Why Serve God?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 11, 2017

  • Acts 17:24-31
  • Introduction
    • Matthew 4:10
    • Why does God desire for man to worship Him? Does God have a need or does man have a need?
    • Serving God is for man’s benefit.
  • God needs nothing seeing that He gives all things to man.
  • Physically, we cannot get along without God. Matthew 5:44
  • Spiritually, we cannot get along without God. Romans 1:16; Ephesians 1:7
  • God wants us to serve Him for His glory. But whether we worship Him or not, He will have His glory.
    • Psalms 148:1-13
  • Most “innovations” that have come into the church have arisen as a result of man trying to help God out.
    • Compare Genesis 12. Sarah thought God needed her help.
    • Alexander Campbell made the same mistake in starting the Christian Missionary Society in 1849.
    • Again, the same mistake was made in 1869 with the introduction of instrumental music.
    • We cannot go beyond God’s word and try to help. We will not be successful.
  • Whatever God commands us to do is for our benefit.
    • Judges 5:23 – Meroz cursed for not carrying out God’s will.
    • Why does God want us to sin? To worship and encourage each other.
    • Why does God want us to give on the first day of the week? For our benefit.
  • When we serve God, the benefit is ours.

The Parable of the Talents

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 7, 2017

  • Matthew 25:14-30
  • Colossians 1:13
  • Under my rule, servants should make the most of every opportunity to serve their master!
  • I need to find and use my ways to serve the Master.
    • “each according to his own ability”
    • Romans 12:4
    • I Corinthians 12:17 – We all have our unique abilities!
    • Matthew 25:37-40
  • Inaction is not an option.
    • “you have what is yours”
    • Matthew 25:24
    • Esther 4:13
    • Luke 19:11-27
  • There will be a day of reckoning.
    • “settled accounts with them”
    • Matthew 25:19
    • Matthew 25:31-46

Abound

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 22, 2017

  •  Introduction
    • Abound – exceeding measure
    • II Corinthians 1:5
    • II Peter 1:11
    • James 1:21
    • II Corinthians 11:23-28
  • Abounding in our service to the Lord in:
    • Faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly kindness, love (II Peter 1:5-7)
      • These things will make sure we bear fruit for God.
    • The walk of the new life (Colossians 2:6-7; I Thessalonians 4:1)
      • The only way to walk in fellowship with God is to allow Him to direct our steps.
      • II Corinthians 5:17
      • Colossians 4:12
    • The work of the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58)
      • It is very important that we abound in the work of the Lord, not of some other religion.
    • Love (II Thessalonians 1:3; Philippians 1:9)
      • Am I abounding in love for my brethren?
      • John 13:35
    • Hope (Romans 15:13)
      • Hebrews 6:19
    • Have we been abounding in all these things?
    • Zephaniah 1:12

 

Why Are We Here?

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, October 2, 2016

  • Acts 17:22-28
  • Big picture
    • II Corinthians 8:4-6
    • Acts 17:27
    • Ecclesiastes 12:13
    • Galatians 6:15
    • Ephesians 2:10
    • Matthew 22:36
  • James: real guidance on living as the new creation
    • What should I do about temptation?
      • James 1:13-18 – Our temptations do not come from God! Lust is real, but we cannot give in to it!
      • James 5:19-20 – Don’t give up if you sin!
    • What is true religion?
      • James 1:22-27 – Help orphans and widows and keep yourself unstained from the world.
      • Philippians 2:3-14 – Serve others without grumbling or disputing.
      • John 13:5
    • What does it mean to keep the law?
      • John 2:8
      • Luke 10:25-37
    • What is faith?
      • Hebrews 11:6
      • James 2:14-18 – We must actually do these works!
    • What is wisdom?
      • James 3:13 – You have to act on wisdom. It cannot purely be an intellectual exercise.
      • James 3:14-18 – There is more than one type of wisdom. There is a type of wisdom that is earthly and demonic.
    • What is the source of strife?
      • James 4:1-3
      • James 4:11
    • The results of fulfilling our purpose
      • Glorify God by doing what we were created to do. Psalm 148
    • The conclusion
      • Fear God and keep His commandments.
      • Let’s get to work!
        • Loving and serving Him.
        • Loving and serving others.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 21, 2016

