How to Tell the Good News

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 6, 2015

  • “All of us have become guilty of sin.”
    • Acts 2:22-23, 36-37; 3:14-15; 4:11; 7:51-53; 26:18
    • Isaiah 59:2
    • II Thessalonians 1:8-9
    • It may help to use the word “us.”
      • Acts 22:4-5, 20; 26:9-11
      • I Timothy 1:15
      • Ephesians 2:1-3
    • “Jesus Christ died so we can be forgiven!”
      • Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:13-14
Problem: Sin Solution: Jesus
Acts 2:22-23, 36-37 Acts 2:38-40
Acts 3:14-15 Acts 3:19-20
Acts 4:11 Acts 4:12
Acts 7:51-53 (Killed)
Acts 26:18 Acts 26:19-23
  • “We have to follow God’s instructions to receive this gift!”
    • II Thessalonians 1:8
    • “How can these both be true at the same time?
      • Ephesians 2:8; Matthew 7:21
      • Romans 4:5; James 2:24
      • Titus 3:5; II Corinthians 5:10
    • Paul to the Romans:
      • Romans 1:16 – Gospel!
      • Romans 3:24 – Grace!
      • Romans 5:1 – Faith!
      • Romans 5:9 – Blood!
      • Romans 6:3-4 – Baptism!
      • Romans 10:9-10 – Believe and confess!

Calvinism, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 8, 2015

  • Total depravity
    • If total depravity is disproven, all of Calvinism falls with it. The whole system is bound together.
    • What it is not:
      • Complete absence of good
      • Belief that natural man cannot do any good before God
    • What it is:
      • Belief that man cannot understand spiritual good
      • Belief that man cannot even desire spiritual good
    • Effects of Calvinism:
      • It makes God out to be a respecter of persons.
      • It makes the preaching of the gospel to sinners a mockery. Mark 16:16
    • Proof texts:
      • Romans 5:12 – Death passed upon all because all have sinned – not because Adam sinned.
      • Psalms 51:5 – This is hyperbolic language. David was not truly sinful from birth.
        • Psalms 22:10; 71:6 – These prove that David was not born totally depraved.
      • Ephesians 4:17-19 – The people became callous and changed their own minds.
      • John 6:44-45 – People are drawn to God by His Word.
      • I Corinthians 2:14
    • Further proof:
      • Acts 2:31 – The sinner can desire spiritual good.
      • Acts 16:30
      • Acts 9:6
    • How can one come to God for salvation?
      • One must be drawn to Him by the teaching that He has given. John 6:44-45; Romans 10:17
      • There is only one source in which the teaching is found. Matthew 18:18; John 16:13; II Timothy 3:16-17
      • Peter was the first to announce the terms of salvation. Matthew 16:19
      • He did announce them. Acts 2:38
      • Those who teach otherwise will be anathema. Galatians 1:8
      • Those who obey this form of doctrine will be freed from sin and made servants of righteousness. Romans 6:16-18
      • They keep pressing on (Philippians 3:13-14), walking in the light (I John 1:7), and abounding in the work of the Lord (I Corinthians 15:59), and you will be saved.
      • But remember, after we have done all commanded of us, we are still unprofitable servants. Luke 17:10

Lessons from the Workplace

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, November 8, 2015

  • Luke 19:10
  • Matthew 7:13
  • Matthew 5:14-16
  • Matthew 6:19-21
  • Philippians 4:8-9
  • Romans 6:23 – This is a great thing to talk to people about!
  • Luke 13:23-28
  • Romans 6:1-23
  • Sin = death
    • I Peter 3:18-21
    • I Peter 4:1-21
  • The Manzanita plant
    • The seeds are only released after a fire.
    • Sometimes our trials bring seeds in a similar way.
  • Hebrews 13:6
  • Romans 2:2-11
  • “eternal life” OR “wrath and fury”
    • II Corinthians 4:4-6
    • Ephesians 5:1-21
    • I Thessalonians 5:1
    • I Peter 2:1-12
  • Isaiah 26:4
  • Hebrews 13:8
  • Acts 22:6-16 – This is a great story to demonstrate when someone is saved.
  • Luke 6:46
    • Acts 2:40

