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

Exodus, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 26, 2017

  • The first opposition (Exodus 5-6)
    • “Who is the Lord?” (Exodus 5:2)
      • God repeatedly tells him. Exodus 7:17.  See also Exodus 7:5; 8:10, 22; 9:14, 29; 11:7; 14:4, 18.
      • God will trample Pharaoh’s pride. See Exodus 9:16, quoted in Romans 9:17.  Also compare II Chronicles 32:13-19.
      • Proverbs 30:9
    • God deals with a fledgling faith (Exodus 5:20-6:13)
      • Pharaoh forced the people to gather their own straw for the bricks. The people had seen the signs (Exodus 4:30-31), but this added burden was enough to cause the people to turn on Moses and Aaron (Exodus 5:20-25).
      • God’s response:
        • Patience: He does not punish Moses or the people at this point.
        • He provides His word as assurance. He explains (again) what the future holds.
      • “By my name, LORD” (Exodus 6:3)
        • God had appeared to the patriarchs as “God Almighty” (Hebrew: El Shaddai), but now emphasizes a new name: “LORD” (Hebrew:  Yahweh).
        • In Exodus, God repeatedly says, “I am the LORD” and refers to Israel as His people. Exodus marks a turning point in Israel’s relationship with God as He takes special care of them.
        • It’s remarkable that in comparison to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses, God has provided “something better for us” (Hebrews 4:10).
        • I John 3:2

I Corinthians, Part 25

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 30, 2016

  • I Corinthians 12:28-13:7
  • I Corinthians 12:28 – “Helps” and “administrations” wouldn’t necessarily be miraculous gifts. “Administrations” is translated from a word meaning “guides” or “guidance.”  The meaning here could just be referring to work like what elders and deacons do.
  • I Corinthians 12:31 – Some spiritual gifts were evidently better than others, but love is better than the best of the gifts.
  • I Corinthians 13:4 – Love never brags and shows arrogance, like the Pharisee praying (Luke 18:10-14). Love exhibits the attitude shown in Matthew 23:8.
  • I Corinthians 13:5 – Love seeks the welfare of the other person.
  • I Corinthians 13:6 – Love does not rejoice in sin. Surely all have been guilty of this at some point.
  • I Corinthians 13:7 – Love will cause us to believe the best about someone until it is proven that we no longer can.

Service

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By Drew Nelson

Benchley, October 19, 2016

  • Hebrews 2:1
  • John 13:3-16 – Jesus washes the feet of the disciples.
  • What keeps us from service?
    • We think we’re too important
      • Philippians 2:6-7
    • We think others aren’t important enough
    • We don’t understand Jesus’ kingdom
      • John 13:14
      • Matthew 20:20-28 – Those who serve are the greatest in the kingdom!
    • What will happen if I serve?
      • I will be great in the kingdom
        • Luke 22:24
      • I will have the mind of Christ
        • Philippians 2:3
      • I will build up the body of Christ
        • Romans 12:4-8
        • I Peter 4:10
        • Galatians 5:13-14
        • Ephesians 4:16
      • Where do I begin?
        • Help meet physical needs
        • Help meet spiritual needs

Mistakes Made by Great Men

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 28, 2016

  • Romans 15:4
  • Moses
    • Led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the desert towards Canaan.
    • Moses disobeyed God at Meribah. Numbers 20:12
      • He struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock as God commanded.
        • This seems like a small mistake, but it was enough to keep him out of the Promised Land.
      • He did not sanctify God when he spoke to the people.
        • He allowed the Israelites to provoke him to sin.
      • Saul
        • I Samuel 15 – Saul sins by not utterly destroying the Amalekites.
          • I Samuel 15:22 – Saul rejected as king.
          • When God tells us to do something, He means for us to do it just that way, whether we understand it or not. Jeremiah 10:23; Psalm 37:25
        • Saul also sinned by shifting responsibility for sins from himself to the people.
        • Saul allowed himself to be lifted up with pride.
        • Saul rebelled against God.
      • David
        • I Chronicles 13 – David tried to bring the ark of the covenant back from Kiriath-Jearim.
          • I Chronicles 13:10 – The ark was transported on a cart instead of by poles as God commanded and Uzza was struck dead when he reached out to steady it.
        • II Samuel 11 – David sins with Bathsheba.
      • Matthew 6:33 – Seek God first.

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.

I Corinthians, Part 8

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 20, 2016

  • I Corinthians 4:17-5:9
  • I Corinthians 4:17 – It’s possible that Paul baptized Timothy when he passed through Derbe.
  • I Corinthians 4:20 – See Hebrews 12:28. No one can assail the kingdom of God.
  • I Corinthians 5:5 – The primary reason for withdrawing from the sinner was to attempt to save him. Additional reasons are given in I Corinthians 5:8 (keeping the church pure) and I Corinthians 5:11 (so that sinners will fear discipline).
  • I Corinthians 5:8 – Just as the Jews could not have any leaven in their houses with God’s approval during the Passover week, so we cannot have any malice or wickedness in us with God’s approval.

Luke, Part 15

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 3, 2016

  • Luke 13:18-15:32
  • Luke 13:18-21 – God’s Word is still around! It still permeates the whole world.
  • Luke 14:1-6 – Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath, which angers the Pharisees. He recognizes this and points out their hypocrisy.
  • Luke 14:7-11 – Don’t be prideful and assume honor for yourself!
  • Luke 14:12-14 – Don’t only help those who can help you back.
  • Luke 14:15-24 – Don’t make excuses to not obey God!
  • Luke 14:25-33 – See Matthew 10:37. Jesus lays out our priorities.  God must be first!
  • Luke 15:1-32 – The scribes and Pharisees were grumbling about Jesus spending time with sinners, so Jesus tells three parables about how valuable it is to God when a sinner returns. We should rejoice when a sinner repents!

Luke, Part 10

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 22, 2015

  • Luke 9:28-10:16
  • Luke 9:28-36 – Jesus is transfigured. This must have greatly increased the faith of Peter, John, and James.  See II Peter 1:16-18.
  • Luke 9:37-42 – Jesus casts out a demon that the disciples could not. See Matthew 17:20.  The disciples did not have enough faith.
  • Luke 9:43-45 – The disciples again fail to understand what was going to happen to Jesus.
  • Luke 9:46-56 – The disciples argue about who is the greatest.
    • Luke 9:50 – See also Mark 9:38-40.
  • Luke 9:57-62 – Jesus could read hearts and did not accept excuses. What excuses could we possibly hope to use on the day of judgment?!
  • Luke 10:1-16 – Jesus sends out the 70 in pairs to teach.
    • Luke 10:1 – Some old manuscripts read 72 here. We cannot tell which one is correct, but either way it makes no doctrinal difference.

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.