  • II Corinthians 8:12, 5
  • Psalms 84:10
  • Faith
    • Romans 1:20
    • Faith in God
    • Faith in Jesus
      • Ephesians 1:7
      • Hebrews 4:15
      • Hebrews 7:25
      • Romans 8:27
      • I Thessalonians 4:13-18
      • I Corinthians 15:13-19
    • Faith in the scripture
      • Romans 16:16
    • Love
      • I Corinthians 13:13
      • I Corinthians 16:22
      • Proverbs 23:23
      • Ephesians 4:15
      • Love the local church
    • Hope
      • II Thessalonians 1:10
      • Romans 2:4
      • Ephesians 1:17

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.

Godly Families, Part 2

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 31, 2016

  • Lesson 1, continued:
    • It’s never too early to study the Bible truth relating to the family.
      • II Chronicles 34:1-3 – Josiah was only 16 when he began to seek God.
    • It’s never too late to study the family. Titus 2:3-5
    • Apply God’s work to yourself!
      • Who might we blame when we mess up?
        • Genesis 3:12-13 – Adam blames everyone but himself.
        • Proverbs 19:3 – The foolish blame the Lord.
      • In Ephesians 5:22-33 …
        • Find where the husband is told to make his wife submit.
        • Find where the wife is told to make her husband lead.
        • (This doesn’t mean we should never try to teach / encourage others to fulfill their roles.)
      • Matthew 7:1-5; James 1:22
    • Ephesians 4:22-24; II Peter 1:5-8; 3:18
    • Since the 1960s, the rate of new marriages has fallen by more than 50%. Rates of divorce and single parenthood have more than doubled.  The trend of cohabitation is not making families stronger.
    • The importance of developing a good marriage:
      • Marriage is the bedrock of a family and families are the bedrock of a society.
        • Genesis 2:18-24
        • Genesis 18:20 – God was not pleased with Sodom and Gomorrah.
        • Malachi 2:13-16 – God cares about the family!
        • Jamestown, 1607
        • Oneida Community, 1848-1879
        • Matthew 19:4-9 – God’s strict marriage law. From the beginning, it was to be a permanent relationship.

 God Can Use You

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My Yoke is Easy

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 22, 2016

  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • Jesus doesn’t mean that Christians have easy lives on earth.
    • “Rest” doesn’t mean absence of:
      • Conflict with others
      • Work
      • Persecution
      • Physical pain or health problems
    • In what sense do followers of Christ find rest with an easy yoke?
      • Spiritual peace
        • Philippians 1:7; 4:4
        • John 14:27
        • I Peter 3:10-16
        • Psalm 38
      • A feeling of doing good for a good Master
        • The yoke (work) is good.
          • Jeremiah 6:16 – Find the good way and walk in it!
          • II Peter 2:18-19
          • I John 5:3
        • The Master (Jesus) is good.
          • II Corinthians 9:12
        • Heaven
          • Hebrews 4:1, 6-9
        • Takeaways
          • Don’t take Jesus out of context: a Christian has to live righteously and put forth diligent effort.
          • There is not some better life out there.

Colossians

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 24, 2016

  • Colossians 1:1-4
  • Chapter 1: Preeminence – Realize that Christ is the center of everything!
    • Colossians 1:13
    • Colossians 1:22
    • Colossians 1:15 – Christ is the firstborn of all creation. See Psalms 89:27.  Jesus has a status above all of creation.  This does not mean that Jesus was created.  See Colossians 1:16-17.
    • Colossians 1:16-20 – We can now be reconciled to God through Christ’s blood.
  • Chapter 2: Problems – Don’t let anything distract or deceive you away from Christ!
    • Colossians 2:2-3
    • Colossians 2:13-14 – Jesus set aside the debt of sin people were under from the old law.
    • Colossians 2:20-23 – There is no holiness to be gained by abstaining from certain foods. We only need to worry about obeying Christ!
  • Chapter 3-4: Practical points – Here’s what it means to live for Christ.
    • We have to get Heaven in our heads!
      • Colossians 3:1-4
    • Stop monkeying around with sin!
      • Colossians 3:5-8
    • Serve Christ daily!
      • Colossians 3:9-17
      • The center of everything we do must be God.