I Saw the Wicked Buried

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 14, 2018

  • Ecclesiastes 8:10
  • Those who do not fear God (Psalms 36:1)
    • Ecclesiastes 12:13
    • Hebrews 10:29-31
  • Those who live in the passions of the flesh (Ephesians 2:3)
    • Philippians 3:19
    • Colossians 1:23
  • Those who do not pay their debts (Psalms 37:21)
  • Those who refuse to show mercy (Matthew 18:23-32)
    • Luke 10:30-35
  • Those who harbor evil thoughts (Genesis 6:5)
    • Proverbs 23:7
    • Philippians 4:8
    • II Corinthians 10:4-5
  • Those who do not use their talents (Matthew 25:13-33)
  • The wicked are even sometimes those who come and go from the place of the holy (Ecclesiastes 8:10)

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.

James, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • James 1:26-2:26
  • James 1:27 – This verse does not limit the local church from caring for orphans, but it does not authorize it either. What it does is authorize individuals to care for orphans and widows.
  • James 2:1 – You cannot hold faith in God in one hand and partiality in the other hand.
  • James 2:8 – If you really love your neighbor as yourself, you will not show partiality to people.
  • James 2:13 – This implies that judgment will be with mercy to one who has shown mercy.

The Divine Nature

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 10, 2016

  • Introduction
    • I Peter 2:21
    • II Peter 1:1-4
  • Characteristics of the Divine Nature that we do not share:
    • Omnipotence
    • Omniscience
    • Omnipresence
  • Characteristics of Divine Nature that we do share:
    • Love – I John 4:8, 19; 4:19-20; 5:1; John 13:35; Ephesians 4:15; Matthew 5:44
    • Light – John 8:12
    • Holiness – Psalms 145:17; Hebrews 12:10,14
    • Righteousness – Psalms 111:3; Ephesians 4:24; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4; I John 2:29
    • Mercifulness – Psalms 103:17; James 5:13; Acts 20:35; Ephesians 4:28; James 1:27; Matthew 25:31-46; Psalms 37:25
    • Longsuffering – Numbers 14:18; II Peter 3:9
    • Forgiving – Daniel 9:9; Luke 17:3
    • Faithful – I Corinthians 10:13
  • What has changed when one becomes a partaker of the divine nature?
    • A new creature with:
      • A new Master
      • A new mind
      • A new life
      • A new destination

By Don Mitchell

Benchley, April 20, 2014

 

  • I Peter 2:9-11
  • Identifying God’s people
  • Remember I Peter 2:6-8
    • Notice the contrast
  • A chosen race
    • Exodus 19:5-6 – This language is used to describe the people of God.
    • Romans 2:28-29
  • A royal priesthood
    • Previously, Peter said that we were a holy priesthood. Now he says that we are to be a royal priesthood.
    • God wanted His people Israel to become a kingdom of priests. Exodus 19:6
    • He wanted them to be a spiritual influence for godliness, but Israel failed Him.
  • A holy nation
    • The idea is not just moral holiness, but that we are set apart for God – sanctified.
    • Israel was to be that holy nation, but it became like the world.
    • As Christians, as living stones, we are to be different, set apart for God.
    • Do we look like the Israel God wants us to be, or do we look like the Israel in the past, blending into the world?
  • God’s special possession
    • This image borrows not only from Exodus 19, but also from Isaiah 43:20-21.
    • The Christian’s favorite image should be that we are God’s possession.
    • Notice that we are given a purpose “to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness and into the marvelous light.”
  • God’s people have received mercy
    • I Peter 2:10 – This is based on quotations from Hosea 1 and 2. Hosea 1:9; 2:23
    • Peter is saying that Christians, as living stones that are built into a spiritual house, are the fulfillment of this prophecy.
    • We must be built upon the corner stone of Jesus otherwise we are of no use.
    • The promise was not simply to Jews, but to the nations, to all peoples.

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 3

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, September 15, 2013

 

  • Beatitudes, continued:
    • Merciful – Matthew 6:14-15; 18:21-35; II Peter 3:9; James 2:13
    • Pure in heart – II Timothy 2:22; Titus 1:15
      • Haggai 2:12-14 – Impurity is contagious.
    • Peacemakers – Colossians 1:19-20; James 3:17-18
      • Acts 8:1-5 – There was no peace between Paul and the church. Ananias became the peacemaker that instructed Paul in the truth.
    • Persecuted – Romans 8:35-39 (Matthew 5:10)
      • Roll over and take it?
      • Resist it?

 

 

Positives in Judges

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 3, 2013

 

Authority, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 23, 2013

 

  • God is to be the director in every phase of life, continued:
    • Economical (the business world)
    • Social
      • Luke 10:30-35 – the parable of the good Samaritan
        • We are to have mercy and compassion on people in need.
        • This example deals with individuals – not churches.
      • Ephesians 4:28; I Timothy 5:8 – Work with your own hands to provide for yourself and those you have responsibility for.
      • Matthew 5:16 – Let your light shine before others.
    • Spiritual
  • God has the right to direct man’s life and He alone has the right to choose the directions.

Our God is Awesome

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By Ron Treat

Benchley, November 25, 2012

 

  • “Awesome” is a word that is very overused today.
  • Psalms 119:161
  • In the Old Testament, people stood in awe of God.
  • God’s creation: amazing
    • We can see the beauty of God’s creation all around us. God created the world for man and turned it over to him.
  • God’s love: unconditional
    • God sent His own Son to earth to suffer and die for us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). He wants us to have eternal life and gave us rules to follow to take advangage of this.
  • God’s salvation: available
  • God’s mercy: comforting
    • Hebrews 4:16 – God’s mercy comforts us when we repent of our sins.
  • God’s word: powerful

By Keith Shackleford

Benchley, October 14, 2012