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

My Yoke is Easy

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 22, 2016

  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • Jesus doesn’t mean that Christians have easy lives on earth.
    • “Rest” doesn’t mean absence of:
      • Conflict with others
      • Work
      • Persecution
      • Physical pain or health problems
    • In what sense do followers of Christ find rest with an easy yoke?
      • Spiritual peace
        • Philippians 1:7; 4:4
        • John 14:27
        • I Peter 3:10-16
        • Psalm 38
      • A feeling of doing good for a good Master
        • The yoke (work) is good.
          • Jeremiah 6:16 – Find the good way and walk in it!
          • II Peter 2:18-19
          • I John 5:3
        • The Master (Jesus) is good.
          • II Corinthians 9:12
        • Heaven
          • Hebrews 4:1, 6-9
        • Takeaways
          • Don’t take Jesus out of context: a Christian has to live righteously and put forth diligent effort.
          • There is not some better life out there.

Tested by Fire, Part 4

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 1, 2016

  • Our inheritance is reserved in Heaven (continued):
    • I Peter 1:1-4
      • I Peter 1:1 – Compare I Peter 2:11 regarding “aliens.” He could be referring to their state on earth as exiles or to their spiritual state:  this earth is not our home.
    • Romans 8:35-39
    • Daniel 4:24-27
    • Daniel 6:10
    • Daniel 9:1-3
    • Jeremiah 29:4-14
    • Colossians 3:1-4
    • I Peter 5:10-11
  • I Peter 4:13
    • I Peter 4:12-19
      • I Peter 4:12 – Do not be surprised at fiery ordeals!
      • I Peter 4:13 – Christ suffered, now it is our turn.
      • I Peter 4:14 – We are blessed when we are reviled.
      • I Peter 4:15 – Do not sin and suffer because of that.
      • I Peter 4:18 – See II Peter 1:11. “Scarcely” here does not mean that it is hard for God to save the righteous.  If Christians have difficulty attaining salvation, how much more difficult will it be for the unrighteous?
    • When we suffer, remember the benefits.
      • Heaven! – I Peter 4:13; 1:7-9; Philippians 1:21-24
      • Fellowship! – Romans 8:17; II Corinthians 1:5; Philippians 3:10; Matthew 5:10-12; Acts 5:40-42
      • Builds character! – Romans 1:1-4

Tested by Fire, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 17, 2016

  • Get some perspective: God’s people have always been in the minority! (continued)
    • II Peter 2:1-9
    • Prophets:
      • James 5:10-11
      • I Kings 19
      • Jeremiah 38
      • Amos 7
      • II Chronicles 36:11-16
      • Matthew 5:10-12
    • Hebrews 12:1; 11:330-40
  • There is always a way of escape
    • I Corinthians 10:13
    • I Peter 1:3-6
    • I Peter 2:24
    • I Peter 3:10-13
    • I Peter 5:6-7
  • Our inheritance is reserved in Heaven

 

Tested by Fire, Part 2

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 10, 2016

  • The effect on Christians in this society
    • Isaiah 5:18-23
    • “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” Mississippi, April 5, 2016
    • James 1:22-27
    • Religious activities US adults consider extreme
    • I Peter 4:1-5
  • II Peter 2:1-11
  • Get some perspective: God’s people have always been in the minority!
    • Noah: Genesis 6-7; I Peter 3:18-22
    • Lot: Genesis 18-19

The Supreme Court

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 5, 2015

  • II Corinthians 5:10
  • I Peter 1:16 – You shall be holy, for I am holy.
    • I Peter 4:2-5
  • I Corinthians 6:9-10 – Homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    • Homosexuality has been shown to not be genetic by several studies.
  • Romans 2:21 – You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?
    • Romans 2:17-22
  • Romans 13:1 – Be in subjection to the governing authorities.
    • Romans 13:1-7
    • I Peter 2:13-14, 17
    • Romans 1:7 – This book was written during a time of corrupt governments that crucified Jesus!
    • Acts 2:23; 18:1-2
  • Acts 5:29 – We must obey God rather than men.
    • Acts 4:18-20
    • Acts 5:27-29
  • II Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation.
    • II Peter 2:2-10
  • I Thessalonians 5:2 – The day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
    • I Thessalonians 5:1-2
    • II Thessalonians 2:1-2, 15
  • I Peter 5:12 – This is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!
    • I Peter 2:11; 3:9-11; 4:2-3; 5:12
  • Read your Bible!

By David Watson

Benchley, June 17, 2015

  • The Prophets (Isaiah – Malachi)
    • Introduction
      • II Peter 1:19
      • Jeremiah 7:25
      • Isaiah 30:8
    • Repent
      • Ezekiel 18:23, 27-32
      • Jeremiah 26:1-6
      • II Peter 3:9-10
      • II Timothy 4:3-4
    • The need for God’s word in time of crisis
      • I Kings 18:3-4
      • Jeremiah 6:10; II Chronicles 24:19; Hosea 4:6
      • We have to remember God when we need Him most.
    • Prophets became the enemy by telling the truth.
      • Jeremiah 38:3-6 – Jeremiah is cast into the cistern.
      • Amos 7:10-17
      • Galatians 4:16 – The same thing happened in the New Testament. So it is for Christians today.
      • James 5:10-11

By David Watson

Benchley, April 5, 2015

  • I Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:11
  • Matthew 5:10-16:
    • Consider yourself a blessed member of the kingdom of heaven.
      • Acts 5:40
      • II Timothy 3:12
    • Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great.
      • I Corinthians 15:32
    • Rejoice and be glad … for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
      • II Chronicles 26:11-16
      • Hebrews 12:1
    • Let your light shine.

Hebrews, Part 20

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 1, 2015

  • Hebrews 13:4-25
  • Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage according to God’s law is an honorable thing.
  • Hebrews 13:5 – Be content with what you have. God has promised to never leave or forsake those who follow Him.  See Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5.
  • Hebrews 13:6 – This is a reference to Psalms 118:6. We must never fear man more than God.
  • Hebrews 13:7-9 – They (and we, by extension) were to remember those who lead them and imitate their faith because God has not changed. Therefore, don’t be distracted with new doctrines that arise.
  • Hebrews 13:12 – Jesus’ sacrifice was outside of the Old Law – thus He suffered outside the gate. We must go to Him to worship properly – we can’t try to stay inside the gate and still worship Him correctly.  We must recognize that the Old Law is in the past.
  • Hebrews 13:15 – This verse is sometimes used to teach against instrumental music, but it is not really talking about that. It is broader than that – it is talking about our speech.
  • Hebrews 13:16 – The sacrifice God wants is for us to do good and share with others.
  • Hebrews 13:17 – Obey the elders of the congregation, but not to the point that you go against God.
  • Hebrews 13:21 – This is what the Holy Spirit wished for them and also for us: to be equipped in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ.
  • The purpose of this book was to forestay further apostasy by showing how the new covenant is superior to the old.