Christians at Work

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 23, 2017

  • Daniel 6:4 – Daniel’s detractors could find no accusation against him.
  • Character
    • Colossians 3:8-9
    • Luke 3:12-13 – Jesus’ commands to tax collectors.
    • Luke 19:8-10 – Zaccheus promises to work honestly.
    • II Thessalonians 3:6-13
  • Attitude
    • Colossians 3:22-25 – If God expected this from slaves, surely he expects this or more from employees who are in a more privileged position.
    • Ephesians 6:5-8 – When we work for our boss, we are working for God.
    • I Peter 2:18-20 – Your boss might be unreasonable, but we must still obey God and patiently endure.
  • Leadership
    • Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1 – Masters must answer to God!
    • James 5:1-6 – God is not pleased when masters mistreat their workers.
    • Leviticus 19:13 – God cares about the worker!
  • Spirituality
    • Titus 2:9-10
    • I Timothy 6:1-2 – Work well so that God’s name will not be spoken against.

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

That’s Just How I Am!

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 7, 2016

  • Kid questions:
    • Why is the tongue a world of iniquity? James 3:6
      • Ephesians 4:29 – Words can also do a lot of good!
    • How did Nehemiah rebuild the wall of the city?
      • Nehemiah 4:6 – The people had a mind to work.
      • They prayed.
      • They prepared for any trouble.
    • Why was the Israelites’ punishment death?
      • Deuteronomy 28:1, 15 – Because they sinned!
      • Deuteronomy 18:15 – This was a prophecy about Jesus.
    • What does God look like?
      • He is spirit. John 4:24
      • Exodus 33:18-23
      • I John 3:2

 

  • Ephesians 4:17-24
  • Become a new person!
    • Ephesians 4 + Romans 6 + Colossians 3
      • Romans 6:4, 11-13
      • Colossians 3:5-8, 13
    • Galatians 2:11-14
  • Other effects of this attitude problem
    • It’s hypocrisy and it ruins my credibility.
      • Romans 2:1-3, 21
    • It allows spiritual laziness to continue.
      • II Peter 1:5-11
    • It implies that some sins are okay.
      • John 9:28-34
      • I John 3:7
    • Am I guilty?
      • Romans 12:6-8
      • Too hard on kids
      • Gossip
      • Cliques
        • James 2:2
      • Materialism
        • Luke 12:15
      • Laziness
        • James 2:24

Let’s Talk About Modesty

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 8, 2016

  • II Samuel 11:1
  • It’s more than clothes. It’s an attitude.
    • Genesis 2:25; 3:7, 21; 38:14-15
    • Exodus 28:40, 42; Isaiah 20:4; Proverbs 5:18-20
    • I Timothy 2:9-10; I Peter 3:1-4; I Corinthians 6-7
  • Why we slip up.
    • “Everyone dresses this way.”
      • Matthew 7:13-14; I Peter 4:3-4
    • “It’s hard to shop for modest clothes.”
      • II Peter 1:5
    • “This is the fashion.”
      • I Peter 1:14-16; I Timothy 2:-10; I Peter 3:1-4
    • “I can’t help what other people think.”
      • Luke 17:1
    • We need to talk to each other about this.
      • Romans 6:12-13; 13:13-14

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 20, 2016

  • Luke 18:8
  • An indifferent audience – Acts 24:24-26
  • A rebellious audience – Acts 7:51-60
  • An untaught, but honest audience – Acts 2:22-24, 29-40
  • An ideal audience – Acts 10:1-16, 31-33
  • If all were like me, what kind of audience would this be?

By David Watson

Benchley, March 20, 2016

  • Keep emotions in check.
    • I Timothy 3:2-7
    • Everyone should behave when objections are made to a man’s qualifications.
      • Ephesians 4:31-32
      • I Peter 5:3
    • Instead of taking sides, we should all just be on the Lord’s side.
      • Philippians 2:1-4
      • I Kings 18:17-18
    • Take the qualifications seriously, given the work.
      • Able to teach – Titus 1:9-11
      • Aspires/desires the work; eagerness – I Timothy 3:1; 5:3
      • Sensible, just, devout, not a new convert – Hebrews 5:14; I Corinthians 5:1, 13
      • Temperate, gentle, peaceable, not pugnacious – Acts 20:28, 31
    • Don’t be stricter than God.
      • Peter was an elder (I Peter 5:1)
        • On one occasion, Jesus called him “Satan” (Mark 8:33)
        • On another occasion, Jesus said to him “you of little faith” (Matthew 14:31)
        • He denied Jesus 3 times
        • He acted hypocritically and prejudicially in Galatians 2.
      • Titus 1:7

