Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 .They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Teaching on the grace of God should be a regular topic or theme but the emphasis on grace we are hearing today needs seen or rightly divided by looking at the Word on salvation and discipleship side by side. When it only shares the grace in salvation it can leave the impression that once we are saved there is nothing we are to do and no works to perform. That is what discipleship is all about; working out the salvation He worked in. In my opinion, the American church has welcomed the salvation by grace message. It seems to me to have resisted, as a whole (and I know there are exceptions), the discipleship message and in most places you never hear the words “grace” and “discipleship” ever mentioned together. Saved people are to become disciples who do good works as a result of their salvation.
Salvation involves God’s love for us and His will for us through Christ’s work (Romans 5:8; Galatians 2:20). Discipleship involves our love for God and our will for Him through our works (Matthew 10:37; Ephesians 2:10). Salvation is provided by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8, 9) but discipleship is empowered by God’s grace (1 Corinthians 15:10; Philippians 2:13). Salvation is an expression of God’s will for us (1 Timothy 2:4) but discipleship is an expression of our will for God (Luke 14:27). I would like you to see these two aspects of what grace produces side by side in this list on the picture.