What does a saving faith look like? - James 2:14-26
Passage: James 2:14–2:26
As we study the book of James, we will see how faith and works are inseparable in our living out the life in Jesus Christ.
Sermon Text : James 2:14-26
Broader Context - James 1:26-2:26
- As you read this passage, make sure to notice 2:14, 17, 20, 24, & 26
- What is your first response to these verses?
- Read Ephesians 2:8-9 - Do you feel like James and Paul are contradicting each other?
- If we hold to the understanding that the Bible does not contradict itself but yet feel that it does, that must drive us to dig deeper seeing that our understanding is incomplete.
- Now read Ephesians 2:10
- How does verse 10 help reconcile the two perspectives?
- A key question to our understanding: What is the point of our faith?
- Is it salvation from hell only/reconciliation to God only?
- Why is the word, "that" so important here?
- Notice in verse 18 that James is not negating the saving work of faith - "I will show you my faith by my works." - James has faith.
- How would you define faith?
- Could we agree that a good definition could be "Faith is supernatural trust?"
- Reflect and record on the chain of events that would have to take place in a person's life from before salvation in order for this reality of faith with works to be expressed as a joyful offering of life/a non-legalistic way?
- Have you experienced that?
- What does this text reveal about God?
- What does this text reveal about mankind/you?
- How does this passage teach the Gospel/point to Jesus?
- Who do you need to share what you have learned from this text with this week?