By Tant Miller

Benchley, September 10, 2017

  • II Peter 1:3
  • Godliness
    • I Timothy 4:7-8
    • II Peter 3:9-11
    • Philippians 1:27
    • We must have the correct attitude in worship.
    • I Timothy 3:15
  • The purpose of the church is to glorify God.
    • Ephesians 3:21
    • John 4:24
  • The five items of worship:
    • Sing – Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
    • Pray – Acts 2:42; I Thessalonians 5:25
    • Lord’s Supper – I Corinthians 10:16; I Corinthians 11:26; Acts 20:7
    • Give – I Corinthians 16:1-2; II Corinthians 9:7
    • Study – Acts 2:42; II Timothy 2:15
  • How to worship – Luke 22:19; II Corinthians 9:7; II Timothy 2:15
  • Work of the church
    • I Thessalonians 1:8
    • II Timothy 4:2
    • Acts 11:29
  • Reverence for God
    • Psalms 89:7; 90:2; 95:6; Hebrews 10:31; 12:28-29
    • Reverence is not merely:
      • Respect
      • Being quiet
      • Participating in worship
    • Job 1:1; Psalms 128:1; Ecclesiastes 8:12-13
    • Ecclesiastes 5:2-3
    • Psalms 111:9; Matthew 4:10; Habakkuk 2:20
    • We must reverence God’s word. Isaiah 66:2; Ezra 9:4; John 12:48
    • Deuteronomy 6:13; Matthew 4:10; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 11:22
    • The love of God requires reverence. Mark 12:30-31
  • Our love for God
    • Matthew 22:37; Titus 2:4; Ephesians 5:25
    • Romans 5:6-8
    • I John 4:19; John 3:16
    • I John 3:16; 4:9-19 – God first loved us.
    • John 10:10; Ephesians 5:1-2
    • Romans 5:6-8
    • John 15:13
    • II Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:5-8
    • How can we fail to reciprocate such love?
    • John 21:16
    • Luke 22:33
    • I John 5:3
    • Matthew 5:39
  • Obedience
    • I John 5:3
    • John 14:15, 21-24
    • I John 2:3-5
    • Malachi 1:13
    • Psalms 122:1; 27:4
    • Ephesians 2:22; I Peter 2:5
    • When we worship, we are in His presence. Matthew 26:39; 18:20
    • When we worship, we are aware of things beyond our sight. John 4:24
    • Psalms 89:7
    • Ephesians 5:19
    • Hebrews 10:22
    • Hebrews 13:15
    • Our attitude makes us dependable to assemble.
      • I Corinthians 5:4
      • I Peter 3:12
      • Psalms 100:1-3
      • I John 3:1
      • On Jesus’ account: Romans 4:25; Matthew 18:12-14
      • On the saints’ account: Hebrews 10:24-25; I Corinthians 12:12-14, 22
      • On our own account: Ephesians 3:16
      • Matthew 6:33
    • Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12
    • Matthew 6:6; Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 11:26, 29
    • I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:7
    • Ephesians 6:18-20
    • Hebrews 13:18
  • Luke 8:18
  • Matthew 13:15-16
  • Luke 8:15
  • Psalms 1:1-2
  • I Timothy 4:15
  • I Corinthians 10:31
  • We have a soul to save! Matthew 16:26
  • We have friends to influence! Matthew 5:16
  • We have Hell to avoid! Matthew 25:41; Romans 2:7-9
  • II Thessalonians 1:7-9
  • I Peter 1:3-4
  • Romans 14:12
  • John 4:24
  • Revelation 22:12
  • II Peter 3:9-14, 17
  • II Timothy 3:16-17
  • Genesis 6:9
  • Acts 3:22-23
  • II Peter 1:1
  • Romans 10:17

