What Must I Do to be Saved?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 21, 2017

  • The most important question ever asked: “What must I do to be saved?”
  • Acts 16:22-33 – The jailer did not know anything about salvation, but once he was taught (Romans 10:17), he knew he needed to repent and be baptized.
  • Acts 2:36-38 – These people had believed in God all their lives, but they had not yet obeyed Jesus. Believing in God was not enough.
    • Acts 2:20-21 – Joel prophesied that people would need to call on the name of the Lord to be saved. This involved repenting and being baptized.
  • Acts 22:6-16 – When Saul came to understand that Jesus was the Messiah, he still had to find out what to do to be saved.
    • Acts 22:16 – Calling on the name of the Lord involved being baptized!
  • Matthew 7:21 – Believing in Jesus is not enough!
  • Romans 6:12-13 – We must use our bodies as instruments of righteousness until God.
  • What must I do to remain saved?
    • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Always press on toward the goal!

Repentance

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By Larry Bunch

Benchley, March 26, 2017

  • Hardest thing is to repent
  • Repentance is duty imposed on all mankind
    • Acts 17:30
  • What repentance does not mean
    • Not just being afraid – Acts 24:25
    • Not simply being sorry – Acts 2:37
    • Not simply reformation of life
  • What repentance means
    • Matthew 21:28-30
    • Matthew 12:31 (Jonah 3:10)
    • Luke 15:11-24 (prodigal son)
    • Repentance involves
      • Sense of sin
      • Sorrow for sin
      • Severance from sin
      • II Corinthians 7:9-10
    • Two things used to bring men to repentance
      • Fear – II Corinthians 5:10-11; Philippians 2:12; Jude 23
      • Love – Romans 2:4
    • Cannot escape repentance
      • Luke 13:3 – “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
    • Alien sinners
      • Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; 3:19
    • Erring Christians
      • Acts 8
      • I John 1:5-10; James 5:26
    • Conclusion
      • Hebrews 4:7

2 Corinthians, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 15, 2017

  • II Corinthians 1:11-2:16
  • II Corinthians 1:21 – See I Samuel 10. God anointed the apostles by setting them in place to do their work.
  • II Corinthians 1:22 – God sealed the apostles as belonging to Him and gave them the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that their task was from God and not from man. See also Galatians 1:12.
  • II Corinthians 2:6-8 – Paul is warning against being overly righteous and refusing to forgive a person because their sin is too great. When someone repents, we must forgive and not lay his past life to his charge any more.  When we forgive someone, we should reaffirm our love for them.
  • II Corinthians 2:11 – The enemy is Satan – not the sinning brother!

Becoming the New Me!

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 1, 2017

  • Ezra 7:10
  • My spirit is empowered!
    • I must believe that change is possible.
    • Genesis 4:4-8 – Cain could choose to do good!
    • “Repent!” – Acts 17:30; Matthew 3:2; 11:20-21
    • Old self – new self: Romans 6; Ephesians 4; Colossians 3
  • My mind is informed!
    • I must learn what the goals are!
    • Colossians 3:16-17
    • Ephesians 5:10, 17
    • Romans 7:7
    • Please read your Bible!
  • My goals are planned!
    • I must make a map to my goals!
    • Example: Nehemiah – Nehemiah 6:15
    • Get specific: Who?  What?  When?  Where?  Why?  How?

Godly Families, Part 17

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Train children to love God (continued):
    • We must instill the proper motivation (continued):
      • Genesis 39:9
      • What’s wrong with just raising our kids to know that if they misbehave, they’ll be punished?
    • Love God yourself!
      • Parents should set the example. Proverbs 20:7; Matthew 7:5; II Timothy 1:5
      • Let us be as noble in our parenting as Jesus was in his leadership. Hebrews 4:15; I Peter 2:21
      • Deuteronomy 6:5-7 – This is directed to parents!
    • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to love God.
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Care deeply about pleasing God (conscience) Genesis 39:9; II Corinthians 1:12; Acts 9:9 Worship 7 days a week; plan careers, recreation, schedules around God Family discussions and priorities rarely center on God; God is a Sunday topic “It’s okay – I won’t get caught.”
Pray without ceasing Romans 12:12; I Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:13-18; Matthew 6:5-7 Pray sincerely; more than at meals (like when something happens); pray topically. Praying only when in trouble.  Meaningless repetition. Praying in vain, not meaning what you say or useless repetition.  Never praying; making prayer a joke.
Repent when wrong Acts 26:20; Matthew 12:41; Jonah 3:8-10 Openly repent when you have wronged others (especially kids). Holding out for someone else to initiate.  No self-evaluation & self-awareness. Not really apologizing or not admitting guilt in the first place.  Insincerity.
Joyfully worship and praise God John 4:23-24; Colossians 3:16; Psalm 100; 122; Philippians 4:4; Acts 16:25 Be happy to go to worship.  Encourage the same in children.  Worship outside the assembly. Worshiping out of necessity.  Daydreaming; too many toys; trained not to participate. Not being joyful.  Not focusing in worship.   Indifferent; complaining.

