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.

Criticism

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By Daniel Beamon

Benchley, September 27, 2015

  • Criticism is uncomfortable
    • If you enjoy giving criticism, you are probably not giving it in the right way.
    • II Timothy 3:16-17
    • Proverbs 13:18
    • Galatians 6:1 – Criticism is necessary.
    • Titus 1:3 – Criticism is necessary to make us sound in faith.
  • Giving criticism
    • Philippians 2:1-4
    • Colossians 3:12-17 – If we do not have love, we will give criticism with the wrong heart.
    • II Timothy 2:22-26 – Teaching is an important aspect of criticism.
    • II Timothy 4:2 – We must have patience when criticizing others.
    • I Peter 5:5 – Be humble!
    • Be care to not have an “I gotcha!” attitude in criticizing others.
  • Receiving criticism
    • Philippians 2:1-4 – We must receive criticism in a spirit of love.
    • Proverbs 9:7-9 – Receive criticism with wisdom. Use it to improve.
    • Do not receive criticism with pride or anger. It doesn’t help anyone.
  • Peter and Paul
    • Galatians 1:18-2:14 – When Peter was in error, Paul withstood him to his face.
    • II Peter 3:13-18 – Peter still counted Paul as a beloved brother.

By Jason Hunt

Benchley, May 24, 2015

  • Acts 8
  • Acts 8:5-8, 12 – Many in Samaria were receptive to God’s Word.
  • Acts 8:26-38 – The eunuch is baptized after Philip teaches him.
  • “What hinders me from being baptized?”
    • Lack of faith
      • Acts 8:37; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:12; Hebrews 11:6
    • Unwilling to repent
      • Acts 2:38; Ephesians 4:17-29
    • Influence of family/friends
      • Matthew 10:32-39; Luke 16:25-31
    • Pride
      • II Kings 5:9-14 – Naaman

Hidden Symptoms of Pride

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 17, 2014

  • I Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9
  • Qualifications for elders, continued:
    • Peaceable (I Timothy 3:3) – Not contentious or quarrelsome (see also Titus 3:2)
    • Loving what is good (Titus 1:8) – Loving and practicing what is good.
    • Just (Titus 1:8) – See John 7:24; Colossians 4:1. Righteous and just.
    • Devout (Titus 1:8) – Holy, righteous, and unpolluted with wickedness. See Hebrews 7:26.
    • Hospitable (I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8) – A friend of, or kind to strangers. See I Peter 4:9.
      • Does “hospitality” have to include overnight lodging?
        • I don’t think so. Hebrews 13:2; Genesis 18
      • Is it only “hospitality” if the person is a stranger?
    • Not addicted to wine (I Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7) – Not a drunkard. This does not include the responsible and temperate use of alcohol (i.e. for medicinal purposes).
    • Not pugnacious (I Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7) – Not a striker or violent person.
    • Not quick tempered (Titus 1:7) – Not prone to anger. See Ephesians 4:26; Mark 3:5.
    • Not self-willed (Titus 1:7) – Not one who is pleased with himself or despises others. See I Peter 5:3.
    • Free from the love of money (I Timothy 3:3) – Not fond of money or covetous. See I Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5; Luke 16:13.
    • Not fond of sordid gain (Titus 1:7; I Timothy 3:3) – Not eager to gain even if it degrades his character.
By David Watson
Benchley, July 6, 2014
  • 1 Corinthians 4:1
  • We are servants and stewards (so life is not about us)
    • I Peter 4:10
    • I Corinthians 4:9-13
  • We only answer to God (so don’t chase other standards)
    • I Corinthians 4:3-5
    • II Corinthians 10:10,12,18 – Don’t compare yourself to others.  Look to God for the standard.
    • I Corinthians 1:20; 2:4; 3:19 – The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God.
    • I Corinthians 4:6 – God’s standard is universal.
    • Mark 7:1-8
  • Everything we have is something we have received.
    • I Corinthians 4:7-8 – All things we have are gifts from God.
    • I Corinthians 12:6-11 – The Corinthians were competing over having the “best” spiritual gifts.
    • I Corinthians 14:12
    • Deuteronomy 8:17-18 – We should not boast in our wealth except as a gift from God.
    • Ephesians 2:8-9 – Obedience allows us to reach out and take the gift of salvation that God has given us.
  • I Corinthians 4:14

