Acts, Part 12

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 2, 2019

  • Acts 13:1-14:7
  • Acts 13:14-41 – Paul’s sermon in Antioch of Pisidia
    • Acts 13:17-25 – Israel’s history leading to Christ
    • Acts 13:26-37 – Jesus is the one we’ve been waiting for!
    • Acts 13:38-41 – Believe and take heed!
  • Acts 13:42-52 – The Jews were happy when it was primarily the Jews hearing the gospel, but became jealous when the Gentiles were involved.
    • Romans 11:1 – It was still an advantage to be a Jew, but the gospel is for all.
  • Acts 13:48 – This verse is not saying, “They believed because they had been appointed to eternal life.” Those who refused the gospel judged themselves unworthy (Acts 13:46). Accepting the gospel appoints you to eternal life!
  • Acts 14:1-7 – Apparently the same thing that happened in Antioch of Pisidia happened again at Iconium. Paul and Barnabas did not move on until their lives were at risk.

Luke, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 26, 2019

  • Luke 13:22-14:24
  • Luke 13:26 – Compare Matthew 7:22-23.
  • Luke 13:30 – Some who think they are right with God but were prideful and looked to themselves rather than God will be cast out. Those that are last are those that are poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3) and will be blessed by God.
  • Luke 13:35 – This could be referring to a future time when every knee will bow, and the people will finally accept Jesus’ message.
  • Luke 14:12-14 – It’s okay to swap dinners with friends, but don’t do it to the exclusion of caring for the lame and the blind.
  • Luke 14:16-24 – All those who were invited gave excuses, and all were bad. We must be careful not to make excuses to God. He will surely see right through them.

Kids in Church

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 26, 2019

  • Psalms 78:5-8
  • Let’s start with some encouragement for parents
    • Mark 9:33-37; 10:13-16
  • Worship
    • Should always come from the heart
      • Psalm 95
    • Involves participation
  • Praying
    • Matthew 6:5-13
    • Prayer is a great privilege to have.
  • Preaching
    • Deuteronomy 31:10-13 – It was important for the children to hear the Word of God.
    • Joshua 8:33-35
  • Singing
    • Colossians 3:16 – Singing is a good way for kids to be involved in worship.
  • Giving
    • I Corinthians 16:1-2
    • Kids can be involved in giving also, either with their parents’ money of their own money.
  • Lord’s Supper
    • I Corinthians 11:23-26
    • Exodus 12:24-27; 13:14; Joshua 4:6-7, 21 – Memorials are a good way to get kids to ask questions. That’s part of the reason God set them up!
  • Make sure the focus is on God, not self or kids.

Everyone Can Be a Worker

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 26, 2019

  • I Thessalonians 1:2-8 – The church at Thessalonica was a working church.
    • Paul remembered three things:
      • Their work of faith
      • Their labor of love
      • Their patience of hope
  • The cause of a working church:
    • I Thessalonians 1:2; 2:19; 3:13; 4:16-17; 5:23
  • The effect of a working church
    • A good church is made up of people that have faith, love, and hope.
    • The effect: I Thessalonians 1:6-7
      • People who follow Christ
      • People who sound forth the Word of Christ
  • Works that all can do
    • Develop yourself in the faith
      • Hebrews 6:1; I Peter 2:2
      • Philippians 2:3-4; Galatians 6:1
    • Helping others develop themselves
      • Philippians 2:4; Ephesians 4:15-16
      • Ephesians 4:11-12; 3:16; Hebrews 10:24-25
      • It’s hard to help others if you are only concerned with self.
      • Philippians 2:19, 5-8
    • We must do what we can.
      • We can at least do what the Samaritan woman at the well did and bring others to hear the Word.
    • We can all do the little things.
      • Show hospitality to visitors.
      • Visit the sick. Matthew 10:42
  • Romans 6:4, 16
  • I Thessalonians 1:9-10 – This church turned from idols to serve.
  • Matthew 25:15
  • There is work that you can do!

Acts, Part 11

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 26, 2019

  • Acts 11:19-12:25
  • Acts 11:19 – Antioch of Syria was one of two cities named Antioch mentioned in the New Testament. All three of Paul’s preaching trips started here and the first two ended here (Acts 13:1-2; 15:35-36; 18:22-23).
  • Acts 11:26 – See Acts 26:28. Agrippa uses the term “Christian” and Paul doesn’t take any offense. I Peter 4:16 indicates that this is an approved name for followers of Christ. Can people tell that I am a Christian?
  • Acts 11:27-30 – The brethren collected money and sent it to elders of the church to be helped. Notice that the money was specifically for relief of the saints and it was sent directly to the elders. There was no intermediary church involved. We see this same pattern in all cases of churches sending relief to needy saints.
  • Acts 12:2 – James was the first apostle to be martyred.
  • Acts 12:20-25 – Herod was smitten by God because of his pride.

