Old definition of Legalists: people who think they can earn salvation or are harsh or manipulative about Scripture.
New definition: people who talk about Christian responsibilities.
We're getting so used to decaf Christianity, that genuine faith is becoming unpopular, especially when we talk about Christian responsibility or self-denial.
Salvation is a gift – no good works can earn it (Ephesians 2:8), but living for Christ is not easy, and we shouldn't tell anyone it is.
1. Following Christ has a cost.
2. God has expectations of us
(one of many examples)
3. We can please, displease, grieve, anger, disappoint, and hurt our Lord.
4. Following Christ requires self-denial and effort.
Living for Christ isn't easy, but it's wonderful. He is the only One who can save us and the only One who can change us from the inside out!
1 Thessalonians 2:4-6
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