(James 2:14-26; 8/16/20; Dr. Baines, Jr.)
Introduction: A key idea in today’s lesson is that living faith is working faith. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to make sure that we have working, living, saving faith, not just the kind of faith that demons have.
Summary Highlights: In vss. 14-17, James talks to his readers about the importance of having a faith that produces works. He illustrates his point by talking about how useless religious words are to a person who needs food and clothing. Faith without works is said to be dead.
In vss. 18-19, James continues to talk about the importance of having a working faith. He underscores how faith without works doesn’t work. He illustrates by talking about how demons believe there is one God. The implied problem is they don’t have the accompanying works.
In vss. 20-26, James continues. He calls the person who holds on to a faith without works foolish. He talks about how Abraham had working faith. Abraham was considered God’s friend. James talks about Rahab’s working faith. Faith without works is dead.
1. Christian siblinghood. Notice in vs.14 that James addresses his readers as brothers and sisters. ..... Let’s work on Christian siblinghood.
2. Dead non-working faith. Notice in vss. 14, 17, 19, 26 that James highlights that faith without works is dead...... Let’s not be guilty of having non-working and dead faith.
3. Emergency services and religious talk.
Notice in vss. 15-16 that religious talk doesn’t help those who need
emergency services. .....Let’s make sure that we work on emergency
services and spiritual matters at the same time.
4. Helping others understand biblical principles. Notice in vs. 20 that James explains/argues his case about faith
without works being dead. He presents evidence. .....Let’s work on
helping others understand the principles of God’s word.
5. Demonstrating working faith. Notice in vss. 21-25 that Abraham and Rahab are lifted as examples of those who had working faith. ..... Let’s work on demonstrating our working faith in our day to day living.