By Tant Miller

Benchley, September 10, 2017

  • II Peter 1:3
  • Godliness
    • I Timothy 4:7-8
    • II Peter 3:9-11
    • Philippians 1:27
    • We must have the correct attitude in worship.
    • I Timothy 3:15
  • The purpose of the church is to glorify God.
    • Ephesians 3:21
    • John 4:24
  • The five items of worship:
    • Sing – Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
    • Pray – Acts 2:42; I Thessalonians 5:25
    • Lord’s Supper – I Corinthians 10:16; I Corinthians 11:26; Acts 20:7
    • Give – I Corinthians 16:1-2; II Corinthians 9:7
    • Study – Acts 2:42; II Timothy 2:15
  • How to worship – Luke 22:19; II Corinthians 9:7; II Timothy 2:15
  • Work of the church
    • I Thessalonians 1:8
    • II Timothy 4:2
    • Acts 11:29
  • Reverence for God
    • Psalms 89:7; 90:2; 95:6; Hebrews 10:31; 12:28-29
    • Reverence is not merely:
      • Respect
      • Being quiet
      • Participating in worship
    • Job 1:1; Psalms 128:1; Ecclesiastes 8:12-13
    • Ecclesiastes 5:2-3
    • Psalms 111:9; Matthew 4:10; Habakkuk 2:20
    • We must reverence God’s word. Isaiah 66:2; Ezra 9:4; John 12:48
    • Deuteronomy 6:13; Matthew 4:10; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 11:22
    • The love of God requires reverence. Mark 12:30-31
  • Our love for God
    • Matthew 22:37; Titus 2:4; Ephesians 5:25
    • Romans 5:6-8
    • I John 4:19; John 3:16
    • I John 3:16; 4:9-19 – God first loved us.
    • John 10:10; Ephesians 5:1-2
    • Romans 5:6-8
    • John 15:13
    • II Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:5-8
    • How can we fail to reciprocate such love?
    • John 21:16
    • Luke 22:33
    • I John 5:3
    • Matthew 5:39
  • Obedience
    • I John 5:3
    • John 14:15, 21-24
    • I John 2:3-5
    • Malachi 1:13
    • Psalms 122:1; 27:4
    • Ephesians 2:22; I Peter 2:5
    • When we worship, we are in His presence. Matthew 26:39; 18:20
    • When we worship, we are aware of things beyond our sight. John 4:24
    • Psalms 89:7
    • Ephesians 5:19
    • Hebrews 10:22
    • Hebrews 13:15
    • Our attitude makes us dependable to assemble.
      • I Corinthians 5:4
      • I Peter 3:12
      • Psalms 100:1-3
      • I John 3:1
      • On Jesus’ account: Romans 4:25; Matthew 18:12-14
      • On the saints’ account: Hebrews 10:24-25; I Corinthians 12:12-14, 22
      • On our own account: Ephesians 3:16
      • Matthew 6:33
    • Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12
    • Matthew 6:6; Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 11:26, 29
    • I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:7
    • Ephesians 6:18-20
    • Hebrews 13:18
  • Luke 8:18
  • Matthew 13:15-16
  • Luke 8:15
  • Psalms 1:1-2
  • I Timothy 4:15
  • I Corinthians 10:31
  • We have a soul to save! Matthew 16:26
  • We have friends to influence! Matthew 5:16
  • We have Hell to avoid! Matthew 25:41; Romans 2:7-9
  • II Thessalonians 1:7-9
  • I Peter 1:3-4
  • Romans 14:12
  • John 4:24
  • Revelation 22:12
  • II Peter 3:9-14, 17
  • II Timothy 3:16-17
  • Genesis 6:9
  • Acts 3:22-23
  • II Peter 1:1
  • Romans 10:17

Hurricane Relief

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 3, 2017

  • Matthew 22:36
  • Loving our neighbors: helping those in need
    • Matthew 5:38-42
    • Luke 14:12-14; 10:27-37 – Make sure you are helping with the right motive. Do not help just to be seen by others, although sometimes others may see your good works and glorify God.
    • Acts 10:1-4; James 1:27
    • I Timothy 6:17-19
    • “Nobody gets to Heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.” – James Forbes
  • Loving God: following His plan for benevolence
    • The Bible makes a distinction between individual action and church action. I Timothy 5:16
      • An individual may help through money (Luke 10:35; Acts 10:4)
      • An individual may help through action (Luke 10:34; James 1:27)
      • A church can help its own needy members (Acts 4:32-35).
      • A church can send money to another church so that it can help its own needy members (I Corinthians 16:1-4).
      • But a church does not have authority to offer benevolence to the general public.
        • Acts 11:27-30
      • Also, a church cannot reorganize.
    • The wisdom of God’s plan
      • Philippians 1:27
      • John 6:34-35

Psalms, Part 7

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 3, 2017

  • Psalms 35-40
  • Psalms 37:25 – Sometimes the righteous are left destitute for reasons beyond their control. However, God has a plan to help those who find themselves in this position through the church. If we trust in God’s arrangements and carry out his commands, those in need will be provided for.
  • Psalms 40:6-8 – This is a Messianic prophecy. Hebrews 10:5-10 quotes this and applies it to Christ.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 20, 2017

  • The primary argument against Bible classes is that there is no direct Biblical example for them. This is true, but examples are not the only way we learn what a church is authorized to do.
Authority General Specific Specific Expedient Addition
I Corinthians 11:24-25 (Lord’s Supper) Take His Supper Saint Container / hour (I Corinthians 14:16) Different supper / sinner
Genesis 6:4 Build Ark Noah How obtained / bound Different boat / builder
I Timothy 5:16 Relieve Widows indeed Local church Buy / rent Different widow / organization
Philippians 4:15-16 Collective support Teacher of the Word Local church Dollars / house Different teacher / organization
Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:2 Feed The flock among you Local church Gospel meeting / Bible classes Different flock / organization

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.