Benson First Assembly https://bensonfirst.com Declaring the Finished Work of Jesus Christ Sun, 02 Dec 2018 02:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 On To Maturity ~ Part 5 https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-5/ https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-5/#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2018 01:48:23 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6856 One of the true marks of maturity is love – the apostle Paul encourages that above all we are to put on love. This is to be truly clothed in Christ when we allow His nature to be seen through us, His children. This can never be done in our own strength, but is the outflow of the Holy Spirit within … “by this shall they know you are My disciples” …!

 

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Consider How To Encourage One Another ~ Jim Eldred https://bensonfirst.com/consider-how-to-encourage-one-another-jim-eldred/ https://bensonfirst.com/consider-how-to-encourage-one-another-jim-eldred/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:25:14 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6851 Hebrews 10:24 says “Let us consider how we may encourage one another on toward love and good deeds.” Let is a word that denotes a choice on our part and consider means to contemplate or think over. May we allow the Holy Spirit to show us how to encourage one another in God’s love. His love is selfless and is in fact our true nature in Christ. So to accomplish this we simply must live as who we truly are in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit!

 

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On To Maturity ~ Part 4 https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-4/ https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-4/#respond Sat, 03 Nov 2018 18:31:10 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6847 Maturity comes from seeing Jesus and seeing who we are in Him. We need to realize that we have been chosen by Him – He picked us! And He calls us holy and beloved because of our wonderful union with Him. We are each set apart for Him and loved with an everlasting, unchanging love. Jesus really does love and accept you!

 

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Grace in the Wilderness https://bensonfirst.com/grace-in-the-wilderness/ https://bensonfirst.com/grace-in-the-wilderness/#respond Sun, 21 Oct 2018 17:19:52 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6842 As believers, we are seated in heavenly places in Christ – that’s our reality! Unfortunately, there are times we may feel like we are wandering aimlessly in the wilderness – this is a false perception! So what is our hope? Jesus gives grace to the wilderness mindset and shows us our true reality in Him. If you feel like you are wandering may you discover GRACE IN THE WILDERNESS!

 

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On To Maturity ~ Part 3 https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-3/ https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-3/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 16:56:13 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6839 There is hope for the wave-tossed and wind-blown, those looking for recovery and restoration. The Lord has promised He will restore to us the joy of His salvation and sustain us with His Spirit. When life seems to be tossing us around the Holy Spirit brings us back to the realization of our reality in Christ and ignites afresh in us the child-like amazement and wonder that takes our breath away and sweeps our hearts up in Jesus!

 

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On To Maturity ~ Part 2 https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-2/ https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-2/#respond Sun, 07 Oct 2018 16:36:35 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6836 According to Ephesians 4, as we go on to maturity we are to come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. The word knowledge there is not just a general awareness or simply an intellectual head knowledge. No! It is a word meaning an intimate experiential knowing of someone. The Holy Spirit wants us to truly know Jesus, not just know about Him – but to KNOW HIM! Praise God that this journey is deeply relational with our Saviour!

The last 8 minutes is our communion celebration – we invite you to join us!

 

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How Do You See Jesus? ~ Barbara Daniel https://bensonfirst.com/how-do-you-see-jesus-barbara-daniel/ https://bensonfirst.com/how-do-you-see-jesus-barbara-daniel/#respond Sun, 30 Sep 2018 19:00:04 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6828 How do you see Jesus? To answer this question do we just “parrot” back what others have said about Him or do we see him for ourselves. We each are invited to individually engage our hearts with the Lord in a truly intimate and personal relationship with Him! His mercies are new every morning and each day is an opportunity to experience Jesus in ways we have never imagined! He has made you worthy to be in Him, to know Him and to experience Him like you have never dreamed!

 

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On To Maturity ~ Part 1 https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-1/ https://bensonfirst.com/on-to-maturity-part-1/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:28:58 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6824 As children of God, the Holy Spirit desires to lead us on to maturity in Christ. Maturity is not about us getting stronger in our own strength, but it’s about us leaning to trust and rest in God’s love for us in the midst of our weaknesses. And the truth is we don’t truly go on to maturity in Christ apart from the body of Christ – we grow by that which ever joint supplies. It’s not just about “me” in Christ – because there is such a great power as we discover the reality of “we” in Christ!

