Luke, Part 20

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 17, 2019

  • Luke 20:19-21:36
  • Luke 20:36 – Jesus’ reasoning is interesting here. He says there is no marriage after the resurrection because there is no death. Marriage is a covenant limited by death, so if there is no death, there can be no marriage.
  • Luke 21:7-21:36 – Jesus is prophesying about the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in AD 70 (Luke 21:32, 20, 34).
  • Luke 21:14 – This instruction was specific to those who would be sent out to teach. We still have to study!
  • Luke 21:24 – The times of the Gentiles could be referring to the coming of the Romans who would destroy the temple.

The Gainsaying of Korah

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 14, 2019

  • It’s important for us to think deeply and understand why we believe what we believe.
  • Do I believe in a religious tradition simply because it’s a tradition?
    • Mark 7:1-8
    • II John 9
  • Do I carry things over from the Old Covenant?
    • Exodus 20 – God gives the Old Covenant law.
    • Jeremiah 31:31-32 – God would reveal a New Covenant.
    • The New Covenant was in effect from Acts 2 on.
    • Hebrews 8:6-9, 13
    • Hebrews 10:9-10
  • Do I just believe what my family believes?
    • Matthew 10:32-38 – Jesus must be the priority, even over family.
    • Galatians 1:13-14; I Timothy 1:15
  • Do I just go along with the religious experts?
    • Who are the experts?
    • The experts are often wrong!
      • Matthew 16:6, 12
      • Matthew 23:1-3, 15
      • Acts 4:1-2, 17-18 – The experts tried to stomp out the gospel!
      • Acts 22:3
  • Do I just follow what is popular?
    • Matthew 7:13-14 – Following the majority is not a good strategy!
    • Does God’s truth change based on society? Certainly not!
  • Do I just believe what seems right to me?
    • Acts 23:1; 26:9-11 – Paul did what seemed right to him!
    • Proverbs 14:12; Jeremiah 10:23
  • Why should we believe what we believe?
    • John 12:46-50
    • Matthew 5:44
    • Matthew 13:37
    • Because it is what God commanded!
    • Mark 16:16

Acts, Part 16

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Luke, Part 19

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Self-Control

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 7, 2019

  • Acts 24:25
  • It’s the core quality of successful living.
    • Titus 2:11-14. See also Luke 9:23. Jesus taught the same thing, and He lived it!
    • I Corinthians 9:23-27 – Self-control is for people at all stages of life. Even Paul needed to practice self-control. Self-control freed him up to practice better things.
    • Self-control isn’t about just not doing bad things. It’s about putting yourself on the path to serve God.
    • II Peter 2:1, 14, 18-19 – Self-control destroys Satan’s seductions.
    • This is true in both spiritual and secular realms. Self-control is a better indicator of success than talent, intelligence, and other factors.
  • You can grow it like a muscle.
    • Galatians 5:19-24
    • II Peter 1:5-8 – These qualities should be increasing! We must continue working on these things.
    • Self-control continues to increase if you work on it!
    • Studies show that improving self-control in one area helps in all other areas.
  • Be thinking of some ways to exercise more self-control starting today!
    • Finances – Ecclesiastes 5:10
    • Emotions – Proverbs 16:32
    • Speech – Proverbs 21:23
    • Lust of the flesh – I Thessalonians 4:7
    • Lust of the eyes – Job 31:1
    • Pride – I Peter 5:5

Acts, Part 15

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 7, 2019

  • Acts 17:10-19:7
  • Acts 17:11 – This is especially impressive considering the fact that they did not have modern Bibles and would have been consulting expensive scrolls.
  • Acts 17:16 – An ancient writer (Petronius) wrote that in Athens it was easier to find a god than a man!
  • Acts 17:22 – Mars Hill is just across from the Acropolis and was in the heart of the idolatrous practices of the Athenians. Paul had incredible courage to speak here!
  • Acts 17:23-28 – Things to learn:
    • How a woman and her husband can teach someone spiritual things.
    • Such teaching can be done discreetly, with a pure motive and with the goal of helping the cause of Christ, as opposed to a battle of egos and who knows more.
    • How one can grow if he is willing to listen and be taught.
  • Acts 19:1-7 – These disciples had great attitudes. When they found something they needed to do to serve God, they were eager to learn and do it!

