Good Works What is the purpose? "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." -- John Wesley
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—
among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—
and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8For 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 .
10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works , which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
I)...not a result of works, so that no one may boast
To glorify oneself in speech; talk in a
"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself :
'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.‘ (Luke 18:10-12)
What should we be boasting about?
Certainly not in our righteousness
“ All our righteousness…” Isaiah 64:6
Or our strength
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12
Boast in His strength , not ours!
II)...created in Christ Jesus for good works
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 things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17)
The Good Samaritan Luke (10:25-37)
Principles of Faith & Works
1. Faith without works?
2. Works without faith?
Faith in what/whom?
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
Faith AND Good Works must be created
in Christ !
He gives our faith and our works
“ I am the way the truth and the life …”
He is our Savior and our God
III...which God prepared beforehand,
God has a PLAN
and you have a part in it!
Matthew 5 14"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
Matthew 5 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Matthew 5 16"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Good works are God’s way of letting us
- in His plan and our sanctification
Isaiah 48:11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned?
My glory I will not give to another.
Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
IV...that we should walk in them.
WALK – not REST
- not passive!
4 Practical ways to walk in good works
Acts of MERCY
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' ( Matthew 25:35-36)
Participating in MINISTRY
...Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.” John 21:1
Working to MOTIVATE
...equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:12
Supporting and Engaging in
"Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation" - Mark 16:15