Why Sing?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 12, 2017

  • The first song in the Bible – Exodus 15:1-21
    • Sang to praise and magnify God
    • For their redemption from Egypt
  • The song in Judges 5
    • Sang to praise God
    • For their redemption from the Canaanites
  • The song in II Samuel 2
    • Sang to praise God
    • For his redemption from his enemies
  • Romans 15:9-12
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption provided in Christ Jesus
  • Ephesians 5:18-20
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption in Christ Jesus
  • Colossians 3:15-16
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption in Christ Jesus
    • To teach and admonish one another
  • James 5:13
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption in Christ Jesus
  • I Chronicles 16:23-25; Psalms 13:6

Why Do You Worship?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 17, 2016

  • Introduction
    • John 4:24
  • Why do you sing?
    • Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
    • We sing to praise God and glorify Him because of the redemption He has brought us through Jesus.
    • Colossians 3:15-16
  • Why do you pray?
    • I Thessalonians 5:17 – Because we are commanded to by God.
    • I John 5:15 – To petition God.
    • Colossians 4:2 – To thank Him for our blessings.
    • I John 1:9 – To confess our sins so we may be forgiven.
    • I Peter 3:12
    • The underlying reason for prayer is to thank Him for the blessing of salvation.
  • Why do you listen to teaching?
    • Acts 20:7
    • Hebrews 10:24-25 – To exhort one another to love and good works.
    • Colossians 3:16
    • II Peter 1:8
    • Acts 20:28, 32
  • Why do you give?
    • So the work of the local church can be done.
    • I Corinthians 16:1-2
    • II Corinthians 9:7; 8:7
  • Why do you partake of the Lord’s Supper?
    • To thank God for the body and blood of Jesus that allows us to be saved.
    • I Corinthians 11:24-26
    • I Corinthians 10:16
  • Why do you live?
    • To glorify God!
    • I Corinthians 10:31
    • Ephesians 3:21
    • John 17:1
    • We are saved to glorify God.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 18, 2015

  • Lesson 8:
    • Introduction
      • When one obeys the gospel, he is added by the Lord to the church (Acts 2:47). He is then a “lively stone” (I Peter 2:5) in the “whole building fitly framed together unto the Lord” (Ephesians 2:21).  He should then become a member of a local church (Acts 9:26).  He then has certain responsibilities to the local church, and the local church has certain responsibilities to him.
    • Procedure by which one becomes a member of a local church:
      • The Lord does not add one to a local church.
      • One becomes a member by choice, i.e., by joining the local fellowship (Acts 9:26).
    • The purpose of a local church membership:
      • It is God’s arrangement for saints to have fellowship in the things Christ has authorized them to do together. (Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1)
      • In it, members are to work and worship together in the things of Christ so that:
        • God will be glorified (I Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 3:21)
        • Saints will be edified (Acts 20:28, 32; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19)
        • Sinners will be taught (Philippians 4:15-16)
        • Destitute saints will be relieved (Acts 4:32-35; 11:27-30)
        • Under some circumstances, to practice discipline on unruly members.