The Divided Kingdom

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 10, 2017

  • I Kings 12 – II Kings 25; II Chronicles 10-36
  • The kingdom divides
    • Southern kingdom: Judah, Benjamin, Levites, and others
      • II Chronicles 11:1-4, 13, 16; 15:9
    • Northern kingdom: Israel (other 10 tribes)
    • Jeroboam was afraid of losing people to Judah when they went to Jerusalem to worship, so he set up places to worship in Israel with non-Levite priests.
    • Israel: 20 kings, all bad
    • Judah: 20 kings, three that were pretty good (Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, Josiah), and a few other that were good for part of their reign. All were descendants of David.
    • God sent dozens of prophets to both kingdoms. They were mostly ignored.
    • Israel was conquered in 722 B.C. by Assyrians.
    • Judah was conquered in 586 B.C. by Babylonians.
  • You must choose righteousness, regardless of your parents.
    • II Kings 125:25-33 – Jeroboam sets up his own places and idols to worship.
    • It is possible to break a cycle!
      • II Kings 16:3 – Ahaz – sacrificed a son to an idol!
      • II Kings 18:1-6 – Hezekiah – broke down idols and served God
      • II Kings 21:1-3 – Manasseh – did evil until the end of his life – rebuilt the idols! He was a bad influence on his son Amon, who ruled after him.
      • II Kings 21:19-21 – Amon – served the idols of Manasseh
      • II Kings 22:1-2 – Josiah – served God with all his heart
      • II Kings 23:32 – Jehoahaz – did evil before God, despite the good influence of his father Josiah
      • II Kings 23:37 – Jehoiakim – did evil before God
    • Ezekiel 18:14-17 – God judges us based on our actions – not our parents.
  • Listen to God’s word.
    • II Kings 17:7, 12-16, 22-23, 19 – Why Israel fell.
    • God tried many different strategies to reach His people.
    • When we ignore God’s word, we are making the same mistake.
      • Galatians 5:19-21 – sins to avoid
      • Galatians 5:22-24 – The good side!

Psalms, Part 6

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 27, 2017

  • Psalms 30-36
  • Psalms 31:23 – “The Lord preserves the faithful.” This is still true today!
  • Psalms 32:1 – See Romans 4:4-8. The blessed man is the one who trusts not in his own works to save him, but has faith in God that is sufficient to cause him to obey God’s commandments.
  • Psalms 32:9 – See John 6:44-45.
  • Psalms 34:14 – See I Peter 3:10-12.
  • Psalms 34:15-18 – See I Peter 3:12.
  • Psalms 34:18 – See Isaiah 66:2.

Moses

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 4, 2017

  • We can be humble and authoritative at the same time.
    • Deuteronomy 18:15
    • Numbers 12:1-13; 16:3-22 – God steps in to stop Aaron and Miriam’s rebellion against Moses. Moses shows humility in praying for them. Later, Moses addresses the rebellion of Korah while still showing humility.
    • Ephesians 6:4-9 – God instructs us to be humble in all our relationships. We can be humble and still exercise authority.
  • We should obey both general principles and specific commands.
    • Exodus 40:16-21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 32-33 – Everything was done just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
    • Exodus 25:9, 40; 26:30; 27:8 – Everything was to be done according to the pattern.
    • Hebrews 8:4-5 – God wants us to obey in the details and not just follow the main point.
    • Romans 13:8-10 – Not obeying in the details is disobedience!
    • Matthew 23:23-24
  • We should grow into greatness.
    • Exodus 2:14-15; 4:13; 5:22-23; 7:1; 11:3; 12:31-32; 14:13-14 – Moses had to grow into his faith and his role.
    • Hebrews 11:24-29
    • I Timothy 6:17
    • Proverbs 6:25
    • Mark 16:16

The Heritage of Jonadab

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 18, 2017

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  • 841 B.C. – II Kings 9-10 – King Jehu of the northern kingdom of Israel
    • Jehonadab son of Rechab
    • II Kings 10:15-28
  • Circa 609-598 B.C. – II Kings 23:34-24:6; II Chronicles 36:4-8 – King Jehoiakim of Judah
    • Jeremiah 35:2, 6-10 – This was over 200 years later and they were still faithful to Jonadab’s instructions.
    • Jeremiah 35:14 – God uses the Rechabites as an example of obedience.
    • Jeremiah 35:19 – God’s promise to Jonadab and his household
  • Our responsibility to our generations
    • The example of Abraham
      • Abram (“exalted father”), Abraham (“father of a multitude”)
      • Genesis 18:19
      • Physical descendants: Israel (and other nations)
      • Spiritual descendants: today’s Christians (Galatians 3:7, 29)
    • Generational fatherhood is carried out through the teaching of God’s words and wisdom.
      • Proverbs 4:1-5; Psalm 78:1-3; Deuteronomy 4:9
      • Joel 1:3
    • Our faithful teachings to our children and grandchildren may preserve our descendants long after we are gone.
  • Discern the signs of the times and respond.
    • Will Jesus not rebuke us for not opening our eyes to the world around us (Matthew 16:3)?
      • Humanism (the philosophy that rejects God and embraces human reason and experience as the only guides for human life) …
      • … materialism, greed, debt, waste, selfishness …
      • … fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, immodesty, lasciviousness, divorce …
    • Jonadab saw the signs of his times, heard the words of the prophets, believed them, and commanded his descendants to live in a way to survive those times.
    • Are we separated and strange in this world (II Corinthians 6:14-18; I Peter 2:11-12; 4:3-5), or will we just “follow the masses in doing evil” (Exodus 23:2)?
  • Obey your father and live, or refuse and die.
    • Jeremiah 35:17
    • Hebrews 12:9
    • Deuteronomy 30:19-20
    • The choice is simple: obey God’s word and live, or reject him and die. Which do you choose?

