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.

By David Watson

Benchley, January 10, 2016

  • Acts 20:18-20, 32-38
  • Disclaimers:
    • I Corinthians 11:1 – None of us are the example to look at – Jesus is the perfect example.
    • Romans 12:4-8 – We are all different.
  • Ask yourself some questions …
    • Am I dependable and hard-working, or am I kinda lazy? Acts 6:1-7
    • Am I devout or hypocritical in daily life? Acts 10:1-2
    • Am I generous or stingy? Acts 4:32-37
    • Am I an obedient student of God’s Word or do I just ignore it? Acts 8:27-39
    • Am I devoted to prayer or negligent? Acts 1:13-14; 2:41-42; Matthew 6:5-7
    • Am I helpful and encouraging, or a drag? Acts 18:23-28
  • What do I need to do right now?
    • Think about this.
    • Talk about this.
    • Do something about this.

Luke, Part 11

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 29, 2015

  • Luke 1:11-11:4
  • Luke 10:11-18 – Jesus expected those people who had heard the preaching and seen the miracles to believe and repent!
    • Luke 10:15 – See Luke 4:31-41. Jesus worked many miracles in Capernaum.
    • Luke 10:16 – These disciples were authoritative in their preaching because Jesus sent them.
  • Luke 10:17-20 – The disciples were to rejoice that their names were written in heaven.
    • Luke 10:18 – See Isaiah 14:12. In Isaiah, it is referring to the king of Babylon.  “Falling from heaven” is a metaphor for falling from a place of power.  The verse in Luke is not parallel to this verse.  We do not have enough information to prove that Satan somehow fell from heaven.  It could just be saying that when the disciples were casting out demons, Jesus could see that happening as though Satan was falling like lightning.
  • Luke 10:21-24 – Obeying God requires diligent work to seek out truth and obey it. God’s wisdom is often hidden from those of great intelligence.
  • Luke 10:25-37 – The parable of the good Samaritan. The lawyer tries to justify himself by asking who his neighbor is, but Jesus turns it around on him by telling him to be the neighbor to other people.
  • Luke 10:38-42 – Serving God must come first, even if other good works get pushed aside.
  • Luke 11:1-4 – The disciples saw Jesus praying and asked Him how they should pray. Jesus gives them an example of a good short prayer.
    • Luke 11:1 – See I Peter 2:12. We are to be examples of good behavior to others.

Joshua’s Achilles Heel

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By Luke Stevens

Benchley, November 15, 2015

  • Joshua 7:1-15 – Israel is defeated by Ai.
  • Joshua was born as a slave in Egypt, but led the Israelites in their first battle after leaving Egypt. Joshua eventually led the people into the promised land.
  • Joshua 9:1-16 – Joshua and the Israelites are tricked into peace with the Gibeonites because they did not consult God.
  • Strength and weakness are a part of the human condition.
  • True strength does not come from within.
  • We need to deal with our weaknesses with prayer.
  • I Peter 5:6
  • Ephesians 6:18-20 – Find strength in prayer.
  • Ephesians 6:14-17 – the armor of God
  • Recognize your weakness and look for strength.

Godly Peace

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By Mark Gentry

Benchley, October 23, 2015

  • Philippians 4:6-13
  • Godly peace is a peace that comes from having a God-ward attitude.
  • Do not be overly anxious. Philippians 4:6
    • Matthew 6:25-34 – God provides for His people. If we have the right priorities, other things will take care of themselves.  Take one day at a time.
    • Matthew 6:11 – Note that Jesus prays for the bread for today.
  • Prayer is necessary in order to enjoy godly peace. Philippians 4:6
    • I Peter 5:6-7 – Prayer is a way of casting our anxieties on God.
    • I Samuel 1:15
    • Ephesians 5:20 – Thanksgiving must be a part of our prayers.
    • Psalms 100:3-5
  • Enduring peace comes from God. Philippians 4:7
    • Psalms 29:11
    • John 14:27
    • John 16:33
  • Only a spiritual mind and a spiritual life enjoy peace. Philippians 4:8-9
    • Romans 8:6 – Spiritual mindedness brings peace.
    • Isaiah 26:3 – The one who trusts in God will be kept in perfect peace.
    • Matthew 6:19-21 – We must focus on treasures in heaven, not earth.
  • We must learn to be content. Philippians 4:10-12
    • Hebrews 13:5-6
    • Luke 3:14 – We must be content and live within our means.
    • Acts 17:28
  • We must trust in God. Philippians 4:13
    • We must truly surrender our will to God.

Prayer

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Luke, Part 5

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 27, 2015

  • Luke 4:22-5:16
  • Luke 4:22 – This is the last mention of Joseph in the New Testament.
  • Luke 4:25-31 – Both of the examples Jesus used showed how God blessed Gentiles who trusted in God. This enraged the Jews.
  • Luke 4:38-44 – Jesus heals many.
    • Luke 4:38-39 – See Matthew 5:10-11; 6:12-16. When Jesus called Peter to be an apostle, Peter had plenty of evidence that Jesus was the Christ.
  • Luke 5:1-11 – Simon, James, and John see Jesus’ power and leave everything to follow Him.
  • Luke 5:12-16 – Jesus heals the leper.
    • Luke 5:16 – Notice that Jesus would take time to pray, even with so many people longing for His teaching. This gives us some indication of how important prayer is.

Daniel

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 20, 2015

  • Daniel 6:16
  • Would not defile his conscience
    • Daniel 1:5, 8, 12-16
    • Three reasons Daniel’s attitude is impressive:
      • It would have been hard for any Jew to have much of a conscience as that point in their history.
      • Daniel is in exile.
      • Daniel is young.
    • Titus 2:11-14
    • Can you worship God when no one else will worship God?
  • Gave sound advice from God
    • Daniel 1:17
    • Nebuchadnezzar’s 1st dream: Daniel 2:10-11, 26-30
    • Nebuchadnezzar’s 2nd dream: Daniel 4:27
    • Belshazzar’s writing on wall: Daniel 5:22-23
    • I Timothy 4:16
  • Trusted God enough to pray
    • Daniel 6:10-23
    • Open your windows toward Jerusalem (keep your goal in mind)
      • I Kings 8:46-49
    • Get on your knees
    • Make it a habit
      • Romans 12:12
    • Thank God
    • Trust in God