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Well doing - a Christian perspective
The early church is encouraged not to stop "well doing"--that is, not to tire of doing good works.
Works in the Bible: Ephesians 2:8-10
Good works are an important part of following Christ--they are tangible outgrowths of our faith. But good works by themselves are not enough to save us; salvation must come through faith. This passage forms the basis of the belief that we are "saved by grace alone, through faith."
Filthy rags in the Bible: Isaiah 64:6
When we do something good, we're proud of what we've done, but this passage says that even our best, most noble works are like "dirty rags" when it comes to earning us a place in heaven--they're useless and good for nothing. They're certainly not enough to bring us into a right relationship with God--for that, we need Christ.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Biggest Spiritual Mistake In The World - #4334
Tragically, most of the religious people on this planet are making the mistake of trying to earn from God what He says we can only have as a gift. In fact, I believe that's why so many people observe their religion's ceremonies, attend their religion's meetings, try to live by their religion's rules -- they're trying to earn eternal life in heaven by doing good things and being good people. Now, it's a good thing to live a good life, but it's a deadly thing to depend on your good life to get you into heaven.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Unsung Heroes - #4287
The army of God has plenty of unsung heroes, too. Probably at least nine of them for every one who's on the front lines, and you may be one of those unsung heroes. But because you're unsung, you may not realize what a hero you are. But without people like you, the operations of the army of God grind to a halt.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - A Question From Narnia - #8071
In the midst of the battle his sister asks him a question that continues to haunt me: “Exactly who are you doing this for?” A question Jesus may be asking some of us about the work we’re doing.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Why Mission Impossible Isn't - #3838
Maybe you're looking at the week ahead, the day or month ahead - and you're saying, "Looks like Mission Impossible." I sure have those seasons. In fact, it was one of those times when the challenges looked overwhelming that God really introduced me to our word for today from the Word of God.
I've lived a pretty good life. I'll go to heaven, if there is one, won't I? - Faith Facts
The belief that goodness earns eternal salvation is the single most prevalent misconception about Christian teaching. The question is, by whose standard are you "good"—God's perfect standard or man's imperfect one? Or do we actually need a Savior? Read more....