Whole-Heart Discipleship

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 7, 2018

  • Matthew 22:37; II Chronicles 25:2
  • Introduction
    • II Chronicles 25:1-2, 14-15; II Kings 14:3-4 – King Amaziah served God, but not with a whole heart.
  • James 2:10
    • It’s not that God is watching for any small error so He can punish us. It’s that we have to obey all of God’s commands – not just the ones we find easy.
    • Matthew 5:43-48 – We are to be perfect (complete) – not lacking any moral facet.
    • We must love all – even our enemies.
    • It takes one hole to sink a ship. It takes one sin to sink a soul.
  • Which commands are hard for me?
    • Do I truly put God above my family? Genesis 22; Luke 14:26
    • Do I love all my neighbors – even other races? Galatians 2:11-12; 3:27-29; Matthew 7:12; 22:39
    • Would I rather hold on to Jesus or my riches? Mark 10:19-22; I Timothy 6:17
    • Do I publicly show support for Jesus? Mark 15:43; Matthew 10:32-33

Sin’s Blinding Touch

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 30, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Romans 7:11
    • II Corinthians 11:13
    • Isaiah 59:1-2
    • I Peter 5:8
  • Pride blinds and makes man revolt at God’s commands.
    • Jeremiah 10:23
    • Matthew 7:13-14
    • Christians are special targets of Satan.
    • II Kings 5:1-13 – Naaman the leper
    • Proverbs 16:18; 18:12
    • Psalms 37:25
    • I Peter 5:5-6
  • Self-righteousness blinds from one’s own sinfulness.
    • Luke 18:10-13
    • Romans 2:1-2, 21; 3:9-18
    • I Samuel 15:10-22
    • Deuteronomy 18:20
    • Psalms 19:13
  • Self-will blinds to the sin of prejudice.
    • John 7:41-47
      • Matthew 12; Mark 3 – Even the Pharisees had to admit that Jesus was working miracles.
  • Doctrines of men blind from the service to Christ.
    • Mark 7:7; Matthew 15:6
  • I John 1:7; Philippians 3:14
  • We can’t ever be lulled into thinking the devil will just leave us alone!
  • I Corinthians 5:8-9; James 1:7-8

Jonah

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 8, 2015

  • II Kings 14:23-25 – Timeline of the book of Jonah.
  • The book of Jonah was written about 780 B.C.
  • Matthew 12:39-41 – Jesus Himself testified to the factuality of the story of Jonah. It is not just a myth or fairytale as some claim.
  • Two main points of the book of Jonah:
    • God is the God of all, not just the Jews.
    • God is anxious to save all, even the Gentiles.
  • Jonah 1:1-17 – This book is full of miracles and acts of God. It is not a miracle that a great storm arose that endangered the ship.  We also know there are creatures in the sea that are large enough to swallow a man.  It is a miracle that Jonah was able to survive in the belly of the fish.
  • Jonah 2 – Jonah recounts his prayer for salvation. God delivers Jonah from the belly of the fish.
  • Jonah 3 – Jonah preaches to Ninevah and the people repented. God repented of the punishment He had planned for the city (Jonah 3:10).
    • See Luke 11:30 – Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites. The Ninevites repented because of what had happened to Jonah.
  • Jonah 4 – Jonah shows his prejudice and becomes angry with God because of the repentance of Ninevah.
  • Lessons from the book:
    • God’s love and mercy for all people.
    • The evil of being narrow-minded and prejudiced.
    • National sin requires national repentance.
    • All that God created is in His control.
    • We can’t run from disobedience.

Naaman and the Servants

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 9, 2014

 

  • II Kings 5:1-14
  • Naaman’s reluctant obedience
    • It all boils down to obeying God!
    • Naaman was not a lazy man (II Kings 5:1)
    • Naaman was not a cheapskate (II Kings 5:5)
    • Naaman was not skeptical of divine powers
    • Naaman was reluctant to obey simply because the command was different than what he expected and preferred.
      • Mark 16:16 – Baptism is required!
      • Colossians 3:9-11 – Racism, sexism, and other prejudices have no place in a Christian’s heart.
      • Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Just obey God!
  • The servants’ vital contributions
    • Little girl
    • Messenger
    • Servants
    • Luke 8:1-3
    • Romans 16:1-2
    • Philippians 4:2-3
    • Let’s look for the little things we can do to help others serve God.
    • I Corinthians 6:7

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 17

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, January 8, 2014

 

