I Saw the Wicked Buried

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 14, 2018

  • Ecclesiastes 8:10
  • Those who do not fear God (Psalms 36:1)
    • Ecclesiastes 12:13
    • Hebrews 10:29-31
  • Those who live in the passions of the flesh (Ephesians 2:3)
    • Philippians 3:19
    • Colossians 1:23
  • Those who do not pay their debts (Psalms 37:21)
  • Those who refuse to show mercy (Matthew 18:23-32)
    • Luke 10:30-35
  • Those who harbor evil thoughts (Genesis 6:5)
    • Proverbs 23:7
    • Philippians 4:8
    • II Corinthians 10:4-5
  • Those who do not use their talents (Matthew 25:13-33)
  • The wicked are even sometimes those who come and go from the place of the holy (Ecclesiastes 8:10)

James, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 17, 2017

  • James 1:12-27
  • James 1:12 – The context shows that the trials being referenced here are not those that come from outside, but from within. It is the conflict between the carnal man and the spiritual man.
  • James 1:14 – Compare Romans 7:14-25.
  • James 1:15 – Sin occurs when lust has conceived, and a person has decided to sin. Whether or not the sinful act is carried out, the person has already committed sin in his heart.
  • James 1:19 – See Ephesians 4:26.
  • James 1:25 – This verse by itself refutes the doctrine of salvation by faith only. We have to hear and then do God’s will to be acceptable to Him.

“Peace, Be Still!”

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 10, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Mark 4:35-41
    • Mark 1:25-28, 34 – Jesus had shown His power before.
    • Mark 5:15
    • Mark 1:22; 3:4 – Jesus taught with authority, always bringing peace to the situation.
    • Mark 11:33
    • Mark 12:31-34
  • Jesus can bring peace to my past.
    • Three ways to deal with guilt:
      • Forget your sins.
      • Convince ourselves we are not guilty after all.
      • Obey Jesus and have your sins forgiven.
    • Mark 2:5-12
    • Isaiah 9:6-7
    • Colossians 1:19-20
    • Ephesians 2:13-18
  • Jesus brings peace to my present.
    • Mark 9:33-35
    • Mark 8:2
    • Mark 6:42, 33-34 – Jesus had compassion on the people and gave them what they needed most – His teaching.
    • Mark 4:20
    • Mark 8:36
    • Mark 7:18-23
  • Jesus brings peace to my future.
    • Mark 6:17-20, 27-28 – John lived without fear.
    • Mark 8:34-38
    • We can live in peace knowing that we are safe in Jesus with our sins forgiven.

God’s Point of View

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 19, 2017

  • I Peter 3:12
  • Anthropomorphisms
    • “eyes”
    • “ears”
    • “arms”
    • “finger”
    • “remember”
    • “relent”
    • “laugh”
    • “scoff”
    • “walk”
    • “angry”
    • “jealous”
  • God sees and cares about human suffering.
    • Exodus 3:9; Judges 2:18; Revelation 6:10
  • God is grieved when we sin.
    • Genesis 6:5-7
    • Ephesians 4:26-31
    • Hosea 11:1-8; 3:1
    • I Samuel 8:7
    • Judges 10:16
    • Psalms 78:40
    • Isaiah 7:13; 43:24; 63:10
    • Mark 3:5
    • Luke 16:15
    • Hebrews 10:28-29
    • We should use the grief of God as motivation not to sin!
  • God rejoices in our righteousness
    • Job 1:8; 2:3; 42:7
    • Luke 15:7, 10
    • I Peter 3:4
    • II Peter 3:9, 14
    • Matthew 18:14
    • Ezekiel 33:11
    • We ought to look for ways to make God happy!

Psalms, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 29, 2017

  • Psalms 70-76
  • Psalms 70:4 – Our purpose in life is to magnify God.
  • Psalms 72:2 – See I Kings 3:5-9.
  • Psalms 72:8-11 – See I Kings 4:21-25.
  • Psalms 73:1 – The only way to be pure in heart is through forgiveness. Psalms 32:1
  • Psalms 74:1 – See Isaiah 59:1-2 for the answer to this question. Sin is the only reason God has ever cast anyone off.
  • Psalms 76:12 – Hebrews 10:31.

