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.

By David Watson

Benchley, March 12, 2017

  • Philippians 2:1-8
  • He became a servant
    • Philippians 2:6-7
    • Think about all that Jesus gave up to be a servant.
    • John 1:1-3, 14
    • We often try to elevate ourselves when we should be content to be servants.
    • Matthew 20:28
    • II Corinthians 8:9
  • He became obedient
    • Philippians 2:8
    • John 4:34; 8:28
    • II Corinthians 12:20 – warning against gossip
    • Hebrews 13:4; I John 2:16 – warning against lust
    • Galatians 5:20-21 – warning against outbursts of anger
  • He because obedient to the point of death!
    • Philippians 2:8, 17, 30

By David Watson

Benchley, December 17, 2014

  • I Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9
  • Qualifications for elders, continued:
    • Peaceable (I Timothy 3:3) – Not contentious or quarrelsome (see also Titus 3:2)
    • Loving what is good (Titus 1:8) – Loving and practicing what is good.
    • Just (Titus 1:8) – See John 7:24; Colossians 4:1. Righteous and just.
    • Devout (Titus 1:8) – Holy, righteous, and unpolluted with wickedness. See Hebrews 7:26.
    • Hospitable (I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8) – A friend of, or kind to strangers. See I Peter 4:9.
      • Does “hospitality” have to include overnight lodging?
        • I don’t think so. Hebrews 13:2; Genesis 18
      • Is it only “hospitality” if the person is a stranger?
    • Not addicted to wine (I Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7) – Not a drunkard. This does not include the responsible and temperate use of alcohol (i.e. for medicinal purposes).
    • Not pugnacious (I Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7) – Not a striker or violent person.
    • Not quick tempered (Titus 1:7) – Not prone to anger. See Ephesians 4:26; Mark 3:5.
    • Not self-willed (Titus 1:7) – Not one who is pleased with himself or despises others. See I Peter 5:3.
    • Free from the love of money (I Timothy 3:3) – Not fond of money or covetous. See I Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5; Luke 16:13.
    • Not fond of sordid gain (Titus 1:7; I Timothy 3:3) – Not eager to gain even if it degrades his character.

Ecclesiastes, Part 5

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By Tim Stringer

Benchley, August 24, 2014

 

  • Ecclesiastes 7:1-23
  • Ecclesiastes 7:10 – People have always been nostalgic for the good old days – event in the good old days.

 

By David Watson

Benchley, November 3, 2013

 

  • Genesis 4:1-16
  • We must overcome plain old anger
    • Genesis 4:5
    • Anger itself is not necessarily sinful
    • Proverbs 16:32
    • Colossians 3:12-15 – We must learn to control anger.
  • Living “by faith” is “righteous”
    • Genesis 4:3; Hebrews 11:4 – Abel offered his sacrifice by faith. This implies that he has instruction from God about how to worship.
  • Doing a good thing the wrong way is “evil.”
    • Genesis 4:5
    • Leviticus 10:1-2 – Nadab and Abihu
    • I Samuel 15:21-22
    • I John 3:11-12
  • Everybody has a choice
    • Genesis 4:6-7 – God reminds Cain of his choice.
  • We should fess up.
    • Matthew 6:7-8

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 5

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, September 29, 2013

 

  • The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, continued:
    • Point 1: Murder and the law (Matthew 5:21-26)
      • Jesus looks at the roots of murder.
      • Anger, contempt, hatred – murder’s mileposts (I John 3:15)
      • These are attitudes, under our control.
      • Don’t let it fester. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
        • So important, make it right before worshiping.
        • What did God say about sacrifice?
      • Worship not acceptable with the wrong attitude.
      • Don’t let legal adversity linger – get it resolved quickly.
    • Point 2: Adultery and the law (Matthew 5:27-30)
      • Where does adultery begin?
      • Don’t go there.
      • Do whatever it takes not to go there.
    • Point 2 ½: Marriage and divorce (Matthew 5:31-32; Genesis 2:18-25)
      • Adultery was considered very bad.
      • Divorce (other than for fornication) just as bad (Matthew 19:3-9)

 

By Keith Shackleford

Benchley, October 14, 2012

 

James 1:19-2:5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 20, 2012

 

  • James 1:19 – It is not sinful to be angry. It is sinful to handle that anger incorrectly. We are to be slow to anger. When we do get angry, it should be with the righteous anger that is of God.
  • James 1:22 – This is a commentary on what it means to receive the word as commanded in James 1:21. In order to properly receive the word, we have to be a doer of the word and mot merely a hearer.
  • James 1:25 – “One who looks intently at the perfect law” is the idea of stopping and looking at God’s law, not just a passing glance.

How to Avoid Divorce

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 28, 2011

 

  • The divorce rate has risen greatly in the past 100 years.
    • In 1900 the rate was about 8%.
    • In 1940 the rate was about 20%.
    • In 1970 the rate was about 33%.
    • In 2011 the rate was about 50% of first marriages.
      • The rate was about 60% of second marriages.
      • The rate was about 73% of third marriages.
  • Regardless of the cause, God hates divorce.
  • One of the best safeguards against divorce is marrying a Christian.
  • The four major causes of divorce have been listed as follows:
    • Sexual incompatibility
    • Financial irresponsibility
    • Alcoholism
    • Religious discord
      • It is a great strain to a marriage when both are not Christians.
  • Things that will make divorce impossible:
    • Love and respect for God’s law
    • Love and respect for one another
    • Do not be angry at the same time.
    • Do not go to bed angry.
    • Knock out selfishness. Do not say: “My mate is not treating me as he/she should.” Rather ask: “Am I treating my mate as I should?”
    • Summed up: be a Christian!

Mark 10:28-11:17

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 29, 2011

  • Mark 10:28-31 – See Mark 3:31-35; 8:35. This passage is not literal. Jesus is making the point that we may have to sacrifice physically to be rewarded spiritually.
  • Mark 10:46-52 – Bartimaeus showed his exemplary character in persistently seeking Jesus, addressing Him with respect, and showed interest in spiritual matters, even after being healed.
  • Mark 11:1-11 – This is often referred to as the Triumphal Entry of Jesus.
    • Hosanna is a Greek transliteration of a Hebrew word meaning “save, we pray”. See Psalms 118:25-26. It was originally a cry for help but came to be used as praise.
  • Mark 11:15-17 – Jesus protected the holiness of the temple by driving out the salesmen and moneychangers. Selling animals for sacrifice was not wrong, but doing so in the temple was. We must be careful of the same thing in the church today.