Every Good Work

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton

Text: Psalms 111


I.         From the beginning, God has given men work to do

            A.        Adam was to care for the garden - Genesis 2:15; 3:17-18

            B.        As Christians, we are commanded to work - I Thessalonians 4:11

            C.        We are being disobedient if we do not work - II Thessalonians 3:6-13

II.        This should not be surprising. God works!

            A.        God’s Creation

                        1.         God’s work is evident in His creation - Romans 1:19-20

                        2.         They declare His glory - Psalms 19:1-2

                        3.         Those who appreciate God study His works - Psalms 111:1-2

                        4.         Have you studied what God has done? - Psalms 8:3-8

            B.        God’s Care

                        1.         God is just and cares for the helpless - Deuteronomy 10:17-18

                        2.         God has taken care of His Creation - Psalms 111:3-6

                        3.         He watches over His people - Psalms 68:4-10

                        4.         Have you learned from the example of God? - III John 11

            C.        God’s Message

                        1.         God’s word has value - Psalms 19:7-11

                        2.         God has taught His people - Psalms 111:7-10

                        3.         Written for our learning - Romans 15:4

                        4.         John 6:63 - In Jesus’ words are life

                        5.         They need to be studied - II Timothy 2:15

III.       Be like God

            A.        God’s care for us gives us the foundation to do good work - II Thessalonians 2:16-17

            B.        Be holy in your conduct - I Peter 1:13-17

            C.        Cleanse ourselves from sin so that we are prepared for every good work - II Timothy 2:20-21

            D.        Learn our Bibles so that we are equipped for every good work - II Timothy 3:16-17

            E.        Careful to maintain good works - Titus 3:8, 14

            F.        In this way, when people see your good works, God is praised because those works are really God’s - Matthew 5:16

IV.      Thus, we need to be eager to work

            A.        Zealous for good works - Titus 2:14

            B.        We must be ready for every good work - Titus 3:1

            C.        We aren’t doing it for ourselves but for God - Philippians 2:12-13

            D.        Abounding in the work of the Lord - I Corinthians 15:58

V.        There is limited time for us

            A.        Jesus understood how little time he had; yet, he was determined to make the most of his opportunities - John 9:4

            B.        It is what we were created for - Ephesians 2:10

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