Psalms, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 23, 2017

  • Psalms 1-7
  • Psalms 1:1 – God has a law and He wants us to walk in it!
  • Psalms 1:6 – A godly man is one who respects God and His word. “Godly” is not the same as “god-like.”
  • Psalms 2:1-5, 8-10 – The rulers on earth generally rage against God.
  • Psalms 4:1 – We can have gladness even in times of persecution because we live in spiritual peace and safety.
  • Psalms 5:3 – This is the best and only right way to start our day!
  • Psalms 6:1 – Don’t let the hardships of life turn you against God.

Marks of Spiritual Strength

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 30, 2017

  • II Thessalonians 1:1-5
  • Give thanks to God for our brethren (II Thessalonians 1:3)
  • A faith that grows exceedingly
    • II Timothy 2:15
    • Hebrews 5:14
  • An abounding love for one another
    • I Peter 4:8
    • Proverbs 17:9; 19:11
  • A steadfast faith in persecution and tribulations
    • I Peter 4:16
    • II Timothy 3:12
  • The end result: counted worthy of the kingdom of God

Don’t Use That Name

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 17, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Many people today speak things to Christians that are purposely offensive in the name of free speech, art, or literature.
    • People have been legally punished in the United States for using the name of Jesus.
  • Why is the name of Jesus so offensive to unbelievers?
    • Let us consider Acts 3-5 to find the answers.
  • A story about Jesus’ name
    • Acts 3:6 – “in the name of Jesus”
    • Acts 3:16 – “on the basis of faith in His name …”
    • Acts 4:7 – “in what name have you done this?”
    • Acts 4:8-12 – “by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene … this man stands before you in good health.”
    • Acts 4:17-18 – “speak no longer to any man in this name”
    • Acts 4:29-30 – “through the name of Your holy servant Jesus”
    • Acts 5:28 – “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in His name …”
    • Acts 5:40-41 – “they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus”
  • What does this episode teach us concerning those who are opposed to Jesus and offended at His name?
    • The power that is associated with the name of Jesus is evident to them.
    • They cannot deny the power of Jesus’ name, so they seek to oppress it by intimidation and manipulation.
    • They are offended because the name of Jesus calls on them to be accountable for their own deeds.
      • Acts 17:31
    • Their attempts to silence Christians fail, so they often turn to punitive measures to enforce their will against Christians.
  • Final thoughts
    • Acts 5:11
    • Acts 4:12

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.

Religious Persecution

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, December 18, 2016

  • Daniel 3:1, 4-6, 17-19, 26-29
    • God saves Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the furnace.
  • Daniel 6:4-7, 14-22
    • God saves Daniel in the lions’ den.
  • Old Testament
    • Psalms 23:4
    • Proverbs 29:7
    • Amos 5:10
    • Habakkuk 1:13
    • Psalms 119:157
    • Jeremiah 15:10
    • Psalms 119:61
    • Jeremiah 20:7
    • Proverbs 29:10
    • Psalms 119:10
  • New Testament
    • I Timothy 3:12
    • John 15:18
    • Matthew 5:44
    • I Peter 4:12-14
    • I Peter 3:17
    • I Peter 3:14
  • 2016/2017
    • Religious persecution coming to America?
    • The new tolerance
  • We must learn to appreciate what we have that allows us to worship God as easily as we do.

Christians in Conflict

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 20, 2016

  • Luke 6:40
  • Don’t: Drown in bitterness
    • Acts 5:40-42 – flogged, warned
    • Acts 8:1-4, 40 – ravaged, scattered
    • Acts 11:19-21 – persecuted
    • Acts 13:44-52 – persecuted, kicked out
    • Acts 14:2-7 – mistreated, threatened
    • Acts 14:19-28 – stoned, left for dead
    • Acts 18:2, 26 – discriminated against
    • Acts 21:30-32 – kidnapped, beaten
  • Do: Maintain the join of God’s salvation.
    • Acts 16:22-25; 9:31; 15:3
  • Don’t: Assume, accuse, and fight like the world.
    • Acts 21:27-29
    • Acts 16:27-30
  • Do: Remain honorable in conflict.
    • I Corinthians 6:1-7
  • Don’t: Forget this person has a soul.
    • Acts 26:24-29
    • Acts 7:59-60
    • I Corinthians 8:11
    • I Timothy 2:6
  • Do: Pray and consult the word of God.
    • Acts 15:1-18

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.

By Denny Myers

Benchley, July 17, 2016

  • Some accuse Christians of being intolerant bigots.
  • II Corinthians 2:11 – We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices.
  • Isaiah 5:20
  • We are going to have Satan motivating his crowd against us.
  • Jesus was falsely accused of many things during His time on earth.
  • God never designed the life of a Christian to be an easy one. Christians have suffered many things for the faith.
  • We are called to a life of being accused and reviled.
  • John 15:18-19
  • John 17:14
  • God is calling people to be the true light of God.
  • We should never allow accusations to redefine who we are.
  • We have to present the real God and the real truth if we are to help others.
  • II Timothy 1:7

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.

Tested by Fire, Part 8

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 29, 2016

  • I Peter 4:8 (continued):
    • Learn from the early churches (continued):
      • Romans 14:2-3, 13, 19; 15:5-7, 29-33
    • II Peter 1:10 – “Be all the more diligent”
      • Introduction
        • Acts 9:23-30; 17:10 – Paul sometimes fled. Is it okay for us to sometimes flee our responsibilities in Christ?  No!  Paul was just getting out of a bad situation so he could preach elsewhere.
      • We must continue to live as Christians.
        • II Peter 1:5-11; 3:17-18
        • I Peter 2:13-16, 19-20; 3:1, 6, 7; 4:1-2
        • I Peter 3:15; 5:2-3
      • We can’t please everyone, so focus on pleasing God.
        • Luke 19:5-10 – At the time, Jesus was grumbled against because of His interaction with Zaccheus.
        • I Kings 22:4-9, 13-37 – Micaiah prophesies the truth!
        • Isaiah 30:9-11
        • Acts 5:28-29
        • I Peter 2:17-20
        • James 4:1-4
        • I Peter 5:12
        • Esther 4:14