The Benchley church of Christ just north of Bryan, TX will be holding a gospel meeting April 25-28, 2019. David Watson will be presenting lessons straight from the Bible at 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at our normal worship times on Sunday.  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.)

I Walk the Line

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By Mike Miller

Benchley, April 21, 2019

  • Walking according to God’s will
    • Philippians 1:27
    • John 14:15; 15:14; 12:48
    • Ephesians 5:15; Colossians 4:5
    • I Thessalonians 4:1; 2:12
    • II Corinthians 5:7; Romans 10:17
    • Psalms 119:105
    • Galatians 5:16
    • Romans 8:1-4
    • Ephesians 2:10; 4:1; 5:8
    • Philippians 3:16
  • Some did not walk in God’s way
    • II Thessalonians 3:11
    • II Corinthians 5:7
    • “To behave in an unauthorized manner.”
    • Luke 6:46
    • The Lord demands self-denial. We must seek God first.
      • Luke 14:26-27
      • Matthew 6:33
      • Colossians 3:17
      • Colossians 1:18
      • Matthew 28:18
      • Romans 12:1-2
      • Matthew 5:16
      • I Peter 2:12
      • Revelation 2:5
      • James 1:21-25
  • “I keep a close watch on this heart of mine.”
    • Proverbs 4:23; 23:7
    • Matthew 5:8; 12:34-35
    • Mark 7:21-23
    • Colossians 3:1
    • Ephesians 1:7
    • I Peter 3:7
    • Is Christ our life? Is He our focus?
      • Matthew 6:33
      • Psalms 1:1-2
      • Psalms 40:1, 8; 66:18; 119:10-11, 36
      • Proverbs 23:17
      • Matthew 6:19
    • We must be careful!
      • I Peter 5:8
      • I Corinthians 10:12
      • James 4:7
      • II Corinthians 11:3, 14-15
  • “I keep my eyes wide open all the time.”
    • Matthew 13:15-16
    • Proverbs 3:7
    • Psalms 119:105
    • John 8:12; 9:5
    • Luke 1:79
    • I John 1:6
    • II Timothy 4:10
    • II Peter 1:5-11
  • “I keep the ends out for the ties that bind.”
    • Romans 8:16-17
    • Acts 2:37-38, 41
    • The tie that binds is love!
    • Psalms 119:63
    • Hebrews 10:24-26
    • Psalms 119:111, 15-16, 97, 103-105
    • I Timothy 4:16
    • II Timothy 2:15
    • II Peter 3:18
    • I John 5:3
    • II John 1:6
    • Matthew 16:25
    • Revelation 12:1
    • Jude 1:21
  • “… because I’m thine, I walk the line.”
    • Ephesians 6:6
    • Romans 1:1
    • I Corinthians 6:19-20
    • I Thessalonians 4:1
    • Revelation 2:10
    • I Corinthians 15:58
    • Revelation 3:21
  • Romans 10:16
  • Romans 6:17-18, 1

By David Watson

Benchley, April 21, 2019

  • Luke 6:6
  • His words – We have to learn what He taught!
    • Deuteronomy 18:15-19 – Prophecy of Jesus – we have to listen to His words!
    • John 1:1, 14, 18
    • Luke 9:35
    • John 12:48-50 – There is no expiration date on Jesus’ words.
    • John 14:23-26 – The Holy Spirit would help the apostles remember Jesus’ words.
    • Acts 3:22-23
    • Acts 5:18-21
  • His death – We have to die to sin (quit doing it!)
    • Luke 23:33-49 – Jesus crucifixion
    • Hebrews 12:2
    • Matthew 26:28
  • His resurrection – We have to live to righteousness!
    • Luke 24:1-9
    • Romans 6:1-12

