The Apostles, Part 2

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, December 12, 2018

  • Following Jesus
    • First of the apostles to follow Jesus (recorded)
      • John 1:35-51
        • Andrew
        • Peter
        • Phillip
        • Nathaniel
      • Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11
        • Peter (Simon, called Peter)
        • Andrew
        • James
        • John
      • Matthew 9:9-13
        • Matthew
        • Who Jesus is seeking?
    • The four gospel accounts appear differently
      • Not everything is in the same order.
      • Not everything is included in all four accounts.
      • It appears there are differences in sequences of some events.
    • How to reconcile
      • Gospel accounts are not historical accounts per se.
      • There are other Biblical accounts not in chronological order.
        • Some not consecutive.
        • Some recount things in different levels of detail
      • They were not meant to be all inclusive. John 21:25
      • Only one account is stated to be recorded in order. Luke 1:3
  • Timeline to the call
    • Many things have happened up to this point
      • Jesus baptized in the Jordan – Matthew 3:13-17
      • The temptation – Matthew 4:1-11
      • John’s testimony that Jesus is the Lamb of God – John 1:19-34
      • Jesus followed by Andrew, Peter, Phillip, Nathaniel – John 1:35-51
      • Jesus turns water into wine at Cana – John 2:1-11
      • Jesus cleanses the temple – John 2:13-25
      • Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night – John 3:1-21
      • John testifies again concerning Jesus – John 3:23-36
      • John imprisoned, Jesus leaves for Galilee – Matthew 4:12
      • Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well – John 4:5-42
      • Jesus arrives in Galilee and teaches there – Luke 4:14-15
      • Jesus, at Cana, heals the nobleman’s son – John 4:46-54
      • Jesus makes his home in Capernaum – Matthew 4:13
      • Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James, John to follow Him – Luke 5:1-11
      • In the synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus casts out a demon – Mark 1:21-28
      • Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law – Mark 1:29-34
      • Jesus preaches throughout Galilee – Mark 1:35-39
      • Jesus heals a leper, tells him to keep quiet – Mark 1:40-45
      • Paralytic lowered through roof of house for Jesus to heal – Mark 2:1-12
      • Jesus calls Matthew – Mark 2:13-14

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 9, 2018

  • The local church is authorized to support the preaching of the gospel at home.
    • I Corinthians 9:7, 9, 11, 13-14 – Paul gives six reasons why mean should be supported for preaching the gospel.
    • II Corinthians 12:13
  • The local church is authorized to support the preaching of the gospel away from home.
    • Philippians 4:15-16
    • II Corinthians 11:7-9
    • Sponsoring church advocates argue that Thessalonica and Berea sent funds to the church in Philippi to support Paul,but that does not match the scriptures. All churches sent money directly to Paul.
  • Brethren, let the church be what God assigned it to be!

By David Watson

Benchley, December 9, 2018

  • Ezra 7:1, 6-10
  • Ezra 9:1-4, 6
  • Spend time in the Bible
    • Psalms 119:161-168 – We should be happy to spend time in the Bible!
    • Colossians 4:16
    • I Thessalonians 2:13
  • Live the Bible
    • Matthew 7:15-23 – People are known by their actions.
    • Am I living the Bible in my home?
    • Fathers need to be taking the lead in this.
    • Genesis 12:11-13; 2:2; 26:6-7 – Isaac did just as Abraham did!
    • I Kings 12:28-29; 15:25-26 – Jeroboam set a terrible example of idolatry.
  • Plan with the Bible
    • Genesis 17:7-9; 18:19
    • Deuteronomy 6:7
    • Psalms 78:6-7
    • II Timothy 2:2
    • II Peter 3:18

Humbly Seeking Truth, Part 2

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By Ara Casada and David Watson

