Be Ready to Give an Answer

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 19, 2017

  • I Peter 3:15
  • Do you believe you are the only ones that will be saved?
  • Negatively, I don’t believe I am a member of the saved relationship because:
    • I have obeyed rules that man laid down. Matthew 15:9
    • I believe in salvation by faith only.
  • I believe that I am part of the saved relationship because:
    • I have obeyed the word of the Lord Jesus. Matthew 7:21
    • Jesus is the author of salvation. Hebrews 5:9
    • I believe Jesus is the great I AM. John 8:24
    • I believe the gospel is the power of God to salvation. Romans 1:16
    • I repented of my sins. Acts 17:30; Romans 10:10; Acts 2:47
  • Matthew 10:32
  • Why do you believe the church you are a part of is the right church?
    • Not because:
      • My parents attended that church.
    • Because:
      • I believe this congregation is patterned after the way Jesus authorized a church to work and worship.
      • This church is right in:
        • Its authority for teaching and practice. II Timothy 3:16-17
        • Descriptive phrase by which it is identified. Acts 20:28
          • Several example names are given in the New Testament. The common theme is that the name must point ownership to God.
        • Its answer to “what must I do to be saved?”
        • Its worship
          • Singing (Ephesians 5:19)
          • Prayer (Acts 2:42)
          • Studying the Bible (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 14)
          • Observing the Lord’s Supper
          • Laying by in store
        • Its work
          • Meeting to worship
          • Supporting preachers to spread the Word of God
        • The structure through which is does all this
        • Teaching its members to keep self pure. Ephesians 5:26-27

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Legally, yes.
  • Personally, yes.
  • According to Jesus, yes.
    • Matthew 11:27-28
    • Revelation 22:17
  • If he is going to be saved, no.
    • John 14:6
    • Matthew 15:8-9
    • John 8:31-32
    • I Peter 1:22
    • I Peter 4:11
    • Matthew 7:24-27
  • Consider Saul of Tarsus. He did not have the right to his own belief if he was going to serve God acceptably.
    • Acts 13:1; 26:9
    • Proverbs 14:12
  • Conscience is not a guide. It is a judge.
    • Romans 2:15
    • I John 3:20-21
    • Romans 14:23
  • For salvation, one does not have the right to his/her own belief:
    • About what to do to be saved.
    • About what makes a church right.
      • II Peter 1:3
      • II Timothy 3:17
      • Jude 1:3
      • Acts 2:36
      • Philippians 2:14-15
      • Acts 20:28
      • I Corinthians 5:45
    • About how to live for Jesus.
      • I Timothy 5:22
      • I Corinthians 5:4-5
    • Jesus IS the Christian’s belief.
      • Luke 6:46

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 25, 2016

  • Discussion on how a church uses its money:
    • Philippians 4:15-16
    • In the New Testament, benevolence is sent church to church. Support to preach the gospel is sent directly to the receiving preacher.


A Study on Elders, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 23, 2016

  • Qualifications for elders, continued:
    • Does an elder need to have a plurality of children?
      • Matthew 22:23-28 – Here “children” includes the singular.
      • Titus 1:6 – In this verse, the plural appears to include the singular.
    • The work of elders
      • Convict the gainsayer
      • Shepherd, feed, and tend the flock. I Peter 5:2; Acts 20:28, 32
      • Oversee benevolence toward needy members. I Timothy 5:16
      • Watch for the souls of the flock – Hebrews 13:17
        • Ezekiel 3:17; 34:11-19
      • Oversee the flock. Acts 20:28

By David Watson

Benchley, November 22, 2015

  • II John 9
  • I Corinthians 14:23
  • Because we don’t have Bible authority for it.
    • II John 9 – We don’t want to go outside the teaching of Christ.
    • Galatians 1:8; Colossians 3:17
    • What local churches did in the New Testament
      • Churches provided for the teaching and preaching of the gospel.
        • Philippians 4:14-18
      • Churches provided for worship and spiritual edification.
        • I Corinthians 16:1-2; 14:26; 11:17-22, 33-34
      • Churches provided for needy Christians.
        • Acts 4:32-35; 6:1-4
        • See a pattern? Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 6:1-3; 11:27-30; Romans 15:25-26; I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 8, 9; I Timothy 5:16, 5
        • Were there no other needy people in Jerusalem – just Christians? There were, but that was outside the scope of the work of the church.
      • Because we have something better to offer!
        • Philippians 1:27 – This is what a church should be doing!
        • I Thessalonians 1:8
        • I Timothy 5:3-5, 16 – Churches are not to be distracted with lesser works. Families are obligated to help their own first.
        • Acts 6:2, 4
        • Individual Christians can and should be engaged in all kinds of good deeds! Luke 10:33-37; James 1:27
        • Jesus Himself helped so many people in both physical and spiritual ways, so why didn’t He authorize churches to help the world in physical ways? John 6:10-14, 24-35, 48-51.  Jesus came to serve a greater purpose than feeding people.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 9, 2015

