By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • Matthew 4:23-5:12 – Jesus was setting down kingdom principles.
  • Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit.
    • Ephesians 2:12-13
    • Psalms 51:17
    • Isaiah 66:2
    • Jeremiah 10:27
    • The poor in spirit realize that power and authority is with God – not with them.
  • Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are they that mourn.
    • Isaiah 61:1-2
  • Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek.
    • Psalms 37:11
    • Matthew 11:27
    • Matthew 5:30
    • Moses was described as the meekest man on earth, but he was a great leader.
    • “inherit the earth” is not talking about mundane things.
      • II Peter 3:11-13
      • Jesus may have been looking forward to the new heaven and new earth.
      • Alternate view: The gentle will inherit the earth as opposed to aggressive and warlike? The gentle will be blessed on earth?
  • Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness.
    • Psalms 42:2
  • Matthew 5:7 – Blessed are the merciful.
    • Proverbs 14:21
  • Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart.
    • Psalms 24:3-4
    • Psalms 73:1
  • Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers.
    • Isaiah 52:7
  • Matthew 5:10-11 – Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
    • No specific Old Testament verse has this same sentiment, but Hebrews 11:32-37 names David, Gideon, Barak, Samson, the prophets, and others as those who were persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

Fruitful Families

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, December 18, 2016

  • Love
    • I Corinthians 13:4-7
  • Joy
    • Response to events
      • Luke 15:8-11
      • I Corinthians 13:6
      • James 1:2
    • Motivates to action
      • II Corinthians 8:2
      • III John 1:4 – This should be the greatest joy from our children.
    • Peace
      • Freedom from disturbance, fighting, or war.
      • In spite of circumstances.
      • Takes effort.
      • Hand in hand with unity.
        • Ephesians 2:14-15; 4:3
      • Protects us.
    • Patience
      • Enduring in anticipation of a preferred outcome.
        • Romans 9:22; 2:4
      • Undergirded by faith.
        • Hebrews 6:12
      • Kindness
        • Also, gentleness
        • Allied with grace, compassion, humility, patience, tolerance.
          • Ephesians 2:7; Colossians 3:12; Romans 2:4
        • Contrast to severity
          • Romans 11:22
        • Goodness
          • Doing what is pleasing to the Lord
          • With righteousness and truth.
            • Ephesians 5:7-11
          • Faithfulness
            • Love believes all things
              • I Corinthians 13:7
            • Faith can be seen, works through love.
              • Matthew 9:2; Galatians 5:6
            • Faith toward God, holding to THE faith.
          • Gentleness
            • Meekness, humility, as seen in Jesus
              • Matthew 11:29
            • Not just for wives!
              • I Peter 3:4
            • Contrasted with a rod, boldness
              • I Corinthians 4:21; II Corinthians 10:1-2
            • Restore one caught in trespass with gentleness.
              • Galatians 6:1
            • Self-control
              • In power / strength / might / dominion
                • Luke 1:51; Ephesians 6:10; I Peter 4:11 – ascribed to Jesus
              • Having power over self
              • One who demands every whim be fulfilled is not strong, but lead by desires in weakness.

The Fruit of the Spirit

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 17, 2016

  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • Context: Galatians 5:13-26
  • Keep choosing the Spirit over the flesh.
    • We have a choice.
    • This is a continual choice.
      • If you are alive a year from now, some part of you will be stronger. What part will it be, the physical or the spiritual?
    • Find ways to use these qualities in life!
      • Action: “… working … serve … live … walk … fruit”
      • What you do determines who you are. Matthew 7:15-20
    • The fruit of the Spirit
      • Love
      • Joy
      • Peace
      • Patience
      • Kindness (gentleness)
      • Goodness
      • Faithfulness
      • Gentleness (meekness)
      • Self-control
    • We have to bear fruit to be useful to God.

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 Danny Lackey

Benchley, March 2, 2014

 

  • Attitudes toward God
    • Love – Matthew 22:37
    • Faith and trust – Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17
    • Thankfulness – Colossians 3:15-17; Romans 1:18-21; Proverbs 16:7
  • Attitudes toward ourselves
    • Humility – Romans 12:3,16; John 13:1-17; Matthew 25:21
    • Teachability – Proverbs 15:32
    • Honesty toward our mistakes – James 5:16
  • Attitudes toward our brethren
    • Love – John 13:34-35; I Peter 1:22-23
    • Cooperation – I Corinthians 12:24-26
    • Appreciation for others and their work – I Corinthians 12:18-26
    • Submissiveness – Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 5:5
    • Peaceableness – Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:1-3
    • Hospitality – Romans 12:13; III John 1:5-8
    • Warmth, friendliness, openness – Acts 2:44-47; 11:27-30
    • Gentleness, meekness – Galatians 6:1; II Timothy 2:24-26
    • Forgiveness, forbearance, patience, longsuffering – Ephesians 4:1-3,31-32
  • Attitudes toward our work
    • Gratitude for the privilege of our work – I Corinthians 15:9-11
    • Enthusiasm, eagerness – II Corinthians 9:6-8
    • Industriousness, diligence, energy – Nehemiah 4:6; Colossians 3:23-24; Proverbs 18:9
    • Initiative
    • Positiveness – Philippians 2:14-15
    • Persistence – John 4:34; Hebrews 6:11-12; II Timothy 4:7
  • Conclusion
    • Ideal attitudes make for ideal working conditions.
    • Ideal attitudes in a congregation will help the cause of Christ. II Timothy 2:21

