Roots of the Faith – The Truthfulness of Scripture

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, Oct 26th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. Our study over the next few months will be “The Roots of the Faith.” This study will focus on key biblical truths that will transform our thinking and allow us to faithfully live out the Christian life. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Helpful Resources for this Study

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg R. Allision

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine – Wayne Grudem

Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth – John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue


INTRO

  • Truthfulness (inerrancy) is an attribute of Scripture by which whatever it affirms corresponds to reality, and it never affirms anything that is contrary to fact. It also means that Scripture never contradicts itself. (Gregg Allision, pg. 16)
  • The inerrancy of Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact. (Wayne Grudem, pg. 90)
  • The Bible is inspired, but is it inerrant, that is without errors? The reason for a positive answer is simple: The Bible is the Word of God, and God cannot err; therefore, the Bible cannot err. To deny the inerrancy of the Bible one must either affirm that God can err or else that the Bible is not the Word of God.
  • Historical Confessions of Faith regarding Scripture

We believe the Bible is inerrant– without error.

We believe the Bible is infallible – unable to be wrong or mislead. Never wrong.

Key Scripture Verses (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

  • Numbers 23:19
  • Psalm 12:6
  • Psalm 119:89,96
  • Proverbs 30:5
  • John 17:17
  • Heb. 6:18

Jesus considered Scripture as true:

  • Matt. 12:40 – Jonah
  • Matt. 19:3-6 – Adam and Eve
  • Matt. 24:36-39 – The Flood

If we consider Jesus as our Savior and Lord, then it would follow that we would believe what he believes.

Therefore, we believe:

  • Scripture is absolutely true
  • Scripture is absent of error
  • Scripture never contradicts itself

FOR THE CHURCH TODAY

  • We can trust the Word as true
    • In the original text and properly interpreted
  • It is not a matter of one’s opinion, but rather what God’s intended the Word to say and mean. Not many meanings, but one.
  • This should give us great joy, passion, and confidence.

Romans 3:21-31

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Oct 30th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Romans 3:21-31 – Righteousness by Faith Alone

INTRO

  • FIRST… this will be a very quick overview of this passage. I will preach through smaller sections in the future.
  • Romans 1:16–17 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (ESV)
    • NOT – Faith MAKES ONE RIGHTEOUS (the works that followed)
    • RATHER – BY FAITH… it is COUNTED, DECLARED, RIGHTEOUS.
  • Martin Luther – Oct 31, 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany.  Nailed the 95 theses to the door of the church. (He was not trying to leave the Catholic Church but correct their understanding of the Gospel. This event sparked the Reformation)
  • 5 Solas of the Reformation
    • Scripture Alone: Scripture provides our rule for faith and practice.
    • Christ Alone: Righteousness before God comes only through the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Grace Alone: Salvation flows from the unmerited favor of God.
    • Faith Alone: Faith provides the only means of justification.
    • God’s Glory Alone: All of life is to be lived to the glory of God.

Manifestation of God’s Righteousness – vv. 21-22a

(1) God is its source (Is. 45:8); (2) it fulfills both the penalty and precept of God’s law. Christ’s death as a substitute pays the penalty exacted on those who failed to keep God’s law, and His perfect obedience to every requirement of God’s law fulfills God’s demand for comprehensive righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24; cf. Heb. 9:28); and (3) because God’s righteousness is eternal (Ps. 119:142; Is. 51:8; Dan. 9:24), the one who receives it from Him enjoys it forever.

John F. MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur Bible Commentary (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2005), Ro 3:21.

