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

Luke, Part 26

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 20, 2016

  • Luke 24:7-53
  • Luke 24:6-7 – The Jews counted days from sunset to sunset and counted partial days as full days.
    • Acts 10:3, 9, 23-24 – Notice how days are counted in this account.
    • Matthew 27:63-64 – Seemingly different lengths of time are used interchangeably.
  • Luke 24:13-35 – Jesus appears to the two men on the road to Emmaus.
    • Luke 24:13-16, 31 – See Mark 16:12
    • Luke 24:18 – The events of Jesus’ death were evidently already widely known.
    • Imagine how many people these two men talked to. This shows the great importance of evangelism.
  • Luke 24:36-49 – Jesus appears in the midst of the apostles.
  • Luke 24:1, 13, 21, 46 – Some argue that Jesus arose on Saturday, not on Sunday (Sabbatarians). Luke’s account refutes this view completely.
  • Luke 24:43 – See I John 1:1-3; II Peter 1:16-18.
  • Luke 24:50-53 – This matches up exactly with the beginning of Acts. See Acts 1:1-11.

Luke, Part 25

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 13, 2016

  • Luke 23:35-24:12
  • Luke 23:39-43 – Some argue that this passage about the thief on the cross means that we don’t need to be baptized to be saved. There are two issues with this line of reasoning:
    • No one was being baptized into Christ yet.
    • Even so, Jesus could do what He wanted to. He could have made an exception for the thief just as he forgave sins of others on the spot.
  • Luke 23:44-49 – Miracles accompanied the death of Jesus.
    • The veil of the temple was torn.
      • Hebrews 6:19-20 – Jesus entered the most holy place as a forerunner for us.
      • Hebrews 9:3, 7, 11-14
      • Hebrews 10:19-22
    • Earthquakes
    • Darkness
    • The dead are raised – Matthew 27:52
  • Luke 23:50-56 – Jesus is buried.
    • John 12:42 – Many believed in Jesus, but were too afraid of the Jews to follow Him.
    • Mark 15:43
  • Luke 24:1-12 – The resurrection
    • Luke 18:32-34 – The apostles did not understand the resurrection.
    • Matthew 18:13
    • Swoon theory: Jesus just swooned and did not really die.
      • This theory does not make sense for a number of reasons. Jesus would have at the very least been in critical condition and unable to survive the tomb while He was bleeding out for three days.  It would have taken a miracle to survive this!
    • Importance of the resurrection: Philippians 3:5-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; I Peter 1:3

Luke, Part 24

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 6, 2016

  • Luke 22:61-23:34
  • Luke 22:61-62 – This is a good example of how we should react when we sin.
  • Luke 23:2 – These charges are all false. In their eyes, He was misleading the nation, but He was leading the nation correctly in God’s eyes.  Jesus specifically told people they were to pay taxes (Luke 20:22-25).  Jesus was a spiritual leader, not an earthly king.  He often reminded His disciples of this.
  • Luke 23:22 – Three times Pilate declared Jesus to be innocent.
  • Luke 23:28-31 – Jesus prophecies about the coming destruction of Jerusalem. He is quoting from Hosea 10:8.
  • Luke 23:34 – Jesus shows His great depth of love in asking for forgiveness for those who were crucifying Him. See II Peter 3:9.
  • Luke 23:33 – The Greek was Kranion, Amaramaic: Golgotha, Latin: Calvarius.

Luke, Part 23

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Colossians

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 24, 2016

  • Colossians 1:1-4
  • Chapter 1: Preeminence – Realize that Christ is the center of everything!
    • Colossians 1:13
    • Colossians 1:22
    • Colossians 1:15 – Christ is the firstborn of all creation. See Psalms 89:27.  Jesus has a status above all of creation.  This does not mean that Jesus was created.  See Colossians 1:16-17.
    • Colossians 1:16-20 – We can now be reconciled to God through Christ’s blood.
  • Chapter 2: Problems – Don’t let anything distract or deceive you away from Christ!
    • Colossians 2:2-3
    • Colossians 2:13-14 – Jesus set aside the debt of sin people were under from the old law.
    • Colossians 2:20-23 – There is no holiness to be gained by abstaining from certain foods. We only need to worry about obeying Christ!
  • Chapter 3-4: Practical points – Here’s what it means to live for Christ.
    • We have to get Heaven in our heads!
      • Colossians 3:1-4
    • Stop monkeying around with sin!
      • Colossians 3:5-8
    • Serve Christ daily!
      • Colossians 3:9-17
      • The center of everything we do must be God.

