Faith Without Works Is Not Faith
Passage: James 2:14-26
Memory Verse for the Week: James 2:14, 22 & 26 (ESV)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? … You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; … For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
Intro: What does it mean to be nominal?
WHAT IS OUR BASELINE?
Why does it matter that the LORD is a God of integrity?
SIN AS DISINTEGRATION
What is wrong here?
JUSTIFICATION & SANCTIFICATION
How does true faith in Jesus result in comprehensive change?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US ...
1. Worship the LORD, God Almighty, for His absolute integrity. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that He is trustworthy and that our eternal future with Him will have absolutely no corruption or discord!
2. How have you lived with a real gap between what you claim and how you live? Confess your hypocrisies to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you for being fraudulent and that He would transform your character as only He can.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for His integrity and the full scope of His work to save us! Thank Him for changing our status (forgiving and adopting us) and for renewing our nature (regenerating us by His Spirit).
4. Who do you know that lives with a noticeable gap between what they claim and how they live? Pray for them, asking the Lord to meet them in their brokenness and that He would heal them and grow their integrity.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you His fruit of love and goodness so that you would be eager for good works. Pray that He would help you “trust Jesus by faith alone, but not by the kind of faith that is alone.”
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