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

Faith WITHOUT Works

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 9, 2017

  • James 2:17-20
  • We need to do what God’s word says to do.
  • James 2:15, 10-11
  • Love God! James 1:12
    • Submit to God, James 4:7-10
    • Spiritual vs. earthly wisdom, James 3:14-17
    • Selfishness, James 4:1-4
    • Prayer, James 1:5-8
  • Love others! James 1:12
    • Partiality, James 2:1-9
    • Pray for each other, James 5:13-16
    • Rescue sinners, James 5:19-20
    • Be helpful and pure, James 1:27
    • Speak well, James 1:19, 26; 3:1-12

Overcoming Discouragement

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 2, 2017

  • Discouragement weakens the sense of aim.
    • It’s impossible to have hope without purpose.
  • Discouragement causes sins of indifference.
    • Joshua 1:1-9
  • Discouragement causes other problems.
  • Discouragement has no easy cure, but consider several things that will help:
    • I John 5:4 – Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
      • Trust in God removes depression, brings hope, and gives joy and peace (Philippians 4:7). It cases zeal and service.
      • This faith must be of the
    • II Peter 1:5 – Self-control
    • Spiritual mindedness – Colossians 3:1-3; Romans 6:4-7; Philippians 4:8; II Corinthians 10:4-5; Colossians 3:23
    • Forget self and serve – I Corinthians 4:5
    • Choose the right company – I Corinthians 15:33

Exodus, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 26, 2017

  • The first opposition (Exodus 5-6)
    • “Who is the Lord?” (Exodus 5:2)
      • God repeatedly tells him. Exodus 7:17.  See also Exodus 7:5; 8:10, 22; 9:14, 29; 11:7; 14:4, 18.
      • God will trample Pharaoh’s pride. See Exodus 9:16, quoted in Romans 9:17.  Also compare II Chronicles 32:13-19.
      • Proverbs 30:9
    • God deals with a fledgling faith (Exodus 5:20-6:13)
      • Pharaoh forced the people to gather their own straw for the bricks. The people had seen the signs (Exodus 4:30-31), but this added burden was enough to cause the people to turn on Moses and Aaron (Exodus 5:20-25).
      • God’s response:
        • Patience: He does not punish Moses or the people at this point.
        • He provides His word as assurance. He explains (again) what the future holds.
      • “By my name, LORD” (Exodus 6:3)
        • God had appeared to the patriarchs as “God Almighty” (Hebrew: El Shaddai), but now emphasizes a new name: “LORD” (Hebrew:  Yahweh).
        • In Exodus, God repeatedly says, “I am the LORD” and refers to Israel as His people. Exodus marks a turning point in Israel’s relationship with God as He takes special care of them.
        • It’s remarkable that in comparison to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses, God has provided “something better for us” (Hebrews 4:10).
        • I John 3:2