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.

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.