Godly Families, Part 21

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 22, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to know God’s word (continued)
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Study the Bible II Timothy 2:14-15; Acts 17:11; Mark 12:10 Answer some kid questions with, “I need to study that”; comment on cross references, translations, content, harmony, and figures. Quicker and easier to read commentary.  Are useful, but should never replace Bible study. Don’t want to do class lessons with any depth.  Attitude: “study is for adults”
Use the Bible as a guide through life Psalm 119:9-11; James 1:21-25 Exemplify change based on Bible; guide kids’ application of Word by making plans, motivating, accountability. Change is hard!  Easier to go with flow.  Takes mature faith to trust text over friends/society. Hypocrisy:  sermon on speech … continue bad words.
Defend the Bible Hebrews 2:1-4; I Thessalonians 2:13 Be open and honest about science, creation, Bible, evidence, etc.; http://ApologeticsPress.org We’re not historians / scientists / archaeologists … “Just believe it!”; Afraid to investigate. “There’s no proof.  Everybody  just chooses what to believe.”
Use the Bible to teach others II Timothy 3:16-17; Acts 18:25-26 Exemplify ways to bring up Bible in conversations; practice – “How would you explain ___ to someone?” Laziness – a good spiritual comment only comes after developing knowledge, thought, courage. “Well, I think …” instead of “the Bible teaches …”

 

Godly Families, Part 20

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 15, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to love others (continued):
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Love enemies Matthew 5:41-45; Luke 23:34; Romans 12:14-21; I Peter 3:8-9 When someone hates, respond with love; “Remember he has a soul.” Not natural – must be deliberate choice. Revenge, hatred
  • Train children to know God’s word
    • Hosea 4:6
    • What was going on in the first century?
      • Acts 18:1-18
    • Luke 17:20-21 – The kingdom of Christ is in the hearts of men.
    • The story of Corinth is representative of the overall movement recorded in Acts:
      • Acts 1:1
      • Acts 4:2
      • Acts 5:21
      • Acts 5:28
      • Acts 5:42
      • Acts 11:26
      • Acts 13:1
      • Acts 15:35
      • Acts 17:19
      • Acts 20:20
      • Acts 28:31
    • 1st century: tons of teaching about Word à Many people believed with zeal and passion!
    • 21st century: the same will happen!
    • Do you suppose it will work for our kids?
    • When you start making an excuse for yourself, remember Timothy!
      • Grew up in Lystra, which was full of heathens. Acts 16:1-2
  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to know God’s word
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Genuinely love the Bible Psalm 119; Mark 4:3-20 Look forward to Bible reading and teaching; talk about its benefits If we’re not actively applying and teaching, it’s hard to read.  Appreciate its treasures! Read the news, novels, sports, homework, etc. all the time … and the Bible a few minutes on Sunday
Read the Bible Psalm 1; I Corinthians 14:19 (point is to read and understand) Read it yourself!  Read together or aloud.  Help through difficulties in habit forming, understanding Be aware; judgment needed with translations and paraphrases Reading it just to check a box.

Becoming the New Me!

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 1, 2017

  • Ezra 7:10
  • My spirit is empowered!
    • I must believe that change is possible.
    • Genesis 4:4-8 – Cain could choose to do good!
    • “Repent!” – Acts 17:30; Matthew 3:2; 11:20-21
    • Old self – new self: Romans 6; Ephesians 4; Colossians 3
  • My mind is informed!
    • I must learn what the goals are!
    • Colossians 3:16-17
    • Ephesians 5:10, 17
    • Romans 7:7
    • Please read your Bible!
  • My goals are planned!
    • I must make a map to my goals!
    • Example: Nehemiah – Nehemiah 6:15
    • Get specific: Who?  What?  When?  Where?  Why?  How?

Daily Bible Reading

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By Drew Nelson

Benchley, October 16, 2016

  • Hebrews 2:1
  • Bible
    • II Timothy 3:12-17
    • Either the Bible is true or it is a hoax perpetrated by liars.
  • Reading
    • An essential element of spiritual growth
      • I Peter 2:1-3
      • Hebrews 5:12-14
      • Romans 10:17
    • Will inoculate against error
      • Acts 17:11
    • Will inform our discipleship
      • James 1:19-25
    • Daily
      • Make a plan
        • Have a concrete plan.
        • Don’t create a plan that locks you in to drudgery.
      • Stick with it

Proper Use of the Bible

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 25, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Exodus 32 – Israelites worship the golden calf and Moses breaks the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments
    • Jeremiah 36:20-23 – The king burns the scroll from Jeremiah.
  • Our Bible is made up of two covenants, Old and New.
  • There are two Greek words translated “new”
    • neos” – new in point of time
    • kainos” – new in quality and character
  • Jesus is mediator of the new “kainos” covenant.
  • Am I an able servant of the New Covenant, or in my life, do I trample it under foot?
    • II Corinthians 3:6
    • In relation to God
      • Matthew 5:16
      • I Thessalonians 5:15-23
      • Colossians 3:1-4
      • Psalms 19:1-3
      • Romans 1:20
      • I Corinthians 10:31
      • Proper use of the Bible
        • II Timothy 2:15
        • John 8:24
        • Hebrews 5:8-9
        • I Timothy 4:16
        • Jude 1:3
      • In relation to fellow Christians
        • Galatians 6:1
        • James 5:19-20
        • II Timothy 2:2
        • Philippians 4:3-5
      • In relation to fellow man
        • Matthew 5:16
        • Philippians 2:14-15
      • In relation to self
        • How much time do you spend studying the Bible?
        • How zealous are we in teaching it to others?
        • Hebrews 2:9 – Do we cause this to be in vain?

