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Real Faith: It Takes Two: James 2:14-26

About This Message

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
James 2:14 (ESV)

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
James 2:18-19 (ESV)

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
James 2:26 (NIV)

THREE ASPECTS OF A LIVING FAITH

1. HEART-FELT COMPASSION

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
James 2:14-17 (ESV)

2. WILLING SACRIFICE

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works…
James 2:21-22 (ESV)

3. SPIRIT-LED RISK

And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
James 2:25 (ESV)