Totality of God’s Righteousness – vv. 22b-23

  • All who believe (faith)
  • Manifested and yet must be received
  • All have sinned

Means of God’s Righteousness – vv. 24-26

  • Justified
    • Declared righteous
    • Free from the guilt and penalty of sin
    • Imputed with the righteousness of Christ
  • By His grace as a gift
  • Through the redemption in Christ Jesus
  • Propitiation
    • Wiped away. Satisfied
  • By His blood
  • Received by faith
  • Show God’s righteousness
  • Forbearance passed over former sins
    • Patience and Mercy
  • Show at present time
    • The Cross of Christ
  • Justifier of the one   who has faith in Jesus

Basis of God’s Righteousness – vv. 27-31

  • What becomes our boasting
  • Jew and Gentile
  • Justified by faithFaith alone
    • Reveals the true purpose of the law
Ephesians 2:8–10
 - For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)

Roots of the Faith – The Inspiration of Scripture

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, Oct 26th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. Our study over the next few months will be “The Roots of the Faith.” This study will focus on key biblical truths that will transform our thinking and allow us to faithfully live out the Christian life. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

What do we mean by the inspiration of Scripture?

  • 2 Tim 3:16
  • 2 Peter 1:16-21
  • Scripture has God as its author
  • Scripture was written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Spirit worked through human authors.
    • Real people with real personalities
    • They remembered the events as they wrote
    • Did interviews (Luke)
    • Thought through it. Planned it out (Organization)
    • Revealed their own frustrations and short comings (Paul)
  • All Scripture is inspired
    • All Scripture means all words
  • Because of inspiration, we know the Bible is totally true

All Scripture is God-breathed, because the Holy Spirit super intended the biblical authors as they composed their writings, the Word of God.

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg R. Allison 

This is what theologians are referring to when they talk about the “inspiration” of Scripture: the idea that God “breathed into” the biblical writers. He did this by His Spirit: “Spirit” being the Greek word pneuma, meaning “breath.” So when God “breathed into” the writers of Scripture in this way, God was ensuring that what they wrote was what He wanted to say—and nothing else.

https://www.ligonier.org/podcasts/simply-put/the-inspiration-of-scripture

Key Theological Terms

  • plenary inspiration – all scripture
  • verbal inspiration – all the words of Scripture
  • concursive inspiration– the Spirit and the human authors wrote together

Evidence of inspiration in the Old Testament

  • Moses understood God had given him the Word- Deut. 1:3
  • All the prophets – “Thus saith the Lord”

Evidence of inspiration in the New Testament

Jesus promised the coming of future truth and knowledge (New Testament)

  • The Spirit will come (and do) – John 14:25-26, John 16:12-15
  • The Spirit came (and did) – 1 Cor. 2:6-10
  • Through the Lord – 1 Thess. 4:1-3

Peter considered the writings of Paul as from God

  • The other Scriptures – 2 Peter 3:15-26

What now?

  • Scripture is from God, so therefore it has a divine authority.
  • Therefore it has to be true
  • We must embrace, consume, and live out the Word
  • We should treat it as “God breathed” and inspired by the Holy Spirit
  • The same Spirit that inspired the Word now abides and fills each believer.

1 Corinthians 15:35-58

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Oct 23rd.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Cor 15:35-58 – The Dead in Christ shall rise

INTRO

  • He knew the previous section would lead to questions.
  • How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?
  • He is now answering those questions.

Our body must die. – vv. 36-38

OUR BODY IS DYING SO THAT IT CAN LIVE

The example of the seed (An agricultural example)

  • Pointing out what they knew about producing crops
  • A dead seed produces an abundant harvest
  • We must live to die
  • John 12:23-26

The old must put on the new – vv. 39-49

The example of creation

  • They were looking at the natural body and deducing the impossibility.
  • And they were right
  • People, animals, earth, heaven, sun and moon, stars.
    • Each one is very different

God obviously has created different bodies (humans, animals, heavenly) so surely, he can create a RESURRECTED BODY.

  • There is the now and the later
  • Death and raised to life
  • Perishable and imperishable
  • Dishonor and glory
  • Weakness and power
  • Natural and spiritual body

First is born of Adam

  • We have borne His image
  • Natural body. Dust
  • Earthly environment
  • Fallen, Sinful

The second is born again in Christ

  • We will BEAR His image
  • Spiritual body
  • Heavenly environment
  • Forgiven, clean, righteous

A picture of Resurrection Day – vv. 50-57

The point is made. Now Paul gives the church a glorious picture of RESURRECTION DAY.

