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?

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 21, 2014

  • It would lead him to believe:
    • That God is – Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16
    • That the Word became flesh and lived on Earth as man – John 1:1,14; Philippians 2:6; Matthew 1:21; Romans 1:16; John 14:26; 16:13; Matthew 18:18
    • That Jesus built His church – Matthew 16:19; Acts 20:28
      • There is only one saved relationship – Galatians 1:6-11
    • What Christ requires a church to be – II Peter 1:3; II Timothy 3:16-17
      • Acts 2:47 – The Lord adds to the church those who are saved.
      • The church is made up of saints, elders (or bishops), and deacons
      • In worship
      • In function
      • In structure
      • In how to live – I Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 6:33; I John 2:15-16
    • The end result of life – Matthew 25:46

By David Watson

Benchley, August 20, 2014


  • I Timothy 5:16-22
  • I Timothy 5:17 – The two honors are respect and pay for their work. I Thessalonians 5:12; Matthew 10:9-10; Luke 7:10; I Corinthians 9:9


By David Watson

Benchley, July 23, 2014


  • I Timothy 4:6-5:16
  • I Timothy 5:1 – This is referring to older men in general, not those who hold the office of an elder. Older men should be shown the proper respect.
  • I Timothy 5:3-16 – Care for needy widows. The church may care for those who are truly widows, are old enough, are faithful, and have no one else to care for them.
    • I Timothy 5:3 – See Matthew 15:4. “Honor” can include money.
    • I Timothy 5:4 – Widows with children or grandchildren should be cared for by their family.
    • I Timothy 5:8 – Take care of your relatives, especially your immediate family.
    • I Timothy 5:9-10 – A widow must be faithful and of a certain age in order for the church to care for her.
      • Is this the “widow indeed” from I Timothy 5:3,5,16?
      • What does it mean to be “put on the list”? The context is of material support.


Sufficiency of God’s Plan

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 25, 2014


  • Ephesians 3:11
  • Jesus, a sufficient savior
    • Perfect life – Hebrews 4:15
    • Perfect sacrifice – Hebrews 10:1-10
    • Perfect high priest – Hebrews 7:25
  • Holy Spirit, a sufficient revelator
    • John 14:26; 16:13
    • Only gospel – Galatians 1:6-8
    • Once delivered – Jude 3
    • All the man of God needs for His work – II Timothy 3:16-17
  • Local church, a sufficient structure
    • Worship – I Corinthians 11:20; 14:23; Acts 20:7
    • Spiritual work – I Corinthians 9:7-14; Acts 20:28,32; I Corinthians 5:1-5
    • Organization – Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:1-3


By David Watson

Benchley, January 19, 2014


  • The social gospel
    • I Corinthians 1:2; I Thessalonians 1:1
  • What is the Social Gospel?
    • The Social Gospel is a religious movement which began in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The main idea is that Christians and churches should focus on curing the social problems of the world, such as poverty, disease, and hunger. Religious leaders back then saw this as the practical application of Christianity, and many even believed that Christ would not return until people had cleaned up society.
    • There were a number of influential books that helped to inspire the Social Gospel movement
      • Charles M. Sheldon wrote In His Steps in 1897, which is the origin of the question, “What would Jesus do?”
      • Walter Rauschenbusch wrote Christianity and the Social Crisis in 1907, which became another classic book and impetus in the Social Gospel movement. He argued that sin did not just apply to individuals, but to society as a whole.
  • What should we think about the Social Gospel?
    • The idea of helping others is good.
      • It is certainly true that we ought to help our fellow human beings any way we can.
        • Loe your neighbor as yourself” is the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:39)!
        • We ought to mimic the good Samaritan (Luke 10:37).
        • We must visit orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27).
      • However, is this all that the Gospel is about? Is it even primarily what the gospel is about?
    • It emphasizes the wrong thing
      • Matthew 16:25-26 – the emphasis is on spiritual nourishment, not creating a utopia on earth
      • Why did Jesus come to earth? Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10; John 1:29; I Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 9:26. The priority was the saving of souls.
      • Contrast this to the movement of the past century, in which emphasis is given to improving this world to the neglect of preparing for eternity.
      • The problem with the Social Gospel is not that it urges people to help others. It’s that is emphasizes the physical over the spiritual.
      • Scripture gives us the proper emphasis
        • Matthew 6:19-21.
        • Philippians 3:20 – “our citizenship is in heaven”
        • Our “hope” is laid up in “heaven” (Colossians 1:5)
        • Our inheritance is “imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away,” and it’s not here on this earth – it’s “reserved in heaven” (I Peter 4:5)
    • Is “passes the buck” regarding sin
      • A core problem with the Social Gospel worldview is that personal accountability is minimized.
      • One underlying belief which led to the movement was that people would/could not overcome sin while they were beset by the problems of an unjust society.
      • Jesus and the apostles lived in one of the most corrupt societies in the world, and yet they did not follow a Social Gospel.
        • Matthew 22:19-21. However unfair the tax burden may have been, the priority of Jesus was not tax reform.
        • Acts 5:40-42; Matthew 28:19
        • Acts 8:1-5
      • The Bible teaches us to serve God regardless of our station in life, or of the condition of the world.