By Ed Whitt

Benchley, September 6, 2017

  • Last lesson
    • What changed going into the 1st century
    • How that contrasted with Jesus’ ministry
  • Question from last week
    • First century treatment of women
      • Sounds like what Muslims teach today
      • Where did they get those teachings?
    • Mohammed grew up in the trade caravans
      • Encountered many Jews and Christians
      • Islam is a hodgepodge of adaptations from both
      • Borrowed from Hellenism on treatment of women
        • Mistook Jewish tradition with scriptural mandate
        • Saw conflicts as indication that scripture was corrupt
  • This lesson
    • Women in Jesus’ ministry
    • Social strata of Jerusalem and Judea
    • Intro into the Diaspora
  • More about women
    • Luke 7:36-50
    • Luke 10:38-42 – This directly contradicts teaching from rabbis that said women should not be taught.
      • Mary had the ability to make the choice to be a disciple and she made the right choice.
      • Acts 22:3
    • Luke 8:1-3
    • Luke 8:40-56
  • What’s the point?
    • Status and dignity of women eroded
      • By culture
      • By religious tradition
    • Jesus did not regard either
      • John’s message was of a return to God’s Word
      • Jesus adds to that road-paving message
      • The choice is ours, but the Truth is unchanging
      • Matthew 11:28-30
  • What was the first century social scene?
    • Farmers, farmers, farmers, and fishermen
      • Farmers included shepherds, and lots of them
        • Sheep were a staple, used for both food and clothing
      • All had long days, hard work
      • Most formed the base of the social strata

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

By Charles Gant

Benchley, August 14, 2011

 

  • Islam is the fastest growing religion in America today. The followers of this religion have a world vision that sees their faith dominating the civilized world in the not-too-distant future. Is it compatible with the religion of Jesus Christ? Can Christians and Muslims live together in peace and serve God/Allah according to their own beliefs?
  • Islam is a religion based on the Koran, traditions of Muhammad, and Shariah law.
    • Muhammad lived in a time of corruption in the Arab culture (570-632 AD).
    • He wanted to restore Arabic worship of the One, True God – thus ending idolatry.
    • At the age of 40 (610 AD), he received a visit from the angel Gabriel and began his work.
    • His followers wrote his sayings down in the Koran shortly after his death.
    • The oral traditions about his life (the Hadith collections) are used to explain the Koran.
    • Shariah Law is the legal system that stems from the Koran and Hadith.
  • The Koran is a complex book that teaches many different things:
    • That Christians and Jews are “people of the Book” – Surah 3:64-71 (the Book = Bible)
    • “Historical accounts” differ slightly from the Bible – Abraham, Noah, Moses, etc.
    • Later revelations “abrogate” earlier revelations – Surah 2:106
    • The Koran is difficult to study because it is not recorded in chronological order. The longer books are written first and the shorter ones follow in descending order of length (more or less – CG).
  • The Koran and the New Testament are mutually exclusive.
    • Jesus claims that God’s way is through Him – John 14:6; 12:47-48.
    • The New Testament writers affirmed Jesus’ teachings – Acts 4:10-22; II John 9; et. al.
    • Muslims are peaceful – at first (109:6; 2:256); then consolatory (3:28 and the Hadith teachings); and finally violent to infidels/apostates (9:29, 73, 123; 47:34-35; 96:15-18).
  • Conclusion: There is one mediator between men and God, “the man Jesus Christ” (I Timothy 2:5). He gave His life for “the world” (John 3:6, 36) and He is the Savior of those who believe and obey His word (Mark 16:16; Ephesians 5:25). Is your name written in His “Book of Life” (Revelation 20:15)?