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Psalms, Part 14

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How to Use Your Bible, Part 4

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 15, 2017

  • Jeremiah 36:20-24
  • Digital Bibles
  • Inspiration and translation
    • Inspiration is verbal and plenary.
    • Verbal: God inspired the words themselves, taking into account the personality of the writer.
    • Plenary: The Bible is fully Every part of it is inspired.
      • II Samuel 23:2
      • Matthew 10:17-20
      • I Corinthians 2:10-13
      • I Thessalonians 2:13
      • II Timothy 3:14-17
      • I Peter 1:10-12
      • II Peter 1:20-21
      • Acts 2:39 – Peter didn’t fully understand the phrase “far off” here to mean Gentiles, even though he spoke the words. He wouldn’t totally understand this until Acts 10.
    • The Holy Spirit did His work with a personal touch.
    • There is a connection between inspiration and translation.
    • Specific wording is important in two places – inspiration and translation.

Psalms, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 12, 2017

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  • Psalms 77-97

How to Use Your Bible, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 8, 2017

  • Bible formats
    • Jeremiah 36:2
    • Arrangement of text
      • Verse-by-verse versus paragraph form
      • Journaling or wide-margin Bibles
      • Daily reading Bibles
      • Chronological Bibles
      • Parallel Bibles
      • Interlinear Bibles
    • Extra material added
      • Reference Bibles
      • Study Bibles
      • Devotional Bibles
      • Children’s Bibles
    • Features
      • Red letter
      • Large print
      • Different cover materials
      • Marginal notes

What Would Jesus Say?

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By Robert Bond

Benchley, November 5, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Jesus knew the hearts of men.
    • John 6:64
    • Luke 6:8
    • John 4:29
    • Matthew 12:30
  • What would Jesus say to us if we had a chance encounter with Him?
    • Hypocrisy
      • John 1:47 – Nathanael had no guile – no hypocrisy.
      • Matthew 23:5-6 – The hypocrisy of the Pharisees.
    • Bringing others to Jesus
      • Matthew 4:19 – Apostles would be fishers of men.
      • Matthew 23:13 – Religious leaders were shutting up the kingdom of heaven!
    • Worries and cares
      • Luke 10:38-42 – Mary chose the good part.
      • Luke 10:41 – Martha was worried about many things.
    • Motives
      • Mark 14:6-8 – The woman did a good work – she did what she could to honor Jesus.
      • Matthew 12:34 – These people had evil hearts and wrong motives.
    • Faith
      • Matthew 15:21-28; 8:10 – Jesus compliments great faith.
      • John 8:46; 10:25 – Jesus rebukes people for lack of faith.
    • Being children of Abraham
      • Luke 19:10 – Salvation came to the house of Zaccheus. Jesus called him a son of Abraham.
      • Mark 7:9 – Jesus rebukes them for following their traditions instead of God’s commandments.
  • One thing Jesus would say to everyone:
    • Matthew 11:28 – “Come unto men … I will give you rest.”
    • Matthew 19:16

How to Use Your Bible, Part 2

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 1, 2017

  • Developing an attitude for Bible study, continued:
    • Bad attitudes and habits that get in the way, continued:
      • We oversimplify (Mark 4:10-12; Luke 20:37; Acts 17:11)
      • We overcomplicate (I Timothy 6:3-5; II Timothy 2:14, 23)
        • Matthew 13:23
      • We think, “I’m finished. I have a perfect understanding of the Bible.”
      • Online tip: “20 Ways Cults Twist the Bible” – https://goo.gl/kHPmoF
        • Ezekiel 37:15-17 – Mormons use this passage to say the two sticks are the Bible and the Book of Mormon. From the context we can tell this passage is referring to Jews and Gentiles – not the Bible and Book of Mormon.
        • Daniel 4 – This passage is incorrectly reinterpreted by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    • Good attitudes that foster spiritual growth
      • Sincere dedication (II Kings 22:8-23:3)
      • Desire to study, practice, and teach (Ezra 7:10).
      • Individual responsibility (Acts 17:11).
      • Action (James 1:21-27).

Psalms, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 29, 2017

  • Psalms 70-76
  • Psalms 70:4 – Our purpose in life is to magnify God.
  • Psalms 72:2 – See I Kings 3:5-9.
  • Psalms 72:8-11 – See I Kings 4:21-25.
  • Psalms 73:1 – The only way to be pure in heart is through forgiveness. Psalms 32:1
  • Psalms 74:1 – See Isaiah 59:1-2 for the answer to this question. Sin is the only reason God has ever cast anyone off.
  • Psalms 76:12 – Hebrews 10:31.

How to Use Your Bible, Part 1

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 25, 2017

  • Developing an attitude for Bible study
    • Why do we even need to study the Bible?
      • God chose to communicate His will to us in writing (Ephesians 3:1-6; I Timothy 2:4)
        • Jude 3; Galatians 1:6-9 – there is no revelation still to come! Everything we need is in the text.
      • We need to know God’s word so we can be disciples of Christ (John 8:31-32; 12:48).
      • Ignorance of God’s word has always been a problem (Hosea 4:6), and that problem continues today.
    • Bad attitudes and habits that get in the way
      • II Peter 3:14-18 – It is possible to misuse scripture.
      • Hypocrisy (Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 2:1ff)
        • We must apply the Bible to ourselves.
      • We cling to faulty, human traditions (Mark 7:1-13)
      • We reject good, Biblical traditions (I Corinthians 11:2; Acts 17:21)
      • The random approach (II Timothy 2:15)
      • We oversimplify (Mark 4:10-12; Luke 20:37; Acts 17:11)

Psalms, Part 11

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By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 15, 2017

  • Proverbs 1:7
    • The beginning: the first and controlling principle
  • Wisdom – Uses the mind, heart, and soul (Matthew 22:37)
    • Ephesians 5:15
    • Begins with the right relationship to God.
    • Believes that God is THE Creator and Ruler.
    • Believes that there is a moral law emanating from God.
    • Wisdom is not something that is theoretical. It is very practical and affects every area of life.
    • It gives order and purpose to life.
    • It gives us the ability to deal with adversities of life.
  • The first and controlling principle
    • Proverbs 9:10
  • The fear of the Lord
    • We acknowledge from our hearts
      • He’s the Creator, we’re the creatures.
      • He’s the Father, we’re His children.
      • He’s the Master, we’re the servants.
      • We respect God for who He is, and listen.
      • We show reverential fear.
      • We fear God’s commands – the way we treat our Bible is the way we treat God.
    • The affectionate reverence by which the child of God lends himself humbly and carefully to his Father’s Law.
    • It is a holy watchfulness and fear that we don’t sin against Him because we desire to please Him in all we do.
    • Proverbs 1:1-6
  • Keys to learning
    • The phrase “my son”
    • The imperatives “hear” or “hearken”
    • The assurance of life for the obedient