By David Watson
Benchley, July 6, 2014
  • 1 Corinthians 4:1
  • We are servants and stewards (so life is not about us)
    • I Peter 4:10
    • I Corinthians 4:9-13
  • We only answer to God (so don’t chase other standards)
    • I Corinthians 4:3-5
    • II Corinthians 10:10,12,18 – Don’t compare yourself to others.  Look to God for the standard.
    • I Corinthians 1:20; 2:4; 3:19 – The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God.
    • I Corinthians 4:6 – God’s standard is universal.
    • Mark 7:1-8
  • Everything we have is something we have received.
    • I Corinthians 4:7-8 – All things we have are gifts from God.
    • I Corinthians 12:6-11 – The Corinthians were competing over having the “best” spiritual gifts.
    • I Corinthians 14:12
    • Deuteronomy 8:17-18 – We should not boast in our wealth except as a gift from God.
    • Ephesians 2:8-9 – Obedience allows us to reach out and take the gift of salvation that God has given us.
  • I Corinthians 4:14

By David Watson

Benchley, April 13, 2014

 

  • Deuteronomy 8
  • Proverbs 30:7-9 – Give me neither poverty nor riches.
  • In times of need … trust in God.
    • Deuteronomy 8:2-6
    • Numbers 11:1-6
    • There is value in living through the lean times and learning to appreciate all the small blessings from God.
    • Philippians 4:10-13 – This is the attitude we want to have! We should be content in whatever state we are in.
    • Philippians 1:12-14
    • It’s in the dark days that we fall in love with the light.
  • In times of plenty … do not forget God.
    • Deuteronomy 8:10-14
    • II Chronicles 12:1; 26:16 – The danger of gaining power and pride.
    • Proverbs 16:18
    • I Timothy 6:17-19 – Do not be conceited.

 

By David Watson

Benchley, April 6, 2014

 

  • Ephesians 4:20-24
  • Education
    • Forgiveness and righteousness lead to life
      • Romans 6:4-7, 20-23 – Living in sin leads to death. Living righteously leads to life.
  • Attitude
    • Constantly renewing ourselves to be more like Deity
      • Colossians 3:10
      • Ephesians 4:23-24
      • Ephesians 5:1-2 – Imitate God!
      • Colossians 3:17
  • Action
    • Instruments of righteousness
      • Romans 6:12-13
      • Speak truth!
      • Only speak what is good for edification.
      • Colossians 3:1-3 – Set your mind on things above.
      • Colossians 3:15 – “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”
      • Colossians 3:12
      • Ephesians 4:22,24 – We are new people!

 

By Danny Lackey

Benchley, March 2, 2014

 

  • Attitudes toward God
    • Love – Matthew 22:37
    • Faith and trust – Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17
    • Thankfulness – Colossians 3:15-17; Romans 1:18-21; Proverbs 16:7
  • Attitudes toward ourselves
    • Humility – Romans 12:3,16; John 13:1-17; Matthew 25:21
    • Teachability – Proverbs 15:32
    • Honesty toward our mistakes – James 5:16
  • Attitudes toward our brethren
    • Love – John 13:34-35; I Peter 1:22-23
    • Cooperation – I Corinthians 12:24-26
    • Appreciation for others and their work – I Corinthians 12:18-26
    • Submissiveness – Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 5:5
    • Peaceableness – Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:1-3
    • Hospitality – Romans 12:13; III John 1:5-8
    • Warmth, friendliness, openness – Acts 2:44-47; 11:27-30
    • Gentleness, meekness – Galatians 6:1; II Timothy 2:24-26
    • Forgiveness, forbearance, patience, longsuffering – Ephesians 4:1-3,31-32
  • Attitudes toward our work
    • Gratitude for the privilege of our work – I Corinthians 15:9-11
    • Enthusiasm, eagerness – II Corinthians 9:6-8
    • Industriousness, diligence, energy – Nehemiah 4:6; Colossians 3:23-24; Proverbs 18:9
    • Initiative
    • Positiveness – Philippians 2:14-15
    • Persistence – John 4:34; Hebrews 6:11-12; II Timothy 4:7
  • Conclusion
    • Ideal attitudes make for ideal working conditions.
    • Ideal attitudes in a congregation will help the cause of Christ. II Timothy 2:21

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 19

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, January 22, 2014

 

