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I Saw the Wicked Buried

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 14, 2018

  • Ecclesiastes 8:10
  • Those who do not fear God (Psalms 36:1)
    • Ecclesiastes 12:13
    • Hebrews 10:29-31
  • Those who live in the passions of the flesh (Ephesians 2:3)
    • Philippians 3:19
    • Colossians 1:23
  • Those who do not pay their debts (Psalms 37:21)
  • Those who refuse to show mercy (Matthew 18:23-32)
    • Luke 10:30-35
  • Those who harbor evil thoughts (Genesis 6:5)
    • Proverbs 23:7
    • Philippians 4:8
    • II Corinthians 10:4-5
  • Those who do not use their talents (Matthew 25:13-33)
  • The wicked are even sometimes those who come and go from the place of the holy (Ecclesiastes 8:10)

By David Watson

Benchley, January 14, 2018

  • Matthew 16:13
  • Introduction
    • We have 5,800 Greek manuscripts supporting the authenticity of the New Testament.
  • Tacity Annals, XV.44 (AD 110-120)
    • Hostile witness
    • Christ existed
    • Followers called Christians
    • Christians persecuted, but they spread anyway
  • Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars (AD 120)
    • Acts 18:1-2 (AD 49)
    • Possibly refers to the events of Acts 18.
  • Pliny the younger, Letter 96 (AD 110)
    • Mentions behavior of Christians at worship each week
  • Lucian of Samosota, The Death of Peregrine (AD 125-180)
    • Mocked Christians who followed a “crucified sage”
  • Mara bar Serapion, Letter (after AD 70)
    • Refers to Christ and His teaching
  • Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews (AD 93-94)
    • Born AD 37
    • Pharisee at 19
    • Later supported by Rome as a historian
    • Refers to condemnation of James, the brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55)
    • Favorable description of Jesus
  • Craig A. Evans
    • Pibicus, Greek Magical Papyrus
    • Silver phylactery from Beirut
    • Magic bowls
    • Latin curse inscription
    • Silver lamella
    • The “Jesus Cup”
      • Possibly the earliest known reference to Christ
    • Magicians at that time were trying to equate their power with Christ or call on Christ for their power. Jesus was already well known for His power.
      • Mark 9:38
      • Acts 19:13-16
  • Was Jesus real?
    • Christian writers
      • Clement of Rome 30-100 AD
      • Polycarp 69-155 AD
      • Ignatius 70-110 AD
      • Justin Martyr 100-165 AD
      • Quadratus 125 AD
      • Irenaeus 130-202 AD
      • Aristides
      • Clement of Alexandria
      • Tertullian
      • Origen

Whole-Heart Discipleship

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 7, 2018

  • Matthew 22:37; II Chronicles 25:2
  • Introduction
    • II Chronicles 25:1-2, 14-15; II Kings 14:3-4 – King Amaziah served God, but not with a whole heart.
  • James 2:10
    • It’s not that God is watching for any small error so He can punish us. It’s that we have to obey all of God’s commands – not just the ones we find easy.
    • Matthew 5:43-48 – We are to be perfect (complete) – not lacking any moral facet.
    • We must love all – even our enemies.
    • It takes one hole to sink a ship. It takes one sin to sink a soul.
  • Which commands are hard for me?
    • Do I truly put God above my family? Genesis 22; Luke 14:26
    • Do I love all my neighbors – even other races? Galatians 2:11-12; 3:27-29; Matthew 7:12; 22:39
    • Would I rather hold on to Jesus or my riches? Mark 10:19-22; I Timothy 6:17
    • Do I publicly show support for Jesus? Mark 15:43; Matthew 10:32-33

