Luke, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 13, 2019

  • Luke 1:67-2:51
  • Luke 1:68-75 – This is a prophecy of what Jesus would do for salvation, not what He would do as far as physical enemies.
  • Luke 2:7 – “Firstborn” son here refers more to Christ’s preeminence than to physical birth order. Jesus did have multiple biological brothers and sisters, and He was firstborn in that sense as well.
  • Luke 2:21-24 – See Numbers 18:15.

The Social Gospel

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Acts, Part 2

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Luke, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 6, 2019

  • Introduction
    • Written to Theophilus, who here is referred to as a specific person.
    • Luke was the writer. The Holy Spirit was the author.
  • Filled with the Spirit (Luke 1:15-17; 41-42)
    • “Filled with” speaks, not of quantity, but of motivation. It speaks of cause and effect.
    • Luke 6:11
    • Acts 5:17-18
    • Acts 13:45
    • Acts 5:3
    • Acts 9:17-18
    • Ephesians 5:18-20
    • Luke 1:41-42
  • Luke 1:38 – This was a great demonstration of faith on Mary’s part, knowing that what she had just been told would be a miraculous feat.
  • Luke 1:50 – God will be merciful to the faithful in the judgment. Compare II Timothy 1:18.

By David Watson

Benchley, March 3, 2019

  • Philippians 3:20
  • The dilemma
    • All of us are guilty of sin, and sin will keep us out of Heaven.
    • Romans 3:23
    • Isaiah 59:2
    • I John 2:1-6
  • The danger
    • We may grow discouraged or unfruitful.
      • Mark 10:22
      • Matthew 27:5
    • We may be drawn to a false doctrine to find assurance.
      • Miraculous experience.
      • Martin Luther
  • The resolution
    • Our confidence comes from obedience to a God who is patient and forgiving!
      • Psalms 130:3-4
      • Acts 2:41; 16:32-43
      • I Corinthians 1:1-9, 18, 30; 11:1-2; 15:1-2 – Salvation is conditional. Keep improving!
      • Colossians 1:9-10; 2:20-22; 1:5, 13-14, 21-23; 2:13-14; 3:4, 13 – The Colossians could have hope of salvation even though they had room to grow.
      • I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:8
      • I John 1:6-10; 2:25-29; 4:15-17; 5:4-5, 10-13 – We can know God and have confidence in the day of Judgment.
      • Revelation 2:4-5, 19-23
    • The apostle Paul
      • I Corinthians 9:27; II Timothy 4:8

Acts, Part 1

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 3, 2019

  • Writer: Luke
    • II Timothy 4:11; Philemon 1:24
    • Luke 1:2 – Not a personal eyewitness of Jesus
    • Colossians 4:14
    • All early records unanimously name Luke as the writer of Luke and Acts.
    • Three indicators that Luke wrote both Luke and Acts
To whom addressed? “… to write out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus” (Luke 1:3) “The first account I composed, Theophilus …” (Acts 1:1)
Continuity of action “He parted from them and was carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:51) “The first account … until the day when He was taken up” (Acts 1:2)
Continuity of promise “I am sending forth the promise of my Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city …” (Luke 24:49) “He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised” (Acts 1:4)
  • Theophilus
    • Nothing is known about him. The name means “friend of God.” Theophilus could be a specific person or a general term for any friend of God.
  • Summary:
    • Acts covers about 30 years of the earliest history of the church.
    • The book of Acts has been shown to be extremely historically accurate. Acts 13:7
  • The apostles wait with great anticipation – Acts 1:1-12
    • John 14:16-17, 26; 15:16, 26-27; 16:13; 17:18; 20:21; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47-49
    • Acts 1:1-12 reviews and continues this great anticipation.
  • Carrying out the great commission – Acts 1:8
    • Jerusalem – Acts 2-7
    • Judea and Samaria – Acts 8-12
    • Remotest part of the earth – Acts 13-28
    • Isaiah 2:1-3 – This is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.
  • Jesus ascends into Heaven – Acts 1:9-11
    • Jesus left as part of the divine plan. He did not fail but left on His own terms.
    • Acts 7:55 – Stephen later saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
  • Bible contradiction? Acts 1:8
  • Selecting a new apostle – Acts 1:15-26
    • The new apostle had to be an eyewitness of Jesus.
  • “Witnessing”
    • The word “witness” is used many times in the New Testament, but people use it in a different way today. The apostles were witnesses of things they had seen with their own eyes.
    • The apostles were the prime witnesses.
      • Luke 24:46-48; John 15:26-27; 19:35; 20:30-31; 21:24; Acts 1:8, 22; 2:32, 40; 3:15; 4:33; 5:32; 8:25; 10:39-42; 13:3
    • The apostles could tell people what they had seen with their own eyes.
      • I Peter 5:1; II Peter 1:16-19; I John 1:1-4; 4:14; Revelation 1:1-2
    • Matthias qualified as an apostle because he was an eyewitness. Acts 1:21-22
    • Paul became a witness because Jesus appeared to him.
      • Acts 9:3-5; 18:5; 20:21, 24; 22:14-15; 23:11; 26:16, 22; 28:23; I Corinthians 15:15

