Using 3 Tools God Gave Us

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 17, 2015

  • Conscience
    • Our conscience is a great tool, but it must be trained properly.
    • Acts 23:1; 26:9
    • Train your conscience by the word of God.
      • I Corinthians 4:4
      • I Corinthians 9:16
      • II Corinthians 11:28
      • I Timothy 1:19
      • Hebrews 13:18
    • The next time you feel guilty, do something about it!
      • Hebrews 9:14
      • Hebrews 10:22
    • Memory
      • God constantly implores us to remember!
        • Matthew 16:9; Luke 17:32 24:6-8; John 15:20; 16:4; Acts 20:35; I Corinthians 4:17; 11:24; II Timothy 1:3; 2:14; II Peter 1:13; Revelation 2:5
      • You know what your problem area is. Find a verse about it and memorize it.
        • Matthew 4:4, 7, 10 – Jesus used scripture to defeat temptation.
      • Habits
        • Hebrews 10:25
        • Acts 8:9-11, 18-20 – Simon was in the habit of amazing people.
        • Ephesians 4:17-19
        • Many times, bad habits aren’t formed on purpose. We just settle into them out of convenience.
        • Break habits and start good ones. Ephesians 4:22-24
          • Renewed in the spirit of your mind
          • Putting aside the old self
          • Putting on the new self

Building Foundations, Part 6

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, March 22, 2015

  • Lesson 6: Overcoming Sin
    • I Corinthians 15:56 – The literal meaning of sin is “missing the mark”.
    • Romans 6:23
    • James 1:13-15 – God does not tempt anyone! We are responsible for our own sin.
    • James 4:17 – There’s no excuse for not doing the right thing!
    • I Corinthians 10:12-14
    • I John 1:8
    • I John 2:1
    • Hebrews 4:12-16 – It should be a great comfort that we have a Savior in Jesus who can sympathize with us.
    • Hebrews 10:16-27
    • II Corinthians 5:17-21
    • Galatians 2:20
    • Titus 2:11-14 – We must live upright and godly lives until the end. We don’t ever retire from serving God.
    • Galatians 5:16-26 – We must walk according to God’s will. Any other way causes spiritual death and destruction.
    • Romans 5-6

The Path of Sin

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By Jason Hunt

Benchley, December 28, 2014

  • II Timothy 3:16-17
  • Source of temptation
    • Satan’s role:
      • I Peter 5:8 – He is our adversary.
      • Mark 4:15 – He takes away the Word sown in our hearts.
      • II Corinthians 11:14 – deceitful
      • Ephesians 6:11-12 – We face a spiritual enemy.
    • The individual’s role:
      • Matthew 15:19 – proceeds out of the heart
      • Genesis 6:5,11 – evil thoughts
      • Joshua 24:15
    • James 1:14-15
    • How sin develops…
      • The first stage is temptation
        • Desire
        • Enticement
      • The next stage is sin
        • Temptation leads to sin only when you yield and act on it.
      • The final stage is the consequence of unforgiven sin – death.
        • Romans 6:23
      • Where does sinful desire originate?
        • Enter the thought.
        • Dwell upon the thought.
        • Desire
        • Opportunity/enticement
        • Sin
        • Death
      • Example of Eve
        • Genesis 3:1-6
        • Enter the thought: “You will not surely die.”
        • Considered the thought: She went to see the tree.
        • Desire develops
        • Enticement
        • Sin: she took of the fruit of the tree
        • Death: separation from God
      • Example of Achan
        • Joshua 7:19-21
        • Enter the idea: he saw the spoils
        • Consider the idea: he does an inventory of the spoils
        • Desire: he covets the spoils
        • Enticement: he has the opportunity to take them
        • Sin: he takes the spoils
        • Death
      • Example of David
        • II Samuel 11:1-4
        • Enter the idea: he saw the woman
        • Considered the idea: he asked about the woman
        • Desire: to commit adultery
        • Enticement: opportunity as the king
        • Sin: committed adultery and later murder
        • He suffered consequences of his sin
      • How do we avoid this?
        • Change our desires
          • Proverbs 4:23
          • Colossians 3:1-2
          • Philippians 4:8
          • II Corinthians 5:17
          • Romans 12:1-2
        • Limit our opportunities
          • Psalm 101:3-4 – avoid wickedness
          • Psalm 1:1 – avoid wicked people
          • I Corinthians 15:33
        • God’s promise
          • I Corinthians 10:13
          • II Peter 2:9
          • James 1:12

By David Watson

Benchley, November 26, 2014

  • Luke 17:11-18
  • How can we feel genuine gratitude?
    • We have to be different. Romans 12:2
    • Don’t think, “I deserve whatever I want.” Matthew 11:16-19; 13:54-58
      • We are living more luxurious lives than the Son of God did on Earth. Do we have any right to complain?
    • Remember past blessings
  • For what should we be grateful?
    • Ephesians 5:20; James 1:17; Acts 17:25
    • Salvation through Jesus – Romans 6:17-18, 22-23; Acts 9:12
    • The privilege of prayer – I Peter 3:10-12; Proverbs 15:29; Deuteronomy 4:7; Philippians 4:6-7
    • God’s help in temptation – I Corinthians 10:13; II Peter 2:6-9; Hebrews 4:15-16
    • Our ability to give – II Corinthians 9:1-15

