Church is not a place to go—Not a destination—Not building—It's a People. What Kind of people?
These people know that God's work “involves me!” Since it involves you, you must…
Possess your faith, v. 12
o Remember, Paul is speaking to people who have always obeyed
o However, he is informing believers that salvation is a process and they must continue obeying…
o He tells believers to work out their own salvation!
o "Work out your own salvation" is not about gaining access to the kingdom, work out the practical implications of the kingdom!
Perceive God at Work, v. 13
o From start to finish, salvation is God’s work!
o Therefore, we work out because God is at work in us.
o We work out (our effort) our salvation; v. 13 reveals that [God] works in, energeo Greek, God puts the energy in us to accomplish!
"God's action cannot be frustrated nor can it remain half finished." ~William Barclay
v. 13 reveals why possessing your faith & perceiving God’s work is important… it’s for God's good pleasure