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God’s Point of View

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 19, 2017

  • I Peter 3:12
  • Anthropomorphisms
    • “eyes”
    • “ears”
    • “arms”
    • “finger”
    • “remember”
    • “relent”
    • “laugh”
    • “scoff”
    • “walk”
    • “angry”
    • “jealous”
  • God sees and cares about human suffering.
    • Exodus 3:9; Judges 2:18; Revelation 6:10
  • God is grieved when we sin.
    • Genesis 6:5-7
    • Ephesians 4:26-31
    • Hosea 11:1-8; 3:1
    • I Samuel 8:7
    • Judges 10:16
    • Psalms 78:40
    • Isaiah 7:13; 43:24; 63:10
    • Mark 3:5
    • Luke 16:15
    • Hebrews 10:28-29
    • We should use the grief of God as motivation not to sin!
  • God rejoices in our righteousness
    • Job 1:8; 2:3; 42:7
    • Luke 15:7, 10
    • I Peter 3:4
    • II Peter 3:9, 14
    • Matthew 18:14
    • Ezekiel 33:11
    • We ought to look for ways to make God happy!

Why Sing?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 12, 2017

  • The first song in the Bible – Exodus 15:1-21
    • Sang to praise and magnify God
    • For their redemption from Egypt
  • The song in Judges 5
    • Sang to praise God
    • For their redemption from the Canaanites
  • The song in II Samuel 2
    • Sang to praise God
    • For his redemption from his enemies
  • Romans 15:9-12
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption provided in Christ Jesus
  • Ephesians 5:18-20
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption in Christ Jesus
  • Colossians 3:15-16
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption in Christ Jesus
    • To teach and admonish one another
  • James 5:13
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption in Christ Jesus
  • I Chronicles 16:23-25; Psalms 13:6

Stop and Pop the Bubble Wrap

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, November 12, 2017

  • Dim eyes
  • Open eyes
    • Psalms 119:18; Acts 26:18
  • Contentment
    • Matthew 11:28-30
    • Philippians 4:11
    • Luke 3:10-14
    • I Timothy 6:6-8
    • Hebrews 13:5
  • Pay attention
    • Genesis 2:15
    • Job 12:7-10
    • Psalms 19:1
    • Romans 1:19-20
    • Psalms 145:5
    • Acts 14:17
    • Psalms 8:3-9
    • Psalms 147:8-11
  • Morning glory
    • Psalms 19:7-10
  • Coffee shipment
    • Matthew 11:15-17
  • Children
    • Matthew 18:2-6
    • Mark 10:13-16
    • Matthew 21:12-16
  • Be thankful
    • I Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Be positive
    • Philippians 4:12-13
    • Romans 8:28
  • Enjoy life
    • James 1:17
    • I Timothy 6:17-19
  • Do not be anxious
    • Matthew 6:25-27

Being Honest About Evolution

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 5, 2017

  • Psalms 33:1-9
  • Charles Darwin
    • HMS Beagle
    • The death of his daughter Annie Darwin impacted him very strongly.
    • The Origin of Species, 1859
  • We need to be honest about the universe.
    • Romans 1:18-23
    • There are boundaries to science. Science will never be able to find an invisible God.
    • Evolutionists have a “prior commitment” to naturalism.
    • I Kings 18:26-29 – No one answered because Baal does not exist! The Baal worshipers were completely devoted to a god for which they had seen no evidence of existence.
  • We need to be honest about the Bible.
    • Prophecies of Cyrus:
      • Isaiah 13:17-19; 44:28-45:3
    • Prophecies of Jesus:
      • Isaiah 53:7 à Matthew 27:12
      • Isaiah 53:9 à Matthew 27:57
    • Nostradamus (1500s AD)
    • Jeane Dixon (1900s AD)
    • II Peter 1:19-21
  • We need to be honest about ourselves.
    • Statistically, geography is a great predictor of beliefs.
    • Why do you believe what you believe?
    • John 4:28-42
    • Matthew 27:18 – They handed Jesus over because of envy.
    • We have to try to fight our own biases and be honest with ourselves.
    • John 20:24-31

