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.

Psalms, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 29, 2017

  • Psalms 70-76
  • Psalms 70:4 – Our purpose in life is to magnify God.
  • Psalms 72:2 – See I Kings 3:5-9.
  • Psalms 72:8-11 – See I Kings 4:21-25.
  • Psalms 73:1 – The only way to be pure in heart is through forgiveness. Psalms 32:1
  • Psalms 74:1 – See Isaiah 59:1-2 for the answer to this question. Sin is the only reason God has ever cast anyone off.
  • Psalms 76:12 – Hebrews 10:31.

By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 18, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Exodus 20:1-7
  • The Proverbs
    • Proverbs 1:5 – acquire wise counsel; hear and increase in learning
    • Proverbs 1:7
    • Proverbs 1:29-30 – choose the fear of the Lord
    • Proverbs 2:5-6
    • Proverbs 3:5-7
    • Proverbs 3:13
    • Proverbs 4:1 – hear the instruction of a father
    • Proverbs 4:5 – acquire wisdom and understanding
    • Proverbs 4:10 – accept my sayings
    • Proverbs 5:1
    • Proverbs 6:20
    • Proverbs 8:32 – listen to wisdom
    • Proverbs 9:10 – the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
  • Respect and honor for age
    • James 3:17
      • Pure: means not contaminated or polluted
      • Peaceable: is designed to produce peace
      • Gentle: forbearing, equitable, patient
      • Reasonable: compliant, disposition that is agreeable
      • Mercy: full of kindness and compassion
      • Unwavering: without partiality
      • Without hypocrisy: unfeigned or unpretentious
    • Leviticus 19:32
    • Proverbs 23:22
    • Job 12:12
    • Job 8:8
    • Proverbs 16:31
    • Psalms 37:25-26
    • I Timothy 5:1-2
    • I Peter 5:5
    • Proverbs 1:5
    • Proverbs 12:15
    • Proverbs 21:30
  • Respect and honor for age’s wisdom
    • I Kings 12:6-8
  • From what do we learn wisdom?
    • Age is to have this wisdom from above.
    • Listen to wise counsel.
    • Wisdom from above.
    • Wisdom from failure.
    • Wisdom from success.
    • We want wisdom to be what we’ve already decided it is.
    • If we don’t listen, we pay the piper.

The Path of Wisdom and Life

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By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 15, 2017

  • Proverbs 2-4
  • Introduction
    • Matthew 7:13-14
  • Wisdom protects your path – 3 walks (Proverbs 2)
    • Walking with God (Proverbs 2:1-9)
      • Psalms 119:11
    • Walking with the wicked (Proverbs 2:10-19)
    • Walking with the righteous (Proverbs 2:20-22)
      • The path of wisdom – the path of life
  • Wisdom directs your path (Proverbs 3)
    • Conditions to meet (Proverbs 3:1-12)
    • Blessings to enjoy (Proverbs 3:13-35)
  • Wisdom perfects your path (Proverbs 4)
    • This involves three responsibilities on our path.
      • Knowing God’s Word (Proverbs 4:1-9)
      • Trusting God’s providence (Proverbs 4:10-19)
        • Psalms 16:11
      • Obeying God’s will (Proverbs 4:20-27)
        • A spiritual inventory of obedience
          • What comes into my ears (Proverbs 4:20)
          • What is within my heart (Proverbs 4:23)
          • What is upon my lips (Proverbs 4:24)
          • What is before my eyes (Proverbs 4:25)
          • What is beyond my path (Proverbs 4:26-27)
        • The Bible warns against
          • A double heart
          • A hard heart
          • A proud heart
          • An unbelieving heart
          • A cold heart
          • An unclean heart
        • Solomon warns against
          • Perverse lips
          • Lying lips
          • Flattering lips
          • Deceptive lips
          • Undisciplined lips

Is Anybody Listening?

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By Wayne Moody

October 15, 2017

  • Proverbs 1:7-33; 8-9
  • Wisdom’s call to salvation (Proverbs 1:8-33)
    • The voice of instruction (Proverbs 1:8-10, 15-19)
      • Don’t walk with the wrong crowd (Proverbs 1:15-19)
      • Don’t play with temptation – it’s a trap (Proverbs 1:17)
      • When you disobey God, you harm others (Proverbs 1:18-19)
    • The voice of temptation (Proverbs 1:11-14)
      • Proverbs 3:13-16; 16:16
    • The voice of salvation (Proverbs 1:20-33)
    • Where does wisdom speak?
    • To whom does wisdom speak?
      • Simple – Proverbs 14:15
      • Scorners – Proverbs 21:24
      • Fools – Proverbs 1:22
    • What does wisdom say to them?
      • Indictment – Proverbs 1:22
      • Invitation – Proverbs 1:23
    • How do the simple, the scorners, and the fools respond to wisdom?
      • Isaiah 55:6
  • Wisdom’s call to true wealth (Proverbs 8:1-36)
    • “You can trust my words” (Proverbs 8:6-9)
    • “You can receive true wealth” (Proverbs 8:10-21)
      • Hear the word, receive instruction, love truth, seek God
    • “You can see my works” (Proverbs 8:22-31)
    • “You must make a decision” (Proverbs 8:32-36)
  • Wisdom’s call to life (Proverbs 9:1-18)
    • Preparation – Proverbs 9:1-2
    • Invitation – Proverbs 9:3-9
    • Celebration – Proverbs 9:10-12
    • Condemnation – Proverbs 9:13-18