Luke, Part 18

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 3, 2019

  • Luke 18:15-19:10
  • Luke 18:15-17 – We are to be innocent like little children in receiving the kingdom. This passage refutes Calvinism in showing that little children are acceptable to God – they are not guilty of sin.
  • Luke 18:29-30 – Compare Matthew 6:33. If it comes down to choosing between God or family, we must choose God.
  • Luke 18:31-34 – Jesus clearly told the apostles what would happen to Him, but they could not yet understand it.
  • Luke 18:35-43 – Compare Acts 3. The faith of the blind beggar led him to Christ, but it was not the power that healed him. The power was in God.
  • Luke 19:1-10 – The story of Zaccheus shows that it is possible to be wealthy and be acceptable to God.

The Error of Balaam

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 30, 2019

  • Jude 1:11
  • Numbers 22-25 – the story of Balaam
  • Balaam advised Balak on how to weaken Israel through intermarriage, influencing them to idolatry.
    • Numbers 25:1; 31:16; Revelation 2:14
  • Not enough love for the truth
    • Numbers 22:18, 38; 23:20, 12, 26; 24:13 – Balaam’s words sounded good, but they were only lip service. His actions did not match his words.
    • II Thessalonians 2:10-12
  • Hypocrisy
    • Many people turn to hypocrisy and twist the scriptures when they find God’s word is against them.
  • Cast stumbling block before God’s people by means of false doctrine
  • Greed for reward
  • The error of Balaam is the way of condemnation and eternal regret.
  • Balaam did not start out thinking he would stray so far from God.

The Bible’s Story

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 30, 2019

  • Hosea 4:6 – We need to constantly refresh our knowledge of the Bible.
  • Creation, and the people begin to sin (Genesis 1-11)
    • Genesis 1:1 – God created the universe.
    • Genesis 1:26 – God created man.
    • Genesis 3:6 – Even sins, followed by Adam. They are cursed and banished from the garden.
    • Genesis 6:7 – Sin becomes so bad that God decides to flood the earth.
    • God is in charge and people need a savior!
  • Abraham and three promises (Genesis 12-50)
    • Genesis 12:7 – The three promises:
      • “I will make you a great nation” à Exodus 1:7
      • “To your descendants I will give this land” à Joshua 21:43
      • “In you all the families of the earth will be blessed” à Acts 3:26
    • The 12 tribes of Israel
  • Deliverance from Egypt, Law of Moses, Canaan (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua)
    • Egyptians begin to far the Israelites and enslave them.
    • Moses leads them out of Egypt.
    • Exodus 19:18; 20:1ff – God gives the law, which will stand for the next 1500 years.
    • Joshua 3:17 – The people cross the Jordan river into the promised land.
  • United and divided kingdoms (Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles)
    • Joshua 2:18-19 – The people enter a cycle with the judges.
    • I Samuel 8 – The people demand a king.
    • Saul, David, and Solomon each rules for 40 years.
    • The kingdom divides after Solomon into Israel (north) and Judah (south).
    • Israel is taken in Assyrian captivity (II Kings 17:6-18), followed by Judah into Babylonian captivity.
  • Captivity, return, and rebuilding (Ezra, Nehemiah)
    • Ezra 1:1-4 – Cyrus proclaims that the people can return
    • Ezra 7:10
  • Jesus and the good news (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
    • Matthew 1:1-17
    • Matthew 4:23-25 – Jesus preaches and works miracles.
    • Matthew 27:33, 37, 50-54 – The Jews finally are angered enough with Jesus to demand his crucifixion at the hands of the Romans.
    • Matthew 28:1-7 – Jesus rises from the dead.
    • Matthew 28:16-20 – The great commission.
  • The New Covenant begins (Acts)
    • Acts 1:1-8 – Jesus sends out the apostles.
    • Acts 2:4, 22-23, 36-42 – The apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and preached on Pentecost.
    • Acts 11:26; 5:11 – Disciples are first called Christians, collectively known as the church.
  • The Bible tells the story of sin and of how to accept the lifeline that God provided.
  • II Corinthians 5:9-10 – We will answer to God in the end!