 

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Live According to Your Identity … Not Your Geography – Part 8 https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-8/ https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-8/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 19:00:03 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6819 Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has made everything fit beautifully in its appropriate time … ALSO, He has set eternity in our hearts. You are here at just the right and appropriate time with eternity (Christ) dwelling on the inside. As a believer, eternity is not something way off in our future – it is the present reality of our spirit because of Christ in us. God’s desire is for time and eternity to converge through the power of the Holy Spirit in us! We are each given a moment in space and time, so how do we live that moment? Is it from the confines and limitations of that moment or from the unlimited reality of eternity (Christ) in us? Eternity is now!

 

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Live According to Your Identity … Not Your Geography – Part 7 https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-7/ https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-7/#respond Sun, 02 Sep 2018 19:00:03 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6815 We are in union with Christ through the new birth and now share in His life within us. The heart of living by our identity is relational – it’s all about Jesus and the new life he has given us. We are joined to the Lord in spirit and that truly changes everything. Sometimes our minds and thoughts get scattered and our emotions can seem to become our guide – and as we often discover, emotions can be the worst guide of all in life. So may we allow the Holy Spirit to set our hearts and minds on Christ in us to find rest, peace and the proper perspective for our journey!

The last 15 minutes is our communion celebration, we invite you to join us!

 

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Living As Who Christ Made Us To Be ~ Jim Eldred https://bensonfirst.com/living-as-who-christ-made-us-to-be-jim-eldred/ https://bensonfirst.com/living-as-who-christ-made-us-to-be-jim-eldred/#respond Sun, 26 Aug 2018 19:00:35 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6810 The life we live in Christ means everything, but the flesh/self will always seek to rob us of that experience.  Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:15-23 that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened to know 1) The hope of HIS calling 2) HIS glorious inheritance in the saints 3) HIS incomparably great power to us who believe. The life we live in Christ truly is all about Jesus and all for HIS glory … and the power of the Spirit walks it out through us now, in this world!

 

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Live According to Your Identity … Not Your Geography – Part 6 https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-6/ https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-6/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:00:16 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6748 DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY, THE FIRST PART OF THIS MESSAGE WAS NOT RECORDED – WE APOLOGIZE 

Jesus prayer in John 17 was “Do not take them out of the world, but keep them from the evil” – we are in the world, but not of the world.This does not mean that Jesus is not relevant to our geography, if fact our identity in Christ is the only thing that brings true relevance to the life we experience in this world!

 

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Live According to Your Identity … Not Your Geography – Part 5 https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-5/ https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-5/#respond Sun, 12 Aug 2018 19:00:22 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6744 Jesus’ desire is that His joy may be made full [complete] in us! Happiness is connected to happenings and is a part of our geography, but joy is connected to Jesus and is a part of our identity. May we live in the joy of the Lord that uplifts our hearts and not according to the elusive happiness of changing circumstances around us!

 

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Live According to Your Identity … Not Your Geography – Part 4 https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-4/ https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-4/#respond Sun, 05 Aug 2018 19:00:46 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6740 Colossians 3 says that we have been raised up with Christ and we are to set our mind and affections on things above, not on the things that are on earth. For we have died and our life is hidden with Christ in God … in fact, Christ is our life! To live out of our identity is to live out of the resurrection life of Christ in us and not according to the unsettled, changing issues of the world around us. The life of Christ flows from a place of rest and favor!

The last 10 minutes is our communion celebration – we invite you to join us!

 

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Live According to Your Identity … Not Your Geography – Part 3 https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-3/ https://bensonfirst.com/live-according-to-your-identity-not-your-geography-part-3/#respond Sun, 29 Jul 2018 19:00:38 +0000 https://bensonfirst.com/?p=6736 The Lord says that the time is … NOW! Hebrews tells us that He is looking for those that will call it “today”. This doesn’t mean that we can’t reflect on what the Lord has done in the past or have hope for what He will reveal and do in the future, but we can’t live in the past or the future – we can only live in this present moment! Too often regrets from the past or fear of the future rob us of living in the present, so may we not miss enjoying Him and all that He is in this very moment.  This is so much of what it truly means to be living out of our identity in Christ and not just our geography in this world!

 

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