By Ed Whitt

Benchley, September 20, 2017

  • Somewhere in the middle, continued:
    • Tax collectors (publicans)
      • Bought position
      • Assessment arbitrary
      • Fill quota
      • Shaky heritage
      • High net worth
      • Very low esteem with all
      • Matthew 5:43-48
      • Matthew 18:15-17
      • Matthew 9:9-13
      • Luke 18:9-14
      • Matthew 21:23-31, 33-46
      • Luke 19:1-10 – Zaccheus was a rich tax collector.
  • The elites
    • The rich
      • Usually the most successful farmers and merchants
      • Not always Sadducees
      • Luke 15:11-32 – father of the prodigal son was a wealthy man
    • Pharisees, scribes
      • The religious elite
      • Rarely among the rich
      • John 3:1; 19:39 – Nicodemus was a Pharisee, but evidently a man of means.
    • Priesthood
      • The priestly elite
      • Usually among the richest
      • Priests made money on concessions around the temple and money-changing.
  • Regions, cities, enclaves of the Diaspora
    • Persia had largest regional Jewish population
      • Mostly remainders of Babylonian captivity
      • Had the lowest level of Hellenization of all Jews
    • Alexandria had largest Jewish urban population
      • About 200,000
      • Mostly around Heliopolis
      • Easy access to ports to rest of the world, relatively easy to get back to Jerusalem for worship
    • Enclaves from Morocco to India, Cape Horn to the Bosporus

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 17, 2017

  • Introduction
    • It is God’s salvation
      • Psalms 51:12
      • Romans 6:23
    • Salvation shows God’s love
      • John 3:16
      • Hebrews 2:9
      • Titus 2:11
    • Salvation is conditional
      • I Timothy 2:4
      • II Peter 3:9
  • That which God requires one to understand, he can understand
    • John 7:17
    • Galatians 5:17
    • John 8:43 – The problem was that people were not willing to do the will of God. They heard the word but had not committed themselves to do it.
  • That which God requires one to believe, he can believe.
    • Hebrews 11:6
    • Psalms 19:1-2
    • Romans 1:20
    • Matthew 24:46
    • I Corinthians 15:6
    • Hebrews 8:6
    • Jeremiah 10:23
    • Psalms 37:23
  • That which God requires one to do, he can do
    • Acts 17:30
    • Romans 10:10
    • Acts 2:38, 47
    • Many will not do these things, but it is not because they cannot.
    • I Timothy 5:22
    • I Corinthians 15:58
    • Matthew 6:33
    • Galatians 6:1
    • James 5:19-20
    • Matthew 28:18-20
  • That which God requires one to be, he can be.
    • I Peter 1:16
    • Ephesians 5:25-27
    • I Timothy 5:22
    • Ephesians 3:21
    • Matthew 5:16
  • Do we really want to be saved badly enough to be saved?

Being “In Christ”

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By Coy Baldwin

Benchley, September 17, 2017

  • Introduction
    • John 15:5
    • Why would I want to be in Christ? Romans 6:3
      • Ephesians 1:3-5, 9, 13 – We receive so many blessings in Christ!
  • Respect authority of Christ
    • Matthew 28:18-20
    • Colossians 2:6-8; 3:1, 5, 8, 12-13 – These are demands of being in Christ.
  • Devoted to Christ
    • Philippians 3:7-14
    • Luke 14:26-27 – Christ must come before all our physical relationships.
  • Maintain sincere faith
    • Hebrews 12:1 – What is “the sin?” Is it not the sin of unbelief?
      • Hebrews 10:36-11:1, 4, 5, 7
    • Hebrews 6:10
    • Hebrews 10:22-29
    • II Timothy 1:5-8
    • Hebrews 3:12
    • James 2:14
    • John 8:24

Spiritually Minded?

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By Coy Baldwin

Benchley, September 17, 2017

  • The “spiritual” man …
    • I Corinthians 2:14-15, 6-10 – Judges (appraises) the gospel of the cross by the Holy Spirit’s confirmed revelation (compares spiritual things with spiritual).
      • I Corinthians 1:18, 22-24, 30-31 – The spiritual man understands and values the gospel.
      • I Corinthians 2:4-5
      • Just because a person believes in the gospel does not mean he is a spiritual man.
    • I Corinthians 14:37 – Recognizes the authority of the apostolic writings
    • Galatians 5:2 – 6:1 – Walks by the spirit
      • Galatians 6:7-8
  • The “spiritual” person is not …
    • Acts 17:22 – Simply religious
    • I Timothy 4:3-4 – In denial of lawful pleasures
    • I John 2:3-5 – Simply saying he knows God
    • II Corinthians 11:13, 15, 19-21 – Simply esteemed by others
    • I Corinthians 5:1-2 – Simply a member of a local church
  • Application
    • Matthew 7:15 – judging others
    • John 7:23-24 – judging ourselves
      • James 1:25
  • Why do we care?
    • Romans 8:5-6
    • Romans 7:24-8:2

