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2 Faith must work; faith must produce; faith must be visible Verbal faith is not enough, Lk 6:46 Mental faith is insufficient, Jno 12:42-43 True faith.

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3 Faith must work; faith must produce; faith must be visible Verbal faith is not enough, Lk 6:46 Mental faith is insufficient, Jno 12:42-43 True faith provokes action, Gal 5:6 3

4 “Trials come and go; faith meets them head on and develops endurance.” The discipline to remain joyful, Jas 1:2; Jno 16:22, 33 – Faith looks beyond the moment to eternity, 2 Cor 4:16-18 – Testing of faith produces patience, Jas 1:3-4 4

5 The discipline to continually pray for wisdom, Jas 1:5-8 – Humility to admit our lack and need, 1:5 – Faith to ask God for wisdom, 1:5 Prov 2:6-9; Psa 119:98 – Faith that God answers, 1:5; Prov 8:17; 1 Jno 5:14-15 – Ask in faith without doubt, 1:6-8 5

6 The discipline to know that possessions test faith, Jas 1:9-11 – The poor brother: Glory in the exaltation of Christ, Lk 1:52; 1 Cor 3:21-23 (Eph 1:3; 2:6) – The rich brother: Glory in the humiliation of Christ, Phil 3:7-8 “The Cross of Christ lifts up the poor and brings down the high. It is the great leveller of men.” (A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures) 6

7 The blessing of resisting temptation, Jas 1:12 – Approved: Tested, tried and shown to be genuine, Rom 5:3-4 – Crown of life, 2 Tim 4:7-8 7

8 Temptation is common to us all, Jas 1:13-16; 1 Cor 10:12-13 – God is not the source of temptation, 1:13 – Temptation: Internal (his own desires), External (enticement), 1:14 – Outcome of yielding to temptation is sin and death, 1:15 8

9 Temptation is common to us all, Jas 1:13- 16; 1 Cor 10:12-13 – Warning, 1:16. Avoid temptations to sin by… Remembering the gifts of God, 1:17 Remembering our birthright, 1:18 Controlling the heart, 1:19 (Col 3:8) Producing righteousness of God, 1:20 (Titus 2:12) 9

10 The person of faith lays aside sin, Jas 1:21; 1 Pet 2:1; Col 3:5-9 – Moral filthiness and naughtiness (malice) – Faith does not find pleasure in sin, Eph 5:6-11 – Deliberate decision of faith to meekly receive and implant God’s word, Rom 12:2; Col 3:16 10

11 The person of faith is a doer of the word, Jas 1:22 (Matt 7:21-27) – Vanity of hearing and not doing, Jas 1:23-24 – Blessed by doing the work, Jas 1:25 – Must combine knowing with doing, Jno 13:17 11

12 The person of faith lives pure religion, Jas 1:26-27 – Not one who thinks he is religious due to “the external observances of public worship, such as church attendance, almsgiving, prayer, fasting” -Hatch, Essays in Biblical Greek, cited by Robertson, op cit. 12

13 The person of faith lives pure religion, Jas 1:26-27 – A doer of the word who practices pure and undefiled religion (fears God) Inspects the needs of the helpless and helps (compassion, kindness and love) Micah 6:6-8 Inspects himself and guards himself from sin (2 Cor 13:5), Matt 6:1-4 13

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