By Ed Whitt

Benchley, July 26, 2015

  • Speak, continued:
    • Be wary of how others speak
      • Romans 16:17-18
    • Be heard when speaking God’s Word
      • I Corinthians 14:1-12, 15-16
    • There is a time NOT to NOT speak – Acts 4:1-33
    • Take time to understand your audience and tailor your message appropriately.

Word of the Day, Part 10:  Speak

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, July 19, 2015

  • Speak, continued:
    • God speaks (continued):
      • New Testament
        • Through His Son – Hebrews 1:1-3
        • Through His Holy Spirit – John 16:7-13
        • Through the writings of inspired saints
          • I Corinthians 2:1-7; II Peter 3:1-2; II Corinthians 13:1-3
          • Hebrews 2:3-4; I Thessalonians 2:13
        • Man also spoke, but not always inspired
          • The writer recording it was inspired
          • The person recorded might not be
            • The blind man Jesus healed – John 9:31
            • Job’s friends
              • Eliphaz the Temanite
              • Zophar the Naamathite
              • Bildad the Shuhite
              • Job 5:17; 42:7-8
            • Take care whether to speak
              • Takes contemplation – James 1:19
              • Takes caution – Ecclesiastes 5:2
              • Takes wisdom – Proverbs 10:19; 13:3; 15:2
            • Why?
              • Tongue is a dangerous weapon
                • Must be tamed – James 3:1-12
                • Can be unfitting – Ephesians 5:3-4
                • Can defile – Matthew 15:11
                • Brings evil back to life – Colossians 3:5-11
              • James didn’t say NOT to speak
                • Ecclesiastes 3:1
                • We need to take care how we speak
              • Take care how to speak
                • Things in “good taste” – Colossians 4:6
                • Things that are exemplary – I Timothy 4:12
                • Especially to brethren – Titus 2:6-8
              • There are things which must be said
                • Jeremiah 20:8-9
              • Be wary of how others speak
                • Romans 16:17-18

 

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, July 12, 2015

  • Follow, continued:
    • Follower qualities, skills, traits (continued):
      • Courage – Ezra 10:2-4
      • Service – Luke 9:43-48; 1:38; James 1:1
      • Communication – II Kings 5:11-14
      • Competence – II Timothy 2:15
      • Confidence – I John 2:28
      • Stable/sober – Titus 1:8; 2:2, 4, 6
      • Engagement – I John 4:9; John 8:12; Matthew 5:14-16; Mark 16:15
    • Speak
      • Old Testament
        • 354 time (spoke 431 times – history)
        • 39 Jeremiah, 38 Psalms, 32 Numbers
      • New Testament
        • Speak or spoke 194 times
        • 43 John, 32 Acts and I Corinthians; 15 Matthew
        • 104 in the gospels
      • Old Testament words (Hebrew)
        • דָּבַר (dāḇǎr) – to arrange words; to declare; to promise; rehearse or say; to teach
          • Exodus 6:!1
        • אָמַר (ʾāmǎr) – to say; to answer
          • Jeremiah 28:5
        • New Testament words (Greek)
          • λαλέω (laleō) – to talk; to utter words; to preach; to say
            • Matthew 10:20
          • λέγω (legō) – to lay forth or relate, to call, describe, name or speak
            • John 18:31-32 (John 12:32; 3:14)
          • Eleven other words used; two twice
            • Mark 9:39 – two words in combination
          • Past tense vs. present tense
          • Scripture contains records of speech
            • Much of “speech” denotes God speaking.
            • Many passages record people speaking
            • Some record things spoken by angels
          • Much is in historical context
          • Some is in instructional context
          • God speaks
            • Old Testament
              • Directly – Genesis 8:15; 9:8
              • Through angels – Judges 2:1-4
              • Through prophets – I Kings 16:12

 

By David Watson

Benchley, March 11, 2015

  • We must learn how to LISTEN! (continued)
    • Don’t assume or assign motives
      • II Samuel 10:1-4 – Hanun misinterprets David’s motives
      • I Corinthians 13:7
      • Job 19:1-3
    • Don’t turn around and blab (use discretion)
      • Proverbs 11:13; 25:9-10
      • I Timothy 5:13
    • We must learn how to SPEAK!
      • Speak with sincere love
        • Ephesians 4:15, 29
        • Proverbs 12:18; 15:1-2
        • Philippians 2:3-5
        • Matthew 7:1-5
      • Speak with clarity
        • I Corinthians 9:20-22
        • I Corinthians 14:19
      • Slow down
        • John 13:8-10
        • Proverbs 15:28; 17:27
        • James 1:19
      • Use those little words that mean so much
        • “I’m sorry” – Luke 15:21
        • “I forgive you” – Matthew 6:14-15
        • “Please!” – Acts 26:3; Nehemiah 5:10-11

By David Watson

Benchley, October 1, 2014

  • II Timothy 2:14-3:9
  • II Timothy 2:14-15 – We must be careful to study at depth, but not descend into “useless wrangling” about words.
  • II Timothy 2:16-17 – Worldly and empty chatter is dangerous and toxic to the Christian.
    • II Timothy 2:17 – This could be the same Hymenaeus from I Timothy 1:20.
  • II Timothy 2:23-25 – We must be gentle and patient with those who oppose us.
  • II Timothy 3:5 – See I Timothy 4:8.

