On Sunday, December 4th, our corporate worship service will be held at Mt. Pleasant Road Baptist Church (527 Mt. Pleasant Rd).

The service will begin at 10 a.m.

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A Faith That Works

April 15, 2012 Speaker: Series: James

Passage: James 2:14–26

A Faith That Works

Evidence of Spiritual Wholeness, Part III


Point # 1 “Faith” without works cannot save (14-17); or, a “faith” that is not a working faith is not a saving faith but a bogus faith.

a) Question: can workless faith save (14)?
b) James considers the examples of Christians who refuse to help fellow-believers in time of need ((15-16).
c) Answer: workless faith cannot save (17).

Point # 2 Despite allegations to the contrary, faith and works are inseparable (18-26).

a) Without works it is impossible to demonstrate the presence of living faith (18).
b) Demons have “faith” without works but are not saved (19).
c) Abraham and Rahab demonstrated their faith by their works (20-25)
d) “Faith” without works is dead.

Some helpful terms and definitions for this morning’s sermon

Works: In this passage, “works” are the sum total of a changed life brought about by faith.

The Relation of Faith and Works: Throughout this passage, James is NOT asking if faith + works saves a person; he is asking if a “faith” that does not produce works saves. His answer is no.

James assumes that genuine Christian faith includes works. Thus, when James wants to speak of less than genuine faith, he qualifies it as not having works, or “faith alone”.

Justification: By “justify” James means God’s final, ultimate declaration of a person’s innocence before him at the time of judgment.

By “justify” the Apostle Paul means the initial declaration of a sinners’ innocence before God. That Last Day verdict is brought forward to the present and the Christian is declared righteous by God

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