I. Christianity is unique among the religions of the world.
A. “Grace and Faith”
B. “Do and Done”
C. “Robes and Rags”
D. Saved by Grace; Kept by Grace
E. The place of works…
II. Think of works in terms of obedience.
A. Works are our response, not our initiator (in chemistry: a substance that starts a chain reaction).
B. He does not love us because we love Him. We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John)
III. Why do works matter?
A. Works largely determine our level of intimacy with the Lord. Keyword: Pursuit.
B. Works form the basis of our reward in Heaven. Keyword: Stewardship.
C. Works are a key way to express our love for Jesus. Keyword: Expression.
D. Works are the foundation of the legacy we leave behind. Keyword: Inheritance.
Christian Life Lessons
1. Intimacy has to do with how close we can become, not how far we can stray.
2. As we turn our eyes upon Jesus, “the things of this earth will grow strangely dim.”
3. “It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.”