What Makes Benchley Work

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 4, 2018

  • Introduction
    • Acts 17:1-9 – The beginning of the local church in Thessalonica.
    • The local church in Benchley was started October 23, 1994 in the living room of Joe and Sherri Harding.
    • I Thessalonians 2:19-20
  • Love
    • I Thessalonians 1:1-3
    • In any successful church, love is actively working.
    • I Thessalonians 3:5-8
    • I Thessalonians 4:9-10
    • II Thessalonians 1:3; I Thessalonians 1:6
    • I Thessalonians 5:12-18
    • I Thessalonians 4:13-17; 5:1-11 – Paul answers their questions and tells them to use the information to comfort and encourage each other.
  • Truth
    • I Thessalonians 2:13
    • II Thessalonians 3:1
    • I Thessalonians 5:27
    • II Thessalonians 2:1-12
    • I Thessalonians 4:1
  • Work
    • I Thessalonians 1:3
    • I Thessalonians 2:14
    • II Thessalonians 3:4, 13-14 – Keep working!
    • I Thessalonians 5:14

Tested by Fire, Part 12

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 3, 2016

  • I Peter 2:1-3 – “Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word.”
    • In this mixed up world, we need a healthy dose of truth!
      • II Peter 1:12-15; 3:1-2
      • Jude 1:5, 17-18
      • Philippians 3:1
    • In this negative world, we need a healthy dose of good news!
      • Jude 1:14-25
      • Read Psalms of comfort.
      • Read Proverbs for wisdom.
      • Read the minor prophets to strengthen your resolve.
      • Read John so that you may believe.
    • Jeremiah 10:23
    • I Peter 1:6-9
    • Our response
      • Stay rooted in the Word of God – Psalms 119:1-8
      • Stay active – James 1:22

Deception

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 1, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Genesis 3:4
    • Jeremiah 6:13-14
    • Jeremiah 9:5-6
    • Jeremiah 23:25-27
    • Jeremiah 37:9
    • II Corinthians 11:1-4
  • God’s Word is the antidote to deception.
    • II Timothy 3:12-17 – Hold to the scripture!
    • Titus 1:9-11
    • Ephesians 4:11-14
  • What we need to know:
    • Every day, people are trying to deceive us.
      • Colossians 2:6-8
      • James 1:16
      • II Peter 2:13, 18-19
      • II Corinthians 6:8
    • The way we live matters.
      • Ephesians 5:1-5
      • I John 3:4-10
    • Homosexuality is sinful.
      • I Corinthians 6:9-10
      • Titus 3:3

By David Watson

Benchley, May 18, 2014

 

  • Isaiah 5:20
  • Step back and verify: just what is the truth?
    • What is the truth about homosexuality?
      • Romans 1:26-28; I Corinthians 6:9; I Timothy 1:10
    • What is the truth about evolution?
      • Genesis 1:1,5,27,31-2:2; Exodus 20:9-11
    • What is the truth about abortion?
      • Luke 2:12,16 – brephos – Luke 1:41,44
      • Luke 1:57 – huios – Luke 1:36
      • Exodus 21:22-25; I Corinthians 6:19-20
  • Draw courage from the faithful people of the Bible
    • Noah – Genesis 6:5-9
    • Jeremiah – Jeremiah 6:14; 21:8-10; 20:1-2; 26:11; 32:2; 36:23; 38:6; 43:2-3
    • Daniel – Daniel 6:3-5
    • Apostles – Matthew 10:14; 18:22
    • Paul – Acts 22:24-29
    • Brethren – I Peter 5:9
  • Fix your hope on God
    • I Peter 5:10-11
    • I Timothy 6:17-19
    • Acts 5:41
    • II Thessalonians 1:4-8

 

2 John, Part 2

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By Kevin Scott

Benchley, July 7, 2013

  • 3 John 1:1 – Probably written by the apostle John, who at this time (late First Century AD) was probably in his 90s and was the last living apostle.
  • 3 John 1:9-10 – Diotrephes is contrasted with Gaius in his behavior in the church and treatment of other Christian.

2 John, Part 1

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By Kevin Scott

Benchley, June 30, 2013

  • Probably written after Revelation.
  • 2 John 1:1 – Two varying interpretations here:
    • The “elect lady” is a local church.  Similar language referring to the church as a lady or a bride is used elsewhere in the New Testament.
    • This was written to a particular unknown woman.  Otherwise “sister,” and “children” would have to be highly figurative.  Also, only individuals are “elect” in the sense of choosing to follow God – not entire churches.
  • 2 John 1:5-6 – Keeping God’s commandments is love.  See I John 3:22-24

By David Watson

Benchley, June 23, 2013

Micaiah and the Kings

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 2, 2013

  • I Kings 22
    • v5-9 – Micaiah is summoned by the kings.
    • v11-12 – The false prophets prophesy victory.
    • v13-14 – Micaiah declares that he will only tell the truth.
    • v15 – Micaiah responds sarcastically.
    • v16-18 – Micaiah prophesies defeat.
    • v34-35 – Ahab killed in battle.
  • King Jehoshaphat of Judah (I Kings 22:5)
    • “Please inquire first for the word of the Lord.”
    • Lesson:  Before I act, I should ask, “What does God want me to do?”
    • Matthew 22:37
  • Ahab’s false prophets (I Kings 22:6)
    • “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”
    • Lesson:  I shouldn’t replace God’s word with a poll of my friends.
    • Romans 1:26-28 – Homosexuality is wrong in God’s eyes.  Society permitting it does not make it right!
  • King Ahab of Israel (I Kings 22:8)
    • “I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.”
    • Lesson:  I must develop the right attitude toward Divine truth.
    • I Corinthians 3:1-3; 4:18; 6:5; Luke 9:23
  • Micaiah the prophet (I Kings 22:14)
    • “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I shall speak.”
    • Lesson:  I should emulate people who hold to God’s truth.
    • Galatians 1:10; 4:16 – “Have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?”

Truth

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 31, 2013

Sincerely Wrong

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 8, 2012

 

  • Acts 26:9-11 – Paul speaks about his former days of persecuting Christians.
  • We don’t want to be in the category of people who are sincerely wrong!
  • People become sincerely wrong by following false standards of authority:
  • People become sincerely right by following the Bible.