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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

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!

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

The Kingdom

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 20, 2017

  • Matthew 6:10
  • The kingdom is coming
    • Isaiah 9:1-7
      • Matthew 4:12-17
      • Luke 1:31-33
    • Daniel 2:31-45
  • The kingdom is at hand
    • Matthew 3:1-2; 4:17; 6:10; 10:7; 16:18-19, 28
    • Acts 1:6-8
  • Acts 2
    • Acts 2:1-4, 29-39
  • The kingdom is here now
    • Colossians 1:13-14 – Paul was in the kingdom!
    • Revelation 1:9 – John was part of the kingdom back then, so it must have already existed!
  • Why this matters
    • It helps us to not be carried away by false doctrines
      • “The kingdom is in the future.”
        • Revelation 20:1-7
      • “The kingdom came in 1914.”
        • Danuel 4:23-25
        • Nothing in Daniel 4 points to a larger fulfillment.
    • It reminds us to serve King Jesus now!
      • John 18:33-37

Mistakes of a Successful Man

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Judges

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 13, 2017

  • Judges 2:13-20 – Summary of the cycle of the judges.
  • Quick facts about the judges
    • The tribes were surrounded by enemies. Judges 1:27-3:5
      • Judges 2:20-3:5 – God used these enemies to punish the Israelites for sin.
    • The same cycle keeps repeating.
    • The judges were mainly military leaders. Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 17:8-13; Judges 4:4-5; 3:9-11
    • Depending on how you count, there were 12-18 judges.
    • The judges seem to be local leaders. Judges 4:10; 7:23ff; 12:1
    • The time periods of the judges may have overlapped.
      • About 114 years of total oppression
      • About 296 years of total rest
  • Lessons we need today
    • Always choosing the please myself is a terrible way to live!
      • Judges 3:5
      • Judges 17:6; 21:25; 17:7-13
      • Judges 19-20 – Benjamin defeated and nearly destroyed
      • James 3:13-18
    • God is willing to punish and forgive
      • Judges 6:1-14; 7-8 – Gideon defeats the Midianites.
      • God was willing to punish His people when they sinned. Hebrews 10:31
      • The cycle:
        • Judges 5:31b – Rest and peace
        • Judges 6:1 – Sin → oppression (Judges 6:2-5)
        • Judges 6:6-10 – Cries to God
        • Judges 6:11-14 – Judge to deliver
        • Repeat
      • God saw the horrible things in Judges and forgave.
      • God knows how to fix what is broken for everyone!
        • I John 4:14; I John 1:9

By David Watson

Benchley, August 6, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Mark 16:15-16
    • Acts 2:38
    • I Peter 3:18-22
  • Error #1: Christianity is virtually ALL about baptism.
    • Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12
    • Acts 8:12-13, 18-23 – Simon was baptized and then sinned. Peter told him he had to repent. The story wasn’t over once Simon was baptized!
    • Baptism is required and important, but it’s not the only
  • Error #2: God’s grace plays a minor role.
    • Titus 3:1-8 – Righteous deeds are important, but the emphasis is on God’s grace.
    • Ephesians 2:4-10
    • Galatians 2:21
  • Error #3: It’s the end instead of the beginning.
    • Acts 11:23-26
    • Acts 15:36
    • Acts 18:8, 11 – Why would Paul stay so long if they were already baptized?
    • Romans 5:20-6:2
    • Ephesians 4:1
    • Matthew 28:18-20

Sin’s Blinding Touch

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 30, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Romans 7:11
    • II Corinthians 11:13
    • Isaiah 59:1-2
    • I Peter 5:8
  • Pride blinds and makes man revolt at God’s commands.
    • Jeremiah 10:23
    • Matthew 7:13-14
    • Christians are special targets of Satan.
    • II Kings 5:1-13 – Naaman the leper
    • Proverbs 16:18; 18:12
    • Psalms 37:25
    • I Peter 5:5-6
  • Self-righteousness blinds from one’s own sinfulness.
    • Luke 18:10-13
    • Romans 2:1-2, 21; 3:9-18
    • I Samuel 15:10-22
    • Deuteronomy 18:20
    • Psalms 19:13
  • Self-will blinds to the sin of prejudice.
    • John 7:41-47
      • Matthew 12; Mark 3 – Even the Pharisees had to admit that Jesus was working miracles.
  • Doctrines of men blind from the service to Christ.
    • Mark 7:7; Matthew 15:6
  • I John 1:7; Philippians 3:14
  • We can’t ever be lulled into thinking the devil will just leave us alone!
  • I Corinthians 5:8-9; James 1:7-8