II Corinthians, Part 8

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 29, 2017

  • II Corinthians 7:1-16
  • II Corinthians 7:1 – This verse makes more sense as part of chapter 6. Paul is encouraging them to keep themselves pure because of the great promises God has made to them.
  • II Corinthians 7:7 – See Romans 8:18.
  • II Corinthians 7:8 – Paul’s rebuke caused them sorrow, but he did not regret it once he saw the way they handled it. He did not like rebuking them at the time, though.
  • II Corinthians 7:11 – These are all the things that gave evidence of their godly sorrow.
  • II Corinthians 7:12 – This is a not-but passage. Paul did write I Corinthians for the sake of both the offender and offended, but that was not his primary purpose.

Love

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 12, 2017

  • Love, the greatest commandment
    • Matthew 22:37-38
  • Love, the second greatest commandment
    • Matthew 22:39
  • Love and the Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)
    • Matthew 5:43-48 – Love even your enemies.
  • Love and Peter (John 21:14-17)
  • Love and Paul (I Corinthians 13)
  • Love and Jacob (Genesis 29:20)
  • Conclusion
    • Samaritan – Love serves because of the need.
    • Peter – Love will feed other sheep of Jesus.
    • Paul – Love is not selfish and never fails.
    • Jacob – Love made it a joy to serve.

2 Corinthians, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 1, 2017

  • II Corinthians 4:1-15
  • II Corinthians 4:1 – See Ephesians 3:4-9; 6:12. Heavenly places is referring to places of power (rulers on earth) – not Heaven itself.
  • II Corinthians 4:3-4 – The gospel was veiled to those who chose not to understand it. A parallel to this idea is Jesus speaking in parables.
  • II Corinthians 4:5 – “We” here could be used in the editorial sense, meaning only Paul, or it could be used to mean all the apostles.
  • II Corinthians 4:7 – The apostles were the only ones who had the treasure (the gospel) in earthen vessels (their bodies) to share with others. Paul is contrasting the greatness of the gospel with the relative lack of value of the vessel used to distribute it.
  • II Corinthians 4:8 – See II Corinthians 11:24-28. They were hard-pressed with persecution.
  • II Corinthians 4:12 – Paul was facing death daily to spread the gospel.

2 Corinthians, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 15, 2017

  • II Corinthians 1:11-2:16
  • II Corinthians 1:21 – See I Samuel 10. God anointed the apostles by setting them in place to do their work.
  • II Corinthians 1:22 – God sealed the apostles as belonging to Him and gave them the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that their task was from God and not from man. See also Galatians 1:12.
  • II Corinthians 2:6-8 – Paul is warning against being overly righteous and refusing to forgive a person because their sin is too great. When someone repents, we must forgive and not lay his past life to his charge any more.  When we forgive someone, we should reaffirm our love for them.
  • II Corinthians 2:11 – The enemy is Satan – not the sinning brother!

2 Corinthians, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 8, 2017

  • II Corinthians 1:1-11
  • Introduction:
    • It is generally understood that II Corinthians was written by Paul shortly after I Corinthians. It was written from Macedonia about A.D. 57.
    • Purpose of the book:
      • To commend the Corinthians for correcting some of the things Paul rebuked them for in I Corinthians.
      • Give further instruction and admonition about the collection for the needy saints in Jerusalem (II Corinthians 8-9).
      • To rebuke those who were still tearing Paul down and advocating Judaism.
    • II Corinthians 1:2 – Peace: See Philippians 4:7.
    • II Corinthians 1:4 – Overcoming afflictions: See James 2:2.
    • II Corinthians 1:6-9 – Paul was God-centered, but also focused on the needs of the Christians in Corinth. He had great confidence that they would continue to do what was right.
    • II Corinthians 1:11 – This shows that Paul wanted people to pray for him and for his physical deliverance. This shows it is right to pray for physical things.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Legally, yes.
  • Personally, yes.
  • According to Jesus, yes.
    • Matthew 11:27-28
    • Revelation 22:17
  • If he is going to be saved, no.
    • John 14:6
    • Matthew 15:8-9
    • John 8:31-32
    • I Peter 1:22
    • I Peter 4:11
    • Matthew 7:24-27
  • Consider Saul of Tarsus. He did not have the right to his own belief if he was going to serve God acceptably.
    • Acts 13:1; 26:9
    • Proverbs 14:12
  • Conscience is not a guide. It is a judge.
    • Romans 2:15
    • I John 3:20-21
    • Romans 14:23
  • For salvation, one does not have the right to his/her own belief:
    • About what to do to be saved.
    • About what makes a church right.
      • II Peter 1:3
      • II Timothy 3:17
      • Jude 1:3
      • Acts 2:36
      • Philippians 2:14-15
      • Acts 20:28
      • I Corinthians 5:45
    • About how to live for Jesus.
      • I Timothy 5:22
      • I Corinthians 5:4-5
    • Jesus IS the Christian’s belief.
      • Luke 6:46

