Weekly Bible Studies
Walk Through the Bible
Matthew 5:13 (1/10/19)
Ten Aspects of SALT • January 10, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* Ten aspects of SALT: * 1) Sustains - put it on a steak and it preserves the steak. * 2) Seasons - it brings out the natural flavors of what it’s applied to. * 3) Startles - smelling salts wakes up the unconscious person. * 4) Sanitizes - gargle with lukewarm salt water when you have a sore throat. * 5) Stings - when it’s cleaning it burns. * 6) Sacrifices - it gives its life for what it’s applied to. * 7) Scatters - salt isn’t meant to be put into a pile. * 8) Small - you never just use one crystal of salt - you need a lot of them. * 9) Strengthens - hikers bring salt tablets to give them strength for a long journey. * 10) Melts Slugs - put salt on a slug and watch what happens. * How do we lose our saltiness? By not being willing to give up everything for Christ. See Luke 14:33-34
Genesis 9:6 (1/10/19)
Civil Government • January 10, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* God had just given Noah instructions that he could eat animals, but he gave rules regarding it (don’t eat with the blood - vs 3-6). * God gave him rules on personal government before civil government. * One of the first blessings God gave to man was to involve him in the process of bringing life into the world. * After God reset the world by the Flood, God involved man in the process of removing life from the world. * Why? * So that people would honor life (murder was rampant before the flood). * Killing a human was a denial of the image of God and did violence to God Himself. * How would they remove life? * Through civil government. * Government is made for the orderly conduct of man in a fallen world. * It’s role is to punish those who do evil and praise those who do good (1 Peter 2:14). * Why government? To protect life. * God initiated government with a man who had a righteous heart (Proverbs 29:2). * It was Noah’s responsibility to pass government down so everyone would know it’s role. * Personal government is the foundation for civil government. * Moses simply codified civil government.
Genesis 9:20-21 (1/10/19)
A Tale of Two Noahs • January 10, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* While Noah was cooped up on the boat he was fully at the mercy of God. * Now that he was on dry ground he could get to work. * And the fruit of his labor proved very profitable. * He was a smashing success. * He went from the captain of a ship to successful businessman. * How did he respond to this success? * Indulgence! * He gorged himself on the fruits of his labor. * He should have remembered it was God who made him successful - God put the principles of growth in place, Noah just did his part. * This would’ve ended in Noah building another altar of gratitude! * vs 22-23 - His indulgence put his son Ham in the way of his weakness (although God was going to deal with Ham anyway). * When your work is rewarded with profit, how do you respond? * It will reveal the condition of your heart.
Genesis 11:1-4 (1/10/19)
Building Materials • January 10, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* The people who built the tower had to do it with brick and mortar. * The reason was because no stones were available in that big open plain. * Their plan required them to use materials they cleverly crafted themselves. * They couldn’t build with what God provided. * The Temple, years later, was built of stone. * They weren’t supposed to be building that tower, so God wouldn’t make it easy for them to build it. * They had to get strategic on how to do it. * KEY - when God wants you to do something He’ll provide the plan and the products. * If it’s our own plan we’ll have to scheme our way into making it happen. * Faith is living without scheming.
Genesis 11:8 (1/10/19)
Communication • January 10, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* vs 5-6 - The initiative they had begun with a unified heart was extremely successful. * But it was against God’s plan, so He had to break it up. * How? * vs 7-8 - By causing a breakdown in communication. * God knew exactly what would disrupt their unity and knock them off course. * This gives us a clue of what we need to focus on to keep us on the right course - good communication. * ** Good communication starts with understanding that God brought you together (in marriage or any other relationship). * If you don’t start here you’ll abandon each other when the going gets tough. * These folks abandoned each other when they couldn’t understand each other. * ** You then need to understand you’re wired differently (especially in marriage). * God did this on purpose so you would recognize you need each other. * You then need to seek to understand the person (your spouse) in the same way the church is responsible to seek to know Christ. * Why? Because your marriage is simply a reflection of His. * Communication is hard work, but rewarding work and will keep us unified!
Genesis 18:16-23 (1/10/19)
Intercession • January 10, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* This is the first mention of intercession in the Bible (law of first mention). * God had just got done telling Abe and Sarah they would have a son in their old age. * As God left He looked toward Sodom and revealed His plan to Abe. * But God only told him He was going down there, not about destroying the city. * Intercession is standing on behalf of a person or people with an intent to restore that them to God. * Two Keys to intercession: * 1) Know the character of God - He’s Holy & Merciful. * Abe knew God was a God of justice and wouldn’t tolerate Sodom’s sin. * But he also knew He’s a good Father who has emotions for His kids. * He can be moved by our requests (Job). * This brings a good balance of fear and faith. * LOGOS - know what God has already revealed about Himself. * 2) Seek to discover the heart of the Lord (ask Him for discernment). * God will give you specific downloads about people so you can intercede. * KEY - Abe couldn’t have interceded unless God first revealed His plan. * RHEMA - God gives specific words in specific situations. * * The more we seek God in Scripture (LOGOS) the more the Holy Spirit will reveal to us (RHEMA). * But it’s for one reason only - intercession! * Note - if you’re blessed with the gift of discernment it’s not so you can get bitter toward people but so that you can intercede for them.
