Luke, Part 16

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 19, 2019

  • Luke 16:13-17:10
  • Luke 16:17 – Jesus didn’t annihilate the Old Law. He fulfilled it.
  • Luke 16:18 – See Matthew 19:6.
  • Luke 16:19-31 – When the righteous dies, he goes to heaven. We don’t read of any intermediate place. When the evil man dies, he goes to hell. Again, no intermediate place is written about in the Bible.
  • Luke 17:6 – Jesus was speaking to the apostles here. Jesus was not promising that all believers would have these miraculous abilities.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 16, 2019

  • Causes of an acceptable church
    • Faith, foundation of service
      • Hebrews 1:6; Romans 5:1; John 8:24; Romans 10:17
      • II Peter 1:5-11
    • Love, the motivation for service
      • Matthew 22:37-39
      • I Corinthians 13:1-8
      • I John 4:1-5:1 – This love for God is what motivates us to worship Him.
    • Hope, the inspiration of service
      • Romans 8:24; 5:5; 12:12; Hebrews 6:19
  • Effects of an acceptable church
    • People who follow Christ
      • I Corinthians 11:1
      • Luke 6:46
      • Matthew 7:21
      • Matthew 15:9
    • People who are examples to others
      • I Thessalonians 1:6-7
      • Matthew 5:16 – How concerned am I about being a good example?
    • People who sound forth the word of God
  • This is what is takes to make an acceptable church anywhere.
  • Deuteronomy 10:12

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, June 16, 2019

  • Mark 10:45
  • Allegorical
    • Metaphor using known term for broader message
    • Price of releasing someone
      • From punishment or obligation
      • From being captive
    • Must be careful
      • Understand the broader message
      • Take care not to exceed the message
    • Other terms used
      • Redeemed
      • Debt cancelled
      • Purchased/bought
      • Reconciled
    • Included: Jesus died on the cross for us
      • It has lessons for our learning
      • It has great meaning for us.
    • Not included:
      • Who kidnapped us?
      • To whom was the ransom paid?
  • Ransom was part of the law of Moses
    • Exodus 21:28-30 is an example
    • Ransom paid to save from capital punishment
    • Amount agreed upon at conviction
    • Other examples
      • Ransom of firstborn in Numbers 3
      • Psalms 49:5-9, 15
  • Nature of ransom
    • Measure of perceived worth or ability to pay
    • Sometimes fixed or formulated amount
    • Often negotiated
  • All of us are under similar condemnation
    • Romans 3:23; 6:23
  • Ransom can remove our sentence of death
    • Just as in the law of Moses
    • Jesus is the ransom – I Timothy 2:1-6
    • That ransom frees us from sentence of death
  • Our ransom set by God
  • No negotiating
  • Ability and willingness to pay
  • Establishes what we are worth to God
    • What is your soul worth? Mark 8:34-36
    • Jesus’ temptation – Matthew 4:8-10
    • The price God paid for us – Mark 10:45
    • WHY?
  • What are we to God?
    • His creation – Genesis 1:26-27
      • He made us
      • We are made in His image
      • All that He made, He gave to us – I Corinthians 3:21-23
    • Combined work of the Godhead – Genesis 1:26
    • We are loved of God
      • Love so great as to offer His Sin for us
      • Ephesians 5:1-2
    • We are desired to be friends – John 15:12-13
  • God’s love for us runs deep
    • Blesses the just and the unjust – Matthew 5:44-45
    • Deeply desires to ransom us – Isaiah 30:18; Romans 5:8
  • How is His ransom received?
    • Hear God’s Word – Romans 10:17
    • Believe His Word – John 20:30-31
    • Repent of sin – II Corinthians 7:10
    • Confess faith in Christ – Matthew 10:29-33
    • Be baptized into Christ – Romans 6:3-4
    • Walk the new life in Christ – Matthew 28:19-20

II Peter 1:1-7

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By Ed Dulak

Benchley, June 16, 2019

  • II Peter 1:1-7
  • II Peter 1:4
    • “partakers of the divine nature”
      • See Galatians 4:19
    • “escape”
      • God provides a means of escape for us.
    • “corruption”
      • See Romans 8:21
  • II Peter 1:5
    • “diligence”
      • Work to grow towards God like a tree growing roots toward water. Jeremiah 12:5
    • “virtue”
      • Compare II Peter 2:9; Philippians 4:8. Virtue is also translated “moral excellence.”
    • “knowledge”
      • See II Peter 1:3; Romans 1:28; 11:33; I Corinthians 8:1; II Corinthians 10:4

