Faith in Action
FAITH and WORKS
Christians are saved by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-10). After we are saved by grace, we are to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). How do faith and works coincide?
- Faith without fruit is dead.
WORKS: The FRUIT of FAITH
We must reject the idea that works have anything to do with securing our salvation. Our works are an indicator of the authenticity of our faith. James presents three reasons why faith without works is dead.
- Intellectual knowledge of the facts doesn’t save us.
- Talk is cheap—love is action.
- Empty profession offers no evidence of a real faith.
- The “good man” Abraham
- The “bad girl” Rahab
LIVE IT OUT
Don’t just be a hearer of the word today, be a doer. Don’t just grow in head knowledge, but apply this message to your daily life.
- Serve the Lord wholeheartedly.
1. How involved should Christians become in the social problems of our day (1 John 3:17-18; Matthew 26:11)? What kind of action does God require of us when we see someone in need? Have you ever been convicted that you should have helped out in a particular situation but you missed that opportunity?
2. Read about the priority God places on serving (Hebrews 6:10; 9:14; Acts 26:7; Galatians 5:13; 1 Samuel 12:24; Romans 7:6; 12:11; John 12:26; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Matthew 23:11; Mark 10:45; 1 Peter 4:10). Spend time focusing on the specific words of each verse. Are you serving God wholeheartedly?
3. In what ways were Abraham and Rahab similar in their faith (Genesis 12:1-9; Joshua 2:1-24)? Even though they lived very different lives before they had an encounter with God, they Seemed to end up with the same faith. What does that say about how we acquire salvation?
Applying the Word to Life
4. When you picture Central Ministries’ stair step of “worship, life groups, and ministry,” what step are you standing on right now? Why? Have you been standing on the same step for years? When will you take the next step? Do something today to move your faith into action.
5. Do you have works (“fruit”) in your life? How are you serving your family? Your company? Your church? Your community? What area of your life is lacking action? Remember that through your Works you are showing Christ’s love. How will you show that this week?