Don’t Use That Name

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 17, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Many people today speak things to Christians that are purposely offensive in the name of free speech, art, or literature.
    • People have been legally punished in the United States for using the name of Jesus.
  • Why is the name of Jesus so offensive to unbelievers?
    • Let us consider Acts 3-5 to find the answers.
  • A story about Jesus’ name
    • Acts 3:6 – “in the name of Jesus”
    • Acts 3:16 – “on the basis of faith in His name …”
    • Acts 4:7 – “in what name have you done this?”
    • Acts 4:8-12 – “by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene … this man stands before you in good health.”
    • Acts 4:17-18 – “speak no longer to any man in this name”
    • Acts 4:29-30 – “through the name of Your holy servant Jesus”
    • Acts 5:28 – “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in His name …”
    • Acts 5:40-41 – “they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus”
  • What does this episode teach us concerning those who are opposed to Jesus and offended at His name?
    • The power that is associated with the name of Jesus is evident to them.
    • They cannot deny the power of Jesus’ name, so they seek to oppress it by intimidation and manipulation.
    • They are offended because the name of Jesus calls on them to be accountable for their own deeds.
      • Acts 17:31
    • Their attempts to silence Christians fail, so they often turn to punitive measures to enforce their will against Christians.
  • Final thoughts
    • Acts 5:11
    • Acts 4:12

I Corinthians, Part 23

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 16, 2016

  • I Corinthians 12:1-13
  • I Corinthians 12:8
    • Wisdom: See I Corinthians 2:6-7.  Unless wisdom is received as a spiritual gift, the only way to get it is to pray for it and seek it out.
    • Knowledge: See Galatians 1:11-12.
  • I Corinthians 12:9
    • Faith: See Romans 10:17.  It’s possible this was not a saving faith but a faitht hat they could do what God endowed them to do.
    • Healing: All miracles were not to heal people.
  • I Corinthians 12:10
    • Distinguishing spirits: Some apparently had the ability to determine if spirits were of God or not.
  • I Corinthians 12:8-11 – Nine different gifts are listed here. It seems that at least one person in the church at Corinth had each of these gifts.
  • I Corinthians 12:12-27 – The body being discussed here is the church in the universal sense.

The Foolishness of God

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 11, 2016

  • I Corinthians 1:18-31 – The foolishness of God is wiser than men.
  • I Corinthians 1:28 – Throughout history, God has chosen things that are nothing on their own to bring to naught things that are.
  • The brazen serpent (Numbers 21:4-9)
  • The leper (II Kings 5:1-14)
    • Elijah did not heal Naaman’s leprosy the way Naaman expected.
  • Gideon’s army (Judges 7:1-7)
    • God directed Gideon to use a very small army to defeat a great army through an unusual strategy. God did this to prevent the people of Israel from exalting themselves.
  • Blind man (John 9:1-7)
    • Jesus healed a blind man by putting clay on the man’s eyes and having him wash in the pool of Siloam.
  • Baptism for remission of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Peter 3:21)
  • The foolishness of God proves man’s faith.
  • In each case, the power was and is GOD’S WORD.

Luke, Part 10

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 22, 2015

  • Luke 9:28-10:16
  • Luke 9:28-36 – Jesus is transfigured. This must have greatly increased the faith of Peter, John, and James.  See II Peter 1:16-18.
  • Luke 9:37-42 – Jesus casts out a demon that the disciples could not. See Matthew 17:20.  The disciples did not have enough faith.
  • Luke 9:43-45 – The disciples again fail to understand what was going to happen to Jesus.
  • Luke 9:46-56 – The disciples argue about who is the greatest.
    • Luke 9:50 – See also Mark 9:38-40.
  • Luke 9:57-62 – Jesus could read hearts and did not accept excuses. What excuses could we possibly hope to use on the day of judgment?!
  • Luke 10:1-16 – Jesus sends out the 70 in pairs to teach.
    • Luke 10:1 – Some old manuscripts read 72 here. We cannot tell which one is correct, but either way it makes no doctrinal difference.

Luke, Part 9

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 15, 2015

  • Luke 8:16-9:27
  • Luke 8:16-18 – Parable of the lamp.
  • Luke 8:19-21 – Jesus emphasizes the importance of spiritual relationships.
  • Luke 8:22-25 – Jesus stills the sea.
  • Luke 8:26-39 – Jesus cures a demon-possessed man. Many people were afraid of Jesus after He performed this miracles, but the man who was cured wanted to follow Jesus!
  • Luke 8:40-56 – Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead.
  • Luke 9:1-6 – Jesus commands the twelve to go out and preach. Their job would not be easy, even with the miracles they were able to do.
  • Luke 9:7-9 – Herod tries to find out about Jesus.
  • Luke 9:10-17 – Jesus feeds 5000 men.
  • Luke 9:18-22 – The apostles show that they understand Jesus’ identity, even though they are still unclear about His mission.
  • Luke 9:23-26 – We must forsake our earthly lives to follow Jesus. Great courage is required to follow Jesus!
  • Luke 9:27 – “Kingdom” here can also be translated “reign” or “rule.” This shows that God’s kingdom definitely came in the lifetime of those assembled there.
    • Colossians 1:13; Revelation 1:9; Acts 2:29-36; 17:6-7 – The kingdom of God already exists!

