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We find, in a sometimes very strong letter, a very tender and affectionate conclusion.
From the depths of our sinfulness, God reaches down and lifts us up to join Christ in his heavenly places, replacing death with life.
It does us good to consider, take note, and beware of those who profess to know God while their lives demonstrate something quite different.
The key to obedience is not simply trying harder; the key to obedience is recognizing who we are in Christ. In the latter half of Ephesians 2 Paul provides us with needful instruction if we are to fully embrace the intimidating truth found in verse 10: that we are Christ's workmanship prepared for the good works in our life that God has prepared beforehand for us to walk in. First, we have to remember where we once were: alienated from Christ and separated from His covenant people & promises. Second, we need to rejoice that Christ has brought us near by virtue of His shed blood. And thirdly, we must recognize our new standing: our new gospel identity found in Christ.
Paul understands that the proper preaching of Christ—the grace of God—is always the best remedy for combatting license in the church. Far from being a license for self-indulgent sin, the gospel is a fountain of grace for obedience and good works. Any teaching that separates or removes obedience—godliness—from the purpose of Christ’s saving work must be silenced in the church (1:11). Paul argues that there is no salvation without sanctification since the whole purpose of Christ’s salvation is to guide believers into a whole new way of life. So then, in 2:11-14, Paul highlights four saving actions of God’s grace, which educate believers to live godly lives in their ordinary, daily routines of life.
This message looks at the place good works has in the growth of disciples and the church of Jesus Christ. In a culture that often disparages work, God tells us that he has prepared work for every Christ-follower in His Body to do in His Kingdom. As we engage in every-disciple ministry in the Body of Christ, God does amazing things and grows us in Him.
If Christians are "saved by faith alone" then what good are good works?
"Made Alive To Live!" - CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH VIDEO ==> http://MountainRock.org/Made-Alive-To-Live - Sunday Sermon by Dan Rivera - August 11, 2013
How can you tell that God is at work in your life? What does it mean to be Jesus' hands and feet in this world? What is the work of God and how is it accomplished? These questions and more are answered in this message by Pastor Jeremy on our 4 yr anniversary as a church.