  • Old Testament
    • Is it relevant to Christians?
      • Was it relevant to 1st century Christians?
        • Quoted in first gospel sermon. Acts 2:16-21
        • It was a powerful force in 1st century preaching. Acts 18:24-28
        • Constantly referenced in 1st century writings and speech by apostles and evangelists.
          • Paul, writing in Romans 1:1-4
          • Stephen, preaching in Acts 7:2-53
            • Gave short history of God’s people
            • Quoted Old Testament several times
            • Who was standing by listening?
              • Saul – Acts 8:1
      • It is relevant to us today if we with to: (Romans 15:2-4)
        • Help our neighbor
        • Be instructed
        • Be encouraged
        • Have hope
      • It foretold what was to come and gave it shape (Colossians 2:16-17)
        • John 1:15-17
        • Hebrews 8:4-5
        • Hebrews 9:8-12
        • Hebrews 10:1
        • Perspective of an object is always better if its shadow is discerned
    • What does it have to offer?
      • The complete story of salvation
      • The progression of God’s relationship with man
      • Expressions of the depth of God’s love for us
      • Examples we can live by
      • Better understanding of what God loves, hates, dislikes, etc.
      • Principles by which we can strengthen our lives
      • Insight into what the book of Hebrews is telling us
      • Understanding the Old Testament makes the New Testament more understandable
  • People who disagree with us
    • Where there disagreements in biblical or church history?
      • Abram/Lot
        • Abram – father of the faithful (Romans 4:14-21)
        • Lot – “righteous Lot” (I Peter 2:7)
      • Paul and Barnabas/men from Judea (Acts 15:1-2)
      • Paul/Barnabas (Acts 15:36-40; II Timothy 4:11)
      • Paul and his Jewish accusers (Acts 25:13-21)

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 18

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, January 15, 2014

 

  • What is time?
    • It is God’s creation. Genesis 1:1-5; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
    • It is His to command
      • Against the Amorites – Joshua 10:10-14
      • As a sign for Hezekiah – II Kings 20:1-11
    • He is timeless – II Peter 3:8
    • Time changes us, but does not change God – Hebrews 13:8
    • It is a precious gift
      • Limited resources, we are only given so much – Psalms 90:8-10
      • We must use it wisely – Ephesians 5:13-17
      • Don’t waste it when something needs doing
        • Zaccheus – Luke 19:5-6
        • Shepherds – Luke 2:10-16
        • The jailer – Acts 16:27-33
        • Joseph and Mary – Matthew 2:13-14
      • We should have their attitude
        • Hebrews 4:7
        • Hebrews 3:13
      • We wisely use our time in all activities, not just in matters of Christian devotion – Colossians 4:5
      • It becomes more precious the less we have
        • Daniel 2:7-9
        • Romans 13:12

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 17

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, January 8, 2014

 

  • The church as Biblically described
    • Universal church – Hebrews 12:15-24; Acts 9:31
    • Local congregation – Galatians 1:21-24; I Corinthians 1:1-3
    • Both have members
    • Let’s look at a Christian’s attitudes with respect to:
      • The universal church
      • The local church
      • Other church members
  • The universal church
    • This is what Jesus said He would build – Matthew 16:18
    • He bought it with His blood – Acts 20:28
    • Jesus loves the church and gave Himself for it – Ephesians 5:25-29
      • He wants His church to be pure, blameless, and holy – Ephesians 5:27
      • He both nourishes and cherishes His church – Ephesians 5:29
      • That comes from baptism and from His word – Ephesians 5:26
      • It is maintained in His word – John 17:17
    • Referred tp as His body – Romans 12:4-5
      • We are not just individuals
      • We are members of each other
      • As such, we are one body – I Corinthians 10:16-24
        • We should seek our neighbor’s good
        • We should desire that all be pure – Colossians 1:21-23
    • If you’ve been saved, you’ve been added to it – Acts 2:41,47
  • The local church
    • Where all collective activities are undertaken
      • Worship – Acts 20:7
    • Where saints have much or most of their Christian associations – Acts 2:44-47
    • Analogy of the body – I Corinthians 12:12-27
      • If one is a baptized believer, one is a member of the body
      • As such, each member is part of the whole
      • We all work together – Philippians 2:1-4
        • We maintain a single-minded purpose
        • Each member has value in this
      • Each member has function – Ephesians 4:11-16
    • This body assembles and associates for purpose
      • Keep each other in paths of righteousness – Hebrews 3:12-19
      • Encourage and stimulate fellow Christians – Hebrews 10:23-25
      • Maintain our focus as a congregation – I Corinthians 9:24-27
      • Maintain our identity as Christians and as a church – Revelation 2:2-6
  • In summary:
    • Remember who we are
      • Members of our Savior’s church
      • Members of our local church
      • Members of one another
    • Treasure what Jesus treasured
      • His church
      • Its members
      • Its message to the world

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 16

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, January 1, 2014

 

