Why Serve God?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 11, 2017

  • Acts 17:24-31
  • Introduction
    • Matthew 4:10
    • Why does God desire for man to worship Him? Does God have a need or does man have a need?
    • Serving God is for man’s benefit.
  • God needs nothing seeing that He gives all things to man.
  • Physically, we cannot get along without God. Matthew 5:44
  • Spiritually, we cannot get along without God. Romans 1:16; Ephesians 1:7
  • God wants us to serve Him for His glory. But whether we worship Him or not, He will have His glory.
    • Psalms 148:1-13
  • Most “innovations” that have come into the church have arisen as a result of man trying to help God out.
    • Compare Genesis 12. Sarah thought God needed her help.
    • Alexander Campbell made the same mistake in starting the Christian Missionary Society in 1849.
    • Again, the same mistake was made in 1869 with the introduction of instrumental music.
    • We cannot go beyond God’s word and try to help. We will not be successful.
  • Whatever God commands us to do is for our benefit.
    • Judges 5:23 – Meroz cursed for not carrying out God’s will.
    • Why does God want us to sin? To worship and encourage each other.
    • Why does God want us to give on the first day of the week? For our benefit.
  • When we serve God, the benefit is ours.

Houses of Salvation

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 26, 2017

  • Exodus 20:24 – It is very important where God has recorded His name.
  • Places where God has recorded His name
    • One ark
      • Genesis 6-7
      • II Peter 1:5
      • Everyone outside the ark perished.
      • Only those in the ark were acceptable to God.
    • One tabernacle
      • Leviticus 17:1-9
      • This was where men had to worship for God to bless them.
      • This shows the respect God demands for the place of worship He chooses.
    • One house for Rahab’s family
      • Joshua 6
    • One temple
      • I Kings 9:1-3
      • Deuteronomy 12:5-14
      • Deuteronomy 14:24-26
    • One church
      • Matthew 16:18
      • II Samuel 7:12
      • Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:6 – There is one
      • Acts 20:28 – The church belongs to the Lord.
      • Ephesians 5:23
      • Hebrews 8:6
    • In Christ, His body, His church, there is:
      • Triumph
      • Reconciliation – Ephesians 2:14-16
      • John 1:1-4 – Life and light
      • Completeness
      • Sonship
      • Ephesians 1:3 – all spiritual blessings
    • Exodus 20:24

 

Christmas

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Acts 17:10
  • We should only engage in authorized worship.
    • John 4:24
    • II John 9
    • Genesis 4:3-5
      • Hebrews 11:4
      • Romans 10:17
    • Golden calf – Exodus 32:5
    • Leviticus 10:1-2
    • I Kings 12:28, 32
  • Christmas is not authorized as a religious observance in the Bible.
    • It wasn’t until the 4th century that the birth of Jesus became associated with December 25.
  • We may engage in cultural practices that do not involve unauthorized worship.
    • Circumcision
      • Galatians 5:1-6; 2:3-5
      • Acts 16:3; 15:1-2
      • Okay, but not as a religious practice.
    • If there is some practice rooted in religion, and which some people still practice religiously, I can observe it secularly.
    • Two people may observe the same basic practice, but one is right and one is not because of their intent.
    • Eating of meats
      • I Corinthians 8:1-8
      • I Corinthians 10:14-27
      • Okay, but not when connected to idols.
  • Some of us will disagree on how we should engage with customs of the world.
    • Can we say “Christmas” (Christ Mass)?
      • Baal could mean husband. Proverbs 31:11
      • “Twin Brothers” (Acts 28:11)
      • Hanukkah (John 10:22-23)
    • Can I rest on Saturday without observing the Sabbath as a religious practice as Seventh Day Adventists do?
    • Can I eat fish on Fridays without it being a religious practice?
  • Don’t do anything that would violate your conscience.
    • Romans 14:14, 22-23
  • Don’t put a stumbling block in front of others.
    • Romans 14:1-6, 13-15, 21
    • I Corinthians 8:9-13
    • I Corinthians 10:27-31
  • Specific questions:
    • Star on tree
    • Gifts
    • Songs/carols about Christ

Godly Families, Part 17

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Train children to love God (continued):
    • We must instill the proper motivation (continued):
      • Genesis 39:9
      • What’s wrong with just raising our kids to know that if they misbehave, they’ll be punished?
    • Love God yourself!
      • Parents should set the example. Proverbs 20:7; Matthew 7:5; II Timothy 1:5
      • Let us be as noble in our parenting as Jesus was in his leadership. Hebrews 4:15; I Peter 2:21
      • Deuteronomy 6:5-7 – This is directed to parents!
    • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to love God.
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Care deeply about pleasing God (conscience) Genesis 39:9; II Corinthians 1:12; Acts 9:9 Worship 7 days a week; plan careers, recreation, schedules around God Family discussions and priorities rarely center on God; God is a Sunday topic “It’s okay – I won’t get caught.”
Pray without ceasing Romans 12:12; I Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:13-18; Matthew 6:5-7 Pray sincerely; more than at meals (like when something happens); pray topically. Praying only when in trouble.  Meaningless repetition. Praying in vain, not meaning what you say or useless repetition.  Never praying; making prayer a joke.
Repent when wrong Acts 26:20; Matthew 12:41; Jonah 3:8-10 Openly repent when you have wronged others (especially kids). Holding out for someone else to initiate.  No self-evaluation & self-awareness. Not really apologizing or not admitting guilt in the first place.  Insincerity.
Joyfully worship and praise God John 4:23-24; Colossians 3:16; Psalm 100; 122; Philippians 4:4; Acts 16:25 Be happy to go to worship.  Encourage the same in children.  Worship outside the assembly. Worshiping out of necessity.  Daydreaming; too many toys; trained not to participate. Not being joyful.  Not focusing in worship.   Indifferent; complaining.

