By David Watson

Benchley, February 14, 2018

The Basis of Fellowship

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 21, 2018

  • Fellowship with God
    • How established?
      • Through Jesus
        • Romans 3:23, 20; 10:4 – Fellowship with God is impossible without Jesus.
        • By man appreciating and honoring what God has done.
          • Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21
          • Acts 17:30 – Repentance is necessary.
          • Romans 10:10 – Confession is necessary.
          • Acts 2:38 – Baptism is necessary.
          • Galatians 5:6
          • Mark 16:16
      • By faith
    • How maintained?
      • Through Jesus
        • Matthew 7:21
        • We must continue to show that Jesus is our Lord.
        • I Corinthians 15:58; Philippians 3:14
        • I John 1:8-10 – We must continue to repent of further sin.
        • Isaiah 66:2
        • I John 9 – We must continue to confess our sins and pray for forgiveness.
      • By faith
        • Galatians 5:6
  • Fellowship with other saved men
    • A special relationship where men jointly participate in serving God
  • How can we disagree about some things and still have fellowship?
    • One cannot have fellowship (jointly participate) in ANYTHING he believes to be wrong.
    • But we can disagree on some things and still work together in a local church.
      • Things that do not matter to God.
        • Eating meat, esteeming certain days, matters of personal preference
      • Things that do matter to God
    • However, there are some things that must cause a severance of fellowship.
      • I Corinthians 5
      • Romans 16:17

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, August 6, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Mark 16:15-16
    • Acts 2:38
    • I Peter 3:18-22
  • Error #1: Christianity is virtually ALL about baptism.
    • Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12
    • Acts 8:12-13, 18-23 – Simon was baptized and then sinned. Peter told him he had to repent. The story wasn’t over once Simon was baptized!
    • Baptism is required and important, but it’s not the only
  • Error #2: God’s grace plays a minor role.
    • Titus 3:1-8 – Righteous deeds are important, but the emphasis is on God’s grace.
    • Ephesians 2:4-10
    • Galatians 2:21
  • Error #3: It’s the end instead of the beginning.
    • Acts 11:23-26
    • Acts 15:36
    • Acts 18:8, 11 – Why would Paul stay so long if they were already baptized?
    • Romans 5:20-6:2
    • Ephesians 4:1
    • Matthew 28:18-20

What Must I Do to be Saved?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 21, 2017

  • The most important question ever asked: “What must I do to be saved?”
  • Acts 16:22-33 – The jailer did not know anything about salvation, but once he was taught (Romans 10:17), he knew he needed to repent and be baptized.
  • Acts 2:36-38 – These people had believed in God all their lives, but they had not yet obeyed Jesus. Believing in God was not enough.
    • Acts 2:20-21 – Joel prophesied that people would need to call on the name of the Lord to be saved. This involved repenting and being baptized.
  • Acts 22:6-16 – When Saul came to understand that Jesus was the Messiah, he still had to find out what to do to be saved.
    • Acts 22:16 – Calling on the name of the Lord involved being baptized!
  • Matthew 7:21 – Believing in Jesus is not enough!
  • Romans 6:12-13 – We must use our bodies as instruments of righteousness until God.
  • What must I do to remain saved?
    • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Always press on toward the goal!

1 Corinthians, Part 31

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 18, 2017

  • I Corinthians 15:29-44
  • I Corinthians 15:29-32
    • Several baptisms are mentioned in the New Testament:
      • I Corinthians 10:1-3 – baptism of Moses and Israelites in the sea
      • Matthew 3:11 – baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire
      • Matthew 3:6 – baptism of John the Baptist
      • Ephesians 4:4-6 – baptism of the New Covenant. This is a command and not a promise
      • Luke 12:50; Mark 10:38-40 – baptism of suffering
    • Water baptism is not in this context. Suffering is.
    • “for the dead” – “for” here could be used in the sense of “to fill the ranks.”
  • I Corinthians 15:33-34 – This seems to be specifically directed to those who believed in the resurrection as a warning against close companionship with those who did not believe in the resurrection. Those who did not believe in the resurrection were living sinful lives as it says in I Corinthians 15:32: “Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.”
  • I Corinthians 15:35-44 – The resurrected body is an immortal body. We do not yet know what it will be like.

Beyond Bethlehem

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 25, 2016

  • Luke 1:31-34
  • Luke 2:10-20
  • John 6:59-60
  • Out of 89 chapters in the New Testament, only 4 deal with Jesus’ birth or life as a child. Ninety-six percent focus on Jesus’ life and teaching near the end of His life.
  • When Jesus grew up, what did He teach?
    • Matthew 20:27 – We must be prepared to serve.
      • Matthew 20:21-28
    • Matthew 5:43-44 – Love your enemies and pray for them.
    • Matthew 7:21 – Jesus expects people to obey. It is not enough to just say, “Lord, Lord.”
      • Matthew 7:24-29 – Parable of the two foundations.
    • Matthew 10:34 – Jesus did not come to bring peace.
      • Matthew 10:35-37 – Jesus brought peace with God, but not necessarily with other people.
    • Matthew 6:24 – You cannot serve God and wealth.
      • It is ironic that the holiday of Christmas has become so materialistic.
      • Matthew 6:19-21
    • I Corinthians 11:24 – Jesus taught us how to remember Him.
      • I Corinthians 11:23-26 – the Lord’s Supper
    • Mark 16:15-16 – baptism commanded

The Foolishness of God

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 11, 2016

  • I Corinthians 1:18-31 – The foolishness of God is wiser than men.
  • I Corinthians 1:28 – Throughout history, God has chosen things that are nothing on their own to bring to naught things that are.
  • The brazen serpent (Numbers 21:4-9)
  • The leper (II Kings 5:1-14)
    • Elijah did not heal Naaman’s leprosy the way Naaman expected.
  • Gideon’s army (Judges 7:1-7)
    • God directed Gideon to use a very small army to defeat a great army through an unusual strategy. God did this to prevent the people of Israel from exalting themselves.
  • Blind man (John 9:1-7)
    • Jesus healed a blind man by putting clay on the man’s eyes and having him wash in the pool of Siloam.
  • Baptism for remission of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Peter 3:21)
  • The foolishness of God proves man’s faith.
  • In each case, the power was and is GOD’S WORD.

I Corinthians, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 1, 2016

  • I Corinthians 1:10-25
  • I Corinthians 1:10-17 – Paul appeals to them to stop calling themselves followers of particular men. Instead, they were to be unified as followers of Christ.  See also I Corinthians 3:4.
    • I Corinthians 1:17 – This is a “not-but” passage. Paul was sent to baptize, but that was not his primary goal.  His primary goal was to preach the gospel.  Only when someone hears and believes on their own will they be ready to be baptized.
  • I Corinthians 1:18-25 – Many people today still consider the gospel to be foolishness. God chose the message of the gospel to be foolishness to those who are wise in their own eyes.  We should not be surprised when that is the case.