By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 25, 2016

  • Ephesians 3:15
  • Overseers:
    • Oversee the flock – Acts 20:28
    • Shepherd the flock – I Peter 5:1-3
    • Watch for souls of the flock – Hebrews 13:17
    • Lead the flock – Hebrews 13;17
      • In teaching – I Timothy 3:7
      • By example – I Peter 5:3
    • Overseen:
      • Know the overseers – I Thessalonians 5:12
      • Esteem the overseers – I Thessalonians 5:13
      • Follow shepherds’ lead – I Peter 5:1-3
      • Follow shepherds’ good example – I Peter 5:3
      • Eagerly accept shepherds’ feeding – Acts 20:28
      • Support – I Timothy 5:17-18
      • Honor overseers; do not bring unproven accusations – I Timothy 5:19-20
        • Galatians 6:1
        • If an elder does get out of line, you are showing him honor if you do rebuke him in the right way.

Address from the Elders

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By David Watson, Ed Whitt, Danny Lackey, and Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 15, 2016

  • David Watson’s remarks:
    • Good leadership will seek the approval of God.
      • Joshua 9:3-14, 16-18
      • Titus 1:5-9; Acts 6:3
    • Ed Whitt’s remarks:
      • We should always be unified on our love for God.
    • Danny Lackey’s remarks:
      • I Peter 5:2
      • II Thessalonians 3:6
      • Hebrews 13:17
    • Jesse Jenkins’ remarks:
      • Benchley timeline:
        • First meeting: October 23, 1994 in Joe and Sherri Harding’s home.  21 people were in attendance.  Bob McDonald was the first preacher.
        • May 15, 1996: Jesse and Marie Jenkins moved to Benchley.  Jesse took over preaching from Bob McDonald.
        • 2003: David and Nicole Watson moved to Benchley.  David begins preaching alongside Jesse Jenkins.
        • Early 2000: First elders appointed (Jesse Jenkins, Joe Harding, and Mike Fleming)
      • I Timothy 5:19-20 – Elders watch for the flock and the flock watch out for the elders.

A Study on Elders, Part 5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 30, 2016

  • The rule of elders
    • Introduction
      • Hebrews 13:17
      • I Timothy 5:17
      • Elders rule in the church like fathers rule in the home.
    • Elders rule by leading the flock in the right way.
      • Elders should listen to the congregation and lead the flock into a harmonious decision.
    • Elders rule by service.
      • Luke 22:25-26
    • Elders rule by warning and admonition.
      • Acts 20:32-33 – Elders act as watchmen.
      • Ezekiel 3:17 – Ezekiel’s duty was as a watchman.
      • Elders as watchmen have no words of their own. They are to hear God’s Word and give warning.
      • I Thessalonians 5:12
    • Elders rule by teaching.
      • I Peter 5:3-4
    • Elders rule by example.
      • I Peter 5:3
      • When elders walk in the right way, theirs is an example that should be followed.
    • Elders are not bosses of the congregation. They are not despotic or tyrannical.
      • I Peter 5:3

A Study on Elders, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 23, 2016

  • Qualifications for elders, continued:
    • Does an elder need to have a plurality of children?
      • Matthew 22:23-28 – Here “children” includes the singular.
      • Titus 1:6 – In this verse, the plural appears to include the singular.
    • The work of elders
      • Convict the gainsayer
      • Shepherd, feed, and tend the flock. I Peter 5:2; Acts 20:28, 32
      • Oversee benevolence toward needy members. I Timothy 5:16
      • Watch for the souls of the flock – Hebrews 13:17
        • Ezekiel 3:17; 34:11-19
      • Oversee the flock. Acts 20:28

