2 Corinthians, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 22, 2017

  • II Corinthians 2:14-3:18
  • II Corinthians 2:17 – “Peddling” here is used in the sense of preaching for personal gain.
  • II Corinthians 3:3 – Paul is talking about those who had made the corrections he rebuked them for in I Corinthians. They were now acting as a living epistle.  People who live by Christ today are also epistles that may lead others to Christ.
  • II Corinthians 3:5 – Compare II Corinthians 12:9 concerning Paul boasting in his weakness.
  • II Corinthians 3:6 – The Old Covenant brought spiritual death, but the New Covenant brought spiritual life.
  • II Corinthians 3:8-11 – The “ministry of the Spirit” (New Covenant) is more glorious than the “ministry of condemnation” (Old Covenant).

Using the Old Testament

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 29, 2017

  • Hebrews 10:1-10
  • God’s love through the ages
    • Laws for patriarchs (Genesis 1)
      • Genesis 3:3
      • Genesis 6 – Noah
      • Genesis 12 – Abram
    • Law of Moses for Israel (Old Covenant) (Exodus 20)
      • Deuteronomy 5:1-4
      • Jeremiah 31:31 – The Old Covenant was only for a certain period of time.
      • Matthew 5:17-18 – Jesus fulfilled the Old Law.
      • Galatians 3:16, 19, 24
    • Laws for Gentiles
      • The Bible records many instances of God sending prophets to Gentile nations.
      • Gentiles were under these laws until the Gospel was taught to Gentiles in Acts 10.
    • Law of Christ for all (New Covenant) (Jews: Acts 2; Gentiles: Acts 10)
      • Hebrews 1:1-2
      • Hebrews 8:6-13
      • John 1:17
      • John 12:48
      • Galatians 3:28 – Law of Christ is for all – both Jews and Gentiles.
  • Using the Old Testament
    • Discover the history of the world
    • Examine its information for inspiration
    • Prepare for the love and justice of God
      • I Corinthians 10:11
    • Learn how the Holy Spirit communicates
    • Appreciate the superiority of Jesus
      • Jeremiah 6:13
      • Hebrews 8:6
    • Apply timeless truths
      • II Timothy 3:14-15
      • Isaiah 59:2 – Sin separates us from God.
      • Ezekiel 18 – Sin is not inherited.

Summary of the Bible

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 25, 2016

  • Salvation!
  • The story of the Old Testament
    • Genesis 1 – Creation
      • Ecclesiastes 7:29 – Man chooses to do wrong even though God made him upright.
      • I John 3:4 – Sin is transgression of the law.
      • Isaiah 59:2
      • Romans 5:12 – Death spread to all men because of sin.
      • Ezekiel 18:20 – We do not inherit sin.
    • Within the first few chapters of the Bible, we have been introduced to the problem:
    • Genesis 12:1-7 – God makes 3 promises to Abraham
      • Nation – Old Testament
      • Land – Old Testament
      • Universal blessing
    • Genesis 50:26 – Joseph dies with the Israelites still in Egypt.
    • Exodus 12:37-40 – Israelites leave Egypt.
    • Deuteronomy 4:1 – Deuteronomy repeats the law and urges the Israelites to obey it this time.
    • Judges 2:8 – The next generation was not faithful. Judges are brought in to rule the people.
    • The Israelites desire a king. Saul, David, and Solomon are the first three kings, ruling for 40 years each (the united kingdom).
    • The Israelites fall into idolatry and the kingdom splits.
      • II Kings 17:5-6
      • The northern kingdom falls to Assyrian captivity in 721 B.C.
      • In 586 B.C., Judah falls and is taken into Babylonian captivity.
    • Ezra and Nehemiah: Israelites allowed to return to rebuild under Cyrus.
      • Nehemiah 9:1-3, 30-37
      • It is important to follow God’s law!
    • God shows us the need that mankind had for a system of salvation. The stage is set for that 3rd promise.
    • Jeremiah 31:31
  • The story of the New Testament
    • Matthew 1:1, 17
    • John 1:1, 14-18 – John comes to prepare the way for Jesus.
    • Matthew 4:23
    • John 18:36 – Jesus was not the kind of earthly leader many were expecting.
    • Jesus rebukes the Pharisees, who were esteemed as religious leaders. This angers the authorities.
    • Matthew 27:50-54 – Finally the authorities are so angry that Jesus is crucified.
    • Matthew 10:4
    • Hebrews 9:22 – Bloodshed is required to atone for sin.
    • Acts 2:22-41 – Peter preaches the gospel for the first time, encouraging people to be baptized for forgiveness of their sins.
    • Colossians 2:14 – The Old Covenant is no longer in effect.
    • Ephesians 4:4 – Jesus is the head of one body.
    • Colossians 1:18 – This body is called the church.
    • Ephesians 5:23 – Jesus it the Savior of the one body.
    • II Corinthians 5:10
    • Romans 10:2-3
    • I Corinthians 15:52
    • Romans 14:12
    • Matthew 25:46 – Heaven awaits the obedient and Hell awaits the disobedient.
  • Hebrews 5:9