  • God is the ultimate authority. Ephesians 1:18-23
    • All other authority is under Him. Colossians 2:8-10
    • To defy authority is to defy Him. II Peter 2:9-10
  • God has ordained governments. Romans 13:1-7
    • For a purpose (vs 4)
    • With the right to sustain themselves (taxation) vs 6)
    • His expectation is for us to submit to their rule (vs 1)
  • God has supremacy over governments
    • God and government don’t always agree
    • Government sometimes usurps God’s authority
      • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3)
      • Daniel (Daniel 6)
      • Peter (Acts 4)
  • God uses governments for His purposes
    • Pharaoh (Exodus 10:1-2)
    • Cyrus (Isaiah 44:28-45:3; 46:8-11)
  • God’s people have served in governments in times past
    • Joseph served government officials and was himself a government official
      • The head of Pharaoh’s bodyguard (Genesis 39:1-4)
      • Special assistant to the head jailer (Genesis 39:20-23)
      • Pharaoh’s “prime minister” (Genesis 41:41-44)
    • Daniel served kings as a top administrator
      • To Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:48-49)
      • To Belshazzar (Daniel 5:29)
      • To Darius (Daniel 6:1-2)
      • To Cyrus (Daniel 6:28)
  • We should maintain respect for government authority
    • King Saul was a government official
    • King David was a government official
      • Saul was king
      • Saul had sinned and his throne was rejected by God (I Samuel 15:24-28)
      • David had been anointed to take his place (I Samuel 16:13)
      • David still held Saul in reverence (I Samuel 24:1-6)
    • Festus was a Roman official
      • Corrupt and evil government
      • Treated with respect by an Apostle of Christ (Acts 24:25-27; 26:24-25)
  • It is okay to disagree with government
    • Speaking out against an official’s misdeeds is not wrong
    • John the Baptist did so (Matthew 14:1-4)
    • It is our duty to reveal evil for what it is (Ephesians 5:11-13)
    • It is wrong to do so unkindly or with disrespect (II Peter 2:10)
  • We should maintain our respect for authority
    • Recognize its place and be subject to it
    • Be ready to stand for what is right, but with respect and propriety
    • Appeal to its guarantees of safety and protection
    • Serve it with diligence and Godliness if and when called upon
    • Defer to the Greater Power when usurped by earthly authority

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 13

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Christian Attitudes, Part 12

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, December 1, 2013

 

  • Notes on Attitude
    • Not a class on compliance
    • No denial of need to comply
    • Looking for motivating attitudes to dwell on
      • To propel our actions
      • For our meditation and consideration
      • Holding our hearts to the task
        • Compliance the objective
        • Attitude is the force to propel us
  • Last Week – Main Text from Ephesians 5
    • Husbands’ attitudes towards their wives
    • Rooted in:
      • Love
      • Purpose
      • Service
      • Steadfastness
      • Sacrifice
    • Let “sacrifice” slip by. (Oops!)
      • Ephesians 5:25
      • The kind of sacrificial behavior as Jesus demonstrated
        • Gave up – John 3:13
        • Stepped down
        • Suffered – Luke 9:21-22
        • Gave all
        • Gave His life – I Timothy 2:5-6
      • How can these be demonstrated by a husband toward his wife?
        • Selflessness
        • Sacrifice
    • Overall role of husband is that of the leader of the family
      • Position is that of head
      • Position naturally implies that there is a following
  • Wife’s Attitudes Toward Her Husband
    • A leader of a “different kind”
      • The best leader is a great follower – is in subjection
        • To government authority – Romans 13:1-5
        • To family leaders over us – Luke 2:51
        • To fellow workers in Christ – I Corinthians 16:15-16 (Galatians 2:4-5)
        • To our employers – Titus 2:9-10
        • In other words, Christianity does not undo the relationships of this life – all subjective relationships continue – Ephesians 5:21
      • Qualities of a good follower (as a wife to a husband – Ephesians 5:22-24, 33)
        • Strives for excellence – I Peter 2:12; Proverbs 31:10
        • Willing and eager to work – Proverbs 31:13
        • Ready to help – trusted advisor, assistant, aide – Proverbs 31:11
        • Optimistic toward the future – Proverbs 31:25
        • Accepts responsibility
        • Teaches from her experience to others – Titus 2:3-5
          • By example
          • By instruction
        • Respectful – Ephesians 5:33
          • Has purpose – I Peter 3:1-6
          • What is it?
            • In action
            • In attitude
            • In speech
              • Direct
              • Indirect
          • How does one show it?
            • Treatment of husband
            • Treatment of other family
            • Treatment of all people
  • Attitude as State of Mind
    • State of mind that shapes actions
    • Can be changed
    • We are not slaves to our state of mind
    • We can master our state of mind