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I started this blog when I was following the Life Journal Bible reading plan on YouVersion. (I've since completed that plan.) At that time, YouVersion didn't provide any way for people to respond to my notes, other than to "like" them. So this blog is here to remedy that problem. You may comment on my notes here in the comment section.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Works and Grace -- both and, not either or.


S: Titus 3:5-8 “He saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.” This saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on such truths, so that those who have placed their faith in God may be intent on engaging in good works. These things are good and beneficial for all people.

O: Various people over the centuries have emphasised works to the exclusion of grace and grace to the exclusion of works, but the Bible actually teaches both -- it is both that God saves us not by our works but by His grace, and that all who have truly placed their faith in God's salvation would be intent on good works.

So it is not either works or grace, but rather, both works and grace should be evident in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ.

A: Jesus died to save us -- now let us live for Him!

P: Father, thank You for Your amazing grace! Now we want to live for You! In Jesus' name, amen.

Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)

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