 

Proper Use of the Bible

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 25, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Exodus 32 – Israelites worship the golden calf and Moses breaks the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments
    • Jeremiah 36:20-23 – The king burns the scroll from Jeremiah.
  • Our Bible is made up of two covenants, Old and New.
  • There are two Greek words translated “new”
    • neos” – new in point of time
    • kainos” – new in quality and character
  • Jesus is mediator of the new “kainos” covenant.
  • Am I an able servant of the New Covenant, or in my life, do I trample it under foot?
    • II Corinthians 3:6
    • In relation to God
      • Matthew 5:16
      • I Thessalonians 5:15-23
      • Colossians 3:1-4
      • Psalms 19:1-3
      • Romans 1:20
      • I Corinthians 10:31
      • Proper use of the Bible
        • II Timothy 2:15
        • John 8:24
        • Hebrews 5:8-9
        • I Timothy 4:16
        • Jude 1:3
      • In relation to fellow Christians
        • Galatians 6:1
        • James 5:19-20
        • II Timothy 2:2
        • Philippians 4:3-5
      • In relation to fellow man
        • Matthew 5:16
        • Philippians 2:14-15
      • In relation to self
        • How much time do you spend studying the Bible?
        • How zealous are we in teaching it to others?
        • Hebrews 2:9 – Do we cause this to be in vain?

God’s Revelation of Himself

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 6, 2016

  • Psalms 19:1-3
  • Romans 1:25, 20 – Those who deny God are without excuse.
  • John 3:19
  • Creation
    • Romans 1:20
    • Psalms 8:33-34 – God created the stars to preach about God.
    • Psalms 103:11-12
  • Old Covenant
    • Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:14 ff
    • Genesis 3:15
  • Conscience
    • Romans 2:14-15
    • I John 3:20-21
    • Where did the conscience come from? How does man have a conscience if we are no different than animals?  Genesis 2:7
    • One must be sure his conscience is trained by the proper standard.
  • New Covenant
    • Hebrews 1:1
    • Jude 3
    • Matthew 17:5
    • Hebrews 11:1-2
    • Mark 16:16
    • Isaiah 45:5, 6, 18, 21

Galatians, Part 7

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 27, 2016

  • Galatians 4:17-5:4
  • Galatians 4:17 – The Judaizing teachers were seeking them out so they could shut them out of the kingdom by binding them to the old law again.
  • Galatians 4:19-20 – Paul looked at the Galatians as his children in Christ.
  • Galatians 4:21-31 – Paul compares the Old and New Covenant to Sarah and Hagar.
    • Hagar = Mt. Sinai = Old Covenant
    • Sarah = Heavenly Jerusalem = New Covenant
    • Ishmael = Jews
    • Isaac = Christians
    • Galatians 4:30 – The Scripture says to cast out the bondwoman (Old Covenant) and her son (the Jews). Christians were now to be God’s chosen people.
  • Galatians 5:1-6 – Circumcision no longer has a religious purpose before God. Those who were trying to keep that part of the old law were bound to keep the entire law!

