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The Path of Folly and Death

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By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 16, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Exodus 20:14
    • Isaiah 5:18
  • Sin is eventually disappointing (Proverbs 5)
    • Experience goes from sweetness to bitterness (Proverbs 5:1-6)
      • Three effects of sin:
        • Sin kills innocence
        • Sin kills ideals
        • Sin kills the will
    • Experience goes from gain to loss (Proverbs 5:7-14)
    • Experience goes from purity to pollution (Proverbs 5:15-20)
    • Experience goes from freedom to bondage (Proverbs 5:21-23)
  • Sin is gradually destructive (Proverbs 6)
    • They lose the word of God (Proverbs 6:20-24)
    • They lose wealth (Proverbs 6:25-26)
    • They lose enjoyment (Proverbs 6:27-31)
      • I Thessalonians 4:3-6
    • They lose their good sense (Proverbs 6:32)
    • They lose their peace (Proverbs 6:33-35)
  • Sin is ultimately deadly (Proverbs 7)
    • He tempts himself (Proverbs 7:6-9)
    • He is tempted by the woman (Proverbs 7:10-20)
    • He tempts the Lord (Proverbs 7:21-27)
      • Matthew 4:7
  • Our defense
    • Look up to the Lord and remember His Word – Proverbs 7:24
    • Look within and keep your heard focused on God’s truth – Proverbs 7:25
    • Look ahead to see the terrible consequences of sin – Proverbs 7:26-27
  • The gospel
    • Romans 1:16 – The power of God unto salvation
    • I Corinthians 6:9-11 – Christ can still change lives
    • Christ is the light of life
    • If more light, there would be less darkness.
    • If more salt, there would be less decay.
    • If more truth, there would be less deception.
  • We have a job to do!
    • II Corinthians 5:17 – Proclaim the good news so that sinners can become new creatures in Christ.

The Path of Wisdom and Life

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By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 15, 2017

  • Proverbs 2-4
  • Introduction
    • Matthew 7:13-14
  • Wisdom protects your path – 3 walks (Proverbs 2)
    • Walking with God (Proverbs 2:1-9)
      • Psalms 119:11
    • Walking with the wicked (Proverbs 2:10-19)
    • Walking with the righteous (Proverbs 2:20-22)
      • The path of wisdom – the path of life
  • Wisdom directs your path (Proverbs 3)
    • Conditions to meet (Proverbs 3:1-12)
    • Blessings to enjoy (Proverbs 3:13-35)
  • Wisdom perfects your path (Proverbs 4)
    • This involves three responsibilities on our path.
      • Knowing God’s Word (Proverbs 4:1-9)
      • Trusting God’s providence (Proverbs 4:10-19)
        • Psalms 16:11
      • Obeying God’s will (Proverbs 4:20-27)
        • A spiritual inventory of obedience
          • What comes into my ears (Proverbs 4:20)
          • What is within my heart (Proverbs 4:23)
          • What is upon my lips (Proverbs 4:24)
          • What is before my eyes (Proverbs 4:25)
          • What is beyond my path (Proverbs 4:26-27)
        • The Bible warns against
          • A double heart
          • A hard heart
          • A proud heart
          • An unbelieving heart
          • A cold heart
          • An unclean heart
        • Solomon warns against
          • Perverse lips
          • Lying lips
          • Flattering lips
          • Deceptive lips
          • Undisciplined lips

Is Anybody Listening?

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By Wayne Moody

October 15, 2017

  • Proverbs 1:7-33; 8-9
  • Wisdom’s call to salvation (Proverbs 1:8-33)
    • The voice of instruction (Proverbs 1:8-10, 15-19)
      • Don’t walk with the wrong crowd (Proverbs 1:15-19)
      • Don’t play with temptation – it’s a trap (Proverbs 1:17)
      • When you disobey God, you harm others (Proverbs 1:18-19)
    • The voice of temptation (Proverbs 1:11-14)
      • Proverbs 3:13-16; 16:16
    • The voice of salvation (Proverbs 1:20-33)
    • Where does wisdom speak?
    • To whom does wisdom speak?
      • Simple – Proverbs 14:15
      • Scorners – Proverbs 21:24
      • Fools – Proverbs 1:22
    • What does wisdom say to them?
      • Indictment – Proverbs 1:22
      • Invitation – Proverbs 1:23
    • How do the simple, the scorners, and the fools respond to wisdom?
      • Isaiah 55:6
  • Wisdom’s call to true wealth (Proverbs 8:1-36)
    • “You can trust my words” (Proverbs 8:6-9)
    • “You can receive true wealth” (Proverbs 8:10-21)
      • Hear the word, receive instruction, love truth, seek God
    • “You can see my works” (Proverbs 8:22-31)
    • “You must make a decision” (Proverbs 8:32-36)
  • Wisdom’s call to life (Proverbs 9:1-18)
    • Preparation – Proverbs 9:1-2
    • Invitation – Proverbs 9:3-9
    • Celebration – Proverbs 9:10-12
    • Condemnation – Proverbs 9:13-18