By David Watson

Benchley, January 10, 2016

  • Acts 20:18-20, 32-38
  • Disclaimers:
    • I Corinthians 11:1 – None of us are the example to look at – Jesus is the perfect example.
    • Romans 12:4-8 – We are all different.
  • Ask yourself some questions …
    • Am I dependable and hard-working, or am I kinda lazy? Acts 6:1-7
    • Am I devout or hypocritical in daily life? Acts 10:1-2
    • Am I generous or stingy? Acts 4:32-37
    • Am I an obedient student of God’s Word or do I just ignore it? Acts 8:27-39
    • Am I devoted to prayer or negligent? Acts 1:13-14; 2:41-42; Matthew 6:5-7
    • Am I helpful and encouraging, or a drag? Acts 18:23-28
  • What do I need to do right now?
    • Think about this.
    • Talk about this.
    • Do something about this.

Criticism

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By Daniel Beamon

Benchley, September 27, 2015

  • Criticism is uncomfortable
    • If you enjoy giving criticism, you are probably not giving it in the right way.
    • II Timothy 3:16-17
    • Proverbs 13:18
    • Galatians 6:1 – Criticism is necessary.
    • Titus 1:3 – Criticism is necessary to make us sound in faith.
  • Giving criticism
    • Philippians 2:1-4
    • Colossians 3:12-17 – If we do not have love, we will give criticism with the wrong heart.
    • II Timothy 2:22-26 – Teaching is an important aspect of criticism.
    • II Timothy 4:2 – We must have patience when criticizing others.
    • I Peter 5:5 – Be humble!
    • Be care to not have an “I gotcha!” attitude in criticizing others.
  • Receiving criticism
    • Philippians 2:1-4 – We must receive criticism in a spirit of love.
    • Proverbs 9:7-9 – Receive criticism with wisdom. Use it to improve.
    • Do not receive criticism with pride or anger. It doesn’t help anyone.
  • Peter and Paul
    • Galatians 1:18-2:14 – When Peter was in error, Paul withstood him to his face.
    • II Peter 3:13-18 – Peter still counted Paul as a beloved brother.

By David Watson

Benchley, August 30, 2015

  • Matthew 12:33-37
  • Plan what you will say.
    • Proverbs 15:28
    • Proverbs 25:15
    • I Thessalonians 5:14
    • Proverbs 29:20
    • Proverbs 10:19
    • James 1:19 – Be swift to hear and slow to speak.
  • Get rid of your bad attitudes.
    • I Peter 3:8-9
    • Proverbs 15:1
    • Ephesians 4:15 – Speak the truth in love.
    • We must fix our heart in order to fix our language.
  • Keep your goal in mind: positive change.
    • Colossians 4:5
    • Ephesians 4:29
    • II Corinthians 2:4
    • II Corinthians 7:8
    • Proverbs 9:8
    • Proverbs 25:12
    • Ecclesiastes 12:11
    • Isaiah 50:4
  • Psalm 19:14

Parable of the Sower

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 31, 2014

 

  • Matthew 13:1-23
  • Parable: reveals truth, making people understand the unknown by what is known
  • The four kinds of soil
    • The wayside soil
    • The rocky soil
    • The thorny soil
    • The good soil
  • Bible examples of each kind of soil
    • Wayside soil – Felix – Acts 24:24-26
    • Stony soil – Hebrew Christians – Hebrews 10:25
    • Thorny soil – Rich young ruler – Matthew 19:22
    • Good soil – Paul (his life) – Acts 9:3-19
  • Present day examples
    • Wayside – one who hears but pays no attention to the word.
    • Stony – one who hears and receives the word, but lets external things such as persecution or pressure hinder him and cause him to fall.
    • Thorny – one who hears and receives the word, but lets internal things such as money, position, prestige, pleasure, or sexual lust come between him and God.
    • Good – one who hears and receives the word and does not allow anything to keep him from faithfully serving God.
  • The real lesson of the parable
    • Take heed what you hear (Mark 4:24)
      • The information must be right.
    • Take heed how you hear (Luke 8:18)
      • The attitude must be right.