By David Watson

Benchley, January 14, 2018

  • Matthew 16:13
  • Introduction
    • We have 5,800 Greek manuscripts supporting the authenticity of the New Testament.
  • Tacity Annals, XV.44 (AD 110-120)
    • Hostile witness
    • Christ existed
    • Followers called Christians
    • Christians persecuted, but they spread anyway
  • Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars (AD 120)
    • Acts 18:1-2 (AD 49)
    • Possibly refers to the events of Acts 18.
  • Pliny the younger, Letter 96 (AD 110)
    • Mentions behavior of Christians at worship each week
  • Lucian of Samosota, The Death of Peregrine (AD 125-180)
    • Mocked Christians who followed a “crucified sage”
  • Mara bar Serapion, Letter (after AD 70)
    • Refers to Christ and His teaching
  • Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews (AD 93-94)
    • Born AD 37
    • Pharisee at 19
    • Later supported by Rome as a historian
    • Refers to condemnation of James, the brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55)
    • Favorable description of Jesus
  • Craig A. Evans
    • Pibicus, Greek Magical Papyrus
    • Silver phylactery from Beirut
    • Magic bowls
    • Latin curse inscription
    • Silver lamella
    • The “Jesus Cup”
      • Possibly the earliest known reference to Christ
    • Magicians at that time were trying to equate their power with Christ or call on Christ for their power. Jesus was already well known for His power.
      • Mark 9:38
      • Acts 19:13-16
  • Was Jesus real?
    • Christian writers
      • Clement of Rome 30-100 AD
      • Polycarp 69-155 AD
      • Ignatius 70-110 AD
      • Justin Martyr 100-165 AD
      • Quadratus 125 AD
      • Irenaeus 130-202 AD
      • Aristides
      • Clement of Alexandria
      • Tertullian
      • Origen

“Peace, Be Still!”

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 10, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Mark 4:35-41
    • Mark 1:25-28, 34 – Jesus had shown His power before.
    • Mark 5:15
    • Mark 1:22; 3:4 – Jesus taught with authority, always bringing peace to the situation.
    • Mark 11:33
    • Mark 12:31-34
  • Jesus can bring peace to my past.
    • Three ways to deal with guilt:
      • Forget your sins.
      • Convince ourselves we are not guilty after all.
      • Obey Jesus and have your sins forgiven.
    • Mark 2:5-12
    • Isaiah 9:6-7
    • Colossians 1:19-20
    • Ephesians 2:13-18
  • Jesus brings peace to my present.
    • Mark 9:33-35
    • Mark 8:2
    • Mark 6:42, 33-34 – Jesus had compassion on the people and gave them what they needed most – His teaching.
    • Mark 4:20
    • Mark 8:36
    • Mark 7:18-23
  • Jesus brings peace to my future.
    • Mark 6:17-20, 27-28 – John lived without fear.
    • Mark 8:34-38
    • We can live in peace knowing that we are safe in Jesus with our sins forgiven.

Good News About Jesus Christ

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 19, 2017

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Using the Old Testament

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 29, 2017

  • Hebrews 10:1-10
  • God’s love through the ages
    • Laws for patriarchs (Genesis 1)
      • Genesis 3:3
      • Genesis 6 – Noah
      • Genesis 12 – Abram
    • Law of Moses for Israel (Old Covenant) (Exodus 20)
      • Deuteronomy 5:1-4
      • Jeremiah 31:31 – The Old Covenant was only for a certain period of time.
      • Matthew 5:17-18 – Jesus fulfilled the Old Law.
      • Galatians 3:16, 19, 24
    • Laws for Gentiles
      • The Bible records many instances of God sending prophets to Gentile nations.
      • Gentiles were under these laws until the Gospel was taught to Gentiles in Acts 10.
    • Law of Christ for all (New Covenant) (Jews: Acts 2; Gentiles: Acts 10)
      • Hebrews 1:1-2
      • Hebrews 8:6-13
      • John 1:17
      • John 12:48
      • Galatians 3:28 – Law of Christ is for all – both Jews and Gentiles.
  • Using the Old Testament
    • Discover the history of the world
    • Examine its information for inspiration
    • Prepare for the love and justice of God
      • I Corinthians 10:11
    • Learn how the Holy Spirit communicates
    • Appreciate the superiority of Jesus
      • Jeremiah 6:13
      • Hebrews 8:6
    • Apply timeless truths
      • II Timothy 3:14-15
      • Isaiah 59:2 – Sin separates us from God.
      • Ezekiel 18 – Sin is not inherited.

By David Watson

Benchley, November 27, 2016

  • Luke 7:36-50
  • “If this man were a prophet …”
    • Do I have false expectations for others?
    • Hebrews 13:17 – What makes a good elder?
    • II Timothy 4:2-4 – What makes a good preacher?
    • Titus 2:4 – What makes a good parent?
  • “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
    • Luke 7:48-50
    • Luke 18:13
    • Do I throw myself at the feet of Jesus?
    • Matthew 5:23-24 – When is the last time you really apologized?
    • When is the last time you confessed sin?
    • I John 1:8
  • “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”
    • Luke 7:49
    • Do I have mountains of love for Jesus?
    • Hebrews 10:29
    • Psalms 103:8-13

By Ara Casada

Benchley, November 13, 2016

  • “I am the Son of God”
    • Matthew 27:41-43
    • Mark 14:60-62
    • Matthew 16:13-17
    • Evidence that Jesus was the Son of God:
      • John 20:30-31
      • John 11:45
      • John 10:31-39
      • Matthew 2:13-15
      • John 10:17-18
      • Romans 1:4
    • Why is it important that Jesus is the Son of God?
      • John 20:30-31
      • John 8:16-18, 23-24
      • Mark 16:16
      • Mark 2:1-12
      • I John 4:7-11
      • John 10:17-18
    • “I am the way, the truth, and the life”
      • John 14:1-6
      • Matthew 7:13-14, 21-27
    • “I am the bread of life”
      • John 6:26-59
      • Jesus is the source of spiritual life.
    • “I am a servant”
      • Luke 22:24-27
      • John 13:5-17 – Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.

Sins that Crucified Christ

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Knowing God and Christ

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2,000 Pigs

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 31, 2016

  • Mark 5
  • The demons
    • Jesus is superior!
    • Mark 3:22-25 – Satan was in control of the demons.
    • Luke 4:33-37, 41 – The demons knew who Jesus was.
    • II Peter 2:4; Jude 6 – It’s not necessarily true that demons are fallen angels. The Bible does not conclusively teach this.
    • John 9:3 – The man was blind so that Jesus could heal him.
    • It’s likely that demon possession only happened for a few years in the first century so that God’s power could be demonstrated.
    • Mark 5:7 – There is no battle here. The demons know Jesus is in charge!
    • James 2:19
  • Jesus
    • Don’t mistake restraint for weakness.
    • John 1:1-3, 10-11 – Jesus is the Creator.
    • Matthew 26:53; 27:39-44
  • The people
    • Don’t be too afraid to make the right choice.
    • Mark 5:14-17
    • Acts 5:10-11 – Here the people fear and esteem the apostles more because of it.
    • How will we handle fear?
  • The man
    • Be eager to talk about Jesus!
    • Mark 5:18-20