CHRISTIANS: Salvation As a Work?

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”—Philippians 1:6.

WORK is the subject of this text. The world is full of busywork; the din of toil and the hum of the industry is ever in our ears. But there is another work. Simultaneous with this work of the world, mingling with it, but rising above it in grandeur and importance, is another work—a divine work—a work for the salvation of souls.

HOW CAN WE BE READY TO DEFEND YOUR CHRISTIAN FAITH AND KNOW HOW YOU OUGHT TO ANSWER EACH PERSON?

“For the sharing of the message of Christ to be effective, the wise walk must be accompanied with flavorful talk. The believer’s talk is to be gracious, rather than gruff, and charming, rather than coarse.” – Max Anders

“A Christian should not attempt to ram the truth down someone’s throat or to speak patronizingly or critically to them.” – David Walls and Max Anders

How Are Christian Good Works the Light of the World?

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in the heavens. (Matthew 5:14, 16)

Being the light of the world is pre-eminently applied to Jesus in the Scriptures (Matt. 4:16; Luke 2:32; John 1:4; John 8:12; Isa. 49:6), because he is, in the moral world, what the sun is in the natural world. The apostles, Christian ministers, and all Christians are lights of the world, because they, by their instructions and example, show what God requires, what is the condition of man, what is the way of duty, peace, and happiness the way that leads to heaven. As the city on the hill, Christians must be seen; they ought to be holy, harmless, and undefiled.

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