The Resurrection

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, October 30, 2016

  • What is the theme of Acts?
    • Acts 1:21-22; 2:22-24; 3:15; 4:1-2; 10:40; 13:29-33; 17:2-3, 18; 23:6; 24:14-15; 26:22-23
  • What changed Peter?
    • The resurrection of Jesus
  • What changed Paul?
    • I Corinthians 13:5-8 – The resurrection of Jesus.
    • I Corinthians 15:12-15, 17-19
  • What will the resurrection be like?
    • I Thessalonians 4:13-18
    • I Corinthians 15:50-58
  • Judgment
    • Matthew 25:24-30 – God expects us to do what we can with what we have.
    • I Corinthians 12:14-26 – We do not all have the same roles. God honors those who do what they can, whether small or great.
    • Luke 21:1-4
    • Mark 14:3-9
    • Matthew 25:34-36 – God wants us to do what we can for others.
  • Acts 17:24-28

1 Corinthians, Part 16

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 14, 2016

  • 1 Corinthians 9:15-10:4
  • I Corinthians 9:19 – Paul became a servant to all for the good of the gospel. He served so that he could save as many people as possible.
  • I Corinthians 9:20 – Paul adopted the customs of those he was teaching (as long as they were not sinful) so that he could find common ground and teach them more effectively.
  • I Corinthians 9:25 – The Christian must exercise self-control in all things, whether they be sinful or not. Many things are not sinful but must be done in moderation.  The Christian must have self-control in these things as well.
  • I Corinthians 9:26-27 – There is no time to take a vacation from serving God or to retire from serving God.
  • I Corinthians 10:2 – The Israelites were surrounded on all sides by the cloud and sea. Thus, they were immersed (baptized) in it.

I Corinthians, Part 7

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 12, 2016

  • I Corinthians 4:4-17
  • I Corinthians 4:5 – See Matthew 7:22-23.
  • I Corinthians 4:6 – See II John 1:9 regarding going beyond the written Scripture. The context here, however, is dealing specifically with judging other men.  We are not to go beyond what is written when judging other men (Matthew 23:8).
  • I Corinthians 4:8 – See I John 3:8. Paul is wishing that they all had fellowship in God together.
  • I Corinthians 4:9 – Secular history tells us that Paul was killed for his faith.
  • I Corinthians 4:14 – Notice this is a not-but passage. Paul’s primary goal was not to shame them although his words should have.  His primary purpose was to admonish them.

I Corinthians, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 1, 2016

  • I Corinthians 1:10-25
  • I Corinthians 1:10-17 – Paul appeals to them to stop calling themselves followers of particular men. Instead, they were to be unified as followers of Christ.  See also I Corinthians 3:4.
    • I Corinthians 1:17 – This is a “not-but” passage. Paul was sent to baptize, but that was not his primary goal.  His primary goal was to preach the gospel.  Only when someone hears and believes on their own will they be ready to be baptized.
  • I Corinthians 1:18-25 – Many people today still consider the gospel to be foolishness. God chose the message of the gospel to be foolishness to those who are wise in their own eyes.  We should not be surprised when that is the case.