Presentation on theme: "A Faith That Works James 2:14-26 A Faith That Works “I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all."— Presentation transcript:
A Faith That Works “I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?” ― John LennonJohn Lennon
A Faith That Works “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” ― Joseph CampbellJoseph Campbell
A Faith That Works “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ― Corrie Ten BoomCorrie Ten Boom “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ― C.S. LewisC.S. Lewis
A Faith That Works Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
A Faith That Works What is genuine faith contrasted against? I. “Proclamation Only” faith
James’ Answer: My proclamation is demonstrated by my action.
A Faith That Works I.“Proclamation Only” faith II.“Theology Only” faith
A Faith That Works James’ Answer: Demonic Faith even has a response.
A Faith That Works “Proclamation Only” faith “Theology Only” faith Transformation Faith.
A Faith That Works No contradiction with Paul Romans 3:28 “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law”. Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
A Faith That Works Paul: Pre-conversion works James: Post-conversion works (actions)
A Faith That Works Bookends of the spectrum. Abraham: Jewish, highly regarded, influential, male, friend of God. Rahab: Gentile, disregarded, no status, female, enemy of God.
A Faith That Works Are my works (actions) springing from a heart passionate for God or a heart desirous for God’s attention? Does my theology change the way I live?
A Faith That Works “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”. Matthew 5:16