Plain Bible Preaching

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Making Changes in Life

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • Matthew 4:23-5:12 – Jesus was setting down kingdom principles.
  • Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit.
    • Ephesians 2:12-13
    • Psalms 51:17
    • Isaiah 66:2
    • Jeremiah 10:27
    • The poor in spirit realize that power and authority is with God – not with them.
  • Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are they that mourn.
    • Isaiah 61:1-2
  • Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek.
    • Psalms 37:11
    • Matthew 11:27
    • Matthew 5:30
    • Moses was described as the meekest man on earth, but he was a great leader.
    • “inherit the earth” is not talking about mundane things.
      • II Peter 3:11-13
      • Jesus may have been looking forward to the new heaven and new earth.
      • Alternate view: The gentle will inherit the earth as opposed to aggressive and warlike? The gentle will be blessed on earth?
  • Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness.
    • Psalms 42:2
  • Matthew 5:7 – Blessed are the merciful.
    • Proverbs 14:21
  • Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart.
    • Psalms 24:3-4
    • Psalms 73:1
  • Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers.
    • Isaiah 52:7
  • Matthew 5:10-11 – Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
    • No specific Old Testament verse has this same sentiment, but Hebrews 11:32-37 names David, Gideon, Barak, Samson, the prophets, and others as those who were persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

By David Watson

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • The need for reading
    • Exodus 24:3, 7; Joshua 1:8; 8:30-35
    • Judges 2:7-10, 20-21; II Kings 17:13-14
    • II Kings 22:8, 10-11
    • II Kings 25
    • Ezra 7:6, 10; Nehemiah 8:1-8, 18; 9:3; Luke 4:16; I Timothy 4:13
    • Across history, when people fell away from God, it was because they were not reading.
  • I have several plans for getting through the hard parts.
    • Just read, don’t study.
    • Use the Bible Reading Companion.
    • Use a different translation.
    • Send me a request.
    • Read with a partner.
    • Use an audio Bible.
    • If you get behind, skip that section.
  • I have a strategy for keeping my interest level high: using what I read!

Jesus’ Miracles in John

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 17, 2017

  • John 20:30-31
  • II Peter 1:5-11 – We are commanded to add to our faith. That is a continuous process.

 

  1. Water into wine (John 2:1-11) – Power over elements
    1. Note that there is no mention of anyone becoming inebriated. Jesus did not make fermented wine.
  2. Nobleman’s son (John 4:46-54) – Power over distance
  3. Impotent man (John 5:1-9) – Power over disease
  4. Feeding 5,000 (John 6:1-14) – Power over elements
  5. Walks on water (John 6:16-24) – Power over gravity
  6. Heals blind man (John 9:1-7) – Power over disease
  7. Raises the dead (John 11:14-46) – Power over death

 

  • Romans 1:3-4

By Andrew Vanderford

Benchley, December 17, 2017

  • I Peter 4:12-19
  • We will suffer and be confronted with challenges when we live righteously before God.
  • I Timothy 3:16-17
  • Be prepared
    • Luke 14:28-33
    • Proverbs 6:6-8; 20:4; 28:19
    • Psalms 119:97-104
    • Ephesians 6:10-18
  • Follow the example
    • Luke 14:1-13
      • I John 2:6
    • Hebrews 4:14-16
    • Matthew 10:24-28
    • John 17
  • Put it to action
    • Hebrews 10:21-29
    • Matthew 16:24-27
    • Mark 4:13-20
      • Matthew 12:48
    • Luke 14:26-27

Giving

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 10, 2017

  • How to give?
    • Willingly (II Corinthians 8:12)
    • Bountifully (II Corinthians 9:6)
    • Cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7)
    • Not grudgingly (II Corinthians 9:7)
    • Not of necessity (pressure) (II Corinthians 9:7)
  • Why give? To fill a need!
    • To provide things for assembly worship (Hebrews 10:24-25)
    • To provide for edification (Acts 20:28, 32)
    • To provide for evangelism (Philippians 4:15-16)
    • To provide for relief of certain needy saints (Acts 4:32-35)
    • If there is a benevolent need, saints are to give to fill that need.
    • There is a continuing need to provide a place for worship.
    • There is a continuing need to support preaching of the gospel to edify and save the lost.
    • Thus, there is a continuing need to give.
  • How much?
  • How is a church to raise funds with which to do its work?
    • There is authority for a church to raise funds with which to do its work by its members giving into a common fund on the first day of the week. There is no authority for a church to purpose to raise funds ANY other way to do ANY work God has given it to do.
  • Church funds
    • How raised?
      • Given by members
      • On first day of week
    • How used?
      • Provide for assembly
      • Provide for edification
      • Provide for evangelism
      • Provide for relief of needy saints