“BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH”
INTRO: Is salvation (being made whole in every area of life) up to me or up to God?
I. THE GRACE VS. FAITH TENSION (Eph. 2:8-10).
A. We are saved by grace through faith, and not by either one independent of the other (v. 8a).
B. Grace saves. Faith channels the grace to us (Eph. 2:8a).
- If grace saved us apart from faith then wouldn’t everyone be saved (Titus 2:11; Matt. 7:13-14; 13:30)?
- If faith saved us apart from grace then wouldn’t salvation be at least partially by works (working faith)?
C. What is grace?
- Unmerited favor.
- God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
- Grace is not of ourselves, but a gift of God (Eph. 2:8).
- Therefore we have nothing to take credit for (2:9).
D. What is faith?
- An active trusting of God for our eternal well-being.
- Believes God can and will do something (save us).
- Not based on feeling, but on God’s character & Word.
- Activated through words & actions (Rom. 10:9-10).
E. We aren’t saved by works, but to do good works (2:10).
F. Basically grace is God’s part and faith is our part.
II. THE CALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISM TENSION.
A. Calvinism – emphasizes grace and God’s sovereignty.
- Man can only be saved if predestined by God.
- Once saved always saved.
B. Arminianism – emphasizes faith & man’s freewill.
- Everyone has a free will and can choose salvation.
- Salvation can be left (Rev. 3:5, 15-16; Heb. 6:4-6)?
III. IS SALVATION OUR CHOICE OR GOD’S CHOICE?
A. We can choose to believe and be saved (Jn. 3:16; Acts
B. If man can’t choose then why preach the gospel?
CONCLUSION: We are saved by grace through faith. Are you saved? Have you chosen to believe?