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.

Luke, Part 2

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 6, 2015

  • Luke 1:26-2:20
  • Luke 1:26-38 – Jesus’ birth is foretold. Notice that Mary gladly accepted her role and was up to the task.  We need to have the same good attitude when we have an opportunity to serve God.
  • Luke 1:39-45 – Mary visits Elizabeth.
  • Luke 1:46-56 – Mary rejoices. Often called the Magnificat.
  • Luke 1:57-66 – John the Baptist is born.
  • Luke 1:67-80 – Zacharias prophesies about John and his work preparing the way for Jesus.
    • Luke 1:80 – Compare Luke 2:40.
  • Luke 1:37 – The Bible is filled with many events considered to be impossible. Isn’t it wonderful to serve a God with whom nothing is impossible?
  • Luke 2:1-6 – Joseph and Mary to go Bethlehem to be taxed by the Roman Empire. Jesus would be a king, but His parents were humble, average people that had to travel long distances to pay taxes just like everybody else!
  • Luke 2:7 – Jesus is born!
  • Luke 2:8-14 – The angel appears to the shepherd to announce the birth of Jesus.
    • Luke 2:11 – The angel specifically refers to Jesus as the Christ.
      • See Acts 17:2-3.
    • Luke 2:15-20 – The shepherds go to see the baby Jesus.

By David Watson

Benchley, March 29, 2015

  • Hebrews 10:23-24
  • Occasionally, be gracious enough to let others serve you
    • Mark 10:43
    • Matthew 25:35-36
    • Philippians 4:15-19
    • I Corinthians 9:11-12, 15; II Corinthians 11:8-9
  • Be a partner
    • Acts 18:1-5 – Paul devoted himself to preaching full time once Silas and Timothy arrived to help. As great as Paul was, he was made better by having partners!
  • Lead by example
    • Acts 20:17-35 – Paul was a great example of how to serve God.

By David Watson

Benchley, September 7, 2014

  • Acts 6-7
  • He was ready to serve!
    • Acts 6:3; 21:13 – Paul was ready to serve just like Stephen.
    • II Corinthians 9:2 – The Corinthians were ready to serve!
    • II Timothy 4:2 – Be ready in season and out of season.
    • Luke 22:61 + Acts 5:29 – Peter thought he was ready at Jesus’ crucifixion, but wasn’t really ready until later.
    • Titus 3:1 – Be ready for every good deed.
    • I Timothy 6:18 + Ephesians 4:28 – Be ready to share with others.
    • I Peter 3:15 + Hebrews 5:12-14 – Be ready to make a defense for your faith.
  • He was willing to serve
    • Acts 6:8-10; 7:1-2,51-60 – Stephen was willing to serve even to death.
    • Luke 22:33
    • II Corinthians 8:11; 9:2-5 – Don’t just be ready – be willing to follow through.
    • I Timothy 3:1 – To be an elder, a man must be ready and willing.
    • James 1:22 – It is not enough to just continually prepare to serve God but never actually get out and do the work.

Ecclesiastes, Part 7

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By Tim Stringer

Benchley, September 7, 2014

  • Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14
  • Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 – Be generous with what you have – it may come back to you one day.
  • Ecclesiastes 11:4 – Do not shy away from your work just because of the risks.
  • Ecclesiastes 11:5 – The ways of God are far beyond our understanding.
  • Ecclesiastes 11:6 – Work when you can! You never know if it will be prosperous or not.
  • Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 – This is a parable about the perils of old age. The human body weakens and fails and eventually returns to dust.
  • Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 – This is the meaning of life! Fear God and keep His commandments.

Parable of the Sower

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 31, 2014

 

  • Matthew 13:1-23
  • Parable: reveals truth, making people understand the unknown by what is known
  • The four kinds of soil
    • The wayside soil
    • The rocky soil
    • The thorny soil
    • The good soil
  • Bible examples of each kind of soil
    • Wayside soil – Felix – Acts 24:24-26
    • Stony soil – Hebrew Christians – Hebrews 10:25
    • Thorny soil – Rich young ruler – Matthew 19:22
    • Good soil – Paul (his life) – Acts 9:3-19
  • Present day examples
    • Wayside – one who hears but pays no attention to the word.
    • Stony – one who hears and receives the word, but lets external things such as persecution or pressure hinder him and cause him to fall.
    • Thorny – one who hears and receives the word, but lets internal things such as money, position, prestige, pleasure, or sexual lust come between him and God.
    • Good – one who hears and receives the word and does not allow anything to keep him from faithfully serving God.
  • The real lesson of the parable
    • Take heed what you hear (Mark 4:24)
      • The information must be right.
    • Take heed how you hear (Luke 8:18)
      • The attitude must be right.

 

Joseph of Arimathea

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 24, 2014

 

  • John 19:38-42
  • He used his money for good
    • Matthew 27:57-61
    • This is fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah 53:9.
    • Mark 15:46
    • Joseph was a wealthy man.
    • Matthew 19:23-24 – Warnings about wealth.
    • Genesis 13:2,5-6 – Abram was wealthy, but a good man.
    • Ruth 2:1 – Boaz was wealthy.
    • II Samuel 19:31-32; II Samuel 17:27-29 – Barzillai
    • Job 1:1-3 – Job
    • I John 3:17
  • He struggled with enormous peer pressure
    • Mark 15:42-47
    • Somehow Joseph is able to have faith in Jesus while still being a member of the Sanhedrin.
    • John 3:1-2 – Nicodemus was in the same position.
    • John 19:38
    • John 12:42-43
    • Luke 23:51
    • Mark 15:43
    • I Peter 3:16-17; 4:3-5
  • His heart was on God’s agenda
    • Luke 23:50-52
    • Matthew 6:33 – This should be our agenda!
    • Matthew 22:37
    • I John 5:3

 

I Have a Cross to Bear

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 23, 2014

 

  • Luke 9:23-26
  • Decision – “If any man will come after me”
    • One must make the decision to follow Jesus.
    • Joshua 24:15
    • I Kings 18
    • When one decides to follow Jesus, that makes many other decisions as well.
    • I Corinthians 15:24-26
  • Denial – “Let him deny himself”
    • Philippians 2:5,4
    • II Corinthians 8:5
    • Hebrews 11:24-26
  • Duty – “And take up his cross daily”
    • Matthew 25:34-40
  • Direction – “And follow me”
    • I John 1:8,10