Next Steps

Sent (Part 3)
Acts 15:1-35

How do we become Christians? Is it good works, good ideas, or a good Savior? This is a critical question, one that could have destroyed the early church. Paul and Barnabas had brought many Gentiles to faith in Jesus, and some Jews believed they had it too easy. They thought that it was not enough for these Gentiles to silly believe in Jesus–they had to be circumcised. In other words, Jesus was not enough. Do you realize this is a problem for us today, as well? We say that we believe in Jesus, but we like to add other ideas, things, or object of worship to our lives. Salvation is not the product of good works or good ideas, but a good Savior. We are saved by faith alone, through grace alone in Jesus alone. Jesus alone saved us, and Jesus alone keeps us saved; our good works have no merit before God. However, through them, the world gets to see the good work of Christ in us. That’s the good news.

This week, think about the following passages and seek to apply them to living:
Monday: Jesus is grace and truth for us. (John 1:14)
Tuesday: Jesus is the greatest treasure we desire. (Matthew 13:44)
Wednesday: Jesus is the only Savior: only He can save. (Acts 4:12)
Thursday: Jesus fully equips us for life and eternity. (2 Peter 1:3)
Friday: Jesus fully completes us; He meets our deep needs. (Ephesians 1:3-6; Colossians 2:9-10)
Saturday: Jesus gives us all grace needed for suffering, need, or weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

When we think of all the blessings we have in Jesus, we will gladly own Him, joyfully seek Him and eagerly share Him! Jesus is more than enough, friends. Let’s not ignore Him this week.

Praying with you to know and seek Jesus more!
Pastor Briant