By David Watson

Benchley, October 22, 2014

  • II Timothy 4:1-4
  • II Timothy 4:2 – Be ready to preach at all times. Preach if people like to hear the gospel or if they don’t.
    • I Timothy 5:20; Titus 1:9,13; 2:15
    • Preaching involves both rebuking and exhorting!

Worship That Pleases God

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By George Slover

Benchley, October 13, 2014

  • Psalm 96:1-10
  • True worship – John 4:23-24
  • Nadab and Abihu – Leviticus 10:1-3
    • Who are they?
      • Sons of Aaron – Leviticus 10:1
      • Saw God’s holiness – Leviticus 8:33-9:4
    • Why was this so important?
      • God commanded it – Leviticus 8:34-35
      • God is holy – Exodus 24:1-11; Leviticus 9:22-24
    • God had not commanded – Leviticus 10:1-2
    • Drawing near to God – Leviticus 10:3
    • Vain worship – Matthew 15:8-9
    • I Timothy 4:1 – “some shall depart from the faith”
      • 120 AD – Holy water
      • 140 AD – Lent, special days
      • 360 AD – Christmas observed as a religious holiday
      • 416 AD – Infant baptism
      • 428 AD – Idolatry, praying to statues
      • 451 AD – Worship of Mary
      • 670 AD – Instrumental music
  • Simple NT worship
    • Prayed together – Acts 2:42; 4:24-30; I Corinthians 14:16
    • Broke bread together – Acts 2:42; 20:7; I Corinthians 11:23-29
    • Listened to God’s word – Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 14:2-3
    • Gave gifts bountifully – I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 9:6
    • Sang together – I Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
  • God is worthy! – Hebrews 13:15

By David Watson

Benchley, November 20, 2013

 

  • Notice that the first churches and preachers were focused on spiritual edification
    • Acts 20:32 – God’s word is what can build people up.
    • Colossians 3:16 – Even singing provides a means of teaching and admonishing one another.
    • I Corinthians 14:11-19 – Understanding is necessecary for edification.
    • I Corinthians 11:26-29 – We must be careful to take the Lord’s Supper in the right way and understand what it means.
    • II Timothy 4:1-5 – The young preacher Timothy was told to preach the Word.
    • Ephesians 4:11-16 – The body of Christ (universal church) will be built up by those who spread the word of God (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers).
    • There is a difference between edification and what might be done simultaneously with it.
      • While it is true that Christians shard common meals together (Acts 2:46), and that spiritual teaching can occur during a meal (Matthew 9:11-12), that does not mean that eating is edification, or that local churches can provide for the meal.
      • To illustrate: Philip taught the Ethiopian while riding in his chariot (Acts 8:26ff), but just because teaching can be done on a chariot, churches are not authorized to start providing chariots (or cars) for people so that teaching can occur in them.
      • Jesus taught two men as they walked along a road (Luke 24:13-35). But that does not authorize a church to build a walking track or road so that teaching can be done while people travel.

 

By David Watson

Benchley, October 30, 2013

 

  • Local churches are authorized to provide for the preaching of the gospel.
    • The gospel is the power of God for salvation.
      • Romans 1:13-16 – Paul was eager to preach because he knew it would bring eternal joy to those who received it with honest and good hearts.
      • Matthew 28:18-20 – Jesus told His apostles to teach all the nations to observe His commandments.
      • I Corinthians 14:26 – Teaching of the gospel, done properly, will edify (if received properly).
      • Matthew 4:23
      • II Thessalonians 1:8 – The gospel is something that can be followed. It is more than just the death, burial , and resurrection of Jesus.
    • Local churches are to provide for the preaching and teaching of the gospel.
      • I Thessalonians 1:6-10 – This church was commended for sounding forth the word of the Lord.
      • I Corinthians 9:9-18 – Paul explains that preachers can get their living from the gospel.
      • Philippians 4:14-18 – Paul thanks the Philippian church for sending him money.
      • II Corinthians 11:7-9 – The Corinthian church should have recognized their obligation to support Paul. He took wages from other churches so that he could serve Corinth.

 

Preachers We Support

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 16, 2013

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 12, 2013

  1. Functions of a Christian that rest upon the peculiar grounds of his being a Christian
  2. And which are also authorized for performance together with other Christians
  3. Are functions for which a local church is authorized to make provision.
  • Luke 10:30-35 – We have a duty to help those in need on an individual basis.
  • James 1:27 – caring for widows and orphans
  • I Timothy 5:14 – This is a family relationship, not an obligation of the church.
  • I Timothy 5:16 – helping widows
  • I Corinthians 9:1-14 – churches supporting preachers
  • Assembling – Hebrews 10:25.  This is a function that a local church is authorized to make provision for.
  • Discipline – I Corinthians 5:4-5.  The church is authorized to make provision for discipline of its members.
  • The local church is to meet for worship, preach to the lost, edify the saved, and help the needy in certain cases.

