Serving Others Better

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 3, 2016

  • Mark 10:43-45
  • Stop thinking you can love God without serving others.
    • Matthew 22:35-40
    • Romans 13:8
    • James 1:27
    • I John 2:9-11 – “hate” here means to love less
      • Luke 14:26 – Similar usage here.
    • I John 3:10-11, 23; 4:7-8, 12, 20-5:2
  • Humble yourself as a slave
    • I Corinthians 9:19-22
    • John 13:5, 12-17 – Jesus left us an example in how He washed the disciples’ feet.
    • Luke 17:7-10
  • Be unselfish by caring for others more and yourself less.
    • Philippians 2:19
    • Romans 9:3
    • Romans 15:1-3
  • Personal challenges: can you do these within 2 weeks?
    • Read I John 3-4 and reflect on it. Let it convince you: “I need to be loving and serving others.”
    • Get your hands dirty, or get on your knees, or render some menial service to another to remind yourself that you are a slave.
    • Choose one less thing to do for yourself (5-30 minutes), and use that time to serve someone else.

Matthew, a Great Example

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 21, 2016

  • Matthew 9:9-10 – Jesus calls Matthew.
  • Matthew was a better man than his surroundings would indicate.
  • Matthew was a busy man.
  • Matthew was willing to pay the price. Luke 9:23
  • Matthew was a modest man.
  • Matthew was interested in the souls of others.
  • This man Matthew sets before us five noble traits. In this, he is an example for us.

Luke, Part 18

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 24, 2016

  • Luke 18:1-43
  • Luke 18:1-8 – At all times we should pray and not lose heart.
    • Luke 18:7 – The elect are those who choose to follow God.
    • Luke 18:8 – It is not clear if this is part of the same conversation as Luke 17. It is hard to know if Jesus is referring to the destruction of Jerusalem or the end of the world.  Either way, the point is that God will answer the prayers of those who are faithful if people will be faithful!
  • Luke 18:9-14 – We must be humble and exalt ourselves. With his comments here, Jesus is also cutting through bias and prejudice.  The Pharisees carried an air of superiority.
  • Luke 18:15-17 – We must receive the kingdom of God like a child. He is primarily talking about their innocence, but this also shows that Jesus did not consider children to be guilty of inherited sin as some claim.
  • Luke 18:18-27 – The parable of the rich young ruler
    • Luke 18:22 – We are not instructed anywhere to give up all our wealth, so this was apparently a command specifically for this man.
    • Luke 18:25 – It is difficult to be wealthy and obey God. But nearly everyone in the United States is wealthy, relatively speaking!  There are many examples in the Bible of wealthy people who obeyed God:  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Daniel, and others.  It is possible!
  • Luke 18:28-30 – God will take care of those who follow Him. This may not necessarily involve earthly wealth, but God will take care of His own.
  • Luke 18:31-34 – The disciples again misunderstand a very straightforward statement from Jesus because of their ignorance. It is easy for us to do the same thing.
  • Luke 18:35-43 – Jesus heals a blind man. The man addressed Jesus with respect and persistence.  See Mark 10:46-52.

Luke, Part 8

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 1, 2015

  • Luke 7:18
  • Luke 7:18-23 – John had already declared Jesus to be the one who was coming after him. It is possible John sent these disciples to ask this question for their benefit.
  • Luke 7:24-35 – Roles in service to God do not necessarily come with earthly glory.
  • Luke 7:36-50 – A woman anoints Jesus and washes His feet with her hair. Jesus teaches a parable showing that those who have been forgiven the most love the most.
  • Luke 8:1-3 – Compare Luke 9:58. Jesus did not have a lavish lifestyle.
  • Luke 8:4-15 – Parable of the sower (or the soils). Notice that no one understood the parable right away.  Those who wanted to understand came and asked and learned the full meaning.  It is important for us to work to be good soil.  It is not enough for us to academically know God’s Word – we have to apply it and bear fruit.

Criticism

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By Daniel Beamon

Benchley, September 27, 2015

  • Criticism is uncomfortable
    • If you enjoy giving criticism, you are probably not giving it in the right way.
    • II Timothy 3:16-17
    • Proverbs 13:18
    • Galatians 6:1 – Criticism is necessary.
    • Titus 1:3 – Criticism is necessary to make us sound in faith.
  • Giving criticism
    • Philippians 2:1-4
    • Colossians 3:12-17 – If we do not have love, we will give criticism with the wrong heart.
    • II Timothy 2:22-26 – Teaching is an important aspect of criticism.
    • II Timothy 4:2 – We must have patience when criticizing others.
    • I Peter 5:5 – Be humble!
    • Be care to not have an “I gotcha!” attitude in criticizing others.
  • Receiving criticism
    • Philippians 2:1-4 – We must receive criticism in a spirit of love.
    • Proverbs 9:7-9 – Receive criticism with wisdom. Use it to improve.
    • Do not receive criticism with pride or anger. It doesn’t help anyone.
  • Peter and Paul
    • Galatians 1:18-2:14 – When Peter was in error, Paul withstood him to his face.
    • II Peter 3:13-18 – Peter still counted Paul as a beloved brother.