Worship

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By Drew Nelson

Benchley, October 16, 2016

  • Reminders
    • The New Testament shows us the pattern of worship.
    • Hebrews 10:23-25 – You want to assemble to worship as much as possible.
    • Worship can be a much bigger concept than just assembling on Sunday.
  • A picture of heavenly worship
    • Revelation 4:1-5:14
    • Worship means to recognize the worth of something.
  • Pictures of vain worship
    • Having the wrong object of worship
      • Isaiah 44:9-20
    • Substituting worship for obedience
      • Isaiah 1:11-15
    • Flaunting God’s commands for worship
      • Leviticus 10:1-3 – Nadab and Abihu are killed for worshiping incorrectly
  • We need worship
    • Worship makes us look up from our navel.
    • You become like what you worship.

Why Do You Worship?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 17, 2016

  • Introduction
    • John 4:24
  • Why do you sing?
    • Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
    • We sing to praise God and glorify Him because of the redemption He has brought us through Jesus.
    • Colossians 3:15-16
  • Why do you pray?
    • I Thessalonians 5:17 – Because we are commanded to by God.
    • I John 5:15 – To petition God.
    • Colossians 4:2 – To thank Him for our blessings.
    • I John 1:9 – To confess our sins so we may be forgiven.
    • I Peter 3:12
    • The underlying reason for prayer is to thank Him for the blessing of salvation.
  • Why do you listen to teaching?
    • Acts 20:7
    • Hebrews 10:24-25 – To exhort one another to love and good works.
    • Colossians 3:16
    • II Peter 1:8
    • Acts 20:28, 32
  • Why do you give?
    • So the work of the local church can be done.
    • I Corinthians 16:1-2
    • II Corinthians 9:7; 8:7
  • Why do you partake of the Lord’s Supper?
    • To thank God for the body and blood of Jesus that allows us to be saved.
    • I Corinthians 11:24-26
    • I Corinthians 10:16
  • Why do you live?
    • To glorify God!
    • I Corinthians 10:31
    • Ephesians 3:21
    • John 17:1
    • We are saved to glorify God.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 30, 2015

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

GOD

Galatians 3:26-27

Adam

 

Christ

Humanitarian   Spiritual
Train children – Ephesians 6:1-4

Man

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

By David Watson

Benchley, August 2, 2015

  • John 4:23-24
  • Worship should be an overflow of one’s feelings toward God.
    • Jeremiah 20:9
    • Luke 17:15-16
    • Romans 1:20
    • When we consider the greatness of God and all that He has created and done for us, how can we fail to want to worship Him?
    • Hebrews 9:1
    • I Corinthians 16:2
    • Colossians 3:16
    • I Corinthians 11:26
    • Acts 20:7; 12:5
    • Matthew 14:32-33; 28:8-9 – Jesus walked on the water and received worship.
    • Luke 24:50-53
    • John 9:35-38
    • Matthew 4:10
    • Revelation 22:8-9
    • Acts 10:4
    • Hebrews 9:11-12; 10:12
  • Worship should emanate from a righteous, spiritual life.
    • Malachi 2:13-14
    • I Peter 3:7
    • Romans 1:25-29
    • Matthew 15:4-9

 

True Worship of God

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By John Lasater

Benchley, May 24, 2015

  • I Kings 12:24-33 – Jeroboam devises his own way of worshiping by leads the people into idolatry.
    • Many Israelites believed they could worship the one true God through the golden calf. Many people still believe God can be worshipped this way through bowing down to images of the cross or other things.
  • I Corinthians 10:11
  • Genesis 4:3-7
  • Hebrews 11:4 – Abel offered worship by faith – not by guess!
  • Leviticus 10:1 – Nadab and Abihu sinned in how they worshipped.
  • John 4:20-22 – The Samaritans were still practicing Jeroboam’s sins.
  • It matters how we worship God!
  • I Corinthians 14:14-15 – Our worship must be with spirit and understanding.
  • Ephesians 5:19
  • Colossians 3:16

Hold to the Traditions

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By Jacob Hudgins

Benchley, April 28, 2015

  • Divine traditions
    • I Corinthians 11:2
    • I Corinthians 11:23-26
    • I Corinthians 15:1-5 – Paul was a conduit for the word of God.
    • Galatians 1:11-12 – Paul was delivering a revelation from Jesus.
    • Galatians 5:8 – The Galatians had started following something that was not from Jesus.
    • Romans 6:17
    • I Thessalonians 4:1
    • II Thessalonians 2:13
    • II Thessalonians 3:16
    • It is good to follow traditions of divine origin. We must be careful to not let our manmade traditions supersede divine traditions.
    • I Corinthians 14:33-37 – This is true in all the churches. This is God’s will.  It is a divine tradition that the Corinthians were not exempt from.
    • I Corinthians 4:17
  • Four approaches:
    • Ignore the traditions
      • “The Bible is a book of wisdom or fables, but not something to live by.”
      • Churched made up of people like this don’t resemble the churches of the Bible.
    • Update the traditions
      • “The traditions need to be updated for modern times. Teaching about homosexuality, divorce, women’s roles, etc. have to be updated to fit the times.”
      • A church of people with these beliefs is interested in marketing itself to be pleasing to the most people.
    • Respect the traditions
      • “Traditions need to be respected, but not necessarily followed.”
    • Hold to the traditions
      • “If I don’t agree with the traditions, I am wrong. If society does not agree with the traditions, society is wrong.”
      • It is the job of the church to spread and preserve the divine traditions.