Why Are We Here?

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, October 2, 2016

  • Acts 17:22-28
  • Big picture
    • II Corinthians 8:4-6
    • Acts 17:27
    • Ecclesiastes 12:13
    • Galatians 6:15
    • Ephesians 2:10
    • Matthew 22:36
  • James: real guidance on living as the new creation
    • What should I do about temptation?
      • James 1:13-18 – Our temptations do not come from God! Lust is real, but we cannot give in to it!
      • James 5:19-20 – Don’t give up if you sin!
    • What is true religion?
      • James 1:22-27 – Help orphans and widows and keep yourself unstained from the world.
      • Philippians 2:3-14 – Serve others without grumbling or disputing.
      • John 13:5
    • What does it mean to keep the law?
      • John 2:8
      • Luke 10:25-37
    • What is faith?
      • Hebrews 11:6
      • James 2:14-18 – We must actually do these works!
    • What is wisdom?
      • James 3:13 – You have to act on wisdom. It cannot purely be an intellectual exercise.
      • James 3:14-18 – There is more than one type of wisdom. There is a type of wisdom that is earthly and demonic.
    • What is the source of strife?
      • James 4:1-3
      • James 4:11
    • The results of fulfilling our purpose
      • Glorify God by doing what we were created to do. Psalm 148
    • The conclusion
      • Fear God and keep His commandments.
      • Let’s get to work!
        • Loving and serving Him.
        • Loving and serving others.

The Foolishness of God

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 11, 2016

  • I Corinthians 1:18-31 – The foolishness of God is wiser than men.
  • I Corinthians 1:28 – Throughout history, God has chosen things that are nothing on their own to bring to naught things that are.
  • The brazen serpent (Numbers 21:4-9)
  • The leper (II Kings 5:1-14)
    • Elijah did not heal Naaman’s leprosy the way Naaman expected.
  • Gideon’s army (Judges 7:1-7)
    • God directed Gideon to use a very small army to defeat a great army through an unusual strategy. God did this to prevent the people of Israel from exalting themselves.
  • Blind man (John 9:1-7)
    • Jesus healed a blind man by putting clay on the man’s eyes and having him wash in the pool of Siloam.
  • Baptism for remission of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Peter 3:21)
  • The foolishness of God proves man’s faith.
  • In each case, the power was and is GOD’S WORD.

I Corinthians, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 8, 2016

  • I Corinthians 1:25-2:7
  • I Corinthians 1:28 – See the story of Naaman (II Kings 5). There was nothing special in the water except that God commanded Naaman to be washed in it.  Other examples:
    • Numbers 21 – Looking upon a bronze serpent to be saved.
    • In the New Testament – baptism in water
  • I Corinthians 1:30 – Calvinists sometimes try to use this passage to teach that Christ’s righteousness is imported to us. This is false.  This verse is simply explaining what Christ has done for us.  He brought us wisdom, sanctification, righteousness, and redemption.  If you read this to mean His righteousness is imputed to us, His wisdom, sanctification, and redemption would also have to be imputed to us, which is nonsense.
  • I Corinthians 2:4 – See II Corinthians 2:12. Paul was able to work miracles to confirm the words that he spoke.  See also Galatians 1:8, 12.

By David Watson

Benchley, October 25, 2015

  • Proverbs 4:1-10
  • Learn to listen.
    • Proverbs 1:20-22; 2:1-5 – Wisdom starts through God’s Word.
    • Proverbs 2:11-22
    • Proverbs 3:5-6 – We have to learn to listen to God and not ourselves.
    • Proverbs 5:11-13
    • Proverbs 6:20-26
    • Proverbs 7:24-25 – Do not let your thinking go down the wrong path.
  • Mute the world.
    • Proverbs 7:6-23 – This is worldly wisdom at work.
    • James 3:15
    • Proverbs 1:10-16
  • Weigh the consequences.
    • Proverbs 6:27-35 – You can’t escape the consequences.
    • Proverbs 8:19
    • Proverbs 1:32-33 – God’s wisdom provides a better way.
    • Proverbs 5:15-18
  • See the reality.
    • Proverbs 7:21-27 – We need to look past the temptation to see reality.
    • Proverbs 5:3-5 – Satan sells many lies with pretty packaging.
    • Proverbs 5:7-11 – Sin leads to years of wrongdoing.
    • Acts 5:8-10 – Ananias and Sapphira did not see the reality of their sin.
    • Matthew 26:14-16 – Judas did not see how horrible his sin was.

