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

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 16, 2015

  • Lesson 5, continued:
    • Discipline (I Corinthians 5:1-7): This is to try to save the erring, keep the church pure, and cause others to fear, i.e., to know that sin will not be tolerated (I Timothy 5:19-20).
      • II Thessalonians 3:6; Titus 3:10-11
    • Negatively: Any effort to put the church in the entertainment field or in business is without Bible authority.
    • Conclusion: Though a church may be right in name, worship, and plan of salvation, if it corrupts the functions of the church, it cannot long remain of Christ.
  • Lesson 6:
    • Introduction: In this lesson, we emphasize the necessity of respecting the structure (organization) in and through which Christians function collectively in spiritual matters.
    • Relative to Christians, the word church is used in three senses:
      • The assembly of the whole church (I Corinthians 14:23, 34-35)
      • The whole family of God; all saved by Jesus’ blood (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 3:15; Hebrews 12:23)
        • There is no organization for the church universal.
        • There are no collective functions assigned for the church universal.
        • There is no assigned common oversight for the church universal.
        • Christ is the head of the body, king of the kingdom, shepherd of the flock, and all saints are brethren (Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:30-33; John 10:11, 16, 27; Matthew 23:8)
      • The local church – a relationship where saints agree to work together under a common oversight and pool their resources to finance the work Christ assigned to it.
    • The local church is the only structure known to the New Testament in and through which saints are to worship and work together under a common oversight in the things of Christ.
      • It is an independent unit answerable only to Christ (Acts 20:28).
      • Each church is to have elders as soon as men attain the qualifications (I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5).

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 9, 2015

  • Lesson 5, continued:
    • Benevolence under restricted circumstances, continued:
      • From these passages we learn, continued:
        • When one church sent funds to another church, the funds were delivered to the elders of the church where the need was (Acts 11:27-30).
        • Each sending church selected its own messengers (I Corinthians 16:3; II Corinthians 8:23); no sponsoring church was used in sending the alms.
        • The extent of this help from one church to another was until there was freedom from want. (II Corinthians 8:14)
        • The local church administered relief unto its own needy members within its own framework, no outside organization was built and maintained to administer this relief. No church sent its own needy to another church or to a benevolent society for the administering of relief (Acts 11:27-30; Romans 15:25).
        • As a result of this, thanksgiving went up to God and He was glorified (II Corinthians 9:12) and Jewish brethren in Jerusalem longed for their Gentile brethren (II Corinthians 9:14).
      • Thus, the local church is authorized to use its funds for benevolence under only two conditions:
        • When a local church has destitute members.
        • When another local church has more destitute members than it can relieve.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 2, 2015

  • Lesson 5:
    • Introduction
      • In this lesson we emphasize the importance of understanding and respecting New Testament instructions relative to the functions of a local church.
    • Worship
      • Sing (Colossians 3:16)
      • Pray (Acts 2:42)
      • Study the Word (Acts 20:7)
      • Take the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7)
      • Give into common treasury (I Corinthians 16:1-2)
    • Support the preaching of the word
      • To edify the saved (Acts 20:28, 32)
        • Elders are to feed the flock.
          • Elders should teach, but do not have to do all the teaching themselves. They do oversee all of the teaching, though.
        • The food is the Word of His grace.
        • This will build up.
        • The primary purpose of the local church is for the edifying of its members.
      • To save the lost (Philippians 4:15-16)
    • Benevolence under restricted circumstances (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 6:1-6; 11:27-30; Romans 15:25-31; I Corinthians 16:1-4; II Corinthians 8, 9; I Timothy 5:16)
      • From these passages we learn:
        • Preaching the Word is placed before benevolence (Acts 6:3-4)
        • Benevolent work of the church is under apostolic control (Acts 4:37)
        • The benevolent work of the church is the fruit of Christianity, not to produce it (Romans 15:27)
        • Saints were the objects of church benevolence (said seven times in above passages)
        • The basis of this relief to saints was NEED (II Corinthians 8:13-14)
        • When one church had more needy members than it could relieve, other churches sent alms to enable it to care for its own needy (I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 8, 9)

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 30, 2015

  • All obligations come from relationships.
I Corinthians 15:45-49

GOD

Galatians 3:26-27

Adam

 

Christ

Humanitarian   Spiritual
Train children – Ephesians 6:1-4

Man

Worship God
Good citizen – I Corinthians 13   Edify the saved
Compassionate   Save the lost
Schools   Benevolence to needy saints – II Corinthians 16:1-4; 8
Civil government   Discipline the unruly/disorderly – II Thessalonians 3:6
Benevolent society   Local church
Worship society   Worship society
Missionary society   Edifying society
Edifying society   Missionary society
    Benevolent society
    Disciplinary society

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 26, 2015

  • Lesson 4, continued:
    • Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week (Matthew 26:29; Acts 20:7) (continued)
      • Matthew 26:29
        • The Supper is for citizens of the kingdom.
        • “That day” is a specific day – the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
      • The prayers during the Supper are specifically to offer thanks for the bread and the fruit of the vine.
    • Must take the supper in worthy manner (I Corinthians 11:27)
      • In memorial of Christ’s death (I Corinthians 11:26)
      • As a monument to His coming (I Corinthians 11:26)
      • Discerning the Lord’s body (I Corinthians 11:29)
    • Conclusion: Regardless of how sincere people may be, a local church is not like a local church in Paul’s day if they add to or take away from these assigned acts in the assembly of the saints.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 19, 2015

  • Lesson 4 (continued):
    • Contribute on the first day of the week (I Corinthians 16:2)
      • Must give according to prosperity (I Corinthians 16:2), as purposed in heart, cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7), and bountifully (II Corinthians 9:6)
        • No specific command given to collect funds to use for preaching locally. However, we are told how to raise funds and what the church’s responsibilities are, therefore we conclude that gathering funds to support local preaching is permitted.  (Acts 20:28-32)
        • There is no authority for a local church to amass a large sum in the treasury with no purpose in mind. Money collected should be used for edification and to relieve the needy.
      • Business ventures are not authorized in the Lord’s plan for church finance; no pie sales, house rentals, skating parties, farming, or any business enterprise.
        • Some churches use a pledge card system to pressure members into giving more than they would otherwise. This does not fit with I Corinthians 16:2.
      • Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week (Matthew 26:29; Acts 20:7)