I Peter, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 11, 2018

  • I Peter 2:1-14
  • I Peter 2:1 – “Therefore” – since they had purified their souls and been born again, Peter exhorts them to put aside malice, deceit, hypocrisy, etc. and desire the word of God.
  • I Peter 2:2 – No matter how long we have been serving God, we still need the milk of God’s word.
  • I Peter 2:3 – The word “if” here is used in the sense of “since.” Do these things in verse 2 since you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
  • I Peter 2:9 – Christians are a chosen race in the sense that they are the people who decided to obey God. It’s not a particular physical race that are now God’s chosen race.
    • See also Colossians 1:13. We have been called out of darkness.
  • I Peter 2:10 – The quotes here are from Hosea 1:10.
  • I Peter 2:11 – We can win this war because God has promised not to tempt us beyond what we are able to bear. (I Corinthians 10:13)
  • I Peter 2:12 – We should live so as to influence others for good. Even if they have heard the word and rejected it, seeing us living well may cause them to seek God.
    • “day of visitation”:
      • Psalms 8:4
      • Psalms 106:4
      • Luke 1:68, 78
      • Luke 7:16
      • Luke 9:44
    • I Peter 2:13-14 – Compare Romans 13:4.

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.

The Day of the Lord

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 29, 2017

  • I Thessalonians 5:1-11
  • It will come just like a thief in the night.
    • Reminder: The phrase “the day of the Lord” doesn’t always refer to the end of the world. The context must determine the meaning.
    • I Thessalonians 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18
    • The day of the Lord is a certainty! II Peter 3:10
    • The timing is unpredictable.
  • Let us be alert and sober.
    • I Thessalonians 5:6-8 – Jesus is making the jump from physical sleep to metaphorical sleep. We must be alert and awake spiritually. I Peter 5:8
    • Remember that the devil is prowling around. We must be alert!
    • Romans 13:11-14
    • I Thessalonians 1:2-3, 7-8; 4:1, 10 – These were good people, but they needed the warning, too!
    • II Thessalonians 3:11 – We can all fall away. Some of the Thessalonians had!
  • Encourage one another.
    • I Thessalonians 5:9
    • I Thessalonians 1:9; II Peter 3:9
    • II Thessalonians 2:13-17
    • I Thessalonians 5:10

1 Corinthians, Part 32

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 25, 2017

  • I Corinthians 15:44-58
  • I Corinthians 15:51-52 – At the end of the world, the dead will be raised. See I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
  • I Corinthians 15:56 – See Romans 4:15.
  • I Corinthians 15:57 – This victory is resurrection to eternal life with God.
  • I Corinthians 15:58 – There will be a resurrection and we will go to either Heaven or Hell. Thus, we must be steadfast.  See John 5:28-29.

The Resurrection

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, October 30, 2016

  • What is the theme of Acts?
    • Acts 1:21-22; 2:22-24; 3:15; 4:1-2; 10:40; 13:29-33; 17:2-3, 18; 23:6; 24:14-15; 26:22-23
  • What changed Peter?
    • The resurrection of Jesus
  • What changed Paul?
    • I Corinthians 13:5-8 – The resurrection of Jesus.
    • I Corinthians 15:12-15, 17-19
  • What will the resurrection be like?
    • I Thessalonians 4:13-18
    • I Corinthians 15:50-58
  • Judgment
    • Matthew 25:24-30 – God expects us to do what we can with what we have.
    • I Corinthians 12:14-26 – We do not all have the same roles. God honors those who do what they can, whether small or great.
    • Luke 21:1-4
    • Mark 14:3-9
    • Matthew 25:34-36 – God wants us to do what we can for others.
  • Acts 17:24-28

Luke, Part 16

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 10, 2016

  • Luke 16:1-31
  • Luke 16:1-13 – The parable of the unrighteous steward. God expects us to use our earthly goods wisely in serving Him.  The steward was being fired but was still well spoken of by his master because of his shrewdness.
  • Luke 16:14-15 – The Pharisees scoffed because they loved money too much and Jesus rebuked them for it.
  • Luke 16:16-17 – See Hebrews 1:1-2; 2:1-4. Some claim that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are part of the Old Covenant, but that is not true.  Jesus is clearly stating that the gospel of the kingdom of God has now been preached.
  • Luke 16:18 – See Romans 7:1-4.
  • Luke 16:19-31 – The parable of the rich man and Lazarus.
    • There is a conscious existence beyond the grave (Luke 16:23-25).
    • You can’t change your eternal fate after death (Luke 16:25-26).
    • The Scripture is as capable of causing one to repent as one rising from the dead and delivering a message (Luke 16:31).
    • People know their fates as soon as they did, before Judgment Day (Luke 16:22-23).

