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

Christians at Work

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 23, 2017

  • Daniel 6:4 – Daniel’s detractors could find no accusation against him.
  • Character
    • Colossians 3:8-9
    • Luke 3:12-13 – Jesus’ commands to tax collectors.
    • Luke 19:8-10 – Zaccheus promises to work honestly.
    • II Thessalonians 3:6-13
  • Attitude
    • Colossians 3:22-25 – If God expected this from slaves, surely he expects this or more from employees who are in a more privileged position.
    • Ephesians 6:5-8 – When we work for our boss, we are working for God.
    • I Peter 2:18-20 – Your boss might be unreasonable, but we must still obey God and patiently endure.
  • Leadership
    • Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1 – Masters must answer to God!
    • James 5:1-6 – God is not pleased when masters mistreat their workers.
    • Leviticus 19:13 – God cares about the worker!
  • Spirituality
    • Titus 2:9-10
    • I Timothy 6:1-2 – Work well so that God’s name will not be spoken against.

Moses

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 19, 2017

  • What if a man wrote a letter to the church wanting to fill a job as a preacher and listed these weaknesses?
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • God chose such a man – Moses
    • He did not consider himself a leader. Exodus 3:11; 4:1
    • He was not an eloquent speaker. Exodus 4:10
    • He did not have all the answers. Numbers 15:32-36
    • He sometimes lost his temper. Exodus 3:22
    • He sometimes got so provoked with the people that he disobeyed God. Numbers 21; Psalm 106
  • Moses, an example of a great leader
    • He was so great that God told him. Deuteronomy 18:18
      • Acts 3:22-23
      • Luke 16:29
      • John 6:26-40
      • Acts 15:21
    • His faith (Hebrews 11:24-26)
    • He knew where to get the answers (Numbers 15:35)
    • His love for his brethren (Exodus 32:30-32)
    • His tireless work (Exodus 18:13-18)
    • His humility (Exodus 32:9-13)
    • His faithfulness in proclaiming God’s Word to them (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28-29)
    • His patience (Exodus 6:9; 16:2; 17:2)
    • His faithful submission (Deuteronomy 32:48-52)
  • Conclusion

Matthew, a Great Example

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 21, 2016

  • Matthew 9:9-10 – Jesus calls Matthew.
  • Matthew was a better man than his surroundings would indicate.
  • Matthew was a busy man.
  • Matthew was willing to pay the price. Luke 9:23
  • Matthew was a modest man.
  • Matthew was interested in the souls of others.
  • This man Matthew sets before us five noble traits. In this, he is an example for us.

Luke, Part 19

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 31, 2016

  • Luke 19:1-20:8
  • Luke 19:1-10 – Jesus meets Zaccheus.
    • Zaccheus has a great attitude about meeting Jesus. He received Jesus gladly and offered restitution for his sins.
    • Jesus commended the lowly.
    • Jesus ignored the grumblers and complainers. Jesus never catered to people with this attitude.
  • Luke 19:11-27 – Jesus teaches the parable of the minas.
    • Luke 19:11 – Note that the reason Jesus taught the parable was because the people thought the kingdom of God was coming immediately. He was reminding them to work now.
  • Luke 19:28-40 – Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem.
  • Luke 19:41-44 – Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem, which would be sacked by the Romans in 70 A.D.
  • Luke 19:45-46 – Jesus drives the traders out of the temple.
  • Luke 19:47-48 – Jesus preaches daily in the temple and the people hang “on to every word He said.”
  • Luke 20:1-8 – The chief priests, scribes, and elders confront Jesus and question His authority.

By David Watson

Benchley, January 10, 2016

  • Acts 20:18-20, 32-38
  • Disclaimers:
    • I Corinthians 11:1 – None of us are the example to look at – Jesus is the perfect example.
    • Romans 12:4-8 – We are all different.
  • Ask yourself some questions …
    • Am I dependable and hard-working, or am I kinda lazy? Acts 6:1-7
    • Am I devout or hypocritical in daily life? Acts 10:1-2
    • Am I generous or stingy? Acts 4:32-37
    • Am I an obedient student of God’s Word or do I just ignore it? Acts 8:27-39
    • Am I devoted to prayer or negligent? Acts 1:13-14; 2:41-42; Matthew 6:5-7
    • Am I helpful and encouraging, or a drag? Acts 18:23-28
  • What do I need to do right now?
    • Think about this.
    • Talk about this.
    • Do something about this.

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 David Watson

Benchley, January 4, 2014

  • I Thessalonians 4:1,10
  • I Thessalonians 1:3, 6-10 – Paul compliments the Thessalonians on their faith.
  • I Thessalonians 2:13-19
  • II Thessalonians 3:4
  • I Thessalonians 4:1, 9-10 – Excel still more!
  • Take the initiative and stay busy!
    • I Thessalonians 5:14-18 – These are all things that we must be active in seeking out and doing. These tasks won’t just fall into our laps!
    • Titus 2:14
    • I Thessalonians 4:11; II Thessalonians 3:7-12
  • Demonstrate love for others!
    • I Thessalonians 3:11-13
    • I Thessalonians 4:13-18 – They were to comfort each other with these words.
    • I Thessalonians 5:11
  • Read God’s word and hold to it!
    • II Thessalonians 2:15-17; Exodus 24:7 – We must stick to what God has told us.
    • I Thessalonians 5:27 – Paul wanted his letters to be read – not just put on a shelf.
    • II Thessalonians 3:6,14-15 – Stay away from people who does not obey God’s commandments.

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.

Ecclesiastes, Part 7

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By Tim Stringer

Benchley, September 7, 2014

  • Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14
  • Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 – Be generous with what you have – it may come back to you one day.
  • Ecclesiastes 11:4 – Do not shy away from your work just because of the risks.
  • Ecclesiastes 11:5 – The ways of God are far beyond our understanding.
  • Ecclesiastes 11:6 – Work when you can! You never know if it will be prosperous or not.
  • Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 – This is a parable about the perils of old age. The human body weakens and fails and eventually returns to dust.
  • Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 – This is the meaning of life! Fear God and keep His commandments.