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

Lessons from the Workplace

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, November 8, 2015

  • Luke 19:10
  • Matthew 7:13
  • Matthew 5:14-16
  • Matthew 6:19-21
  • Philippians 4:8-9
  • Romans 6:23 – This is a great thing to talk to people about!
  • Luke 13:23-28
  • Romans 6:1-23
  • Sin = death
    • I Peter 3:18-21
    • I Peter 4:1-21
  • The Manzanita plant
    • The seeds are only released after a fire.
    • Sometimes our trials bring seeds in a similar way.
  • Hebrews 13:6
  • Romans 2:2-11
  • “eternal life” OR “wrath and fury”
    • II Corinthians 4:4-6
    • Ephesians 5:1-21
    • I Thessalonians 5:1
    • I Peter 2:1-12
  • Isaiah 26:4
  • Hebrews 13:8
  • Acts 22:6-16 – This is a great story to demonstrate when someone is saved.
  • Luke 6:46
    • Acts 2:40

Luke, Part 4

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 20, 2015

  • Luke 3:7-4:21
  • Luke 3:7-20 – John taught everyone and was not shy about pointing out their faults.
    • Luke 3:16 – This is a general statement about the baptism of Jesus – it does not mean that literally every person would be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. Compare Luke 7:30; Acts 1:2, 5, 8; 2:4
  • Luke 3:21-22 – Jesus is baptized. It was not for the forgiveness of sins.  See Matthew 3:15.
  • Luke 3:23-38 – The genealogy of Jesus. Compare Matthew 1:16.  It is possible that Luke is giving Mary’s lineage and Matthew is giving Joseph’s lineage.  In that case, Luke 3:23 is saying that Joseph is the son-in-law of Eli, just like King Saul called his son-in-law David “son” (I Samuel 18:27; 24:16).  This would satisfy two claims to the throne.  If you traced the lineage of Jesus through Mary, you would see that Jesus was “born of a descendant of David according to the flesh” (Romans 1:3) – that is, Jesus was a blood descendant of David through His mother.  If you traced  the lineage of Jesus through His adoptive father Joseph, you would see that Jesus was a legal heir of David, whose ancestors included the Kings of Judah from David, Solomon, and onward.
  • Luke 4:1-13 – Jesus is tempted by the devil.
    • Luke 4:3-4 – Jesus never performed miracles on command. He certainly wasn’t going to perform on command for Satan.
    • Luke 4:6 – See I John 5:19; Psalms 24:1. This is not really true.  Satan has influence in the world but that does not mean the world is his to give.
    • Luke 4:9-12 – It is wrong to test God. We have to be careful to not be guilty of this in subtle ways (promising God we will serve Him if He will do this or that, etc.).
  • Luke 4:14-21 – Jesus begins his public ministry.
    • Luke 4:18-21 – This is talking about Jesus freeing us from captivity to sin. It was not talking about rebellion against Rome.

Luke, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 13, 2015

  • Luke 2:21-3:6
  • Luke 2:24 – Note that Joseph and Mary offered birds as a sacrifice rather than a lamb, indicating that they were not well off. Jesus came from humble beginnings on Earth.
  • Luke 2:25-35 – Simeon prophesies about Jesus’ life to come.
    • Luke 2:32 – Simeon specifically mentions Gentiles here. Jesus would bring salvation to all.
  • Luke 2:41-52 – Jesus is accidentally left behind in Jerusalem. Notice that He was in subjection to His earthly parents.
    • Luke 2:52 – Compare Luke 2:40.
  • Luke 3:1 – Tiberius Caesar reigned from about A.D. 14-37, so that puts the start of John’s teaching in A.D. 29. See Luke 7:27-30.
  • Luke 3:3-6 – John’s work.
    • Acts 18:24-26; 19:1-5; Ephesians 4:5 – John’s role and his baptism was only in a limited timeframe.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 5, 2015

  • Lesson 3, continued:
    • Baptized (Mark 16:16)
      • Baptism is a burial in water (Romans 6:3-4; Acts 10:47)
        • For salvation (I Peter 3:21)
        • For remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
        • To wash away sins (Acts 22:16)
        • The consummating act of faith that puts one into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27; Acts 2:47)
      • Some say, “I see no power to save in baptism.” But there is the same power in baptism as there was in:
        • The serpent on the pole to cure snake bites (Numbers 21:7-9)
        • The waters of the Jordan river to cure leprosy (II Kings 5:1-14)
        • Moses smiting the rock to bring forth water (Exodus 17:5-6)
        • The power is in God’s Word. The brazen serpent, the waters of Jordan, and the rock in Horeb were means of God proving man’s faith.  Just so, baptism is the means of God proving the sinner’s faith.  If one whole-heartedly believes in Jesus, he will do what He commands.  To refuse to do what He commands proves a lack of faith.
      • Conclusion: When one obeys this form of doctrine, the Lord will add him to His church, free him from sin, and make him the servant of righteousness (Acts 2:47; Romans 6:16-18).  Regardless of how sincere one may be, he cannot be forgiven of his sins nor added to the Lord’s church without obedience.  And a local church that teaches any other form of doctrine for salvation teaches differently than did churches in Paul’s time.
    • Lesson 4: What saints are to do when a local church comes together
      • Pray (I Timothy 2:8; Acts 2:12)
        • To God (Colossians 1:13)
        • Through Jesus (John 14:13; I Timothy 2:5)
        • In faith (James 1:6-7)
        • If it be God’s will (I John 5:14)
        • With forgiving heart (Mark 11:25-26)
        • With right motives (James 4:3)
        • Be a doer of His will (I John 3:22)