By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 15, 2017

  • Proverbs 1:7
    • The beginning: the first and controlling principle
  • Wisdom – Uses the mind, heart, and soul (Matthew 22:37)
    • Ephesians 5:15
    • Begins with the right relationship to God.
    • Believes that God is THE Creator and Ruler.
    • Believes that there is a moral law emanating from God.
    • Wisdom is not something that is theoretical. It is very practical and affects every area of life.
    • It gives order and purpose to life.
    • It gives us the ability to deal with adversities of life.
  • The first and controlling principle
    • Proverbs 9:10
  • The fear of the Lord
    • We acknowledge from our hearts
      • He’s the Creator, we’re the creatures.
      • He’s the Father, we’re His children.
      • He’s the Master, we’re the servants.
      • We respect God for who He is, and listen.
      • We show reverential fear.
      • We fear God’s commands – the way we treat our Bible is the way we treat God.
    • The affectionate reverence by which the child of God lends himself humbly and carefully to his Father’s Law.
    • It is a holy watchfulness and fear that we don’t sin against Him because we desire to please Him in all we do.
    • Proverbs 1:1-6
  • Keys to learning
    • The phrase “my son”
    • The imperatives “hear” or “hearken”
    • The assurance of life for the obedient

Faith WITHOUT Works

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 9, 2017

  • James 2:17-20
  • We need to do what God’s word says to do.
  • James 2:15, 10-11
  • Love God! James 1:12
    • Submit to God, James 4:7-10
    • Spiritual vs. earthly wisdom, James 3:14-17
    • Selfishness, James 4:1-4
    • Prayer, James 1:5-8
  • Love others! James 1:12
    • Partiality, James 2:1-9
    • Pray for each other, James 5:13-16
    • Rescue sinners, James 5:19-20
    • Be helpful and pure, James 1:27
    • Speak well, James 1:19, 26; 3:1-12

Ageism

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 5, 2017

  • II Samuel 19:31-39 – Barzillai the Gileadite
  • God says there is value in age, so we need to get over ageism.
    • Proverbs 16:31; 20:29
    • I Timothy 5:1-3, 9-10; 3:6
    • Leviticus 19:32
  • Let’s put this into practice!
    • Advice from a few wise voices at Benchley …
    • Philippians 3:17; Titus 2:2-5
    • Marriage
      • Genesis 2:24
    • Parenting
      • Proverbs 29:15
      • Colossians 3:21
    • General advice
      • James 2:1-4, 8-9
      • Colossians 4:6

Different from the World

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 4, 2016

  • James 4:1-4
  • What makes one truly beautiful/handsome?
    • II Samuel 14:25-30 – Absalom
    • Proverbs 21:9; 16:31; 31:30
    • http://goo.gl/dPdqyV
    • http://goo.gl/A8vTjY
    • I Timothy 4:8
    • I Samuel 9:2; 15:10-11; 16:6-12 – Saul was physically handsome, but God rejected him.
    • I Peter 3:3-4
  • What makes one truly wise?
    • James 3:13-18
    • Knowing how to help one who is hurting
    • Knowing how to settle down
    • Practicing what you preach
  • What makes one truly spiritual?
    • YouTube: “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus.”
    • SBNR: Spiritual But Not Religious
    • James 1:26-27
    • I timothy 1:8-11
    • II Timothy 3:1-15
    • Galatians 1:4

 

I Corinthians, Part 23

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 16, 2016

  • I Corinthians 12:1-13
  • I Corinthians 12:8
    • Wisdom: See I Corinthians 2:6-7.  Unless wisdom is received as a spiritual gift, the only way to get it is to pray for it and seek it out.
    • Knowledge: See Galatians 1:11-12.
  • I Corinthians 12:9
    • Faith: See Romans 10:17.  It’s possible this was not a saving faith but a faitht hat they could do what God endowed them to do.
    • Healing: All miracles were not to heal people.
  • I Corinthians 12:10
    • Distinguishing spirits: Some apparently had the ability to determine if spirits were of God or not.
  • I Corinthians 12:8-11 – Nine different gifts are listed here. It seems that at least one person in the church at Corinth had each of these gifts.
  • I Corinthians 12:12-27 – The body being discussed here is the church in the universal sense.