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 Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 18, 2015

  • Lesson 8:
    • Introduction
      • When one obeys the gospel, he is added by the Lord to the church (Acts 2:47). He is then a “lively stone” (I Peter 2:5) in the “whole building fitly framed together unto the Lord” (Ephesians 2:21).  He should then become a member of a local church (Acts 9:26).  He then has certain responsibilities to the local church, and the local church has certain responsibilities to him.
    • Procedure by which one becomes a member of a local church:
      • The Lord does not add one to a local church.
      • One becomes a member by choice, i.e., by joining the local fellowship (Acts 9:26).
    • The purpose of a local church membership:
      • It is God’s arrangement for saints to have fellowship in the things Christ has authorized them to do together. (Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1)
      • In it, members are to work and worship together in the things of Christ so that:
        • God will be glorified (I Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 3:21)
        • Saints will be edified (Acts 20:28, 32; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19)
        • Sinners will be taught (Philippians 4:15-16)
        • Destitute saints will be relieved (Acts 4:32-35; 11:27-30)
        • Under some circumstances, to practice discipline on unruly members.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 11, 2015

  • The church is to raise funds through the offerings of its members on the first day of the week. I Corinthians 16:1-2
  • The Lord’s Supper is to be taken on the first day of the week. Acts 20:7; Matthew 26:26-29
  • When we take the Lord’s Supper, we are proclaiming the Lord’s death until He comes again. I Corinthians 11:23-26
  • We must examine ourselves and take of the Supper in a worthy manner or we condemn ourselves. I Corinthians 11:27-29
  • The primary function assigned to the church is preaching the Word. Acts 6:2
  • The church is only authorized to carry out benevolent work if the local church has needy saints that are unavoidably destitute or if another local church has more needy saints than it can relieve. Benevolence is specifically authorized only for saints.
  • The word “church” is used in 3 senses in the Bible:
    • Local church
    • Universal church
    • The local church, specifically in its assembled state.
  • When fully organized, a local church has saints, elders, and deacons.


Is It Written?  Part 2

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, September 30, 2015

  • The importance of inspired words
    • John 6:63
    • John 12:48
    • I Corinthians 2:12-13
  • Given the importance of inspired words …
    • For better or worse, what are some reasons to use words absent from, or used differently in, the Bible?
      • Translation!
      • Discuss extra-biblical/secular topics
      • Express ideas counter to scripture
        • Macro-evolution, other gospels (Galatians 1:8)
      • Summarize scriptural concepts or phrases
        • “Discipline”
      • Operating in areas of freedom
        • “Singing night”
      • Which of those (or others) are acceptable?
    • Singing night
      • “The original” singing night
        • Acts 16:25
      • We are commanded to teach and admonish one another in song. Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
        • Not told when, how many at a time.
      • Song leader
        • What is the role of a song leader?
        • Most fundamental: lead congregation in fulfilling the command to sing.
          • Even inspired songs were to be sung in an orderly manner. I Corinthians 14:26, 40
        • Beyond leading singing
          • Word of Christ dwelling within
          • Teach with all wisdom
          • Admonish with all wisdom
        • “Gospel meeting” or “meeting”
          • Define it
            • To an outsider
          • Frequent meeting to hear the Word
            • Apostles preaching and teaching daily in the temple and from house to house.
            • Consider how important this was before the Word was written down.
          • Visiting preachers
            • Acts 8:25
            • Acts 8:40
          • What to expect from a preacher of the gospel
            • Preach the gospel (Acts 8:25, 40; 14:21)
            • Preach the Word (Acts 8:4)
            • Preach peace through Jesus Christ (Acts 10:36)
            • Preach Jesus and the resurrection (Acts 12:18)
            • Preach the kingdom (Acts 20:25)
            • Strengthen and encourage in the faith (Acts 14:21-22)
            • Preach the Word … reprove, rebuke, exhort (II Timothy 4:2)
          • Benevolence
            • Husband to render benevolence due to his wife (I Corinthians 7:3)
            • Synonyms?
              • Acts 24:17
              • I Corinthians 16:3
              • Philippians 4:6
            • Church discipline
              • Discipline of the body (I Corinthians 9:27; I Timothy 4:7)
              • Fathers discipline children (Ephesians 6:4)
              • I Corinthians 5:4-5
              • I Corinthians 5:11
              • I Corinthians 5:13
              • II Thessalonians 3:6
            • Member of… Place membership…
              • Members of the body
                • Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:27
              • Members of the household of God
                • Ephesians 2:19
              • Members of one another
                • Ephesians 4:25

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 9, 2015

  • Lesson 5, continued:
    • Benevolence under restricted circumstances, continued:
      • From these passages we learn, continued:
        • When one church sent funds to another church, the funds were delivered to the elders of the church where the need was (Acts 11:27-30).
        • Each sending church selected its own messengers (I Corinthians 16:3; II Corinthians 8:23); no sponsoring church was used in sending the alms.
        • The extent of this help from one church to another was until there was freedom from want. (II Corinthians 8:14)
        • The local church administered relief unto its own needy members within its own framework, no outside organization was built and maintained to administer this relief. No church sent its own needy to another church or to a benevolent society for the administering of relief (Acts 11:27-30; Romans 15:25).
        • As a result of this, thanksgiving went up to God and He was glorified (II Corinthians 9:12) and Jewish brethren in Jerusalem longed for their Gentile brethren (II Corinthians 9:14).
      • Thus, the local church is authorized to use its funds for benevolence under only two conditions:
        • When a local church has destitute members.
        • When another local church has more destitute members than it can relieve.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 2, 2015