Luke, Part 15

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By Ara Casada

Benchley, June 9, 2019

  • Sources of boldness, continued:
Philippians 1:12-21 See II Corinthians 11:23. Inspiration to boldly speak the gospel can be drawn from the examples of others. From the confident expectation (hope) that Christ will be exalted, further promoted, further spread, in whatever circumstances I face.
I Thessalonians 2:3-13 Being focused on pleasing God rather than men. Loving other people
Romans 1:11-17 See Romans 3:24. Realizing the gospel is important. Acts 18:24-28 – Apollos was fervent in his teaching.
  • Boldness and accuracy
    • Boldness alone results in false teaching.
    • Accuracy alone is not fully effective. It is unconvincing because it shows lack of faith.
    • Both boldness and accuracy are needed for effective teaching.

By Ara Casada

Benchley, June 9, 2019

  • Ephesians 6:13-20
  • Ephesians 6:20 – “ought” – Something that is necessary.
    • Romans 10:13-15
    • Necessity brought on by circumstances or by the conduct of others toward us.
    • What is necessary to attain some end.
      • John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12
    • Made necessary by law and command, duty, equity.
      • Matthew 10:32-33
      • Matthew 28:18-20
      • Matthew 5:14-16
  • How to develop boldness
    • Acts 4:13-22 – Peter and John threatened and released.
    • Acts 4:23-31 – They recognized God’s power and prayed that they might speak with boldness and confidence.
    • Boldness
      • Freedom in speaking, unreserved in speech.
        • Openly, frankly, i.e. without concealment
        • Without ambiguity or circumlocution
      • Free and fearless confidence
      • The behaviors/manners by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity.
        • Matthew 6:1; 5:13-16 – We must get the attention of men in order to spread the gospel.
  • Sources of boldness
Acts 4:19-20, 29-31 Having greater love and respect for God than for people.

Being fully confident that the gospel of Christ is the truth.
II Corinthians 3:7-18 Being fully confident that the gospel of Christ is the truth and provides salvation.
Ephesians 3:1-12 Realize this is part of the purpose God has for me as part of His collection of redeemed people.

Love other people: Therefore want them to know God, choose to love and obey Him so they can have salvation.

God Hates

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, June 9, 2019

  • God does not change:
    • Hebrews 13:8
    • John 8:58
    • John 10:30, 37-38
  • Ephesians 5:1-2
  • Proverbs 6:16-19 – Things that the Lord hates
  • As children of God, we need to learn to be “haters”
  • Pride
    • Matthew 23:12; Mark 7:20-23 – Pride is still a sin!
    • II Corinthians 7:2-4 – Paul showed the right kind of pride.
  • Lying
    • John 8:42-45 – Jesus told the truth, often bluntly.
  • I John 3:15
  • “Feet that make haste to run to evil”
    • Proverbs 1:15-16
  • “A false witness that breathes out lies”
    • Exodus 20:16
    • Matthew 19:18
  • “One who sows discord among brothers”
    • Titus 3:8-11
  • Do we hate like God hates?

Luke, Part 14

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The Mystery of Christ

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 2, 2019

  • Ephesians 3:1-7
  • Fellow heirs, members, partakers
    • Ephesians 3:6
    • Gentiles can be fellow partakers in Christ through the gospel.
    • Acts 10:28, 34
    • Acts 22:20-21
    • Galatians 3:14, 28
    • The gospel calls us above all prejudice and bias.
      • James 2:1-4, 8-9
      • John 4 – Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman.
    • The gospel is for all … even you!
      • Luke 5:1-9 – Peter didn’t feel worthy to be near Jesus.
      • Luke 22:31-32 – Peter could repent from this sin.
      • Nothing in your life disqualifies you from serving God.
      • Luke 9:23 – We can do this!
  • When you read you can understand.
    • Ephesians 3:3-4
    • Exodus 24:3; Joshua 1:8; 8:35 – Joshua read God’s word to the people. When they stopped reading, they fell away.
    • II Kings 22:8-11; 23:1-3
    • Ezra 7:10
    • Nehemiah 8:1-3
    • I Timothy 4:13