Luke, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 22, 2019

  • Luke 12:22-13:21
  • Luke 12:22-34 – We must trust God. If we seek God’s kingdom, our other needs will be taken care of. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work, but we should not put undue concern on physical things. Spiritual things are much more important.
  • Luke 12:35-40 – Be prepared! The way to be prepared is by setting your heart on spiritual things.
  • Luke 12:49 – See Jeremiah 23:29; Revelation 3:18. Jesus may be referring to God’s Word as fire that burns away the chaff and purifies His people. Jesus came to bring change and save sinners, not to destroy.
  • Luke 13:1-5 – Repent! Physical circumstances are no indication of where we stand with God. If we don’t repent, we will be no better off than anyone else.
  • Luke 13:18-21 – The kingdom of God is the rule of God. The rule of God can be preached and produce an abundance of fruit.
  • Luke 13:16 – Note that the infirmity was caused by Satan. Ultimately, all physical infirmities are caused by Satan.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 19, 2019

  • II Corinthians 8:12
  • Matthew 25:14-30 – Four observations
    • Praise from our master depends upon proper participation.
      • The difference is between salvation and condemnation.
    • The Lord is not interested in excuses.
      • You have to be smaller than a hypocrite to hide behind a hypocrite.
      • Some have not properly participated because they were not encouraged.
        • This is one of the primary purposes of the church.
    • All who do their part receive the same reward.
    • All who do not do their part will be condemned.
  • I Corinthians 12:15-30 – Two observations
    • All body members have functions
    • Not all have the same function
  • II Corinthians 8:1-5, 12 – Three observations
    • We must be willing to do our part.
      • We must avoid grudging service.
    • Willingness is contagious.
      • Colossians 3:23 – This kind of service catches on.
      • Indifference also catches on.
      • We are an example to others, so be a good example!
      • Philippians 1:14
    • Willingness creates a job-hunting disposition.

Hearts & Minds

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 19, 2019

  • Matthew 22:37
  • Matthew 12:34; Romans 12:2
  • I Corinthians 2:14-3:4 – You can be spiritually-minded or not. All the problems in Corinth were symptoms of not being spiritually minded.
  • Matthew 16:23; Acts 8:21 – Problems with the heart!
  • Instead of putting up a façade, let God’s Word pierce you.
    • Acts 28:24-27
    • Acts 2:36
    • Hebrews 3:7-4:12 – Don’t harden your hearts!
  • Be assured of God’s control.
    • Hebrews 12:3
    • Just because things are bad, don’t think God has lost control.
    • Hebrews 13:5, 6
    • Philippians 4:6
  • Lay up treasure in Heaven
    • Matthew 6:19-21
    • Philippians 3:18-20 – Where do I find joy? What am I constantly occupied with?
    • Colossians 3:5, 1-4
    • We have to fix what’s inside!

Acts, Part 10

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 19, 2019

  • Acts 10:1-11:18
  • Acts 10:1-8, 22-23 – Cornelius and his family became the first Gentiles to obey Christ under the New Covenant.
  • Acts 10:10-11 – The ability to eat unclean animals was an enormous change. These animals had been forbidden to eat for 1500 years!
  • Acts 10:27-28 – Peter puts all the visions together to realize that Gentiles are now included. The Jew/Gentile distinction is no longer in place. The vision was about food, but Peter inferred that the deeper meaning was about people. Acts 10:44-48 confirms that Peter inferred correctly.
  • Acts 10:34-43 – The Gentiles are taught the gospel for the first time.
  • Acts 10:3-6 – Cornelius had a miraculous vision, but this was not sufficient for salvation. He still had to hear the gospel and be baptized.
  • Acts 11:18 – The Jews rose above longstanding prejudice to accept that Gentiles were now part of God’s kingdom.
  • Acts 10:38 – See Luke 4:18-19 – This is not implying that Jesus did not have His own power. It is an example of deity working together. Hebrews 1:2; Genesis 1:2; John 1:1-3 show this in the creation.

Luke, Part 11

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 15, 2019

  • Luke 11:31-12:21
  • Luke 11:33-36 – Compare Matthew 5:16.
  • Luke 11:41 – If they gave alms with the right heart, that would ensure they were pure in God’s eyes. It was not enough to just be outwardly clean. It was much more important to be inwardly clean.
  • Luke 11:44 – Jesus was saying the Pharisees were of no more significance to God than tombs hidden underground. This would have been a tremendous blow to their pride!
  • Luke 11:45-52 – Jesus did not spare the lawyers and charged them with all the evil they had a part in. Not only did they not obey God, they prevented others from obeying God also.
  • Luke 12:4-7 – We shouldn’t fear men nearly so much as we fear God!
  • Luke 12:8-9 – This confession is more than just confessing with words. It’s the same ideas as Matthew 10 – confessing God with both your words and actions.
  • Luke 12:10 – Compare Mark 3:30. Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit was taking works of God and attributing them to Satan. Men today can reject God, but then learn the truth and be saved. This particular sin cannot be committed today because miracles are no longer performed in the way they were then.
  • Luke 12:15 – Life is more than possessions!
  • Luke 12:21 – If you are only rich in physical matters and not toward God, you are eternally doomed!