Lesson 20


1. Since we are saved by grace only, why must we still do good works?
Because Christ who redeemed us also renews our lives by his Holy Spirit, so that we may show true thankfulness to him. (Rom. 12:1)

2. What is the chief reason for doing good works?
That in all things God may be praised and glorified by us. (Matthew 5:16)

3. Which benefits result from our good works?
By good works we are assured of the sincerity of our faith, and our neighbors may be won for Christ. (Galatians 6:9)

4. Can they be saved who continue in sin and unthankfulness?
By no means, for the Bible teaches that such persons shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (1 John 3:10)

Things to Look Up:

  1. How did the psalmist show his thanks to God? Psalm 138:1, 2.
  2. How does Paul describe the thankful service which we owe to God? Romans 12:1, 2.
  3. Which are the fruits of Christ’s Spirit working in the lives of true believers? Galatians 5:22-24.
  4. What does the Bible teach about the works of Abraham and Rahab? James 2:21, 24.
  5. How does the Belgic Confession describe good works in the Christian’s life? article 24 (2nd paragraph).
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