The Benefits of Giving

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 10, 2019

  • First … how much should we give?
    • Everything! Matthew 22:37
    • … but only part of our giving goes in the place. (Ephesians 4:28; I Timothy 5:8)
    • “I can slack off in other areas as long as I’m a big giver.” NO!
    • “I can slack on in giving as long as I contribute in other areas. I hate to part with my money, but I’ll sign up to teach the kids’ Bible classes all four quarters!” NO!
    • I Corinthians 16:1-2
    • II Corinthians 8:12
  • I honor God with my heart – and He deserves it!
    • Acts 17:24-28
    • II Chronicles 2:5-6; 5:6, 13-14; 6:18; 7:4-5, 10
    • II Corinthians 8:1-12
    • Philippians 4:17-18
  • It helps me develop joy!
    • II Corinthians 9:6-7
    • How would I react if I was in the first century being persecuted for my faith?
    • How do I react when it is time to give?
  • I have fellowship with other Christians!
    • II Corinthians 9:10-15
    • Philippians 4:10, 14-16

Seeking the Heart of God

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By Jason Garcia

Benchley, December 23, 2018

  • I Samuel 13:11-14
  • What does it mean to seek God’s heart? (I Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22)
    • God saw such a determination – a desire in David.
  • God’s heart is His will.
    • Matthew 6:21 – The heart is one’s will and desire.
    • Jeremiah 31:20 – So it is with God when Scripture speaks of His heart.
    • Matthew 23:27 – He desired their faithfulness for their good, not His.
  • A place where sin cannot molest.
    • A blessing found in Christ is the protection against sin and destructive consequences.
    • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Sin beings the penalty of eternal destruction (II Thessalonians 1:9).
    • The temporal effects of sin are devastating (Psalms 32:3-4).
    • Psalms 119:10-11,80,161-165 – Near to the heart of God, we can be free from sin. The way sin molests is through its consequences.
  • A place where all is joy and peace.
    • John 13:17 – There is comfort and peace in the doing of God’s will – doing what is in His heart.
    • The joy and peace of God cannot be had apart from trusting obedience (Romans 15:13; Proverbs 3:5-6).
    • John 15:10-11 – Jesus knew joy, and He also knew that joy could be had by His people.
  • A place where all is joy and peace
    • Faith must precede hope, joy, comfort, and peace.
    • II Peter 1:2
    • Hebrews 6:10
  • A place where we our Savior meet.
    • I John 2:23-24, 28

By Ross Oldenkamp

Benchley, May 27, 2018

  • King Josiah and King Cyrus
    • I Kings 13:2 – prophecy of Josiah
    • Isaiah 44:28 – prophecy of Cyrus
  • Volunteers
    • Isaiah 6:8 – “Here I am. Send me!”
    • Psalms 110:3
    • II Corinthians 8:3
  • Evangelistically minded
    • Isaiah 2:3 – “Many shall come and say, ‘Come and let us go …’”
    • Mark 5:19-20 – This man just went and told what he knew!
    • Zechariah 8:20-23
    • Zechariah 3:10
  • Characterized by joy, gladness, and thanksgiving
    • Isaiah 51:3, 11
    • Isaiah 9:1-4
  • Fully reliant upon God
    • Isaiah 10:20
  • Enjoy peaceful relations
    • With man
      • Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25; 19:23-25
    • And with God
      • Isaiah 54:5-10
      • Micah 7:18-19
  • Isaiah 26:8-9
  • Keeps the truth
    • Isaiah 26:2
    • II Chronicles 13:7-9
    • I Kings 15:3

I John, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 27, 2018

  • I John 1:1-2:6
  • I John 1:4 – John was writing so that they could have fellowship together and with God. That fellowship would bring great joy.
  • I John 1:8-10 – However much we’d like to, we are not able to live without sinning before God. Thus, we need forgiveness.
  • I John 2:1 – The ideal: sin not. The real: When we sin, we have an advocate with God the Father. That advocate is Jesus Christ.
  • I John 2:3 – Obedience is how we know that we know God. We can’t say we have faith if we are not obeying God. See I John 2:6.
  • I John 2:6 – If we say we abide in God, we ought to walk as Jesus walked.

Sorrow

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By Ed Dulak

Benchley, May 9, 2018

  • II Corinthians 7:8-10
  • Psalms 38:1-4
  • Psalms 51 – God desires that we sorrow for sin.
  • Psalms 32:1, 3-5, 10
  • Sorrows of the world
    • Godly sorrow produces repentance. Earthly sorrow produces death.
    • Materialism
      • Luke 18:18-25
      • I Timothy 6:10
    • Bad decisions
      • Mark 6:23-27
    • Drunkenness
    • Sin
      • Psalms 22:8
      • Lamentations 1:18
    • Judas
    • Sorrow can lead to despondency, but God provides forgiveness.
  • Sorrow is necessary. We cannot just eliminate it from our lives.
    • Jeremiah 6:15
    • We should be able to blush because of our sins.
  • Joy is the ultimate result of godly sorrow.
    • II Corinthians 7:11
    • Jeremiah 17:5-8
    • Isaiah 35:1-7, 10
    • Isaiah 61:3, 1
    • Psalms 72:6

The Christian’s Joy

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 23, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Suicide rates in the United States
    • Psalm 51:12 – David’s prayer of repentance
  • God’s word should be received with joy.
    • Matthew 13:20 – Even the “stony ground” received the word with joy.
    • I Thessalonians 1:6
    • Acts 8:39
    • Have I lost the joy of my salvation?
  • Joy is the result of a spiritual mind.
    • Philippians 3:3
    • Romans 14:17
  • We are commanded to rejoice always.
    • Philippians 4:4
    • Romans 12:12
    • I Thessalonians 5:16
    • Psalms 32:11
    • Psalms 149:5
  • Christians are joyful people in all circumstances.
    • I Thessalonians 4:13
    • I John 1:4
    • I Peter 1:8
    • Psalms 35:9
    • III John 1:4
  • Christians rejoice when they see their brethren walking with God.
    • Philippians 4:1-3, 10
    • II Corinthians 8:2
    • Acts 13:50-52
    • Acts 5:41
    • Colossians 1:11
    • I Peter 4:12-13
  • When one rejoices in God’s salvation, he serves Him!

