Exodus, Part 12

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 18, 2017

  • Exodus 32
  • Exodus 32:1-8 – The people and instant gratification
    • Moses was on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18).
    • Exodus 32:6 – The word “play” may have a sexual connotation.
    • I Thessalonians 5:1-11; II Peter 3:10-11 – We aren’t told when Jesus is coming, but what is our job until that time?
  • Moses and strong, loving leadership
    • Great leadership in God’s eyes is taking a strong stand against sin.
    • Moses was willing to take the punishment for the people’s sin. Exodus 32:31-35
  • Aaron and weak leadership
    • Exodus 32:4 – Does “they” include Aaron?
    • Exodus 32:21-25 – Aaron just makes things worse with lies and excuses.
  • God’s compassion (Exodus 32:9-14)
    • The people took the blessings of God and used them wickedly. Isn’t that always what sin is?
    • Despite this great sin, God chose not to destroy them.
    • Nehemiah 9:17-21
    • I John 1:9
    • Romans 2:4

That’s Unfair

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 16, 2017

  • God is perfectly fair and just, but this world is not.
    • Deuteronomy 32:4
    • The world is often unfair and unjust. God did not make it so (Genesis 1:31).
    • Do not attribute man’s injustice to God.
  • God will settle justice at the Judgment.
    • Romans 2:5-11
    • Every injustice will be settled when God judges the world with perfect impartiality.
    • Sinners who are justified by faith in Christ will be spared from God’s wrath. Romans 5:1, 9-10
  • We must be willing to wait on God’s justice.
    • Often what we perceive as unfairness in God is actually our own impatience.
    • Revelation 6:10
    • While we are impatient, God’s patience is working to bring about the salvation of the world.
    • II Peter 3:14-15
    • Isaiah 30:18
    • James 5:7-8
  • Fair or unfair?
    • Do not confuse fairness and justice with equality in the world.
    • If it is right, then it is fair.
    • Was it fair for Jesus to suffer for sins He did not commit?
      • No, it was not fair because it was not right.
      • However, it was merciful and gracious.
    • Is it fair for Christians to suffer for their faith in Jesus?
      • II Thessalonians 1:5-10
      • In the parable of the laborers (Matthew 20:1-6), was it fair for the landowner to pay all of the workers the same amount even though they did not all work as many hours?
        • Yes, it was fair because the landowner had the right to do so.
      • In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), was it fair for the master to give different talents to different slaves?
      • Was it fair for God to choose Jacob rather than Esau?
        • Romans 9:13-14
        • Yes, it was fair because God had the right to do so.
      • It is fair for God to save those who meet the conditions of His gospel and not others?
        • Romans 9:15
        • Yes, it is fair because God has the right to do so.
      • Many times, the cry of “unfair” arises from discontent rather than from injustice.
        • I Timothy 6:6-8
        • Philippians 4:11-12
        • Don’t compare yourself to others as a measure of fairness or justice.

Moses

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 19, 2017

  • What if a man wrote a letter to the church wanting to fill a job as a preacher and listed these weaknesses?
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • God chose such a man – Moses
    • He did not consider himself a leader. Exodus 3:11; 4:1
    • He was not an eloquent speaker. Exodus 4:10
    • He did not have all the answers. Numbers 15:32-36
    • He sometimes lost his temper. Exodus 3:22
    • He sometimes got so provoked with the people that he disobeyed God. Numbers 21; Psalm 106
  • Moses, an example of a great leader
    • He was so great that God told him. Deuteronomy 18:18
      • Acts 3:22-23
      • Luke 16:29
      • John 6:26-40
      • Acts 15:21
    • His faith (Hebrews 11:24-26)
    • He knew where to get the answers (Numbers 15:35)
    • His love for his brethren (Exodus 32:30-32)
    • His tireless work (Exodus 18:13-18)
    • His humility (Exodus 32:9-13)
    • His faithfulness in proclaiming God’s Word to them (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28-29)
    • His patience (Exodus 6:9; 16:2; 17:2)
    • His faithful submission (Deuteronomy 32:48-52)
  • Conclusion