  • Lesson 5:
    • Introduction
      • In this lesson we emphasize the importance of understanding and respecting New Testament instructions relative to the functions of a local church.
    • Worship
      • Sing (Colossians 3:16)
      • Pray (Acts 2:42)
      • Study the Word (Acts 20:7)
      • Take the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7)
      • Give into common treasury (I Corinthians 16:1-2)
    • Support the preaching of the word
      • To edify the saved (Acts 20:28, 32)
        • Elders are to feed the flock.
          • Elders should teach, but do not have to do all the teaching themselves. They do oversee all of the teaching, though.
        • The food is the Word of His grace.
        • This will build up.
        • The primary purpose of the local church is for the edifying of its members.
      • To save the lost (Philippians 4:15-16)
    • Benevolence under restricted circumstances (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 6:1-6; 11:27-30; Romans 15:25-31; I Corinthians 16:1-4; II Corinthians 8, 9; I Timothy 5:16)
      • From these passages we learn:
        • Preaching the Word is placed before benevolence (Acts 6:3-4)
        • Benevolent work of the church is under apostolic control (Acts 4:37)
        • The benevolent work of the church is the fruit of Christianity, not to produce it (Romans 15:27)
        • Saints were the objects of church benevolence (said seven times in above passages)
        • The basis of this relief to saints was NEED (II Corinthians 8:13-14)
        • When one church had more needy members than it could relieve, other churches sent alms to enable it to care for its own needy (I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 8, 9)

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 30, 2015

  • All obligations come from relationships.
I Corinthians 15:45-49


Galatians 3:26-27




Humanitarian   Spiritual
Train children – Ephesians 6:1-4


Worship God
Good citizen – I Corinthians 13   Edify the saved
Compassionate   Save the lost
Schools   Benevolence to needy saints – II Corinthians 16:1-4; 8
Civil government   Discipline the unruly/disorderly – II Thessalonians 3:6
Benevolent society   Local church
Worship society   Worship society
Missionary society   Edifying society
Edifying society   Missionary society
    Benevolent society
    Disciplinary society

Until Them and Unto All

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 11, 2015

  • II Corinthians 9:13
  • Romans 15:25-31
  • I Corinthians 16:1
  • II Corinthians 8:1-4
  • In all these verses, the collection was always taken up for the benefit of the saints.
  • II Corinthians 9:1
  • II Corinthians 9:12-14
  • II Corinthians 9:13
    • “All” in this context cannot refer to non-saints:
      • The “all” glorified God; non-saints cannot do that
      • The “all” thanked God for Gentile Christians; non-saints cannot do that
      • The “all” longed for their Gentile brethren; non-saints cannot do that
      • The “all” prayed for Gentile Christians; non-saints cannot do that
    • The inevitable conclusion is that the “all” were the people of the context – Jewish saints in Jerusalem.

By David Watson

Benchley, July 23, 2014


  • I Timothy 4:6-5:16
  • I Timothy 5:1 – This is referring to older men in general, not those who hold the office of an elder. Older men should be shown the proper respect.
  • I Timothy 5:3-16 – Care for needy widows. The church may care for those who are truly widows, are old enough, are faithful, and have no one else to care for them.
    • I Timothy 5:3 – See Matthew 15:4. “Honor” can include money.
    • I Timothy 5:4 – Widows with children or grandchildren should be cared for by their family.
    • I Timothy 5:8 – Take care of your relatives, especially your immediate family.
    • I Timothy 5:9-10 – A widow must be faithful and of a certain age in order for the church to care for her.
      • Is this the “widow indeed” from I Timothy 5:3,5,16?
      • What does it mean to be “put on the list”? The context is of material support.


By David Watson

Benchley, January 12, 2014


  • Consider some arguments which have been made, continued:
    • II Corinthians 9:13 – “Paul said the money went to ‘them’ (needy saints) and to ‘all’ (others).”
      • The context includes more than just giving.
      • Acts 10:28; 11:1; Galatians 2:11-13 – The prejudice between Jews and Gentiles.
      • Romans 15:5,27 – Paul was trying to make the point in II Corinthians that Gentiles were sending money back to help the Jews.
      • All the other verses referencing sending money from the church was to help needy saints. This passage is talking about both the money and the message that was sent. The message was sent to all Jewish saints.
    • Even the Old Covenant provided for the needy, and the New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant.”
      • The Old Covenant dictated civil authority while the New Covenant does not. The New Covenant does provide for needy people, just not through the church.
    • Galatians 6:10 – “The church should ‘do good to all people,’ not just Christians.”
      • Although the letter of Galatians was written to churches, this particular verse is addressing individuals.
      • In this context, it’s the spiritual good of helping to beat the burden of one caught in a trespass. We ought to use every chance we get to help people overcome sin, especially our brethren (cf. James 5:19-20).
      • This verse is addressing spiritual things and not material things.