By David Watson

Benchley, April 2, 2017

  • Psalms 122:1
  • Philippians 4:1-4
  • The importance of rejoicing
    • Rejoicing is commanded:
      • Romans 12:15; Philippians 3:1; I Peter 4:13
      • Deuteronomy 28:47
    • Good people did it; bad people didn’t
      • I Thessalonians 3:6-10; Luke 15:2, 6-7, 9-10, 32
    • Gloominess is a terrible advertisement for sin
      • Galatians 5:22
      • Lamentations 2:15
    • Ways to get better at rejoicing
      • Grasp that joy is not the absence of troubles. I Peter 1:3-9
        • Christ is the source of joy.
      • Distinguish between spiritual joy and entertainment joy. I Corinthians 1:17-18
      • Learn to appreciate spiritual things. Matthew 13:44
      • Drop petty annoyances with others. I Thessalonians 5:14-16
      • Develop Unselfishness. Jonah 4; III John 1:1-4
      • Get involved in spiritual work. II Corinthians 7:6-16

Self-esteem

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 18, 2016

  • Self-esteem mandates that a Christian purge his mind so he will be fit for the Master’s use.
    • II Timothy 2:19-21 – Christians are the Lord’s instruments, so they must be pure to be fit for His purpose.
    • Christians must be pure in order to be fit to live with.
    • II Corinthians 10:4-5
    • Proverbs 23:7
    • Thinking on godly things lays the foundation that allows us to have self-esteem.
  • Self-esteem mandates that a Christian purge his emotions so he will be fit for the Master’s service.
    • Hebrews 13:1
    • Proverbs 23:23
    • Ephesians 4:15
    • Psalms 119:104, 128
    • Proverbs 6:19-20
    • James 1:27
    • Philippians 4:4 – Joy is an emotion we should have in the Lord.
      • I Peter 1:8
    • Self-esteem mandates that a Christian purge his speech so that he will be fit for the Master’s use.
      • Ephesians 4:29
      • James 3:8, 26
      • I Thessalonians 1:8
    • Self-esteem mandates that a Christian purge his functions so he will be fit for the Master’s use.
      • Romans 6:12-13, 4
      • I Corinthians 6:19
      • II Corinthians 8:5, 12

Fruitful Families

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, December 18, 2016

  • Love
    • I Corinthians 13:4-7
  • Joy
    • Response to events
      • Luke 15:8-11
      • I Corinthians 13:6
      • James 1:2
    • Motivates to action
      • II Corinthians 8:2
      • III John 1:4 – This should be the greatest joy from our children.
    • Peace
      • Freedom from disturbance, fighting, or war.
      • In spite of circumstances.
      • Takes effort.
      • Hand in hand with unity.
        • Ephesians 2:14-15; 4:3
      • Protects us.
    • Patience
      • Enduring in anticipation of a preferred outcome.
        • Romans 9:22; 2:4
      • Undergirded by faith.
        • Hebrews 6:12
      • Kindness
        • Also, gentleness
        • Allied with grace, compassion, humility, patience, tolerance.
          • Ephesians 2:7; Colossians 3:12; Romans 2:4
        • Contrast to severity
          • Romans 11:22
        • Goodness
          • Doing what is pleasing to the Lord
          • With righteousness and truth.
            • Ephesians 5:7-11
          • Faithfulness
            • Love believes all things
              • I Corinthians 13:7
            • Faith can be seen, works through love.
              • Matthew 9:2; Galatians 5:6
            • Faith toward God, holding to THE faith.
          • Gentleness
            • Meekness, humility, as seen in Jesus
              • Matthew 11:29
            • Not just for wives!
              • I Peter 3:4
            • Contrasted with a rod, boldness
              • I Corinthians 4:21; II Corinthians 10:1-2
            • Restore one caught in trespass with gentleness.
              • Galatians 6:1
            • Self-control
              • In power / strength / might / dominion
                • Luke 1:51; Ephesians 6:10; I Peter 4:11 – ascribed to Jesus
              • Having power over self
              • One who demands every whim be fulfilled is not strong, but lead by desires in weakness.

Christians in Conflict

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 20, 2016

  • Luke 6:40
  • Don’t: Drown in bitterness
    • Acts 5:40-42 – flogged, warned
    • Acts 8:1-4, 40 – ravaged, scattered
    • Acts 11:19-21 – persecuted
    • Acts 13:44-52 – persecuted, kicked out
    • Acts 14:2-7 – mistreated, threatened
    • Acts 14:19-28 – stoned, left for dead
    • Acts 18:2, 26 – discriminated against
    • Acts 21:30-32 – kidnapped, beaten
  • Do: Maintain the join of God’s salvation.
    • Acts 16:22-25; 9:31; 15:3
  • Don’t: Assume, accuse, and fight like the world.
    • Acts 21:27-29
    • Acts 16:27-30
  • Do: Remain honorable in conflict.
    • I Corinthians 6:1-7
  • Don’t: Forget this person has a soul.
    • Acts 26:24-29
    • Acts 7:59-60
    • I Corinthians 8:11
    • I Timothy 2:6
  • Do: Pray and consult the word of God.
    • Acts 15:1-18