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Saved by His mercy – Devoted to good works!

Saved by His mercy – Devoted to good works!

 

jesus crossWelcome to Church and a special welcome to you if you’re visiting us today! We hope you enjoy your time with us, as we Worship our most loving and merciful God.

Today in our reading from Titus 3 we discover the heart of God.

What is the basis of our salvation? Verse 5 informs us that: he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy.

Our God is a merciful God! But we might ask why do we need to be saved? Verses 1 to 3 remind us that outside of faith in Jesus we are not capable of living for God. We can’t save ourselves!

So what does he save us for? Verse 7 tells us: “having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life”.

Eternal life is just a ‘wish’ for those outside of faith in Jesus. The Christian hope however has assurance and security because it’s not based in our actions, but rather in the work of Jesus in dying on the cross, and the giving of his Holy Spirit to cleanse and sanctify us. And this hope we receive by having a living and active faith in Jesus.how devoted are you

 

The appropriate response to this salvation we’ve been provided is to be devoted to good works, so that our community and the world around us, can see the mercy of God through us, and what it means to be saved!

 

 

NRS Titus 3:1-15

31 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,  2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone.  3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  6 This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 The saying is sure. I desire that you insist on these things, so that those who have come to believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable to everyone.  9 But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 After a first and second admonition, have nothing more to do with anyone who causes divisions,  11 since you know that such a person is perverted and sinful, being self-condemned.  12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.  13 Make every effort to send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way, and see that they lack nothing.  14 And let people learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive.  15 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.

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