Royal Entry – v. 50

  • We will enter the Kingdom of God in our spiritual bodies

Perfectly timed – vv. 51-52a

  • In a moment
  • Twinkling of an eye
  • Gods’ perfect timing
  • God’s redemptive timeline
  • Matthew 24:29-31

Victorious – vv. 52b-55

  • 1 Thess 4:13-18
  • Dead to alive
  • New body – not perishable
  • Quoting Isaiah 25:8 7; Hosea 13:14
  • SIN DEFEATED
  • VICTORY IN JESUS

Closing words to the Church – v. 58

Because we are people who believe in the resurrection… We live with as a people of HOPE and PURPOSE.

  • Steadfast – Firmly situated
  • Immovable – unmoved in living out God’s Will
  • Always Abounding– Exceeding the requirements
  • In the work of the Lord
    • His Work
    • His Way
    • His Power

Roots of the Faith – An Intro and why it matters

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, Oct 19th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Over the next few months we will be digging deep into God’s Word to learn more about key biblical truths that are foundational to our Christian faith. My goal is not just to give information, but rather information that will change the way we live our life. I am calling these truths the Roots of the Faith.

INTRO

  • Why this topic?
    • Jeremiah 17:7-8
    • Psalm 1:1-6
    • Part of our on-going discipleship ministry at TAB
  • Why Roots?
  • Tree analogy
    • Support
    • Nourishment
    • Fruit

Our roots determine our spiritual health and our fruits

  • Our Theology Drives our Methodology
  • Our beliefs impact our thinking.  Our thinking impacts our behavior
    • Our actions are an indication of our mind and heart
    • Our desires lead to choices (our will to do something)
Romans 8:4–8 - [4] in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. [5] For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. [6] For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. [7] For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. [8] Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (ESV)

With Strong Roots:

We will be people who stand firm in the faith

  • Make a stand. I know I am saved
  • Continuing in the faith
2 Thessalonians 2:13–17 - [13] But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. [14] To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. [15] So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

[16] Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, [17] comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (ESV)

We will be people who are not be taken captive

  • Falling prey to the thinking of the world
  • If I know what is right… I can recognize what is wrong
Colossians 2:6–9 - [6] Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, [7] rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

[8] See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. [9] For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, (ESV)

We will be people of fruitful perseverance

  • Finishing faithful
  • Bearing fruit
  • Wise decisions in life.
    • the dangers of mounting bad decisions
    • the joys of the foundation of good decisions
2 Peter 1:3–11 - [3] His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, [4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. [5] For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, [6] and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, [7] and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. [8] For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. [10] Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. [11] For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (ESV)

We will be people of truth

  • We shall not be shaken
  • On solid ground, unwavering.
1 Timothy 3:14–15 - [14] I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, [15] if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. (ESV)
Psalm 62:1–2

To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

	[1] For God alone my soul waits in silence;
		from him comes my salvation.
	[2] He alone is my rock and my salvation,
		my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 15:29-34

1 Corinthians 15:29-34 – If the Dead are not Raised

INTRO

  • The importance, power, and significance of the resurrection
  • Christ’s resurrection – vv. 12-28
  • Then comes the end – v. 24
  • The resurrection of the believer – vv. 29-58
  • Before he goes into details of what the resurrection body looks like, Paul covers more of the implications of denying the resurrection. vv. 29-34

If there is no resurrection, then why even consider the Gospel – v. 29

  • Baptisms mean nothing if there is not resurrection
  • Baptized on behalf of the dead
  • They – not a command, but an observation.  Pointing it out.
  • Not sure what Paul is addressing.  We know what Scripture teaches on how one is saved, so we know it has nothing to do with “dead” people receiving the benefit of someone else’s baptism (Mormonism)
  • THE RESURRECTION GIVES US HOPE

If there is no resurrection, then why endure the hardships of this life – vv. 30-32

  • We endure suffering because our home is not here.
  • Why are we in danger every hour
  • I die everyday!
  • Gal. 2:20
  • Luke 9:23
  • Phil. 1:21
  • Living sacrificially for Christ rather than the world.
  • We endure because this is not our home.
  • THE RESURRECTION INSPIRES US TO GO AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  SACRIFICIAL LIVING