Make Me a Servant

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By Jacob Hudgins

Benchley, April 29, 2015

  • Matthew 20:20-28 – James and John seek preferred positions in God’s kingdom.
  • Who is in need?
    • Philippians 2:3-7 – Jesus emptied Himself and took on the form of a servant.
    • I Corinthians 9:19-23 – Paul made himself a servant to all people.
  • What can I do?
    • Romans 12:4-8
    • I Peter 4:9-11 – Serve without complaining. Use your gifts to serve one another.
    • Matthew 10:40-42
  • Who renews me?
    • Matthew 14:13, 22-23 – Jesus got away and prayed. He found strength through prayer.
    • I Thessalonians 3:6-10

By David Watson

Benchley, April 22, 2015

  • Receiving the Law and Wilderness Wandering (Exodus 16 – Deuteronomy)
    • Summary:
      • Second half of Exodus – The Israelites travel through the wilderness. God reveals His law for the Israelites.  The tabernacle is constructed.
      • Leviticus – Continues the recording of the law.
      • Numbers – Census of the people. 12 spies spy out the land of Canaan.  Israelites punished for unbelief with wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.
      • Deuteronomy – Moses speaks to the people and repeats God’s commands to them.
    • Moses as a leader (Deuteronomy 34:10-12)
      • God spoke to Moses directly. Deuteronomy 34:10-12
      • He was a strong and humble leader at the same time.
        • Numbers 12:3, and yet …
        • Exodus 5:1
        • Exodus 32:19-20
        • Numbers 16:3
      • He was self-sacrificing
        • Exodus 32:31-32
      • God
        • Strict
          • The detailed nature of His laws.
          • The severity of His punishments when His laws were broken.
            • Leviticus 10:1-3
            • Numbers 20:8-12
          • Loving
            • Delivered from Egypt
            • Sustaining 1 million people
            • Longsuffering
            • Special written set of laws – Deuteronomy 6:24
            • Fix for the sin problem
          • Numbers 14:18-23
          • Romans 11:22

Jesus Healing the Blind Man

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 22, 2015

  • John 9:1-41
  • Admit that you might be wrong!
    • John 9:16-17, 24-34
    • How did they know Jesus was a sinner? (John 9:24)
    • We should not try to align ourselves for or against any particular party. We should be aligned only with God and His Word.
    • Acts 18:24-28 – Apollos was wise enough and humble enough to be taught.
  • Get involved!
    • John 9:18-23
    • John 12:42
    • If more people had stood up for their belief in Jesus, the Pharisees would have seemed more like a minority.
    • Luke 19:47-48
    • Deuteronomy 20:8
    • Hebrews 10:24-25
    • Proverbs 26:17
    • Is there something you can do or say this week that will humbly show you are on God’s side?
  • Accept God’s gifts!
    • John 9:6-7
    • Are we using the blessings God has offered us?

The Right Use of Troubles

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 16, 2014

  • Recognize the source
    • Sometimes self
    • Sometimes rebellious against God
    • Sometimes wicked men
    • The source that causes all of the above is satan.
    • God is never the source.
  • How shall we react to troubles?
    • Negatively:
      • We cannot afford to give up.
      • We cannot afford to become hard and cynical.
    • Positively:
      • Meet trouble head on with God’s Word and we will come out stronger. II Corinthians 12:7
    • Good can come from troubles
      • Learn self-discipline: bow to God
      • Can keep us humble
      • Can draw us closer to God

King Saul’s Disobedience

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 1, 2014

 

  • I Samuel 15
  • Be honest enough to admit your sin.
    • I Samuel 15:8-24
    • I Samuel 15:22-23 – It’s much better to obey than try to make up for it later!
    • I John 1:8-10 – By denying our sin, we are just delaying forgiveness.
    • Proverbs 28:13
  • Guard against pride, even if you’re humble now.
    • I Samuel 15:12
    • Romans 12:19
    • Galatians 6:1
    • I Samuel 9:21; 10:22; 15:17-19 – Saul started out with humility!
    • Romans 12:3,16 – Do not be wise in your own estimation.
  • God will forgive any sin, but there still may be earthly consequences.
    • I Samuel 15:23-31 – This was the beginning of the end of Saul’s reign.
    • Genesis 42:21-22 – Sometimes guilt over sin plagues us for years!
    • Ephesians 4:18-19 – The only thing worse than a guilty conscience is a ruined conscience.
    • Hebrews 10:25 – Some were developing a habit of not assembling to worship.