The Path of Folly and Death

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By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 16, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Exodus 20:14
    • Isaiah 5:18
  • Sin is eventually disappointing (Proverbs 5)
    • Experience goes from sweetness to bitterness (Proverbs 5:1-6)
      • Three effects of sin:
        • Sin kills innocence
        • Sin kills ideals
        • Sin kills the will
    • Experience goes from gain to loss (Proverbs 5:7-14)
    • Experience goes from purity to pollution (Proverbs 5:15-20)
    • Experience goes from freedom to bondage (Proverbs 5:21-23)
  • Sin is gradually destructive (Proverbs 6)
    • They lose the word of God (Proverbs 6:20-24)
    • They lose wealth (Proverbs 6:25-26)
    • They lose enjoyment (Proverbs 6:27-31)
      • I Thessalonians 4:3-6
    • They lose their good sense (Proverbs 6:32)
    • They lose their peace (Proverbs 6:33-35)
  • Sin is ultimately deadly (Proverbs 7)
    • He tempts himself (Proverbs 7:6-9)
    • He is tempted by the woman (Proverbs 7:10-20)
    • He tempts the Lord (Proverbs 7:21-27)
      • Matthew 4:7
  • Our defense
    • Look up to the Lord and remember His Word – Proverbs 7:24
    • Look within and keep your heard focused on God’s truth – Proverbs 7:25
    • Look ahead to see the terrible consequences of sin – Proverbs 7:26-27
  • The gospel
    • Romans 1:16 – The power of God unto salvation
    • I Corinthians 6:9-11 – Christ can still change lives
    • Christ is the light of life
    • If more light, there would be less darkness.
    • If more salt, there would be less decay.
    • If more truth, there would be less deception.
  • We have a job to do!
    • II Corinthians 5:17 – Proclaim the good news so that sinners can become new creatures in Christ.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 8, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Ecclesiastes 7:29
    • Hebrews 2:14
    • Romans 5:12
  • Divine
    • God, the Father – John 3:16; Romans 5:8
    • Christ – John 19:10; Ephesians 1:7
    • Holy Spirit – John 14:26; 16:13
    • Grace – Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:7
    • Gospel – Romans 1:16; I Corinthians 15:1-4
    • Church – Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23
      • Christ bought the church with His blood, which puts the church on the divine side. Any other church besides the one Christ bought with his blood is not Christ’s church!
  • Human
    • Hear – Romans 10:17; John 6:44
    • Believe – Acts 16:31; Hebrews 11:6
    • Repent – Acts 17:30
    • Confess – Romans 10:10
    • Baptized – Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16
    • Study – II Timothy 2:15; Ezra 7:10
    • Serve – Philippians 3:14-15; I John 1:7
    • Teach – Acts 8:4; Matthew 28:20
    • Be faithful – I Corinthians 15:18

The Divided Kingdom

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 10, 2017

  • I Kings 12 – II Kings 25; II Chronicles 10-36
  • The kingdom divides
    • Southern kingdom: Judah, Benjamin, Levites, and others
      • II Chronicles 11:1-4, 13, 16; 15:9
    • Northern kingdom: Israel (other 10 tribes)
    • Jeroboam was afraid of losing people to Judah when they went to Jerusalem to worship, so he set up places to worship in Israel with non-Levite priests.
    • Israel: 20 kings, all bad
    • Judah: 20 kings, three that were pretty good (Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, Josiah), and a few other that were good for part of their reign. All were descendants of David.
    • God sent dozens of prophets to both kingdoms. They were mostly ignored.
    • Israel was conquered in 722 B.C. by Assyrians.
    • Judah was conquered in 586 B.C. by Babylonians.
  • You must choose righteousness, regardless of your parents.
    • II Kings 125:25-33 – Jeroboam sets up his own places and idols to worship.
    • It is possible to break a cycle!
      • II Kings 16:3 – Ahaz – sacrificed a son to an idol!
      • II Kings 18:1-6 – Hezekiah – broke down idols and served God
      • II Kings 21:1-3 – Manasseh – did evil until the end of his life – rebuilt the idols! He was a bad influence on his son Amon, who ruled after him.
      • II Kings 21:19-21 – Amon – served the idols of Manasseh
      • II Kings 22:1-2 – Josiah – served God with all his heart
      • II Kings 23:32 – Jehoahaz – did evil before God, despite the good influence of his father Josiah
      • II Kings 23:37 – Jehoiakim – did evil before God
    • Ezekiel 18:14-17 – God judges us based on our actions – not our parents.
  • Listen to God’s word.
    • II Kings 17:7, 12-16, 22-23, 19 – Why Israel fell.
    • God tried many different strategies to reach His people.
    • When we ignore God’s word, we are making the same mistake.
      • Galatians 5:19-21 – sins to avoid
      • Galatians 5:22-24 – The good side!

Mistakes of a Successful Man

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Psalms, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 13, 2017

  • Psalms 19-22
  • Psalms 19:12-13 – Compare Leviticus 16:21-22, 30, 34 and Hebrews 5:1-3. Our hidden faults are sins we have committed unknowingly. Under the Old Covenant, the scapegoat took on all the sins of the congregation – not just those they were aware of.
  • Psalms 21 – The king rejoices in God’s salvation.
  • Psalms 22 – We know this is a Messianic psalm because it is quoted in the New Testament and applied to Jesus.
  • Psalms 22:1
    • John 8:28-29 – God has never forsaken someone for doing that which pleased Him.
    • John 16:31-32
    • When Jesus quoted this psalm on the cross, He was bringing the entire contents of the psalm to the crowd’s attention.
    • Luke 23:48
    • Jesus did not become a sinner on the cross – He became a scapegoat to carry our sins away.
    • I Peter 1:19