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 6, 2013

 

  • I Thessalonians 1:1-7
  • I Thessalonians 5:14
  • We urge you brethren:
    • Admonish the unruly
      • Titus 1:9 – The word of God equips us to refute those who speak against the scriptures.
      • Galatians 6:1 – We must use the word of God in gentleness.
      • James 5:19-20 – We must thing of the future when the one being admonished may repent and come back and thank us.
    • Encourage the fainthearted
      • I Kings 19:10 – Even Elijah got discouraged.
        • I Kings 19:18 – God reminded him he was not alone.
      • Romans 8:18 – We have great glory ahead of us. We can’t give up!
    • Help the weak
      • Romans 14:1; 15:1 – Those who are strong must help the weak.
      • I Thessalonians 3:1,3
    • Be patient with everyone
      • Next time it might be me needing the help!

James 3:10-4:5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 10, 2012

 

  • James 3:16 – We must be very careful to avoid jealousy and selfish ambition in a local congregation. It is not easy to avoid these things!
  • James 3:17 – A man who is not gentle and easy to entreat (especially about spiritual things) does not have wisdom.

By David Watson

Benchley, April 11, 2012

 

  • How can all of these qualities combined in one person be used to help someone caught in sin? (continued from last class)
    • Kindness
      • John 4:7-26 – Jesus speaks with the woman of Samaria
      • There is a kind way to help those who are struggling with sin.
    • Goodness
      • Hebrews 12:12-13 – Strengthening those who are weak is certainly a good act.
    • Faithfulness
      • II Peter 3:10 – Our faithfulness can make an impression on people as we remind them of the judgment to come.
    • Gentleness
      • Galatians 6:1 – We are specifically told to restore the lost in a spirit of gentleness.
    • Self-control
      • Titus 1:7-8 – Elders must specifically have self-control, but we should all work to have this quality.

By David Watson

Benchley, March 14, 2012

 

  • I Timothy 6:11-12 – How is Timothy told to pursue gentleness but then told to “fight the good fight of faith” in the very next verse?
    • He was to fight with a spirit of gentleness, not to be overbearing and tear people down in his preaching.
  • Jesus is the perfect example of meekness (Matthew 11:29; 21:5). Being meek does not mean that someone cannot help himself and has no authority, power, or ability to be asserted.
  • We should be gentle when giving spiritual help to someone. (Galatians 6:1; II Timothy 2:25)
  • Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12; Titus 3:2 – What other qualities or actions go along with gentleness?
    • Humility, patience, tolerance, compassion, kindness, being peacable, being considerate
  • What are the practical benefits of a Christian being truly meek?
    • We are pleasing to God.
    • We make is easier for others to see God’s influence in our lives.
    • Earthly relationships become more peaceful and harmonious.
  • Meekness is not weakness. It is the controlled and appropriate use of the authority that comes from God.

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 8, 2012

 

  • What do these passages teach us about the kindness of God?
    • Romans 11:20-23 – Reception of God’s kindness is conditional on our behavior.
    • Ephesians 2:4-7 – God showed His kindness by sending Jesus to die for us.
    • Titus 3:4-5 – God’s kindness is evident in His mercy on us even in our sin.
    • I Peter 2:1-3 – We taste the kindness of God through His word.
  • Luke 6:31-35 – Our kindness is not to be based on whether or not we have been shown kindness.
    • Our kindness is based on:
      • How we want other people to treat us
      • God’s example of kindness to ungrateful and evil men
  • Acts 24:4; 27:3; 28:2 – What sort of things do kind people do? They go out of their way to be patient and helpful to others.
  • Colossians 3:12-13; Ephesians 4:32 – Christians are instructed to be kind. How do we obey that instruction? By considering others’ needs before our own and by adjusting our attitude. We should think about God. This is something that takes practice!
  • Christians don’t just react. They do what’s right!
  • What are some things that keep us from being kind?
    • Grouchiness
    • Selfishness
    • Holding a grudge
    • Pride
    • Ignorance
    • Bad company
  • What are the practical benefits of being kind?
    • Better influence on those around us