By David Watson

Benchley, January 31, 2018

  • Misusing figures, continued:
    • Don’t take an unintended lesson from the figure, continued:
      • “Jonah was not dead in the fish; Jesus was not dead in the tomb. He appeared to die but did not actually die.” (Matthew 12:39-40) This contradicts many other passages that plainly say Jesus died. The comparison here is in the timing of the two events. Compare also John 3:14.
      • “If my grown child falls away, I should not seek him out. The father in Luke 15 waited for the son to come home on his own.” (Luke 15:18) This contradicts the parables of the lost sheep and lost coin earlier in the same chapter. Compare Matthew 18:15-17.
      • “One person wins a race. So only one person is going to Heaven.” (I Corinthians 9:24) The context talks about Paul helping others to reach Heaven, so clearly that’s not what the passage means.
      • “Take two people and bind them with a rope. If you cut the rope, both are free. So, if one is free to remarry, the other is, too.” (Romans 7:23) Rope is not in the context. The bond is a legal one from God’s perspective. Rope is a poor analogy.
  • Commentaries
    • Read the Bible first!
      • Matthew 15:3-9
      • Let your first impressions come from the inspired text itself.

1 Corinthians, Part 32

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 25, 2017

  • I Corinthians 15:44-58
  • I Corinthians 15:51-52 – At the end of the world, the dead will be raised. See I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
  • I Corinthians 15:56 – See Romans 4:15.
  • I Corinthians 15:57 – This victory is resurrection to eternal life with God.
  • I Corinthians 15:58 – There will be a resurrection and we will go to either Heaven or Hell. Thus, we must be steadfast.  See John 5:28-29.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 31, 2016

  • Luke 18
  • Ought to always pray (Luke 18:1-5)
    • God wants us to continually pray to Him.
    • I Thessalonians 5:17
    • Jesus is the best example of what it means to pray continually
      • Luke 3:21 – when He was baptized
      • Mark 1:35 – when He woke up in the morning
      • Matthew 15:36 – when He ate
      • Matthew 14:23 – at the end of the day
      • Luke 6:12-13 – when facing big decisions
        • James 4:13-15
      • Mark 14:36 – when facing trials
        • I Corinthians 10:13
      • Luke 23:43, 46 – when He was dying
    • Ought to be humble (Luke 18:9-17)
      • We should be humble, love, and trust like little children.
    • Ought to trust in God (Luke 18:18-30)
      • We cannot put our trust in material things.
    • Ought to have a purpose in life (Luke 18:31-33)
      • I Peter 2:21
      • Our goal is to get to heaven, but our purpose in life must be to do God’s will.
      • I John 2:1-2
      • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Ought to be compassionate to others (Luke 18:35-43)
      • Compassion is serving others.

Tested by Fire, Part 4

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 1, 2016

  • Our inheritance is reserved in Heaven (continued):
    • I Peter 1:1-4
      • I Peter 1:1 – Compare I Peter 2:11 regarding “aliens.” He could be referring to their state on earth as exiles or to their spiritual state:  this earth is not our home.
    • Romans 8:35-39
    • Daniel 4:24-27
    • Daniel 6:10
    • Daniel 9:1-3
    • Jeremiah 29:4-14
    • Colossians 3:1-4
    • I Peter 5:10-11
  • I Peter 4:13
    • I Peter 4:12-19
      • I Peter 4:12 – Do not be surprised at fiery ordeals!
      • I Peter 4:13 – Christ suffered, now it is our turn.
      • I Peter 4:14 – We are blessed when we are reviled.
      • I Peter 4:15 – Do not sin and suffer because of that.
      • I Peter 4:18 – See II Peter 1:11. “Scarcely” here does not mean that it is hard for God to save the righteous.  If Christians have difficulty attaining salvation, how much more difficult will it be for the unrighteous?
    • When we suffer, remember the benefits.
      • Heaven! – I Peter 4:13; 1:7-9; Philippians 1:21-24
      • Fellowship! – Romans 8:17; II Corinthians 1:5; Philippians 3:10; Matthew 5:10-12; Acts 5:40-42
      • Builds character! – Romans 1:1-4

Six Seconds

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 14, 2015

  • A second covenant
    • Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:9-13 – God has given us a new covenant established on better promises.
      • Galatians 3:17, 29
    • A second birth – John 3:3,5
      • Matthew 7:21 – Calling on the name of the Lord requires obedience. It is not just saying God’s name.
    • A second law of pardon – I John 1:8-10; Acts 8:22
      • When a child of God sins, he can repent and pray to God for forgiveness.
    • A second coming of Christ – Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:27-28; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 1:8-10
    • A second death – Revelation 20:12-14
      • The second death is eternal condemnation and separation from God.
    • A second home – Matthew 25:46
      • Matthew 7:14
    • Two pseudo seconds:
      • A second chance for one who died in sin if a priest is paid to appeal to God for pardon of a dead loved one.
      • A second change for one who died in sin if one is baptized for a dead loved one.
    • Seriously contemplate two things:
      • What sorrow it will be to hear Jesus say, “Depart into the lake of fire and brimstone.”
      • What joy it will be to hear Jesus say, “Come ye blessed of the Father, enter the joy of heaven.”

