Whole-Heart Discipleship

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 7, 2018

  • Matthew 22:37; II Chronicles 25:2
  • Introduction
    • II Chronicles 25:1-2, 14-15; II Kings 14:3-4 – King Amaziah served God, but not with a whole heart.
  • James 2:10
    • It’s not that God is watching for any small error so He can punish us. It’s that we have to obey all of God’s commands – not just the ones we find easy.
    • Matthew 5:43-48 – We are to be perfect (complete) – not lacking any moral facet.
    • We must love all – even our enemies.
    • It takes one hole to sink a ship. It takes one sin to sink a soul.
  • Which commands are hard for me?
    • Do I truly put God above my family? Genesis 22; Luke 14:26
    • Do I love all my neighbors – even other races? Galatians 2:11-12; 3:27-29; Matthew 7:12; 22:39
    • Would I rather hold on to Jesus or my riches? Mark 10:19-22; I Timothy 6:17
    • Do I publicly show support for Jesus? Mark 15:43; Matthew 10:32-33

By David Watson

Benchley, January 3, 2018

  • Context and harmony, continued:
    • Practice using context and harmony together, continued:
      • John 14:26; 16:13 – Does the Holy Spirit miraculously guide people?
        • Context: Jesus and the apostles
        • Harmony: John 13:1; Luke 22:13-14; Matthew 26:19-21; Mark 14:16-18; Acts 8:14
        • Conclusion: Jesus was speaking directly to the apostles and specifically to them. This does not mean the Holy Spirit miraculously guides us today.
      • I Corinthians 1:17 – Is baptism necessary for salvation? Paul said Christ did not send him to baptize!
        • Context: Paul was discussing division that was coming from people being baptized by different people.
        • Harmony: I Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; I Peter 3:21
        • Conclusion: Baptism is essential for salvation. Here, Paul was addressing a controversy that was springing up and causing division with people dividing over who baptized them. I Corinthians 10:17 is a not-but passage emphasizing preaching over baptism.
      • Ephesians 4:31 – Is all anger sinful?
        • Context: Ephesians 4:25-31 – All anger is not condemned.
        • Harmony: Mark 3:5; Psalms 97:10
        • Conclusion: No, all anger is not sinful. Jesus Himself expressed anger.
      • Luke 14:26 – Are we really supposed to hate our families?
        • Context: Luke 14:23-33 – Jesus is trying to get people to understand the depth of commitment required to follow Him.
        • Harmony: Matthew 22:39; 10:37
        • Conclusion: We are to love Christ the most. We should love Him so much that all other relationships look like hate in comparison.

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 26, 2017

  • Ephesians 5:1-2
  • Demanding love
    • Mark 10:17-22 – Jesus makes a demand of the rich young ruler.
    • Matthew 10:32-33 – Jesus demands public loyalty.
    • Matthew 10:1, 7-8, 16, 22, 25, 28, 34; 11:1 – Jesus demanded much of his disciples.
  • Tough love
    • Matthew 23:37, 13-15 – Jesus told people what they needed to hear.
    • Acts 9:3-9, 15-16; 22:16 – Jesus showed tough love for Saul by blinding and scaring him.
    • We should not soften the word of God when we read it or teach it to others. Jesus did not do that and we shouldn’t either!
    • Romans 12:16
  • Unpopular love
    • Luke 7:36-50 – Jesus loved lowly people, even when it made Him unpopular.
    • Luke 7:22
  • Patient love
    • Matthew 14:30; 16:21-23 – Jesus loved Peter with patience.
    • John 13:8-10
    • Luke 22:31-32, 50-51, 60-62
    • John 21:19-22
    • Jesus loves us with a love that never gives up.
  • Sacrificial love
    • John 1:29; 10:11; 15:13
    • John 19:1-3, 16-18, 28 – Jesus loved us so much that He sacrificed Himself for us.
  • Personal love
    • Galatians 2:20 – Jesus gave Himself up for me.

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