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.

Luke, Part 25

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 13, 2016

  • Luke 23:35-24:12
  • Luke 23:39-43 – Some argue that this passage about the thief on the cross means that we don’t need to be baptized to be saved. There are two issues with this line of reasoning:
    • No one was being baptized into Christ yet.
    • Even so, Jesus could do what He wanted to. He could have made an exception for the thief just as he forgave sins of others on the spot.
  • Luke 23:44-49 – Miracles accompanied the death of Jesus.
    • The veil of the temple was torn.
      • Hebrews 6:19-20 – Jesus entered the most holy place as a forerunner for us.
      • Hebrews 9:3, 7, 11-14
      • Hebrews 10:19-22
    • Earthquakes
    • Darkness
    • The dead are raised – Matthew 27:52
  • Luke 23:50-56 – Jesus is buried.
    • John 12:42 – Many believed in Jesus, but were too afraid of the Jews to follow Him.
    • Mark 15:43
  • Luke 24:1-12 – The resurrection
    • Luke 18:32-34 – The apostles did not understand the resurrection.
    • Matthew 18:13
    • Swoon theory: Jesus just swooned and did not really die.
      • This theory does not make sense for a number of reasons. Jesus would have at the very least been in critical condition and unable to survive the tomb while He was bleeding out for three days.  It would have taken a miracle to survive this!
    • Importance of the resurrection: Philippians 3:5-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; I Peter 1:3

Samson

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 7, 2016

  • Judges 13-16
  • Introduction
    • Judges 13:5 – Samson was a Nazirite, so he did not cut his hair.
    • Some things Samson did were by God’s design. Judges 14:1-4
    • God can use people who are sinners to do His will.
  • “Love” is blind
    • Judges 16:4-21 – Samson loved Delilah, but she did not seem to love him back.
    • Judges 14:17-18 – It was not the first time Samson was overcome by a woman.
    • I may marry someone who hurts me spiritually.
      • Boys, it’s a problem if you become more interested in girls than in God.
      • Girls, it’s a problem if you become more interested in boys than in God.
    • The strength came from God, not his hair.
      • Judges 13:24-25 – The Spirit of the Lord was upon Samson.
      • Judges 14:6
      • Judges 15:14-15
      • Judges 13:3-5 – God told Samson’s mother the conditions upon which God would bless him.
      • Judges 16:28-30
      • I Peter 3:21 – The power of God saves us – the power is not in the water.
      • I Peter 1:18; I John 1:7; Colossians 1:13-14
      • Samson had to have long hair to receive the blessing of strength.
      • We must be baptized to receive the blessing of forgiveness.

Putting On a New Life

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By Andrew Vanderford

Benchley, December 27, 2015

  • Ephesians 4:17
  • Matthew 10:38-39
  • How do we put on our new lives?
    • John 3:1-5
    • Romans 6:3
    • I Peter 3:21
    • Mark 16:16
    • Acts 22:12
    • Hebrews 9:11-14 – The old law was about cleansing the flesh, but Christ came to cleanse our conscience.
  • Our new life is not ours, but God’s.
    • Romans 6:16-20
    • Our old life was about serving self, but our new life is about serving God.
    • I Corinthians 6:20 – Our new lives glorify God.
  • Once we turn to God, we must grow in Him.
    • I Peter 2:1-2 – We must grow in our salvation.
    • Revelation 3:1-6
    • I Corinthians 3:1-3
    • Our desire should be to grow spiritually.
    • Romans 11:17-24
    • Revelation 2:1-5 – The church at Ephesus had lost their first love.
    • I Corinthians 13:1-3