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A sermon prepared for a lecturship I did.  I was working within tight constraints, so its a little rough.
















What is a good work?

        A good work must be good; that is, of God (Luke 18:19, 3 John 11)

        A good work is anything that is done to accomplish Gods will, using Gods methods and ways (Matthew 7:21-23).

        Walking in Good works is simply living a life that is full of such deeds.

Christ did good works

  • John 10:25-32
  • We know we are to be like Christ from passages such as 1 Peter 2:21-22 and 1 John 2:6.
  • (Click to show) Therefore, we must do good works too.

Good works are a necessity

        Ephesians 2:8-9

        James 2:14-17

Good works also glorify God

  • Matthew 5:16
  • 1 Peter 2:11-12

They also follow Gods pattern

  • 1 Corinthians 7:17
  • Philippians 3:17
  • Along with this, God has given us all the knowledge and ability to do good works that we need.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:8
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

 

 

 

The scriptures also show that everyone has the ability to do good works

  • Congregations Colossians 1:9-12
  • The rich 1 Timothy 6:17-19
  • The elderly Titus 2:1-3
  • The young Titus 2:4-8
  • Wives, husbands, and all others 1 Peter 3:1-9

There are numerous Old Testament examples

  • Hur Exodus 24:8-13
    • We can see from this example that not all good works are large and obvious, but may be rather small and unknown.
  • Ruth Ruth 2:11-12
  • Hezekiah 2 Kings 18:1-6, 2 Kings 20:2-3

There are also many New Testament examples for us to look at

  • Dorcas/Tabitha Acts 9:36-41
  • Philemon Philemon 4-7
  • Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5, 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4

The 11th chapter of Hebrews is full of examples of Godly men doing good works

  • Enoch vs. 5-6 (Note that he was rewarded for his good works)
  • Noah vs. 7
  • Abraham vs. 8-9, 17-19
  • Moses vs. 24-28
  • Many others are also commended for their works vs. 32-34

God will judge all works in the end

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14