What To Do When Faith Doesnt Work

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What To Do When Faith Doesnt Work

  1. 1. James 2:14-26 Anthony Grove Baptist Church Rev. Ken Faulkenbury October 18, 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, &quot;Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,&quot; but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, &quot;You have faith; I have deeds.&quot; Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.  19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, &quot;Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,&quot; and he was called God's friend. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. 25 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? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (NIV) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>James 2:14-15 14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. </li></ul>Verbal
  6. 6. A. Verbal Faith Does Not ______ . <ul><li>James 1:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? </li></ul>Save
  7. 7. <ul><li>James 2:15-17 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, &quot;Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,&quot; but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. </li></ul>Serve
  8. 8. <ul><li>1 John 3:17-18 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (NIV) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ Are you a ______ and _______ Christian?” </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>“ Are You an ______ and ______ Christian?” </li></ul>Word Tongue Action Truth
  10. 10. <ul><li>James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>James 2:26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. </li></ul>Survive
  11. 11. Matthew 7:19-20 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (NIV)
  12. 12. II. Real Faith is More Than ________ Accent. <ul><li>James 2:18-19 18 But someone will say, &quot;You have faith; I have deeds.&quot; Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.  19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. </li></ul>Mental
  13. 13. <ul><li>Example: Abraham </li></ul>Positive Mental Attitude James 2:21-22 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
  14. 14. <ul><li>Genesis 15:6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (NIV) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Genesis 22:2-3 2 Then God said, &quot;Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.&quot;   3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. (NIV) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Example: Rahab James 2:25-26 25 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? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (NIV)   Joshua 2:6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) (NIV)
  16. 16. <ul><li>Joshua 2:9-11 9 and said to them, &quot;I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. (NIV) </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Hebrews 11:31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. (NIV) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Summary: Salvation Is By ______ Alone. But ______ Does Not Remain Alone. <ul><li>Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. </li></ul>Faith Faith
  19. 19. <ul><li>James 2:26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. </li></ul>

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