By David Watson

Benchley, January 3, 2018

  • Context and harmony, continued:
    • Practice using context and harmony together, continued:
      • John 14:26; 16:13 – Does the Holy Spirit miraculously guide people?
        • Context: Jesus and the apostles
        • Harmony: John 13:1; Luke 22:13-14; Matthew 26:19-21; Mark 14:16-18; Acts 8:14
        • Conclusion: Jesus was speaking directly to the apostles and specifically to them. This does not mean the Holy Spirit miraculously guides us today.
      • I Corinthians 1:17 – Is baptism necessary for salvation? Paul said Christ did not send him to baptize!
        • Context: Paul was discussing division that was coming from people being baptized by different people.
        • Harmony: I Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; I Peter 3:21
        • Conclusion: Baptism is essential for salvation. Here, Paul was addressing a controversy that was springing up and causing division with people dividing over who baptized them. I Corinthians 10:17 is a not-but passage emphasizing preaching over baptism.
      • Ephesians 4:31 – Is all anger sinful?
        • Context: Ephesians 4:25-31 – All anger is not condemned.
        • Harmony: Mark 3:5; Psalms 97:10
        • Conclusion: No, all anger is not sinful. Jesus Himself expressed anger.
      • Luke 14:26 – Are we really supposed to hate our families?
        • Context: Luke 14:23-33 – Jesus is trying to get people to understand the depth of commitment required to follow Him.
        • Harmony: Matthew 22:39; 10:37
        • Conclusion: We are to love Christ the most. We should love Him so much that all other relationships look like hate in comparison.

Plain Bible Preaching

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Making Changes in Life

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James, Part 4

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How to Use Your Bible, Part 9

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • Matthew 4:23-5:12 – Jesus was setting down kingdom principles.
  • Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit.
    • Ephesians 2:12-13
    • Psalms 51:17
    • Isaiah 66:2
    • Jeremiah 10:27
    • The poor in spirit realize that power and authority is with God – not with them.
  • Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are they that mourn.
    • Isaiah 61:1-2
  • Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek.
    • Psalms 37:11
    • Matthew 11:27
    • Matthew 5:30
    • Moses was described as the meekest man on earth, but he was a great leader.
    • “inherit the earth” is not talking about mundane things.
      • II Peter 3:11-13
      • Jesus may have been looking forward to the new heaven and new earth.
      • Alternate view: The gentle will inherit the earth as opposed to aggressive and warlike? The gentle will be blessed on earth?
  • Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness.
    • Psalms 42:2
  • Matthew 5:7 – Blessed are the merciful.
    • Proverbs 14:21
  • Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart.
    • Psalms 24:3-4
    • Psalms 73:1
  • Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers.
    • Isaiah 52:7
  • Matthew 5:10-11 – Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
    • No specific Old Testament verse has this same sentiment, but Hebrews 11:32-37 names David, Gideon, Barak, Samson, the prophets, and others as those who were persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

By David Watson

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • The need for reading
    • Exodus 24:3, 7; Joshua 1:8; 8:30-35
    • Judges 2:7-10, 20-21; II Kings 17:13-14
    • II Kings 22:8, 10-11
    • II Kings 25
    • Ezra 7:6, 10; Nehemiah 8:1-8, 18; 9:3; Luke 4:16; I Timothy 4:13
    • Across history, when people fell away from God, it was because they were not reading.
  • I have several plans for getting through the hard parts.
    • Just read, don’t study.
    • Use the Bible Reading Companion.
    • Use a different translation.
    • Send me a request.
    • Read with a partner.
    • Use an audio Bible.
    • If you get behind, skip that section.
  • I have a strategy for keeping my interest level high: using what I read!

James, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • James 1:26-2:26
  • James 1:27 – This verse does not limit the local church from caring for orphans, but it does not authorize it either. What it does is authorize individuals to care for orphans and widows.
  • James 2:1 – You cannot hold faith in God in one hand and partiality in the other hand.
  • James 2:8 – If you really love your neighbor as yourself, you will not show partiality to people.
  • James 2:13 – This implies that judgment will be with mercy to one who has shown mercy.

How to Use Your Bible, Part 8

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 20, 2017

  • Context and harmony, continued:
    • Galatians 6:10 – “Let us do good to all people” here is referring to helping those caught in sin. The context does not mention benevolence. This is about individuals helping each other in spiritual work and helping to bear their load when they are struggling with sin.
    • Acts 2:4 – Who was filled with the Holy Spirit? If you follow the pronouns back to Acts 1:26, you can see it is referring to the apostles. Acts 2:14, 37, and 42-43 show that the people were responding to what the apostles were preaching. Acts 1:6, 8 shows that Jesus told them this exact thing would happen.
    • Jeremiah 29:11 – The context of this verse is a letter written to Jews in Babylonian captivity (Jeremiah 29:1-3). Verses 8-10 are a warning to not listen to all the false prophets. Verse 11 then encourages the people, saying that God had a plan for them for good (so don’t be drawn away by false prophets).
    • Philippians 4:13 – What are “all things”? The context is about Paul being content no matter his circumstances. Paul could be content in any circumstances through God’s strength.

Jesus’ Miracles in John

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 17, 2017

  • John 20:30-31
  • II Peter 1:5-11 – We are commanded to add to our faith. That is a continuous process.

 

  1. Water into wine (John 2:1-11) – Power over elements
    1. Note that there is no mention of anyone becoming inebriated. Jesus did not make fermented wine.
  2. Nobleman’s son (John 4:46-54) – Power over distance
  3. Impotent man (John 5:1-9) – Power over disease
  4. Feeding 5,000 (John 6:1-14) – Power over elements
  5. Walks on water (John 6:16-24) – Power over gravity
  6. Heals blind man (John 9:1-7) – Power over disease
  7. Raises the dead (John 11:14-46) – Power over death

 

  • Romans 1:3-4