Core Value 19: Good Works and Social Concern

God has created his people in Christ for good works, which are to be done in obedience to God’s commandments as the fruit and evidence of a true and lively faith, for the glory of God (Ephesians 2:8–10).

  • Therefore we affirm the importance of engaging in good works such as helping orphans, looking after widows, caring for the poor and speaking for the dumb (unborn children) (James 1:27; 1 Timothy 5:3–16; Isaiah 58:6–7; Proverbs 31:8–9).
  • We deny that good works are the ground or basis (rather than the evidence) of our salvation (Romans 11:5; Galatians 3:10–14).


  1. How does the opening statement define good works?
  2. What are our responsibilities in the good works listed in the affirmation: helping orphans; looking after widows; caring for the poor; speaking for the dumb (unborn children)?
  3. What does the denial say about our motivation for doing good works?


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