Text: Ephesians 2:8-10
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 “For we are God’s workmanship,” that is we are the good works of God. Then Paul concludes, “created in Christ Jesus to do good works.”
Christians who focus exclusively on salvation by grace see feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting those in prison as, at worst, distractions from their single purpose of saving souls and, at best, as optional activities, if you like that sort of thing. Yet these very three activities (feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting those in prison) literally separate the sheep from the goats in Matthew 25 where Jesus describes those who will go to heaven and those who will go to hell. Churches who denigrate good works have clearly not read our text for this morning.
Today’s sermon will recount an experience I had with five refugees on the La Mota Ranch outside of Falfurias and how it changed my thinking forever about mission. We in Northminster have supported many mission efforts in the past and just recently engaged in “Stuff the Bus”, a program to provide school supplies for Title I schools. I urge you to continue to be generous and to read “Pastor Paul’s Ponderings” for more information on the importance of serving our neediest kids.