Faith WITHOUT Works

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 9, 2017

  • James 2:17-20
  • We need to do what God’s word says to do.
  • James 2:15, 10-11
  • Love God! James 1:12
    • Submit to God, James 4:7-10
    • Spiritual vs. earthly wisdom, James 3:14-17
    • Selfishness, James 4:1-4
    • Prayer, James 1:5-8
  • Love others! James 1:12
    • Partiality, James 2:1-9
    • Pray for each other, James 5:13-16
    • Rescue sinners, James 5:19-20
    • Be helpful and pure, James 1:27
    • Speak well, James 1:19, 26; 3:1-12

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.

Godly Families, Part 17

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Train children to love God (continued):
    • We must instill the proper motivation (continued):
      • Genesis 39:9
      • What’s wrong with just raising our kids to know that if they misbehave, they’ll be punished?
    • Love God yourself!
      • Parents should set the example. Proverbs 20:7; Matthew 7:5; II Timothy 1:5
      • Let us be as noble in our parenting as Jesus was in his leadership. Hebrews 4:15; I Peter 2:21
      • Deuteronomy 6:5-7 – This is directed to parents!
    • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to love God.
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Care deeply about pleasing God (conscience) Genesis 39:9; II Corinthians 1:12; Acts 9:9 Worship 7 days a week; plan careers, recreation, schedules around God Family discussions and priorities rarely center on God; God is a Sunday topic “It’s okay – I won’t get caught.”
Pray without ceasing Romans 12:12; I Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:13-18; Matthew 6:5-7 Pray sincerely; more than at meals (like when something happens); pray topically. Praying only when in trouble.  Meaningless repetition. Praying in vain, not meaning what you say or useless repetition.  Never praying; making prayer a joke.
Repent when wrong Acts 26:20; Matthew 12:41; Jonah 3:8-10 Openly repent when you have wronged others (especially kids). Holding out for someone else to initiate.  No self-evaluation & self-awareness. Not really apologizing or not admitting guilt in the first place.  Insincerity.
Joyfully worship and praise God John 4:23-24; Colossians 3:16; Psalm 100; 122; Philippians 4:4; Acts 16:25 Be happy to go to worship.  Encourage the same in children.  Worship outside the assembly. Worshiping out of necessity.  Daydreaming; too many toys; trained not to participate. Not being joyful.  Not focusing in worship.   Indifferent; complaining.

1 Corinthians, Part 21

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 26, 2016

  • I Corinthians 11:17-24
  • I Corinthians 11:21 – “Drunk” here may not necessarily mean intoxicated. It may simply be a contrast with “hungry.”
  • I Corinthians 11:23-26 – Compare Matthew 26:26-29.
  • Matthew 26:26 – We know the bread here must have been unleavened because that was the only kind of bread allowed in the house during the Passover.
  • I Corinthians 11:24 – The purpose of the prayer before taking the bread and fruit of the vine is to give thanks. Whatever else we may include in those prayers, we should remember to give thanks.

Prayer

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By Drew Nelson

Benchley, October 17, 2016

  • Hebrews 2:1
  • Two modes of prayer
    • Praying by assignment
    • Praying by faith
  • An invitation to ask
    • Jesus never said for us to not bug God or limit how often we make requests.
    • Matthew 7:7
    • Luke 11:5-13 – Be persistent in prayer!
    • Luke 18:1-8 – Do not lose heart in prayer.
  • An opportunity to praise
    • I Samuel 2:1-10 – Hannah’s prayer of praise for God
      • See God’s hand in our lives
      • Live with God
      • See that God is up to more than attending to my requests
    • A time to emote
      • I Peter 5:6-7 – Cast your anxieties on God!
      • Joshua 7:6-9
      • I Samuel 1:10
      • Psalms 88:1-5, 13-18
    • An occasion to grow
      • Our relationship with God will wither without good, meaningful communication.

Introducing the Disciplines

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By Drew Nelson

Benchley, October 16, 2016

  • Hebrews 2:1
  • What the disciplines are
    • Luke 6:40
    • Ephesians 6:4
    • I Timothy 4:6-8
    • II Timothy 3:16
    • The spiritual disciplines are God’s training tool to equip us to live like authentic and growing disciples.
    • Titus 2:11
    • Hebrews 5:14
  • What the disciplines are not
    • Magical incantations to get what we want
    • Reasons to be self-righteous
      • Matthew 6:5-6, 16-18
    • Obligations of drudgery
  • Why the disciplines matter
    • The alternative is effortless drifting
    • A proactive way of conquering sin
    • Give us depth and wisdom

