Hebrews 10:19-25; Romans 12:3-13 – Church Membership (2) – Sermon Outline
Intro: Christ has constructed His Church to assemble together to stir up love and good works.
Need: The Church is God's people/Christ's body, and must physically meet together and do things together to minister to one another. This is for the inward and outward man, to stir up love for God and one another from the heart and according to His Word, and also to relieve the outward man/bodily needs.
Theme: The Church is Christ's Body and must worship and serve together to be useful:
By confessing the faith together and stirring up one another to love and good works. (Heb. 10)
By each member comprising different parts/spiritual giftings within Christ's body that must be used to both serve and be served by Christ through His body/people. (Rom. 12)
By taking membership vows to formalize these duties and privileges before God and His Church, knowing keeping them is life and strength for Christ's body, but breaking them is to tear apart. (HRPC vows)
The story of the repentant thief at Calvary gives us an example of one of the finest confessions of faith in the Bible. It should humble us that God has so mightily used one who had lived in sin his entire life, a criminal until his final hours. Rather than an example of a works-free salvation, his extremely short Christian life should be viewed as being full of good works, the inevitable result of a true faith as the instrument of saving grace. His example should provoke us to be faithful in whatever time we have.
Roman Catholic clerics blasphemously claim that their so-called priests "bring Christ down from His throne, and place Him upon our altar to be offered up again for the sins of man. The priest speaks, and lo, Christ the eternal and omnipotent God, bows his head in humble obedience to the priest's command."
But Hebrews makes it clear: any sacrifice that must be repeated, does not take away our sin! A repeated sacrifice that does not purge the sinner forever, serves only as a constant reminder of unforgiven sin.
Those who refuse the Mass, but trust only in the sacrifice that Jesus made for sinners, and in His exclusive presentation of His Own blood at the throne of God, have been made perfectly acceptable to God already.
Therefore, God is pleased to accept our offerings, not for our sin, but as praise, worship, obedience, and kind deeds done in Christ's name. Such offerings are well pleasing to our God.
Of course, our gifts to God can never match the glory and value of God's gift of Christ to us. Yet, God does desire to receive spiritual sacrifices from His loved ones!
Christ taught that even the widow's mite was accepted by God. Mary's costly ointment from the alabaster box anointing Christ was accepted with His high praise, and is to be remembered of her for all time. There can be nothing too extravagant for the worship and praise of our Savior!
Even the little children who praised Jesus with shouts asserting His glory as Messiah, were warmly embraced by Christ. The religious leaders tried to shut them up, but Christ pointed out that they fulfilled the prophecy, that God would perfect, unto Himself, praise from the mouths of babes!
Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 44
113. What does the tenth Commandment require?
That not even the least inclination or thought against any commandment of God ever enter our heart, but that with our whole heart we continually hate all sin and take pleasure in all righteousness.
Can those who are converted to God keep these Commandments perfectly?
No, but even the holiest men, while in this life, have only a small beginning of such obedience, yet so that with earnest purpose they begin to live not only according to some, but according to all the Commandments of God.
Why then does God so strictly enjoin the Ten Commandments upon us, since in this life no one can keep them?
First, that as long as we live we may learn more and more to know our sinful nature, and so the more earnestly seek forgiveness of sins and righteousness in Christ; second, that without ceasing we diligently ask God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, that we be renewed more and more after the image of God, until we attain the goal of perfection after this life.
Grace & Truth Bible Church (GTBC)
Series: Biblical Distinctions
Message: 10 - Understanding the Relationship Between Good Works and Salvation
Speaker: Dale Pearson
Key Verses: Ephesians 2:8-10
Dale Pearson teaches the tenth message in the Biblical Distinctions series, with a message titled, "10 - Understanding the Relationship Between Good Works and Salvation" reviewing:
A. Salvation is Not By Works.
B. Salvation is Designed to be For Good Works.
C. Further Clarification.
They who in their obedience attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God requires, as that they fall short of much which in duty they are bound to do.
The content of the gospel when it is believed
changes a man's heart to the effect that he will
practice good works as commanded in the Bible
to God's honor, not out of fear of "If I don't do
good works, I'll be condemned."
Based not only on on the Belgic Confession,
Article 24, but also God's Word, Kevin Pulliam
contends we are awakened through the gospel
to do good works through love.
More to mentally digest as one takes in the audio
sermon including a reading of 1st Corinthians
In this message, "Paul against the Super Apostles," we consider our subject under these headings, 1) The Deception of the Super Apostles, 2) The Humility of a Real Apostle, and 3) The Identity of the Super Apostles. As always I claim no originality, but will cite, quote, refer to various sources including, Naylor, Ortlund, Denny, Philip E. Hughes, R. Kent Hughes, and many others.