Plain Bible Preaching

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 19, 2017

  • I Timothy 4:13 – Timothy was told to give attention to reading, to exhortation, to teaching.
  • Titus was told to preach the word. Titus 3:15
    • Titus was told to preach the authoritative word of God.
  • The church at Corinth assembled to study the Word. I Corinthians 14:23-25.
  • In the Lord’s Supper assembly, Paul preached the Word. Acts 20:7
  • Thus, preaching is a very important part of the local church.
  • The preacher:
    • Speak words that become sound doctrine. Titus 2:1
    • Speak so as to be understood. I Corinthians 14:19
    • Speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
    • Speak with all authority. Titus 2:15
  • The listener:
    • Take head how you hear. Luke 8:18
    • Take heed what you hear. Acts 17:11
    • Be sure the Word is mixed with faith. Hebrews 4:2
    • Control your thinking – do not let your mind wander.
    • Uphold, do not apologize for the truth that was taught.
    • Put the word to use in your life. James 1:22-25

1 Corinthians, Part 15

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 7, 2016

  • I Corinthians 9:1-15
  • I Corinthians 9:1-15 – Paul makes the case for preachers of the gospel to be supported for their preaching.
    • I Corinthians 9:1 – See I Corinthians 3:13. The Christians in Corinth were Paul’s work.
    • I Corinthians 9:2 – The Corinthians were the seal of Paul’s apostleship.
    • I Corinthians 9:11 – Those who preach the gospel should be able to make their living that way. In Old Testament times, priests were very well taken care of when they and the rest of the people were obeying God’s law.
    • I Corinthians 9:12 – Apparently some were alleging that Paul was just preaching for the money. To head off any such allegations, Paul refused compensation for preaching and instead made tents for a living.

By Marco di Martino

Benchley, August 21, 2016

  • Thanks
  • The Via Sannio church in Rome
  • The new work in Ciampino
  • The work in Carapelle
    • Helping an existing work (only women)
  • Different challenges in the Catholic country
    • Carapelle
      • Catholicism is very significant
      • Traditions and baggage
      • Mafia in a poor area
      • Closed mentality
    • Goals for Carapelle
      • Regular studies
      • Strengthen the sisters
      • Encouragements to Ciampino
      • Involve other brethren
    • Ciampino
      • Religion is not important
      • Life coaching
      • Competition
      • Time management
    • Preaching in Ciampino
      • Individual Bible studies
      • Bible classes
      • Public lectures
      • Website and social networks
    • Example from Acts
      • Acts 15:19-21
    • What preaching in Ciampino is teaching me
      • To listen
      • To be respectful of culture and baggage
      • Find the most efficient way to help others learn
      • I have to grow
      • I Corinthians 9:19-21
    • The two biggest challenges
      • Management of my time as preacher and husband
      • Be ready to change according to different situations
    • Conclusion
      • Philippians 4:13

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 20, 2016

  • Luke 18:8
  • An indifferent audience – Acts 24:24-26
  • A rebellious audience – Acts 7:51-60
  • An untaught, but honest audience – Acts 2:22-24, 29-40
  • An ideal audience – Acts 10:1-16, 31-33
  • If all were like me, what kind of audience would this be?

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 2, 2015

  • Lesson 5:
    • Introduction
      • In this lesson we emphasize the importance of understanding and respecting New Testament instructions relative to the functions of a local church.
    • Worship
      • Sing (Colossians 3:16)
      • Pray (Acts 2:42)
      • Study the Word (Acts 20:7)
      • Take the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7)
      • Give into common treasury (I Corinthians 16:1-2)
    • Support the preaching of the word
      • To edify the saved (Acts 20:28, 32)
        • Elders are to feed the flock.
          • Elders should teach, but do not have to do all the teaching themselves. They do oversee all of the teaching, though.
        • The food is the Word of His grace.
        • This will build up.
        • The primary purpose of the local church is for the edifying of its members.
      • To save the lost (Philippians 4:15-16)
    • Benevolence under restricted circumstances (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 6:1-6; 11:27-30; Romans 15:25-31; I Corinthians 16:1-4; II Corinthians 8, 9; I Timothy 5:16)
      • From these passages we learn:
        • Preaching the Word is placed before benevolence (Acts 6:3-4)
        • Benevolent work of the church is under apostolic control (Acts 4:37)
        • The benevolent work of the church is the fruit of Christianity, not to produce it (Romans 15:27)
        • Saints were the objects of church benevolence (said seven times in above passages)
        • The basis of this relief to saints was NEED (II Corinthians 8:13-14)
        • When one church had more needy members than it could relieve, other churches sent alms to enable it to care for its own needy (I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 8, 9)

