JAMES 2:14-26 "What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the … Continue reading Faith not Works
The only role we have in our salvation is we either receive it or reject it. It is totally free and offered to all and guaranteed forever. Our faith in Jesus does not hinge upon the works we do or do not do. If this was the case then no one would ever be saved … Continue reading The Eternalness of Salvation
I want to end this little series of stewardship on one of the most important items we can steward: God’s Word. Scripture is our standard to judge anything by. It is our guide, counsel, and source of wisdom for all of life. We see as much in 2 Timothy 3:16–17 when the apostle Paul wrote, … Continue reading Stewarding our Study of God’s Word
One may think that by working they are being a good steward. The answer to this is yes and no. Yes because you are working and earning your pay and providing. This is stewardship in its own right because the apostle Paul stated, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For … Continue reading Stewarding Your Work
Every person who is in the body of Christ has a gift given by the Spirit. I believe that this gift is something that you receive in full once you have believed. I believe we grow into the gift because we are still in the flesh and we must persevere and go on to maturity … Continue reading Stewarding our Spiritual Gifts
Charles Ryrie states, “All believers have the capacity to serve sin and the capacity to delight in the law of God.” This is so because “God has provided the way of victory. But, because [the flesh] has not been refined, it is a powerful enemy with which we have to live.” Since God provided but … Continue reading The Struggle With Sin
Once again we will look at our motives in our Christian life. We have looked at those who serve to prove salvation, those who serve to keep salvation, and those who serve to earn salvation. We have also looked at those who serve for their own glory. So, today I want to look at those … Continue reading Service Because of Love
Continuing the theme this week I want to look at some false motives. By false motives, I mean those that are done for one’s glory. Like we see in Philippians 1:15, those who preach Christ from envy or strife. They do it to look good or to get even with someone. It is not to … Continue reading False Motives
As with yesterday, I want today to look at our motivations. To, more explicitly, look at what motivates us to serve the Lord. There are many out there who will say that we are to serve the Lord because if we are not then we are not really saved. Others will say that we are … Continue reading What Motivates You?
I want to this week to look at and study our motivations. We have motivations in everything we do. Whether this is in exercising, eating cake or other sweets, in our jobs, or in doing chores around the home. In all of these, there are motivations. In exercising we are motivated either to have a … Continue reading Motivations
“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said” (Matt. 28:6). Oh, the joy this brings to all who have called on Christ to save them and bestow on them eternal life. He has risen and as such, He can give us eternal life. Yet, as we looked at yesterday, there are those … Continue reading Trusting in the Resurrection Part II.
Today I want to look at a very interesting thought. This thought is found in 1 Corinthians 15:13–17. In this text, it says, “if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is … Continue reading Trusting in the Resurrection
We read in Galatians 2:20 that all who have believed, “have been crucified with Christ” and that “It is no longer” we “who live, but Christ who lives in [us]. And the life [we] now live in the flesh [we] live by faith in the Son of God, who loved [us] and gave himself for … Continue reading New Life because of Christ
In Romans 6:1 the apostle Paul poses a very interesting question, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” That is a very interesting question. Why not? I mean if we are saved by grace, that is free, why not sin like crazy so the grace may abound … Continue reading Why Not Sin?
Charlie Bing gives us a great summation of why a believer does works for the Lord when he wrote: "We know that rewards are not the only, or necessarily the best, motivation for godly living. Love, gratitude, and duty are some of the highest motivations for serving God in this life. But there is nothing … Continue reading Godly Living and Rewards