Emphasis on Works?

I’m sure some people think that I have an overemphasis on works.

I am going to try an experiment. I am going to post one verse or passage a day for as long as I can that addresses works for the Christian. I’m guessing I can keep it up for at least six months. I won’t stretch any passages out by dividing them into individual verses. If a whole passage is discussing works, I’ll use the whole passage that day.

These will be short, so they’re not in place of regular posts. If you entered on this blog’s home page, make sure you look at the second post, too, which is probably more important.

Day 1: Let our people also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they may not be unfruitful. (Tit. 3:14)

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2 Responses to Emphasis on Works?

  1. miketea says:

    Hi Paul, I am aware of a certain degree of what might be called recreational Christianity in my world but I wonder what else in your part of the world has encouraged this need to emphasise works in this way. I don’t, for a moment, disagree with what you are saying but I am aware of a growing emphasis on works in some Christians in the States, some even coming to believe we are saved by works, and wonder what it is a reaction to.

    Here in the UK, of course, we have our own problems with easy-believeism but not so much as to make it necessary that we have to press home, emphasise and reinforce what is obvious to most Christians I know personally and preached regularly from our pulpits, i.e. we are saved from sin for works.

    In my own city dozens of churches co-operate and have been co-operating for years in serving the wider community as well as offering practical service to the saints. The gospel is preached, as St Francis would say, by any means and, if necessary, using words.

    This morning our sermon was on Church and Social Action and, certainly, there is no shortage of opportunities, nor lack of encouragement in that direction. Perfect? Certainly not!! But if something is happening where you are that we need to know about it would be helpful to know. It isn’t only in the world of economics that it can be said when America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold.

    I do look forward to following the rest of your posts on this subject.

    • paulfpavao says:

      I’m going to answer this in a post. Thank you for addressing this. I’m going to try to carefully hone down the point I’m making. I don’t know enough about the UK, except that the emphasis on living out faith is stronger there, to know that what I’m saying applies there. However, your comment makes me think the point needs to be made in the UK, too. When you write “some even coming to believe we are saved by works,” I think, “Some need to come to believing we are saved by works.”


      The Bible says, “We are justified by works.” That’s a quote, from James, and it is not out of context.

      We don’t have a context in which we can say what James says.

      That is a problem.

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