If there is no resurrection, then why strive to live differently – vv. 33-34

  • No reason to live a holy life
  • Live like you believe in the resurrection
  • We become who we “fellowship with” (deep relationships)
  • Living a holy life… BE DIFFERENT
  • The Now and the Not yet.
    • Strive for holiness now… Be holy for eternity
  • THE RESURRECTION SHOULD MOTIVATE US TO LIVE A HOLY LIFE

CONCLUSION

1 John 3:1–3 [1] See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [2] Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. [3] And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (ESV)

Romans 8:12–17 – [12] So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. [13] For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. [14] For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. [15] For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” [16] The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, [17] and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (ESV)

Nehemiah 13:1-30

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, Oct 12th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Nehemiah 13:1-30 – Nehemiah’s Final Words

INTRO

  • Nehemiah left and went back to Babylon
  • Malachi was written during his absence
  • Nehemiah comes back to see that the people had again wandered from the TRUTH
  • He admonishes/confronts them
    • TURN FROM
    • TURN TO
    • CONTINUE IN THE FAITH
  • To BE FAITHFUL IS TO FOLLOW
    • God’s will, way. Word
  • They need to Confess, Repent, and begin to live for God.
  • Nehemiah reminds them of what it is that God requires of His people.

Their Holiness – vv. 1-9

  • READING THE LAW
  • OBEYING THE LAW
  • Separate from other nations
  • Other Gods
  • Believe, Trust, Respond (Live)

Their Sacrifice – vv. 10-14

  • Fulfilling their obligation to sustain the temple
  • Providing for the Lord’s work
  • The sacrifice of our life… FOR HIM
  • Time, Talent, Treasure
  • Give Him our best, not what is left over

Their Worship – vv. 15-22

  • The Sabbath
  • A day set apart for Him
  • Honor God for who He is and what He has done.
  • Acknowledge Him
  • 7 days a week. 6 + 1

Their Unions – vv. 23-28

  • Married into pagan families
  • Never ends well
  • Our homes and our churches
  • Cannot mix truth with untruth
  • Romans 12:1-2
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
  • James 4:4

Two Closing Prayers – vv. 29-30

  • Those who corrupted the priestly office
  • For Himself

In the end… What was Nehemiah encouraging the people to do?

  • Be Faithful
  • Be Holy
  • BE GOD’S PEOPLE

1 Corinthians 15:12-28

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Oct 9th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 15:12-28 -The Power of Christ’s Resurrection

INTRO

  • The importance of Christ’s resurrection
  • Apparently, some were doubting the resurrection of the dead
  • The IMPORTANCE and POWER of the resurrection
  • No resurrection… Not power in the Gospel

The resurrection of Christ is the grounds of our salvation – vv. 12-19

If Christ has not been raised:

  • The gospel is useless – v. 14
  • The apostles are false witnesses – v. 15
  • Our faith is futile, and we are still living in sin – vv.16-17
  • Those that have passed in Christ have perished – v. 18
  • Believers should be pitied, because our belief is in nothing. – v. 19

The resurrection of Christ is the pattern for our resurrection – vv. 20-23

  • BUT IN FACT… Christ has risen – v. 20a
  • First fruits of our resurrection – v. 20b-22
    • Festival of First Fruits – Ex. 23:16First phase of the harvest… the rest is comingIn Adam ALL dieIn Christ ALL believers will live
    • Romans 5:12-19
  • We are alive now, but not yet complete – v. 23
    • An order to things
    • His resurrection and His coming

The resurrection of Christ is the means of our ultimate triumph over evil – vv. 24-28

  • Then comes the END
  • When Christ returns all opposition is defeated – vv. 24-25
    • Conquering King… Triumphal procession
  • Death will be destroyed – v. 26
  • He has put all things under His feet – v. 27
    • Psalm 8:6

AT HIS COMING

  • People will be raised
  • All opposition is abolished
  • The Kingdom will be delivered up to the Father

Ephesians 1:20-23

Colossians 2:13-15