BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH

“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).

  1. If grace saved us apart from faith then wouldn’t everyone be saved (Titus 2:11; Matt. 7:13-14; 13:30)?
  1. If faith saved us apart from grace then wouldn’t salvation be at least partially by works (working faith)?

C. What is grace?

  1. Unmerited favor.
  2. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
  3. Grace is not of ourselves, but a gift of God (Eph. 2:8).
  4. Therefore we have nothing to take credit for (2:9).

D. What is faith?

  1. An active trusting of God for our eternal well-being.
  2. Believes God can and will do something (save us).
  3. Not based on feeling, but on God’s character & Word.
  4. 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.

  1. Man can only be saved if predestined by God.
  2. Once saved always saved.

B. Arminianism – emphasizes faith & man’s freewill.

  1. Everyone has a free will and can choose salvation.
  2. 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

16:30-31; Rom. 10:9-10, 13).

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?