Stumbling over or Submitting to the Stone (Romans 9:30-33)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 9:30-33, Paul shows that “outsiders” have trusted in God’s provision of righteousness, while National Israel failed to pursue it by faith, which was in accord with the unfailing Word of God.

  1. What? (vv. 30-31)

    1. Gentiles received righteousness without pursuit (v. 30)

    2. National Israel pursued righteousness without success (v. 31)

  2. Why? (vv. 32-33)

    1. National Israel faithlessly pursued righteousness without success (v. 32a)

    2. National Israel stumbled over the Stone (vv. 32b-33a)

    3. Gentiles believed in the Stone (v. 33b)

The Bestowal of Sovereign Mercy (Romans 9:14-18)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 9:14-18, God displays that His sovereign selectivity in bestowing mercy upon some, and not upon others, is to the praise of His glory rather than the questioning of His character.

  1. The Wrong Concluding Question: Then, has God unfairly withheld mercy? (v. 14a)

  2. A Strong Correction: Not possible! (v. 14b)

  3. Explanation 1: The Word to Moses - God’s mercy is not dependent upon the acts of men (vv. 15-16)

  4. Explanation 2: The Word to Pharaoh - God extends mercy as He wills (vv. 17-18)

Praise FItting for the King (Psalm 145)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: This psalm tells us why the God of the Bible is deserving of extensive praise so that you, and we, might commit to offering that praise unto Him.

  1. Christian, are you committed to consistently and continuously praising God? (vv. 1-3)

  2. Generation, are you committed to consistently and continuously praising the King? (vv. 4-9)

  3. Congregation, along with all of creation, are you committed to consistently and continuously praising the Lord? (vv. 10-21)

All Praise, All Peoples, All for Him!!! (Psalm 117)

Sermon Notes

Pastor Kenny’s translation of Psalm 117:

  1. Praise YHWH, all nations! Laud Him, all tribes!

  2. For great is His covenant-faithfulness toward us, and the truth of YHWH is everlasting. Praise YHWH!

Proposition: Psalm 117 captures a worshiper’s exemplary proclamation in response to his meditation on the God of revelation.

  1. WHAT: Praise/Laud the Lord (vv. 1-2)

  2. WHO: All kinds of people (v. 1)

  3. WHY: For who He is and what He does (v. 2)

The Image of Christ in Us for the Glory of Christ Among Us (Romans 8:28-29)

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Proposition: Romans 8:28-29 proclaims two staggering realities for all Christians so that you joyfully persist in the time that precedes glory.

  1. Christian, God sovereignly works everything together for your ultimate good (v. 28).

  2. Christian, the ultimate good is becoming like Christ now and being with Christ forevermore (v. 29).

Determining if the Holy Spirit dwells in you (Romans 8:9-11)

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Proposition:  Romans 8:9-11 demands that you accurately identify the doctrine of the indwelling of God’s Spirit and rest in its reality, if indeed the Spirit of Christ is in you!

  1. Does the Spirit of God dwell in you? (v 9)

    1. If the Spirit is in you, then you have been born again. (John 3:3-8; 1 Pet 1:3, 23-25).

    2. If the Spirit is in you, then you will respectfully regard, joyfully receive, rightly understand, and regularly respond to God’s authoritative written revelation, the Bible (1 Cor 2:9-16; 1 Thess 1:4-6, 2:13; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:19-21).

    3. If the Spirit is in you, then you seek to glorify Christ (John 16:13-14).

    4. If the Spirit is in you, then you have a genuine self-sacrificing love for God, the Church, and those outside of the Church (Rom 5:5; 1 John 3:23-24; Gal 6:10).

    5. If the Spirit is in you, then you have a hatred of sin and a desire for holiness (2 Cor 3:18; 1 Thess 4:3-8).

    6. If the Spirit is in you, then you evidence continual repentance from deeds of the flesh and progressive growth in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:16-25).

    7. If the Spirit is in you, then you are to be continually filled with Him resulting in inward and outward expressions of worship (Eph 5:18-21).

    8. If the Spirit is in you, then you will pray increasingly (Eph 6:18).

    9. If the Spirit is in you, then you have been given a spiritual gift to edify the Church (1 Cor 12:7, 11; 1 Pet 4:10-11).

    10. If the Spirit is in you, then you will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 4:13-14).

2.      If so, you have the Spirit of Life, now!  (v. 10)

3.      If so, you will have the Spirit of Life, forever! (v. 11)

Warning Against Worldliness (1 John 2:15-17)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In 1 John 2:15-17, there are 1 command and 2 truths to warn you and to help you to wage war against worldliness.

