July 31, 2016
Lessons from the Desert: Works or Faith
Hope Church welcomed Pastor Chinzo to preach to us on Sunday, and we were very blessed by his message. Chinzo and his wife Mandy lead a church in Mongolia, where the Gospel continues to spread since the communist regime fell in 1990. As a boy, Chinzo encountered missionaries who taught English, and he eventually gave his life to Christ. He later attended Bible school in America, where he became friends with members of Westerville Alliance’s congregation.
His message was on the vital difference between works and faith. Our relationship with God often starts well because we are full of faith and relying on his strength. But soon enough we start to take matters into our own hands. Instead of relying on God, we rely on our own strength. This is a classic case of the difference between works and faith.
God offers salvation as a free gift and then he calls us to do good works. We do good things, not to merit favor from God, but as a response to what he has done for us. Speaking from Ephesians 2:8-10, Chinzo proclaimed that good works are a result of true faith. We are the light of the world, letting our good deeds shine before humanity, because of our faith in Jesus.