Summary: How do we "work out" our salvation?
Working on Salvation
April 17, 2005
Center Point Baptist Church
A man was driving with his wife at his side and his mother-in-law in the back seat. The women just wouldn’t leave him alone. His mother-in-law said, “You’re driving too fast!” His wife said, “Stay more to the left.” After ten mixed orders, the man turned to his wife and asked, “Who’s driving this car – you or your mother?”
Isn’t that the way we feel sometimes when we’re driving with “backseat drivers?”
*We have a license – we’re completely capable of driving!
Talk about licenses –
• Many of us possess them – the state has granted us the privilege (and responsibility) for safe driving on our nation’s roads and highways.
• But the decision to drive safely is still up to us – which direction to go, what speed to drive, giving full attention, etc.
*That’s the way it is with the Christian life – God has given us the gift of salvation (for those who believe), but the work of Christianity is still up to us – as believers with free will.
• Many take God for granted, and refuse His work in their lives.
• Those who follow God’s will find that even amidst hardship, they are powerfully blessed – and become a mighty blessing to others!
John 7:38 – Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.
Read Philippians 2:12-13.
1.) A Question of Integrity
*Paul speaks of the confidence he has in their integrity – as he had before:
Philippians 1:3-6 – I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:27 – …I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel…
*He points out that they have been obedient to God at all times –
• when he was around to oversee their work and worship
• when he was away on mission trips
This was a church he had confidence in – that they were not turning their eyes toward anything but Christ and His mission for them.
*It was a matter of integrity – the church at Philippi had it – If Paul were writing a letter to Center Point, are those the words he would use?
Psalm 25:21 – May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in You.
*Jesus spoke of integrity –
Luke 16:10 – Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
• There is great power in this kind of faith – for faith in the unseen is what allows Christian integrity!
• The person with this kind of faith does not depend only on a human overseer, but realizes a righteous dependency upon Christ.
2.) Working “Out” Your Salvation
What does our scripture mean “work out your salvation?” – Isn’t salvation a gift of God’s grace?
*The implication of “continue” is that something has already been done – new life has already been given!