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.

I Corinthians, Part 25

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 30, 2016

  • I Corinthians 12:28-13:7
  • I Corinthians 12:28 – “Helps” and “administrations” wouldn’t necessarily be miraculous gifts. “Administrations” is translated from a word meaning “guides” or “guidance.”  The meaning here could just be referring to work like what elders and deacons do.
  • I Corinthians 12:31 – Some spiritual gifts were evidently better than others, but love is better than the best of the gifts.
  • I Corinthians 13:4 – Love never brags and shows arrogance, like the Pharisee praying (Luke 18:10-14). Love exhibits the attitude shown in Matthew 23:8.
  • I Corinthians 13:5 – Love seeks the welfare of the other person.
  • I Corinthians 13:6 – Love does not rejoice in sin. Surely all have been guilty of this at some point.
  • I Corinthians 13:7 – Love will cause us to believe the best about someone until it is proven that we no longer can.

Godly Families, Part 13

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 6, 2016

  • Parents: radically commit to tender love and tough love (continued)
    • Employ a radical amount of tender love (continued)
      • What was the greatest way God showed His love for us?
        • I John 4:9-10; Titus 3:4-5; Romans 5:8
      • Employ a radical amount of tough love
        • Ephesians 6:4
          • “bring”: same word used in Ephesians 5:29
          • “discipline”: includes punishment that is likely to bring temporary sorrow (Hebrews 12:11)
          • “instruction”: rebuking; warning (see I Corinthians 10:11; Titus 3:10)
        • Do whatever it takes
          • Tough love involves appropriate punishment and consequences in harmony with God’s will.
          • The Bible does not endorse child abuse! Such abuse is sin!  Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21; Hebrews 12:11
          • What principles should we learn from these passages?
            • Proverbs 13:24
            • Proverbs 19:18
            • Proverbs 22:15
            • Proverbs 23:13-14
            • Proverbs 24:15-17

Fruitful Marriage

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, October 2, 2016

  • Love
    • I Corinthians 13:4-7
  • Joy
    • Luke 15:8-11
    • Joy is a choice that we make.
    • James 1:2
    • II Corinthians 8:2
  • Peace
    • Luke 11:21
    • Acts 7:26
    • Luke 14:32
    • I Corinthians 14:33
    • John 14:27
    • John 16:33
    • We can have peace can be in spite of circumstances.
    • II Thessalonians 3:16
    • Romans 14:19
    • Hebrews 12:14
    • I Peter 3:11
    • James 2:16
    • Ephesians 2:14-15
    • Proverbs 21:19; 19:13
    • Proverbs 17:14 – Take steps before a quarrel breaks out.
    • Proverbs 4:7 – A peaceful marriage helps strengthen us.
  • Patience
    • Romans 9:22
    • Romans 2:4
    • Ephesians 5:27
  • Kindness
    • Ephesians 2:7
    • Colossians 3:12
    • Romans 2:4
    • I Peter 3:1
    • Romans 11:22
  • Goodness
    • Ephesians 5:7
    • Proverbs 14:34
  • Faithfulness
    • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  • Meekness
    • Matthew 11:29
    • I Peter 3:4
  • Self-control
    • Self-control is to have power over self.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 21, 2016

  • II Corinthians 8:12, 5
  • Psalms 84:10
  • Faith
    • Romans 1:20
    • Faith in God
    • Faith in Jesus
      • Ephesians 1:7
      • Hebrews 4:15
      • Hebrews 7:25
      • Romans 8:27
      • I Thessalonians 4:13-18
      • I Corinthians 15:13-19
    • Faith in the scripture
      • Romans 16:16
    • Love
      • I Corinthians 13:13
      • I Corinthians 16:22
      • Proverbs 23:23
      • Ephesians 4:15
      • Love the local church
    • Hope
      • II Thessalonians 1:10
      • Romans 2:4
      • Ephesians 1:17

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

The Fruit of the Spirit

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 17, 2016

  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • Context: Galatians 5:13-26
  • Keep choosing the Spirit over the flesh.
    • We have a choice.
    • This is a continual choice.
      • If you are alive a year from now, some part of you will be stronger. What part will it be, the physical or the spiritual?
    • Find ways to use these qualities in life!
      • Action: “… working … serve … live … walk … fruit”
      • What you do determines who you are. Matthew 7:15-20
    • The fruit of the Spirit
      • Love
      • Joy
      • Peace
      • Patience
      • Kindness (gentleness)
      • Goodness
      • Faithfulness
      • Gentleness (meekness)
      • Self-control
    • We have to bear fruit to be useful to God.

By David Watson

Benchley, July 3, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Matthew 7:24-27
    • John 14:25
    • John 16:12-13
  • Jesus never said, “If you follow Me, your earthly health and wealth will prosper.”
    • Mark 10:30
    • Notice the context: Jesus’ discussion with the rich young ruler.  Jesus is not speaking about physical things and relationships.  He is speaking about spiritual things and relationships.
    • Mark 3:31-35 clarifies this.
    • Matthew 6:19-21
    • Luke 12:22-23
  • Jesus never said, “Kill unbelievers!”
    • John 18:36 – Our warfare as Christians is not of this realm. It is a spiritual fight.
    • Romans 1:26-32
    • Romans 6:20-23 – Sin leads to spiritual death.
    • Romans 8:1-2, 6
    • All sin ultimately leads to spiritual death.
    • The gospel is the ultimate story of love.
    • Romans 12:19-21
    • Matthew 5:38-42
    • Treatment of spiritual enemies
      • Matthew 5:10-12, 43-44
    • Treatment of national enemies
      • Qu’ran: Surah 9:5, 24
      • Compare Matthew 26:51-52
    • Matthew 7:24
    • Mark 16:15-16