We take the opportunity to remind ourselves of some of the central truths of the Protestant Reformation - that we are saved not by our own works but by the grace of God, received through faith. This is the glorious ‘but God’ of the gospel, as He rescued us who were dead in transgressions and sins - utterly hopeless.
Yet we also see that having been saved, God has a purpose for us to fulfill. We are not saved to do nothing but saved to do good works that God has prepared in advance for us to walk in. We understand that we must have faith and the works that show that faith to be genuine.
We combine these thoughts with the needs of the lost and the Great Commission that we saw last week. Love to God means obedience to His commands. Becoming like Jesus, we will desire to serve God and others and one important way we can do this is by taking the message of the Gospel to them.