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Saved for Works

Saved for Works

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Published by: Grace Church Modesto on Mar 22, 2014
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“Saved for Works” (Ephesians 2:10) I. Introduction. A. Orientation. This morning, We saw that we were not saved by our works – That’s impossible: We were spiritually dead – We only hated God, We didn’t love Him – We had aligned ourselves with Satan – We were in his kingdom, Following him, Along with the world, Seeking our own pleasure And our own fame – And we were under God’s wrath – We walked with Satan, And were going to share his fate. In that condition, Nothing we did was acceptable, Because nothing we did was for Him – Only for ourselves.
 
2 If you are saved, You didn’t do it yourself, God saved you – Because of His love and mercy, He gave you grace – His Spirit, You didn’t deserve Him, You forfeited Him in the garden When you ate of the tree. He gave you faith by His Spirit – It’s not something you did by yourself – So that salvation from first to last Is truly by His grace alone! The more you understand this, The more useful you’ll be – You’ll stop working, Trying to be good enough for Him, And begin working for Him – The more you understand this, The more thankful you’ll be, And so the more you’ll put into your work.
 
3 B. Preview. This is important because of what we see this evening: You were not saved by your works, You were saved for works. Paul writes, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” If you are to be useful to God You must believe this; You must be willing to serve Him; You must be willing to do good works. Let’s consider two things: 1. Why you should do good works. 2. And how you should do them. II. Sermon. A. First, why should you do good works? You’re not saved by them, So why do them? There are at least five reasons: 1. First, that’s why God saved you That you might do good works – That’s what Paul says here. Jesus says He is the vine, we are the branches –

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