Is It Written?  Part 2

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, September 30, 2015

  • The importance of inspired words
    • John 6:63
    • John 12:48
    • I Corinthians 2:12-13
  • Given the importance of inspired words …
    • For better or worse, what are some reasons to use words absent from, or used differently in, the Bible?
      • Translation!
      • Discuss extra-biblical/secular topics
      • Express ideas counter to scripture
        • Macro-evolution, other gospels (Galatians 1:8)
      • Summarize scriptural concepts or phrases
        • “Discipline”
      • Operating in areas of freedom
        • “Singing night”
      • Which of those (or others) are acceptable?
    • Singing night
      • “The original” singing night
        • Acts 16:25
      • We are commanded to teach and admonish one another in song. Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
        • Not told when, how many at a time.
      • Song leader
        • What is the role of a song leader?
        • Most fundamental: lead congregation in fulfilling the command to sing.
          • Even inspired songs were to be sung in an orderly manner. I Corinthians 14:26, 40
        • Beyond leading singing
          • Word of Christ dwelling within
          • Teach with all wisdom
          • Admonish with all wisdom
        • “Gospel meeting” or “meeting”
          • Define it
            • To an outsider
          • Frequent meeting to hear the Word
            • Apostles preaching and teaching daily in the temple and from house to house.
            • Consider how important this was before the Word was written down.
          • Visiting preachers
            • Acts 8:25
            • Acts 8:40
          • What to expect from a preacher of the gospel
            • Preach the gospel (Acts 8:25, 40; 14:21)
            • Preach the Word (Acts 8:4)
            • Preach peace through Jesus Christ (Acts 10:36)
            • Preach Jesus and the resurrection (Acts 12:18)
            • Preach the kingdom (Acts 20:25)
            • Strengthen and encourage in the faith (Acts 14:21-22)
            • Preach the Word … reprove, rebuke, exhort (II Timothy 4:2)
          • Benevolence
            • Husband to render benevolence due to his wife (I Corinthians 7:3)
            • Synonyms?
              • Acts 24:17
              • I Corinthians 16:3
              • Philippians 4:6
            • Church discipline
              • Discipline of the body (I Corinthians 9:27; I Timothy 4:7)
              • Fathers discipline children (Ephesians 6:4)
              • I Corinthians 5:4-5
              • I Corinthians 5:11
              • I Corinthians 5:13
              • II Thessalonians 3:6
            • Member of… Place membership…
              • Members of the body
                • Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:27
              • Members of the household of God
                • Ephesians 2:19
              • Members of one another
                • Ephesians 4:25

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 12, 2015

  • Lesson 4, continued:
    • Preach or teach the Word (Acts 20:7; 5:42)
      • The teacher
        • Obligated to please God, not man (Galatians 1:6-10; II Timothy 4:2-4)
        • Must preach truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), so as to be understood (I Corinthians 14:19), and with authority (Titus 2:15)
      • The listener
        • Must listen discerningly (Acts 17:11; Luke 8:18)
        • Listen not to prove self right, or the other wrong, but to learn truth.
        • Must obey and uphold truth (James 1:22-25)
        • Must reject and expose untruth (I Thessalonians 5:22; Acts 18:24-26)
      • Sing (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19)
        • Singing must be from the heart, instructive to others (Colossians 3:16), and in praise to God (Hebrews 2:12)
        • Vocal, not mechanical music is authorized
          • All passages in the New Testament that mention music in praise of God specify vocal; thus, there is no authority for mechanical instruments of music in praise of God.
          • Wrong to add to or take from things written (Revelation 22:18-19)
            • Wrong to add mechanical instrument in praise of God.
            • Wrong to take away the vocal, i.e., refuse to sing in the assembly.

True Worship of God

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By John Lasater

Benchley, May 24, 2015

  • I Kings 12:24-33 – Jeroboam devises his own way of worshiping by leads the people into idolatry.
    • Many Israelites believed they could worship the one true God through the golden calf. Many people still believe God can be worshipped this way through bowing down to images of the cross or other things.
  • I Corinthians 10:11
  • Genesis 4:3-7
  • Hebrews 11:4 – Abel offered worship by faith – not by guess!
  • Leviticus 10:1 – Nadab and Abihu sinned in how they worshipped.
  • John 4:20-22 – The Samaritans were still practicing Jeroboam’s sins.
  • It matters how we worship God!
  • I Corinthians 14:14-15 – Our worship must be with spirit and understanding.
  • Ephesians 5:19
  • Colossians 3:16

Building Foundations, Part 7

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, March 29, 2015

  • Lesson 7: Worship
    • Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 8:19; Hebrews 12:28-29 – God is jealous for our worship. There is such a thing as unacceptable worship.
    • Matthew 4:9-10
    • Matthew 15:8-9
    • John 4:23-24 – We must worship in spirit and truth.
    • James 2:1-10 – We are not to show partiality in our dealings with people.
    • I Corinthians 1:2; 11:16-34 – We must be careful to partake of the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner.
    • Acts 20:7-10
    • Ephesians 1:1; 5:17-20 – We are singing to each other as well as to God. We are to submit to each other in an effort to get along and serve God in harmony.
    • I Corinthians 14:15-19
    • I Corinthians 16:1-4 – We are to give on the first day of the week.
    • II Corinthians 9:6-7 – It is a cheerful thing to give to the Lord!

