Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

I am hoping that the question in this sermon title will be well-answered when I have delivered this message. The same guy (Paul) who wrote this scripture in a letter to the church at Ephesus, also clarified God’s intent in several letters to other churches. At first glance, this scripture sounds like we can make a casual attempt to obey God and accomplish His purpose and that grace makes it OK. As the Ephesian church and others abused grace, Paul expounded to clarify that we are not excused from giving our best to the Master, just because we have grace. Neither are we to consider ourselves better than someone else because of our works, because without grace, there is no salvation.

This message will emerge from scriptures that make it very clear that we are saved by grace, yet called to works. None of our works are great enough or pure enough to deserve forgiveness and salvation. Yet, God still calls each of us to our ministry in His kingdom. Grace is the reason that each one of us should live in gratitude and commitment to our Savior, Jesus Christ.