Forgetting the Lord

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 17, 2015

  • Deuteronomy 6:1-13
  • Prosperity can be one of the biggest deterrents to serving God.
  • Malachi 1:6
  • How to make sure you do not forget the Lord
    • “These word shall be in your mouth”
      • Proverbs 3:7
      • Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:8-12
      • Matthew 6:33
    • “Teach your children”
    • “Talk of them in your house”
    • “Talk of them when you walk in the way”
      • Galatians 6:10
      • Hebrews 10:24
      • Colossians 3:!6
    • “Talk of them when you lie down”
    • “Talk of them when you rise up”
      • We should be afraid and ashamed to pillow our head at night without praying to God.

Prescription for Growth

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 15, 2015

  • II Peter 3:18; I Peter 2:2; Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 2:6-7
  • Acts 17:11
  • They were open-minded to the Word of God
    • James 1:19
    • Acts 22:9 – Many are like this today – they hear the voice but do not get the message.
    • Romans 10:17
  • They recognized the right source of authority.
  • They proved their preaching by the scripture.
  • They were diligent in their Bible study. II Timothy 2:15
  • They were consistent in their Bible study.
  • They were receptive.
    • Acts 17:12
    • Some do not have the disposition of meekness to simply receive what God says.
  • This requires commitment (Luke 9:23)
    • Decision
    • Self-denial
    • Duty
    • Direction

Growing Stronger in 2015

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 31, 2014

  • Colossians 1:9-12
  • Pray
    • Colossians 4:2; I Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 12:12
    • Proverbs 30:8-9 – Prayer must be a sincere thing.
    • We must keep in mind our need for God.
    • Matthew 6:7-8 – Do not use meaningless repetition in your prayers.
    • Luke 6:12
    • Acts 1:14; 2:42
    • Acts 10:9
    • Suggestion: plan a special, focused prayer each day
      • Monday: leaders – I Timothy 2:2
      • Tuesday: praise – Psalm 8:1
      • Wednesday: Christians – Acts 12:5
      • Thursday: family – Ephesians 5:25
      • Friday: miscellaneous – Philippians 4:6
      • Saturday: myself – Psalms 19:14
    • Ways to do this:
      • Make a prayer list
      • Designate a time
      • Use an app (Prayer Notebook, Prayer Mate, etc.)
    • Read!
      • Hosea 4:1-6 – The importance of knowing God’s word
      • Deuteronomy 17:18-20 – the benefits of reading the word of God
      • Suggestion: choose a Bible reading plan for 2015
        • Nothing will give you an overarching understanding of the Bible story like reading the Bible itself.
        • Nothing will familiarize you with the Bible like reading it.
      • How to do this:
        • Choose a good translation: KJV, NKJV, ASV, NASB, ESV
        • Designate a time
        • Decide on a plan
          • The classic: just pick it up and read it
          • Use a special daily reading Bible
          • Use a daily reading plan
          • Use an app
            • YouVersion
            • OliveTree
            • Logos

Hebrews, Part 6

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 26, 2014

  • Hebrews 5:4-6:6
  • Hebrews 5:5-6 – See Hebrews 8:4; Acts 13:32-33. This prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus’ resurrection – not His virgin birth.
  • Hebrews 5:14 – If we are going to grow in the faith, it will take study and practice of the Word.
  • Hebrews 6:4-6 – The impossibility does not lie with God. The impossibility lies with the people. If people leave the word of God after having experienced all the blessings that come with it, there is nothing left to draw them back to God.

