The Gospel and Good Works
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” —Titus 2:11-14
Christ redeemed me in order that I might be zealous to do the good works I was created to do.
“Indeed, gospel-motivated works do for the soul what food does for the body. They bring refreshment, enjoyment, blessing, and strengthening to the doer of the deeds, even more so to the receiver.” —Milton Vincent
- How does this passage help us to see what we were saved for, and not only what we were saved from?
- When you consider giving away your time, energy and resources for the good of others, where would you rate yourself on the “zealous scale?"
- Read Ephesians 2:8-10. How are we referred to in this passage? What is the implication?
- Discuss an idea with your community group about a “good work” you could do together.