By Mike Miller

Benchley, October 29, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Hebrews 8:10-12
    • Matthew 10:19-20
    • John 16:13
    • I Corinthians 2:9-13
    • I Corinthians 14:37
    • II Timothy 3:16-17
    • I Peter 4:7 – Let us tell people God’s word on issues – not our word.
  • God’s word is quick (living)
    • Hebrews 4:12
    • John 1:17
    • Hebrews 1:1-2
    • John 6:66
    • I Peter 1:22-23
    • John 1:1-2, 14
    • II Timothy 1:10
    • John 8:12; 14:6
    • God’s word does not change with the ages. Jude 3
    • God’s word is life and can impart life. John 6:66-69; Psalms 119:50
  • God’s word is powerful
    • Romans 1:16
    • Luke 8:11, 15 – God’s word has the power to produce.
    • Psalms 33:6, 9
    • John 1:1-3
    • Colossians 1:16-17
    • Matthew 8:28-32
    • Matthew 9:27-30
    • Luke 7:14
    • John 11:43-44
    • John 5:28-29
    • Revelation 20:12
    • I Peter 1:3
    • Jeremiah 23:29
    • Psalms 119:30
    • Psalms 19:7
    • James 1:18
    • I Corinthians 4:15
    • I Peter 1:22-23
    • II Corinthians 5:18-19
    • Romans 1:16-17
  • The word of God penetrates like a sword.
    • Ephesians 6:17
    • James 1:21-25
    • The word of God can detect things in us that others do not know.
    • I Thessalonians 2:12
    • Hebrews 4:13
    • I Kings 8:39
  • What should our response be?
    • Preach the word! II Timothy 4:1-4
    • People can understand the word. Ephesians 3:3-4; 5:17
    • John 7:17
    • John 8:31-32
    • John 20:30-31
    • Mark 16:15-16
    • II Timothy 2:2
    • I Timothy 4:16
    • Isaiah 66:2
    • Revelation 21:8
    • I Corinthians 15:58

The Day of the Lord

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 29, 2017

  • I Thessalonians 5:1-11
  • It will come just like a thief in the night.
    • Reminder: The phrase “the day of the Lord” doesn’t always refer to the end of the world. The context must determine the meaning.
    • I Thessalonians 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18
    • The day of the Lord is a certainty! II Peter 3:10
    • The timing is unpredictable.
  • Let us be alert and sober.
    • I Thessalonians 5:6-8 – Jesus is making the jump from physical sleep to metaphorical sleep. We must be alert and awake spiritually. I Peter 5:8
    • Remember that the devil is prowling around. We must be alert!
    • Romans 13:11-14
    • I Thessalonians 1:2-3, 7-8; 4:1, 10 – These were good people, but they needed the warning, too!
    • II Thessalonians 3:11 – We can all fall away. Some of the Thessalonians had!
  • Encourage one another.
    • I Thessalonians 5:9
    • I Thessalonians 1:9; II Peter 3:9
    • II Thessalonians 2:13-17
    • I Thessalonians 5:10

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 22, 2017

  • II Peter 3:1-2
  • Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper
    • Matthew 26:26-29
    • Mark 14:22-25
    • Luke 22:19-20
    • Acts 2:42
    • I Corinthians 10:16
    • I Corinthians 11:20-34
  • What does the Lord’s Supper mean to you?
    • A communion
      • The bread – communion with the body of Christ
      • The fruit of the vine – communion with the blood of Christ
      • Since taken in the assembly, it is also communion with one another.
    • A proclamation
      • I Corinthians 11:26
      • Proclaims:
        • Jesus life and death
        • His mission – Luke 19:10
        • His kingdom has been established – Matthew 26:29
        • We are not under the Old Covenant – Matthew 26:28
        • That He has not come the second time
        • That He is coming
        • Our love for Him – John 14:15
    • A memorial
      • The bread – memorial of His body
      • The fruit of the vine – memorial of His blood
      • To forget is one of the greatest dangers; thus, we need this memorial.
      • The bread and fruit of the vine are not representative; they are memorials.
    • An anticipation (I Corinthians 11:26)
      • “Till He come”
      • A reminder that He is coming
  • In view of this, how must we partake?
    • Discerningly – I Corinthians 11:29
    • Reverently
    • Regularly – Matthew 26:29; Acts 20:7
  • The prayer of thanks
    • When you are to offer thanks for the bread, be sure you offer thanks for the bread.
    • When you are to offer thanks for the fruit of the vine, be sure you offer thanks for the fruit of the vine.
    • Make the prayer to the point.
  • Is one pleasing to God when he/she …
    • Plans a trip on Sunday and misses the Supper?
    • Deliberately misses one Sunday, then takes the next Sunday without repenting?
    • Misses the Lord’s feast to prepare a feast for guests?
    • Deliberately misses the Supper on Sunday morning and then takes Sunday evening?
  • When we take the Supper, we are to look:
    • Upward
    • Inward
    • Outward
    • Backward
    • Forward
  • Who can commune with Christ in the Supper?
    • Those in His kingdom (Matthew 26:29)
    • Not all who were once baptized into Christ, but those who are living lives subject to Him.
  • When is the Supper to be taken?
    • Matthew 26:26-29; Acts 20:7 – The first day of the week, until Jesus comes.

Growing Our Faith

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By Daniel Beamon

Benchley, October 22, 2017

  • Introduction
    • We often use the word faith to indicate a wish or a hope. That is not how it is used in the Bible.
  • I Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4, 13
    • “The faith” refers to the gospel.
    • Galatians 1:23; 3:23-24
  • In reference to our convictions:
    • Hebrews 11:6
    • Hebrews 11:1-3 – Faith is assurance; conviction.
    • Matthew 21:11
    • II Timothy 1:12
  • Our faith changes over time
    • II Peter 1:3-9 – Our faith should grow over time.
    • Romans 4:20-22 – Abraham grew in his faith as he served God. Faith and service to God go hand in hand.
    • Gideon was outnumbered 450-1 against the Midianites. God helped grow his faith. Judges 6-7
    • We can ask God to help grow our faith!

By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 18, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Exodus 20:1-7
  • The Proverbs
    • Proverbs 1:5 – acquire wise counsel; hear and increase in learning
    • Proverbs 1:7
    • Proverbs 1:29-30 – choose the fear of the Lord
    • Proverbs 2:5-6
    • Proverbs 3:5-7
    • Proverbs 3:13
    • Proverbs 4:1 – hear the instruction of a father
    • Proverbs 4:5 – acquire wisdom and understanding
    • Proverbs 4:10 – accept my sayings
    • Proverbs 5:1
    • Proverbs 6:20
    • Proverbs 8:32 – listen to wisdom
    • Proverbs 9:10 – the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
  • Respect and honor for age
    • James 3:17
      • Pure: means not contaminated or polluted
      • Peaceable: is designed to produce peace
      • Gentle: forbearing, equitable, patient
      • Reasonable: compliant, disposition that is agreeable
      • Mercy: full of kindness and compassion
      • Unwavering: without partiality
      • Without hypocrisy: unfeigned or unpretentious
    • Leviticus 19:32
    • Proverbs 23:22
    • Job 12:12
    • Job 8:8
    • Proverbs 16:31
    • Psalms 37:25-26
    • I Timothy 5:1-2
    • I Peter 5:5
    • Proverbs 1:5
    • Proverbs 12:15
    • Proverbs 21:30
  • Respect and honor for age’s wisdom
    • I Kings 12:6-8
  • From what do we learn wisdom?
    • Age is to have this wisdom from above.
    • Listen to wise counsel.
    • Wisdom from above.
    • Wisdom from failure.
    • Wisdom from success.
    • We want wisdom to be what we’ve already decided it is.
    • If we don’t listen, we pay the piper.

By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 17, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Children are a gift from God.
  • What should a godly home provide for children?
    • Living example
      • Proverbs 20:7 – righteous, walking in integrity
      • Proverbs 31:28 – blessedness and praise
      • Proverbs 14:26 – fear of the Lord, confidence, and refuge
    • Righteous instruction
      • Proverbs 1:8; 6:20 – hear instruction of father and mother
      • Proverbs 19:27; 7:1 – listen, keep, and treasure words
      • Proverbs 5:12-13 – do not ignore instruction
      • Proverbs 10:1; 15:20 – wise son is a blessing
      • Proverbs 23:15-16, 24-25 – wise heart brings blessing and joy
      • Proverbs 27:11; 29:3 – wise son makes a heart glad
      • Proverbs 13:1 – a wise son accepts discipline
    • Loving discipline
      • Proverbs 3:11-12 – don’t reject the discipline of the Lord
      • Proverbs 13:24 – discipline is a part of love
        • Deuteronomy 6:1-9
      • Proverbs 22:15 – discipline removes foolishness
      • Proverbs 19:18 – discipline while there is still hope
      • Proverbs 23:13-14 – discipline will deliver a son’s soul
      • Proverbs 29:15, 17 – rod and reproof give wisdom and delight
      • Proverbs 22:6 – according to the bent, tenor, disposition, etc.
  • Warning against being …
    • Sluggards – Proverbs 10:5
    • Gluttons – Proverbs 28:7
    • Fornicators – Proverbs 29:3
    • Rebels – Proverbs 19:26; 20:20; 30:11-12; 30:17
    • Robbers – Proverbs 28:24
  • A mother’s advice – Proverbs 31:1-9