Acts, Part 7

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 21, 2019

  • Acts 5:29-7:53
  • Acts 5:29 – Christians are subject to the governing authorities (Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-15), but the apostles showed that Christians are authorized to disobey civil authority if that authority required them to disobey God.
  • Acts 5:33-42 – The teaching of the apostles threatened the status quo. This made the leaders feel threatened as they stood to lose their followers.
  • Acts 6:1-6 – Seven men were appointed to help with the work. These men did not serve in the same capacity as deacons since they were chosen for a particular time-limited work. It’s not specified exactly what was being served to the widows. It could have been food, money, or something else. Whatever it was, it was clear this was not a public outreach program – it was simply caring for the needy Christians.
  • Acts 6:7-15 – Some men from the Synagogue of the Freedmen stirred up the people against Stephen. They accused him of blasphemy, but he was doing the opposite.
  • Acts 7:1-53 – Stephen’s defense
    • Stephen recited Israelite history, include a few things not recorded in Genesis (Acts 7:2-4; cf. Genesis 11:31).
    • Stephen showed they were committing the same sins as their ancestors.
      • Guilt of jealousy:
        • OT Jews: Jealous of Joseph, Acts 7:9
        • NT Jews: Jealous of Jesus & apostles, Matthew 27:18; Acts 5:17
      • Rejecting God’s people and plan
        • OT Jews: Rejected Moses, Acts 7:27, 35-41
        • NT Jews: Rejected Jesus, Acts 2:23; 7:52
      • Resisting the Holy Spirit
        • OT Jews: Persecuted prophets, Acts 7:52
        • NT Jews: Persecuted prophets, Acts 7:51

Luke, Part 7

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 17, 2019

  • Luke 8:1-9:17
  • Luke 8:18 – Here the warning is to take care how you hear. In Mark’s account (Mark 4:3-25), the instruction is to take care what you hear. Either way, Jesus is instructing us to be the right kind of hearer.
  • Luke 8:21 – To be in the family of God, we must hear the word of God and do it!
  • Luke 8:39 – Jesus was leaving this place, so He told the man to go and tell what had happened. Compare Luke 8:56 where Jesus wanted the event kept quiet so that He could continue working there.

The Pure Water of Life

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 14, 2019

  • Genesis 26:12-18 – Philistines stopped up the wells of life-giving water.
  • Philosophy threw debris in the pure water of life.
    • Acts 17:18-29 – Paul tried to remove this debris in his preaching to the Athenians.
  • Roman Catholicism threw debris on the pure water of life.
    • This started with errors about church governance. Bishops were appointed over elders, then bishops over multiple churches, then patriarchs over entire regions, and finally a pope.
    • Instrumental music was later introduced.
    • Indulgences were sold for forgiveness of sins.
    • Voltaire decided that is this was Christianity he’d rather be an atheist!
  • Alexander Campbell clogged the stream by supporting missionary societies.
    • Later, instrumental music was also added.
    • Others started business enterprises to make money for the church.
    • We are still having to remove this debris today. We must continue to work to unclog the stream!
  • Indifference may be the greatest danger we face.
    • Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:23
    • Indifference hinders the work of the church.
    • We can all do more than we are doing for the glory of God.

Be All the More DILIGENT

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 14, 2019

  • Book: I Am N
  • I Peter 1:1-9
  • We must continue to live as Christians.
    • II Peter 1:5-11
    • We can’t turn and run in the face of persecution.
    • II Peter 3:17-18
    • I Peter 2:13-16, 19-20 – Do right to silence foolish men.
    • I Peter 3:15 – This verse was written to people under persecution!
    • I Peter 5:2-3 – These people were under persecution. They were to keep serving and not fold under pressure.
  • We can’t please everyone, so focus on pleasing God!
    • Luke 19:5-8 – Zaccheus and grumblers
    • Studies show that ministers are often afraid of offending those who come to them for help and advice.
    • Isaiah 30:9-11 – These people didn’t want to hear God!
    • Acts 5:27-29 – The apostles decided to obey God rather than men.
    • I Peter 2:17-19 – Be submissive even to those who are unreasonable.
    • James 4:1-8
    • Pleasing God must be our priority.

