By David Watson

Benchley, January 3, 2018

  • Context and harmony, continued:
    • Practice using context and harmony together, continued:
      • John 14:26; 16:13 – Does the Holy Spirit miraculously guide people?
        • Context: Jesus and the apostles
        • Harmony: John 13:1; Luke 22:13-14; Matthew 26:19-21; Mark 14:16-18; Acts 8:14
        • Conclusion: Jesus was speaking directly to the apostles and specifically to them. This does not mean the Holy Spirit miraculously guides us today.
      • I Corinthians 1:17 – Is baptism necessary for salvation? Paul said Christ did not send him to baptize!
        • Context: Paul was discussing division that was coming from people being baptized by different people.
        • Harmony: I Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; I Peter 3:21
        • Conclusion: Baptism is essential for salvation. Here, Paul was addressing a controversy that was springing up and causing division with people dividing over who baptized them. I Corinthians 10:17 is a not-but passage emphasizing preaching over baptism.
      • Ephesians 4:31 – Is all anger sinful?
        • Context: Ephesians 4:25-31 – All anger is not condemned.
        • Harmony: Mark 3:5; Psalms 97:10
        • Conclusion: No, all anger is not sinful. Jesus Himself expressed anger.
      • Luke 14:26 – Are we really supposed to hate our families?
        • Context: Luke 14:23-33 – Jesus is trying to get people to understand the depth of commitment required to follow Him.
        • Harmony: Matthew 22:39; 10:37
        • Conclusion: We are to love Christ the most. We should love Him so much that all other relationships look like hate in comparison.

Self-esteem

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 18, 2016

  • Self-esteem mandates that a Christian purge his mind so he will be fit for the Master’s use.
    • II Timothy 2:19-21 – Christians are the Lord’s instruments, so they must be pure to be fit for His purpose.
    • Christians must be pure in order to be fit to live with.
    • II Corinthians 10:4-5
    • Proverbs 23:7
    • Thinking on godly things lays the foundation that allows us to have self-esteem.
  • Self-esteem mandates that a Christian purge his emotions so he will be fit for the Master’s service.
    • Hebrews 13:1
    • Proverbs 23:23
    • Ephesians 4:15
    • Psalms 119:104, 128
    • Proverbs 6:19-20
    • James 1:27
    • Philippians 4:4 – Joy is an emotion we should have in the Lord.
      • I Peter 1:8
    • Self-esteem mandates that a Christian purge his speech so that he will be fit for the Master’s use.
      • Ephesians 4:29
      • James 3:8, 26
      • I Thessalonians 1:8
    • Self-esteem mandates that a Christian purge his functions so he will be fit for the Master’s use.
      • Romans 6:12-13, 4
      • I Corinthians 6:19
      • II Corinthians 8:5, 12

By David Watson

Benchley, July 3, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Matthew 7:24-27
    • John 14:25
    • John 16:12-13
  • Jesus never said, “If you follow Me, your earthly health and wealth will prosper.”
    • Mark 10:30
    • Notice the context: Jesus’ discussion with the rich young ruler.  Jesus is not speaking about physical things and relationships.  He is speaking about spiritual things and relationships.
    • Mark 3:31-35 clarifies this.
    • Matthew 6:19-21
    • Luke 12:22-23
  • Jesus never said, “Kill unbelievers!”
    • John 18:36 – Our warfare as Christians is not of this realm. It is a spiritual fight.
    • Romans 1:26-32
    • Romans 6:20-23 – Sin leads to spiritual death.
    • Romans 8:1-2, 6
    • All sin ultimately leads to spiritual death.
    • The gospel is the ultimate story of love.
    • Romans 12:19-21
    • Matthew 5:38-42
    • Treatment of spiritual enemies
      • Matthew 5:10-12, 43-44
    • Treatment of national enemies
      • Qu’ran: Surah 9:5, 24
      • Compare Matthew 26:51-52
    • Matthew 7:24
    • Mark 16:15-16

The Way of Cain

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 25, 2012

 

  • Jude 10-11
  • The way of:
    • Human opinion substituted for the way of the faith (Romans 10:17; II John 9)
    • Envy, hate, and intolerance toward those who adhere strictly to God’s Word
    • Willful contempt for divine authority (I John 3:12)
    • Divine condemnation (Genesis 4:11)
    • Eternal regret
  • It is a disastrous thing to walk in the way of Cain.
  • The way of Abel
    • Let us walk in the way of divine approval and eternal glory!