James, Part 6

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 14, 2018

  • James 4:11-5:10
  • James 4:11 – See John 7:27. This is not a blanket prohibition on judging others. It is a prohibition on evil judgment (judging not by God’s standards). If we could not judge at all, we could not preach repentance to anyone because we could not judge any of their actions to be sinful.
  • James 4:13-16 – Leaving the Lord our of our plans and out of our life is arrogance and sin. We must instead humble ourselves.
  • James 4:17 – When you understand what God requires of you, but do not do it, it is sin.
  • James 5:1-8 – Compare I Timothy 6:10. The love of money is the beginning of many types of evil. Being wealth is not in itself sinful. The warnings here are against those who have misused their wealth and mistreated others.
  • James 5:7-8 – The “coming of the Lord” here could be referring to God coming in judgment against the rich men in James 5:1-6 – not about the Second Coming of the Lord. The first few verses of this chapter also seem to confirm this by indicating that punishment for these wicked wealthy men was already starting.
  • James 5:10 – See Hebrews 11:32-38.

Whole-Heart Discipleship

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 7, 2018

  • Matthew 22:37; II Chronicles 25:2
  • Introduction
    • II Chronicles 25:1-2, 14-15; II Kings 14:3-4 – King Amaziah served God, but not with a whole heart.
  • James 2:10
    • It’s not that God is watching for any small error so He can punish us. It’s that we have to obey all of God’s commands – not just the ones we find easy.
    • Matthew 5:43-48 – We are to be perfect (complete) – not lacking any moral facet.
    • We must love all – even our enemies.
    • It takes one hole to sink a ship. It takes one sin to sink a soul.
  • Which commands are hard for me?
    • Do I truly put God above my family? Genesis 22; Luke 14:26
    • Do I love all my neighbors – even other races? Galatians 2:11-12; 3:27-29; Matthew 7:12; 22:39
    • Would I rather hold on to Jesus or my riches? Mark 10:19-22; I Timothy 6:17
    • Do I publicly show support for Jesus? Mark 15:43; Matthew 10:32-33

James, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 10, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Some contend that Romans and James cannot be reconciled with each other. Martin Luther had this view and declared James to be “spurious.” These two books can be reconciled: Romans talks about who provides salvation and James talks about practical matters of faith.
    • It is not completely clear exactly who the intended audience is. It could possibly be directed to Jewish Christians living abroad (James 1:1). The book applies to all Christians, though. Romans 2:28-29
    • The book was written somewhere between 45 and 62 A.D.
  • James 1:5-8 – It does no good to pray if you don’t believe God can and will answer that prayer. That is a hypocritical prayer.
  • James 1:9-11 – All men are the same before God, regardless of their wealth.

Joseph of Arimathea

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 22, 2017

  • John 19:31-42
  • He used his money for good.
    • Matthew 27:57-60 – Joseph provided for a dignified burial for Jesus.
    • Matthew 19:23
    • There are many examples in the Bible of people using their wealth for good.
    • I John 3:17; Ephesians 4:28
  • He struggled with enormous peer pressure.
    • Mark 15:42-47
    • In general, the Sanhedrin was strongly against Jesus. Joseph was a prominent member of the counsel.
    • John 3:1-2 – Nicodemus was in a similar position.
    • John 19:38 – Joseph was secretly a disciple of Jesus.
    • John 12:42
    • Luke 23:51
    • I Peter 3:16-17; 4:3-5

By David Watson

Benchley, August 9, 2015

  • Luke 16:1-14
  • Introduction
    • Jesus is not telling us to sin like the shrewd manager.
  • What it cannot mean
    • That you should lie, cheat, and steal
      • Luke 3:12-14
      • Proverbs 11:1
    • That you can buy your way into Heaven
      • II Corinthians 5:10
      • Proverbs 11:4
      • Luke 16:19, 25; 12:20-21
    • That you should make money your god
      • Luke 16:13-14
      • Matthew 6:19-21
    • The meaning that fits with context and harmony
      • God’s people ought to be wise stewards of material possessions, serving God and others so they can go to Heaven in the end.
      • Luke 16:8a – The master isn’t happy, but begrudgingly has to hand it to him – “You got me! Well played.”
      • Luke 16:8b – Worldly people know how to provide for the future. Isn’t it a shame that God’s people don’t do the same thing in a good way?  (Matthew 10:16)
      • Luke 16:9a – “wealth/mammon of unrighteousness” – carnal, temporary wealth
        • Use the resources you are blessed with to serve others.
      • Luke 16:9b – I suggest that “they” refers figuratively (by metonymy) to the works you have done for others.
        • Compare II Corinthians 3:1-2
        • Matthew 25:40
      • Luke 16:10-12 – God’s people should demonstrate their faithfulness with small blessings so that they can be trusted with bigger blessings. (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27; I Timothy 3:5, 12)
      • Luke 16:13-14 – Earthly wealth is not the end goal, but a tool to serve God and others.
    • Make application!
      • I Timothy 6:17-19
      • Luke 10:25-37
      • II Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:12-14

