Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN joins host Rev. Timothy Appel for Sharathon 2020 to discuss the relationship between faith and good works in the Christian life.
Faith and good works are both gifts from God. As God gives faith in Christ, that gift overflows into His gift of good works. Through the hearing of His Word, God gives the assurance that He is a gracious God whom we can fear, love, and trust above all things. This faith is more than knowledge; this faith is living and active reliance upon Christ alone for salvation. This faith flows into the good works that God has prepared for us to do, a reality that is taught by St. Paul, St. James, and all of the writers of Holy Scripture. As a living tree produces fruit, so Christians have been made alive by faith in Christ and so produce good works. These good works are shaped by the Ten Commandments. They are given to us for the sake of our neighbors wherever God has placed us, not to save us, but as the natural overflow of the gift of God in Christ.
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Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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