WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION
I. TEXTUAL THOUGHTS
1. Philippians 2:12 - This work includes continual, persistent effort.
2. Hebrews 5:9-14, 6:9-12 - it involves:
a. Obeying God - 5:9.
b. Knowing the Word of righteousness - 5:13.
c. Practice/constant use - 5:14.
d. Senses trained to discern good and evil - 5:14.
e. Imitating others who are faithful and patient - 6:12.
3. Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16 - It does not mean we earn our salvation by works.
4. Philippians 2:12 - It involves fear and trembling because:
a. God himself is at work in us - Philippians 2:13.
b. The glory and power of God with us is awesome - Mark 5:14-15.
II. MAIN THEME - Jesus and others show us how and why we should work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
1. Examples from Jesus and the Gospels of how to work out your own salvation:
a. Call on the Lord, life is too difficult without His help - Matthew 8:24-26.
b. Draw near to him despite the crowds, personal pain... - Matthew 9:21-22.
c. Lose your life for Jesus and the Gospel's sake - Mark 8:34-35.
d. Begin by believing and being baptized - Mark 16:15-16.
e. Seek the will of the Father as Jesus did - John 5:30,34-36.
2. Reasons from the apostle Paul:
a. Because others will not always be present to help - Philippians 1:27.
b. Because we need to bear our own burdens - Galatians 6:3-5.
c. Because we need to walk according to our own level of spiritual maturity -
1. Know God's will and practice righteousness - .John 5:30, Mark 8:34-35,
Heb 5:9-14, 6:9-12.
2. Be with Jesus - Acts 4:12-13.
3. Be a confessing people:
a. By confessing the Lordship of Jesus - :Romans 10:9-10.
b. By recognizing personal sin - 2 Corinthians 7:9-11.
4. Examine yourself - 2 Corinthians 13:5.
5. Discern between friends and enemies, good and evil - Philippians 3:17-21.
6. Be in the Scriptures - 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
7. Pay attention to what you've heard, especially regarding Jesus and salvation -
8. Remember, you can do this because God is at work in you - Philippians 2:13.
IV. MEMORY VERSE - Philippians 2:12