Calvinism, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 25, 2015

  • The system known as Calvinism dates back to Augustine, well before Calvin.
  • Calvinism is based on a misunderstanding of the sovereignty of God.
  • God has the power to save, but also the power and right to set the conditions for salvation.
  • Matthew 11:28-29
  • John Calvin endorsed the beliefs of Augustine and expanded on them. The five points of Calvinism were formed during the Synod of Dort in the 1618-1619.
  • Calvinism is based on the belief that God saves man without intervention from man. Sinners do not save themselves in any manner at all.
  • The Five Points
    • Total depravity: Born guilty of Adam’s sin; thus, totally inclined to evil, incapable of a good thought or deed.
    • Unconditional predestination: Being born incapable of a good thought, none could choose to be saved; therefore, God chose some to be saved.
    • Limited atonement: God chose some to be saved; some were not chosen, therefore Christ died only for the chosen ones.
    • Irresistible grace (direct operation of the Holy Spirit): God chose some to be saved and sent the Holy Spirit upon those He had chosen.
    • Perseverance of saints (once saved, always saved)
  • A logical system
    • Each step follows very logically.
  • Logical, but wrong!
    • Calvinism is a logical system that starts from an incorrect premise, namely that all people are themselves guilty of Adam’s sin. The Bible refutes this in many places.  With this premise removed, the whole Calvinist system of belief collapses.
    • Ezekiel 18:2-4
    • Isaiah 59:1-2
    • Hebrews 2:14-18
    • John 6:44-45
    • John 10:18
    • Revelation 22:17

Is It Written?  Part 1

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, September 23, 2015

  • The Sinner’s Prayer
    • Usage
      • Historical example from Pilgrim’s Progress
      • Example from Billy Graham
      • Example from “God’s Not Dead”
    • Is it written?
      • Romans 10:9-10, 13-16
      • Acts 2:21, 37-78; 22:16
        • Acts 2:37-38 – Notice that the people did not know what it meant to call on the name of the Lord, so Peter had to explain that they needed to repent and be baptized.
      • Small groups
        • Usage
        • Is it written?
          • Acts 2:46
          • Acts 5:42
          • Acts 20:20
          • James 1:23-25
        • Worship teams
          • Usage
          • Is it written?
            • In the Old Testament, God ordained specific people to worship Him in specific roles. This is no longer the case under the New Covenant.
            • I Corinthians 14:25
            • Ephesians 5:19
            • Colossians 3:16

 

Sin and its Cure

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 20, 2015

  • All agree that sin exists and that it is most appalling.
  • In regard to sin, there are at least four prominent characteristics:
    • Love of sin – Psalms 52:3
      • Hebrews 11:26
    • Practice of sin – Romans 1:28-32
    • Guilt of sin – Genesis 4:7
    • Punishment of sin – John 5:28-29
      • Matthew 25:46
    • Sin and its cure as it relates to the sinner
      • In the gospel there are at least four prominent characteristics that have to do with the cure of sin:
        • Faith – Romans 5:1
        • Repentance – Acts 17:30
          • Matthew 21:26-28
        • Baptism – Acts 2:38
        • Pardon – Acts 2:38
      • Sin and its cure as relates to the Christian
        • Faith destroys the love of sin.
        • Repentance destroys the practice of sin.
        • Prayer destroys the guilt of sin.
        • Pardon destroys the punishment of sin.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 22, 2015

