How far does faith go without works? The answer, not very far. The overflow of faith is obedience to the commandments of God. As believers, we are called to thrive in good works, to love our neighbors, to fight sin, and to pray. Most importantly, we are called to love the very One who created us and redeemed us. The book of James shows us how genuine faith is display in a love of God’s commands.
In this passage see a setting and question that provokes Jesus to one of the clearest proclamations of His deity, and of our safety in Him. Therefore, we first learn that the Bible teaches that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are the union of three distinct persons, who eternally exists in one divine essence, one nature and character; each person being fully God and the being of each Person is equal to the whole being of God. Then, we learn that the great doctrine of the perseverance, or eternal security, of the true believer means that those who are truly in Christ can neither totally nor finally fall from a state of grace.
There are many things Christians can disagree about, but there is no more important doctrine of the Christian faith than the new birth. Jesus clearly teaches, “You must be born again.” Listen to this sermon for what Jesus Christ teaches about the necessity of being born again to enter the kingdom of heaven.
As we come to Romans 8:12, Paul moves from instruction to exhortation, giving us one of the most essential evidences of those who are truly sons of God: killing sin. The critical practice of killing sin in your heart is evidence of the fact that you have been justified in Christ alone. So walking in Christ means that you are by nature someone who is making war on your remaining sin, thereby manifesting that you are indeed in the Spirit and of the sons of God.
Is it possible to be a Christian and live a life of sin? Does salvation by grace mean that we can live as we please and still go to heaven? Are good works necessary for final salvation? Many today teach that grace is cheap, that a one-time decision, experience, or prayer, is all that is required for salvation and eternal life. This sermon looks at what the Scriptures say is necessary for assurance of salvation and eternal life.
As we begin chapter 33 of Exodus, we find ourselves still in the aftermath of Israel’s sin with the golden calf. God affirms that He will continue to be faithful to the promises he made in the covenant with Israel’s patriarchs, but He also tells Israel that He will not be going up with them in their midst. For now, He will be outside the camp. This narrative leads to some challenging questions for God’s people today, the greatest of which is “Have we become comfortable being distant from God?”