Humbly Seeking Truth, Part 4

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 30, 2018

  • Attitude check: II Timothy 2:23-26
  • As long as we unite on Jesus, isn’t that all that matters? (continued)
    • Ephesians 4:4 – There is one church/body.
    • There are no divisions in Christ’s church.
      • Take baptism as an example.
        • Ephesians 4:5
        • Mark 16:15-16 – Can one church start teaching that you don’t have to believe and be baptized to be saved – you can just believe?
        • Galatians 3:27 – Can one church start teaching that you’re not baptized into Christ – you are in Christ, then you are baptized as an outward sign?
        • How can we claim to be united in Christ when we change His doctrine? II Corinthians 13:5; John 14:6
    • Practical applications
      • Be a member of Christ’s one church
        • Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28
        • Jesus bought it and built it with His own blood. I should:
          • Submit to His Headship
          • Make Him my Savior
          • Be baptized into His death and into His body (Romans 6:3-4; I Corinthians 12:13)
          • I John 1:6-7; 2:3-6
        • Study and learn Christ’s one truth
          • Ephesians 4:5 – We ought to study, learn, and practice this one faith!
          • We are fallible and will not be in perfect agreement, but we should be studying to unify on the truth in the Bible.
  • Shouldn’t we support Israel today to prepare for Christ’s kingdom?
    • Many people still believe that Israel is still the nation through which God will bless the rest of the world. This is part of a larger doctrine (with many variations) called Premillenialism.
    • Some believe that since Christ was rejected by most Jews when He came to earth, He set up the church instead of the kingdom.
    • Mark 9:1 – The kingdom of heaven was at hand.
    • Acts 2:30-33
    • Colossians 1:13 – The kingdom was already in existence!
    • Revelation 1:9
    • I Corinthians 15:20-28 – Jesus will hand over the kingdom – not start the kingdom.
    • I Thessalonians 4:13-18 – Those who are alive at Christ’s coming will meet Him in the air!
    • The kingdom of Christ is not a physical one based in Jerusalem, but a spiritual one (John 6:14-15; 18:36; Luke 17:20-21; Mark 12:34). Jesus reigns over us spiritually today!

By David Watson

Benchley, May 31, 2015

  • Acts 20:28
  • In the Bible, there is only one church
    • Several passages refer to the church in singular
      • Matthew 16:18
      • Ephesians 4:4; 1:22
    • We also know this because of what the word church means
      • Ephesians 5:23-30
      • Hebrews 12:22-24
    • Why it matters
      • So we understand the singularity of Christ’s doctrine
        • Ephesians 4:4-6
        • John 17:20-21
        • Acts 2:38
      • So we understand that our loyalty is to Christ
        • Acts 11:19-26
        • I Corinthians 1:9-15
        • Matthew 23:8-10 – The Bible says nothing about clergy/laity distinctions. Religious titles are forbidden.
        • I Corinthians 3:4-11, 21-4:1
        • I Corinthians 4:17
        • I Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:24
      • Ephesians 4:4-6 – There is one Lord, one faith, one church, and one baptism.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 21, 2014

  • It would lead him to believe:
    • That God is – Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16
    • That the Word became flesh and lived on Earth as man – John 1:1,14; Philippians 2:6; Matthew 1:21; Romans 1:16; John 14:26; 16:13; Matthew 18:18
    • That Jesus built His church – Matthew 16:19; Acts 20:28
      • There is only one saved relationship – Galatians 1:6-11
    • What Christ requires a church to be – II Peter 1:3; II Timothy 3:16-17
      • Acts 2:47 – The Lord adds to the church those who are saved.
      • The church is made up of saints, elders (or bishops), and deacons
      • In worship
      • In function
      • In structure
      • In how to live – I Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 6:33; I John 2:15-16
    • The end result of life – Matthew 25:46

Christ’s Church

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 27, 2014

 

  • Matthew 16:13-19 – Jesus promises to build His church
  • John 14:16
  • Christ promised to build His church and then purchased it with His own blood (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28)
  • There is one body (Ephesians 4:5; I Corinthians 12:27)
  • The body is the church (Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 1:18)
  • Therefore, there is one church that Christ built.
  • Some claim that John the Baptist started the church.
    • If started before Christ’s death, it would be:
      • A church that was not blood purchased (Acts 20:28)
      • A church without a head (Ephesians 1:23)
      • A church without a foundation (I Corinthians 3:11)
      • A church in which Christ could not be preached (Matthew 16:20; Luke 24:46-49)
      • A church without the Holy Spirit (John 7:39)
      • A church that Jesus does not save (Ephesians 5:23)
  • The time, place, and who will lead one to the place:
Time Place Who What
1530 Germany Luther Lutheran
1534 England Henry 8th Episcopal
1535 Switzerland Calvin Presbyterian
1607 England Smythe Baptist
1739 England Wesley Methodist
30-33 Jerusalem Christ Christ’s church

 

  • Which of the following fits the facts?
    • Time (Isaiah 2:2-3; Joel 2:28-32; Daniel 2:44; Acts 2:1-17,41,47)
    • Place (Isaiah 2:2-3; Isaiah 28:16; Zechariah 1:16; Acts 1:4; 2)
    • Who (Matthew 16:13-19; Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 3:11)
    • What (Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 1:2; I Timothy 3:15)
  • Was this congregation started on Pentecost in Jerusalem?
    • No. (Benchley started October 1991 with 14 members in Joe Harding’s garage.)
      • But the teaching and practices of this congregation were!
    • The local Mormon church was not started in 1830 in New York, but its teachings and practices were.
    • To be a Mormon church, a local church must conform to the teachings of the local church.
    • Just so, to be a church of Christ, a local church must conform to the teaching that started on Pentecost in Jerusalem by Christ.
  • Jesus saves the church
    • It took centuries for the Old Covenant to prepare for it.
    • It took the Son of God, the life He lived, His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, coronation, and becoming high priest to build it.
    • It took the Holy Spirit to reveal it.
    • It took the apostles to lay the foundation.

 

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 22, 2013

 

  • I Corinthians 1:20; Ephesians 4:4-9 – There is one body.
  • We are not the only ones who teach:
    • The Bible is the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16-17; Jude 3)
    • There is a distinction between the Old and New Testaments
    • Instrumental music in worship is unscriptural.
    • The Lord’s Supper is to be observed each Sunday.
    • Baptism is immersion in water.
    • Baptism is for remission of sins.
    • The saved are to be called by a name that points ownership to heaven.
    • The saved are to live godly lives (I Timothy 5:22; Ephesians 5:27).
    • The congregation is God’s arrangement for together work and worship.
  • One who teaches and practices all of these things is a member of the one body.

 

The Church Led By the Spirit

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, August 19, 2012