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July 5, 2020 – Spanish Springs Message Notes & Questions

 

Faith that Works!

Pastor Darin Elquist

(July 5, 2020)

   

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:14–26)

 

Only A Faith that Works; Works!!!

 

 

Faith is More than Words.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:14–17)

 

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. (James 2:18–19)

 

Two Examples:

Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.” (James 2:20–23)

 

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.” (Hebrews 11:17–19)

 

In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?” (James 2:24–25)

 

…the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” (Joshua 2:11)

 

 

Faith is Shown by What it Does.

 

You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.  As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:24; 26)

 

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)

 

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:10)

 

Only A Faith that Works; Works!!!

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Small Group Questions

 

  1. Read James 2:14-20: The question: Can faith with no works save you? – This question has been around a long time. Works and faith have often been at the center of debate in the church. What exactly is necessary for salvation? How would you define “dead faith”?

 

  1. Read Eph. 2:8-10: Some people believe that Paul and James contradict each other. What do you think? What does Paul say about faith and works?

 

  1. What is the difference between faith and works? Discuss this statement: Good works are proof of faith, not the path of salvation?

 

  1. What is James emphasizing when he talks about faith and works?

 

  1. Discuss James 2:15-16: How do you react when you see people in need? Should we always help when we see someone in need?

 

  1. Read James 2:19: What does this verse teach us about merely believing?

 

  1. What can we learn about works from the example of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son? Is there anything bothers you about this story? Read Heb.11:17-18: What did Abraham believe?

 

  1. Read Joshua 2:1-14: What stands out to you about Rahab and the relationship of faith and works?

 

  1. Considering the things going on in our country right now, what are some of the practical ways we can demonstrate our faith to those around us?

 

  1. If willing, please share areas of your life where you talk about having faith, but struggle in living it out.

 

  1. Pray that we will be people who seek to live out what we say we believe.