Our Earthly Tent

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 9, 2015

  • Philippians 1:21-24
  • Paul compared our earthly body to a tent – a temporary structure
    • II Corinthians 5:1
    • I Peter 2:11
    • John 1:14
  • A tent speaks of a pilgrim’s journey
    • Acts 7:2-5
    • Hebrews 11:8-10, 13-16
  • A tent speaks of brevity
    • James 4:14
    • I Peter 1:24
    • Job 14:1-2
    • Psalms 90:3, 10, 12
  • Brevity necessitates urgency
    • Matthew 6:32
    • Ephesians 6:4
    • I Timothy 5:14
    • Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13
    • I Corinthians 15:58
    • I Peter 5:4
    • Hebrews 13:17
    • II Corinthians 6:2
    • Ezekiel 3:17
    • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Ephesians 5:15-16
    • Luke 9:62
    • Hebrews 12:1-2
  • Each day we live moves us one day closer to the time when we must “break tent” – lay aside this earthly tent to never pitch it again and one day closer to our house which is eternal in the heavens if we are faithful. But each day moves us one day closer to eternal destruction if we do not use this earthly tent in the service of the Lord.

The Supreme Court

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 5, 2015

  • II Corinthians 5:10
  • I Peter 1:16 – You shall be holy, for I am holy.
    • I Peter 4:2-5
  • I Corinthians 6:9-10 – Homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    • Homosexuality has been shown to not be genetic by several studies.
  • Romans 2:21 – You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?
    • Romans 2:17-22
  • Romans 13:1 – Be in subjection to the governing authorities.
    • Romans 13:1-7
    • I Peter 2:13-14, 17
    • Romans 1:7 – This book was written during a time of corrupt governments that crucified Jesus!
    • Acts 2:23; 18:1-2
  • Acts 5:29 – We must obey God rather than men.
    • Acts 4:18-20
    • Acts 5:27-29
  • II Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation.
    • II Peter 2:2-10
  • I Thessalonians 5:2 – The day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
    • I Thessalonians 5:1-2
    • II Thessalonians 2:1-2, 15
  • I Peter 5:12 – This is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!
    • I Peter 2:11; 3:9-11; 4:2-3; 5:12
  • Read your Bible!

Six Seconds

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 14, 2015

  • A second covenant
    • Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:9-13 – God has given us a new covenant established on better promises.
      • Galatians 3:17, 29
    • A second birth – John 3:3,5
      • Matthew 7:21 – Calling on the name of the Lord requires obedience. It is not just saying God’s name.
    • A second law of pardon – I John 1:8-10; Acts 8:22
      • When a child of God sins, he can repent and pray to God for forgiveness.
    • A second coming of Christ – Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:27-28; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 1:8-10
    • A second death – Revelation 20:12-14
      • The second death is eternal condemnation and separation from God.
    • A second home – Matthew 25:46
      • Matthew 7:14
    • Two pseudo seconds:
      • A second chance for one who died in sin if a priest is paid to appeal to God for pardon of a dead loved one.
      • A second change for one who died in sin if one is baptized for a dead loved one.
    • Seriously contemplate two things:
      • What sorrow it will be to hear Jesus say, “Depart into the lake of fire and brimstone.”
      • What joy it will be to hear Jesus say, “Come ye blessed of the Father, enter the joy of heaven.”

Three Tough Truths

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By George Slover

Benchley, October 15, 2014

  • II Timothy 4:9-16
  • The devil never gives up on Christians
    • Luke 4:8,12-13 – The devil left Jesus “until an opportune time.”
    • Galatians 5:16-17
    • Ephesians 6:10-13
  • Not all Christians will go to heaven
    • Hebrews 2:1; 3:12
    • II Peter 2:20-22 – The terrible state of the apostate.
  • Friends and family can’t save you
    • Philippians 3:12-14; 4:13 – All of Paul’s righteousness and zeal could not save Demas.
    • Colossians 4:14; Philemon 1:23-24 – Neither could Demas’ other friends!
    • Ezekiel 18:20-32 – Every one of us will be judged individually!
  • Six important facts about the judgment! II Corinthians 5:10
    • Judgment is universal
    • Our lives will be revealed
    • Christ is the judge
    • Each individual will be judged
    • Each judged according to their deeds
    • God’s word will be the standard