  • Lesson 2, continued:
    • His name is above every name (Philippians 2:6-11) (continued):
      • Christians belong to Christ because He purchased them with His own blood and they were baptized in His name; thus, they are identified by the name of Him to whom they belong.
    • Conclusion: Regardless of what good traits a church may have, if it is identified by a name given by man, a name that does not point ownership to heaven, it is not the church of the New Testament.
  • Lesson 3:
    • Introduction
      • In this lesson, we learn what local churches in Paul’s time taught one to do to be saved.
    • Hear the Word
      • God’s drawing power (John 6:44-45)
      • That which produces faith (Romans 10:17)
    • Believe (Hebrews 11:6; John 3:16; 8:24)
      • Faith and opinion
        • Faith is produced by hearing (Romans 10:17); without testimony there can be no faith.
        • Anything practiced without testimony is just opinion.
      • We walk by faith (II Corinthians 5:7)
        • Opinion is unsafe (Jeremiah 10:23)
        • We cannot walk by sight, for we have not seen Jesus.
      • Therefore, based upon testimony one must believe: that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of man (John 8:24) and that the gospel is God’s power to save (Romans 1:16).
    • Repentance (Acts 17:30; II Peter 3:9; Acts 11:18)
      • Repentance is a change of mind (Matthew 21:28-29), brought about by godly sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10), and resulting in changed actions (Matthew 21:29).
      • It is hard to get one to repent.
        • Most profess to believe in Christ, but they will not do His will. (Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21)
        • They need to repent – change their mind and their lives.
        • When one repents, obedience is easy; it is getting one to renounce his will that is difficult.
      • Confession (Romans 10:9-10)
        • With the mouth, one must confess that Jesus is Lord.
        • When one believes and repents, confession is the natural result.
      • Baptized (Mark 16:16)

 

The Manhood of Jesus

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 12, 2015

  • Three classifications of intelligent rational beings:
    • Deity – Godhood, God family
    • Angels – Angelhood, angel family
    • Man – Manhood, man family
  • Manhood of Jesus affirmed in the scripture
    • Luke 9:10
    • Matthew 4:2
    • I Timothy 2:5
    • Mark 15:37,44
    • Acts 17:31
    • Romans 1:3
    • Philippians 2:4-8
  • If Jesus was not man, there would be no:
    • Perfect law keeper – Hebrews 4:15
    • Way for God to be just and justify the believer – Romans 3:24-26
    • Mediator – I Timothy 2:5
    • Sacrifice – Hebrews 10:5
    • Resurrection – I Corinthians 15:12-13
    • Merciful high priest – Hebrews 2:17
    • Gospel – I Corinthians 15:1-4
    • Savior – Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 9:22
    • Salvation

By David Watson

Benchley, April 1, 2015

  • Genesis 12-36
  • Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the 3 promises
    • The 3 promises to Abraham (Genesis 12)
      • “I will make you a great nation”
        • Exodus 1:7
        • Deuteronomy 26:5; Galatians 3:28-29; 6:15-16; Romans 2:28-29
      • “To your descendants I will give this land”
        • Joshua 21:43
      • “In you, all the families of the earth will be blessed”
        • Acts 3:26
      • All three of these promises have already been fulfilled!
    • Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18-19)
      • Some try to argue that this is not about homosexuality. The context shows plainly that the men of the city were attempting to commit homosexual acts.
    • Abraham offering Isaac (Genesis 22)
    • The 12 tribes of Israel (Genesis 29-30; 35:18)
      • Jacob
        • By Zilpah:
          • Gad
          • Asher
        • By Leah:
          • Reuben
          • Simeon
          • Levi
          • Judah
          • Issachar
          • Zebulun
        • By Rachel:
          • Joseph
          • Benjamin
        • By Bilhah:
          • Dan
          • Naphtali

By David Watson

Benchley, March 18, 2015

  • Even though we are under the New Covenant today and not the Old Covenant, the Old Testament is still valuable and helpful:
    • Reveals God’s eternal plan and ancient human history
      • Ephesians 3:4,11
      • Genesis 3:15
      • Genesis 12:3
    • Gives examples of human qualities commanded under the New Covenant
      • Patience – Abraham did not always have enough!
    • Teaches us about God
      • II Peter 3:3-7
      • Hebrews 3:7
    • Warns us of disobedience
      • I Corinthians 10:5-12 – Learn from Old Testament examples!
    • Gives us instruction, courage, and hope
      • Romans 4:19-22
      • Romans 15:2
    • Provides evidence for the inspiration of the Bible
      • The Old Testament is full of examples of scientific foreknowledge and historical accuracy that demonstrate its inspiration.
    • Shows us how to interpret Scripture
      • Exodus 3:6; Luke 20:37 – Jesus made a very fine point from Exodus, showing that God expects us to make inferences and read His Word closely.
    • Teaches us timeless truths
      • Matthew 19:4
    • Shows, by way of contrast, the superiority of the New Covenant
      • Hebrews 8:6