Be Ready to Give an Answer

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 19, 2017

  • I Peter 3:15
  • Do you believe you are the only ones that will be saved?
  • Negatively, I don’t believe I am a member of the saved relationship because:
    • I have obeyed rules that man laid down. Matthew 15:9
    • I believe in salvation by faith only.
  • I believe that I am part of the saved relationship because:
    • I have obeyed the word of the Lord Jesus. Matthew 7:21
    • Jesus is the author of salvation. Hebrews 5:9
    • I believe Jesus is the great I AM. John 8:24
    • I believe the gospel is the power of God to salvation. Romans 1:16
    • I repented of my sins. Acts 17:30; Romans 10:10; Acts 2:47
  • Matthew 10:32
  • Why do you believe the church you are a part of is the right church?
    • Not because:
      • My parents attended that church.
    • Because:
      • I believe this congregation is patterned after the way Jesus authorized a church to work and worship.
      • This church is right in:
        • Its authority for teaching and practice. II Timothy 3:16-17
        • Descriptive phrase by which it is identified. Acts 20:28
          • Several example names are given in the New Testament. The common theme is that the name must point ownership to God.
        • Its answer to “what must I do to be saved?”
        • Its worship
          • Singing (Ephesians 5:19)
          • Prayer (Acts 2:42)
          • Studying the Bible (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 14)
          • Observing the Lord’s Supper
          • Laying by in store
        • Its work
          • Meeting to worship
          • Supporting preachers to spread the Word of God
        • The structure through which is does all this
        • Teaching its members to keep self pure. Ephesians 5:26-27

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 9, 2015

  • Lesson 8, continued:
    • Review of question sheet
Characteristic Per scripture Catholic Baptist Assembly of God Church of Christ church of Christ
Authority New Testament X X X ? Yes
Name church of Christ X X Yes Yes Yes
Plan of salvation Hear, believe, repent, confess, baptism X X X Yes Yes
Order of worship Sing, pray, teach, Lord’s Supper, give X X X Yes Yes
Work Preach gospel, benevolence, discipline X X X X Yes
Organization Local church X X X X Yes

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 2, 2015

  • Lesson 8, continued:
    • When a member insists upon having company with those who have been refused, what action is the local church to take?
      • Must admonish and admonish them (Titus 3:10).
      • If one still insists on having company with them, he too is walking disorderly; he is to be disciplined.
      • In the Old Testament, God also punished the ones who sympathized with the discord sowers (Numbers 16:41-49).
    • Conclusion: One cannot please the Lord if he refuses (or fails) to work with a local church in his locality.  Let us be diligent servants of the Lord that we glorify God by doing individually that which He has thus assigned and doing in the local church that which He has thus assigned.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 25, 2015

  • The purpose of local church membership, continued:
    • Each member has equal obligation in these things with all other members, according to ability.
      • One member is as obligated to attend all assemblies as another.
      • One member is as obligated to give as prospered as another.
      • One member is as obligated to restore the erring as another.
      • In short, each member is to serve in the assigned things to the extent of his ability.
    • Who is really in the local fellowship?
      • Those who have joined the disciples in a locality (Acts 9:26).
      • Those who have partnership in the things of Christ with other disciples in the local church.
      • Negatively: Those who cease to function in the local fellowship are failing in their purpose; thus, if such will not repent and go to work, there is no reason to consider them members of the local church.
    • Local church to control its fellowship:
      • Local church membership is dependent on two things:
        • The desire of a member to work and worship with a specific group of saints.
        • The willingness of the local church to have a member in its fellowship (Acts 9:26).
      • The local church can refuse one membership (Acts 9:26)
      • The local church can remove one from its fellowship (I Corinthians 5:4-5)
      • The local church is to control and keep its fellowship pure (I Corinthians 5:4-7)
    • Action of members toward one who has been refused fellowship:
      • Can have no spiritual fellowship with him; he is in darkness (II Corinthians 6:14-18)
      • Can have no company, social concourse, with him (I Thessalonians 3:14; I Corinthians 5:11)
      • The faithful are to admonish him as a brother, i.e., as you would a brother (II Thessalonians 3:15)