Acts, Part 6

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 14, 2019

  • Acts 4:32-5:42
  • Acts 4:35 – “Lay them at the apostles’ feet” means they put things under control of the apostles. The money was specifically given to needy Christians.
  • Acts 5:1-11 – Ananias and Sapphira
    • Acts 5:3 – “Satan filled your heart” is a figure of speech (compare James 5:4; Romans 6:16). Satan didn’t physically take control of them.
    • These phrases are used interchangeably:
      • “lie to the Holy Spirit” (Acts 5:3)
      • “lied … to God” (Acts 5:4)
      • “put the Spirit of God to the test” (Acts 5:9)
    • The text makes a distinction between money that is “one’s own” and that which is “common” (Acts 4:32). Chapter 5 makes the same distinction (Acts 5:2, 4). This is good to remember when thinking about the use of the treasury.
  • Acts 5:17-42 – “they laid hands on them”
    • Note the difference between the people and the leaders:
  Regular People Leaders
Who were they afraid of? “great fear … none of the rest dared to associate with [the apostles]” (Acts 5:11, 13) “afraid of the people” (Acts 5:26)
Attitude toward apostles “held them in high esteem” (Acts 5:13) “filled with jealousy” (Acts 5:17)
Actions with apostles “all with one accord … more believers … constantly added” (Acts 5:12, 14) “put them in a public jail … strict orders not to continue teaching … intended to kill them … flogged them” (Acts 5:18, 28, 33, 40)
  • The regular people and leaders both had access to the same information but had opposite responses to the apostles.
    • Acts 5:41-42 – This is the attitude we should have about persecution!

Luke, Part 6

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 10, 2019

  • Luke 6:42-7:50
  • Luke 7:1-10 – This centurion was a Gentile, apparently a man of some means. He showed great faith, so much so that Jesus complimented him. Compliments from Jesus were rare!
  • Luke 7:11-17 – When Jesus did miracles, Jesus usually used His power to help people rather than doing some other great work that would not affect them.
  • Luke 7:16 – “Visit” here means that God sought out and helped His people. It is not a casual social visit.
  • Luke 7:18-23 – John certainly already knew Jesus was the Messiah, as he has previously said himself. John sent these men to strengthen their faith.
  • Luke 7:29 – Those who were baptized accepted the will of God and so justified Him and glorified Him.
  • Luke 7:34 – This is not saying that Jesus drank alcohol. It is simply contrasting Jesus’ diet with the austere diet of John the Baptist.
  • Luke 7:37-50 – This woman did what she could. We don’t always do what we can, but that should be our goal!

Questions About Abortion

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 7, 2019

  • Introduction
    • Psalms 139:1-3, 13-16 – God knows us at every place and every time.
    • Jeremiah 1:5
  • When does life begin?
    • Life begins in the womb at conception.
    • Brephos (baby): Luke 1:39-44; 2:12, 16 – Same word used for baby after birth and before birth.
    • Huios (son): Luke 1:57, 36 – Same word used before and after birth.
    • Syllambano (conceive): Luke 1:36, 24, 31; 2:21
    • Exodus 21:22-25 – God demanded protection for the unborn child. The child was alive!
      • Yeled [child/youth]yatza [go out, come out, bring out]
      • Does not mean “miscarriage” like nephel (Job 3:16; Psalms 58:8; Ecclesiastes 6:3) or shakol (Exodus 23:25; Hosea 9:14)
  • What does that mean regarding abortion?
    • It means abortion is murder because it deliberately ends an innocent life.
      • Genesis 1:26-27; 9:6
      • Romans 1:29
      • James 2:26
  • Doesn’t a woman have a right to make choices about her own body?
    • No, not if those choices break God’s laws. Biblically, we should start with the understanding that we belong to God.
    • Romans 6:11-13; 12:1-2
    • Matthew 16:24-25; 25:14-30
    • Luke 17:10
    • I Corinthians 6:15-20
  • Scott Klusendorf