  • Lesson 5, continued:
    • Benevolence under restricted circumstances, continued:
      • From these passages we learn, continued:
        • When one church sent funds to another church, the funds were delivered to the elders of the church where the need was (Acts 11:27-30).
        • Each sending church selected its own messengers (I Corinthians 16:3; II Corinthians 8:23); no sponsoring church was used in sending the alms.
        • The extent of this help from one church to another was until there was freedom from want. (II Corinthians 8:14)
        • The local church administered relief unto its own needy members within its own framework, no outside organization was built and maintained to administer this relief. No church sent its own needy to another church or to a benevolent society for the administering of relief (Acts 11:27-30; Romans 15:25).
        • As a result of this, thanksgiving went up to God and He was glorified (II Corinthians 9:12) and Jewish brethren in Jerusalem longed for their Gentile brethren (II Corinthians 9:14).
      • Thus, the local church is authorized to use its funds for benevolence under only two conditions:
        • When a local church has destitute members.
        • When another local church has more destitute members than it can relieve.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 2, 2015

  • Lesson 5:
    • Introduction
      • In this lesson we emphasize the importance of understanding and respecting New Testament instructions relative to the functions of a local church.
    • Worship
      • Sing (Colossians 3:16)
      • Pray (Acts 2:42)
      • Study the Word (Acts 20:7)
      • Take the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7)
      • Give into common treasury (I Corinthians 16:1-2)
    • Support the preaching of the word
      • To edify the saved (Acts 20:28, 32)
        • Elders are to feed the flock.
          • Elders should teach, but do not have to do all the teaching themselves. They do oversee all of the teaching, though.
        • The food is the Word of His grace.
        • This will build up.
        • The primary purpose of the local church is for the edifying of its members.
      • To save the lost (Philippians 4:15-16)
    • Benevolence under restricted circumstances (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 6:1-6; 11:27-30; Romans 15:25-31; I Corinthians 16:1-4; II Corinthians 8, 9; I Timothy 5:16)
      • From these passages we learn:
        • Preaching the Word is placed before benevolence (Acts 6:3-4)
        • Benevolent work of the church is under apostolic control (Acts 4:37)
        • The benevolent work of the church is the fruit of Christianity, not to produce it (Romans 15:27)
        • Saints were the objects of church benevolence (said seven times in above passages)
        • The basis of this relief to saints was NEED (II Corinthians 8:13-14)
        • When one church had more needy members than it could relieve, other churches sent alms to enable it to care for its own needy (I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 8, 9)

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 30, 2015

  • All obligations come from relationships.
I Corinthians 15:45-49


Galatians 3:26-27




Humanitarian   Spiritual
Train children – Ephesians 6:1-4


Worship God
Good citizen – I Corinthians 13   Edify the saved
Compassionate   Save the lost
Schools   Benevolence to needy saints – II Corinthians 16:1-4; 8
Civil government   Discipline the unruly/disorderly – II Thessalonians 3:6
Benevolent society   Local church
Worship society   Worship society
Missionary society   Edifying society
Edifying society   Missionary society
    Benevolent society
    Disciplinary society

Until Them and Unto All

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 11, 2015

  • II Corinthians 9:13
  • Romans 15:25-31
  • I Corinthians 16:1
  • II Corinthians 8:1-4
  • In all these verses, the collection was always taken up for the benefit of the saints.
  • II Corinthians 9:1
  • II Corinthians 9:12-14
  • II Corinthians 9:13
    • “All” in this context cannot refer to non-saints:
      • The “all” glorified God; non-saints cannot do that
      • The “all” thanked God for Gentile Christians; non-saints cannot do that
      • The “all” longed for their Gentile brethren; non-saints cannot do that
      • The “all” prayed for Gentile Christians; non-saints cannot do that
    • The inevitable conclusion is that the “all” were the people of the context – Jewish saints in Jerusalem.

Do You Believe God?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 11, 2015

  • Introduction
    • Humanists deny belief in God.
    • Atheists deny belief in God.
    • But I think most folks in this country believe in God.
    • The real question is: Do you believe God?
    • Matthew 7:21-23 – Not all who profess belief in God will be saved.
  • Do you believe God?
    • Relative to what He says about being saved?
    • Relative to what He says about worship? Matthew 26:29
    • Relative to what He said about the work of the church?
      • I Corinthians 11 – assemble to worship
      • Philippians 4:15-16
      • Acts 20:28,32
    • Relative to what He says about the structure of the church?
    • Relative to what He says about assembling to worship and exhort?
    • Relative to what He says about giving into treasury? Judges 5:23
    • Relative to what He says about living a pure life?
      • I Timothy 5:22
      • Ephesians 5:26-27
    • Do you just believe in God or believe God?