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 23, 2014

  • Some have concluded it is a sin to so sing based on two premises:
    • They have concluded that it is a sin to pray to Jesus.
    • They have concluded that a song is a prayer set to music.
    • Both premises are wrong.
  • Jesus is worship worthy.
  • Praying and singing are worship.
  • Therefore, it is right to pray to Him and address worship to Him.
  • There is scriptural authority to address a prayer to Jesus.
    • Satan did – Acts 7:59
    • Paul did – II Corinthians 12:7-10
    • John did – Revelation 22:20
    • John wrote to uninspired people and told them they could pray to Jesus – I John 5:11-14
    • Rational beings in Heaven very praise to Jesus
      • The four and twenty elders – Revelation 5:9
      • Those who had victory over beast – Revelation 15:3
    • Singing is a distinct act from praying
      • One is a prayer and the other is a song.
      • The Bible nowhere equates them.
    • They are inconsistent
      • They will sing “Praise Him! Praise Him!” telling others to praise Him. Then they refuse to sing songs that praise Him.
        • Worthy Art Thou #782
        • My Jesus I Love You #440
        • Fairest Lord Jesus #137
      • They have based their conclusions on their assumption that a couple of scriptures say more than they actually say.
        • John 15:16
        • I Timothy 2:5
        • The question is not, “Is it a sin to sing praise to Jesus,” but rather, “is it a sin to refuse to sing praise to Jesus?”

Worship That Pleases God

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By George Slover

Benchley, October 13, 2014

  • Psalm 96:1-10
  • True worship – John 4:23-24
  • Nadab and Abihu – Leviticus 10:1-3
    • Who are they?
      • Sons of Aaron – Leviticus 10:1
      • Saw God’s holiness – Leviticus 8:33-9:4
    • Why was this so important?
      • God commanded it – Leviticus 8:34-35
      • God is holy – Exodus 24:1-11; Leviticus 9:22-24
    • God had not commanded – Leviticus 10:1-2
    • Drawing near to God – Leviticus 10:3
    • Vain worship – Matthew 15:8-9
    • I Timothy 4:1 – “some shall depart from the faith”
      • 120 AD – Holy water
      • 140 AD – Lent, special days
      • 360 AD – Christmas observed as a religious holiday
      • 416 AD – Infant baptism
      • 428 AD – Idolatry, praying to statues
      • 451 AD – Worship of Mary
      • 670 AD – Instrumental music
  • Simple NT worship
    • Prayed together – Acts 2:42; 4:24-30; I Corinthians 14:16
    • Broke bread together – Acts 2:42; 20:7; I Corinthians 11:23-29
    • Listened to God’s word – Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 14:2-3
    • Gave gifts bountifully – I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 9:6
    • Sang together – I Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
  • God is worthy! – Hebrews 13:15

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 15, 2014

 

  • 537 – Pray All the Time
    • The world has not lost the right of prayer – the world does not have the right of prayer (I Peter 3:12).
  • 220 – He Lives
    • It’s true that Jesus lives within the Christian’s heart, but that’s not how one knows that Jesus lives.
  • 438 – My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
    • Saints aren’t dressed in the righteousness of Jesus (verse 4) – that’s a Calvinist doctrine.
  • 645 – The Old Rugged Cross
    • This song switches meaning between the physical cross upon which Jesus died and the metaphysical cross we bear. It also idolizes the physical cross, which is unscriptural.
  • 291 – I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous Grace
    • We do know why God provided salvation for us.
  • 59 – Break Thou the Bread of Life
    • Verse 2 – If you look beyond the Bible, you will not find God.
  • Nobody Knows But Jesus
    • There are two other beings beside Jesus that know – God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
  • Sometimes we sing songs about working for or serving God, but don’t follow through. We must follow through and do what we sing about doing!