By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • Matthew 4:23-5:12 – Jesus was setting down kingdom principles.
  • Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit.
    • Ephesians 2:12-13
    • Psalms 51:17
    • Isaiah 66:2
    • Jeremiah 10:27
    • The poor in spirit realize that power and authority is with God – not with them.
  • Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are they that mourn.
    • Isaiah 61:1-2
  • Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek.
    • Psalms 37:11
    • Matthew 11:27
    • Matthew 5:30
    • Moses was described as the meekest man on earth, but he was a great leader.
    • “inherit the earth” is not talking about mundane things.
      • II Peter 3:11-13
      • Jesus may have been looking forward to the new heaven and new earth.
      • Alternate view: The gentle will inherit the earth as opposed to aggressive and warlike? The gentle will be blessed on earth?
  • Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness.
    • Psalms 42:2
  • Matthew 5:7 – Blessed are the merciful.
    • Proverbs 14:21
  • Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart.
    • Psalms 24:3-4
    • Psalms 73:1
  • Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers.
    • Isaiah 52:7
  • Matthew 5:10-11 – Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
    • No specific Old Testament verse has this same sentiment, but Hebrews 11:32-37 names David, Gideon, Barak, Samson, the prophets, and others as those who were persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

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.

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 Danny Lackey

Benchley, March 2, 2014

 

  • Attitudes toward God
    • Love – Matthew 22:37
    • Faith and trust – Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17
    • Thankfulness – Colossians 3:15-17; Romans 1:18-21; Proverbs 16:7
  • Attitudes toward ourselves
    • Humility – Romans 12:3,16; John 13:1-17; Matthew 25:21
    • Teachability – Proverbs 15:32
    • Honesty toward our mistakes – James 5:16
  • Attitudes toward our brethren
    • Love – John 13:34-35; I Peter 1:22-23
    • Cooperation – I Corinthians 12:24-26
    • Appreciation for others and their work – I Corinthians 12:18-26
    • Submissiveness – Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 5:5
    • Peaceableness – Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:1-3
    • Hospitality – Romans 12:13; III John 1:5-8
    • Warmth, friendliness, openness – Acts 2:44-47; 11:27-30
    • Gentleness, meekness – Galatians 6:1; II Timothy 2:24-26
    • Forgiveness, forbearance, patience, longsuffering – Ephesians 4:1-3,31-32
  • Attitudes toward our work
    • Gratitude for the privilege of our work – I Corinthians 15:9-11
    • Enthusiasm, eagerness – II Corinthians 9:6-8
    • Industriousness, diligence, energy – Nehemiah 4:6; Colossians 3:23-24; Proverbs 18:9
    • Initiative
    • Positiveness – Philippians 2:14-15
    • Persistence – John 4:34; Hebrews 6:11-12; II Timothy 4:7
  • Conclusion
    • Ideal attitudes make for ideal working conditions.
    • Ideal attitudes in a congregation will help the cause of Christ. II Timothy 2:21

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 2

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Christian Attitudes, Part 2
By Ed Whitt
Benchley, September 8, 2013
  • Re-emphasizing the heart under Christ.
    • I John 3:17 – Returning from extra-scriptural teachings to the attitudinal basis.
      • Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37
      • Romans 13:9
  • Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5-7
    • Attitudes – Matthew 5:1-12
    • Admonishments – Matthew 5:13-20
      • Be good examples
      • Keep the law
    • How His disciples are to be different from scribes and Pharisees.  Points of law and associated attitudes. – Matthew 5:21-48
  • Beattitudes – Attitudes, conditions that bring God’s blessings
    • Poor in spirit – Matthew 18:1-3
    • Mourning – II Corinthians 7:9-10
    • Meek – Proverbs 25:8,15; James 3:13
      • Jesus, the ultimate example.  John 18:22-23
      • Not for us to impose God’s will or His correction on others.
    • Hunger and thirst – Psalms 42:1-2; 63:1; 107:9

Galatians, Part 10

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 25, 2013

  • Galatians 5:19-25
  • Galatians 5:21 – See I Peter 4:3.  The prohibition against drunkenness includes social drinking.  Taking wine or alcohol for medicinal purposes is not the same as drunkenness.
  • Galatians 5:22-23 – The fruit of the spiritual mind is not works of the flesh.
  • Galatians 5:23 – Self-control is abstinence in things that are wrong and moderation in things that are right.
  • Galatians 5:24 – If we are crucified with Christ, the spiritual mind has won the battle.

James 3:10-4:5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 10, 2012

 

  • James 3:16 – We must be very careful to avoid jealousy and selfish ambition in a local congregation. It is not easy to avoid these things!
  • James 3:17 – A man who is not gentle and easy to entreat (especially about spiritual things) does not have wisdom.

By David Watson

Benchley, April 11, 2012

 

  • How can all of these qualities combined in one person be used to help someone caught in sin? (continued from last class)
    • Kindness
      • John 4:7-26 – Jesus speaks with the woman of Samaria
      • There is a kind way to help those who are struggling with sin.
    • Goodness
      • Hebrews 12:12-13 – Strengthening those who are weak is certainly a good act.
    • Faithfulness
      • II Peter 3:10 – Our faithfulness can make an impression on people as we remind them of the judgment to come.
    • Gentleness
      • Galatians 6:1 – We are specifically told to restore the lost in a spirit of gentleness.
    • Self-control
      • Titus 1:7-8 – Elders must specifically have self-control, but we should all work to have this quality.

By David Watson

Benchley, March 14, 2012

 

  • I Timothy 6:11-12 – How is Timothy told to pursue gentleness but then told to “fight the good fight of faith” in the very next verse?
    • He was to fight with a spirit of gentleness, not to be overbearing and tear people down in his preaching.
  • Jesus is the perfect example of meekness (Matthew 11:29; 21:5). Being meek does not mean that someone cannot help himself and has no authority, power, or ability to be asserted.
  • We should be gentle when giving spiritual help to someone. (Galatians 6:1; II Timothy 2:25)
  • Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12; Titus 3:2 – What other qualities or actions go along with gentleness?
    • Humility, patience, tolerance, compassion, kindness, being peacable, being considerate
  • What are the practical benefits of a Christian being truly meek?
    • We are pleasing to God.
    • We make is easier for others to see God’s influence in our lives.
    • Earthly relationships become more peaceful and harmonious.
  • Meekness is not weakness. It is the controlled and appropriate use of the authority that comes from God.

Gideon, Part 1

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 19, 2011

 

  • Hebrews 11:32
  • The period of the judges was roughly 1380-1050 BC.
  • Judges 2:7-19 – summary of the period of the judges
  • Judges 17:6 – Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. The people were not relying on God!
  • Israel calls for help.
  • The angel visits Gideon.
  • Gideon s. Baal
    • Judges 6:25-32 – God gives Gideon his first mission: cutting down his father’s idol.