The Danger of Dead Faith

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If the stats are correct, there are a lot of people claiming Christianity whose lives are no different from anyone else. What does God think about that?

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The Danger of Dead Faith

  1. 1. If the stats arecorrect, there are A LOT of peopleclaiming Christianity whose lives are no different from anyone else.
  2. 2. Our Theme for 2012: Real FaithA Study of James, 1-2 Peter
  3. 3. James 2:14-20 [14] What use is it, my brethren, ifsomeone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
  4. 4. For faith to be alive,it must be more than: 1) Saying the right words.
  5. 5. James 2:14-20 [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, 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 dead, being by itself.
  6. 6. For faith to bealive, it must be more than: 1) Saying the right words. 2) Belief in the right facts.
  7. 7. James 2:14-20 [18] But someone 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 God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
  8. 8. James 2:20-26 [20] But are you willing torecognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
  9. 9. James 2:20-26 [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 workingwith his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;
  10. 10. James 2:20-26[23] and the Scripture was fulfilledwhich says, “And Abraham believedGod, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.
  11. 11. James 2:20-26 [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?
  12. 12. When we act, we…1) …complete our faith.
  13. 13. James 2:20-26[22] You see that faith was workingwith his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;
  14. 14. When we act, we…1) …complete our faith.2) …are justified.
  15. 15. James 2:20-26 [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?
  16. 16. When we act, we…1) …complete our faith.2) …are justified.3) …show ourselves friends of God.
  17. 17. James 2:20-26[23] and the Scripture was fulfilledwhich says, “And Abraham believedGod, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.
  18. 18. John 15:14[14] “You are My friends if you do what I command you.
  19. 19. James 2:20-26[26] For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
  20. 20. Reflecting on a Favorite Theme of James
  21. 21. James 1:22[22] But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merelyhearers who delude themselves.
  22. 22. If I were tried as a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me?

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