By David Watson

Benchley, December 14, 2014

  • Matthew 13
  • Focus on the intended meaning:
    • I Thessalonians 5:2
    • Ephesians 1:22-23
    • Parable of the soils
  • The parables of the mustard seed and leaven
    • Matthew 13:31-33
    • Take courage!
    • Influence starts small but can grow fast! The influence of the gospel can grow at a tremendous rate.  Don’t count it out!
  • The parables of the dragnet and the tares
    • Matthew 13:47-50, 24-30, 36-43
    • Look to the end!
    • At the end, there will be a judgment. We may not understand all of how God operates in this world, but we can have faith that He will sort it all out in the end!
  • The parables of the treasure and pearl
    • Matthew 13:44-46
    • Sacrifice everything!
    • Matthew 16:24

Hebrews, Part 5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 19, 2014

  • Hebrews 4:1-5:4
  • Hebrews 4:11 – We must labor now so that we can enter that rest. We should not try to take our rest now and in so doing, fail to reach that eternal rest. II Corinthians 5:10
  • Hebrews 4:12 – The idea here is piercing – not dividing. The word of God goes all the way to the thoughts and intentions of the heart. See I Thessalonians 5:23. Spirit is the everlasting part of man. The soul is the animating force of man.
  • Hebrews 4:15 – See I Corinthians 10:13. God always provides a way of escape.

God’s Promises

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 17, 2014


  • II Peter 1:4
  • Promise of Jesus coming to save


Promise Made Promise fulfilled
Genesis 3:15 Galatians 4:4-5
Genesis 12:3 Galatians 3:16
Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23
Isaiah 28:16 I Peter 2:6
Deuteronomy 18:15-18 Acts 3:22-23


  • Promise of His kingdom


Promise Made Promise fulfilled
Isaiah 2:2-4 Acts 2:36
Joel 2:28-32 Acts 2:16-21
II Samuel 7:12-14 Acts 2:30-31,36
Daniel 2:44 Hebrews 12:28


  • Promise of His reign and priesthood



Promise Made Promise fulfilled
Reign: Zechariah 6:12-13 Acts 2:30,33; I Corinthians 15:25
Priesthood: Zechariah 6:12-13 Hebrews 7:25


  • Promise of His work


Promise Made Promise fulfilled
Isaiah 61:1-2 Luke 4:16-19
Genesis 3:15 Hebrews 2:14


  • Promise of His suffering



Promise Made Promise fulfilled
Isaiah 53:5 I Peter 2:24; Matthew 27:27-35
Psalms 22:1,7-8 Matthew 27:39,43,46


  • Promise of His resurrection


Promise Made Promise fulfilled
Psalms 16:10 Acts 2:27,31
Psalms 2:7 Acts 13:33


  • Promise of His ascension and crowning



Promise Made Promise fulfilled
Daniel 7:13-14 Acts 1:9
II Samuel 7:12-14 Acts 2:30-33


  • Promise of fellowship and God – now and eternally



Promise Made Promise fulfilled
Matthew 25:34 Those who believe and obey and walk in the light
Mark 10:29-30 Heaven


Mark, Part 14

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 18, 2014


  • Mark 12:1-12 – Parable of the vine-growers
  • Mark 12:13-17 – The Pharisees and Herodians question Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar
  • Mark 12:18-27 – The Sadducees question Jesus about marriage in the afterlife
  • Mark 12:28-34 – The scribes question Jesus about the greatest commandment
  • Mark 12:35-37 – Jesus is more than just the son of David – He is deity.


A Living Hope

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By Don Mitchell

Benchley, April 20, 2014


  • We have a living hope for hard times.
    • I Peter 1:3-5
    • God has given us a “new birth”
    • We have been born into two great things by God’s great mercy.
      • A living hope
      • An inheritance
    • Part of this living hope is because of the inheritance that is promised for us.
    • Our inheritance is reserved!
    • We are guarded by God’s power through faith.
  • This is why we greatly rejoice!
    • I Peter 1:6-9
    • Be joyful in the hope you have, even thought you are distressed.
      • Peter is not ignoring the fact that Christians are suffering.
      • Momentary light affliction”
      • Our tested faith is more valuable than gold.
      • Our tested faith results in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
      • Endurance is paramount.
  • As we continue to endure suffering and trials …
    • I Peter 1:10-12
    • We live during a privileged time.
      • The prophets searched and inquired diligently about when the Christ would come.
      • What a wonderful time to be living in!
        • Even the angels desired to understand and see these times!
    • Valuable lessons should be learned
      • You can endure suffering.
        • Because you have hope
        • Because you have an eternal inheritance
        • Because you have a genuine faith that is a tested faith
        • Because you’ve established salvation through suffering
        • Because you are privileged to be living during these days of Christ
        • Luke 23:35
          • Here in Luke, Jesus begins His final instruction to His disciples with a question.
            • Luke 9:1-6
            • Did the disciples lack anything?
            • Luke 22:36
  • We need to recognize that we live in an unprecedented time and in an unusual country.
    • What will you do if we are threatened also?
    • We must not be surprised when hostility begins to intensify against Christians.
    • Will we count it an honor to suffer such shameful treatment for the Lord?
    • Will we change our beliefs or shrink in our faith as the pressure mounts against Christians?
    • We must remain firm and endure because:
      • We have a living hope.
      • We have an eternal inheritance.
      • We have a genuine faith that passes the test.
      • We have obtained salvation through suffering.
      • What a privilege to live during these days of Christ.
      • Hallelujah what a Savior – what a hope for hard times!