Galatians, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 6, 2016

  • Galatians 3:1-14
  • Galatians 3:1 – The word “foolish” here means, “having poor judgment.”
  • Galatians 3:2 – See II Corinthians 3. Spirit here most likely means the work of the Holy Spirit, i.e., the gospel.  Many take the view that this is talking about the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which conflicts with other passages.
  • Galatians 3:10 – Those who were trying to find salvation by keeping the law of Moses were under a curse because they could not keep the law perfectly. The blood of Christ allows us to be saved even though we have sinned.  Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law.  See Joel 2:32.

Galatians, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 30, 2015

  • Galatians 2:11-3:2
  • Galatians 2:14 – We must be like Paul in standing up for the truth regardless of the opposition.
  • Galatians 2:16 – Note that the context here is the old law vs. the new law. Paul is making the point that we are not justified by works of the old law.  Of course, man is not now nor has ever been justified by because no one has been able to keep either the old law or new law perfectly (except Jesus).  Calvinists attempt to use this verse to argue that man’s actions have no bearing on our salvation, but that is not the point of this verse at all.  We are justified by grace, but must obey God in order to take advantage of that grace.

Six Seconds

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 14, 2015

  • A second covenant
    • Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:9-13 – God has given us a new covenant established on better promises.
      • Galatians 3:17, 29
    • A second birth – John 3:3,5
      • Matthew 7:21 – Calling on the name of the Lord requires obedience. It is not just saying God’s name.
    • A second law of pardon – I John 1:8-10; Acts 8:22
      • When a child of God sins, he can repent and pray to God for forgiveness.
    • A second coming of Christ – Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:27-28; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 1:8-10
    • A second death – Revelation 20:12-14
      • The second death is eternal condemnation and separation from God.
    • A second home – Matthew 25:46
      • Matthew 7:14
    • Two pseudo seconds:
      • A second chance for one who died in sin if a priest is paid to appeal to God for pardon of a dead loved one.
      • A second change for one who died in sin if one is baptized for a dead loved one.
    • Seriously contemplate two things:
      • What sorrow it will be to hear Jesus say, “Depart into the lake of fire and brimstone.”
      • What joy it will be to hear Jesus say, “Come ye blessed of the Father, enter the joy of heaven.”

Romans Introduction, Part 2

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By Larry Bunch

Benchley, May 6, 2015

[The first part of this series was delivered March 4, 2015.  You can access it here.]

  • General information about the book (review):
    • Key verse: Romans 2:11
    • Author: Paul
    • Place of writing: Corinth
    • Date: 57 or 58 AD
  • Outline of the book:
    • Romans 1:18-3:23 – God’s condemnation rests on all men alike without respect of persons.
    • Romans 3:19-5:21 – God’s way of making man righteous through Jesus Christ is available to all men alike without respect of persons.
    • Romans 6:1-8:30 – God’s grace, offering righteousness to all men, is extended to all without respect of persons.
    • Romans 9-11 – Paul deals with the Jewish-Gentile question and especially the plight of the Jews.
      • Romans 9:24-26 – It was God’s will that the Gentiles should also be offered God’s grace and mercy.
      • Fleshly Israel had made the sad mistake of trusting in obedience to the old law to save them. The Jews did not understand the difference between their traditions and God’s law.
    • Romans 10:11-12 – Same requirements for Jew and Gentile.
    • Romans 10:13-21 – Jews did not believe the prophets concerning the gospel going to the Gentiles.
    • Romans 11:1-10 – God rejected only disbelieving Jews, not all as some Gentiles thought.
    • Romans 11:11-24 – Gentiles are not to gloat – they could also be cut off.
    • Romans 11:25-32 – Jews could return from disobedience.
    • Romans 12 – Meaning of sanctification
      • Consecrate: full handedness
    • Romans 13:1-7 – Emphasis on submitting to civil authority for Roman Christians.
    • Romans 13:8 – God’s moral law is based on “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
    • Romans 14 – Discussion of faith in a special sense.
      • Romans 14:22a
    • Romans 15 – Some of our obligations toward those who are weaker than we are; other practical things and exhortations that will help us please God.
    • Romans 16 – Personal salutations to various people in the city of Rome.