People of the Bible, Part 8

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 15, 2018

  • Judas
    • I can be part of the gospel effort for years and still choose to sin.
      • Mark 3:13-15, 19 – Judas’ downfall was not due to lack of involvement in the work. Jesus hand-picked him!
      • Mark 6:7, 12-13, 30
      • Luke 22:1-6
      • James 4:7; 1:13-15; I Corinthians 10:13 – We always have our free will. Judas chose to sin.
    • A small (?) vice can become my big downfall.
      • John 12:3-6 – Judas liked to steal money when he could.
      • Matthew 26:14-16 – Judas sold his loyalty.
      • James 1:14-15
      • I Timothy 6:10
    • I shouldn’t give up on myself.
      • Matthew 27:1-5 – It’s tragically ironic that an apostle of the Savior did not seek to be saved.
      • I Timothy 1:13-17 – Why was Paul a great and influential apostle, whereas Judas was a man of disgrace? Because Paul repented and found forgiveness; Judas did not.

Moral Worldliness, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 12, 2018

  • 1 John 2:15-17
  • Prohibitions against worldliness
    • John 17:14
    • John 18:36 – Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world.
    • Romans 12:2 – Don’t be conformed to this world.
    • James 4:4
    • James 1:27
    • II Peter 1:4
    • II Corinthians 4:4
    • Revelation 12:9
    • I John 5:19
    • John 12:31
    • Matthew 12:30
  • Things that are morally right can become wrong through misuse.
    • II Timothy 2:10
    • Luke 12:13-21
    • Luke 10:38-42 – Mary and Martha: Any time we make the same mistake Martha did, we are guilty of moral worldliness.
    • Mark 4:18-19
  • Things we must guard against:
    • Letting hobbies or recreation come between us and God
    • Letting television or the Internet separate us from God
    • Letting education or a job come before serving God
    • Letting friends and family come between us and God

Self-Denial

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Marriage, Part 1

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Unity

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Service of a Leader

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By Daniel Beamon

Benchley, August 5, 2018

  • Jesus: an example of leadership
    • Jesus did not esteem himself
      • Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 18:1-4; John 13:12-16; Matthew 21:1-5
    • Jesus led by example
      • John 13:12-16; Hebrews 4:14-16; Lukr 4:42-44; 9:1-6, 57-58
    • Jesus sacrificed himself
      • John 10:7-18
    • Jesus was a servant
      • Matthew 20:25-28; Luke 22:27; Philippians 2:6-7
  • Husbands: leader of the family
    • Husbands should not esteem themselves
      • Philippians 2:3-4; John 13:12-16
    • Husbands should lead by example
      • John 13:12-16; Hebrews 4:14-16
    • Husbands should sacrifice themselves
      • Ephesians 5:25-30
    • Husbands should be servants
      • Matthew 20:25-28; Luke 22:27; Philippians 2:6-7

Jude, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 5, 2018

  • Jude 1:12-25
  • Jude 1:12 – It’s not entirely clear what is meant here by “love feasts.” The rest of the language here is very figurative, so it could simply be referring to fellowship with these people who were hidden dangers to their faith.
  • Jude 1:14 – Enoch was one of only two men we know of that did not see death. He and Elijah were both taken to heaven directly by God (Genesis 5:24; II Kings 2:11).
  • Jude 1:16 – See II Peter 2:1-3.
  • Jude 1:17 – See I Timothy 4:1; 1:19-20; II Timothy 2:17. The apostles had repeatedly warned of false teachers coming in.
  • Jude 1:20 – See Acts 17:11; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6. This is the way we build ourselves up in the holy faith.

