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The Works of Faith (4 of 5)
Series: The Faith of Abraham
James 2:21-24, Genesis 22
INTRODUCTION: I'm in a sermon series on Faith using Abraham as our example; after all, the Bible refers to him as the "man of faith." Last week we talked about this Robe of Righteousness, remember? Sure you do. We looked at Genesis 15:6 which says that Abraham believed God and He credited it to Him as righteousness. We said that we give God our faith and in exchange God gives us righteousness - perfect, righteousness. We said that this all happens when we are baptized because that's when we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ - we are IN CHRIST. We said that our salvation doesn't depend upon our good deeds and is not negated by our sins because now we have this robe of righteousness. And I'll tell you, that was a fun sermon and most people liked it. We received a lot of requests for the sermon manuscript and CD's and DVD's. Oh yeah. We love that stuff.
But today, I want to talk about the other side of righteousness, because, here's what I worry about (put on the robe.) Now that we understand that we're clothed in this robe of righteousness, I worry about some of us getting the wrong idea about this whole business of good works. (Lay on the couch and watch TV). "What's that honey? No, I'm not going to Church today - don't need to. I've got the robe of righteousness. How's that? Host a Bible study in the house? Nah, that sounds like a lot of work. Why would I want to do that? I've already got my righteousness all squared away. What's that? Did I pray and read the Bible today? Are you kidding? You know how busy I am. Why, today alone I've got two football games and twelve episodes of 'Walking Dead' to catch up on. Besides, that stuff don't matter - I've already been credited with perfect righteousness by my FAITH. You see honey, it's not about works - its all about faith!"
Let's revisit our salvation statement. We are saved BY GRA ...
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