  1. Command: Do not love the world (v. 15a)

  2. Truth #1: The love of the world and the love of the Father are enemies (vv. 15b-16)

  3. Truth #: The ways of the world and the ways of the Father have different destinations (v. 17)

The Sin Within (Romans 7:13-20)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 7:13-20, Paul addresses the experiential reality of indwelling sin so that you can know and attend to such sin for the remainder of your life on earth.

  1. The issue (v. 13)

    • Question: Did the Law Bring Death? (v. 13a)

    • Answer: No, sin brought death through the Law (v. 13b)

    • Reason: To show the exceeding measure of sin (v. 13c)

  2. Clarification #1: The Law is spiritual, but man is fleshly (vv. 14-17)

  3. Clarification #2: Nothing good dwells in man’s flesh (vv. 18-20)

The Church: Elders

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In today’s sermon, three questions will be answered about biblical eldership so that you can rightly know the role of elders in the life of a local church.

  1. Why Elders? The Purpose of Elders (Acts 20:28, Ephesians 4:11-12)

  2. What do Elders do? The Conduct of Elders (1 Peter 5:1-4)

  3. Who are Elders to be? The Qualifications for Elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7, cf. Titus 1:5-9)

Realities to Combat a Worldly Christmas (John 1:14-18)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In John 1:14-18, there are 11 reasons why every Christmas should be a wonderful Christmas.

  1. The Incarnation of the Son (v. 14)

  2. The Dwelling of Jesus Christ (v. 14)

  3. The Glory of Jesus Christ (v. 14)

  4. The Grace of Jesus Christ (v. 14)

  5. The Truth of Jesus Christ (v. 14)

  6. The Supremacy of Jesus Christ (v. 15)

  7. The Pre-existence of Jesus Christ (v. 15)

  8. The Fullness of Jesus Christ (v. 16)

  9. The Function of Jesus Christ (v. 17)

  10. The Deity of Jesus Christ (v. 18)

  11. The Revelation of God in Jesus Christ (v. 18)

God's Desire for You and Your Church (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, there are 3 duties given so that you might delightfully do what God desires.

  1. Delightful Duty #1: Be a Rejoicer (v. 16)

  2. Delightful Duty #2: Be a Prayer (v. 17)

  3. Delightful Duty #3: Be a Thanks-Giver (v. 18)

Enemies made Friends, Forevermore (Romans 5:9-11)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In today’s sermon, Pastor Kenny Kauffman wants you to hear and joyfully employ 3 right responses to Romans 5:9-11.

  1. Bank on the doctrine of justification (vv 9a & 10a)

    • Justified by Jesus’ death (v 9a)

    • Reconciled by Jesus’ death (v 10a)

  2. Behold the reality of a greater salvation (vv 9b & 10b)

    • Future salvation through Jesus from future wrath (v 9b)

    • Future salvation through the resurrected life of Jesus (v 10b)

  3. Boast in the only God who saves (v 11)

    • Through our Lord Jesus Christ (v 11a)

    • In sight of receiving reconciliation (v 11b)

There is None Righteous Apart from Christ (Romans 3:9-20)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 3:9-20, Paul concludes his exposition on the doctrine of sin by stating that both Jews and Gentiles are not righteous, so that the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ might be proclaimed to both Jew and Gentile alike in Romans 3:21-5:21.

  1. The condition of Man under sin (vv. 9-18)
       a. The Charge: Both Jews and Greeks are under sin (v. 9)
       b. The Evidence:  OT Scriptures on Sin (vv. 10-18)
          i. The Universality of Sin (vv. 10-12)
          ii. The Manifestation of Sin (vv. 13-17)
             1) Sin revealed in speech (vv. 13-14)
             2) Sin revealed in seed (vv. 15-17)
          iii. The Primary Root of Sin (v. 18)
  2. The condition of Jews under the Law (vv. 19-20)
       a. The Law specifies and speaks to the Jews (v. 19a)
       b. The Law silences all (v. 19b)
       c. The Law holds all accountable (v. 19c)
       d. The Law justifies none (v. 20a)
       e. The Law exposes sin (v. 20b)

The Present Presence of the Wrath of God (Romans 1:18-23)

Sermon Notes

Introduction: (v. 18a)

Proposition: In Romans 1:18-23 there are 3 reasons why the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.

  1. Mankind suppresses the truth of God (v. 18b-19)
  2. Mankind stifles their knowledge of God (v. 20-21)
  3. Mankind swaps the glory of God (v. 22-23)