Galatians, Part 5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 13, 2016

  • Galatians 3:15-29
  • Galatians 3:18 – Our inheritance is based on the promise given to Abraham, not on the law. The Galatians were trying to go back to the old law, but Paul is trying to get them to see that it would not get them any closer to salvation.
  • Galatians 3:19 – God provided the law to define what sin was until Jesus came.
  • Galatians 3:20 – There was a mediator for the Old Covenant, but God was the only one involved when He brought His promise to pass in bringing Jesus. Here God is showing the superiority of Christ and the New Covenant over the Old Covenant.
  • Galatians 3:21-22 – The law and the promise were not contradictory. The law prepared the way for the promise to come.

The Other 363 Days

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 20, 2015

  • Luke 9:23
  • Ephesians 5:25-32
  • Ephesians 2:10; 4:1; 5:1-2, 15 – Our relationship to Christ is a walk.
  • Ephesians 6:24
  • Jesus is always there for us.
    • Colossians 1:16-17 – Christ is our creator. His power holds all things together.
    • Philippians 2:5-8
    • Romans 5:6; 6:3-4
    • Hebrews 7:23-25
  • Are we always there for Him?
    • He wants everything (Matthew 5:46-48)
    • He wants priority in our relationships (Matthew 10:34-37)
    • He wants our speech (Matthew 12:33-37)
    • He wants our actions (Matthew 12:46-50)
    • He wants our hearts (Matthew 15:16-20)
    • He wants our very lives (Matthew 16:24-27)
  • What about Christians and Easter?
    • The birth and resurrection of Jesus are absolutely important!
      • Genesis 12:3; Luke 1:30-33, 54-55; 2:11; Galatians 3:16
      • I Corinthians 15:12-19; 6:14; 11:24-26; Acts 20:7
    • I’m trying to get us all to remember Jesus for the other 363 days of the year!
      • Matthew 15:3
      • Luke 9:23

Luke, Part 11

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 29, 2015

  • Luke 1:11-11:4
  • Luke 10:11-18 – Jesus expected those people who had heard the preaching and seen the miracles to believe and repent!
    • Luke 10:15 – See Luke 4:31-41. Jesus worked many miracles in Capernaum.
    • Luke 10:16 – These disciples were authoritative in their preaching because Jesus sent them.
  • Luke 10:17-20 – The disciples were to rejoice that their names were written in heaven.
    • Luke 10:18 – See Isaiah 14:12. In Isaiah, it is referring to the king of Babylon.  “Falling from heaven” is a metaphor for falling from a place of power.  The verse in Luke is not parallel to this verse.  We do not have enough information to prove that Satan somehow fell from heaven.  It could just be saying that when the disciples were casting out demons, Jesus could see that happening as though Satan was falling like lightning.
  • Luke 10:21-24 – Obeying God requires diligent work to seek out truth and obey it. God’s wisdom is often hidden from those of great intelligence.
  • Luke 10:25-37 – The parable of the good Samaritan. The lawyer tries to justify himself by asking who his neighbor is, but Jesus turns it around on him by telling him to be the neighbor to other people.
  • Luke 10:38-42 – Serving God must come first, even if other good works get pushed aside.
  • Luke 11:1-4 – The disciples saw Jesus praying and asked Him how they should pray. Jesus gives them an example of a good short prayer.
    • Luke 11:1 – See I Peter 2:12. We are to be examples of good behavior to others.