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 19, 2015

  • Lesson 4 (continued):
    • Contribute on the first day of the week (I Corinthians 16:2)
      • Must give according to prosperity (I Corinthians 16:2), as purposed in heart, cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7), and bountifully (II Corinthians 9:6)
        • No specific command given to collect funds to use for preaching locally. However, we are told how to raise funds and what the church’s responsibilities are, therefore we conclude that gathering funds to support local preaching is permitted.  (Acts 20:28-32)
        • There is no authority for a local church to amass a large sum in the treasury with no purpose in mind. Money collected should be used for edification and to relieve the needy.
      • Business ventures are not authorized in the Lord’s plan for church finance; no pie sales, house rentals, skating parties, farming, or any business enterprise.
        • Some churches use a pledge card system to pressure members into giving more than they would otherwise. This does not fit with I Corinthians 16:2.
      • Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week (Matthew 26:29; Acts 20:7)

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 12, 2015

  • Lesson 4, continued:
    • Preach or teach the Word (Acts 20:7; 5:42)
      • The teacher
        • Obligated to please God, not man (Galatians 1:6-10; II Timothy 4:2-4)
        • Must preach truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), so as to be understood (I Corinthians 14:19), and with authority (Titus 2:15)
      • The listener
        • Must listen discerningly (Acts 17:11; Luke 8:18)
        • Listen not to prove self right, or the other wrong, but to learn truth.
        • Must obey and uphold truth (James 1:22-25)
        • Must reject and expose untruth (I Thessalonians 5:22; Acts 18:24-26)
      • Sing (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19)
        • Singing must be from the heart, instructive to others (Colossians 3:16), and in praise to God (Hebrews 2:12)
        • Vocal, not mechanical music is authorized
          • All passages in the New Testament that mention music in praise of God specify vocal; thus, there is no authority for mechanical instruments of music in praise of God.
          • Wrong to add to or take from things written (Revelation 22:18-19)
            • Wrong to add mechanical instrument in praise of God.
            • Wrong to take away the vocal, i.e., refuse to sing in the assembly.

Jesus in the House

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 22, 2015

  • Mark 2:1-12 – Jesus heals a paralytic man
  • Jesus in the house is why people came
    • If people will not come because Jesus is present, God will have no use for them.
    • Matthew 28:20; I John 1:7
  • Jesus in the house answers problems (Mark 2:3, 5, 10, 12)
    • Romans 8:26-27, 34 – Jesus intercedes for us in our prayers.
    • Jesus in the house solves marriage problems. Ephesians 5:25; Titus 2:4
    • Jesus in the house will solve all congregational problems.
  • Jesus in the house means forgiveness
  • Jesus in the house causes the Word to be preached
    • I Corinthians 6:19
    • Acts 8:4
  • Jesus in the house brings glory to God
  • Jesus in the house
    • Will not satisfy most folks (Matthew 7:13-14)
    • Is all that really matters

By David Watson

Benchley, October 29, 2014

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  • II Timothy 4:1-22
  • II Timothy 4:6 – Paul’s death was not long after this epistle was written. This was probably the last epistle he wrote.  Paul was ready to be spent in service to God.
  • II Timothy 4:7-8 – See Philippians 3:4-8.
  • II Timothy 4:9-22 – Paul continues to show concern for the brethren. He deferred judgment to God for those that had wronged him.
  • Highlights of II Timothy:
    • Strong relationships with faithful people helped Timothy serve the Lord in a rough world. I Timothy 1:2,15; II Timothy 1:5
    • There would be a constant struggle between truth and error. I Timothy 4:1,6; II Timothy 1:13; I Timothy 1:3-4; II Timothy 3:5
    • Timothy needed to practice what he preached. I Timothy 4:12,15-16; 6:11,14