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, September 13, 2017

  • Last lesson
    • Women in Jesus’ ministry
    • Social strata of Jerusalem and Judea
  • This lesson
    • Continue with social strata in Judea
      • Who were these people?
      • What made them tick?
  • What was the 1st century social scene?
    • Farmers, farmers, farmers, and fishermen
      • Farmers included shepherds, and lots of them
      • All had long days, hard work
      • Most formed the base of the social strata
      • Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 5:1-11
      • John 21:1-8 – Jesus appears to the disciples in a similar manner to the way in which He first called them.
      • John 5:2 – There was a gate near the temple used for bringing sheep in for sacrifices. Sheep were important!
    • Merchants
      • Distributed goods to/from other parts of the world
      • Ran markets where farmers, shepherds, fishermen sold
      • Generally better off than most agrarians/fishermen
      • One rung up from the agrarians/fishermen
      • Matthew 25:14-30 – Most merchants had servants. They needed their servants to help them make money or they would go out of business.
  • Somewhere in the middle
    • Tax collectors (publicans)
      • Bought position
      • Assessment arbitrary
      • Fill quota
      • Shaky heritage
      • High net worth
      • Very low esteem with all
      • Matthew 5:43-48
      • Matthew 18:15-17
      • Matthew 9:9-13
      • Luke 18:9-14

By Tant Miller

Benchley, September 10, 2017

  • II Peter 1:3
  • Godliness
    • I Timothy 4:7-8
    • II Peter 3:9-11
    • Philippians 1:27
    • We must have the correct attitude in worship.
    • I Timothy 3:15
  • The purpose of the church is to glorify God.
    • Ephesians 3:21
    • John 4:24
  • The five items of worship:
    • Sing – Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
    • Pray – Acts 2:42; I Thessalonians 5:25
    • Lord’s Supper – I Corinthians 10:16; I Corinthians 11:26; Acts 20:7
    • Give – I Corinthians 16:1-2; II Corinthians 9:7
    • Study – Acts 2:42; II Timothy 2:15
  • How to worship – Luke 22:19; II Corinthians 9:7; II Timothy 2:15
  • Work of the church
    • I Thessalonians 1:8
    • II Timothy 4:2
    • Acts 11:29
  • Reverence for God
    • Psalms 89:7; 90:2; 95:6; Hebrews 10:31; 12:28-29
    • Reverence is not merely:
      • Respect
      • Being quiet
      • Participating in worship
    • Job 1:1; Psalms 128:1; Ecclesiastes 8:12-13
    • Ecclesiastes 5:2-3
    • Psalms 111:9; Matthew 4:10; Habakkuk 2:20
    • We must reverence God’s word. Isaiah 66:2; Ezra 9:4; John 12:48
    • Deuteronomy 6:13; Matthew 4:10; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 11:22
    • The love of God requires reverence. Mark 12:30-31
  • Our love for God
    • Matthew 22:37; Titus 2:4; Ephesians 5:25
    • Romans 5:6-8
    • I John 4:19; John 3:16
    • I John 3:16; 4:9-19 – God first loved us.
    • John 10:10; Ephesians 5:1-2
    • Romans 5:6-8
    • John 15:13
    • II Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:5-8
    • How can we fail to reciprocate such love?
    • John 21:16
    • Luke 22:33
    • I John 5:3
    • Matthew 5:39
  • Obedience
    • I John 5:3
    • John 14:15, 21-24
    • I John 2:3-5
    • Malachi 1:13
    • Psalms 122:1; 27:4
    • Ephesians 2:22; I Peter 2:5
    • When we worship, we are in His presence. Matthew 26:39; 18:20
    • When we worship, we are aware of things beyond our sight. John 4:24
    • Psalms 89:7
    • Ephesians 5:19
    • Hebrews 10:22
    • Hebrews 13:15
    • Our attitude makes us dependable to assemble.
      • I Corinthians 5:4
      • I Peter 3:12
      • Psalms 100:1-3
      • I John 3:1
      • On Jesus’ account: Romans 4:25; Matthew 18:12-14
      • On the saints’ account: Hebrews 10:24-25; I Corinthians 12:12-14, 22
      • On our own account: Ephesians 3:16
      • Matthew 6:33
    • Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12
    • Matthew 6:6; Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 11:26, 29
    • I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:7
    • Ephesians 6:18-20
    • Hebrews 13:18
  • Luke 8:18
  • Matthew 13:15-16
  • Luke 8:15
  • Psalms 1:1-2
  • I Timothy 4:15
  • I Corinthians 10:31
  • We have a soul to save! Matthew 16:26
  • We have friends to influence! Matthew 5:16
  • We have Hell to avoid! Matthew 25:41; Romans 2:7-9
  • II Thessalonians 1:7-9
  • I Peter 1:3-4
  • Romans 14:12
  • John 4:24
  • Revelation 22:12
  • II Peter 3:9-14, 17
  • II Timothy 3:16-17
  • Genesis 6:9
  • Acts 3:22-23
  • II Peter 1:1
  • Romans 10:17

