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!

 

By Jady Stevens

Benchley, May 7, 2014

 

  • When My Love To Christ Grows Weak (752)
  • Survey of current hymn writers
    • Where does the seed of an idea come from?
      • II Timothy 3:16 – Drawing on the Bible is the closest that uninspired writers can get to the inspired songs we read.
    • How do you arrange the thoughts you want to include in the song?
      • Narratives
      • Progressions of importance
      • Illustrative
      • Major and subordinate concepts
      • These are all techniques the Holy Spirit uses in the Bible.
    • How do you decide the extent of poetic license?
      • I Corinthians 2:13 – Paul spoke with words taught by the Spirit.
      • II Peter 1:3 – God has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness. Do we need anything else?
    • How much do you worry about songs being unscriptural?
      • I Peter 4:11
      • James 3:1
    • Why do you use choruses, echoes, etc.?
      • Repetition used in Psalms 24,118,136
      • Matthew 6:7 – Jesus condemned vain repetition.
    • Which comes first, the music or the lyrics?
      • Generally, the lyrics come first.
      • Regardless of the order of the writing, the emphasis is on the message.
      • John 4:21-24
      • Ephesians 5:19
    • When is a song finished?

 

By Jady Stevens

Benchley, April 30, 2014

 

  • Laments, continued:
    • Farther Along (138)
    • Be With Me, Lord (40)
    • Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (193)
  • Songs of praise
    • It Is Well With My Soul (345)
  • Enthronement songs
    • O, Worship the King (501)

 

By Jady Stevens

Benchley, April 23, 2014

 

  • Acts 16:25 – Paul and Silas sing hymns of praise to God while in prison.
  • James 5:13 – We should sing when we are cheerful.
  • We should sin to lift ourselves and each other up.
  • We do not need to put on a false show of emotion.
    • Which is more pleasing to God: false enthusiasm or honest disinterest?
  • It is hard to sing with a big smile on your face.
  • But we do need to:
    • Engage our voices, singing so others can hear.
    • Engage our minds, thinking about the words.
    • Engage our hearts
  • Lesson 7: Elements of modern hymns
    • Section 1: Laments
      • Master, the Tempest is Raging (425)
      • Farther Along (138)

 

By David Watson

Benchley, November 20, 2013

 

  • Notice that the first churches and preachers were focused on spiritual edification
    • Acts 20:32 – God’s word is what can build people up.
    • Colossians 3:16 – Even singing provides a means of teaching and admonishing one another.
    • I Corinthians 14:11-19 – Understanding is necessecary for edification.
    • I Corinthians 11:26-29 – We must be careful to take the Lord’s Supper in the right way and understand what it means.
    • II Timothy 4:1-5 – The young preacher Timothy was told to preach the Word.
    • Ephesians 4:11-16 – The body of Christ (universal church) will be built up by those who spread the word of God (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers).
    • There is a difference between edification and what might be done simultaneously with it.
      • While it is true that Christians shard common meals together (Acts 2:46), and that spiritual teaching can occur during a meal (Matthew 9:11-12), that does not mean that eating is edification, or that local churches can provide for the meal.
      • To illustrate: Philip taught the Ethiopian while riding in his chariot (Acts 8:26ff), but just because teaching can be done on a chariot, churches are not authorized to start providing chariots (or cars) for people so that teaching can occur in them.
      • Jesus taught two men as they walked along a road (Luke 24:13-35). But that does not authorize a church to build a walking track or road so that teaching can be done while people travel.

 

Hezekiah, A Man Seeking God

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 14, 2013

Authority, Part 5

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 5, 2013

Authority, Part 4

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 29, 2013

  • The Bible teaches us that unavoidable conclusions authorize, continued:
  • Notice some unavoidable conclusions in Scripture:
    • Acts 8:35-36 – Preaching Jesus includes preaching baptism.
    • Matthew 26:17,26 – Unleavened bread to be used in the Lord’s Supper.
  • How to be saved:
  • Part 2:  All authority is specified to a certain degree.
    • “Please go buy me a dog.”
      • In order to do what is authorized, I need to comply to the degree at which things are specified.
    • “Son, I want you to mow the lawn on Monday.”
      • In order to do what is authorized, the son needs to comply to the degree at which things are specified.
    • Genesis 6:14:  “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood.”
      • In order to do what is authorized, Noah needed to comply to the degree at which things were specified.
    • Musical worship in the New Testament
    • Work of the local church
      • God authorized the church to provide for:
      • In order to do what is authorized, we need to comply to the degree at which things are specified.

Why Do We Sing?

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By David Weaks

Benchley, April 15, 2013

  • Arguments often given in defense of instrumental music:
    • Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
    • You members of the church of Christ expect everyone to agree with your opinions!
    • You members of the church of Christ just pick and choose what you like just like everyone else!
      • Nadab and Abihu were punished for worshiping incorrectly.
    • You members of the church of Christ just don’t like instrumental music!
      • It’s not a matter of not liking it – many of us do like it and know how to play instruments.
    • I just find instrumental music to be uplifting.
    • Instrumental music was allowed under the old law!
      • Yes, but we are under the new law now.  Colossians 2:14; Romans 15:4
      • The old law is an example to us, but it does not guide our worship in this age.
      • If we try to follow the old law, we have to follow the whole law.
    • Many of us have pianos in our homes, why can’t we have one here?
      • Why don’t we have pool tables or big screen TVs in the church building?  Not everything in the home belongs in the worship service.
      • I Corinthians 11:17-22
    • Psallo means to pluck or twang.
  • Matthew 28:18
  • Authority is essential.  Matthew 21:23-27
  • John 4:23-24
  • The Word of God authorizes us to do things in one of several ways.
  • Examples of singing in the New Testament:  Romans 15:9; I Corinthians 14:15; Hebrews 2:12; James 5:13; Acts 16:25
  • We are not allowed to insert what we wish into the Word of God.  II John 9-11; Revelation 2:18-19

Authority, Part 10

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 27, 2013

  • Church funds
    • How is a church authorized to raise money to do a work that God authorizes it to do?
      • Contribution from the congregation on the first day of the week.
    • How is a church authorized to use its money?
      • Support the teaching of the gospel (I Corinthians 9:14; II Corinthians 11:8-9)
      • Provide place for worship and other things necessary for it to do what it is authorized to do.
      • Benevolence under certain circumstances.
    • The scripture authorizes only one way for a church to purpose to raise funds.
    • The scripture authorizes three ways for a church to use its funds.
  • Authority
    • Aids are allowed, but never additions.
      • NOTE:  An aid is that which makes it possible to do the act without adding another act.
      • Examples:
        • Command:  teach word
          • Aid:  literature, chart
          • Addition:  another gospel or organization
        • Command:  sing
          • Aid:  leader, book
          • Addition:  mechanical instrument
        • Command:  relieve widow indeed
          • Aid:  place, personnel, necessaries
          • Addition:  another widow or organization
        • Command:  assemble
          • Aid:  place
          • Addition:  place for social functions
    • Conclusion:  It is just as important to do a thing like God said as it is to do it.