    • Do I seek it or shy away from it?
    • What do others think of the people in my life?
    • What version of the story am I more likely to accept as true – negative or positive?
      • I Corinthians 13:7
    • Does it make me feel more self-righteous?
      • Luke 18:9-14
  • Strategies for success
    • Stop talking
      • Proverbs 10:19; James 1:19
    • Flee temptation
      • I Corinthians 10:13-14; Hebrews 12:13
    • Address the heart
      • Mark 7:20-22
    • Find interests, passion for profitable things
      • Proverbs 10:20
    • Put yourself in the situation
      • Matthew 7:12; Galatians 5:14; Ephesians 4:31
    • Accountability partner
    • Find an example
    • Don’t make excuses!
  • Summary
    • James 1:27; 3:8-12
    • If we are gossiping, we are not serving God correctly!
    • Psalms 15:1-3; 50:16, 20
    • Ephesians 4:29
    • Colossians 3:8, 12

Congregational Independence

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 7, 2018

  • Historical overview of perversions in church organization and leadership
    • Catholic church
    • 1849 – missionary societies
    • 1950s – sponsoring churches
  • Acts 2:42 – the start of the Lord’s church
  • Acts 11:30 – elders appointed in local churches
  • Acts 8:4 – Persecution scatters Christians, who go everywhere preaching the Word.
  • Titus 1:5 – This verse implies that a church can exist even without elders. A church should strive to develop men who are qualified to be elders so it can do the work God has assigned more effectively.
  • Congregational independence is effective.
    • Congregational independence is practical.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 3, 2018

  • Matthew 5:1-12
  • Matthew 4:23 – Jesus came to proclaim the gospel. That is what He was doing in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
  • Matthew 5:3 – He that is poor in spirit realizes that he needs salvation from God and will put his trust in the Lord. One cannot be a citizen of the kingdom until he becomes poor in spirit.
  • Matthew 5:4 – Those who mourn here are those who are poor in spirit and realize they are alienated from God by sin. They will be comforted by coming to God.
  • Matthew 5:5 – See Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14; Psalms 37:11. “Inheriting the earth” here means that the gentle will be able to fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.
  • Matthew 5:6 – Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will seek after it and find it. See Romans 10:14.
  • Matthew 5:8 – The one that is pure in heart is the one that is forgiven. See James 4:8; John 3:3.
  • Matthew 5:9 – The peacemaker is one who brings peace with God. This can only be achieved by bringing the gospel to the world.
  • Matthew 5:10-11 – Jesus is the chief example of being persecuted for righteousness’ sake. See Philippians 3:8-11. We should rejoice to be counted worthy to suffer for Christ.