Fruitful Families

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, December 18, 2016

  • Love
    • I Corinthians 13:4-7
  • Joy
    • Response to events
      • Luke 15:8-11
      • I Corinthians 13:6
      • James 1:2
    • Motivates to action
      • II Corinthians 8:2
      • III John 1:4 – This should be the greatest joy from our children.
    • Peace
      • Freedom from disturbance, fighting, or war.
      • In spite of circumstances.
      • Takes effort.
      • Hand in hand with unity.
        • Ephesians 2:14-15; 4:3
      • Protects us.
    • Patience
      • Enduring in anticipation of a preferred outcome.
        • Romans 9:22; 2:4
      • Undergirded by faith.
        • Hebrews 6:12
      • Kindness
        • Also, gentleness
        • Allied with grace, compassion, humility, patience, tolerance.
          • Ephesians 2:7; Colossians 3:12; Romans 2:4
        • Contrast to severity
          • Romans 11:22
        • Goodness
          • Doing what is pleasing to the Lord
          • With righteousness and truth.
            • Ephesians 5:7-11
          • Faithfulness
            • Love believes all things
              • I Corinthians 13:7
            • Faith can be seen, works through love.
              • Matthew 9:2; Galatians 5:6
            • Faith toward God, holding to THE faith.
          • Gentleness
            • Meekness, humility, as seen in Jesus
              • Matthew 11:29
            • Not just for wives!
              • I Peter 3:4
            • Contrasted with a rod, boldness
              • I Corinthians 4:21; II Corinthians 10:1-2
            • Restore one caught in trespass with gentleness.
              • Galatians 6:1
            • Self-control
              • In power / strength / might / dominion
                • Luke 1:51; Ephesians 6:10; I Peter 4:11 – ascribed to Jesus
              • Having power over self
              • One who demands every whim be fulfilled is not strong, but lead by desires in weakness.

Fruitful Marriage

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, October 2, 2016

  • Love
    • I Corinthians 13:4-7
  • Joy
    • Luke 15:8-11
    • Joy is a choice that we make.
    • James 1:2
    • II Corinthians 8:2
  • Peace
    • Luke 11:21
    • Acts 7:26
    • Luke 14:32
    • I Corinthians 14:33
    • John 14:27
    • John 16:33
    • We can have peace can be in spite of circumstances.
    • II Thessalonians 3:16
    • Romans 14:19
    • Hebrews 12:14
    • I Peter 3:11
    • James 2:16
    • Ephesians 2:14-15
    • Proverbs 21:19; 19:13
    • Proverbs 17:14 – Take steps before a quarrel breaks out.
    • Proverbs 4:7 – A peaceful marriage helps strengthen us.
  • Patience
    • Romans 9:22
    • Romans 2:4
    • Ephesians 5:27
  • Kindness
    • Ephesians 2:7
    • Colossians 3:12
    • Romans 2:4
    • I Peter 3:1
    • Romans 11:22
  • Goodness
    • Ephesians 5:7
    • Proverbs 14:34
  • Faithfulness
    • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  • Meekness
    • Matthew 11:29
    • I Peter 3:4
  • Self-control
    • Self-control is to have power over self.

The Fruit of the Spirit

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 17, 2016

  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • Context: Galatians 5:13-26
  • Keep choosing the Spirit over the flesh.
    • We have a choice.
    • This is a continual choice.
      • If you are alive a year from now, some part of you will be stronger. What part will it be, the physical or the spiritual?
    • Find ways to use these qualities in life!
      • Action: “… working … serve … live … walk … fruit”
      • What you do determines who you are. Matthew 7:15-20
    • The fruit of the Spirit
      • Love
      • Joy
      • Peace
      • Patience
      • Kindness (gentleness)
      • Goodness
      • Faithfulness
      • Gentleness (meekness)
      • Self-control
    • We have to bear fruit to be useful to God.