By David Watson

Benchley, March 12, 2017

  • Philippians 2:1-8
  • He became a servant
    • Philippians 2:6-7
    • Think about all that Jesus gave up to be a servant.
    • John 1:1-3, 14
    • We often try to elevate ourselves when we should be content to be servants.
    • Matthew 20:28
    • II Corinthians 8:9
  • He became obedient
    • Philippians 2:8
    • John 4:34; 8:28
    • II Corinthians 12:20 – warning against gossip
    • Hebrews 13:4; I John 2:16 – warning against lust
    • Galatians 5:20-21 – warning against outbursts of anger
  • He because obedient to the point of death!
    • Philippians 2:8, 17, 30

Beyond Bethlehem

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 25, 2016

  • Luke 1:31-34
  • Luke 2:10-20
  • John 6:59-60
  • Out of 89 chapters in the New Testament, only 4 deal with Jesus’ birth or life as a child. Ninety-six percent focus on Jesus’ life and teaching near the end of His life.
  • When Jesus grew up, what did He teach?
    • Matthew 20:27 – We must be prepared to serve.
      • Matthew 20:21-28
    • Matthew 5:43-44 – Love your enemies and pray for them.
    • Matthew 7:21 – Jesus expects people to obey. It is not enough to just say, “Lord, Lord.”
      • Matthew 7:24-29 – Parable of the two foundations.
    • Matthew 10:34 – Jesus did not come to bring peace.
      • Matthew 10:35-37 – Jesus brought peace with God, but not necessarily with other people.
    • Matthew 6:24 – You cannot serve God and wealth.
      • It is ironic that the holiday of Christmas has become so materialistic.
      • Matthew 6:19-21
    • I Corinthians 11:24 – Jesus taught us how to remember Him.
      • I Corinthians 11:23-26 – the Lord’s Supper
    • Mark 16:15-16 – baptism commanded

Danger of Following Afar

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 27, 2016

  • Mark 14:54-59, 66-72
  • Effectiveness is proportionate to distance. James 4:8.  Peter demonstrated the danger of distance.  He weakened and would not stand by Jesus.  He lied.  He cursed and swore.  Notice the relation in these things:
    • Followed afar
    • Lied
    • Cursed and swore
  • John 2:15-16
  • Ways we may follow afar:
    • Doing that which is not inherently wrong, but doing it to the detriment of following God.
    • Partial obedience. Some obey first principles but then refuse to accept and follow other things God requires of us. Some preach the truth of God’s word but refuse to apply and live by what they are preaching.
  • The lack of effectiveness of one who follows afar
    • He’s lost his influence for good.
  • What caused Peter to follow afar?
    • Fear of the mob.
    • He didn’t have enough faith in and love for Jesus.
  • What does Jesus think of one who follows afar?
    • Luke 9:61-62
  • The end result of following afar
    • Do not try to serve the Lord from afar. If you do not enjoy close proximity with the Lord now, do you think you will in eternity?

 

Belief

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 20, 2016

  • Many believe that we are saved by belief in God. Hebrews 11:6
  • Are we saved by belief only or a belief that obeys? Galatians 5:6
  • Romans 3:23; I John 2:1-2
  • Titus 3:5 – Salvation is not by works of merit.
  • God expects us to accept salvation on His terms and conditions. Jeremiah 10:23
  • When “believe” is used in conjunction with another word, we know it is used in a specific sense.
    • John 12:42
    • Hebrews 11:8
  • Here, belief is used in a comprehensive sense. It includes obedience.
    • John 3:16
    • Numbers 21:6-9 – If any had believed, but not gone to look at the serpent, he would have still died.
    • Acts 16:31-34
    • Acts 18:8; I Corinthians 1:14 – Crispus believed, which apparently included baptism.
    • John 3:20
    • John 5:24
    • Romans 1:16
  • Romans 10:4
  • Matthew 7:21-23

Worship

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By Drew Nelson

Benchley, October 16, 2016

  • Reminders
    • The New Testament shows us the pattern of worship.
    • Hebrews 10:23-25 – You want to assemble to worship as much as possible.
    • Worship can be a much bigger concept than just assembling on Sunday.
  • A picture of heavenly worship
    • Revelation 4:1-5:14
    • Worship means to recognize the worth of something.
  • Pictures of vain worship
    • Having the wrong object of worship
      • Isaiah 44:9-20
    • Substituting worship for obedience
      • Isaiah 1:11-15
    • Flaunting God’s commands for worship
      • Leviticus 10:1-3 – Nadab and Abihu are killed for worshiping incorrectly
  • We need worship
    • Worship makes us look up from our navel.
    • You become like what you worship.