Hurricane Relief

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 3, 2017

  • Matthew 22:36
  • Loving our neighbors: helping those in need
    • Matthew 5:38-42
    • Luke 14:12-14; 10:27-37 – Make sure you are helping with the right motive. Do not help just to be seen by others, although sometimes others may see your good works and glorify God.
    • Acts 10:1-4; James 1:27
    • I Timothy 6:17-19
    • “Nobody gets to Heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.” – James Forbes
  • Loving God: following His plan for benevolence
    • The Bible makes a distinction between individual action and church action. I Timothy 5:16
      • An individual may help through money (Luke 10:35; Acts 10:4)
      • An individual may help through action (Luke 10:34; James 1:27)
      • A church can help its own needy members (Acts 4:32-35).
      • A church can send money to another church so that it can help its own needy members (I Corinthians 16:1-4).
      • But a church does not have authority to offer benevolence to the general public.
        • Acts 11:27-30
      • Also, a church cannot reorganize.
    • The wisdom of God’s plan
      • Philippians 1:27
      • John 6:34-35

II Peter 1:1-21

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 28, 2017

  • II Peter 1:1-21
  • II Peter 1:5 – Faith is the starting point! All of these attributes mean nothing as far as salvation is concerned if they are not built on faith.
  • II Peter 1:6 – Self-control (temperance): abstinence from things that are sinful, excellence in things that are right, and moderation in things that are indifferent.
  • II Peter 1:8 – If we are barren or unfruitful in the service of God, it is because we have not added these things.
  • II Peter 1:11 – No one will get into heaven by the skin of their teeth. If we get in at all, it will be an abundant entrance.
  • II Peter 1:12 – We must do the same: continue to encourage and remind others of these things.
  • II Peter 1:19 – The phrase “when the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts) could mean when people come to believe and obey Jesus.
  • II Peter 1:20 – Many confuse this verse and think it says that no scripture is a matter of personal interpretation. Instead, it says that prophecy is not of personal interpretation, i.e., the giving of the gospel. Prophecy comes from God and we look to Him for interpretation.

By David Watson

Benchley, June 18, 2017

  • Ephesians 6:4
  • I Timothy 3:4
  • Tough love
    • Colossians 3:21
    • Ephesians 6:4
    • Hebrews 12:7-11
    • Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 23:13-14; 29:15-17
  • Tender love
    • I John 3:16-18
    • Romans 5:8
    • John 3:16
    • Matthew 18:21-35
    • Luke 23:43
    • I Thessalonians 2:5-12
  • Presence
    • Isaac – Genesis 26:3
    • Moses – Exodus 3:11-12
    • Joshua – Joshua 1:5
    • David – Psalms 38:21-22
    • John 14:16
    • Matthew 28:20
    • Luke 13:25-29
    • Philippians 3:17
  • Fathers matter!

Marks of Spiritual Strength

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 30, 2017

  • II Thessalonians 1:1-5
  • Give thanks to God for our brethren (II Thessalonians 1:3)
  • A faith that grows exceedingly
    • II Timothy 2:15
    • Hebrews 5:14
  • An abounding love for one another
    • I Peter 4:8
    • Proverbs 17:9; 19:11
  • A steadfast faith in persecution and tribulations
    • I Peter 4:16
    • II Timothy 3:12
  • The end result: counted worthy of the kingdom of God

Love

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 12, 2017

  • Love, the greatest commandment
    • Matthew 22:37-38
  • Love, the second greatest commandment
    • Matthew 22:39
  • Love and the Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)
    • Matthew 5:43-48 – Love even your enemies.
  • Love and Peter (John 21:14-17)
  • Love and Paul (I Corinthians 13)
  • Love and Jacob (Genesis 29:20)
  • Conclusion
    • Samaritan – Love serves because of the need.
    • Peter – Love will feed other sheep of Jesus.
    • Paul – Love is not selfish and never fails.
    • Jacob – Love made it a joy to serve.

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

 

Abound

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 22, 2017

  •  Introduction
    • Abound – exceeding measure
    • II Corinthians 1:5
    • II Peter 1:11
    • James 1:21
    • II Corinthians 11:23-28
  • Abounding in our service to the Lord in:
    • Faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly kindness, love (II Peter 1:5-7)
      • These things will make sure we bear fruit for God.
    • The walk of the new life (Colossians 2:6-7; I Thessalonians 4:1)
      • The only way to walk in fellowship with God is to allow Him to direct our steps.
      • II Corinthians 5:17
      • Colossians 4:12
    • The work of the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58)
      • It is very important that we abound in the work of the Lord, not of some other religion.
    • Love (II Thessalonians 1:3; Philippians 1:9)
      • Am I abounding in love for my brethren?
      • John 13:35
    • Hope (Romans 15:13)
      • Hebrews 6:19
    • Have we been abounding in all these things?
    • Zephaniah 1:12

 

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.

I Corinthians, Part 26

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 7, 2016

  • I Corinthians 13:8-14:11
  • I Corinthians 13:8-10 – Spiritual gifts were temporary. They would be done away with once the “perfect” or completed revelation had been revealed.
    • Isaiah 28:9-13 – Revelation would not come in a lump sum, but “here a little, there a little.”
    • John 16:12-13
  • I Corinthians 13:11-12 – Once we know more truth, we will be able to see ourselves more clearly in the way that God sees us. Paul was looking forward to the time that revelation would be complete.
  • I Corinthians 13:13 – Time is just a short stretch between two eternities. Love existed before time and will continue after time.
  • I Corinthians 14:1 – Pursue love!
  • I Corinthians 14:1-3 – It is implied here that the Corinthians believed that speaking in tongues was the most desirable spiritual gift. Speaking in a language that one had not studied or learned was no doubt a flashy and impressive gift, but prophecy was more beneficial in terms of edifying the whole church.