Once again, it’s been way too long since I posted an update. I thought it would be nice to use the notes from one of Mona’s recent studies. She sent this to me a couple of days ago.
Summary: According to scripture, we cannot do good works in order to become God’s children in Christ. It’s not how salvation operates. We’re saved by Grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Instead, we do good works (because) we are God’s children. Faith is belief with obedience. Works are the evidence or proof of our faith. We will become discouraged – it’s a fact. But we should never quit because, according to scripture, Our labor is not in vain. Here’s how Mona says it:
Ephesians 2:8-10 Read
We can see 3 things * we can’t saved by good worksIt is clear in (v-9 ) it is not by good works why we were saved… many people calling themselves Christians bcoz they are good people, and they’re doing good works, so they will become children of God – Titus 3:5-6 read
* we are saved by grace thru faith in Jesus alone, the salvation and eternal life is the GIFT of God,, so there is nothing we can do for ourself to be saved..its clear it’s a GIFT from God, no one is good apart from his grace
* God has a reason for us that’s why He saved us, not only He saved us because He loves us also he has planned for us, so we can do the good works thru Jesus Christ. Now A.We can understand that, we don’t do good works to be save or to accept us to become a children of God. We do good works bcoz we are saved already and we are his children already ,thru in Christ.
B. Our good works are the fruit of our salvation in Christ and proof of our FAITH in Him.. James 2:18-20
***The true saved person should have a proof,through Faith with Works which is call the FRUIT Faith = Belief with obedience
……if you will read the whole chapter of this James about faith, you can see the faith with works and faith without works.
There’s so much list of good works in the Bible But let’ us read the Colossians 3:5-6–after read then make explanation.
As we live in Christ now lets keep our mind and heart on things that are in heaven …and not on these things according in Colossians also
Now… Let’s back to our previous lesson according in Ephesians.
God did not saved us only because he loves us, also he created us thru Christ so we can do the good works which he has planned for us to do.. Individually should be fruit ,By sharing the gospel , making Bible study ,making disciples,and church services means to tell the good news about salvation. This is the command of Jesus.
Which is a proof and fruit of the good works of being saved in Christ and faith in Him.. These are also a purpose and planned by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember last time we been talked about Faith from the letter of Paul..as long as your faith in God is continued ,you always saved no matter what..
But sometimes life is so hard and rough. There’s always struggle everydays pass as we walk in him.
Most of the time we want to quit.. Especially when there’s no results or fruit in our works to God ..It gets frustrated, and tired..yes we are saved and fruitful from the salvation ..but one of the proof of the good works is to share his gospel to others..
But ..most of the time this how we feel..because it seems no fruit…
**Sometimes we don’t see people continued, since from the time they were get saved.
**sometimes we cnt see other believers, especially the youth are learning from the teaching or Bible studies..
**sometimes the attendance is low or small no matter how we work
Sometimes the PTr is not strong to support you or encourage you.
Or seems useless to live your life in in a good way.
Read the 1 Corinthians 15:58 YOUR LABOR IS NOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD.
So don’t quit,, yes we all want to see our fruits but the fruit is for God to give in his own time.
Just keep planting the seeds of the gospel to the Lost ones.. Keep sharing and make disciples. If someone doesn’t respond or not pay attention to your teaching it’s not our responsibility to force them.. Let God work in them.
By Sharing and teaching are the fruits of the good works in Christ and his purpose for us to do, why he created us.
Last read— 1Peter 1:3-9
these how the salvation working in us which is the purpose of our FAITH in God..
No matter how hard life here on earth, as we waiting for the Lord,, through the trials and sufferings or any circumstances ,
remember ,these are the fruits of our salvation we have received in Christ because of our faith in him.. So keep serving because
Our Labour is not in vain in the Lord.