FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD/ACTION SPEAKS/LOUDER THAN WORDS
Study Date: 4 Feb 18
Scripture: JAMES 2: 14-26
Biblical Date: about A. D. 45
KEY VERSE: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2: 26)
- To comprehend the relationship between faith and works.
- To know what “faith,’ “works,” and “dead” mean.
- To regret the times when our deeds have not measured up to our words.
- To discover that the reality of Christian living is shown by the results.
- To arrive at the full assurance of your relationship with Christ.
- To serve God with words and walk.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
James 2: 8-13, Leviticus 19: 23-28, Psalm 143, Romans 3: 21-31, Galatians 2: 25-21, Galatians 3: 6-14.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Abram/Abraham— father of the faithful, husband of Sarah, Father of Isaac.
Credited—reckon, charged with, imputed.
Dead—useless, unproductive, inactive, inoperable.
Deeds—actions, labor, work.
Offered—bear, bring up, offer up, given.
Oppress—over power, quell, treat harshly.
Rahab—idolatrous person, harlot, woman included in hall of faith in Hebrews 11.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND/TILLING THE SOIL
What do most scholar believe to be the earliest New Testament epistle?
How does the book of James relate to the book of Acts?
Where did the church meet in these days?
Who were the recipients of this letter?
Is this a book of encouragement or discouragement?
In what way is the believer’s faith reflected?
Describe the author of this book and the author’s relationship to Jesus?
THE SEED FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IN DEAD/ACTION SPEAKS James 2: 14-26
- A Question of Faith—“Can Faith Save Him?” (James 2: 14-16)
- Is there some profit that comes with having faith and no work evidence?
- Meetings the needs of others can be evidence of faith.
- Just wishing the needy well is not enough.
- Claiming to have faith must be matched by behavior.
- Comparisons With Faith/Faith Without Works is Dead (James 2: 17-25)
- Saving faith is believing the totality of the Gospel of Christ.
- Commitment is reflected in action.
- Just as fruit grows on trees, works are the products of faith.
- Unproductive faith is dead.
- Genuine faith always produces works.
- True Righteousness by Faith Alone (James 2: 24-26)
- Abraham and Rahab are examples of faith in action.
- Faith and works are required to justify faith.
Godly works are the product of faith. As faith grows and matures, our words increase and blossom.
PLANTING THE SEED
What did James imply with his first question?
How shall we understand the second question he asked?
How are needy people used to illustrate inactivity?
What does James mean by “faith without works is dead”?
What was the anticipated objective?
Could James have been addressing believers when he said “dead faith”?
How important was what Jesus did, His works?
What was the work of Abraham?
What did Rahab do to show active faith?
NURTURING THE CROP
How does what James says about faith match what other writes said?
How are we challenged by the works of Biblical heroes of faith in Hebrew 11?
What difference does active faith make for others who see it?
What can we as believers do to examine and improve our faith?
Cite some Biblical examples of faith with works.
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
Saving faith is life-changing.
Saving faith is visible to others.
Faith that acts impacts others.
Mere knowledge about God is not evidence of true faith.
True faith moves us to obey God and commit to follow Him.
Taking God at His word and acting on what He said present evidence of faith.
God can and will work through anyone who trust Him.
We will never reach the world for Christ with dead faith.
Faith is either worthless, wordy, or worthwhile.