The Divine Nature

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 10, 2016

  • Introduction
    • I Peter 2:21
    • II Peter 1:1-4
  • Characteristics of the Divine Nature that we do not share:
    • Omnipotence
    • Omniscience
    • Omnipresence
  • Characteristics of Divine Nature that we do share:
    • Love – I John 4:8, 19; 4:19-20; 5:1; John 13:35; Ephesians 4:15; Matthew 5:44
    • Light – John 8:12
    • Holiness – Psalms 145:17; Hebrews 12:10,14
    • Righteousness – Psalms 111:3; Ephesians 4:24; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4; I John 2:29
    • Mercifulness – Psalms 103:17; James 5:13; Acts 20:35; Ephesians 4:28; James 1:27; Matthew 25:31-46; Psalms 37:25
    • Longsuffering – Numbers 14:18; II Peter 3:9
    • Forgiving – Daniel 9:9; Luke 17:3
    • Faithful – I Corinthians 10:13
  • What has changed when one becomes a partaker of the divine nature?
    • A new creature with:
      • A new Master
      • A new mind
      • A new life
      • A new destination

Learn to Teach

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By Mark Gentry

Benchley, October 21, 2015

  • We are given the responsibility to teach.
    • Matthew 28:19-20
    • Acts 5:42
    • We may not all teach publicly, but we still have the responsibility to teach.
    • II Timothy 2:24-25
    • Titus 2:4-5
    • Ephesians 6:4
    • There are many different circumstances where we can teach.
  • Our motivation to teach should always be love.
    • Ephesians 4:14-16
    • Luke 12:22-37
    • Matthew 15:7-4 – Sometimes a firm approach is needed, but we must do it with love.
    • Jude 1:22-23 – Different people need different approaches.
    • Out of our love must come self-control.
      • John 2:13-16 – We must maintain self-control, even if we have to be severe with people.
    • Out of our love must come patience.
      • Acts 17:32, 34
      • Acts 13:42
    • We must learn to transition from a physical conversation to a spiritual one.
      • John 4:5-26
      • We must learn to ask questions of people and listen carefully to their responses.
        • Mark 2:23-28
        • Matthew 21:23-27 – Some questions should not be answered.
      • There are times when we need to back up and cover the fundamentals.
        • Acts 6:10-7:2ff – Steven backed up to establish common ground with his audience.
      • The Bible is truth.
        • John 17:17
        • If we are going to answer people effectively, we have to know what the Bible says and where it says it.
        • II Timothy 2:15
        • We must answer with the scriptures!
      • Matthew 25:29 – If we keep working, we will get better.
      • Galatians 6:9 – Don’t grow weary. This is important work!

 

Criticism

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By Daniel Beamon

Benchley, September 27, 2015

  • Criticism is uncomfortable
    • If you enjoy giving criticism, you are probably not giving it in the right way.
    • II Timothy 3:16-17
    • Proverbs 13:18
    • Galatians 6:1 – Criticism is necessary.
    • Titus 1:3 – Criticism is necessary to make us sound in faith.
  • Giving criticism
    • Philippians 2:1-4
    • Colossians 3:12-17 – If we do not have love, we will give criticism with the wrong heart.
    • II Timothy 2:22-26 – Teaching is an important aspect of criticism.
    • II Timothy 4:2 – We must have patience when criticizing others.
    • I Peter 5:5 – Be humble!
    • Be care to not have an “I gotcha!” attitude in criticizing others.
  • Receiving criticism
    • Philippians 2:1-4 – We must receive criticism in a spirit of love.
    • Proverbs 9:7-9 – Receive criticism with wisdom. Use it to improve.
    • Do not receive criticism with pride or anger. It doesn’t help anyone.
  • Peter and Paul
    • Galatians 1:18-2:14 – When Peter was in error, Paul withstood him to his face.
    • II Peter 3:13-18 – Peter still counted Paul as a beloved brother.

Patience

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 28, 2015

  • James 5:7-11
  • The farmer waits: some things can’t be rushed (Romans 5:1-5)
    • Spiritual maturity – Ephesians 4:1-3; Hebrews 5:14
    • Developing into a Bible student/teacher
    • Becoming a shepherd
    • Loving your family
  • Strengthen your hearts: replace pride and selfishness with the Lord and love (James 5:7-9)
    • Romans 12:19
    • I Corinthians 13:4
  • Take the prophets: quit acting like worldly people (Hebrews 6:11)