Sep 8, 2015
Pastor Steve Herder of Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, California, takes his sermon theme from James 2:1-17, a controversial chapter that includes the famous admonition that faith without works is dead. Do we do good works in order to gain salvation? No, stresses Pastor Steve. The great gift of salvation for followers of Jesus Christ cannot be earned. No one is sin free, no one is perfect, no one is good enough -- but God forgives the whole sinner. And the good works that we do are works of praise and gratitude.