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

Moses

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 19, 2017

  • What if a man wrote a letter to the church wanting to fill a job as a preacher and listed these weaknesses?
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • God chose such a man – Moses
    • He did not consider himself a leader. Exodus 3:11; 4:1
    • He was not an eloquent speaker. Exodus 4:10
    • He did not have all the answers. Numbers 15:32-36
    • He sometimes lost his temper. Exodus 3:22
    • He sometimes got so provoked with the people that he disobeyed God. Numbers 21; Psalm 106
  • Moses, an example of a great leader
    • He was so great that God told him. Deuteronomy 18:18
      • Acts 3:22-23
      • Luke 16:29
      • John 6:26-40
      • Acts 15:21
    • His faith (Hebrews 11:24-26)
    • He knew where to get the answers (Numbers 15:35)
    • His love for his brethren (Exodus 32:30-32)
    • His tireless work (Exodus 18:13-18)
    • His humility (Exodus 32:9-13)
    • His faithfulness in proclaiming God’s Word to them (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28-29)
    • His patience (Exodus 6:9; 16:2; 17:2)
    • His faithful submission (Deuteronomy 32:48-52)
  • Conclusion

Godly Families, Part 24

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 12, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training child to respect and obey authority (continued)
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Submit (in non-sinful matters) Romans 13:1-2; Ephesians 5:21-22, 25, 33 Show humility and good attitude toward authorities; enforce authority over kids. East to let things slide because they don’t bother me – but kids need the lesson. Disrespect, disobedience, bad attitudes (backtalk, eye rolling, etc.)
Lead well Deuteronomy 17:18-20; Matthew 20:25-28 Teach leadership by example, serving those led; giving small opportunities to lead. Use authority for selfishness; good, exemplary leaders hard to find. Exploiting opportunities for self.
Respect and obey God Isaiah 66:1-2; Acts 26:19 Fear God instead of just “going to church”; make a habit:  read Bible –> improve life Easy to just follow religious peers / traditions instead of God Himself. Rationalizing bad behaviors.
  • Train children to develop moral excellence
    • II Peter 1:5-11
      • Is it the job of public schools to teach these virtues?
      • How do we know when we have enough of these qualities?
      • Qualities:
        • Faith
        • Moral excellence (virtue)
        • Knowledge
        • Self-control (temperance) – Marshmallow Test
        • Perseverance (patience, steadfastness) – patience with our circumstances
        • Godliness
        • Brotherly kindness
        • Love – agape; affectionate goodwill
    • Teaching morals is unique
      • Teaching morals begins with the Word of God. II Timothy 3:16

 

Mary, a Beautiful Woman

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 29, 2017

  • Luke 1:26-39; 2:10-20
  • Her purity of life. Luke 1:27
    • Hebrews 13:4
    • Isaiah 7:14 – Prophecy of Jesus’ virgin birth.
  • Her faith
    • Faith is conviction that is produced by testimony.
  • Her submissiveness
    • Luke 1:38 – Mary accepted the responsibility of motherhood based on the angel’s testimony.
  • Her spirituality
    • Luke 1:46-50
    • A worldly-minded woman would not be suitable to bring Jesus into the world.
  • Her humility
    • Luke 2:19

Danger of Following Afar

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 27, 2016

  • Mark 14:54-59, 66-72
  • Effectiveness is proportionate to distance. James 4:8.  Peter demonstrated the danger of distance.  He weakened and would not stand by Jesus.  He lied.  He cursed and swore.  Notice the relation in these things:
    • Followed afar
    • Lied
    • Cursed and swore
  • John 2:15-16
  • Ways we may follow afar:
    • Doing that which is not inherently wrong, but doing it to the detriment of following God.
    • Partial obedience. Some obey first principles but then refuse to accept and follow other things God requires of us. Some preach the truth of God’s word but refuse to apply and live by what they are preaching.
  • The lack of effectiveness of one who follows afar
    • He’s lost his influence for good.
  • What caused Peter to follow afar?
    • Fear of the mob.
    • He didn’t have enough faith in and love for Jesus.
  • What does Jesus think of one who follows afar?
    • Luke 9:61-62
  • The end result of following afar
    • Do not try to serve the Lord from afar. If you do not enjoy close proximity with the Lord now, do you think you will in eternity?