Benchley, December 9, 2018

  • Doesn’t Numbers 14:18 show that everyone is born inheriting the sin of their parents? (continued)
    • Conclusion from the context
      • God will surely punish those who continually sin against Him.
      • God is longsuffering and merciful.
      • The person who sins shall die for His own sins.
    • Other Bible principles on the subject
      • Jeremiah 31:29-30
      • Ezekiel 18:
        • Ezekiel 18:1-4 – The soul that sins shall die.
        • Ezekiel 18:5-9 – The righteous man shall live.
        • Ezekiel 18:10-13 – If a just man’s son is evil, the son shall die.
        • Ezekiel 18:14-17 – If an evil man’s son is righteous, that son shall live.
        • Ezekiel 18:24 – It’s not once-saved, always saved!
      • Romans 5:12
      • II Corinthians 5:10
  • What does God think about observing special religious holidays?
    • Attitude check: Acts 18:23-28
    • Is it possible to worship or perform some religious act and be unapproved by God?
      • Genesis 4:3-5; Hebrews 11:4; Romans 10:17
      • Exodus 32:5
      • Leviticus 10:1-2
      • I Kings 12:28, 32
      • Mark 7:6-8
      • Galatians 5:2-4
      • John 4:24; II John 9 – God has always cared about how He is worshiped!
    • Christmas and Easter are not authorized as religious observances in the Bible.
      • The Bible records the birth of Jesus, but never authorizes us to make a religious memorial of His birth.
      • The Lord’s Supper has been authorized as a weekly memorial of His death and resurrection (I Corinthians 11:18-34; Acts 20:7).
    • Hopefully we can use these holidays to stir up people’s interest in the truth!
      • Acts 17:22-24 – These holidays give us an opportunity to speak about Jesus.
    • We may engage in cultural practices that do not involve unauthorized worship or religious service.
      • Circumcision
        • Galatians 2:3-5
        • Acts 16:3
      • Eating of meats
        • I Corinthians 8:1-8
    • Let’s honor Christ the ways He wants to be honored, remembering the Bible’s repeated warnings not to go beyond Divine authority for religious practices (Colossians 3:17; II John 9). But like Paul, let’s also use whatever opportunities we have to teach and practice the truth!

The Apostles, Part 1

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, December 5, 2018

  • Overview
    • Apostles – disciples, but more than that
    • Where they came from
    • Their selection
    • What and how they learned
    • What was their function?
    • Where did they go?
    • What we know and what we don’t know
    • Apostolic succession
    • Veneration of apostles and saints
  • What is an apostle?
    • Apostle or disciple? Matthew 10:1-2; 20:17; 26:20
      • Squares and rectangles
        • Apostle = ambassador (apostle: one chosen and sent)
        • Apostles were disciples
        • Not all disciples were apostles
        • Not all apostles were apostles – Acts 13:1-3; 14:14
          • Barnabas and Paul were listed as apostles here because they were specifically sent on a limited commission to preach the gospel. This does not mean that Barnabas was now one of the twelve apostles.
    • Where did they come from?
      • Humble or despised means
        • Fishermen
        • Tax collectors
        • Political radicals
      • From where did the wise come?
        • Jerusalem
        • Babylon – Matthew 2:1-2
      • Why did God not choose the wise?
        • Luke 10:21-24
        • Most of the apostles not from Jerusalem or Babylon
        • Not from among the rabbis or scribes or other scholars
        • What can I teach a scholar?
        • What can I teach an infant?
    • Really, where from?
      • Don’t know physical origins of all
        • Peter, Andrew, Phillip, Bartholomew (Nathaniel) – Bethsaida (John 1:43-51)
        • Peter, Andrew – Capernaum (WHAT?) (Mark 1:21-22, 29; Luke 4:31-32, 38)
        • Where was Jesus from?
          • Bethlehem? Nazareth? Capernaum? Matthew 4:13
        • James and John, sons of Zebedee – by the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 4:18-22)
        • Matthew – Capernaum (Matthew 9:9)
        • Paul (Saul) – Tarsus
        • Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Judas (not Iscariot), Simon the Zealot, Judas Iscariot, Matthias – Unknown
  • Coming weeks
    • When the apostles were just disciples
    • Choosing the apostles
    • Schooling the apostles
    • Duties of the apostles
    • Tradition and history
    • Veneration of apostles and saints
    • Apostolic succession

 

Three Things About Sacrifice

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 2, 2018

  • Romans 12:1-2
  • A sacrifice is my heart’s effort to honor God.
    • Malachi 1:6-7 – The real topic here is their hearts.
    • Malachi 1:8-14 – It would have been better for them to not worship than to worship so poorly. God demands the best from us!
    • Psalms 51:16-17 – God is most pleased with a broken and contrite heart.
    • Mark 12:32-34
    • I Peter 2:4-5 – We are to be living stones, offering up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.
  • It means giving something up that I otherwise wouldn’t want to give up.
    • Hebrews 13:15-16
    • Philippians 2:17
    • II Timothy 4:6
    • Where is God in our list of priorities?
  • Jesus went first. Our turn.
    • Ephesians 5:1-2
    • Galatians 2:20
    • Romans 12:1 – “By the mercies of God”: everyone deserves God’s wrath, but we can be justified by faith.
    • I owe it to God to sacrifice myself for Him!
  • Am I being a living sacrifice acceptable to God?

