The Finished And Unfinished WORK Of Jesus

You can’t be a faithful Christian and be lazy! And some would argue, rightly so, that there is no such thing as an unfaithful Christian. Laziness is a sin, especially in one’s faith walk. Here’s why I think that laziness is a sin.

  1. Work is a significant part of the cultural mandate in Genesis Chapter 1. God’s image bearers have work to do in God’s good world. Work is a part of mankind expressing the Image of God in each of us. Genesis 2:15 says, The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
  2. Jesus described His ministry as a WORK. Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work” (John 4:34).
  3. Faith without works is dead according to James Chapter 2. So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
  4. We Christians were created for good works which God has especially prepared for each of us. Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
  5. I really love the little reference to Mary in Romans 16 where Paul says to Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.” (He said a similar thing about Epaphras in Colossians 4.)

 

All that to say that Christians love to celebrate the FINISHED work of Jesus at the Cross. He paid the debt of our sin in full. He took our place as the atoning sacrifice for our sin. Just before He died, He himself pronounced that “it is finished” (John 19:30).

But Christians also love God’s UNFINISHED work. He’s still writing His story in the world. He’s continuing the unfinished work of building His church (Matthew 16:18). And we who are active members in the local church are working right alongside Him. If we are not lazy, uncommitted and indifferent. The call of being a Christian is a call to serve Him in the good works He has prepared for us in the local church. The church is the place for holy, hard work. Not lazy, half-hearted Christians. 

This Sunday we return to our series called, “We Believe,” with a focus on our conviction that the local church is God’s primary agent for advancing the Gospel in the world today. 

Here’s what we are going to examine (Statement No. 8):

WE BELIEVE the New Testament local church is a company of immersed believers voluntarily associated together for the ministry of the Word, mutual edification, observance of the ordinances and the fulfillment of the great commission (making disciples, baptizing, and teaching, unto the ends of the earth). WE BELIEVE the church is to be sovereign and under no higher ecclesiastical authority. WE BELIEVE that Christians are to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. WE BELIEVE that there are only two (2) ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. WE BELIEVE Baptism to be the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. WE BELIEVE the Lord’s Supper to be the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two (2) elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.

Plan to join your church family on Sunday morning @ 9AM or 11AM as we dive into our core beliefs.

Shalom,
 
Pastor Deric