Jonah

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 8, 2015

  • II Kings 14:23-25 – Timeline of the book of Jonah.
  • The book of Jonah was written about 780 B.C.
  • Matthew 12:39-41 – Jesus Himself testified to the factuality of the story of Jonah. It is not just a myth or fairytale as some claim.
  • Two main points of the book of Jonah:
    • God is the God of all, not just the Jews.
    • God is anxious to save all, even the Gentiles.
  • Jonah 1:1-17 – This book is full of miracles and acts of God. It is not a miracle that a great storm arose that endangered the ship.  We also know there are creatures in the sea that are large enough to swallow a man.  It is a miracle that Jonah was able to survive in the belly of the fish.
  • Jonah 2 – Jonah recounts his prayer for salvation. God delivers Jonah from the belly of the fish.
  • Jonah 3 – Jonah preaches to Ninevah and the people repented. God repented of the punishment He had planned for the city (Jonah 3:10).
    • See Luke 11:30 – Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites. The Ninevites repented because of what had happened to Jonah.
  • Jonah 4 – Jonah shows his prejudice and becomes angry with God because of the repentance of Ninevah.
  • Lessons from the book:
    • God’s love and mercy for all people.
    • The evil of being narrow-minded and prejudiced.
    • National sin requires national repentance.
    • All that God created is in His control.
    • We can’t run from disobedience.

Luke, Part 7

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 25, 2015

  • Luke 6:20-7:17
  • Luke 6:20-26 – The Beatitudes.
  • Luke 6:27-28 – Love your enemies.
  • Luke 6:29-30 – See Acts 12:5-11; 13:50-51; 16:35-39; 17:10, 14; 20:3; 22:25-29; 23:17; 24:12-13; 25:11; II Thessalonians 3:10. Taken in harmony with other scriptures, Jesus is not saying that we should not defend ourselves or allow people to abuse us.  We should not be eager to hold other people’s sins against them.  We have all sinned!
  • Luke 6:31-35 – Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  • Luke 6:36-38 – See Luke 17:3.
  • Luke 6:39-45 – We have to address our own issues before we can hope to help others.
  • Luke 6:46-49 – The difference between those who hear and do and those who hear and don’t do. See Ezekiel 33:30-33.
  • Luke 7:1-10 – Jesus heals the servant of the Roman centurion after he displays great faith.
  • Luke 7:11-17 – Jesus raises a dead man being carried in a coffin.

Luke, Part 5

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 27, 2015

  • Luke 4:22-5:16
  • Luke 4:22 – This is the last mention of Joseph in the New Testament.
  • Luke 4:25-31 – Both of the examples Jesus used showed how God blessed Gentiles who trusted in God. This enraged the Jews.
  • Luke 4:38-44 – Jesus heals many.
    • Luke 4:38-39 – See Matthew 5:10-11; 6:12-16. When Jesus called Peter to be an apostle, Peter had plenty of evidence that Jesus was the Christ.
  • Luke 5:1-11 – Simon, James, and John see Jesus’ power and leave everything to follow Him.
  • Luke 5:12-16 – Jesus heals the leper.
    • Luke 5:16 – Notice that Jesus would take time to pray, even with so many people longing for His teaching. This gives us some indication of how important prayer is.

Building Foundations, Part 3

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, February 22, 2015

  • II Thessalonians 3:5
  • Lesson 3: Miracles
    • Exodus 4:21 – The power for the miracles that Moses did came from God.
    • Exodus 14:18-31
    • John 2:1-11 – Jesus turns water into wine.
    • John 3:1-2 – Nicodemus confesses the power of Jesus.
    • John 4:47-53 – Jesus heals a nobleman’s son.
    • John 9:1-34 – Jesus heals a blind man.
    • Mark 16:14-18
    • Acts 8:5-24 – Simon the sorcerer seeks the power of miracles.

Mark, Part 21

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 13, 2014

 

  • Mark 16:14-20
  • Mark 16:17-18 – See also Hebrews 2:1-4. The context here indicates that the sense is that they would be protected from certain things, including poisonous animals. It was not instructing them to go out and handle snakes or drink poison to demonstrate their faith. It covered situations like Acts 28:3-5.
  • Review of the miracles of Jesus as recorded in Mark. At least 26 different occasions are recorded in which Jesus performed miracles.