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.

1 Corinthians, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 24, 2016

  • I Corinthians 7:17-38
  • I Corinthians 7:19 – See Ephesians 2:8. There are two parts to man’s salvation.  Providing the means for salvation is 100% up to God.  Accepting salvation by obeying God is 100% up to man.  See Luke 17:10.
    • See Judges 7:2. God does not want man to think that salvation is his own doing.
  • I Corinthians 7:23 – See Ephesians 1:7; Titus 3:5; Romans 1:16; Matthew 15:9.
  • I Corinthians 7:24 – Some try to apply this verse too broadly and argue that you do not have to put aside sins you were already practicing when you became a Christian. This view contradicts I Corinthians 7:19 and Acts 3:26, as well as many other passages.
  • I Corinthians 7:25-35 – Paul is giving advice in light of the persecution that was coming. He was not speaking against marriage.  He was just saying that if they were not married, it would be better to remain that way with persecution on the way.
  • I Corinthians 7:36-38 – There are different views on the meaning of this passage. Some think it is talking about a man’s own virginity.  Some think it is talking about giving a man’s virgin daughter in marriage.  Others think it is talking about a man marrying his betrothed.  The ESV translation favors this third view.

King Jesus

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 10, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Matthew 2:2
    • Matthew 4:17; 16:28 – Jesus is King right now!
    • Revelation 1:9
  • We must obey King Jesus
    • Mark 6:27 – A king has absolute authority!
    • Matthew 28:18
    • Matthew 16:18-19
  • We must honor King Jesus
    • Revelation 1:4-7, 13-18; 5:11-14; 17:14
    • I Samuel 24:8
  • We must be loyal to King Jesus
    • Luke 17:20-21
    • II Samuel 15:21 – Ittai showed great loyalty to David.
    • John 18:36
  • We must thank King Jesus
    • Matthew 25:31-34
    • Colossians 1:13-14

Fools in God’s Sight

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 31, 2016

  • Fools in God’s sight:
    • One who says there is no God – Psalms 14:1
      • Acts 17:28
    • One who decides right and wrong by his own standards – Proverbs 12:15
      • Jeremiah 10:23; Psalms 37:25
      • Judges 21:25
      • Isaiah 55:8-9
      • Proverbs 28:26
      • Ephesians 4:27
    • One who laughs at sin – Proverbs 14:9
      • Isaiah 59:1-2
      • Ezekiel 18:20
      • Romans 6:23
    • One who leaves God out of his plans – Luke 12:20
      • James 4:13-15
    • Members of the church who are unfaithful – Galatians 3:1
    • One who fails to make adequate preparation – Matthew 25:3
    • One who hears the Word but does not obey it – Matthew 7:26
  • Wise in God’s sight:
    • Believe God
    • Respect His standard
    • Do not laugh at, but rather hate sin
    • Take God into your plans
    • Be faithful in His service
    • Make adequate preparation
    • Hear His Word and obey it

How to Mature as a Christian

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 31, 2016

  • Colossians 4:12
  • Develop the right attitude
    • I Corinthians 2:6; 2:14-3:4; 14:20
    • James 1:1-4 – Maturity comes by persevering through trials.
    • Philippians 3:11-16 – We must continually press on toward the goal.
  • Study God’s Word well enough to have deep convictions.
    • Colossians 1:28
    • Ephesians 4:11-16 – This is why we need to mature – so we won’t be blown about “by every wind of doctrine”
    • Example: Luke 24:49
      • Read the text.
      • Read the context.
      • Compare translations.
      • Find related verses.
    • Translate Bible knowledge into obedient living.
      • Hebrews 5:11-6:2
      • James 3:2; 2:20-22
      • Matthew 5:43-48
    • In summary:
      • Grow up!
      • Study!
      • Obey!

Honor

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 24, 2016

  • Romans 13:7
  • I Peter 2:17
  • We are to give honor to God
    • Psalms 101:4
    • John 8:49
    • Honor necessitates respect and obedience. Matthew 4:10
    • II Corinthians 5:8 – We must give ourselves to God.
  • We are to honor and respect our family members.
    • Exodus 20:2; Ephesians 6:2; Matthew 15:3-9 – We must honor our parents.
    • I Timothy 5:16
    • I Timothy 5:8
    • Ephesians 5:22-33
  • We are to honor civil powers.
    • Romans 13:7
  • We are to honor and respect the elderly.
    • I Timothy 5:1
    • Leviticus 19:32
    • Proverbs 16:31
  • We are to honor and respect elders who rule well.
    • I Timothy 5:17
  • We are to honor and respect the rights and properties of others.
    • Romans 13:9
  • We are to honor and respect self.
    • II Corinthians 8:5
  • Romans 12:10 – Outdo one another in showing honor (ESV).

