Being Honest About Evolution

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 5, 2017

  • Psalms 33:1-9
  • Charles Darwin
    • HMS Beagle
    • The death of his daughter Annie Darwin impacted him very strongly.
    • The Origin of Species, 1859
  • We need to be honest about the universe.
    • Romans 1:18-23
    • There are boundaries to science. Science will never be able to find an invisible God.
    • Evolutionists have a “prior commitment” to naturalism.
    • I Kings 18:26-29 – No one answered because Baal does not exist! The Baal worshipers were completely devoted to a god for which they had seen no evidence of existence.
  • We need to be honest about the Bible.
    • Prophecies of Cyrus:
      • Isaiah 13:17-19; 44:28-45:3
    • Prophecies of Jesus:
      • Isaiah 53:7 à Matthew 27:12
      • Isaiah 53:9 à Matthew 27:57
    • Nostradamus (1500s AD)
    • Jeane Dixon (1900s AD)
    • II Peter 1:19-21
  • We need to be honest about ourselves.
    • Statistically, geography is a great predictor of beliefs.
    • Why do you believe what you believe?
    • John 4:28-42
    • Matthew 27:18 – They handed Jesus over because of envy.
    • We have to try to fight our own biases and be honest with ourselves.
    • John 20:24-31

What Would Jesus Say?

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By Robert Bond

Benchley, November 5, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Jesus knew the hearts of men.
    • John 6:64
    • Luke 6:8
    • John 4:29
    • Matthew 12:30
  • What would Jesus say to us if we had a chance encounter with Him?
    • Hypocrisy
      • John 1:47 – Nathanael had no guile – no hypocrisy.
      • Matthew 23:5-6 – The hypocrisy of the Pharisees.
    • Bringing others to Jesus
      • Matthew 4:19 – Apostles would be fishers of men.
      • Matthew 23:13 – Religious leaders were shutting up the kingdom of heaven!
    • Worries and cares
      • Luke 10:38-42 – Mary chose the good part.
      • Luke 10:41 – Martha was worried about many things.
    • Motives
      • Mark 14:6-8 – The woman did a good work – she did what she could to honor Jesus.
      • Matthew 12:34 – These people had evil hearts and wrong motives.
    • Faith
      • Matthew 15:21-28; 8:10 – Jesus compliments great faith.
      • John 8:46; 10:25 – Jesus rebukes people for lack of faith.
    • Being children of Abraham
      • Luke 19:10 – Salvation came to the house of Zaccheus. Jesus called him a son of Abraham.
      • Mark 7:9 – Jesus rebukes them for following their traditions instead of God’s commandments.
  • One thing Jesus would say to everyone:
    • Matthew 11:28 – “Come unto men … I will give you rest.”
    • Matthew 19:16

Growing Our Faith

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By Daniel Beamon

Benchley, October 22, 2017

  • Introduction
    • We often use the word faith to indicate a wish or a hope. That is not how it is used in the Bible.
  • I Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4, 13
    • “The faith” refers to the gospel.
    • Galatians 1:23; 3:23-24
  • In reference to our convictions:
    • Hebrews 11:6
    • Hebrews 11:1-3 – Faith is assurance; conviction.
    • Matthew 21:11
    • II Timothy 1:12
  • Our faith changes over time
    • II Peter 1:3-9 – Our faith should grow over time.
    • Romans 4:20-22 – Abraham grew in his faith as he served God. Faith and service to God go hand in hand.
    • Gideon was outnumbered 450-1 against the Midianites. God helped grow his faith. Judges 6-7
    • We can ask God to help grow our faith!

Being “In Christ”

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By Coy Baldwin

Benchley, September 17, 2017

  • Introduction
    • John 15:5
    • Why would I want to be in Christ? Romans 6:3
      • Ephesians 1:3-5, 9, 13 – We receive so many blessings in Christ!
  • Respect authority of Christ
    • Matthew 28:18-20
    • Colossians 2:6-8; 3:1, 5, 8, 12-13 – These are demands of being in Christ.
  • Devoted to Christ
    • Philippians 3:7-14
    • Luke 14:26-27 – Christ must come before all our physical relationships.
  • Maintain sincere faith
    • Hebrews 12:1 – What is “the sin?” Is it not the sin of unbelief?
      • Hebrews 10:36-11:1, 4, 5, 7
    • Hebrews 6:10
    • Hebrews 10:22-29
    • II Timothy 1:5-8
    • Hebrews 3:12
    • James 2:14
    • John 8:24

Psalms, Part 6

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 27, 2017

  • Psalms 30-36
  • Psalms 31:23 – “The Lord preserves the faithful.” This is still true today!
  • Psalms 32:1 – See Romans 4:4-8. The blessed man is the one who trusts not in his own works to save him, but has faith in God that is sufficient to cause him to obey God’s commandments.
  • Psalms 32:9 – See John 6:44-45.
  • Psalms 34:14 – See I Peter 3:10-12.
  • Psalms 34:15-18 – See I Peter 3:12.
  • Psalms 34:18 – See Isaiah 66:2.

