Giving

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 10, 2017

  • How to give?
    • Willingly (II Corinthians 8:12)
    • Bountifully (II Corinthians 9:6)
    • Cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7)
    • Not grudgingly (II Corinthians 9:7)
    • Not of necessity (pressure) (II Corinthians 9:7)
  • Why give? To fill a need!
    • To provide things for assembly worship (Hebrews 10:24-25)
    • To provide for edification (Acts 20:28, 32)
    • To provide for evangelism (Philippians 4:15-16)
    • To provide for relief of certain needy saints (Acts 4:32-35)
    • If there is a benevolent need, saints are to give to fill that need.
    • There is a continuing need to provide a place for worship.
    • There is a continuing need to support preaching of the gospel to edify and save the lost.
    • Thus, there is a continuing need to give.
  • How much?
  • How is a church to raise funds with which to do its work?
    • There is authority for a church to raise funds with which to do its work by its members giving into a common fund on the first day of the week. There is no authority for a church to purpose to raise funds ANY other way to do ANY work God has given it to do.
  • Church funds
    • How raised?
      • Given by members
      • On first day of week
    • How used?
      • Provide for assembly
      • Provide for edification
      • Provide for evangelism
      • Provide for relief of needy saints

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 19, 2017

  • I Timothy 4:13 – Timothy was told to give attention to reading, to exhortation, to teaching.
  • Titus was told to preach the word. Titus 3:15
    • Titus was told to preach the authoritative word of God.
  • The church at Corinth assembled to study the Word. I Corinthians 14:23-25.
  • In the Lord’s Supper assembly, Paul preached the Word. Acts 20:7
  • Thus, preaching is a very important part of the local church.
  • The preacher:
    • Speak words that become sound doctrine. Titus 2:1
    • Speak so as to be understood. I Corinthians 14:19
    • Speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
    • Speak with all authority. Titus 2:15
  • The listener:
    • Take head how you hear. Luke 8:18
    • Take heed what you hear. Acts 17:11
    • Be sure the Word is mixed with faith. Hebrews 4:2
    • Control your thinking – do not let your mind wander.
    • Uphold, do not apologize for the truth that was taught.
    • Put the word to use in your life. James 1:22-25

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

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