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Weekly Sermon - 04 Feb 18                                 

The persistent Christian good works
(Hebrews 6:10-12)

Speaker: Rev Peter Tan
 
(53 minutes)
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.   Introduction

1.   Good Works Revealed

2.   Good Works Remembered

3.   Good Works Rewarded

.   Conclusion

Acts 11:29-30

"Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul."

Romans 15:25-26

But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

Acts 10:38

"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."

1. Good Works Revealed

Hebrews 6:9 "But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak."

True Christians will produce the proper fruits of holiness and good works;

But those who produce thorns and thistles - nothing of benefit whatsoever to others;

Here the best evidence of the sincerity of one’s love - readiness to minister to the saints in their all distresses.

Contributing to the support and comfort of the poor Christians who were suffering persecution.

Every good must have love for its motive, and God for its end.

Their kindness in ministering to the wants of the saints, they had given full evidence of true piety.

2. Good Works

Joshua 2:1,4,12 "...they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there...And the woman took the two men, and hid them...I have shewed you kindness"

2 Kings 4:8 "And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread."

Acts 9:36-39 "... Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did."

Heb. 6:10 "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."

They are praised for their charity;

God will do no wrong/unfaithful;

He will not forget their endeavours to promote His glory, and to do good.

3. Good Works Rewarded

Mt 10:42 "And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward."

Mt 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

Not that we have any inherent right to claim reward:

(1) A servant has no merit, as he only does that which is his duty;

(2) Our best performances may still be lacking;

(3) It is God who enables us to do good.

 

 

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