People of the Bible, Part 7

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 1, 2018

  • Zaccheus and Nicodemus
    • Jesus loves me, even if I’m small in the eyes of others.
      • Luke 19:1-10
      • Romans 12:16
      • Matthew 25:37-40
      • Like everyone, Zaccheus needed forgiveness.
    • I won’t let peer pressure stop me.
      • John 3:1-15
      • Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews – a member of the Sanhedrin.
      • Mark 15:43
      • John 7:43-52; 19:38-42 – Nicodemus spoke up for Jesus and worked with Joseph of Arimathea to give Jesus a proper burial.
      • Peer pressure can affect us at any age! John 12:42-43; Mark 6:26; Matthew 10:32-33
    • I have issues, but I need to humbly repent.

Moral Worldliness

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 29, 2018

  • Worldliness – of or relating to the concerns of this life as distinguished from the life to come.
  • Prohibitions against worldliness
    • John 7:14
    • John 17:15
    • Romans 12:1-2
    • James 4:4
    • James 1:27
    • II Peter 1:4
    • Matthew 6:33 – We have a choice to make!
  • Worldliness is of the devil
    • II Corinthians 4:4
    • Revelation 12:9
    • I Peter 5:8-9
    • John 5:19
    • Matthew 7:13-14
    • John 12:31
  • II Timothy 4:10
  • Luke 10:38-42 – The story of Mary and Martha. Martha was more concerned about Jesus’ physical well-being than listening to what Jesus was saying.
  • Luke 12:13-21
  • This world serves the goddess of pleasure.
  • I Timothy 6:10 – There is nothing wrong with money, but we can’t let money come before serving God.
  • “Covetousness is going crazy about things.”
  • Philippians 3:8-15
  • II Timothy 4:6-8 – Let us follow Paul in this.
  • Let us refuse to be servants of this world but always seek God first!

Fear

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, July 30, 2018

  • Man and beast have fear
    • God made us and them that way
    • Protected and fed by animals’ fear of us – Genesis 9:2
  • Fear can help us – Proverbs 1:7
  • Fear can hinder us – Matthew 25:24-28
  • What causes fear?
    • Danger
    • The unknown or unfamiliar
    • Overwhelming opposing force
      • If God is with us, there is no such thing as overwhelming opposing force.
    • Personal experience – II Corinthians 12:20-21
    • Other people’s experience – Acts 9:26
    • Disapproval of others – John 9:17-22
    • Immediate consequences for actions – Jonah 3:4-9
  • Kinds of fear
    • Reverence and respect
      • Cornelius – Acts 10:1-2
      • Jonah – Jonah 1:1-3
    • Mortal fear
      • Belshazzar – Daniel 5:1-6
      • Saul and the Israelites – I Samuel 17:8-11, 21-24
      • Peter – Matthew 14:27-31
    • Phobia
      • Spiders, snakes, etc.
      • Heights, people, situations
    • Memory fear
      • “I remember what happened last time I did this!”
    • Fear of consequences
      • Jonah – Jonah 3:10-4:3
      • Ecclesiastes 8:11
  • Subjecting fear
    • Knowledge
      • Fear is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7
      • Learn what should NOT make you afraid. Matthew 10:24-33
    • Familiarity
      • Doing activities that make you fearful.
      • Understanding better through instruction.
    • Faith
      • Truly believing you will be all right – Matthew 10:29-31
      • Faith that God is with you
        • Isaac – Genesis 26:24
        • Israel – Isaiah 41:8-13; Haggai 2:13
        • Jeremiah – Jeremiah 1:4-8
        • Apostles – Matthew 28:19-20
        • Other times and other ways
    • Love
      • Love ultimately overcomes fear – I John 4:16-19
      • Motivation to put the fear behind you.
  • Helping others gain courage
    • “Encouragement”
      • Isaiah 35:3-4
      • Acts 11:22-24 (4:36)
      • Colossians 4:7-8
      • Hebrews 3:13
    • Mentorship and examples
      • Missionary activities rarely done alone
      • Titus 2:1-8
  • Why is courage so important?
    • Why work so hard for it?
    • Why strive to encourage others?
      • God instructs us so
      • It has eternal consequences – Revelation 21:8
  • Take courage
  • Encourage others