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 22, 2015

  • Lesson 2, continued:
    • His name is above every name (Philippians 2:6-11) (continued):
      • Christians belong to Christ because He purchased them with His own blood and they were baptized in His name; thus, they are identified by the name of Him to whom they belong.
    • Conclusion: Regardless of what good traits a church may have, if it is identified by a name given by man, a name that does not point ownership to heaven, it is not the church of the New Testament.
  • Lesson 3:
    • Introduction
      • In this lesson, we learn what local churches in Paul’s time taught one to do to be saved.
    • Hear the Word
      • God’s drawing power (John 6:44-45)
      • That which produces faith (Romans 10:17)
    • Believe (Hebrews 11:6; John 3:16; 8:24)
      • Faith and opinion
        • Faith is produced by hearing (Romans 10:17); without testimony there can be no faith.
        • Anything practiced without testimony is just opinion.
      • We walk by faith (II Corinthians 5:7)
        • Opinion is unsafe (Jeremiah 10:23)
        • We cannot walk by sight, for we have not seen Jesus.
      • Therefore, based upon testimony one must believe: that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of man (John 8:24) and that the gospel is God’s power to save (Romans 1:16).
    • Repentance (Acts 17:30; II Peter 3:9; Acts 11:18)
      • Repentance is a change of mind (Matthew 21:28-29), brought about by godly sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10), and resulting in changed actions (Matthew 21:29).
      • It is hard to get one to repent.
        • Most profess to believe in Christ, but they will not do His will. (Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21)
        • They need to repent – change their mind and their lives.
        • When one repents, obedience is easy; it is getting one to renounce his will that is difficult.
      • Confession (Romans 10:9-10)
        • With the mouth, one must confess that Jesus is Lord.
        • When one believes and repents, confession is the natural result.
      • Baptized (Mark 16:16)

 

By Jason Hunt

Benchley, May 24, 2015

  • Acts 8
  • Acts 8:5-8, 12 – Many in Samaria were receptive to God’s Word.
  • Acts 8:26-38 – The eunuch is baptized after Philip teaches him.
  • “What hinders me from being baptized?”
    • Lack of faith
      • Acts 8:37; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:12; Hebrews 11:6
    • Unwilling to repent
      • Acts 2:38; Ephesians 4:17-29
    • Influence of family/friends
      • Matthew 10:32-39; Luke 16:25-31
    • Pride
      • II Kings 5:9-14 – Naaman

Building Foundations, Part 11

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, May 3, 2015

  • Lesson 11: Baptism
    • Acts 2:14-41
      • They knew that Jesus was the Christ, that they were lost in sin, and that they needed forgiveness.
      • Because of this, they were baptized.
    • Acts 8:12-13, 29-39
      • The eunuch knew Jesus and realized he needed to be baptized.
      • The eunuch was baptized.
    • Acts 9:1-16, 17-20
      • Paul realized that Jesus was the Christ and was then baptized.
    • Acts 10:34-38
      • They knew about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
      • They were baptized.
    • Acts 16:11-40
      • They knew that they had to believe in Jesus.
      • They were baptized.
    • Galatians 3:27-28
    • I Peter 3:20-21
  • Lesson 12: Christian Life
    • Romans 6:11 – We must turn completely to God.
    • Ephesians 4:20-32
      • Ephesians 4:21 – The writer is assuming they had been taught.
    • I Peter 1:14-25
    • Romans 15:1-7
    • Matthew 6:1-34

Barriers to Repentance

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 19, 2015

  • Luke 24:45-47
  • Matthew 12:41
  • “Repentance is for people who are about to be baptized.”
    • I John 1:8
    • Acts 8:13, 22 – Simon needed to repent again after his baptism.
    • Romans 1:7; 6:3 … Romans 2:1-6
    • II Corinthians 7:8-9 – Paul was glad his letter caused them to repent, even after they were baptized.
    • Revelation 2:5, 16, 22; 3:3, 19
  • “This is the way I am”
    • Acts 17:30 – We can change our ways and God demands it of us!
    • I Corinthians 6:9-11
    • Ephesians 4:1
    • John 8:11 – Jesus said, “Go. From now on sin no more.”
    • Luke 22:32
  • “I already repented.”
    • II Corinthians 7:6-10
    • Matthew 27:3
    • Acts 26:20
    • Godly sorrow → repentance → changed life → salvation
    • Worldly sorrow → death