Friday, April 13, 2012

Lessons from Church: 2/19

The topic de jure was "Doing good deeds."

This was the last in the series of "Letters to Cornerstone" in where the church attempted to address issues they believe Jesus would raise with Cornerstone as a church.

Pastor Troy identified the ditches of freedom and legalism largely adopted by most Christian church-goers. The legalists push that good works assure or earn salvation. The radical free push that faith alone is what saves and therefor what we do has no consequence.

Pastoy Troy then attempted to explain that the Biblical model of faith and works is one in which faith is validated in doing good works. Largely basing his message in the short epistle of Titus where the Apostle Paul mentions on multiple occassions that Christians must be in the business of doing good works.

Pastory Troy ended with the rally cry of the Protestant reformation Ephesians 2:8-10

8 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. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Faith, grace, and works are all gifts from God given unto us that we might walk in them. No one will be qualified to boast in any thing on that final day. It is by, through, for, and to Christ alone that we are saved.

As a result of that glorious gift and sacrifice we ought live our lives to glorify God (which will undoubtedly result in many good works) Not simply dabbling in good deeds, but devoting ourselves to them.

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