Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Part 2: Breaking the "grace abuser" mold

Last night I continued my conversation about breaking the "grace abuser" mold with my 11th grade bible study here in Branson. We came up with a list of reasons to break the mold:

1. Obedience is Worship to God
2. God is a God of order
3. Walk in a manner worthy of the death of Christ
4. So that God my be Glorified in our lives
5. So that others may see the light and come to know Him
6. To honor Jesus
7. To illustrate our love for our King
8. We have died to sin and become alive in Christ: "Born Again"
9. To be free of Guilt, ie: Clear Conscious
10. Free from Addiction
11. Be a man of Character and Integrity
12. To be sanctified or "set apart"
13. Be a Good Leader
14. So that no one can call us a Hypocrite
15. Eternal Investment

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 "For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire."

Salvation is a free gift, but rewards, for those who are saved, are earned. One day we will all stand before the "Judgement Seat of Christ"and the quality and heart behind the good works we have done will be tested by fire. Those done out of love will be rewarded- another great reason to break the "grace abuser" mold!!

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