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{series "James - do the work!"}

August 13th: "Faith & Deeds"

Dr Bryan Stamper


Memory verse:

Psalm 28:1 To You, O Lord, I call...My rock...


STEP 1 - Read the message text slowly


MAIN READING: James 2:14-26

14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can [n]that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, [o]be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is [p]dead, being by itself.

18 But someone [q]may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”19 You believe that [r]God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was working with his works, and [s]as a result of the works, faith was [t]perfected;23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.



Step 2 - Reflect on the main idea from the message


THIS WEEK'S MAIN IDEA: God's sanctification of you involves your sacrificial obedience


week 1 main idea = In reading James, our primary focus is Christian behavior (ethics) as expressions of Christian beliefs (doctrines)



STEP 3 - Watch an example of faith that points to God's saving grace in us HERE

{NOTE: the video is in Arabic, be prepared to turn on the volume and read the subtitles - very powerful}


When was the last time your deeds pointed to your right status with God?


From August 6th - a video summary of James from the BibleProject


The BibleProject video is HERE



NEXT WEEK

Second message in the series, "Taming the Tongue"

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