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Faith Alone

November 5, 2017 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: Back to Basics

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Ecclesiastes 2:8–2:9, Galatians 2:16, James 2:10, Romans 5:1–5:2, 1 Peter 5:5

Faith Alone

Week four of a six-week message series about the essentials of Christianity and the importance of keeping “the main thing” the main thing.

A Review of the Five Basics

1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”)
The Bible alone is our highest authority.

2. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”)
We are saved by the grace of God alone

3. Sola Fide (“faith alone”)
We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”)
Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.

5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”)
We live for the glory of God alone.

Sola Gratia = Faith Alone
We are saved by the grace of God alone.

Grace is God's unconditional love, unmerited favor, and everlasting kindness, expressed to us through His Son, Jesus. God shows us His grace not “because of” who we are and what we’ve done, but “in spite of” who we are and what we’ve done. That’s why grace is so amazing.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Sola Fide = Faith Alone
We are saved through faith alone.

"Faith alone" forces us to think about what we're ultimately trusting in to find favor with God.

FAITH versus WORKS

Does God accept us on the basis of: the GRACE we RECEIVE (faith) or the GOODNESS we ACHIEVE (works)?

Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Galatians 2:16 NIV
16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

Why Our Works Don't Work

1. God doesn’t grade on a curve
His pass-fail line is 100% perfection

2. Our goodness can’t cancel out our badness
Think soup, not scales

3. To add our works is to subtract from Christ
“Jesus, You didn’t do enough to save me”

James 2:10 NIV
10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

Faith Alone: Getting Personal

1. An Encouragement for the Hopeless

2. A Challenge for the Prideful

3. A Reminder for the Thankful

Romans 5:1-2 NIV
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

1 Peter 5:5 ESV
5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

Connections Questions

Works cannot reconcile us with God or obtain grace for us, for this happens only through faith, that is, when we believe that our sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake . . . Martin Luther

1. Picture a “ladder of moral goodness.” Jesus stands at the top because He never sinned. Where on this ladder would you place Mother Teresa? Osama bin Laden? Where would you place yourself?

2. Would you say that some of our good deeds count more than others? Is it more pleasing to God that a person take communion (for example) than that they help a friend move? How so?

3. Read Romans 3:10-22 together. In what ways do these verses apply to people like us (if they do)? How are we made right with God according to verse 22?

4. What does it mean to “have faith in” or “believe in” Jesus? What do these verses teach us about saving faith?

* Romans 4:4-5

* Romans 4:23-25

* James 1:6-8

5. How would you respond to a coworker who says, “So you believe you can just ‘trust in Jesus’ then live any way you want and you’ll still go to Heaven?”

6. If you stood at the gates of Heaven and someone inside asked you, “Why should I let you into God’s Heaven?,” what would you say?



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