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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

“Peace, Be Still!”

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 10, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Mark 4:35-41
    • Mark 1:25-28, 34 – Jesus had shown His power before.
    • Mark 5:15
    • Mark 1:22; 3:4 – Jesus taught with authority, always bringing peace to the situation.
    • Mark 11:33
    • Mark 12:31-34
  • Jesus can bring peace to my past.
    • Three ways to deal with guilt:
      • Forget your sins.
      • Convince ourselves we are not guilty after all.
      • Obey Jesus and have your sins forgiven.
    • Mark 2:5-12
    • Isaiah 9:6-7
    • Colossians 1:19-20
    • Ephesians 2:13-18
  • Jesus brings peace to my present.
    • Mark 9:33-35
    • Mark 8:2
    • Mark 6:42, 33-34 – Jesus had compassion on the people and gave them what they needed most – His teaching.
    • Mark 4:20
    • Mark 8:36
    • Mark 7:18-23
  • Jesus brings peace to my future.
    • Mark 6:17-20, 27-28 – John lived without fear.
    • Mark 8:34-38
    • We can live in peace knowing that we are safe in Jesus with our sins forgiven.

By David Watson

Benchley, December 3, 2017

  • Mark 1:1
  • John Mark is widely believed to be the writer.
  • Acts 12:12; 13:5, 13; 15:37-39 – History of Mark in Acts.
  • The writing is especially suited for people like us.
    • Mark 7:2-4 – Mark wrote from Rome for Gentiles. He explained many Jewish customs.
    • Mark also translated Aramaic. (Mark 5:41; 3:17)
    • Mark rarely quotes Old Testament prophets.
    • This is the shortest gospel.
      • Mark leaves out or shortens many things covered in more detail in other gospels.
  • Mark is the gospel of action!
    • Mark records about 20 specific miracles, and about 18 examples of Jesus displaying omniscience.
    • Mark 1:27; 3:11; 12:13-17 – Mark records many cases of people being amazed at Jesus.
    • Mark often uses the word “immediately” (40 times)
    • Mark uses the word “and” 800 times!
    • The original Greek was written in historical present tense. Mark 15:16
    • Mark 9:1-9

Prayer

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 26, 2017

  • The man Christ Jesus makes prayer possible as the mediator between God and man. I Timothy 2:5
  • We need our intercessor to help when we pray. Romans 8:26-27
  • Who has the right of prayer? I Peter 3:12; John 9:31
    • Ephesians 1:3
  • Prayer is an important part of the Christian’s life. Luke 18:1; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; I Thessalonians 5:17; Psalms 119:164; Daniel 6:1
  • Prayer is also an important part in assembly worship. Acts 2:42
  • Elements of acceptable prayer:
    • To God – Matthew 6:9; Acts 7:59
    • Through Jesus – John 14:13; I Timothy 2:5
    • In faith – James 1:6
    • If it be God’s will – I John 5:14
    • With forgiving heart – Mark 11:15-26
    • With right motives – James 4:3
    • Be a doer of His will – I John 3:22
  • In the assembly:
    • One who leads, lead so that others can say, “amen.” – I Corinthians 14:19
  • How do we know Go answers prayer?
    • One word is the answer: FAITH. James 1:6; I John 5:15
  • How does God answer prayer?
    • Deuteronomy 29:29
    • Relative to spiritual things, He answers through His laws governing spiritual things. Luke 23:34
    • Relative to material things, He answers through His laws concerning material things. Romans 15:30-31
    • If there is more beyond this, God knows.
  • Jesus prayed:
    • At the beginning of His ministry. Luke 3:21
    • At the beginning of His day. Matthew 1:35
    • At meal time. Matthew 15:36
    • At close of His day. Mark 14:23
    • The night before selecting apostles. Luke 6:12-13
    • At His transfiguration. Luke 9:28-35
    • At Gethsemane. Luke 14:32-35
    • He closed His life on earth in prayer. Luke 23:34, 36

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 26, 2017

  • Ephesians 5:1-2
  • Demanding love
    • Mark 10:17-22 – Jesus makes a demand of the rich young ruler.
    • Matthew 10:32-33 – Jesus demands public loyalty.
    • Matthew 10:1, 7-8, 16, 22, 25, 28, 34; 11:1 – Jesus demanded much of his disciples.
  • Tough love
    • Matthew 23:37, 13-15 – Jesus told people what they needed to hear.
    • Acts 9:3-9, 15-16; 22:16 – Jesus showed tough love for Saul by blinding and scaring him.
    • We should not soften the word of God when we read it or teach it to others. Jesus did not do that and we shouldn’t either!
    • Romans 12:16
  • Unpopular love
    • Luke 7:36-50 – Jesus loved lowly people, even when it made Him unpopular.
    • Luke 7:22
  • Patient love
    • Matthew 14:30; 16:21-23 – Jesus loved Peter with patience.
    • John 13:8-10
    • Luke 22:31-32, 50-51, 60-62
    • John 21:19-22
    • Jesus loves us with a love that never gives up.
  • Sacrificial love
    • John 1:29; 10:11; 15:13
    • John 19:1-3, 16-18, 28 – Jesus loved us so much that He sacrificed Himself for us.
  • Personal love
    • Galatians 2:20 – Jesus gave Himself up for me.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 19, 2017

  • I Timothy 4:13 – Timothy was told to give attention to reading, to exhortation, to teaching.
  • Titus was told to preach the word. Titus 3:15
    • Titus was told to preach the authoritative word of God.
  • The church at Corinth assembled to study the Word. I Corinthians 14:23-25.
  • In the Lord’s Supper assembly, Paul preached the Word. Acts 20:7
  • Thus, preaching is a very important part of the local church.
  • The preacher:
    • Speak words that become sound doctrine. Titus 2:1
    • Speak so as to be understood. I Corinthians 14:19
    • Speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
    • Speak with all authority. Titus 2:15
  • The listener:
    • Take head how you hear. Luke 8:18
    • Take heed what you hear. Acts 17:11
    • Be sure the Word is mixed with faith. Hebrews 4:2
    • Control your thinking – do not let your mind wander.
    • Uphold, do not apologize for the truth that was taught.
    • Put the word to use in your life. James 1:22-25

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