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.

By David Watson

Benchley, April 12, 2015

  • John 4:24
  • Worship must be according to God’s truth
    • John 4:19-24
    • Singing – Colossians 3:16
    • Praying – I Corinthians 14:15
    • Preaching – Acts 20:7
    • Collection – I Corinthians 16:2
    • Lord’s Supper – I Corinthians 11:23ff
    • Matthew 15:7
  • Worship must be with the right spirit
    • Luke 18:10-14 – problem: pride
    • Ephesians 5:19 – heart
    • II Corinthians 9:7 – heart, cheerful
    • I Corinthians 11:27-28 – manner, examine self
    • I Corinthians 14:12, 26 – edify others
    • I Corinthians 14:27-30 – humility
    • I Corinthians 14:33,40 – peace, prosperity, and order
  • Both elements must be in place – Malachi 1, 2
  • Clothing
    • “The clothing of the Old Covenant priests was important so ours is too.” – Exodus 28:2,4
    • “You should always wear your best when you worship.”
    • “God looks at the heart (so it doesn’t matter what we wear).” – I Samuel 16:7
      • Matthew 22:11-13
      • Matthew 23:5
    • Does it matter what we wear to a worship assembly?
    • God has not bound any specific clothes for worship, but let’s make sure everything about us reflects the seriousness and importance of the occasion for which we have assembled.
    • James 2:1-4
  • Psalms 95:3-6

Building Foundations, Part 8

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, April 5, 2015

  • Lesson 8: Where to Worship
    • Acts 11:26 – Disciples of Christ were called Christians.
    • Romans 16:16; I Corinthians 1:2; Colossians 4:16; I Thessalonians 1:1; I Timothy 3:15
    • Acts 20:7 – The church met on the first day of the week.
    • Hebrews 10:24-25 – Do not neglect the assembly.
    • I Corinthians 16:1-2 – Collection is to be taken up on the first day of the week.
    • Romans 1:7; 12:1-21
    • I Corinthians 1:10-13
    • I Corinthians 3:4-11 – Our foundation is to be laid in Christ.
    • I Corinthians 5:1-13 – Sinful individuals must be disciplined and purged from the church lest they damage the entire church.
    • I Corinthians 14:4-19 – In the assembly, we should be working to instruct each other.
    • I Timothy 3:1-16 – Qualifications for deacons and overseers.
    • Ephesians 5:1-33 – We must walk in the path God has set out for us.

Building Foundations, Part 7

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, March 29, 2015

  • Lesson 7: Worship
    • Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 8:19; Hebrews 12:28-29 – God is jealous for our worship. There is such a thing as unacceptable worship.
    • Matthew 4:9-10
    • Matthew 15:8-9
    • John 4:23-24 – We must worship in spirit and truth.
    • James 2:1-10 – We are not to show partiality in our dealings with people.
    • I Corinthians 1:2; 11:16-34 – We must be careful to partake of the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner.
    • Acts 20:7-10
    • Ephesians 1:1; 5:17-20 – We are singing to each other as well as to God. We are to submit to each other in an effort to get along and serve God in harmony.
    • I Corinthians 14:15-19
    • I Corinthians 16:1-4 – We are to give on the first day of the week.
    • II Corinthians 9:6-7 – It is a cheerful thing to give to the Lord!

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, November 23, 2014

  • Some have concluded it is a sin to so sing based on two premises:
    • They have concluded that it is a sin to pray to Jesus.
    • They have concluded that a song is a prayer set to music.
    • Both premises are wrong.
  • Jesus is worship worthy.
  • Praying and singing are worship.
  • Therefore, it is right to pray to Him and address worship to Him.
  • There is scriptural authority to address a prayer to Jesus.
    • Satan did – Acts 7:59
    • Paul did – II Corinthians 12:7-10
    • John did – Revelation 22:20
    • John wrote to uninspired people and told them they could pray to Jesus – I John 5:11-14
    • Rational beings in Heaven very praise to Jesus
      • The four and twenty elders – Revelation 5:9
      • Those who had victory over beast – Revelation 15:3
    • Singing is a distinct act from praying
      • One is a prayer and the other is a song.
      • The Bible nowhere equates them.
    • They are inconsistent
      • They will sing “Praise Him! Praise Him!” telling others to praise Him. Then they refuse to sing songs that praise Him.
        • Worthy Art Thou #782
        • My Jesus I Love You #440
        • Fairest Lord Jesus #137
      • They have based their conclusions on their assumption that a couple of scriptures say more than they actually say.
        • John 15:16
        • I Timothy 2:5
        • The question is not, “Is it a sin to sing praise to Jesus,” but rather, “is it a sin to refuse to sing praise to Jesus?”

Sensuality

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 2, 2014

  • I Peter 4:1-5
  • Sensuality is pleasing the body to the detriment of the soul.
  • Repent of sensuality!
    • II Corinthians 12:20-21
    • Ephesians 4:17-24
    • II Corinthians 11:3
    • Genesis 3:6
    • Jude 4
    • Do this: After reading the Scriptures about sensuality, decide you want to bring these passions into check and be pure, then pray to God for forgiveness (Acts 8:22).
  • Replace the fleshly mind with the spiritual mind.
    • Mark 7:20-23
    • Galatians 5:16-25
    • Romans 13:12-14
    • Colossians 3:1-5
    • Do this: Routinely set aside a few minutes for spiritual devotion, thought, meditation, prayer, singing, and reading.
  • In worship, be passionate about spiritual truths, not just the externals.
    • Exodus 32:3-6,19
    • Numbers 25:1-2
    • Amos 2:7-8
    • II Peter 2:1-19
    • I Corinthians 11:23-34
    • Colossians 3:16
    • Ephesians 5:19
    • Do this: When you worship, look for meaning and emotion in the spiritual truths involved, not external gimmicks.
  • Enjoy the pleasures that are right to enjoy!
    • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; 11:9-12:1
    • Hebrews 13:14
    • Song of Solomon 7:6
    • Proverbs 5:18
    • Do this: Find and enjoy the temporary blessings God has given us!

Worship That Pleases God

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By George Slover

Benchley, October 13, 2014

  • Psalm 96:1-10
  • True worship – John 4:23-24
  • Nadab and Abihu – Leviticus 10:1-3
    • Who are they?
      • Sons of Aaron – Leviticus 10:1
      • Saw God’s holiness – Leviticus 8:33-9:4
    • Why was this so important?
      • God commanded it – Leviticus 8:34-35
      • God is holy – Exodus 24:1-11; Leviticus 9:22-24
    • God had not commanded – Leviticus 10:1-2
    • Drawing near to God – Leviticus 10:3
    • Vain worship – Matthew 15:8-9
    • I Timothy 4:1 – “some shall depart from the faith”
      • 120 AD – Holy water
      • 140 AD – Lent, special days
      • 360 AD – Christmas observed as a religious holiday
      • 416 AD – Infant baptism
      • 428 AD – Idolatry, praying to statues
      • 451 AD – Worship of Mary
      • 670 AD – Instrumental music
  • Simple NT worship
    • Prayed together – Acts 2:42; 4:24-30; I Corinthians 14:16
    • Broke bread together – Acts 2:42; 20:7; I Corinthians 11:23-29
    • Listened to God’s word – Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 14:2-3
    • Gave gifts bountifully – I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 9:6
    • Sang together – I Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
  • God is worthy! – Hebrews 13:15