By Mark Gentry

Benchley, October 18, 2015

  • People the church needs:
    • Spiritual people: Galatians 6:1
      • Hebrews 5:12 – Spiritual people must continually grow.
    • Diligent workers: II Timothy 2:15
      • II Timothy 2:14, 16
      • John 15:1-2 – God expects us to work and bear fruit.
      • John 15:6, 8
    • People willing to serve: Matthew 20:20-28
      • Galatians 5:13
    • Faithful people: II Timothy 2:2
    • Able teachers: II Timothy 2:15
      • II Peter 3:16 – There is a right way and a wrong way to understand the scriptures.
    • Wise people: I Corinthians 6:5
      • Ephesians 5:15 – Walk circumspectly; be wise.
    • Righteous people: I John 3:7-10
      • Luke 18:9-14 – The church does not need self-righteous people.
    • People who are not needed in the local church:
      • Reprobates: Romans 1:28-32
        • I Corinthians 9:26-27 – Someone with no self-discipline is a reprobate.
        • II Corinthians 13:5
      • Vain babblers: II Timothy 2:17-18
        • I Timothy 6:20
      • Those like Diotrephes who like to have preeminence: II John 1:9-10
      • Heretics; those who cause divisions: Titus 3:10-11
    • I Timothy 4:15-16

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 31, 2015

  • Colossians 1:1-12
  • Colossians 1:9
    • It’s good to pray for all Christians everywhere, but it’s also good to pray for specific Christians in specific situations
    • II Peter 3:18 – We know it is also God’s desire that all men would be filled with the knowledge of His will. This is something that takes time.  We cannot put our studying off on the preacher – we have to do our own studying.  II Timothy 2:15
    • We obtain knowledge through study, but we must apply it with wisdom and understanding.
  • Colossians 1:10
    • It is possible to walk worthy of the Lord. Ephesians 4:1; Philippians 1:27
      • Titus 2:11-14 – We must deny worldly lusts and live righteously.
    • Christians are better than non-Christians, not because of anything personal, but because they are blood-bought citizens of God’s kingdom.
    • The Christian is too good to act and live like people in the world.
    • Keep increasing in knowledge! II Peter 1:10-11
  • Colossians 1:11-12
    • We are to do these things with joy and thanksgiving.
    • We should be thankful to live on a higher plane, above earthly pleasures that can’t compare to the spiritual riches we have in God.
  • A Christian
    • Prays for others
    • Desires to be filled with knowledge of God’s will
    • In wisdom and understanding
    • Walks worthy of the Lord
    • Is fruitful in every good work
    • Is strengthened in the gospel’s power
    • Gives thanks to God for being partaker in the inheritance of the saints of light

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

 

Human Reasoning

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 8, 2015

  • Introduction
    • Matthew 18:12
    • Luke 10:36
    • Acts 17:11
    • Acts 19:8 – Paul reasoned with people about the kingdom of God.
    • God wants us to think, but not all thinking is equal.
      • Acts 17:29
      • James 3:13-17
      • Jeremiah 10:23
    • Faulty human reasoning:
      • The end justifies the means
        • II Samuel 6:1-8 – Uzzah is struck dead for touching the ark of the covenant.
        • I Samuel 15:17-23 – Saul disobeys God.
        • John 6:26-27, 35, 60, 66
      • We shouldn’t judge others
        • Colossians 3:11-12, 8
        • Matthew 7:1-6
        • Luke 17:3
        • John 7:24 – Judge with righteous judgment.
        • Ephesians 5:11-12 – We must discern evil and point it out.
        • We are not helping anyone by pretending that sin is okay!
      • Worship is mainly about people
        • The church for men?
        • I Corinthians 1:12-13
        • Ephesians 5:25 – The church is not about being ourselves. It’s about improving
        • Ephesians 5:19
        • I Corinthians 11:24-25
        • I Corinthians 14:23-25
        • The focus of worship is always God – not us!
      • Not all thinking is good thinking!

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

Egypt’s Gods and Our Gods

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 19, 2014

  • Numbers 33:3-4; Exodus 10:2; 12:12; 18:11
  • The gods of Egypt
    • The Egyptians were polytheistic
    • 1st Plague – Water to blood – Exodus 7:19-22 – The Egyptians idolized the Nile River. Many of their gods related somehow to the Nile.
    • 2nd Plague – Frogs – Exodus 8:3-7 – Egyptians deified frogs as a sign of prosperity.
    • 3rd Plague – Gnats – Exodus 8:16-19 – Physical cleanliness and purity was important to the Egyptians.
    • 4th Plague – Flies – Exodus 8:21-23
    • 5th Plague – Death of livestock – Exodus 9:2-7 – Now physical property is being affected. This would be a huge economic problem. There were several sacred bulls and cows that were revered for worship.
    • 6th Plague – Boils – Exodus 9:10-11 – Where were all the gods of healing?
    • 7th Plague – Hail – Exodus 9:22 – Where are the sky gods?
    • 8th Plague – Locusts – Exodus 10:4-6 – Why couldn’t the gods protect the crops?
    • 9th Plague – Darkness – Exodus 10:21-23 – What about the sun god Ra?
    • 10th Plague – Death of firstborn – Exodus 11:4-8 – The firstborn of Pharaoh was supposed to have a divine property.
    • Exodus 5:2 vs 12:31-32 – Pharaoh himself was counted as a god.
    • Exodus 9:20-21; 10:7; 11:3
  • Our god
    • The god of wisdom
      • I Timothy 6:20-21
      • There have always been claims that Christians are just ignorant, but the more science uncovers, the more God’s wisdom is revealed in creation.
      • Acts 17:3
    • The god of pleasure
      • I Peter 4:1-5
      • Hebrews 11:24-27
    • The god of worldly agendas
      • II Timothy 3:7-9
      • Romans 14:11-12
      • Romans 1:26-28,32
  • Don’t put your trust, hope, and faith in anything but the ONE TRUE GOD!