James, Part 7

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 21, 2018

  • James 5:10-20
  • James 5:11 – Job is used as an example of God’s compassion and mercy. Compare James 1:2-3. When we suffer trials, we should have confidence that if we overcome, God will show us mercy and compassion.
  • James 5:13-14 – Some take the position that this is talking about physical illness and the anointing with oil was medicinal. However, this could be referring to spiritual illness. The Greek words used imply that this could be a spiritual condition, which also seems to fit with the context.
    • James 5:13 – Afflicted – κακοπαθέω (kakopatheō) – means suffer hardships (see II Timothy 4:5)
    • James 5:14 – Sick – ἀσθενέω (astheneō) – means weak (see Romans 4:9)
    • James 5:15 – Sick – κάμνω (kamnō) – means to be weary (see Hebrews 12:3)
    • James 5:16 – Healed – ἰάομαι (iaomai) – means made whole (see I Peter 2:24)
    • Possible interpretation: If any is weak, let him call for the elders. The prayer of faith will save the weary. If he has committed sin, he shall be forgiven.

James, Part 6

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 14, 2018

  • James 4:11-5:10
  • James 4:11 – See John 7:27. This is not a blanket prohibition on judging others. It is a prohibition on evil judgment (judging not by God’s standards). If we could not judge at all, we could not preach repentance to anyone because we could not judge any of their actions to be sinful.
  • James 4:13-16 – Leaving the Lord our of our plans and out of our life is arrogance and sin. We must instead humble ourselves.
  • James 4:17 – When you understand what God requires of you, but do not do it, it is sin.
  • James 5:1-8 – Compare I Timothy 6:10. The love of money is the beginning of many types of evil. Being wealth is not in itself sinful. The warnings here are against those who have misused their wealth and mistreated others.
  • James 5:7-8 – The “coming of the Lord” here could be referring to God coming in judgment against the rich men in James 5:1-6 – not about the Second Coming of the Lord. The first few verses of this chapter also seem to confirm this by indicating that punishment for these wicked wealthy men was already starting.
  • James 5:10 – See Hebrews 11:32-38.

James, Part 5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 7, 2018

  • James 3:7-4:11
  • James 3:17 – See Galatians 5:22-26.
  • James 4:5 – Compare Romans 6:16-18. The ESV and NASB make this verse clearer. God yearns for the spirit that He put within us. See also Exodus 20:25.

James, Part 4

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James, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • James 1:26-2:26
  • James 1:27 – This verse does not limit the local church from caring for orphans, but it does not authorize it either. What it does is authorize individuals to care for orphans and widows.
  • James 2:1 – You cannot hold faith in God in one hand and partiality in the other hand.
  • James 2:8 – If you really love your neighbor as yourself, you will not show partiality to people.
  • James 2:13 – This implies that judgment will be with mercy to one who has shown mercy.

James, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 17, 2017

  • James 1:12-27
  • James 1:12 – The context shows that the trials being referenced here are not those that come from outside, but from within. It is the conflict between the carnal man and the spiritual man.
  • James 1:14 – Compare Romans 7:14-25.
  • James 1:15 – Sin occurs when lust has conceived, and a person has decided to sin. Whether or not the sinful act is carried out, the person has already committed sin in his heart.
  • James 1:19 – See Ephesians 4:26.
  • James 1:25 – This verse by itself refutes the doctrine of salvation by faith only. We have to hear and then do God’s will to be acceptable to Him.

James, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 10, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Some contend that Romans and James cannot be reconciled with each other. Martin Luther had this view and declared James to be “spurious.” These two books can be reconciled: Romans talks about who provides salvation and James talks about practical matters of faith.
    • It is not completely clear exactly who the intended audience is. It could possibly be directed to Jewish Christians living abroad (James 1:1). The book applies to all Christians, though. Romans 2:28-29
    • The book was written somewhere between 45 and 62 A.D.
  • James 1:5-8 – It does no good to pray if you don’t believe God can and will answer that prayer. That is a hypocritical prayer.
  • James 1:9-11 – All men are the same before God, regardless of their wealth.

Luke, Part 10

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 22, 2015

  • Luke 9:28-10:16
  • Luke 9:28-36 – Jesus is transfigured. This must have greatly increased the faith of Peter, John, and James.  See II Peter 1:16-18.
  • Luke 9:37-42 – Jesus casts out a demon that the disciples could not. See Matthew 17:20.  The disciples did not have enough faith.
  • Luke 9:43-45 – The disciples again fail to understand what was going to happen to Jesus.
  • Luke 9:46-56 – The disciples argue about who is the greatest.
    • Luke 9:50 – See also Mark 9:38-40.
  • Luke 9:57-62 – Jesus could read hearts and did not accept excuses. What excuses could we possibly hope to use on the day of judgment?!
  • Luke 10:1-16 – Jesus sends out the 70 in pairs to teach.
    • Luke 10:1 – Some old manuscripts read 72 here. We cannot tell which one is correct, but either way it makes no doctrinal difference.

Luke, Part 5

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 27, 2015

  • Luke 4:22-5:16
  • Luke 4:22 – This is the last mention of Joseph in the New Testament.
  • Luke 4:25-31 – Both of the examples Jesus used showed how God blessed Gentiles who trusted in God. This enraged the Jews.
  • Luke 4:38-44 – Jesus heals many.
    • Luke 4:38-39 – See Matthew 5:10-11; 6:12-16. When Jesus called Peter to be an apostle, Peter had plenty of evidence that Jesus was the Christ.
  • Luke 5:1-11 – Simon, James, and John see Jesus’ power and leave everything to follow Him.
  • Luke 5:12-16 – Jesus heals the leper.
    • Luke 5:16 – Notice that Jesus would take time to pray, even with so many people longing for His teaching. This gives us some indication of how important prayer is.

James Quintuplet

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 2, 2015

  • James 1:27 – The definition of true religion.
    • James 1:21-22 – Be doers of the Word.
    • James 1:26 – Religion is not something you can just tack onto your life. You must change your life and remove evil habits.
    • James 3:10
    • James 2:15
    • James 5:4
    • James 4:4 – You cannot be a friend of God and the world.
  • James 2:12 – We must speak and act according to God’s law.
    • James 2:9-13 – Partiality and prejudice is sin!
    • We have to obey all of God’s commands!
    • The “law of liberty” frees us from sin – not from being judged for sin! We can’t just do whatever we want.
    • “Small” sins are still sins!
  • James 3:13 – The proper way to show wisdom is through good conduct.
    • James 3:14-18 – We receive secular wisdom from all sides, but we must be careful to listen to the wisdom from God.
    • Ecclesiastes 12:12-14
  • James 4:17 – Serve God right now!
    • James 4:13-17 – In the context, the right thing to do is to serve God.
    • Luke 12:20