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Habakkuk

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 14, 2017

  • Timeline:
    • 607 B.C. – Habakkuk
    • 605 B.C. – Chaldea captures Jews (3 deportations)
    • 597 B.C. – second deportation
    • 586 B.C. – third deportation. Judah is conquered.
  • Overview:
    • The book of Habakkuk is a dialog between man and God.
    • Question 1: Habakkuk 1:2-4 – Why do you allow all this wickedness among your people?
      • Answer (Habakkuk 1:5-11) – An army will come to punish Judah.
    • Question 2: Habakkuk 1:12-17 – Using the Chaldeans seems even more unjust because they are even more evil!
      • Answer (Habakkuk 2:2-20) – God gives a detailed description showing that he knows just how evil the Chaldeans are, and he pronounces five woes upon them.
    • A prayer of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:1-19)
  • Lessons:
    • Sincere questions lead to solid faith!
      • Habakkuk 2:2
      • Judges 6:13, 39
      • Habakkuk 2:1 – Habakkuk 2:1 – Habakkuk was ready to listen to God’s answer.
      • Acts 17:11-12 – Many people believed after studying out their questions!
      • Romans 1:20
    • The righteous will live by his faith!
      • Habakkuk 2:2-4, 18-20
      • Habakkuk 3:16-19 – Habakkuk was sick waiting for destruction for come.
      • Romans 1:16-17
      • Galatians 3:9-11
      • Hebrews 10:36-39

The Parable of the Talents

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 7, 2017

  • Matthew 25:14-30
  • Colossians 1:13
  • Under my rule, servants should make the most of every opportunity to serve their master!
  • I need to find and use my ways to serve the Master.
    • “each according to his own ability”
    • Romans 12:4
    • I Corinthians 12:17 – We all have our unique abilities!
    • Matthew 25:37-40
  • Inaction is not an option.
    • “you have what is yours”
    • Matthew 25:24
    • Esther 4:13
    • Luke 19:11-27
  • There will be a day of reckoning.
    • “settled accounts with them”
    • Matthew 25:19
    • Matthew 25:31-46

Marks of Spiritual Strength

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 30, 2017

  • II Thessalonians 1:1-5
  • Give thanks to God for our brethren (II Thessalonians 1:3)
  • A faith that grows exceedingly
    • II Timothy 2:15
    • Hebrews 5:14
  • An abounding love for one another
    • I Peter 4:8
    • Proverbs 17:9; 19:11
  • A steadfast faith in persecution and tribulations
    • I Peter 4:16
    • II Timothy 3:12
  • The end result: counted worthy of the kingdom of God

Three Take-Aways from Job

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 30, 2017

  • Job 1:20
  • Satan is crafty and ruthless!
    • II Corinthians 11:1-4 – Satan was crafty enough to introduce error and they were accepting it!
    • I Peter 5:8
  • Don’t fill ignorance with assumptions!
    • Job 4:8, 12-13 – Eliphaz’s knowledge could only take him so far. He did not know the full situation.
    • Job 8:6
    • Job 11:13-15
    • Job 22:9-11 – He didn’t know this! Job didn’t do any of these things!
    • John 21:21-22; Acts 1:6-8 – God doesn’t owe us explanations. He tells us what we need to know.
  • God is in control!
    • Job 38:1-7; 40:1-2; 42:1-6
    • Job 42:10
    • Job 28:12, 23-28 (Proverbs 1:7)

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 23, 2017

  • There are five basic relationships for mankind
    • Christ/church – for man’s salvation
    • Family – husband/wife; parent/child
    • Government – civil powers/citizen
    • Economical – employer/employee (Genesis 2:15; Ephesians 4:28)
    • Social – neighbor/neighbor (Luke 10)
  • The Christ-church relationship
    • This is the greatest relationship.
    • Planned from eternity (Ephesians 3:10-11)
    • Purchased with Jesus’ blood (Acts 20:28)
    • The relationship that glorifies God (Ephesians 3:21)
    • Jesus saves (Ephesians 5:23)
  • The husband-wife relationship
    • The second greatest relationship:
    • Is honorable (Hebrews 13:9)
    • He who finds a wife finds a good thing (Proverbs 18:22; 21:9; 27:15)
    • Husband/wife relationship patterned after the Christ/church relationship (Ephesians 5:23-26)
    • A godly wife is an honorable thing (I Peter 3:7)
  • There is no greater shame than the way these two relationships are degraded in our society.

By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 19, 2017

  • I Corinthians 10:13 – God has given you power greater than the temptation!
  • Be prepared with the scriptures.
    • Psalms 119:9, 11, 101, 104, 133
  • Understand temptation.
    • James 1:13-15 – Don’t desire evil things – they are forbidden for good reason.
  • Be on guard and avoid danger.
    • I Peter 5:8
    • Proverbs 4:14-15
    • Proverbs 7:6-27 – an example of one who failed to avoid danger
  • Pray to avoid temptation.
    • Matthew 6:13
    • Matthew 26:41
  • Pray at the moment of temptation.
    • Jesus prayed in Gethsemane when His “soul was grieved to the point of death” (Matthew 26:36-46)
      • Mark 14:35
    • Luke 21:36
  • Use the scriptures.
    • When Satan tempted Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, Jesus quoted scripture three times, saying, “it is written” (Matthew 4:1-11)
    • Jesus resisted temptation because He was resolved to fulfill the Scripture. Matthew 26:53-54
  • Flee from temptation.
    • I Corinthians 6:18
    • II Timothy 2:22
    • Genesis 39:1-12 – Joseph’s example
  • Final thoughts
    • Hebrews 4:15
    • Genesis 4:7 – God’s message to Cain about sin: “you must master it”

