Message Series

Revive Me


May 5, 2024

Teacher Putty Putman

Part 5: Revive My Purpose

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10

At first glance, these verses can seem contradictory and raise a lot of questions:

If salvation is attained by grace alone, why are we called to do good works?

If God is going to make all things right by bringing Heaven to Earth one day, why does it matter how we live today?

How does the world we live in now connect to the world we will live in when Jesus returns?

Putty joined us from Arizona this week to look at these questions and more. It’s a common misunderstanding to think that good works unlock revival in our lives. However, scripture teaches the opposite: the outpouring of revival is good work. No matter who you are, where you have been, what your life looks like, or how messy things are for you, there is nothing you can do to earn the love of God—his love for you is already whole and unconditional. He doesn’t require your good works; rather, he extends an invitation to a relationship with him, just as you are. When you experience his love and come alive, that’s revival. Revival unlocks the adventure of following Jesus, filled with the good works he’s prepared for you. And the incredible part is that these good works are not just for today – they have an impact that lasts into eternity!

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