Summary: Tools for Living - Salvation, The Word and Prayer
Tools for Living
Open with a recap
Toolboxes contain items that are both essential and items that are useful.
Salvation – No Tool – we don’t really do anything but accept it.
Rom 6:23 - 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.
Eph 2:8 - 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
The Word – The Hammer – the most common, basic item
Heb 4:12 - 12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
2 Tim 3:16,17 - 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Prayer – Screwdriver – necessary to put stuff together… with a sense of finesse. (Different then the word in that it brings a greater sense of feeling to the relationship)
James 5:13-16 - 13Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective