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The Love of God

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, June 18, 2017

  • Matthew 13:44
  • Romans 8:31-39
  • I John 2:1-6
  • I John 5:1-12
  • Jude 1:17-25
  • The love of God is a never-ending blessing. The more we share it, the more there is to share.
  • Luke 12:34

By David Watson

Benchley, June 18, 2017

  • Ephesians 6:4
  • I Timothy 3:4
  • Tough love
    • Colossians 3:21
    • Ephesians 6:4
    • Hebrews 12:7-11
    • Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 23:13-14; 29:15-17
  • Tender love
    • I John 3:16-18
    • Romans 5:8
    • John 3:16
    • Matthew 18:21-35
    • Luke 23:43
    • I Thessalonians 2:5-12
  • Presence
    • Isaac – Genesis 26:3
    • Moses – Exodus 3:11-12
    • Joshua – Joshua 1:5
    • David – Psalms 38:21-22
    • John 14:16
    • Matthew 28:20
    • Luke 13:25-29
    • Philippians 3:17
  • Fathers matter!

Why Serve God?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 11, 2017

  • Acts 17:24-31
  • Introduction
    • Matthew 4:10
    • Why does God desire for man to worship Him? Does God have a need or does man have a need?
    • Serving God is for man’s benefit.
  • God needs nothing seeing that He gives all things to man.
  • Physically, we cannot get along without God. Matthew 5:44
  • Spiritually, we cannot get along without God. Romans 1:16; Ephesians 1:7
  • God wants us to serve Him for His glory. But whether we worship Him or not, He will have His glory.
    • Psalms 148:1-13
  • Most “innovations” that have come into the church have arisen as a result of man trying to help God out.
    • Compare Genesis 12. Sarah thought God needed her help.
    • Alexander Campbell made the same mistake in starting the Christian Missionary Society in 1849.
    • Again, the same mistake was made in 1869 with the introduction of instrumental music.
    • We cannot go beyond God’s word and try to help. We will not be successful.
  • Whatever God commands us to do is for our benefit.
    • Judges 5:23 – Meroz cursed for not carrying out God’s will.
    • Why does God want us to sin? To worship and encourage each other.
    • Why does God want us to give on the first day of the week? For our benefit.
  • When we serve God, the benefit is ours.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 11, 2017

  • Romans 11
  • Paul makes 5 points in Romans. The first four:
    • Romans 3:9-18, 23 – All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
    • Romans 3:20 – No one is able to keep the law sinlessly.
    • Romans 3:24-26 – God sent Jesus as a sacrifice to make salvation available.
    • Romans 5:1 – We are now justified by faith.
    • Romans 10:16-21
  • Romans 11:
    • Romans 11:16 – The root was the promises made to Abraham.
    • Romans 11:18 – Gentiles who were grafted in were not to boast. They were still deriving their spiritual sustenance from the promises to Abraham.
    • Romans 11:20-21 – Be careful! Jews were cast out because of unbelief and Gentiles can be cast out, too!
    • The first olive tree started out as the physical nation of Israel. Unbelieving Jews were cast out and believing Gentiles were grafted in. Now the tree represents spiritual Israel.
    • Salvation is now for both Jew and Gentile.
    • Romans 11:25, 15 – Paul’s hope was that when the Gentiles showed faith and partook of the blessings, the Jews would be encouraged to believe as well.
    • See Romans 2:28-29.

Moses

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 4, 2017

  • We can be humble and authoritative at the same time.
    • Deuteronomy 18:15
    • Numbers 12:1-13; 16:3-22 – God steps in to stop Aaron and Miriam’s rebellion against Moses. Moses shows humility in praying for them. Later, Moses addresses the rebellion of Korah while still showing humility.
    • Ephesians 6:4-9 – God instructs us to be humble in all our relationships. We can be humble and still exercise authority.
  • We should obey both general principles and specific commands.
    • Exodus 40:16-21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 32-33 – Everything was done just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
    • Exodus 25:9, 40; 26:30; 27:8 – Everything was to be done according to the pattern.
    • Hebrews 8:4-5 – God wants us to obey in the details and not just follow the main point.
    • Romans 13:8-10 – Not obeying in the details is disobedience!
    • Matthew 23:23-24
  • We should grow into greatness.
    • Exodus 2:14-15; 4:13; 5:22-23; 7:1; 11:3; 12:31-32; 14:13-14 – Moses had to grow into his faith and his role.
    • Hebrews 11:24-29
    • I Timothy 6:17
    • Proverbs 6:25
    • Mark 16:16

Our Impartial God

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 28, 2017

  • Romans 2:1-11
  • God’s impartiality is seen in that He imparts sin to all men.
    • Romans 3:9-18, 23
  • God is impartial in that He has provided a Savior for all.
    • I Timothy 2:4
    • Luke 19:10
  • God is impartial in that He invited all to be saved.
  • God is impartial in that He requires the same conditions of all.
    • John 6:24
    • Titus 2:11
    • Romans 1:16
    • Romans 11:26
    • Matthew 16:19; 18:18
  • God is impartial in that He requires the same standard of conduct for all.
    • Galatians 6:14
    • What’s involved in being a new creature?
      • Romans 6:3 – now in Christ
      • Romans 5:17
      • A new worship
      • A new way of life – Romans 6:4
      • New obligations – Ephesians 5:25-26
      • A new concern for compassion – James 5:27

A Question About Dancing

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 28, 2017

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  • Not all dancing is necessarily sinful
    • Exodus 15:20-21
    • Judges 11:34
    • II Samuel 6:4 (I Chronicles 15:27, 29)
    • Psalms 149:3; 150:4
  • The real problem is lust
    • I John 2:15-17
    • Matthew 5:27-28
    • Mark 6:21-22
    • Galatians 5:19-21
    • Ephesians 5:5-6
    • Colossians 3:5-6
    • I Peter 2:11-12; 4:1-4
  • Why am I not going to the dance?
    • Because it will help me train my eyes and heart to be pure.
  • Take-aways for parents
    • We must use the Bible as our guide (Mark 7:1-8)
    • Beware of hypocrisy!
  • Take-aways for young people
    • Please be patient with us – we’re trying to make wise decisions (Hebrews 12:9-11)
    • Your job is to obey and honor us (Ephesians 6:1-3)

By David Watson

Benchley, May 21, 2017

  • Deuteronomy 6:10-15
  • Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39)
    • Galatians 5:13-14; 6:1-2
    • I Thessalonians 5:14
    • Acts 20:17-38
    • Social media has made us less social!
  • Delight in the law of the Lord (Psalms 1:2)
    • Genesis 6:5-6
    • John 12:42-43
    • Psalms 1:1-3
    • Job 23:12
    • I Peter 2:1-3 – Long for the pure milk of God’s word!

What Must I Do to be Saved?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 21, 2017

  • The most important question ever asked: “What must I do to be saved?”
  • Acts 16:22-33 – The jailer did not know anything about salvation, but once he was taught (Romans 10:17), he knew he needed to repent and be baptized.
  • Acts 2:36-38 – These people had believed in God all their lives, but they had not yet obeyed Jesus. Believing in God was not enough.
    • Acts 2:20-21 – Joel prophesied that people would need to call on the name of the Lord to be saved. This involved repenting and being baptized.
  • Acts 22:6-16 – When Saul came to understand that Jesus was the Messiah, he still had to find out what to do to be saved.
    • Acts 22:16 – Calling on the name of the Lord involved being baptized!
  • Matthew 7:21 – Believing in Jesus is not enough!
  • Romans 6:12-13 – We must use our bodies as instruments of righteousness until God.
  • What must I do to remain saved?
    • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Always press on toward the goal!

Leprosy

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, May 14, 2017

  • Numbers 12:1-15
  • II Samuel 3:29
  • II Chronicles 26:16-21
The horrors of leprosy The horrors of sin
Symptoms can take a long time to show up. Hebrews 3:13
Contagious if untreated, but requires long term sustained contact I Corinthians 5:6; 15:33; II Corinthians 6:17
Lose the ability to sense pain I Timothy 4:2; Hebrews 3:13
Injuries due to lack of sensation Ephesians 4:19
Paralysis Romans 3:10-12; II Peter 1:8; Luke 14:34-35
Blindness II Peter 1:9; I John 2:9-11; II Corinthians 4:3-4
Irreversible nerve damage II Samuel 12:13-14
Terminal James 1:15
  • Prognosis
    • Early diagnoses and treatment usually prevent disability – Ecclesiastes 12:1; James 5:19-20; Hebrews 12:13
    • Important to finish the entire course of treatment – Philippians 3:12-14
  • The cure
    • Comes from God – II Kings 5:1-3, 7; Matthew 11:5
    • Through baptism – II Kings 5:10-14; Acts 22:16
    • Life after leprosy – II Kings 5:15; Mark 1:40-42; Acts 22:15