Here's the study we went through last night - we actually got through the entire thing!!
Much of the discussion was about what the works of a Christian looks like versus what a "pretend" Christian looks like.
We discussed hypocrisy vs. genuine faith; pride vs. humility, works righteousness vs. the works of a servant of God
Righteous people do righteousness things, unrighteous people do unrighteous things; we know them by what they do, we know them “by their fruit”; just as we know that a particular tree is an apple tree because it produces apples. Even if you are not familiar with trees, in season, you can easily see that it is an apple tree. On the other hand, if it is winter, most of us cannot see that it is an apple tree. There is no fruit, there is no evidence (unless, of course, you know trees). Everyone will be Judged by their fruit, they will be judged based on the evidence that they truly have faith in Jesus?
Therefore, we will be judged by the things, the deeds, the works we do....not as a means to be saved, but as evidence of salvation.
Scripture is clear, there will be a Judgment Day, and all of us will be there, Judgment Day is NOT only for the non-believers. It is absolutely true, we are saved by grace, through faith; but we must understand by what means the evidence will be gathered against, or for us – evidence of the genuineness of our faith.
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