The Heritage of Jonadab

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 18, 2017

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  • 841 B.C. – II Kings 9-10 – King Jehu of the northern kingdom of Israel
    • Jehonadab son of Rechab
    • II Kings 10:15-28
  • Circa 609-598 B.C. – II Kings 23:34-24:6; II Chronicles 36:4-8 – King Jehoiakim of Judah
    • Jeremiah 35:2, 6-10 – This was over 200 years later and they were still faithful to Jonadab’s instructions.
    • Jeremiah 35:14 – God uses the Rechabites as an example of obedience.
    • Jeremiah 35:19 – God’s promise to Jonadab and his household
  • Our responsibility to our generations
    • The example of Abraham
      • Abram (“exalted father”), Abraham (“father of a multitude”)
      • Genesis 18:19
      • Physical descendants: Israel (and other nations)
      • Spiritual descendants: today’s Christians (Galatians 3:7, 29)
    • Generational fatherhood is carried out through the teaching of God’s words and wisdom.
      • Proverbs 4:1-5; Psalm 78:1-3; Deuteronomy 4:9
      • Joel 1:3
    • Our faithful teachings to our children and grandchildren may preserve our descendants long after we are gone.
  • Discern the signs of the times and respond.
    • Will Jesus not rebuke us for not opening our eyes to the world around us (Matthew 16:3)?
      • Humanism (the philosophy that rejects God and embraces human reason and experience as the only guides for human life) …
      • … materialism, greed, debt, waste, selfishness …
      • … fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, immodesty, lasciviousness, divorce …
    • Jonadab saw the signs of his times, heard the words of the prophets, believed them, and commanded his descendants to live in a way to survive those times.
    • Are we separated and strange in this world (II Corinthians 6:14-18; I Peter 2:11-12; 4:3-5), or will we just “follow the masses in doing evil” (Exodus 23:2)?
  • Obey your father and live, or refuse and die.
    • Jeremiah 35:17
    • Hebrews 12:9
    • Deuteronomy 30:19-20
    • The choice is simple: obey God’s word and live, or reject him and die. Which do you choose?

Don’t Use That Name

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 17, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Many people today speak things to Christians that are purposely offensive in the name of free speech, art, or literature.
    • People have been legally punished in the United States for using the name of Jesus.
  • Why is the name of Jesus so offensive to unbelievers?
    • Let us consider Acts 3-5 to find the answers.
  • A story about Jesus’ name
    • Acts 3:6 – “in the name of Jesus”
    • Acts 3:16 – “on the basis of faith in His name …”
    • Acts 4:7 – “in what name have you done this?”
    • Acts 4:8-12 – “by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene … this man stands before you in good health.”
    • Acts 4:17-18 – “speak no longer to any man in this name”
    • Acts 4:29-30 – “through the name of Your holy servant Jesus”
    • Acts 5:28 – “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in His name …”
    • Acts 5:40-41 – “they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus”
  • What does this episode teach us concerning those who are opposed to Jesus and offended at His name?
    • The power that is associated with the name of Jesus is evident to them.
    • They cannot deny the power of Jesus’ name, so they seek to oppress it by intimidation and manipulation.
    • They are offended because the name of Jesus calls on them to be accountable for their own deeds.
      • Acts 17:31
    • Their attempts to silence Christians fail, so they often turn to punitive measures to enforce their will against Christians.
  • Final thoughts
    • Acts 5:11
    • Acts 4:12

That’s Unfair

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 16, 2017

  • God is perfectly fair and just, but this world is not.
    • Deuteronomy 32:4
    • The world is often unfair and unjust. God did not make it so (Genesis 1:31).
    • Do not attribute man’s injustice to God.
  • God will settle justice at the Judgment.
    • Romans 2:5-11
    • Every injustice will be settled when God judges the world with perfect impartiality.
    • Sinners who are justified by faith in Christ will be spared from God’s wrath. Romans 5:1, 9-10
  • We must be willing to wait on God’s justice.
    • Often what we perceive as unfairness in God is actually our own impatience.
    • Revelation 6:10
    • While we are impatient, God’s patience is working to bring about the salvation of the world.
    • II Peter 3:14-15
    • Isaiah 30:18
    • James 5:7-8
  • Fair or unfair?
    • Do not confuse fairness and justice with equality in the world.
    • If it is right, then it is fair.
    • Was it fair for Jesus to suffer for sins He did not commit?
      • No, it was not fair because it was not right.
      • However, it was merciful and gracious.
    • Is it fair for Christians to suffer for their faith in Jesus?
      • II Thessalonians 1:5-10
      • In the parable of the laborers (Matthew 20:1-6), was it fair for the landowner to pay all of the workers the same amount even though they did not all work as many hours?
        • Yes, it was fair because the landowner had the right to do so.
      • In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), was it fair for the master to give different talents to different slaves?
      • Was it fair for God to choose Jacob rather than Esau?
        • Romans 9:13-14
        • Yes, it was fair because God had the right to do so.
      • It is fair for God to save those who meet the conditions of His gospel and not others?
        • Romans 9:15
        • Yes, it is fair because God has the right to do so.
      • Many times, the cry of “unfair” arises from discontent rather than from injustice.
        • I Timothy 6:6-8
        • Philippians 4:11-12
        • Don’t compare yourself to others as a measure of fairness or justice.