The Benchley Church

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 19, 2015

  • God ordained that elders should be appointed in every congregation where qualified men can be found. Benchley presently has two elders.
  • Benchley also has seven deacons that handle various duties.
  • Philippians 1:1-2
  • Let us keep working to make the Benchley church the best it can be!

Building Foundations, Part 8

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, April 5, 2015

  • Lesson 8: Where to Worship
    • Acts 11:26 – Disciples of Christ were called Christians.
    • Romans 16:16; I Corinthians 1:2; Colossians 4:16; I Thessalonians 1:1; I Timothy 3:15
    • Acts 20:7 – The church met on the first day of the week.
    • Hebrews 10:24-25 – Do not neglect the assembly.
    • I Corinthians 16:1-2 – Collection is to be taken up on the first day of the week.
    • Romans 1:7; 12:1-21
    • I Corinthians 1:10-13
    • I Corinthians 3:4-11 – Our foundation is to be laid in Christ.
    • I Corinthians 5:1-13 – Sinful individuals must be disciplined and purged from the church lest they damage the entire church.
    • I Corinthians 14:4-19 – In the assembly, we should be working to instruct each other.
    • I Timothy 3:1-16 – Qualifications for deacons and overseers.
    • Ephesians 5:1-33 – We must walk in the path God has set out for us.

Hebrews, Part 20

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 1, 2015

  • Hebrews 13:4-25
  • Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage according to God’s law is an honorable thing.
  • Hebrews 13:5 – Be content with what you have. God has promised to never leave or forsake those who follow Him.  See Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5.
  • Hebrews 13:6 – This is a reference to Psalms 118:6. We must never fear man more than God.
  • Hebrews 13:7-9 – They (and we, by extension) were to remember those who lead them and imitate their faith because God has not changed. Therefore, don’t be distracted with new doctrines that arise.
  • Hebrews 13:12 – Jesus’ sacrifice was outside of the Old Law – thus He suffered outside the gate. We must go to Him to worship properly – we can’t try to stay inside the gate and still worship Him correctly.  We must recognize that the Old Law is in the past.
  • Hebrews 13:15 – This verse is sometimes used to teach against instrumental music, but it is not really talking about that. It is broader than that – it is talking about our speech.
  • Hebrews 13:16 – The sacrifice God wants is for us to do good and share with others.
  • Hebrews 13:17 – Obey the elders of the congregation, but not to the point that you go against God.
  • Hebrews 13:21 – This is what the Holy Spirit wished for them and also for us: to be equipped in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ.
  • The purpose of this book was to forestay further apostasy by showing how the new covenant is superior to the old.

By David Watson

Benchley, January 14, 2015

  • Qualifications for elders, continued:
    • Having children who believe – Titus 1:6
      • Once children leave the house and are out from under the direction of the parent, in general their behavior is their own responsibility as long as they were on a righteous path when they left the house. Also, note that God “parented” the Israelites in the Old Testament and they certainly did not all turn out faithful.
      • Must a man have multiple children?
        • I don’t think this verse is saying this. In this case, I think the plural includes the singular.
      • Does “believe” here mean “faithful Christians” or “trustworthy?” The Greek word can be translated either way.  The context seems to be talking about the relationship between the child and the man, not between the child and God.  This leads to the conclusion that the verse is referring to children who are under control of their father and not rebellious – not necessarily Christians.

By David Watson

Benchley, January 7, 2015

  • Qualifications for elders, continued:
    • Not a new convert – I Timothy 3:6
      • Hebrews 5:12
    • Holding fast the faithful word – Titus 1:9
      • Note that the stated purpose of this requirement is so the man will hold fast to sound doctrine and be able to defend it.
    • Able to teach – I Timothy 3:2
      • There is no specification about whether this has to be public or private teaching.
    • The husband of one wife – I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6
      • See also I Timothy 3:12
    • Manages his own household well – I Timothy 3:4-5
      • See II Corinthians 9:13
      • A man must be managing his household in such a manner that they respect him. How a man leads his family gives an idea of how he will tend to the church.
    • Having children who believe – Titus 1:6

A Faithful Saying

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 28, 2014

  • I Timothy 1:15 – Jesus came to save sinners.
  • II Timothy 2:11-13 – If we are dead with Christ, we will also live with Him.
    • Romans 6:3-4 – We are buried with Jesus in baptism.
  • I Timothy 4:8 – Bodily exercise is good, but godliness is better.
  • Titus 3:8 – We must be careful to maintain good works.
    • Romans 3:8
  • I Timothy 3:1 – It is good to desire the office of a bishop.
  • It is a faithful saying that Jesus lived and died to provide us salvation. If we believe and obey Him and live for Him, Heaven will be our home.  If we do not, it will be “depart.”  And that also is a faithful saying.