Exodus, Part 15

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 16, 2017

  • The legacy of Exodus
    • Deliverance/freedom
      • God is able to deliver His people from slavery.
      • Leviticus 26:13; Judges 6:7-10; Leviticus 11:45; Isaiah 48:20-21; Jeremiah 16:14-15; Psalms 77:20
      • John 8:31-34 – Jesus delivers us from slavery to sin, just as God delivered the Israelites from physical slavery.
    • Provisions
      • God provides for the needs of His people.
      • Psalms 78:24-25; John 6:31-35
      • Nor reading your Bible is like failing to pick up manna from Heaven!
    • Lack of faith
      • Despite God’s blessings, His people tend to turn their backs on Him.
      • I Samuel 10:17-19
      • Psalm 78:42-53; 81:10-16; I Corinthians 10:1-7
      • Hebrews 10:28-29
    • Law
      • God’s law is a blessing for His people.
      • Romans 3:1-2
      • Jeremiah 31:31-34
    • Power and glory of God
      • God’s mighty hand in Egypt displayed His power and made a name for Himself.
      • I Samuel 6:6; Psalms 105:26-45; Isaiah 63:12; Romans 9:17
    • Tabernacle
      • The tabernacle Moses built is but a shadow of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched.
      • Hebrews 8:1-6; 9:1-12
      • Acts 7:35-44

II Peter 1:1-21

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 28, 2017

  • II Peter 1:1-21
  • II Peter 1:5 – Faith is the starting point! All of these attributes mean nothing as far as salvation is concerned if they are not built on faith.
  • II Peter 1:6 – Self-control (temperance): abstinence from things that are sinful, excellence in things that are right, and moderation in things that are indifferent.
  • II Peter 1:8 – If we are barren or unfruitful in the service of God, it is because we have not added these things.
  • II Peter 1:11 – No one will get into heaven by the skin of their teeth. If we get in at all, it will be an abundant entrance.
  • II Peter 1:12 – We must do the same: continue to encourage and remind others of these things.
  • II Peter 1:19 – The phrase “when the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts) could mean when people come to believe and obey Jesus.
  • II Peter 1:20 – Many confuse this verse and think it says that no scripture is a matter of personal interpretation. Instead, it says that prophecy is not of personal interpretation, i.e., the giving of the gospel. Prophecy comes from God and we look to Him for interpretation.

Habakkuk

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 14, 2017

  • Timeline:
    • 607 B.C. – Habakkuk
    • 605 B.C. – Chaldea captures Jews (3 deportations)
    • 597 B.C. – second deportation
    • 586 B.C. – third deportation. Judah is conquered.
  • Overview:
    • The book of Habakkuk is a dialog between man and God.
    • Question 1: Habakkuk 1:2-4 – Why do you allow all this wickedness among your people?
      • Answer (Habakkuk 1:5-11) – An army will come to punish Judah.
    • Question 2: Habakkuk 1:12-17 – Using the Chaldeans seems even more unjust because they are even more evil!
      • Answer (Habakkuk 2:2-20) – God gives a detailed description showing that he knows just how evil the Chaldeans are, and he pronounces five woes upon them.
    • A prayer of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:1-19)
  • Lessons:
    • Sincere questions lead to solid faith!
      • Habakkuk 2:2
      • Judges 6:13, 39
      • Habakkuk 2:1 – Habakkuk 2:1 – Habakkuk was ready to listen to God’s answer.
      • Acts 17:11-12 – Many people believed after studying out their questions!
      • Romans 1:20
    • The righteous will live by his faith!
      • Habakkuk 2:2-4, 18-20
      • Habakkuk 3:16-19 – Habakkuk was sick waiting for destruction for come.
      • Romans 1:16-17
      • Galatians 3:9-11
      • Hebrews 10:36-39

Exodus, Part 8

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 7, 2017

  • Exodus 14-18
  • Exodus 14:10-12 – Israel was trying to transition from slavery to freedom at the hands of God. They were now personally involved in the conflict with Pharaoh.
  • Colossians 3:1-4
  • Hebrews 11:29
  • I Peter 5:6-7
  • Exodus 15:4 – Red Sea or Sea of Reeds?
    • Hebrew word is yam-sûf (סוּף)
    • Whatever yam-sûf was, it was deep and vast enough to kill the Egyptian army!
    • I Kings 9:26

Marks of Spiritual Strength

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 30, 2017

  • II Thessalonians 1:1-5
  • Give thanks to God for our brethren (II Thessalonians 1:3)
  • A faith that grows exceedingly
    • II Timothy 2:15
    • Hebrews 5:14
  • An abounding love for one another
    • I Peter 4:8
    • Proverbs 17:9; 19:11
  • A steadfast faith in persecution and tribulations
    • I Peter 4:16
    • II Timothy 3:12
  • The end result: counted worthy of the kingdom of God