One of the great tensions in the Bible is the tension between faith and works. If we’re not careful, it’s easy for us to overvalue one at the expense of the other. If we put too much emphasis on faith, we might find ourselves believing that our actions don’t matter very much. On the other hand, if we put too much emphasis on obedience, we might find ourselves believing that we are responsible for our own salvation rather than trusting in Jesus to save us.
The Bible, though, doesn’t really treat faith and works, obedience and grace, as opposites. Instead, they’re complementary. God’s grace motivates us to obey, and our faith stirs us up to good works. We can’t properly glorify God without either, and we have to understand both. This evening, then, let’s look together at a context from Titus that explores the connection between grace and good works. Continue reading