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 8, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Ecclesiastes 7:29
    • Hebrews 2:14
    • Romans 5:12
  • Divine
    • God, the Father – John 3:16; Romans 5:8
    • Christ – John 19:10; Ephesians 1:7
    • Holy Spirit – John 14:26; 16:13
    • Grace – Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:7
    • Gospel – Romans 1:16; I Corinthians 15:1-4
    • Church – Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23
      • Christ bought the church with His blood, which puts the church on the divine side. Any other church besides the one Christ bought with his blood is not Christ’s church!
  • Human
    • Hear – Romans 10:17; John 6:44
    • Believe – Acts 16:31; Hebrews 11:6
    • Repent – Acts 17:30
    • Confess – Romans 10:10
    • Baptized – Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16
    • Study – II Timothy 2:15; Ezra 7:10
    • Serve – Philippians 3:14-15; I John 1:7
    • Teach – Acts 8:4; Matthew 28:20
    • Be faithful – I Corinthians 15:18

The Return and Rebuilding

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 8, 2017

  • Jeremiah 25:11; 29:8-10
  • II Chronicles 36:19-21
1st Deportation Jeremiah 25:11-12 605 BC
2nd Deportation Jeremiah 29:10 597 BC
3rd Deportation II Chronicles 36:21 586 BC
1st Return Ezra 1:1-3; Large group led by Zerubbabel; Ezra 1-6; Temple rebuilt 538-535 BC
2nd Return Ezra 7:28; Large group led by Ezra; Ezra 7-10; Reforms 458 BC
3rd Return Nehemiah 2:5-11; Nehemiah (group unknown); Book of Nehemiah; Wall rebuilt 445 BC

 

  • How to make a comeback:
    • Get back to God (read and pray)!
      • Ezra 7:10 – Set your heart to study, do, and teach.
      • Ezra 8:15-17 – How did Ezra know he needed Levites? By studying God’s word!
      • Ezra 8:21; 9:6 – Ezra prayed for help from God and confessed their sins.
      • Acts 8:34, 22 – Read God’s word and pray!
    • Deal with your enemies!
      • Ezra 4:4-7; Nehemiah 4:1-6; 6:15-16 – Nehemiah and the people were demoralized by enemies, but they built the wall anyway.
      • Nehemiah 4:4; 5:19; 6:11-14; 13:14, 22, 29-31 – Nehemiah was looking to the future.

Hospitality’s Two Questions

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 1, 2017

  • Introduction
    • II Kings 4:8-10 – The hospitality of the Shunamite woman.
  • What do others need?
    • Hebrews 13:1-3
    • Romans 12:10-13
    • Acts 2:46-47
    • Romans 16:1-2
    • Luke 14:12-14
    • I Peter 4:8-11 – Be hospitable without complaint.
  • What is my purpose?
    • Luke 7:36-48 – Hospitality must be done with the right attitude.
    • Luke 10:38-42
    • Matthew 25:34-36
    • Genesis 18:1-8 – Abraham practiced hospitality before the men even entered his tent.
    • It’s not about what you can or can’t provide – it’s about your love for others.
    • III John 1:1-8