Ecclesiastes, Part 3

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By Tim Stringer

Benchley, August 10, 2014

 

  • Ecclesiastes 4:1-5:8
  • Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 – Oppression
    • II Timothy 3:12; I Peter 4:12; 2:21-23; 1:3-9
    • The oppressor – Jude 5-7; II Peter 2:4-10

 

By David Watson

Benchley, June 8, 2014

 

  • Attitude, motive, and meaning
    • Exodus 20:7
    • Ezra 9:5-6
    • Matthew 12:36
    • I Corinthians 8:11-13
    • Galatians 6:10
    • Matthew 15:19
  • Gossip
    • Strong: “whispering, i.e. secret detraction”
    • Romans 1:29-30; II Corinthians 12:20; I Timothy 3:11; II Timothy 3:3; Titus 2:3; I Timothy 5:13
    • Not all negative communication about someone is gossip: II Timothy 4:14-15; I Corinthians 1:11; Galatians 2:11-14; III John 1:9-10
    • Gossip: the sharing of personal or negative information, either true or false, about someone else without righteous intent.
  • Sarcasm, etc.
    • John 19:3 – Sarcasm directed against Jesus.
    • Judges 10:14 – God uses sarcasm to show the foolishness of their actions.
    • I Kings 18:27
    • All sarcasm is not sinful. The intent behind it makes a difference.
    • Matthew 12:33-37
    • Ephesians 4:29; 5:3-5 – Use words that will build people up.
    • Colossians 3:8 – Put aside abusive speech.
    • James 3:9-10 – We must be consistently good, no matter who we are talking to.

By David Watson

Benchley, April 6, 2014

 

  • Ephesians 4:20-24
  • Education
    • Forgiveness and righteousness lead to life
      • Romans 6:4-7, 20-23 – Living in sin leads to death. Living righteously leads to life.
  • Attitude
    • Constantly renewing ourselves to be more like Deity
      • Colossians 3:10
      • Ephesians 4:23-24
      • Ephesians 5:1-2 – Imitate God!
      • Colossians 3:17
  • Action
    • Instruments of righteousness
      • Romans 6:12-13
      • Speak truth!
      • Only speak what is good for edification.
      • Colossians 3:1-3 – Set your mind on things above.
      • Colossians 3:15 – “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”
      • Colossians 3:12
      • Ephesians 4:22,24 – We are new people!

 

Lessons from Geese

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By Marshall Taylor

Benchley, December 15, 2013

 

  • Proverbs 6:6-11
  • Matthew 6:26-29
  • Geese practice synergy.
    • Mark 6:7; Luke 10:1; Ecclesiastes 4:9 – The value of working together.
  • Geese benefit from mutual edification.
    • Hebrews 3:12-14; 10:24-25 – We benefit from the encouragement of fellow Christians.
  • Geese share the burden.
    • Ephesians 4:16 – We should all share in the work.
  • Geese encourage those that lead.
    • We must make sure that our honking is encouraging!
    • Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 4:6
  • Geese care for one another.
    • Ecclesiastes 4:10; Galatians 6:1-2 – We must stand with our fellow Christians when times are tough.

 

By Kevin Scott

Benchley, September 29, 2013

 

  • A little background/reminder
    • First learn of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego along with Daniel
      • Taken to Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar raided Jerusalem.
    • Stood with Daniel
    • Daniel (as an agent of God) interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
    • Nebuchadnezzar set up a huge gold statue, etc.
  • They had religious conviction (Daniel 3:15-18)
  • What about your religion?
    • Is it a religion of conviction or convenience?
  • How Spiritual Are We?” PARADE magazine, October 4, 2009
  • It’s easy to claim to be religious, but it’s hard to actually be religious.
    • James 1:22-25
    • Let’s look at a few practical things that may demonstrate our conviction to serving God:
      • Our language (Titus 2:7-8)
        • This includes euphemisms – don’t rationalize to be like the world.
        • Exodus 20:7 – Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.
        • Revelation 4:11
        • Psalms 19:14
        • Romans 1:21
      • Our attendance (Hebrews 10:23-25)
        • First day of the week (Acts 20:7)
        • At every opportunity to edify, encourage, and learn – we should be there – it speaks to our conviction.
      • Our study habits and teaching
        • John 14:15 – We need to know the commandments of the Lord.
        • II Timothy 2:15 – The Lord expects us to be diligent to study His word.
        • II Timothy 2:2
      • Help others
        • James 1:27
        • James 2:15-16
        • It takes personal involvement – not just money and/or well-wishes.
      • Live every day as if it were our last.
        • James 4:13-15
  • Do you agree with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
  • Do you have deep, constant conviction in God?