Colossians

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 24, 2016

  • Colossians 1:1-4
  • Chapter 1: Preeminence – Realize that Christ is the center of everything!
    • Colossians 1:13
    • Colossians 1:22
    • Colossians 1:15 – Christ is the firstborn of all creation. See Psalms 89:27.  Jesus has a status above all of creation.  This does not mean that Jesus was created.  See Colossians 1:16-17.
    • Colossians 1:16-20 – We can now be reconciled to God through Christ’s blood.
  • Chapter 2: Problems – Don’t let anything distract or deceive you away from Christ!
    • Colossians 2:2-3
    • Colossians 2:13-14 – Jesus set aside the debt of sin people were under from the old law.
    • Colossians 2:20-23 – There is no holiness to be gained by abstaining from certain foods. We only need to worry about obeying Christ!
  • Chapter 3-4: Practical points – Here’s what it means to live for Christ.
    • We have to get Heaven in our heads!
      • Colossians 3:1-4
    • Stop monkeying around with sin!
      • Colossians 3:5-8
    • Serve Christ daily!
      • Colossians 3:9-17
      • The center of everything we do must be God.

By David Watson

Benchley, January 10, 2016

  • Acts 20:18-20, 32-38
  • Disclaimers:
    • I Corinthians 11:1 – None of us are the example to look at – Jesus is the perfect example.
    • Romans 12:4-8 – We are all different.
  • Ask yourself some questions …
    • Am I dependable and hard-working, or am I kinda lazy? Acts 6:1-7
    • Am I devout or hypocritical in daily life? Acts 10:1-2
    • Am I generous or stingy? Acts 4:32-37
    • Am I an obedient student of God’s Word or do I just ignore it? Acts 8:27-39
    • Am I devoted to prayer or negligent? Acts 1:13-14; 2:41-42; Matthew 6:5-7
    • Am I helpful and encouraging, or a drag? Acts 18:23-28
  • What do I need to do right now?
    • Think about this.
    • Talk about this.
    • Do something about this.

Titus

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 27, 2015

  • The world is full of sin
    • Titus 1:5, 10, 13 – Crete was a rough place to be!
    • Acts 2:11
    • Galatians 2:3-4
  • The world needs God’s Word, which is good and profitable!
    • Titus 3:8
    • Titus 1:5, 13; 2:1-10 – Titus had some difficult assignments.
    • Titus 2:15-3:2 – Titus was to speak with confidence and authority.
    • You gotta believe in the message!
      • I Timothy 4:8
      • II Corinthians 8:6, 16-23; 12:17-18 – Titus was sent to deal with sensitive money issues.
    • You will obey it!
      • Titus 1:4
      • Titus 2:6-8 – We are to be good examples.
      • Titus 2:12
    • You will try to get others to obey it.
      • Titus 1:9
    • The world should thank God for His grace.
      • Titus 1:1-2; 2:11-14

Word of the Day, Part 7

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, June 28, 2015

  • Follow:
    • How does following resemble leading?
    • What differentiates a good follower from a bad follower?
    • What are some examples in scripture?
    • How can we make ourselves better followers?
    • Old Testament Hebrew terms:
      • אַחַר (ʾǎḥǎr) – the hind part; generally used as an adverb
        • Often used in combination with another word which specifies its proper use.
        • I Kings 18:21; Ezekiel 13:3
      • הָלַךְ (hālǎḵ) – to walk (literally and figuratively); along, apace, behave one’s self
        • Deuteronomy 13:4; Leviticus 20:23
        • Uses:
          • Pursue (with hostile intent) – Jeremiah 48:2
          • To pursue (without hostile intent) – Jeremiah 18:12
          • To follow along – Exodus 13:2
          • To follow as a disciple or devotee – Deuteronomy 13:4
        • New Testament Greek
          • ἀκολουθέω (akoloutheō) – to be in the same way with; to be a follower (specifically as a disciple)
            • Matthew 9:9; Luke 22:10
          • μιμέομαι (mimeomai) – to imitate
            • II Thessalonians 3:7-9
          • Special combination
            • ὀπίσω (opisō) – to the back, aback – with –
            • δεῦτε (deute) – imperative: come hither, come follow
            • Matthew 4:19
          • Modifications on ἀκολουθέω (akoloutheō):
            • ἐξακολουθέω (exakoloutheō) – follow up or out to the end – Matthew 4:25
            • ἐπακολουθέω (epakoloutheō) – follow after or close upon – I Peter 2:21
            • κατακολουθέω (katakoloutheō) – follow closely behind or intently after – Acts 16:17
            • παρακολουθέω (parakoloutheō) – accompany side by side – Mark 16:17
            • συνακολουθέω (synakoloutheō) – follow along with; accompany a leader – Mark 5:37
          • Is following important?
            • Deuteronomy 13:4; Acts 11:26
              • What is a disciple?
              • What is a Christian?
              • Does a Christian follow?
            • What does much of the “Christian” world teach?
              • Does grace exclude following?
              • Does teaching that we should follow degrade grace?
              • What does it mean to follow?
            • Follower qualities, skills, and traits
              • Embrace vision of leadership – II Thessalonians 2:13-15
              • Integrity – Ephesians 4:14-16