Summary: Here’s a Labor Day weekend message that helps us better understand how good works should be a part of our Christian lives.
TITUS 3:1-8, 14 New King James
 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
Today, I want to tell you a story about Chester Banks.
Chester was a farmer who was dying of lung cancer.
One day as Chester was lying in his bed
he asked his 4 sons to come to his bedside.
Chester’s boys were lazy.
They didn’t enjoy working hard on the farm.
Since Chester was about to die…
He wanted to be sure that the family farm would continue on…
And that it would be a productive farm.
Chester also wanted to give his 4 sons a secret
that would change their lives.
Chester said, "My boys, I am about to die.
I want you to know that on this farm…
there lies a hidden treasure.
Dig and keep digging until you find it."
Well, naturally, they wanted to know the precise location of the treasure.
“Tell us where to dig, Dad!”
But the old farmer merely smiled slyly.
Then with a sigh, he died.
Now…The farmer had always been an honest man.
And though the boys were surprised he had not told them about the treasure..
they believed their Dad had told them the truth…
and they began to dig.
They dug holes everywhere…but no treasure was found.
But the 4 sons didn’t give up!
SO…They kept digging in the fields…
because their father told them to dig…
and because they trusted him.
He said there was treasure in the ground…and they believed him!
In our Bible text today…
it says that there is a close link
between our belief in the Heavenly Father
and doing good works.
This is the Labor Day Weekend.
It’s a time when we pay tribute to workers.
Did you know that the Bible says we should work for a living?
This church has helped several people…
In the 2 years we have been in existence.
We will continue to give food…clothing…and financial help…
To those who are truly in need.
HOWEVER…the Bible says there are some people…
We should not help.
We should not help lazy people!
The Bible says that if a man will not work,
neither should he eat. (2 Thess 3:10)
It says that those who stole ought to stop and start working
to have something to share with others. (Eph. 4:28)
It says Christians should work vigorously
as if we are doing our labor for the Lord Himself. (Col. 1:23)
The Bible says that each person ought to work
to provide for their own needs
and not be a burden on others. (2 Cor. 11:9)
However, my emphasis today will be on working for the Lord:
doing good works that have some spiritual impact;
works that are related to our Christian faith.
I am referring to works of kindness, goodness, service,
witnessing, burden bearing, teaching, encouragement.
What is there in the text that helps us gain a proper view of good works?
There are 3 Points:
GOOD WORKS ARE PRODUCED
BY BELIEVING IN GOD:
This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
The word "believed" is from the Greek word
that means "have faith, or put trust in someone."
If we put our full trust in Jesus,
if we really do believe,
it will result in good works of all kinds.
Saving belief in Jesus…
opens our hearts, minds, and lives to His work.
Jesus works in and through us.
Philippians 1:6 says:
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;