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#5 in Series entitled “Grace Works!”
by Pastor Richard Tow
May 8, 2016
Text: Hebrews 10:38

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Description: Continued faith in Christ is essential to salvation. The reliance on a past experience for salvation while living in sin is a dangerous error. This message addresses that error by exploring some of the warnings given to Christians in the New Testament. The statement, “The just shall live by faith,” is found four times in Scripture. The context of these four passages is examined, demonstrating how the statement calls for a continuance of faith in Christ, not just an initial experience.

Series entitled: Grace Works! #5

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I.   The just shall live by faith (4 times in Bible)

A. Rom. 1:16-17
(1) Essential to the Gospel
(2) “from faith to faith” NIV “by faith from first to last.”

B. Gal. 3:11
We can’t save ourselves by good works and
we can’t keep ourselves saved by good works.

C. Heb. 10:35-39
(1) Quoted after the admonition to “not cast away your confidence.”
Heb. 3:12 “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of
unbelief in
departing from the living God.”
(2) The promise is to those who endure to the end.
(3) Faith is trust/reliance on Christ in the heart.
–Decision of the will—evidenced by what we do (James 2:18)
–Not mere intellectual assent or emotional feeling.
D. Hab. 2:1-4
Comes in context of personal struggles with justice of God.
Is stance of faith, living in reliance on God’s faithfulness.
Rom. 11:19-22 “you stand by faith” “if you continue

II.  Your faith is the focus of Satan’s attacks.

A. Attack on Eve (Gen. 31-6)

B. Attack on Peter (Luke 22:31-32)

III. You are called to nurture your faith.

A. Draw near to God
Heb. 10:22 and Jude 20-21
B. Keep meeting with God’s people (Heb. 10:23-25).
C. Stay in the Word (1 Tim. 4:1, 13-16).
D. Keep your eyes on Jesus (Heb. 12:1-2)




1. What is God speaking to you today?

2. “The just shall live by faith.”
Is that just talking about getting born again, or does it apply to your life

3. Do we have to “continue” in faith to be saved or can we rely on our initial
experience alone. Why do you feel this way?

4. How does the Devil attack our faith? Why is this the focus of his attack?

5. How do you nurture your faith?