By David Watson

Benchley, November 22, 2015

  • II John 9
  • I Corinthians 14:23
  • Because we don’t have Bible authority for it.
    • II John 9 – We don’t want to go outside the teaching of Christ.
    • Galatians 1:8; Colossians 3:17
    • What local churches did in the New Testament
      • Churches provided for the teaching and preaching of the gospel.
        • Philippians 4:14-18
      • Churches provided for worship and spiritual edification.
        • I Corinthians 16:1-2; 14:26; 11:17-22, 33-34
      • Churches provided for needy Christians.
        • Acts 4:32-35; 6:1-4
        • See a pattern? Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 6:1-3; 11:27-30; Romans 15:25-26; I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 8, 9; I Timothy 5:16, 5
        • Were there no other needy people in Jerusalem – just Christians? There were, but that was outside the scope of the work of the church.
      • Because we have something better to offer!
        • Philippians 1:27 – This is what a church should be doing!
        • I Thessalonians 1:8
        • I Timothy 5:3-5, 16 – Churches are not to be distracted with lesser works. Families are obligated to help their own first.
        • Acts 6:2, 4
        • Individual Christians can and should be engaged in all kinds of good deeds! Luke 10:33-37; James 1:27
        • Jesus Himself helped so many people in both physical and spiritual ways, so why didn’t He authorize churches to help the world in physical ways? John 6:10-14, 24-35, 48-51.  Jesus came to serve a greater purpose than feeding people.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 18, 2015

  • Lesson 8:
    • Introduction
      • When one obeys the gospel, he is added by the Lord to the church (Acts 2:47). He is then a “lively stone” (I Peter 2:5) in the “whole building fitly framed together unto the Lord” (Ephesians 2:21).  He should then become a member of a local church (Acts 9:26).  He then has certain responsibilities to the local church, and the local church has certain responsibilities to him.
    • Procedure by which one becomes a member of a local church:
      • The Lord does not add one to a local church.
      • One becomes a member by choice, i.e., by joining the local fellowship (Acts 9:26).
    • The purpose of a local church membership:
      • It is God’s arrangement for saints to have fellowship in the things Christ has authorized them to do together. (Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1)
      • In it, members are to work and worship together in the things of Christ so that:
        • God will be glorified (I Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 3:21)
        • Saints will be edified (Acts 20:28, 32; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19)
        • Sinners will be taught (Philippians 4:15-16)
        • Destitute saints will be relieved (Acts 4:32-35; 11:27-30)
        • Under some circumstances, to practice discipline on unruly members.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 11, 2015

  • The church is to raise funds through the offerings of its members on the first day of the week. I Corinthians 16:1-2
  • The Lord’s Supper is to be taken on the first day of the week. Acts 20:7; Matthew 26:26-29
  • When we take the Lord’s Supper, we are proclaiming the Lord’s death until He comes again. I Corinthians 11:23-26
  • We must examine ourselves and take of the Supper in a worthy manner or we condemn ourselves. I Corinthians 11:27-29
  • The primary function assigned to the church is preaching the Word. Acts 6:2
  • The church is only authorized to carry out benevolent work if the local church has needy saints that are unavoidably destitute or if another local church has more needy saints than it can relieve. Benevolence is specifically authorized only for saints.
  • The word “church” is used in 3 senses in the Bible:
    • Local church
    • Universal church
    • The local church, specifically in its assembled state.
  • When fully organized, a local church has saints, elders, and deacons.


By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 28, 2015

  • The creed of the Lord’s church is inspired scripture.
    • The Nicene Creed could not have been the creed of the church in Paul’s day because it only came to exist more than 200 years after Paul.
  • All descriptive phrases for the church in the New Testament (church of Christ, assembly of God, Lord’s church, etc.) point ownership to God.

By Mark Gentry

Benchley, October 18, 2015

  • People the church needs:
    • Spiritual people: Galatians 6:1
      • Hebrews 5:12 – Spiritual people must continually grow.
    • Diligent workers: II Timothy 2:15
      • II Timothy 2:14, 16
      • John 15:1-2 – God expects us to work and bear fruit.
      • John 15:6, 8
    • People willing to serve: Matthew 20:20-28
      • Galatians 5:13
    • Faithful people: II Timothy 2:2
    • Able teachers: II Timothy 2:15
      • II Peter 3:16 – There is a right way and a wrong way to understand the scriptures.
    • Wise people: I Corinthians 6:5
      • Ephesians 5:15 – Walk circumspectly; be wise.
    • Righteous people: I John 3:7-10
      • Luke 18:9-14 – The church does not need self-righteous people.
    • People who are not needed in the local church:
      • Reprobates: Romans 1:28-32
        • I Corinthians 9:26-27 – Someone with no self-discipline is a reprobate.
        • II Corinthians 13:5
      • Vain babblers: II Timothy 2:17-18
        • I Timothy 6:20
      • Those like Diotrephes who like to have preeminence: II John 1:9-10
      • Heretics; those who cause divisions: Titus 3:10-11
    • I Timothy 4:15-16