  • The church as Biblically described
    • Universal church – Hebrews 12:15-24; Acts 9:31
    • Local congregation – Galatians 1:21-24; I Corinthians 1:1-3
    • Both have members
    • Let’s look at a Christian’s attitudes with respect to:
      • The universal church
      • The local church
      • Other church members
  • The universal church
    • This is what Jesus said He would build – Matthew 16:18
    • He bought it with His blood – Acts 20:28
    • Jesus loves the church and gave Himself for it – Ephesians 5:25-29
      • He wants His church to be pure, blameless, and holy – Ephesians 5:27
      • He both nourishes and cherishes His church – Ephesians 5:29
      • That comes from baptism and from His word – Ephesians 5:26
      • It is maintained in His word – John 17:17
    • Referred tp as His body – Romans 12:4-5
      • We are not just individuals
      • We are members of each other
      • As such, we are one body – I Corinthians 10:16-24
        • We should seek our neighbor’s good
        • We should desire that all be pure – Colossians 1:21-23
    • If you’ve been saved, you’ve been added to it – Acts 2:41,47
  • The local church
    • Where all collective activities are undertaken
      • Worship – Acts 20:7
    • Where saints have much or most of their Christian associations – Acts 2:44-47
    • Analogy of the body – I Corinthians 12:12-27
      • If one is a baptized believer, one is a member of the body
      • As such, each member is part of the whole
      • We all work together – Philippians 2:1-4
        • We maintain a single-minded purpose
        • Each member has value in this
      • Each member has function – Ephesians 4:11-16
    • This body assembles and associates for purpose
      • Keep each other in paths of righteousness – Hebrews 3:12-19
      • Encourage and stimulate fellow Christians – Hebrews 10:23-25
      • Maintain our focus as a congregation – I Corinthians 9:24-27
      • Maintain our identity as Christians and as a church – Revelation 2:2-6
  • In summary:
    • Remember who we are
      • Members of our Savior’s church
      • Members of our local church
      • Members of one another
    • Treasure what Jesus treasured
      • His church
      • Its members
      • Its message to the world

 

James 2:1-22

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 27, 2012

 

  • James 2:2-9 – Do not judge a man by his clothing or his wealth. We should love men because of the way they live their lives, regardless of how much they have.
  • James 2:10-11 – If we fail in any part of the law, we show that we don’t have proper respect for the law and the one who gave it. One sin is not worse than another in God’s eyes.
  • James 2:14-17 – Some claim this conflicts with Romans 4. There is harmony between these passages because both are talking about the same kind of faith, but different kinds of works. Man cannot earn his salvation through good works, but He must obey God’s commandments and carry out the good works God requires of him.

James 1:19-2:5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 20, 2012

 

  • James 1:19 – It is not sinful to be angry. It is sinful to handle that anger incorrectly. We are to be slow to anger. When we do get angry, it should be with the righteous anger that is of God.
  • James 1:22 – This is a commentary on what it means to receive the word as commanded in James 1:21. In order to properly receive the word, we have to be a doer of the word and mot merely a hearer.
  • James 1:25 – “One who looks intently at the perfect law” is the idea of stopping and looking at God’s law, not just a passing glance.

Zaccheus

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 18, 2012

 

  • Luke 19:1-10
  • What a short story about a short man teaches me about serving God today
  • Jesus loves the small guy
    • Luke 3:12-13 – Many tax collectors of that day abused their power and collected more taxes than necessary.
    • James 2:2-4 – warning about being prejudiced for or against those with wealth
    • Romans 12:16 – Do not be wise in your own estimation.
  • The grumblers missed the point
    • Luke 15:1-2 – More grumbling about Jesus associating with tax collectors.
    • Luke 7:36-39 – the Pharisee grumbling about the woman anointing Jesus
    • We need to be careful not to miss the point. Religion is not about pomp or entertainment or elevating your status – it’s about serving God and saving souls.
  • Zaccheus was ready to repent, not brag.
    • Luke 18:18-23 – The rich young ruler.
    • We must not rest on our laurels!

Jonah

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 8, 2011

  • The book takes place somewhere around 780 B.C., in the time of Jeroboam II (I Kings 14:25).
  • The story of Jonah is factual and not just an allegory because Jesus refers to it as such in the New Testament (Matthew 12:39-41; Luke 11:29-32.
  • Jeremiah 18:7-10 – God promises to relent from destroying a sinful nation if it repents and turns from evil. This is exactly what happened in the case of Ninevah in Jonah 3.
    • Why did Ninevah react so well to Jonah’s preaching? Luke 11:29-30 shows that Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites. Somehow they knew about Jonah’s plight and it effected them greatly. Historically, the nation of Syria was also a a low point when Jonah did his preaching.
    • The Ninevites showed true repentance by changing their minds and their actions, from the king down to the common man.
  • Jonah 4 – Jonah shows his Jewish bias. He was biased against the Ninevites from the beginning, which is why he didn’t want to go preach to them. He was extremely upset when God did not destroy them for their sins.
  • Application:
    • We must learn God’s compassion for all people.
    • National sin requires national repentance.
    • God is the Creator and all creation is at His disposal.
    • We must obey God if we are to have His blessing.