Christians at Work

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 23, 2017

  • Daniel 6:4 – Daniel’s detractors could find no accusation against him.
  • Character
    • Colossians 3:8-9
    • Luke 3:12-13 – Jesus’ commands to tax collectors.
    • Luke 19:8-10 – Zaccheus promises to work honestly.
    • II Thessalonians 3:6-13
  • Attitude
    • Colossians 3:22-25 – If God expected this from slaves, surely he expects this or more from employees who are in a more privileged position.
    • Ephesians 6:5-8 – When we work for our boss, we are working for God.
    • I Peter 2:18-20 – Your boss might be unreasonable, but we must still obey God and patiently endure.
  • Leadership
    • Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1 – Masters must answer to God!
    • James 5:1-6 – God is not pleased when masters mistreat their workers.
    • Leviticus 19:13 – God cares about the worker!
  • Spirituality
    • Titus 2:9-10
    • I Timothy 6:1-2 – Work well so that God’s name will not be spoken against.

Exodus, Part 12

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 18, 2017

  • Exodus 32
  • Exodus 32:1-8 – The people and instant gratification
    • Moses was on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18).
    • Exodus 32:6 – The word “play” may have a sexual connotation.
    • I Thessalonians 5:1-11; II Peter 3:10-11 – We aren’t told when Jesus is coming, but what is our job until that time?
  • Moses and strong, loving leadership
    • Great leadership in God’s eyes is taking a strong stand against sin.
    • Moses was willing to take the punishment for the people’s sin. Exodus 32:31-35
  • Aaron and weak leadership
    • Exodus 32:4 – Does “they” include Aaron?
    • Exodus 32:21-25 – Aaron just makes things worse with lies and excuses.
  • God’s compassion (Exodus 32:9-14)
    • The people took the blessings of God and used them wickedly. Isn’t that always what sin is?
    • Despite this great sin, God chose not to destroy them.
    • Nehemiah 9:17-21
    • I John 1:9
    • Romans 2:4

Moses

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 19, 2017

  • What if a man wrote a letter to the church wanting to fill a job as a preacher and listed these weaknesses?
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • God chose such a man – Moses
    • He did not consider himself a leader. Exodus 3:11; 4:1
    • He was not an eloquent speaker. Exodus 4:10
    • He did not have all the answers. Numbers 15:32-36
    • He sometimes lost his temper. Exodus 3:22
    • He sometimes got so provoked with the people that he disobeyed God. Numbers 21; Psalm 106
  • Moses, an example of a great leader
    • He was so great that God told him. Deuteronomy 18:18
      • Acts 3:22-23
      • Luke 16:29
      • John 6:26-40
      • Acts 15:21
    • His faith (Hebrews 11:24-26)
    • He knew where to get the answers (Numbers 15:35)
    • His love for his brethren (Exodus 32:30-32)
    • His tireless work (Exodus 18:13-18)
    • His humility (Exodus 32:9-13)
    • His faithfulness in proclaiming God’s Word to them (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28-29)
    • His patience (Exodus 6:9; 16:2; 17:2)
    • His faithful submission (Deuteronomy 32:48-52)
  • Conclusion

Godly Families, Part 24

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 12, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training child to respect and obey authority (continued)
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Submit (in non-sinful matters) Romans 13:1-2; Ephesians 5:21-22, 25, 33 Show humility and good attitude toward authorities; enforce authority over kids. East to let things slide because they don’t bother me – but kids need the lesson. Disrespect, disobedience, bad attitudes (backtalk, eye rolling, etc.)
Lead well Deuteronomy 17:18-20; Matthew 20:25-28 Teach leadership by example, serving those led; giving small opportunities to lead. Use authority for selfishness; good, exemplary leaders hard to find. Exploiting opportunities for self.
Respect and obey God Isaiah 66:1-2; Acts 26:19 Fear God instead of just “going to church”; make a habit:  read Bible –> improve life Easy to just follow religious peers / traditions instead of God Himself. Rationalizing bad behaviors.
  • Train children to develop moral excellence
    • II Peter 1:5-11
      • Is it the job of public schools to teach these virtues?
      • How do we know when we have enough of these qualities?
      • Qualities:
        • Faith
        • Moral excellence (virtue)
        • Knowledge
        • Self-control (temperance) – Marshmallow Test
        • Perseverance (patience, steadfastness) – patience with our circumstances
        • Godliness
        • Brotherly kindness
        • Love – agape; affectionate goodwill
    • Teaching morals is unique
      • Teaching morals begins with the Word of God. II Timothy 3:16

 

At the Bottom of Mt. Sinai

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 9, 2016

  • Exodus 19
  • People of Israel
    • Exodus 32:1-8
    • The people demanded instant gratification.
    • II Timothy 3:1
  • Moses and Aaron
    • Exodus 32:19-20, 26-29
      • Part of being a leader involves taking a strong stand against sin.
    • Exodus 32:31-35
      • Moses shows himself to also be a selfless and sacrificial leader.
    • Hebrews 12:6-8 – Is your leadership style more like Moses or Aaron?
    • Hebrews 13:17
    • Love God and love others like Moses did.
  • God
    • Exodus 32:9-14
    • Nehemiah 9:17-21
    • God showed great compassing and great love.

