Sermon Audio – 9/18/2o16 : Timothy S. Wilkey
Here we spend some time making a great effort to distinguish between two kinds of “doing”.
We contrast King Agrippa’s first century encounter with the gospel in Acts 26, as compared with that of the crowd in Acts 2 or the Philippian jailer in Acts 16.
We also review the consistent message of John The Baptist, Jesus of Nazareth, the apostle Peter and the apostle Paul– repent and believe.
Additionally, we discuss ways to avoid communicating the wrong idea about “doing”; part of which involves a proper view of where humans start their spiritual journey.
Several pertinent Bible passages are listed in the worship folder for this week.
SHOULD WE EVEN USE THE WORD “DO”?
Regarding “doing”, Peter in Acts 2 did not tell the crowd there was nothing they could do after they heard the Gospel message on the day of Pentecost.
Regarding “doing”, Paul did not answer the Philippian jailor by saying there was nothing he could do when he cried out, “What must I do to be saved?”
WE KNOW WHAT WE CAN’T DO–
- We cannot merit salvation by any works of our own.
- We cannot just go through religious motions.
There is set before us, in the Bible, two kinds of doing. One kind we must utterly reject. But the other kind we must fully embrace.
There are activities required of us by the gospel. They are on a completely different level than the work of Christ. They merit nothing from God. They are themselves gifts of grace. They are the opposite of human achievements that contribute to Christ’s finished work, but they are activities or conditions required of men in the gospel and in response to which God saves men.
Dr. Samuel Waldron