The Discipline of Devotion

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By George Slover

Benchley, October 12, 2014

  • Meditation
    • Listening: Psalm 40:6-8; Revelation 2:7,11,17,29
    • Muttering: Psalm 1:1-2; 119:148
    • Effects of meditation
      • Spiritual revival: Psalm 19:7
      • Spiritual wisdom: Psalm 119:97-98
      • Faith: Romans 10:17
  • Confession
    • Spontaneous: Psalm 19:23-24; Isaiah 6:5; James 1:23-24
    • Systematic: I John 1:7-2:1; Hebrews 9:7
    • Effects of confession
      • Psalms 66:18-19
  • Adoration
    • Reverence: Revelation 4:6-11; 5:8-14
    • Contemplation: Psalm 19:1-2; 8:1-9; 139:1-10; Luke 5:26
    • Worship: Psalm 95:1-7; 100:1-5; 104:33-34; Luke 1:46
    • Submission: Isaiah 6:8; Romans 11:33-12:2

By David Watson

Benchley, October 8, 2014

  • II Timothy 3:1-17
  • II Timothy 3:7 – See I Timothy 6:20-21; Acts 17:21. This could have been aimed at the Gnostics.
  • II Timothy 3:8 – See Exodus 7:11. Jannes and Jambres are not referred to elsewhere in the Bible, but rabbinic tradition from other sources indicate that these were some of the magicians who opposed Moses.
  • II Timothy 3:1-9 – “avoid such men as these”
    • Failure to love God
    • Failure to love others
  • II Timothy 3:10-12 – Timothy had experienced quite a lot in his travels with Paul, including conversions, miracles, beatings, and imprisonments.
    • See I Corinthians 4:17; 16:10; Philippians 2:19; I Thessalonians 3:2,6; Hebrews 13:23 – Timothy was often dispatched to work in different places.
  • II Timothy 3:15 – It is critical that children be taught to read and study the scripture from an early age.
  • II Timothy 3:16 – See I Timothy 4:13.
  • II Timothy 3:17 – This is specifically referring to a man teaching the word of God. The word of God equips him to do everything he needs to do.

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.

By David Watson

Benchley, June 15, 2014

 

  • Exodus 4:21-23 – When God killed Pharaoh’s son, that finally touched him.
  • Be nice to the Walmart greeter
    • Colossians 3:12
    • There are little eyes watching us!
      • Abraham and Isaac? Genesis 20:2; 26:7
      • Solomon and Rehoboam – I Kings 11:4; 12:13-14
      • Jeroboam and Nadab – I Kings 12:28-29; 15:25-26
    • The Bible shows the power of examples
      • I John 3:11-12
      • John 15:12
      • I Corinthians 11:1
      • Philippians 3:17
  • Read a chapter of the Bible aloud
    • God wants His people to read His word
      • Exodus 24:7
      • Jeremiah 36:1-6
      • Nehemiah 8:2-3,18
      • Luke 4:16
      • Colossians 4:16
      • I Timothy 4:13
    • What are the benefits of reading aloud to children?” (Jim Trelease)
      • Simply put, reading to the child amounts to a commercial for reading.”
        • Isn’t that also true for Bible reading? Matthew 6:21
      • It stretches the attention span…” Nehemiah 9:3
      • Reading aloud enlarges vocabulary…”

God Wants His People to Read

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 12, 2014

 

  • Deuteronomy 31:9-13; Joshua 8:34-35 – God commanded His word to be read orally for the benefit of all the people.
  • Restoration of Israel was brought about by reading the law.
    • II Kings 22:10-20; Nehemiah 8:1-8
    • Deuteronomy 17:14-20 – God commanded the king to keep a copy of the law and read it.
  • In the time of Christ and the apostles, reading was a regular part of religious service.
    • Luke 4:16-20; Acts 15:21
  • When they were wrong on a particular religious question, Jesus identified their problem as a failure to read.
    • Matthew 12:3-7
    • Reading in Jesus’ day would have caused them to understand God’s marriage law. Matthew 19:4
    • Reading would have caused them not to reject Christ. Matthew 21:42
    • Reading would have caused the Sadducees to realize there was a resurrection of the dead.
  • Reading was an important part of early worship.
    • Acts 2:16-21; I Timothy 4:13; Colossians 4:16; I Thessalonians 5:27
  • Reading is sadly neglected by some members today.

 

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?