Hebrews, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 14, 2014

  • Hebrews 1:1-14
  • Hebrews 1:1 – We assume that Paul is the writer, but do not know for sure.
    • I Corinthians 2:10-13 – Whoever the physical writer was, the Holy Spirit was the author. He inspired the actual words.
  • Overview of the book
  • Hebrews 1:2 – God spoke to us through Jesus. See Matthew 17:5. Jesus had authority to speak God’s will, superseding Moses and the other prophets who had come before.
    • Jesus was the active agent in creation. John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17

By David Watson

Benchley, May 18, 2014

 

  • Isaiah 5:20
  • Step back and verify: just what is the truth?
    • What is the truth about homosexuality?
      • Romans 1:26-28; I Corinthians 6:9; I Timothy 1:10
    • What is the truth about evolution?
      • Genesis 1:1,5,27,31-2:2; Exodus 20:9-11
    • What is the truth about abortion?
      • Luke 2:12,16 – brephos – Luke 1:41,44
      • Luke 1:57 – huios – Luke 1:36
      • Exodus 21:22-25; I Corinthians 6:19-20
  • Draw courage from the faithful people of the Bible
    • Noah – Genesis 6:5-9
    • Jeremiah – Jeremiah 6:14; 21:8-10; 20:1-2; 26:11; 32:2; 36:23; 38:6; 43:2-3
    • Daniel – Daniel 6:3-5
    • Apostles – Matthew 10:14; 18:22
    • Paul – Acts 22:24-29
    • Brethren – I Peter 5:9
  • Fix your hope on God
    • I Peter 5:10-11
    • I Timothy 6:17-19
    • Acts 5:41
    • II Thessalonians 1:4-8

 

Testimony of the Creation

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By Jason Hunt

Benchley, May 4, 2014

 

  • Psalms 19:1-4
  • Romans 1:20
  • Colossians 2:8
  • I Peter 3:15 – Always be ready to give a defense for your faith.
  • Hebrews 11:6
  • Psalms 19:4-6
  • Clockwork precision of the universe
    • Most astronomy textbooks state that the solar system formed several billion years ago from a cloud of dust. How can that explain the clockwork precision we observe?
  • Biodiversity of Earth
    • About 10 million species have been documented so far. There may be as many as 100 million species total.
    • Genesis 1:22,28
  • God’s handiwork
    • Freshwater mussels
    • Matthew 6:25-26 – Do not worry about physical needs.
      • Bar-tailed godwit
        • Breeds in western Alaska
        • Winters in New Zealand! It flies there directly in one non-stop flight over nine days, covering 7000 miles.
  • Psalm 148
  • What must I do to be saved?
    • Believe – John 3:16
    • Repent – Acts 2:38
    • Confess – Romans 10:9-10
    • Baptized – Acts 22:16
    • Faithful life – I John 1:7
  • This puts you:
    • In Christ – Galatians 3:26-27
    • No condemnation – Romans 8:1
    • In Christ’s church – Acts 2:38,41,47

By David Watson

Benchley, October 27, 2013

 

  • Galatians 6:15
  • God’s creations rely upon His power.
    • Physical creation
      • Genesis 1:1-3
      • Three possibilities for the existence of the universe:
        • It always existed (violates 2nd law of thermodynamics)
        • It was spontaneously generated (violates 1st law of thermodynamics)
        • It was created (the Bible’s explanation)
          • Psalm 90:1
    • Spiritual creation
      • II Corinthians 5:14-19 – The plan of salvation came about through God’s initiative.
      • Consider how much more work God put into His spiritual creation than the physical creation. God started on it before the creation of the world.
  • God’s creations have purpose.
    • Physical creation
      • Genesis 1:26-30; 9:1-3,7 – God creates plants and animals for man.
      • Isaiah 45:18 – God formed the earth to be inhabited.
    • Spiritual creation
      • Ephesians 2:10 – We were created to serve God.
      • Psalms 148:3-5,8 – God’s creation praises Him in its existence.
      • Gensis 1:25 – We are made in the image of God.
      • Colossians 3:10
      • Ephesians 4:22

Evidence for Faith

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By Doug Raymer

Benchley, October 22, 2013

 