Character, Part 2

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By Ara Casada

Benchley, April 13, 2016

  • Lesson 2: Cain and Abel
    • Genesis 4:1-15
      • Abel’s sacrifice was accepted, but Cain’s was not. Cain became angry and killed Abel.
      • God questions Cain, but he does not repent. God punishes him.
    • Hebrews 11:4 – Abel walked by faith, but Cain did not.
    • Jude 1:3-13 – The “way of Cain” is to reject God and go your own way.
    • Conclusions:
      • God wants obedience from us! When He gives us a command, He wants it done His way.
      • Watch out for jealousy and anger and what they lead to.
      • God wants us to do well and not sin. He wants us to be reconciled to Him when we do sin.
      • God is just and will punish those who sin.

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!

You and Your Children

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 6, 2015

  • Exodus 12:23-27
  • Proclaim the Lord’s death to them.
    • I Corinthians 11:26
    • Galatians 2:20
  • Show them how to benefit from a sermon.
    • Acts 17:10-11
  • Point out good Christians as role models for them.
    • Philippians 3:17
    • Acts 16:1-3
  • Pray with them all the time.
    • II Kings 19:1-3, 14-20
    • II Kings 20:1-3
  • Get them in the habit of reading the Bible.
    • Luke 16:30
  • Put down your device and have human interaction.
    • Acts 2:44
  • Show them how to recover from a sin.
    • II Samuel 12:7
    • Psalms 51:1-4, 17
    • I John 2:1

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 22, 2015

  • Lesson 2, continued:
    • His name is above every name (Philippians 2:6-11) (continued):
      • Christians belong to Christ because He purchased them with His own blood and they were baptized in His name; thus, they are identified by the name of Him to whom they belong.
    • Conclusion: Regardless of what good traits a church may have, if it is identified by a name given by man, a name that does not point ownership to heaven, it is not the church of the New Testament.
  • Lesson 3:
    • Introduction
      • In this lesson, we learn what local churches in Paul’s time taught one to do to be saved.
    • Hear the Word
      • God’s drawing power (John 6:44-45)
      • That which produces faith (Romans 10:17)
    • Believe (Hebrews 11:6; John 3:16; 8:24)
      • Faith and opinion
        • Faith is produced by hearing (Romans 10:17); without testimony there can be no faith.
        • Anything practiced without testimony is just opinion.
      • We walk by faith (II Corinthians 5:7)
        • Opinion is unsafe (Jeremiah 10:23)
        • We cannot walk by sight, for we have not seen Jesus.
      • Therefore, based upon testimony one must believe: that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of man (John 8:24) and that the gospel is God’s power to save (Romans 1:16).
    • Repentance (Acts 17:30; II Peter 3:9; Acts 11:18)
      • Repentance is a change of mind (Matthew 21:28-29), brought about by godly sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10), and resulting in changed actions (Matthew 21:29).
      • It is hard to get one to repent.
        • Most profess to believe in Christ, but they will not do His will. (Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21)
        • They need to repent – change their mind and their lives.
        • When one repents, obedience is easy; it is getting one to renounce his will that is difficult.
      • Confession (Romans 10:9-10)
        • With the mouth, one must confess that Jesus is Lord.
        • When one believes and repents, confession is the natural result.
      • Baptized (Mark 16:16)

 

A Change of Heart

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 12, 2015

  • Psalms 51:10
Heart of sinner: Heart of Christian:
Ignorance – Ephesians 4:17-19 Understanding – Matthew 13:15
Hatred – John 15:18-19 Love – I John 4:19; John 13:35; Matthew 22:37; I John 4:20; Ephesians 4:15
Evil thoughts – Genesis 6:5 Good thoughts – Philippians 4:8
Unbelief – John 16:8-9 Faith – Hebrews 11:6
Impenitent Repentance – Acts 17:30-31
Disobedience Obedience – Romans 6:16-17; Hebrews 5:8-9

 

  • What is changed in a change of heart?
    • The intellect – Proverbs 23:7; Mark 2:8; Matthew 13:15; Romans 10:10
    • The emotions – Matthew 22:37; Proverbs 6:16-19; Psalms 119:128
    • The will – Romans 6:16-18
    • The conscience – I John 3:20-21
  • A change of heart is essential for salvation. (Matthew 5:8)
    • Ezekiel 18:31
    • Acts 15:9
    • I Peter 1:22