King Saul’s Disobedience

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 1, 2014

 

  • I Samuel 15
  • Be honest enough to admit your sin.
    • I Samuel 15:8-24
    • I Samuel 15:22-23 – It’s much better to obey than try to make up for it later!
    • I John 1:8-10 – By denying our sin, we are just delaying forgiveness.
    • Proverbs 28:13
  • Guard against pride, even if you’re humble now.
    • I Samuel 15:12
    • Romans 12:19
    • Galatians 6:1
    • I Samuel 9:21; 10:22; 15:17-19 – Saul started out with humility!
    • Romans 12:3,16 – Do not be wise in your own estimation.
  • God will forgive any sin, but there still may be earthly consequences.
    • I Samuel 15:23-31 – This was the beginning of the end of Saul’s reign.
    • Genesis 42:21-22 – Sometimes guilt over sin plagues us for years!
    • Ephesians 4:18-19 – The only thing worse than a guilty conscience is a ruined conscience.
    • Hebrews 10:25 – Some were developing a habit of not assembling to worship.

 

Mark, Part 15

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 25, 2014

 

  • Mark 12:38-13:23
  • Mark 12:38-40 – Jesus warns about the pride of the scribes in how they sought out the places of prestige in he synagogues and feasts.
  • Mark 12:41-44 – The widow gives all that she has into the treasury. The question we should ask is, “How should I give?” – not “How much should I give?” It’s not eh amount that impresses the Lord. It’s the disposition with which it is given.
  • Mark 13:1-13 – Jesus prophesies about the destruction of the temple. All these prophecies relate to events preceding the destruction of the Jerusalem.
  • Mark 13:14-23 – Josephus records that no Christians were killed in the destruction of Jerusalem. See also Daniel 9-11.

 

Walking in Darkness

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By Randy Dean

Benchley, January 19, 2014

 

  • Ephesians 5:13-16
  • Jeremiah 10:8,14,21
  • Have we walked by sin in the darkness and thought that it wouldn’t get us?
  • There is a vast difference between living our lives in light and darkness. Proverbs 1:7
  • Proverbs 30:2 – We do stupid things!
  • Proverbs 3:7 – Do not be wise in your own eyes.
  • Matthew 14:30,32
  • Deuteronomy 28:29
  • Psalms 35:6
  • Psalms 82:5
  • Proverbs 4:19
  • Jeremiah 23:12
  • I John 1:6
  • Micah 3:6
  • Matthew 6:23
  • John 3:10
  • John 8:12
  • John 12:35
  • Psalms 27:1
  • Psalms 84:11
  • Matthew 5:14
  • Acts 13:47
  • Ephesians 5:8
  • Philippians 2:15
  • James 5:20
  • Psalms 119:105
  • Matthew 25:31-46 – Jesus is asked about Judgment and how to know if we are doing right.
  • I Peter 5:8
  • Jeremiah 9:23-24 – Boast only in God.
  • Psalms 119:162-168

 

Christian Attitudes, Part 8

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By Ed Whitt

Benchley, November 3, 2013

 

  • Practicing your righteousness to be noticed by others.
    • Beware – why? Proverbs 27:2
    • If not, what?
    • Left hand versus right hand – I Corinthians 12:14-27
    • What about a collective prayer – is that to be “seen”? I Corinthians 14:15-17
    • Why use a closet?
      • Is that what is meant?
      • If not, what is it? Daniel 6:9-10
    • What would be meaningless repetition? I Kings 18:26-29
      • Why have some used such?
      • Why should we not? Isaiah 65:24
      • So, no need to pray persistently? Luke 18:3-8
    • Pray then “in this way” (Matthew 5:44) II Corinthians 13:7-9
      • Short, simple, to the point.
      • This prayer reflects
        • Reverence
        • Subjection
        • Dependence upon Him for sustenance
        • The need for His guidance and deliverance
        • The need for forgiveness and to be forgiven
        • A prayer that must be lived as well as prayed
    • Same goes for fasting
      • Keep it clean
      • Look normal
      • Don’t show it off
      • What about fasting?
        • Signified mourning
        • Also devotion to prayer
          • Commanded?
          • Necessary?
          • Authorized?
          • Practical?