By David Watson

Benchley, March 20, 2016

  • Keep emotions in check.
    • I Timothy 3:2-7
    • Everyone should behave when objections are made to a man’s qualifications.
      • Ephesians 4:31-32
      • I Peter 5:3
    • Instead of taking sides, we should all just be on the Lord’s side.
      • Philippians 2:1-4
      • I Kings 18:17-18
    • Take the qualifications seriously, given the work.
      • Able to teach – Titus 1:9-11
      • Aspires/desires the work; eagerness – I Timothy 3:1; 5:3
      • Sensible, just, devout, not a new convert – Hebrews 5:14; I Corinthians 5:1, 13
      • Temperate, gentle, peaceable, not pugnacious – Acts 20:28, 31
    • Don’t be stricter than God.
      • Peter was an elder (I Peter 5:1)
        • On one occasion, Jesus called him “Satan” (Mark 8:33)
        • On another occasion, Jesus said to him “you of little faith” (Matthew 14:31)
        • He denied Jesus 3 times
        • He acted hypocritically and prejudicially in Galatians 2.
      • Titus 1:7

A Study on Elders, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 16, 2016

  • Titus 1:6 – “faithful children”
    • Faithful: pistos
      • Matthew 25:21
      • Luke 16:10-11
      • Acts 13:34 – “sure”
      • I Peter 4:19
      • III John 1:5
      • Revelation 22:6
    • Compare I Timothy 3:4-5. This is referring to a faithful relationship between the son and father.  The second half of Titus 1:6 specifies the sense in which “faithful” is used.

A Study on Elders, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 9, 2016

  • Most of the qualifications for elders are qualifications for Christians in general.
  • Qualifications that are peculiar to elders:
    • Desiring the office – I Timothy 3:1. The office of elder or overseer is a good work.
    • Not a new convert to the faith – I Timothy 3:6
    • Apt to teach – I Timothy 3:2. All Christians should be able to teach others to some degree, but elders should be particularly capable in this area.
    • Able to convince those who oppose God – Titus 1:9
    • Husband of one wife – I Timothy 3:3
    • Wife must be of good character – I Timothy 3:11
    • Must rule his own house well. Children must believe and not be rebellious – I Timothy 3:4-5; Titus 1:6
      • It could be that a man has subordinate, well-mannered children, but it is clear that he had no part in raising them to be this way. In this case, the children do not act as a qualification for the man.

A Study on Elders, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 2, 2016

  • Titus 1:5; Acts 14:23 – Churches did exist without elders and they had the same functions as those that did. However, churches in general function better with qualified elders.
  • Three things are necessary for a local church to appoint elders:
    • Men who meet the standard set by God
    • Men who are willing to take on the role and responsibilities
    • Men who are acceptable to the congregation
  • Some qualifications for elders are absolute and some are not.
  • There are several different words for the same role: Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:7; I Peter 5:2
    • Elders
    • Bishops
    • Shepherds (Ezekiel 34:1-10)
    • Overseers
  • Elders are limited in their function to the congregation over which they have been appointed.

Holy Spirit Made Overseers

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 28, 2016

  • Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5
  • Acts 20:28
  • Men that desire the work
  • Men that meet the qualifications to a high degree
    • I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:2
    • Elder, bishop, overseer, shepherd
  • Men that understand their assigned work
  • Men that do their assigned work
    • Teaching the flock – elders don’t have to do all the teaching, but they do oversee the teaching.
  • Men that understand the “rule” of elders
    • Hebrews 13:17; Matthew 20:25-28
  • Men that lead the flock
  • Mean that are examples worthy to be imitated

Honor

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 24, 2016

  • Romans 13:7
  • I Peter 2:17
  • We are to give honor to God
    • Psalms 101:4
    • John 8:49
    • Honor necessitates respect and obedience. Matthew 4:10
    • II Corinthians 5:8 – We must give ourselves to God.
  • We are to honor and respect our family members.
    • Exodus 20:2; Ephesians 6:2; Matthew 15:3-9 – We must honor our parents.
    • I Timothy 5:16
    • I Timothy 5:8
    • Ephesians 5:22-33
  • We are to honor civil powers.
    • Romans 13:7
  • We are to honor and respect the elderly.
    • I Timothy 5:1
    • Leviticus 19:32
    • Proverbs 16:31
  • We are to honor and respect elders who rule well.
    • I Timothy 5:17
  • We are to honor and respect the rights and properties of others.
    • Romans 13:9
  • We are to honor and respect self.
    • II Corinthians 8:5
  • Romans 12:10 – Outdo one another in showing honor (ESV).