Jottings – Salvation And Works

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Works are the fruit of salvation, not the root of salvation.

 

Mike Attwood, Lessons from 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon Series of Addresses at Greenwood Hills Second Family Conference, July 26 – August 2, 2014.

 

 

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Titus 3:8b – Christians Should Do Good Works

 

 

This is the 35th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

It is amazing to see that the Lord expects salvation to move out from our hearts to our hands. Paul wrote to the Philippians “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. So whether individuals are being addressed or an assembly salvation has to be seen and felt by others. It has to ‘come out’.

Titus is told to place great emphasis on this truth and so should we.

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Titus 3:1 – Radical Christianity in the Community

 

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,
Titus 3:1 ESV

This is the 27th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

Being a Christian should make you a better citizen not a recluse or a member of the awkward squad. Paul lays it on the line for the new converts in Crete.

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Titus 2:14d – Zealous For Good Works

 

who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:14 ESV

This is the 22nd video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

What do you get excited about in your Christian life? The Bible teaches that we should be ‘red hot‘ about doing good works.

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Jottings – We Can Know That We Are Saved

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If we see salvation is all of grace, we can have full assurance. We can know that we are saved. If salvation depended in the slightest degree on ourselves and on our miserable attainments, we could never know for sure that we were saved. We wouldn’t know whether we had done enough good works or the right kind. But when salvation depends on the work of Christ, there doesn’t have to be any nagging doubt.

William MacDonald, Alone in Majesty (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994), p. 107.

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Forsake Not Stirring Up One Another

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries”. Hebrews 10:23-27

We have all heard the verse “forsake not the assembling of thyselves together” (KJV) or “not neglecting to meet together” (ESV). The writer to the Hebrews exhorts the recipients to not neglect meeting together. Pretty straight forward, correct? Let’s think about the context of the passage.

The writer of Hebrews is concerned about the spiritual well-being of Christians who have left the Jewish faith after believing. The argument presents various aspects of the Jewish faith and compares these aspects to the Lord Jesus. In each comparison, Jesus Christ is found to be far superior, complete, perfect, eternal, substantial, and real in contrast to that which is incomplete, imperfect, temporal, symbolic, and temporary.

Within that context, we get to Chapter 10. In Chapter 10, Lord Jesus Christ is compared to the priests of old and their sacrifices. The conclusion is that Christ’s priestly work is far superior and that His sacrifice, which was Himself, is far superior!

There are some very practical benefits that result from His sacrifice. The Holy Spirit draws our attention to these by repeating a phrase “Let us” followed by something we should make real in our life. It is within this context that we come across the phrase we are discussing – “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together…”

We are directed to invest in each other’s lives by “stirring up one another to love and good works” as a result of and because of the Lord’s sacrifice of Himself on the cross! Immediately following that exhortation is the directive which reminds us that meeting together as believers is a responsibility, not an option. The two exhortations are linked by the Holy Spirit and should be linked in our lives as well. While we certainly have modern conveniences that may allow us to “stir up one another to love and good works” via social media, email, and telephone, God’s Word would have us accomplish this primarily by attending meetings of the local assembly.

When is the last time you attended a meeting of the local assembly because you wanted to impact someone else’s life? According to the Word, it seems to be one of the main reasons we should gather (worship, prayer, and receive teaching are others). Acts 2:42 indicates that the early church continued steadfastly in fellowship!

Continuing steadfastly has the essence of purposefulness at the cost of other things. Sadly, many Christians today feel like their attendance at most of the meetings of the assembly is no more important than whether they attend a sporting event or other social event. Some believers have fallen into the habit of attending meeting when it is convenient to them or when they themselves benefit from the meeting. The Word of God would correct both of those attitudes if believers would allow the Holy Spirit to apply the Word to our lives!

As believers who desire to follow New Testament principles, one of those principles is the regular, consistent, purposeful, selfless attendance at the meetings of the local assembly so that you can be useful in stirring up other believers to love and good works.

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Digital Sojourner would like to thank Mike Stoudt for writing this guest post. Mike fellowships with the saints who gather at Grace Gospel Chapel in Allentown, PA. Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and owner of Stoudt Financial Services and serves as the General Manager of Greenwood Hills Camp & Conference Center.

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