  • The leap of faith
  • Romans 1:19-20
  • Exhibit A: The universe
    • Cosmic microwave radiation background of the universe
    • The universe contains over 170 billion galaxies
    • Galaxies contain 10 million to 100 trillion stars
    • Estimated total of 70 sextillion (7*1022) stars
    • The law of cause and effect
      • For every event there must be a cause sufficient to account for it.
    • God, the universe creator
      • Only a being of infinite power could bring such a universe into existence. Genesis 1:1; Psalms 19:1; Isaiah 40:25-26
      • Only a force which is itself eternal could be a sufficient first cause.
        • Something must start everything. Revelation 1:8; 22:13
      • Only a force of nature could bring it about.
  • Exhibit B: The laws of physics
    • The 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics
      • Nothing new is being made.
      • Everything is moving toward a disordered state.
    • No natural cause can account for the existence of the universe.
    • All energy progresses to a more disorderly state, thus the universe cannot always have existed.
    • Psalms 102:25-27
  • Exhibit C: The fine tuning of the forces of nature
    • Genesis 1:1-3
    • Isaiah 45:19 – God created the universe to be orderly.
    • Physical values finely tuned to incredible precision
      • Electron to proton ratio
      • Electromagnetism to gravity ratio
      • Must be correct to 1 in 1*1018

 

Life & Death

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 18, 2013

A Lesson in Humility

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, June 26, 2013

  • Job 38-42:6
  • Background
    • Job, the man
    • Satan attacks
      • Purpose:  cause him to curse God
    • Satan attacks again!
      • Boils head to foot (Job 2:7)
      • Wife encourages to curse
      • Job still does not sin (Job 2:9-10)
  • Job’s complaint
    • Exalts God (Job 9:3)
    • Feels he cannto bring his complaint before God (Job 9:17)
    • Feels God has brought this calamity on him and desires an explanation (Job 10:1-2)
    • Why do the wicked prosper?  (Job 21:7-9)
    • “If only I could present my case” (Job 23:1-7)
    • Difficulty reconciling his calamity with his righteous life and God’s own righteousness and power.
  • God’s response – non-living elements
    • God’s power, presence, and wisdom in creation (Job 38:4-11)
      • Earth
      • Sea
      • Stars
      • Clouds
      • Light and darkness
      • “Where were you?”
    • Job has neither power, wisdom, nor was present to create the earth and all that is in it.
    • Weather – without man’s assistance or presence (Job 38:22-30,34-38)
      • Overflowing water
      • Path for thunderbolt
      • Division of light
      • God does not need man’s help to accomplish (Acts 17:25)
    • Celestial bodies (Job 38:31-33)
  • God’s response – living creation
    • Do you take care of them all?  (Job 38:39-39:30)
      • Lions and cubs
      • Birth of wild goats and deer
      • Wild donkeys
      • Wild oxen
      • Ostriches
      • Horses
      • Eagles
    • Speak!
  • God’s response
    • Intrinsic majesty (Job 40:8-14)
      • If you speak as judge, show power and do something about it.
      • Romans 3:4
    • Mighty creatures
    • Job’s response
      • “I have uttered what I did not understand.  Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

By Jady Stevens

Benchley, June 19, 2013

  • Job 38
  • Velcro – invented to mimic the tiny hooks that seeds use to attach themselves to passing people and animals
  • Eastgate building in Harare, Zimbabwe uses 10% of the energy of other buildings of similar size.  It was built to mimic termite mounds.
  • Serrations on proboscis of mosquitos to minimize pain
  • Flying ability of a blowfly, which beats its wings 150 times per second
  • Processes
    • Glow worms efficiency
    • Melanophila beetle – forest fire detecting infrared
    • Bombardier beetle
    • Swarming
    • Boston Dynamics “Big Dog”
  • Materials
    • Shark skin swimming suit
    • Thorny devils – water collection in the desert
    • Tenebrionid beetle – water collection in the desert
    • Abalone
  • Lessons to learn
    • His invisible attributes are clearly seen.  Romans 1:20
    • The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men.

By David Watson

Benchley, June 9, 2013

  • I Corinthians 10:1-13 – We need to make sure we are getting the lessons we should from the Israelites.
  • Don’t waste a good foundation (I Corinthians 10:1-5)
  • Take the way of escape (endure!)
    • Exodus 32; Numbers 25,21,16
    • “so that you will be able to endure it”
    • I Corinthians 10:13 – The temptations we face now are the same ones man has always faced, just wrapped up in new paper.  God will always make a way for us to escape the temptation.

By David Weaks

Benchley, April 14, 2013