This week we start our next sermon series, FaithWorks : A Study of James. For the next eight weeks we will be unpacking many of the key sections and verses in James’s letter to the early church that, though it was thriving, was in much need of encouragement, correction, and gospel teaching on how to live as Christians who have been made new by the power of Christ. While James will be the topic of our study this Spring, I am reminded of Paul’s words to Titus regarding our salvation and the ultimate fruit of holiness in the life of the believer:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14 ESV
We are saved by Christ by grace through faith. We are purified, sanctified, by that same power that raised Jesus Christ from the grave. Praise God we are a people who celebrate Forever Easter.