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

Psalms, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 6, 2017

  • Psalms 14-19
  • Psalms 14:1 – Compare Psalms 53.
  • Psalms 16:10-11 – This indicates there would be a resurrection. Compare Acts 2:25-31. Peter applies this to Christ.
  • Psalms 17 – A prayer of David for God’s help.
  • Psalms 19:1 – See Romans 1:20.
  • Psalms 19:12-13 – Presumptuous sins are those that are committed knowingly. Secret sins are those that are committed unknowingly. These two verses are a contrast. Compare the contrast that is made in Acts 17:30.

Sin’s Blinding Touch

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 30, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Romans 7:11
    • II Corinthians 11:13
    • Isaiah 59:1-2
    • I Peter 5:8
  • Pride blinds and makes man revolt at God’s commands.
    • Jeremiah 10:23
    • Matthew 7:13-14
    • Christians are special targets of Satan.
    • II Kings 5:1-13 – Naaman the leper
    • Proverbs 16:18; 18:12
    • Psalms 37:25
    • I Peter 5:5-6
  • Self-righteousness blinds from one’s own sinfulness.
    • Luke 18:10-13
    • Romans 2:1-2, 21; 3:9-18
    • I Samuel 15:10-22
    • Deuteronomy 18:20
    • Psalms 19:13
  • Self-will blinds to the sin of prejudice.
    • John 7:41-47
      • Matthew 12; Mark 3 – Even the Pharisees had to admit that Jesus was working miracles.
  • Doctrines of men blind from the service to Christ.
    • Mark 7:7; Matthew 15:6
  • I John 1:7; Philippians 3:14
  • We can’t ever be lulled into thinking the devil will just leave us alone!
  • I Corinthians 5:8-9; James 1:7-8

Exodus, Part 13

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 25, 2017

  • Exodus 33-34
  • Exodus 34:6-7 – God is loving and just.
  • Exodus 33:3-6, 12-17; 34:8-9 – God refuses to be present with the people. Moses intercedes and God relents.
  • I Peter 2:9-12
  • I Thessalonians 4:17-18
  • Exodus 34:29-35 – Moses’ face shone after speaking with God. The New Covenant is even more glorious! II Corinthians 3:7-18
Old Covenant New Covenant
Ministry of death Ministry of the Spirit
Ministry of condemnation Ministry of righteousness
Fades away Remains
Glory: Moses’ shining face Even more glory!

 

  • Exodus 33:7-11 – God spoke to Moses as a man speaks to a friend.
  • Exodus 33:18-23 – Moses asks to see the glory of God. God allows him to see His glory but not His face.
    • John 1:18
    • I Timothy 1:17
    • I Timothy 6:16
    • I John 4:12
    • Exodus 33:11
    • Numbers 12:8
    • Deuteronomy 34:10
    • When Jesus comes, we will be changed and be like Him! I John 3:2
  • The covenant renewed (Exodus 34:10-28)
  • He wrote on the tablets (Exodus 34:28)
    • First two tablets: God provided tablets (Exodus 24:12), God wrote on tablets (Exodus 31:18)
    • Second two tablets: Moses cut tablets (Exodus 34:1), God wrote on tablets (Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 10:4)