Soul and Spirit

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 24, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Are soul and spirit used interchangeably? No
    • Does the work soul always mean the same thing? No
    • Does the word spirit always mean the same thing? No
  • Soul, its meanings
    • The whole man – Genesis 46:22; I Peter 3:20; Acts 7:14
    • Mind, passions, emotions – Numbers 21:4; I Samuel 1:10-15
    • The body – Job 33:22
    • One mindedness – Acts 4:32
    • The eternal spirit – Matthew 10:28; Ezekiel 18:4; Hebrews 16:9
  • Spirit, its meanings
    • Holy Spirit – Acts 2:4
    • Mind, disposition – Romans 8:15; Matthew 5:3; I Kings 21:5; Romans 8:9
    • The gospel in contrast to the law – II Corinthians 3:6; Hebrews 10:1-10
    • The eternal spirit – Ecclesiastes 12:7; James 2:26
  • Soul and spirit sometimes used interchangeably
    • Saved – Hebrews 10:29; I Corinthians 5:5
    • Purified – I Peter 1:22; II Corinthians 7:1
    • Departs – James 2:26; Genesis 35:18
  • I Thessalonians 5:23
  • Have I appropriated the blessings for the soul and spirit to myself?
    • Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21

By David Watson

Benchley, September 24, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Psalms 8:1-4
    • Isaiah 42:5
    • Psalms 33:6
  • Self-created
    • Big bang – big problems
      • Where did the cosmic egg come from?
      • Laws of thermodynamics
        • Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms.
      • “Flatness”
      • “Horizon”
      • Mature galaxies
      • Comets
      • Blue stars
      • Spiral galaxies
      • Redshift
    • Can we reconcile this with the Bible? NO
      • Genesis 1:31
      • Exodus 20:11; 31:17
      • Genesis 1:1, 16, 19 – God created heavens and the earth first.
  • Eternal
    • Laws of thermodynamics
      • Energy is becoming less usable. (Entropy is increasing.)
  • Created
    • Colossians 1:13-18; Psalms 102:25-27; 136:1-9
    • Psalms 19:1
    • It’s not that science hasn’t found the answer yet. Science isn’t capable of finding the answer.
  • A word about faith
    • Hebrews 11:3
    • Belief in the Big Bang Theory requires faith! We didn’t observe it and can’t test it.
  • Why our origins matter
    • Romans 1:18-20 – God’s creation points to Him.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 17, 2017

  • Introduction
    • It is God’s salvation
      • Psalms 51:12
      • Romans 6:23
    • Salvation shows God’s love
      • John 3:16
      • Hebrews 2:9
      • Titus 2:11
    • Salvation is conditional
      • I Timothy 2:4
      • II Peter 3:9
  • That which God requires one to understand, he can understand
    • John 7:17
    • Galatians 5:17
    • John 8:43 – The problem was that people were not willing to do the will of God. They heard the word but had not committed themselves to do it.
  • That which God requires one to believe, he can believe.
    • Hebrews 11:6
    • Psalms 19:1-2
    • Romans 1:20
    • Matthew 24:46
    • I Corinthians 15:6
    • Hebrews 8:6
    • Jeremiah 10:23
    • Psalms 37:23
  • That which God requires one to do, he can do
    • Acts 17:30
    • Romans 10:10
    • Acts 2:38, 47
    • Many will not do these things, but it is not because they cannot.
    • I Timothy 5:22
    • I Corinthians 15:58
    • Matthew 6:33
    • Galatians 6:1
    • James 5:19-20
    • Matthew 28:18-20
  • That which God requires one to be, he can be.
    • I Peter 1:16
    • Ephesians 5:25-27
    • I Timothy 5:22
    • Ephesians 3:21
    • Matthew 5:16
  • Do we really want to be saved badly enough to be saved?

Being “In Christ”

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By Coy Baldwin

Benchley, September 17, 2017

  • Introduction
    • John 15:5
    • Why would I want to be in Christ? Romans 6:3
      • Ephesians 1:3-5, 9, 13 – We receive so many blessings in Christ!
  • Respect authority of Christ
    • Matthew 28:18-20
    • Colossians 2:6-8; 3:1, 5, 8, 12-13 – These are demands of being in Christ.
  • Devoted to Christ
    • Philippians 3:7-14
    • Luke 14:26-27 – Christ must come before all our physical relationships.
  • Maintain sincere faith
    • Hebrews 12:1 – What is “the sin?” Is it not the sin of unbelief?
      • Hebrews 10:36-11:1, 4, 5, 7
    • Hebrews 6:10
    • Hebrews 10:22-29
    • II Timothy 1:5-8
    • Hebrews 3:12
    • James 2:14
    • John 8:24