By David Watson

Benchley, December 17, 2014

  • I Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9
  • Qualifications for elders, continued:
    • Peaceable (I Timothy 3:3) – Not contentious or quarrelsome (see also Titus 3:2)
    • Loving what is good (Titus 1:8) – Loving and practicing what is good.
    • Just (Titus 1:8) – See John 7:24; Colossians 4:1. Righteous and just.
    • Devout (Titus 1:8) – Holy, righteous, and unpolluted with wickedness. See Hebrews 7:26.
    • Hospitable (I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8) – A friend of, or kind to strangers. See I Peter 4:9.
      • Does “hospitality” have to include overnight lodging?
        • I don’t think so. Hebrews 13:2; Genesis 18
      • Is it only “hospitality” if the person is a stranger?
    • Not addicted to wine (I Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7) – Not a drunkard. This does not include the responsible and temperate use of alcohol (i.e. for medicinal purposes).
    • Not pugnacious (I Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7) – Not a striker or violent person.
    • Not quick tempered (Titus 1:7) – Not prone to anger. See Ephesians 4:26; Mark 3:5.
    • Not self-willed (Titus 1:7) – Not one who is pleased with himself or despises others. See I Peter 5:3.
    • Free from the love of money (I Timothy 3:3) – Not fond of money or covetous. See I Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5; Luke 16:13.
    • Not fond of sordid gain (Titus 1:7; I Timothy 3:3) – Not eager to gain even if it degrades his character.

By David Watson

Benchley, December 10, 2014

  • I Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9
  • I Peter 5:1 – No man is perfect and we cannot expect elders to be perfect either. Peter made plenty of mistakes, but grew into a qualified elder.
  • Qualifications for elders:
    • Above reproach – I Timothy 3:2. See I Timothy 5:7; 6:14.
    • Above reproach – Titus 1:6. See I Corinthians 1:8; Colossians 1:22; I Timothy 3:10
    • Above reproach as God’s steward – Titus 1:7. See I Corinthians 4:1,2; I Peter 4:10.
    • Good reputation with those outside – I Timothy 3:7. See I Peter 4:4; Matthew 5:11
    • Temperate – I Timothy 3:2
    • Prudent – I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8. See also Titus 2:2,5.
    • Self-controlled – Titus 1:8
    • Respectable – I Timothy 3:2. See also I Timothy 2:9.  Someone who lives a decent and orderly life.
    • Gentle – I Timothy 3:3. See also Titus 3:2; James 3:17; I Peter 2:18; Psalm 86:5; II Corinthians 10:1-2.

By David Watson

Benchley, November 12, 2014

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  • Titus 1:9-2:10
  • Titus 1:12 – This appears to be a quote from Epimenides. Crete was renowned in those days for being wicked.
  • Titus 1:13-14 – It wasn’t any easier to be a Christian back then!
  • Titus 1:15 – See Colossians 2:13-23. Paul is speaking against following old Jewish myths and commandments.
  • Titus 1:16 – See John 19:28.

By David Watson

Benchley, November 5, 2014

  • Titus 1:1 – Introduction:
    • We know Titus was Greek (Galatians 2:3).
    • He may have been converted after hearing Paul’s preaching (Titus 1:4).
    • Paul speaks highly of Titus (II Corinthians 8:23).
    • Titus appears to have been instrumental in handling the tense situation in Corinth (II Corinthians 7:6-7,13-14; 12:18).
    • Crete was reputed to be an island of sin, so Titus would have had his hands full preaching there (Titus 1:12-13).
  • Titus 1:2 – God cannot lie. See II Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 6:18; Numbers 23:19.
  • Titus 1:5 – This seems to imply that a church is not fully formed until it is functioning with qualified elders. This should not be taken to mean that Titus had all the authority to select the men and the local church would just have to live with the decision (see Acts 6:3).  Most likely, Titus would go and teach people what the qualifications were and help them through the process of appointing elders.  Also note that elders here and everywhere else in the New Testament are always mentioned in plural.  We never read of a single elder overseeing the flock by himself.  Several words are used to refer to the same position:  elders, bishops, overseers, pastors, and shepherds (see Acts 14:23; 1:20; I Timothy 4:14; 3:1-2; I Peter 5:1-3; Ephesians 4:11).