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 31, 2016

  • Luke 18
  • Ought to always pray (Luke 18:1-5)
    • God wants us to continually pray to Him.
    • I Thessalonians 5:17
    • Jesus is the best example of what it means to pray continually
      • Luke 3:21 – when He was baptized
      • Mark 1:35 – when He woke up in the morning
      • Matthew 15:36 – when He ate
      • Matthew 14:23 – at the end of the day
      • Luke 6:12-13 – when facing big decisions
        • James 4:13-15
      • Mark 14:36 – when facing trials
        • I Corinthians 10:13
      • Luke 23:43, 46 – when He was dying
    • Ought to be humble (Luke 18:9-17)
      • We should be humble, love, and trust like little children.
    • Ought to trust in God (Luke 18:18-30)
      • We cannot put our trust in material things.
    • Ought to have a purpose in life (Luke 18:31-33)
      • I Peter 2:21
      • Our goal is to get to heaven, but our purpose in life must be to do God’s will.
      • I John 2:1-2
      • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Ought to be compassionate to others (Luke 18:35-43)
      • Compassion is serving others.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 12, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Romans 12:1-2
    • I Peter 2:20-21
    • Philippians 3:13-14 – Heaven is the goal!
    • John 17:13-16
    • I Peter 4:3-4
  • Christians imitate Christ
    • In prayer
      • Mark 1:35
      • Matthew 15:36
      • Matthew 14:23
      • Luke 6:12-13
      • Mark 14:32-36
      • Luke 23:34
    • When tempted
      • I Corinthians 10:13
    • In treatment of others
      • Matthew 7:12
      • Philippians 2:3-4
      • Matthew 5:44-45
      • Romans 12:20-21
      • I Thessalonians 5:14
      • II Timothy 2:4
      • Colossians 3:23
      • Matthew 5:16
    • In speech
      • James 3:2-12
      • James 1:26
      • Colossians 4:6
      • Matthew 12:37
    • In thought
      • II Corinthians 10:4-5

Why Do You Worship?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 17, 2016

  • Introduction
    • John 4:24
  • Why do you sing?
    • Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
    • We sing to praise God and glorify Him because of the redemption He has brought us through Jesus.
    • Colossians 3:15-16
  • Why do you pray?
    • I Thessalonians 5:17 – Because we are commanded to by God.
    • I John 5:15 – To petition God.
    • Colossians 4:2 – To thank Him for our blessings.
    • I John 1:9 – To confess our sins so we may be forgiven.
    • I Peter 3:12
    • The underlying reason for prayer is to thank Him for the blessing of salvation.
  • Why do you listen to teaching?
    • Acts 20:7
    • Hebrews 10:24-25 – To exhort one another to love and good works.
    • Colossians 3:16
    • II Peter 1:8
    • Acts 20:28, 32
  • Why do you give?
    • So the work of the local church can be done.
    • I Corinthians 16:1-2
    • II Corinthians 9:7; 8:7
  • Why do you partake of the Lord’s Supper?
    • To thank God for the body and blood of Jesus that allows us to be saved.
    • I Corinthians 11:24-26
    • I Corinthians 10:16
  • Why do you live?
    • To glorify God!
    • I Corinthians 10:31
    • Ephesians 3:21
    • John 17:1
    • We are saved to glorify God.

Luke, Part 18

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 24, 2016

  • Luke 18:1-43
  • Luke 18:1-8 – At all times we should pray and not lose heart.
    • Luke 18:7 – The elect are those who choose to follow God.
    • Luke 18:8 – It is not clear if this is part of the same conversation as Luke 17. It is hard to know if Jesus is referring to the destruction of Jerusalem or the end of the world.  Either way, the point is that God will answer the prayers of those who are faithful if people will be faithful!
  • Luke 18:9-14 – We must be humble and exalt ourselves. With his comments here, Jesus is also cutting through bias and prejudice.  The Pharisees carried an air of superiority.
  • Luke 18:15-17 – We must receive the kingdom of God like a child. He is primarily talking about their innocence, but this also shows that Jesus did not consider children to be guilty of inherited sin as some claim.
  • Luke 18:18-27 – The parable of the rich young ruler
    • Luke 18:22 – We are not instructed anywhere to give up all our wealth, so this was apparently a command specifically for this man.
    • Luke 18:25 – It is difficult to be wealthy and obey God. But nearly everyone in the United States is wealthy, relatively speaking!  There are many examples in the Bible of wealthy people who obeyed God:  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Daniel, and others.  It is possible!
  • Luke 18:28-30 – God will take care of those who follow Him. This may not necessarily involve earthly wealth, but God will take care of His own.
  • Luke 18:31-34 – The disciples again misunderstand a very straightforward statement from Jesus because of their ignorance. It is easy for us to do the same thing.
  • Luke 18:35-43 – Jesus heals a blind man. The man addressed Jesus with respect and persistence.  See Mark 10:46-52.