Sensuality

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 2, 2014

  • I Peter 4:1-5
  • Sensuality is pleasing the body to the detriment of the soul.
  • Repent of sensuality!
    • II Corinthians 12:20-21
    • Ephesians 4:17-24
    • II Corinthians 11:3
    • Genesis 3:6
    • Jude 4
    • Do this: After reading the Scriptures about sensuality, decide you want to bring these passions into check and be pure, then pray to God for forgiveness (Acts 8:22).
  • Replace the fleshly mind with the spiritual mind.
    • Mark 7:20-23
    • Galatians 5:16-25
    • Romans 13:12-14
    • Colossians 3:1-5
    • Do this: Routinely set aside a few minutes for spiritual devotion, thought, meditation, prayer, singing, and reading.
  • In worship, be passionate about spiritual truths, not just the externals.
    • Exodus 32:3-6,19
    • Numbers 25:1-2
    • Amos 2:7-8
    • II Peter 2:1-19
    • I Corinthians 11:23-34
    • Colossians 3:16
    • Ephesians 5:19
    • Do this: When you worship, look for meaning and emotion in the spiritual truths involved, not external gimmicks.
  • Enjoy the pleasures that are right to enjoy!
    • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; 11:9-12:1
    • Hebrews 13:14
    • Song of Solomon 7:6
    • Proverbs 5:18
    • Do this: Find and enjoy the temporary blessings God has given us!

Hebrews, Part 5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 19, 2014

  • Hebrews 4:1-5:4
  • Hebrews 4:11 – We must labor now so that we can enter that rest. We should not try to take our rest now and in so doing, fail to reach that eternal rest. II Corinthians 5:10
  • Hebrews 4:12 – The idea here is piercing – not dividing. The word of God goes all the way to the thoughts and intentions of the heart. See I Thessalonians 5:23. Spirit is the everlasting part of man. The soul is the animating force of man.
  • Hebrews 4:15 – See I Corinthians 10:13. God always provides a way of escape.

Three Tough Truths

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By George Slover

Benchley, October 15, 2014

  • II Timothy 4:9-16
  • The devil never gives up on Christians
    • Luke 4:8,12-13 – The devil left Jesus “until an opportune time.”
    • Galatians 5:16-17
    • Ephesians 6:10-13
  • Not all Christians will go to heaven
    • Hebrews 2:1; 3:12
    • II Peter 2:20-22 – The terrible state of the apostate.
  • Friends and family can’t save you
    • Philippians 3:12-14; 4:13 – All of Paul’s righteousness and zeal could not save Demas.
    • Colossians 4:14; Philemon 1:23-24 – Neither could Demas’ other friends!
    • Ezekiel 18:20-32 – Every one of us will be judged individually!
  • Six important facts about the judgment! II Corinthians 5:10
    • Judgment is universal
    • Our lives will be revealed
    • Christ is the judge
    • Each individual will be judged
    • Each judged according to their deeds
    • God’s word will be the standard

Life Isn’t Fair

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By George Slover

Benchley, October 14, 2014

  • Ecclesiastes 1:13-18; 9:11-16
  • Law of sowing and reaping – Hebrews 10:12-13
    • David had to live with the consequences of his sin. II Samuel 12:9-12
    • Galatians 6:7-8
    • Sometimes we make life unnecessarily complex because of our bad decisions.
  • Add the activity of the devil! Job 1:9-11
  • Life isn’t fair! Judges 6:13
  • Life isn’t fair … but God is fair! Psalms 145:17
    • God remembers when others do not. Hebrews 6:10
    • God provides an escape from temptation. I Corinthians 10:13
    • God rewards according to ability. Matthew 25:14-30
      • We all have different abilities. Romans 12:3-8
    • God accepts according to what you have. II Corinthians 8:12
    • God judges fairly and impartially. Romans 2:5-11
  • A just God rules the world! Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

The Fight For Our Minds

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By Don Mitchell

Benchley, April 19, 2014

 

  • Revelation 3:14-19
    • There are a number of ways that we can fall into a state of uselessness!
      • Mediocre people attend worship fairly regularly because they think that is what they have to do, not what they want to do.
      • Mediocre people tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict.
      • Mediocre people do not really want to be saved from their sins.
      • Mediocre people do not believe that the new life in Christ is better than the old life in sin.
      • Mediocre people rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, and friends.
      • Mediocre people gauge their “goodness” by comparing themselves to the world.
      • Mediocre people say they love Jesus and Jesus is a part of their lives.
      • Mediocre people love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
      • Mediocre people think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven.
      • Mediocre people probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that they really aren’t very different from your typical unbeliever.
      • Mediocre people walk by sight and not by faith.
  • In order to overcome this mediocrity, where do we start? James 1:12-15
  • Sin is discouraging and holds us in mediocrity.
    • The problem behind sin and spiritual mediocrity is not outside of us.
    • The problem is not God.
    • The problem is not family, friends, life circumstances, job, the economy, or any other thing outside of us.
    • We sin because something inside us tells us to do so.
    • The reason we are not soaring spiritually is because our minds are darkened from following our desires.
  • Ephesians 4:18-19
  • I Peter 5:8
  • Satan is actively trying to bring us down and he is good at what he does.
    • What’s wrong with wanting things?
    • What’s wrong with satisfying my desires?
    • What’s wrong with doing what I want?
  • II Corinthians 10:3-6
  • Romans 12:1-2
  • If we have relationships that reinforce evil desires in our minds, we need to approach those relationships from a new perspective. II Corinthians 6:14-15
  • How can we transform our minds?
    • Memorize scripture. Philippians 4:8
    • We must be transformed in mind. Matthew 6:19
    • The spiritual mediocrity plaguing our life starts with the desires within us. We must not be deceived.
    • Satan is scheming and seeking to ensnare us in these desires.
    • Preparing our minds to be places of holiness and purity will prepare us to overcome the spiritual mediocrity that brings us down.

 

Mark, Part 10

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 13, 2014

 

  • Mark 9:49 – Everyone will face temptation and sin.
  • Mark 9:50 – We are to be properly seasoned as sacrifices to God.