Godly Families, Part 9

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Godly Families, Part 8

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 11, 2016

  • Women: love your husbands, love your children (continued)
    • Discontentment with God’s arrangements is an affront to God Himself.
      • The rebellion of Korah – Numbers 16:3; Exodus 4:14-16; Numbers 16:28
      • The rebellion of Miriam and Aaron – Numbers 12
      • I Samuel 8:7
      • Romans 13:2
    • How should a wife submit?
      • In all things that harmonize with God’s Word
        • Ephesians 5:22-24; Colossians 3:18; Ephesians 6:1
        • I Peter 3:1-2 – Wives are obligated to submit even if their husband is not a Christian.
      • With sincere respect as a service to the Lord
        • Ephesians 5:22 – See Ephesians 6:5-8. Sincerity is key!
        • Colossians 3:22-24
        • I Peter 3:3-4 – Be more concerned about how your soul looks to God than about how your body looks to man. II Corinthians 4:16

Godly Families, Part 7

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 4, 2016

  • Men: lead and sacrifice with love (continued)
    • A father must lead his children (continued)
      • Fathers are specifically warned about exasperating their children. Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21; Ephesians 4:26; James 3:9
      • Beware of hypocrisy. Matthew 23:3
        • If you don’t want your child to do something, don’t do it yourself.
        • Lead by example. The best way to raise children who are atheists and agnostics is to be a hypocrite.
      • Don’t be preoccupied with money or a career. Luke 12:15-23; 16:13; I Timothy 6:10-11
      • Don’t expect surrogates to fulfill your responsibilities.
        • Fathers must do more than just earn a paycheck. I Timothy 3:4-5
          • Consider the work an elder would be doing. Titus 1:9; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 5:2-3
        • Women: love your husbands, love your children
          • A wife is responsible for subjecting herself to her husband.
            • Genesis 3:16; Ephesians 5:22-33; Titus 2:4-5
          • Submitting to a leader does not mean one is inferior in value.
            • Woman was created to be man’s “helper.” Genesis 2:18-20
              • Who is called a helper in Psalms 115:9-11 and John 14:26?
            • Likewise, man being called her “head” does not mean she is less valuable, either.
              • I Corinthians 11:3; Philippians 2:5-8
            • A wife is of equal value but must fill her role as a helper, letting her husband fill his role as the head.

Godly Families, Part 6

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 28, 2016

  • Men: lead and sacrifice with love
    • With understanding and honor
      • I Peter 3:7 – God holds wives in high regard. See Matthew 27:9; Genesis 1:27; 2:22; Malachi 2:14-16.  If husbands do not properly treat their wives with understanding and honor, it hinders their relationship with God.
    • A father must lead his children.
      • Ephesians 6:4; Hebrews 12:4-11 – Children should be disciplined with their best interests in mind.
      • Job 1:5
      • Sadly, 71% of all high school dropouts, 85% of all youth in prison, and 90% of all homeless and runaway children come from fatherless homes. (Daly)
      • Fathers must be careful not to provoke or exasperate their children. Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21

Godly Families, Part 5

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 21, 2016

  • Center your family around God
    • Deuteronomy 6:4
    • Family Bible reading
    • Family devotions
    • Family reactions – the way we always act and react to life
    • What could get us on the wrong track as a family?
      • TV
      • Social media
      • Sports
      • John 12:42-43
    • Men: lead and sacrifice with love
      • A husband is responsible for serving his wife as a leader.
        • Genesis 3:16; I Corinthians 11:3, 7-9
      • Anyone with God-given authority must use it as God requires.
        • I Samuel 15:17-19, 26 – Saul did not lead as God commanded.
        • Husbands are to fulfill their role as God has described it.
        • Colossians 3:19
      • Bad leadership leads to unhappiness
        • I Samuel 8 – Samuel’s sons were bad leaders and Israel rejected them.
      • How should a husband lead?
        • By sacrificing himself for the spiritual well-being of his wife.
          • Ephesians 5:22-23
        • By developing Christ-like love for his wife.
          • See Matthew 20:26-28; John 13:5-14. The way to be great is to serve.  There is no task that is below us.
          • I Corinthians 2:11