The Divided Kingdom

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 10, 2017

  • I Kings 12 – II Kings 25; II Chronicles 10-36
  • The kingdom divides
    • Southern kingdom: Judah, Benjamin, Levites, and others
      • II Chronicles 11:1-4, 13, 16; 15:9
    • Northern kingdom: Israel (other 10 tribes)
    • Jeroboam was afraid of losing people to Judah when they went to Jerusalem to worship, so he set up places to worship in Israel with non-Levite priests.
    • Israel: 20 kings, all bad
    • Judah: 20 kings, three that were pretty good (Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, Josiah), and a few other that were good for part of their reign. All were descendants of David.
    • God sent dozens of prophets to both kingdoms. They were mostly ignored.
    • Israel was conquered in 722 B.C. by Assyrians.
    • Judah was conquered in 586 B.C. by Babylonians.
  • You must choose righteousness, regardless of your parents.
    • II Kings 125:25-33 – Jeroboam sets up his own places and idols to worship.
    • It is possible to break a cycle!
      • II Kings 16:3 – Ahaz – sacrificed a son to an idol!
      • II Kings 18:1-6 – Hezekiah – broke down idols and served God
      • II Kings 21:1-3 – Manasseh – did evil until the end of his life – rebuilt the idols! He was a bad influence on his son Amon, who ruled after him.
      • II Kings 21:19-21 – Amon – served the idols of Manasseh
      • II Kings 22:1-2 – Josiah – served God with all his heart
      • II Kings 23:32 – Jehoahaz – did evil before God, despite the good influence of his father Josiah
      • II Kings 23:37 – Jehoiakim – did evil before God
    • Ezekiel 18:14-17 – God judges us based on our actions – not our parents.
  • Listen to God’s word.
    • II Kings 17:7, 12-16, 22-23, 19 – Why Israel fell.
    • God tried many different strategies to reach His people.
    • When we ignore God’s word, we are making the same mistake.
      • Galatians 5:19-21 – sins to avoid
      • Galatians 5:22-24 – The good side!

Psalms, Part 8

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 10, 2017

  • Psalms 41-48
  • Psalms 44:8 – This should be our goal: to praise God all day long!
  • Psalms 44:9-21 – The reason God rejected them was because they had forsaken God. Compare Romans 8:35-36. This passage seems to present the view of God’s actions from the human perspective. People felt that God was forsaking them for no reason. We know from many other scriptures that this was not really true.
  • Psalms 45:6 – This is a Messianic prophecy. See Hebrews 1:8-9.
  • Psalms 48:12-13 – Know God and His word well so you can teach it to the next generation.

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, September 6, 2017

  • Last lesson
    • What changed going into the 1st century
    • How that contrasted with Jesus’ ministry
  • Question from last week
    • First century treatment of women
      • Sounds like what Muslims teach today
      • Where did they get those teachings?
    • Mohammed grew up in the trade caravans
      • Encountered many Jews and Christians
      • Islam is a hodgepodge of adaptations from both
      • Borrowed from Hellenism on treatment of women
        • Mistook Jewish tradition with scriptural mandate
        • Saw conflicts as indication that scripture was corrupt
  • This lesson
    • Women in Jesus’ ministry
    • Social strata of Jerusalem and Judea
    • Intro into the Diaspora
  • More about women
    • Luke 7:36-50
    • Luke 10:38-42 – This directly contradicts teaching from rabbis that said women should not be taught.
      • Mary had the ability to make the choice to be a disciple and she made the right choice.
      • Acts 22:3
    • Luke 8:1-3
    • Luke 8:40-56
  • What’s the point?
    • Status and dignity of women eroded
      • By culture
      • By religious tradition
    • Jesus did not regard either
      • John’s message was of a return to God’s Word
      • Jesus adds to that road-paving message
      • The choice is ours, but the Truth is unchanging
      • Matthew 11:28-30
  • What was the first century social scene?
    • Farmers, farmers, farmers, and fishermen
      • Farmers included shepherds, and lots of them
        • Sheep were a staple, used for both food and clothing
      • All had long days, hard work
      • Most formed the base of the social strata

Hurricane Relief

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 3, 2017

  • Matthew 22:36
  • Loving our neighbors: helping those in need
    • Matthew 5:38-42
    • Luke 14:12-14; 10:27-37 – Make sure you are helping with the right motive. Do not help just to be seen by others, although sometimes others may see your good works and glorify God.
    • Acts 10:1-4; James 1:27
    • I Timothy 6:17-19
    • “Nobody gets to Heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.” – James Forbes
  • Loving God: following His plan for benevolence
    • The Bible makes a distinction between individual action and church action. I Timothy 5:16
      • An individual may help through money (Luke 10:35; Acts 10:4)
      • An individual may help through action (Luke 10:34; James 1:27)
      • A church can help its own needy members (Acts 4:32-35).
      • A church can send money to another church so that it can help its own needy members (I Corinthians 16:1-4).
      • But a church does not have authority to offer benevolence to the general public.
        • Acts 11:27-30
      • Also, a church cannot reorganize.
    • The wisdom of God’s plan
      • Philippians 1:27
      • John 6:34-35