By David Watson

Benchley, May 27, 2015

  • I Samuel 9 – I Kings 11; I Chronicles 1 – II Chronicles 9; Psalms; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Solomon
  • United Kingdom
    • Saul, David, and Solomon each ruled for 40 years. The united kingdom lasted for 120 years.
    • Summary of events
      • Saul: disobedient and insecure
      • David: warrior and pet; sins but repents; deeply loves God
      • Solomon: God-given wisdom and wealth; allowed wives to turn him from God
    • The more blessings, the more potential …
      • I Kings 3:12-14; 10:14, 23-24, 27
      • Do we have any blessings in America, and what potential is unlocked with those blessings?
    • God’s blessings can be revoked!
      • I Samuel 15:26-28
      • I Chronicles 28:7-9
      • I Kings 9:1-9
      • James 5:19-20
    • Solomon’s wisdom and sin
      • I Kings 3:5, 9, 12, 28 … 11:1-4

 

The Purpose of Life

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 8, 2015

  • Ecclesiastes 1:12-14
  • The preacher’s mistakes in seeking the purpose of life
    • Wisdom of this world – Ecclesiastes 1:13; I Corinthians 1:20
      • Ecclesiastes 2:17
      • Job 28:12-22 – Wisdom cannot be found on the earth
    • Laughter – Ecclesiastes 2:1-2
      • Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice!
      • Proverbs 15:13
    • Wine – Ecclesiastes 2:3
      • Proverbs 23:29-35
    • Wealth – Ecclesiastes 2:4-10
    • Wantonness – Ecclesiastes 2:3,10; I Kings 11:3
    • Works – Ecclesiastes 2:4,11,17
  • Finally the preacher points us to the goal of life
    • “Remember thy Creator” – Ecclesiastes 12:1
    • “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13

Joseph of Arimathea

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 24, 2014

 

  • John 19:38-42
  • He used his money for good
    • Matthew 27:57-61
    • This is fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah 53:9.
    • Mark 15:46
    • Joseph was a wealthy man.
    • Matthew 19:23-24 – Warnings about wealth.
    • Genesis 13:2,5-6 – Abram was wealthy, but a good man.
    • Ruth 2:1 – Boaz was wealthy.
    • II Samuel 19:31-32; II Samuel 17:27-29 – Barzillai
    • Job 1:1-3 – Job
    • I John 3:17
  • He struggled with enormous peer pressure
    • Mark 15:42-47
    • Somehow Joseph is able to have faith in Jesus while still being a member of the Sanhedrin.
    • John 3:1-2 – Nicodemus was in the same position.
    • John 19:38
    • John 12:42-43
    • Luke 23:51
    • Mark 15:43
    • I Peter 3:16-17; 4:3-5
  • His heart was on God’s agenda
    • Luke 23:50-52
    • Matthew 6:33 – This should be our agenda!
    • Matthew 22:37
    • I John 5:3

 

Mark, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 4, 2014

 

  • Mark 10:28-31 – Following Jesus is more important than earthly possessions or relationships.
    • Mark 10:29 – Some translations include “wife” in this list, which may imply that if a man was in such a state that he could not keep his wife and serve God, he would have to choose God over his wife. Footnotes seem to indicate that “wife” is present in some manuscripts and not others.
  • Mark 10:32-41 – James and John ask for places of prestige. They were still looking for Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom.
  • Mark 10:42-45 – Whoever wishes to be the greatest should be a servant.
  • Mark 10:46-52 – Jesus heals a blind man. Matthew’s account (Matthew 20:29-34) records that there were two blind men. This is not a contradiction – Matthew just records additional detail about the second blind man. The blind man had apparently heard much about Jesus in order to develop the great faith that he demonstrated here.
    • Mark’s account emphasizes miracles as proof that Jesus is the Son of God. Matthew’s account emphasizes that Jesus fulfilled prophecy.
  • Mark 11:1-10 – Jesus enters Jerusalem to great praise from the crowds.
  • Mark 11:11-14 – Jesus curses a fig tree.

 

Mark, Part 11

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 27, 2014

 

  • Mark 10:1-27
  • Mark 10:1-12 – God’s marriage law
    • Luke 16:18; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:2
    • Mark 10:11-12 – See Colossians 3:5-7. Some claim that is it not possible to live in sin, so only the first act in the new marriage is a sin but further life in that marriage is not sin. The passage in Colossians shows that it is possible to live in sin, invalidating this line of reasoning.
    • I Corinthians 6:15-16 – This passage illustrates how the Bible uses “one flesh.”
  • Mark 10:17-22 – Materialism
    • Mark 10:18 – Jesus could be deflecting praise to God or (as Jesse Jenkins believes), Jesus is asking the man if he really believes that Jesus is God.
    • Mark 10:22 – One does not have to have great possessions for them to be a god to him.