February 23, 2003


Volume 13 - Number 08     

By Grace - Through Faith

We emphatically declare what the Scriptures plainly teach, that salvation is by the grace of God. "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that one should boast." However, to add the word "alone" after "grace," and make salvation by grace alone, teaches something that the Bible does not teach. For those who would be saved, God Himself injected the necessity of man's obedience to His will.

To say that we are saved by grace alone would necessarily eliminate all human activity from salvation. If that were true, every human being on the face of the earth will be saved because God's grace has been offered to all men (Titus 2:11). This conclusion could not be the correct one because Jesus said In Matthew 7:21, "Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will My Father who is in heaven." There we have it. If one is to please God and receive salvation he must do the Father's will.

If salvation is by grace alone, it would eliminate all need for preaching the gospel since all would be saved, whether they hear it and obey it or not. Paul declared in Romans 10:13-15 that salvation involves "calling on the name of the Lord," "believing in Him," and hearing the Word preached.

Salvation is by grace, but our text, Ephesians 2:8-9, indicates that it is not by grace alone, but through faith. The grace is on God's part, and the faith is on man's part. God's grace is freely extended to the whole world and He is certainly capable of saving every person who has ever lived or ever will live on the earth. However, God has chosen to save only those who accept His grace, through faith. It is God's grace that saves, but an obedient faith is essential in order for His grace to be applied. Food satisfies hunger, but it takes eating to apply the food. Water quenches thirst, but only for those who drink it. So it is that God's grace saves, but only the person who applies it through faith. Grace is God's gift to man but it is not an unconditional gift.

Remember that Paul was talking to the Ephesian Christians when he said that they were saved "by grace through faith." What did these people do to be saved?

Eph. 1:13 says that they heard the gospel. Since they were saved by grace through faith we conclude that the process included hearing the gospel preached.

Eph. 1:13 also tells us that the Ephesians believed in Christ, so, we conclude that being saved by grace through faith includes believing in Jesus.

Acts 20:21 records Paul addressing the elders of the church in Ephesus in this way: "Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks repentance toward God..." The Ephesians were taught to repent, but they were saved by grace through faith. The obvious conclusion is that repentance is included in being saved by grace through faith.

Acts 19:18. Here it states that "many who believed came and confessed." So, in being saved by grace through faith men confessed Christ.

Acts 19:1-5. Here we read of the beginning of the church at Ephesus. Verse 5 informs us they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. So, when the Ephesians were saved by grace through faith, this included their obedience to the Lord in baptism.

When Paul told the Ephesians that they were saved by grace he did not mean by grace alone, without obedience to the will of God. These Ephesians heard, believed in Christ, repented of their sins, confessed Christ as the Son of God, and were baptized into Christ.

If this is what people in New Testament times did to receive the grace of God and be saved, can we do less today and expect to receive the same salvation?

V. Glenn McCoy


GROUND-BREAKING
March 2, 2003

On March 2nd we will break ground on our building project. Following our morning services, we will have a short ceremony in front of the building.

Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for our fellowship meal. This meal will be provided by the church. So ladies (and men) you do not have to worry about preparing something for the fellowship.



AM SERMON:
"God's Rules for Ruling the Nations"
Daniel 4:17
PM SERMON:
"Abraham Does it Again"
Genesis 20

Mark Your Calendars:

  • February 21-23: Youth Weekend, Cabin Repairs at Weeki Wachee Bible Camp
  • March 1: Ladies Day in Cape Coral.
  • March 2: Ground Breaking (See Above)
  • March 30: Fifth Sunday Contribution
  • April 12: Ladies Day at Orange Street in Auburndale, FL. “Hats Off To Ladies.”
  • June 1-7: Weeki Wachee Bible Camp.
  • June 20-July 7: Ghana Campaign 2003
  • July 20-26: Central Florida Bible Camp.

"God governs the world, and we have only to do our duty wisely, and leave the issue to Him.."

John Jay

 
 

SERVICE OOPPORTUNITIES

 

Remember in Prayer

Announcements:

 Wayne Vowell

 



Ashley & Sydney Leavens
Mary Gloster
Mary Jane Collier
Ersel Riggenbach
Melvine Zink
Melissa Keyso
Frank Small
Iva Turner
Stepheny Bennett
Art Stapleton
Bill Sherman
Lillian Comiskey

Ushers:

 

 Delbert Leavens

 

Morning Services

 

Bible Reading:

 Dale Schwartz  

Songs:

 David Coffman  

Sermon:

 Delbert Leavens

 

Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney

 
     

Evening Services

 

Opening Prayer:

 Glen Law

 

Songs:

 David Coffman

 

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Dougan

 
Our Record - Last Week

Communion

Attendance:
98
Larry Jenson
Dick Navarre - David Riser
Mike Weber
Contribution:
TBA
Budget:
$ 2695.00
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