Creation or Evolution?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 23, 2018

  • Whichever you accept, you accept by faith.
  • There are many competing theories of evolution.
  • Scientists have difficulty deciding how much time they need for their theories.
    • Time is the god of the evolutionists.
  • Unbridged chasms
    • How did matter come into existence?
    • If lifeless matter existed, how did inorganic matter become organic life?
      • Psalms 90:1-1
    • If organic matter did become organic life, how did this amoeba become complex man?
    • If matter had become life, and that life changed from one species to another, from one genus to another, from one family to another, from one order to another, from one class to another, from one phylum to another, and from one kingdom to another, where did the soul of man come from?
      • I Timothy 5:23
      • Genesis 1:1-31

By David Watson

Benchley, September 16, 2018

  • Creation and people begin to sin (Genesis 1-11)
    • Exodus 20:9 – The Earth was created in 6 days – not eons.
    • Genesis 3:14-19 – Man sins and was cursed.
    • Hebrews 2:14
    • I Corinthians 15:54
    • Genesis 6:17 – God brings a worldwide flood to destroy the corrupt, violent people.
    • God is in charge. Man’s great dilemma is sin.
  • Abraham and 3 promises (Genesis 12-50)
    • Genesis 12:1-7 – God makes three promises to Abraham
      • Descendants to become a great nation
      • Descendants to inherit the land of Canaan
      • Through Abraham all the nations would be blessed
  • Deliverance from Egypt, Law of Moses, Canaan (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua)
    • Exodus 1:1-9; 12:37 – The first promise if fulfilled – Israel is a great nation!
    • Joshua 21:43; 23:14 – The second promise if fulfilled – Israel takes the promised land.
  • United and Divided Kingdom (Judges, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles)
    • No righteous kings in Israel. Assyrian captivity after 200 years.
    • A few righteous kings in Judah. Babylonian captivity after 350 years.
    • God sends many prophets to both kingdoms to try to get them to turn back.
  • Captivity, return, and rebuilding (Ezra and Nehemiah)
    • Three waves of deportations followed by three waves of returning exiles.
    • 400 years of silence before the events of the New Testament begin.
  • Jesus and the Good News! (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)
    • Acts 3:25-26 – Final promise to Abraham fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus’ earthly parents came through Abraham’s line of descendants and through Him, all mankind would be blessed.
    • Jesus is crucified and buried. On the third day, He is resurrected, appears to many, and then ascends to Heaven where He reigns today.
  • The New Covenant begins (Acts)
    • Acts 1:8
  • The Bible as a whole tells the story of sin, our greatest problem, and how God worked His plan over thousands of years to bring a Savior to the world. Now we can all unite and obey that Savior so that we can glorify God and go to Heaven in the end!

The Age of the Earth

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 27, 2018

  • The Bible stands or falls on the reliability of Genesis
    • The Bible describes Creation as six literal days
      • Hebrew “yom” = “day”
      • Morris: “Yom” with a numeric or ordinal modifier always means a literal day.
      • Rogers: “These days have gone so quickly.” vs “These five days have gone so quickly.”
    • Bible genealogies reveal Adam lived roughly 6,000 years ago.
      • Genesis 5
      • Present à Christ: 2,000 years
      • Christ à Abraham: 2,000 years
      • Abraham à Adam: 2,000 years
      • Total: 6,000 years
    • The rest of the Bible refers to Genesis as real, historical fact.
      • Matthew 19:4
    • So what’s the problem?
      • Long periods of time required for evolution.
  • Radioisotope dating methods are wildly unreliable.
    • Based on assumptions
      • Initial conditions
      • No outside interference
      • Rate of decay always the same.
    • Hulalai Basalt (AD 1800-1801) – dated at 1.4-1.6 million years old
    • … many other examples of known incorrect dates
  • Mount St. Helens proved that catastrophes can make huge geological changes (… so think about a global flood!)
    • Geologists leaned how quickly canyons can form!
      • Genesis 7:11
    • The Yellowstone Petrified Forest was reinterpreted.
      • Spirit Lake after Mount St. Helens
  • Original tissue is being discovered in dinosaur bones (and it shouldn’t be there if they are 65 million years old)
  • II Peter 3:3-7 – Good science and the Bible are not enemies!

Stop and Pop the Bubble Wrap

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, November 12, 2017

  • Dim eyes
  • Open eyes
    • Psalms 119:18; Acts 26:18
  • Contentment
    • Matthew 11:28-30
    • Philippians 4:11
    • Luke 3:10-14
    • I Timothy 6:6-8
    • Hebrews 13:5
  • Pay attention
    • Genesis 2:15
    • Job 12:7-10
    • Psalms 19:1
    • Romans 1:19-20
    • Psalms 145:5
    • Acts 14:17
    • Psalms 8:3-9
    • Psalms 147:8-11
  • Morning glory
    • Psalms 19:7-10
  • Coffee shipment
    • Matthew 11:15-17
  • Children
    • Matthew 18:2-6
    • Mark 10:13-16
    • Matthew 21:12-16
  • Be thankful
    • I Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Be positive
    • Philippians 4:12-13
    • Romans 8:28
  • Enjoy life
    • James 1:17
    • I Timothy 6:17-19
  • Do not be anxious
    • Matthew 6:25-27