How to Mature as a Christian

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 31, 2016

  • Colossians 4:12
  • Develop the right attitude
    • I Corinthians 2:6; 2:14-3:4; 14:20
    • James 1:1-4 – Maturity comes by persevering through trials.
    • Philippians 3:11-16 – We must continually press on toward the goal.
  • Study God’s Word well enough to have deep convictions.
    • Colossians 1:28
    • Ephesians 4:11-16 – This is why we need to mature – so we won’t be blown about “by every wind of doctrine”
    • Example: Luke 24:49
      • Read the text.
      • Read the context.
      • Compare translations.
      • Find related verses.
    • Translate Bible knowledge into obedient living.
      • Hebrews 5:11-6:2
      • James 3:2; 2:20-22
      • Matthew 5:43-48
    • In summary:
      • Grow up!
      • Study!
      • Obey!

By David Watson

Benchley, January 3, 2016

  • Psalms 119:97-104
  • Try a different translation.
    • I Corinthians 2:12
  • Follow a new plan
    • Revelation 22:18-19
    • Just the New Testament
    • Just the New Testament in two translations
    • Daily genres
    • Master a few books
  • Use a new plan
    • Luke 4:16
    • Listen to an audio Bible.
    • Read it out loud.
    • Journal as you read.
  • Renew your motivation
    • What am I doing this?
      • So I can recall scripture when I am being tempted.
      • So I can teach and train.
        • II Timothy 3:14-17
      • So I can put myself in my place.
        • Hebrews 4:12
        • James 1:25
      • So I know the truth.
        • I John 4:20-5:3
      • Because this world is full of trash, and I need some treasure!

Learn to Teach

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By Mark Gentry

Benchley, October 21, 2015

  • We are given the responsibility to teach.
    • Matthew 28:19-20
    • Acts 5:42
    • We may not all teach publicly, but we still have the responsibility to teach.
    • II Timothy 2:24-25
    • Titus 2:4-5
    • Ephesians 6:4
    • There are many different circumstances where we can teach.
  • Our motivation to teach should always be love.
    • Ephesians 4:14-16
    • Luke 12:22-37
    • Matthew 15:7-4 – Sometimes a firm approach is needed, but we must do it with love.
    • Jude 1:22-23 – Different people need different approaches.
    • Out of our love must come self-control.
      • John 2:13-16 – We must maintain self-control, even if we have to be severe with people.
    • Out of our love must come patience.
      • Acts 17:32, 34
      • Acts 13:42
    • We must learn to transition from a physical conversation to a spiritual one.
      • John 4:5-26
      • We must learn to ask questions of people and listen carefully to their responses.
        • Mark 2:23-28
        • Matthew 21:23-27 – Some questions should not be answered.
      • There are times when we need to back up and cover the fundamentals.
        • Acts 6:10-7:2ff – Steven backed up to establish common ground with his audience.
      • The Bible is truth.
        • John 17:17
        • If we are going to answer people effectively, we have to know what the Bible says and where it says it.
        • II Timothy 2:15
        • We must answer with the scriptures!
      • Matthew 25:29 – If we keep working, we will get better.
      • Galatians 6:9 – Don’t grow weary. This is important work!

 

You and Your Children

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 6, 2015

  • Exodus 12:23-27
  • Proclaim the Lord’s death to them.
    • I Corinthians 11:26
    • Galatians 2:20
  • Show them how to benefit from a sermon.
    • Acts 17:10-11
  • Point out good Christians as role models for them.
    • Philippians 3:17
    • Acts 16:1-3
  • Pray with them all the time.
    • II Kings 19:1-3, 14-20
    • II Kings 20:1-3
  • Get them in the habit of reading the Bible.
    • Luke 16:30
  • Put down your device and have human interaction.
    • Acts 2:44
  • Show them how to recover from a sin.
    • II Samuel 12:7
    • Psalms 51:1-4, 17
    • I John 2:1

By David Watson

Benchley, July 19, 2015

  • Introduction
    • Matthew 22:23-32
    • Matthew 16:11 – Jesus warns about the Pharisees and Sadducees
    • II Peter 3:16
  • We only use a favorite set of verses
    • Acts 15:13-18
    • II Peter 3:1
    • Acts 20:26-27
    • Matthew 23:23-24
  • We overanalyze it
    • II Timothy 2:15, 23
    • I Timothy 1:4-7
    • I Timothy 6:4
    • Titus 3:9
    • Matthew 13:23
    • Don’t take Jesus’ illustrations further than He intended.
  • We oversimplify it
    • Matthew 22:36-40 – Jesus sometimes simplified the law.
    • Romans 1:29-30
    • God sometimes gives specific instructions that must be followed.