The Apostles, Part 13

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, February 27, 2019

  • The apostle Peter
    • Fisherman to fisher of men
      • John 1:35-42
      • Matthew 4:18-20 – start of the process
    • Hot and cold
      • Mark 8:31-33
      • John 13:6-9
      • John 13:31-38; Matthew 26:74-75, 57-58
      • First gospel sermons in Acts 2 and Acts 3
      • Withstood persecution of the council – Acts 4:1-31
      • Influences others into hypocrisy – Galatians 2:11-14
    • Was he the rock on whom the church was built?
      • John 1:42 – Peter or rock?
      • Matthew 16:13-20 – Is Peter this rock?
      • From Peter himself: I Peter 2:4-8
      • Backed up by Paul: I Corinthians 3:9-11
    • Was Peter the “Head Apostle” or “Chief Apostle”?
      • Hebrews 3:1 – Someone greater than Peter
      • Galatians 2:6-10 – not exclusive
    • Peter not always “preeminent”
      • James took front and center in much of Acts
        • Acts 12:17; 15:13; 21:18
      • Who sends the boos on a mission? Acts 8:14-15
      • No doubt, Peter was a prominent apostle
      • No indication that he ruled over them
      • With no position held, it couldn’t be passed down
  • Apostolic succession
    • Several schisms teach and follow this
      • Roman Catholicism
      • Eastern Orthodoxy
      • Mormonism
    • Hinges on two ideas
      • Peter was the head apostle
      • His authority was passed on to subsequent generations
      • New apostles replace those who pass on or step down
    • Matthias
      • Added to the eleven to make twelve again
      • Criteria defies continual replacement – Acts 1:21-22
        • Be a witness “with us”
        • Must have been present along with apostles
    • What about Paul?
      • Special mission, special apostleship
      • Mission determined by God, not man
      • Appointment directly from Jesus
    • Some call selves apostles but are not – Revelation 2:2
  • Veneration
    • Adulation bordering on worship
      • To apostles
      • To select or prominent saints
      • Special places of worship
        • Bearing saints’ names
        • Some containing their remains – Matthew 23:27
      • Contrast with apostles’ attitudes
        • Where did early church gather in Jerusalem?
        • What made place of worship holy? Matthew 18:20
        • We keep the things we do and places we do when we do them by the authority of Jesus Christ
      • Would the apostles approve?
    • Scriptures to consider
      • I Thessalonians 2:5-7
      • Acts 14:11-18
      • I Corinthians 15:9-10
      • II Corinthians 11:7-15
      • Acts 10:25-26
      • Matthew 17:4-5
  • Peter in tradition
    • Executed in Rome by Nero
      • Crucified upside down
      • Same time as Paul’s execution
      • Remains in St. Peter’s Basilica along with Paul’s
    • Count Joseph’s Commission in the fourth century
      • From Emperor Constantine
      • Martyrium built on site of Peter’s and Andrew’s home
  • The apostles – in closing
    • Single most convincing evidence
      • Never sought power or wealth
      • Unfailing witnesses of the gospel
      • Endured much discomfort and cruelty
      • Died for the faith, what they knew to be true
        • Deaths often by cruel means
        • Could have renounced faith
    • Why would they do this for a lie?

The Devil’s Goals

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 24, 2019

  • James 4:7
  • To keep people out of the church
    • Acts 2:47
    • Colossians 1:13
    • Acts 20:28
    • The devil knows the value of the church in man’s salvation.
    • Revelation 2:9 – The devil has his churches. If he can keep men there, he can keep them from salvation.
    • Jesus’ first objective is to get men out of the devil’s domain and into His church. Hebrews 7:25
  • To get men back into his service
    • II Peter 2:20-22
    • II Corinthians 2:11 – The devil has many devices to get people back into his domain:
      • Trying to keep people ignorant of God’s word
      • Trying to interest people in worldly enterprises
      • Using church trouble and division to get people back into his service
      • Using evil companions to tempt people back into his service (I Corinthians 15:33)
      • Tempting people to serve themselves instead of God even as they worship
      • Tempting people with pleasure
      • Using our stinginess
      • Using chronic grouchiness and backbiting to get us away from Christ
      • Encouraging us to be adept at excuses instead of working like we should
      • Encouraging people to have a “rule or ruin” attitude within the church
  • I Peter 5:8-9 – Let us recognize our weak points and strengthen them.

The Paralytic’s Faith

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Humbly Seeking Truth, Part 12

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