By David Watson

Benchley, November 22, 2015

  • II John 9
  • I Corinthians 14:23
  • Because we don’t have Bible authority for it.
    • II John 9 – We don’t want to go outside the teaching of Christ.
    • Galatians 1:8; Colossians 3:17
    • What local churches did in the New Testament
      • Churches provided for the teaching and preaching of the gospel.
        • Philippians 4:14-18
      • Churches provided for worship and spiritual edification.
        • I Corinthians 16:1-2; 14:26; 11:17-22, 33-34
      • Churches provided for needy Christians.
        • Acts 4:32-35; 6:1-4
        • See a pattern? Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 6:1-3; 11:27-30; Romans 15:25-26; I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 8, 9; I Timothy 5:16, 5
        • Were there no other needy people in Jerusalem – just Christians? There were, but that was outside the scope of the work of the church.
      • Because we have something better to offer!
        • Philippians 1:27 – This is what a church should be doing!
        • I Thessalonians 1:8
        • I Timothy 5:3-5, 16 – Churches are not to be distracted with lesser works. Families are obligated to help their own first.
        • Acts 6:2, 4
        • Individual Christians can and should be engaged in all kinds of good deeds! Luke 10:33-37; James 1:27
        • Jesus Himself helped so many people in both physical and spiritual ways, so why didn’t He authorize churches to help the world in physical ways? John 6:10-14, 24-35, 48-51.  Jesus came to serve a greater purpose than feeding people.

By Larry Bunch

Benchley, February 1, 2015

  • Disapproved authority: human and/or devilish
    • James 3:15; Matthew 15:7-9; I Corinthians 1:18-26
  • Approved authority: God’s wisdom
    • I Corinthians 1:18-26; 2:10-12; II John 1:9-11
  • Direct operation of the Holy Spirit on apostles and prophets: Ephesians 3:3-5
    • Results in the Word of God being revealed
  • Methods of authority:
    • Direct authority:
      • Command – I Corinthians 11:24
      • Statement – I Corinthians 11:26; Mark 16:16
    • Indirect authority:
      • Necessary inference – Acts 20:7 (compare Exodus 20:8; I Corinthians 16:2 – every first day or every Sabbath was to be observed)
      • Approved, limiting example – Just because Paul walked doesn’t mean we can’t drive or fly in an airplane.
        • I Corinthians 16:1-2 – collection authorized and limited
        • Acts 20:7 – Lord’s Supper authorized and limited
        • When is an approved example limited and restricted?
          • Restricted:
            • Uniformity
            • Harmony
            • Universality
            • Essentiality – Acts 20:7 – eating in the upper story is not essential (John 4:19-24)
            • Limited application
            • Competence
          • The necessity of obedience
            • Matthew 7:21

 

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

 

The Role of a Wife

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 11, 2013

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Benchley, July 28, 2013

Authority, Part 5

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 5, 2013

Authority, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 22, 2013

  • Matthew 16:5-12
  • To “imply” is to send a message.
  • To “infer” is to receive a message.
  • Dad may never actually say he wants the son to “use the lawnmower,” but the boy understands that through what has been said (“fill the mower with gas,” etc.).
  • Unavoidable conclusion?
    • Acts 16:15; 16:33; I Corinthians 1:16 – infants were baptized?
      • This cannot be unferred because we can’t know that there were infants in the house.  Based on other scriptures which state that people must believe before being baptized, we could argue that infants could not possibly be included in the meaning here.
  • The Bible teaches that unavoidable conclusions authorize.
    • Acts 10:10-16 + 19-20 + 22 => 28b
      • Vision of animals no longer unclean
      • Spirit:  “Go with them.”
      • “Angel told Cornelius to hear your message.”
      • Thus:  “God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.”
    • Psalms 110:1 => Matthew 22:41-46; Acts 2:32-36
      • The Christ would descend from David.
      • David called Him “Lord.”
      • Thus, Christ is superior.
    • Genesis 14:18-20 + Psalms 110:4 => Hebrews 7:11
      • Melchizadek blessed Abraham, Abraham gave tithes to Melchizadek.
      • Lesser is blessed by the greater.
      • Levites descended from Abraham.
      • Jesus is a priest after the order of Melchizadek.
      • Thus, Jesus is a superior priest.
    • Exodus 3:6 => Luke 20:37-38
      • Genesis:  Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob die.
      • Exodus:  “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
      • Thus, “But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush …”

Authority, Part 2

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Authority, Part 1

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Authority, Part 12

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