Humbly Seeking Truth, Part 1

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By Ara Casada

Benchley, December 2, 2018

  • Attitude check: Acts 17:22-34
  • Doesn’t Numbers 14:18 show that everyone is born inheriting the sin of their parents?
    • Similar statements occur four times in the Bible: Exodus 20:5; 34:7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9
    • Exodus 20:5-6
      • Context: Israelites fleeing Egypt with a shaky faith. God works miracles to build their faith. God makes a covenant with the people.
      • God was jealous for the Israelites, and he has every right to be!
    • Exodus 34:6-7
      • Context: Moses returns to Mount Sinai to replace the tablets of the law. God allows Moses to see His glory.
      • God wanted to show love and mercy, but the people sinned, separating them from God.
    • Numbers 14:18
      • Context: The twelve spies are sent to spy out Canaan. Only two say they can take the land. God wants to reject Israel and make a new nation from Moses.
      • Moses reminds God what He has said before and pleads with God to not destroy the people. God punishes only those who rebelled against Him.
    • Deuteronomy 5:9
      • Context: Recounting of the law of Moses and the story of the twelve spies.
      • None of the faithless generation would be allowed to enter the land, but the children would be allowed to go in.
    • Summary
      • God is jealous for devotion of His people – and has a right to be so.
      • God is patient and willing to forgive but will punish.
      • The soul that sins will be held accountable. Innocent people may sometimes have to deal with the physical consequences of their parents’ sins.

 

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 28, 2018

  • Matthew 7:9-24
  • Matthew 7:12 – See Romans 13:8, 10; Galatians 5:14
  • Matthew 7:13-14 – It takes effort to enter the narrow gate leading to life. See Luke 13:24. Compare Matthew 6:33. It takes seeking to find this way, but if we search for it, we will find it!
  • Matthew 7:15 – II Peter 2 and II Corinthians 13 both warn of the coming of false prophets.
  • Matthew 7:16-20 – See I Corinthians 10:12. We must examine everything we hear to determine if it is from God!
  • Matthew 7:21 – See Luke 6:46. Calling on the name of the Lord involves obedience – not just saying the words!
  • Matthew 7:24-27 – See I Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20-21. We must build our faith on the right foundation!
  • Matthew 7:29 – Compare Titus 3:15. We must speak the authoritative words to others.

By Cody Lachappelle

Benchley, November 25, 2018

  • John 14:1-6, 15 – Obedience is the way we show our love for God.
  • Luke 10:38-41 – We must focus on the things that are truly important.
  • Hebrews 11:6 – Diligently seek God.
  • I Corinthians 15:58
  • Romans 12:9-21 – Cling to what is good. Be steadfast in your service.
  • Ephesians 6:10-18 – Put on the whole armor of God.
  • II Timothy 4:6-8
  • II Peter 3:10-14
  • Wait! What did we just read?
    • Jesus is the only way
    • Love is obedience
    • Don’t miss it
    • Diligently seek
    • Employed for God
    • Stuck to good
    • Long for prayer
    • Right gear
    • Complete the mission
    • What are you?
  • The six Lachappelle family values
    • Love
    • Family
    • Hospitality
    • Adventure
    • Depth
    • Emotionally safe
  • Matthew 7:21-23
  • What is the will of God and how do I find it?
  • James 1:22
  • Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
  • God’s plan of salvation
  • Final takeaways …
    • Diligently seek God daily
    • Pray often and with passion
    • Share with boldness
    • Keep running, don’t quit, finish the race

 

 

Preach the Word!

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 25, 2018

  • II Timothy 4:2
  • The preacher should do his work well.
    • He should use the Bible.
      • I Timothy 4:6; II Timothy 1:13; Titus 2:1
    • He should work hard.
      • I Timothy 4:10-16; II Timothy 2:15
    • He should preach without bias.
      • I Timothy 5:19-21
    • He should spur everyone to action.
      • II Timothy 3:16; Titus 3:1, 14
  • The church should create a spiritual climate that encourages Bible preaching.
    • Insist on Bible answers to the devil’s problems.
      • II Timothy 3:1-4:5
    • Put God’s word to work!
      • II Timothy 2:2
      • If we are listening to a sermon with the intent to teach the lesson to others, it is a different kind of listening!
    • Encourage all Biblical preaching, not just sermons on favorite topics.