The Story of the Book • January 6, 2019 • Benham Brothers
NEW BEGINNINGS - a message of encouragement from God to His kids (the Jews and Jesus) about the new phase of life in which they were about to embark * God to the Israelites: * The Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land. * What message would God have for them? * God downloaded five books into Moses, one of them went back to the beginning - Genesis. * The Jews needed this book to create a solid foundation for their new life. * Many scholars believe that the Israelites fled Egypt around 1450-1440 BC. * They also believe Moses wrote Genesis around 1400 BC. * KEY - Whatever God forms He fills. * But there’s an order to how He does it: * Illumination - Separation - Habitation. * He did this with all of creation - the earth first and then mankind. * Gen 1:1-2 - He created the heavens and the earth. * But the earth was FORMLESS - God needed to FORM it. * The earth was VOID - He needed to FILL it. * The Six Days of Creation are all about Him forming and filling. * 1) ILLUMINATION: Gen 1:3 * 2) SEPARATION: Gen 1:4-9 * * light from darkness * * waters below from waters above * * land from water * Illumination and separation prepared the way for habitation. * 3) HABITATION: * vs 10-31 - Vegetation, Animals, Humans. Day 1 - Heavens and the earth (nothing but water) - He lit it up and split it up! Day 2 - Sky - He separated the waters above and below Day 3 - Land - He separated the water from the dirt - vegetation was a part of this Day 4 - Stars - Gen 1:14-18 - Before habitation he had to create government so people could keep things separate. Day 5 - Fish Day 6 - Animals & Man * EXAMPLE - ADAM: God did with Adam what He did with the earth. * vs 2:19-20 - ILLUMINATION - no helper was “found” - he was looking. * vs 2:21 - SEPARATION - feminine was removed from masculine. * vs 2:22-25 - HABITATION - and they lived happily ever after. * FLOOD - when God brought the flood He set the earth back to its original form (full of water) - He removed Separation. (Genesis 7:21) * APPLICATION: Illumination - Separation - Habitation * 1) Walk in the light. Spend time with God in prayer and the Word. * 2) Stay separate from the world. “Be holy for I am holy.” * 3) When we walk in the light and remain separate we live in God and He lives in us.
Matthew 3:16-4:1 (1/6/19)
The Foundation of Relationship • January 6, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* Jesus was about to begin His ministry, so what would His dad say to Him? * Matthew 3:16-17 - God spoke three words of life into His Son: * 1) You are mine - “This is My Son” * Kids need to hear parents say “that’s my boy!” “That’s my girl!” * This phrase communicates security (I will take care of you), identity (you are a Benham), and acceptance (you belong to me). * 2) I love you - “Whom I love” * Kids need to know our love is unconditional. * Love is compassion with standards. * Rules without relationship leads to rebellion. * Relationship without rules leads to rejection. * 3) I am pleased with you - “With Whom I am well pleased” * This phrase communicates favor - “I like you. Your behavior pleases me.” * I’ve told my kids before, “If I were your age we’d totally hang out.” * Love is unconditional, but favor is conditioned on our obedience. * What had Jesus done up to this point that His Dad was so pleased with? * He was faithful in a blue-collar world! * BUT THEN… * Matthew 4:1 - Love that is not tested is love that won’t last. * Satan attacked Christ’s relationship with His dad. * The first two temptations (vs 3 & 6) challenge what God had just told Jesus. * The third temptation (vs 9) Satan pulls the gloves off and just goes for it. * KEY - When you withstand Satan’s attacks you’ll end up seeing him for who he is. * Jesus went in “full of the Holy Spirit” but He walked out in the “power” of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1 & 14).
How to set and accomplish your goals • January 2, 2019 • Benham Brothers
A dream written down is a goal. A goal broken down is a plan. A plan acted upon leads to profit (Proverbs 16:9). You cannot accomplish your goals apart from discipline and diligence. You cannot maintain discipline without knowing WHY you have the goal in the first place. Seven Keys to creating goals: 1) Establish Long Term and Short Term Goals - a long term goal is what you want to accomplish or become in 5 years, 10 years, lifetime. Short term goals are the ones that are measurable and include more of your day-to-day activities. 2) KISS - keep it simple stupid! When you start thinking of all the things you want to accomplish you'll end up writing a book. Refine this down to one or two points for each category. 3) Categorize - you can split them up however you want. Financial, Personal, Business, Spiritual, etc (you can have one or two sub-categories under these as well). It doesn't matter what categories you use - just do something that helps you keep track. 4) Write them down - that's what your Memo App is for! Put it on your PDA and carry them with you everywhere. 5) Measure them - every quarter take inventory and then write a date beside the ones you've accomplished. You have to put goals that can be measured - don't just put "Become a better husband." Instead, put "One date night a week" or something like that. 6) Refine - take inventory to see if you need to change a goal. There's nothing wrong with that. We plan our way but God determines our course, so sometimes you'll end up on a different course which makes your previous goal moot. 7) Pray over them daily - at the bottom of my goals list I put Proverbs 16:3 - "Commit your way to the Lord and your plans will succeed." The beauty of this is that when you're walking with the Lord He will give you the plans He wants you to follow - so just make a plan and stick to it. He'll change them when/if He sees fit. Either way, your/His plans will succeed.