Dead faith or pointless works?

Unit 29 Session 4 – James 2:14-26

Is it enough to just believe in Jesus?

  1. Our works actively demonstrate our faith
    a. Verse 18, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
    b. Matt 25:37-40 – Jesus expected that faith would be demonstrated through practical good works.
  2. Faith alone is not enough
    a. Demons know who Jesus is, yet they aren’t going to Heaven.
    b. The kind of faith that demons have, the kind of faith where there’s nothing more than a confession, that’s “dead faith.”
  3. Faith Substitutes
    a. Talk – When all is said and done, there’s a lot more said than done.
    b. Prayer – Jesus was a man of prayer, but he was also a man of action.
  4. Faith Qualities
    a. Absolute submission to God – Abraham
    b. Risk Taking – Rahab