Authority, Part 10

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 27, 2013

  • Church funds
    • How is a church authorized to raise money to do a work that God authorizes it to do?
      • Contribution from the congregation on the first day of the week.
    • How is a church authorized to use its money?
      • Support the teaching of the gospel (I Corinthians 9:14; II Corinthians 11:8-9)
      • Provide place for worship and other things necessary for it to do what it is authorized to do.
      • Benevolence under certain circumstances.
    • The scripture authorizes only one way for a church to purpose to raise funds.
    • The scripture authorizes three ways for a church to use its funds.
  • Authority
    • Aids are allowed, but never additions.
      • NOTE:  An aid is that which makes it possible to do the act without adding another act.
      • Examples:
        • Command:  teach word
          • Aid:  literature, chart
          • Addition:  another gospel or organization
        • Command:  sing
          • Aid:  leader, book
          • Addition:  mechanical instrument
        • Command:  relieve widow indeed
          • Aid:  place, personnel, necessaries
          • Addition:  another widow or organization
        • Command:  assemble
          • Aid:  place
          • Addition:  place for social functions
    • Conclusion:  It is just as important to do a thing like God said as it is to do it.

By David Watson

Benchley, November 28, 2012

 

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 7, 2012

 

  • Possibilities:
    • Heaven itself
    • That which emanates from heaven
    • The highest in a particular thing
  • Ephesians 6:10-12 – This passage is talking about the rulers of this world. “Heavenly places” here refers to the highest leaders of the land.
  • Ephesians 3:7-11 – This passage discusses Paul’s work in taking the gospel to the Jews, Gentiles, and highest leaders of the time. He was not preaching to celestial beings. “Heavenly places” are the highest of the leaders.
  • Ephesians 2:4-7 – Jesus raised us up so that we could sit in the highest seat as Christians. If we do not behave according to the dignity of the seat we occupy, we bring shame upon Christ. The highest seat we can occupy on earth in God’s eyes is that of a Christian.
  • Ephesians 1:19-21 – “Heavenly places” is referring to the highest place that Christ can sit at the throne of God.
  • Ephesians 1:1-4 – “Heavenly places” refers to the highest blessings we can enjoy.

Despise Ye the Church of God?

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By Keith Shackleford

Benchley, October 18, 2012

 

  • The precept of I Corinthians 11:22
    • Despise
      • A matter of examination
      • Look down on with contempt
    • Correcting attitudes towards the church via the example of the Lord’s Supper
    • They showed disdain for the church by changing the holy into the common.
    • They showed disregard for brethren by flaunting “riches” over “poverty”.
  • Some ways the church is despised
    • By altering God’s local arrangement
      • Saints, bishops, deacons, Philippians 1:1
      • Elders in every church, Acts 14:23
        • Despised by unqualified elders and deacons, elders over many churches
      • Autonomy of the church among you – with its own elders, deacons, saints (I Peter 5:3)
        • Despised by: sisterhood of churches under central oversight.
    • By altering the divine arrangement of the church in: evangelism
      • To sound out the word. I Thessalonians 1:7-8
      • To train up and send out preachers. Acts 13:2-3; I Timothy 4:14; Colossians 4:11-12
      • Despised by: creating and supporting some other organization to do this work – i.e. missionary organizations, institutional organizations, publication organizations, etc.
      • Or also by sponsoring another church to do the work God assigned
    • By altering the divine arrangement of the church in: edification
      • Spiritual growth and encouragement through instruction and understanding
      • Despised by: some other means of building up the saints unto some other purpose – i.e. choirs, concerts, gyms, food, movies, etc.
    • By altering the divine arrangement of the church in: benevolence
      • Caring for needy saints, Romans 15:25-27
      • Assuring church is not charged with those for whom it is not responsible, I Timothy 5:16
      • Despised by: church funds assisting non-saints, sponsoring organizations, or other churches to do it
    • By corrupting the worship
    • By non-attendance
      • Out to be glad to be present, Psalms 122:1
      • Should be so regular that an absence is noticed by all.
    • By failure to prepare for service
    • By lax convication
    • By worldly living