By David Watson

Benchley, September 24, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Psalms 8:1-4
    • Isaiah 42:5
    • Psalms 33:6
  • Self-created
    • Big bang – big problems
      • Where did the cosmic egg come from?
      • Laws of thermodynamics
        • Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms.
      • “Flatness”
      • “Horizon”
      • Mature galaxies
      • Comets
      • Blue stars
      • Spiral galaxies
      • Redshift
    • Can we reconcile this with the Bible? NO
      • Genesis 1:31
      • Exodus 20:11; 31:17
      • Genesis 1:1, 16, 19 – God created heavens and the earth first.
  • Eternal
    • Laws of thermodynamics
      • Energy is becoming less usable. (Entropy is increasing.)
  • Created
    • Colossians 1:13-18; Psalms 102:25-27; 136:1-9
    • Psalms 19:1
    • It’s not that science hasn’t found the answer yet. Science isn’t capable of finding the answer.
  • A word about faith
    • Hebrews 11:3
    • Belief in the Big Bang Theory requires faith! We didn’t observe it and can’t test it.
  • Why our origins matter
    • Romans 1:18-20 – God’s creation points to Him.

Psalms, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 30, 2017

  • Psalms 8-13
  • Psalms 8:4-5 – Man is God’s greatest creation.
    • Hebrews 2:6-9 – Quotes this passage and applies it to Jesus.
  • Psalm 13 – When the going gets tough, let us turn to God and pray!

Modern Day Towers of Babel

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, October 30, 2016

  • Genesis 11:1-9
  • Modern day towers of Babel:
    • The search for the origin of the universe.
      • The discovery of cosmic background radiation
      • Large Hadron Collider findings
      • Genesis 1
    • Transgender rights
      • Genesis 1:26-31; 2:20-25; Matthew 19:4
    • Abortion
      • Matthew 18:1-6; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Exodus 21:22-23; 23:7
    • Police officer killings
      • Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-17
    • Matthew 5:1-10

By David Watson

Benchley, August 28, 2016

  • Kid questions
    • Time and eternity
      • Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2 – God is eternal
      • Creation was about 6,000 years ago.
      • Jesus is deity, thus eternal.
      • The Old Testament was completed about 425 BC.
      • The New Testament was completed in the early 100s AD.
      • This church building was built in June 1995.
    • Why were so many doctrines formed that go against the Bible?
      • II Timothy 4:1-4 – To satisfy people’s own desires.
    • Did Esther sin by marrying a divorced king?
      • Esther 1-10; Romans 7:2-3 – We do not have enough information to know for sure.
    • Psalm 6
    • He remembered that the Father cared
      • John 17:22-26
      • Psalms 22:22
      • John 8:28-29
      • John 16:32-33
      • I Peter 5:6-7
    • He cried
      • John 11:30-36
    • He spent time with close friends
      • John 13 – Jesus washed the disciples’ feet.
      • John 15:12
      • John 18
      • Job 2:11 – Job’s friends came to sympathize and comfort him.
      • Proverbs 17:17
    • He prayed
      • Luke 22:39-46
    • He looked forward to eternity
      • Hebrews 12:2

Godly Families, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 7, 2016

  • The importance of developing a good marriage:
    • Before Eve: “not good” (Genesis 2:18)
    • After Eve: “very good” (Genesis 1:31)
    • (Chronology note: Genesis 2 is filling in details of Genesis 1:27.)
    • Malachi 2:14
    • Marriage is about companionship.
    • I Corinthians 7:9
  • When marriage is what it is supposed to be, it is very good. (Genesis 1:31)
    • Proverbs 18:22; 19:14; 31:10 – Marriage is a good relationship. You could not possible put a price on having a good spouse to rely on, talk with, take comfort from, and share life with.
    • Not every marriage is good. Proverbs 21:9, 19; I Samuel 25:3, 25
  • Your marriage affects a whole list of things beyond you.
    • Your marriage affects your relationship with God.
      • I Peter 3:7
    • Your marriage affects the reputation of God, His Word, and His people.
      • Titus 2:3-5
    • Your marriage affects your relationship with others.
      • Mark 6:18-26 – The influence of Herodias causes Herod to do something he really doesn’t want to do.

God’s Revelation of Himself

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 6, 2016

  • Psalms 19:1-3
  • Romans 1:25, 20 – Those who deny God are without excuse.
  • John 3:19
  • Creation
    • Romans 1:20
    • Psalms 8:33-34 – God created the stars to preach about God.
    • Psalms 103:11-12
  • Old Covenant
    • Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:14 ff
    • Genesis 3:15
  • Conscience
    • Romans 2:14-15
    • I John 3:20-21
    • Where did the conscience come from? How does man have a conscience if we are no different than animals?  Genesis 2:7
    • One must be sure his conscience is trained by the proper standard.
  • New Covenant
    • Hebrews 1:1
    • Jude 3
    • Matthew 17:5
    • Hebrews 11:1-2
    • Mark 16:16
    • Isaiah 45:5, 6, 18, 21