TWO TYPES OF FAITH.
Text: James 2
James was the brother of Jesus and known as camel knees, because he spent so much time in prayer his knees were ruff. We need to pray. Teachers are always tempted to try to find something new, trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat, and chasing after what ever the trend is. Tonight lets spend our time talking about the Word.
Charles Blondin, A Famous Tight rope walker once a crossed the Niagara falls. The crowed cheered. He went across with a wheel barrel with items in it from sacks of potatoes, rocks, and even a stove. It was said he stopped and took time to cook an omelet. After a while he asked if the crowed believed he could push the wheel barrel across with a man inside? They all cheered. He then asked for someone to get in. Time to go past saying you believe and putting it into action.
FAITH HAS WORKS:
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”. James 2:14-17 KJV
You can talk about being a Christian and how much you want to do, but have dead faith.
Show me your faith.... Go ahead.... Show me. Just stand here and show the people your faith.
Q: How do you show people your faith?
You show people your faith by the way you live.
If a camera crew fallowed you around, would they gather enough evidence to prove you're a Christian?
Do you live your daily life in a Christ like manner?
FAITH HAS ACTION:
Everyone quotes Paul...
"Not of works, lest any man should boast".....
But what about the next verse?
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
FAITH HAS LOVE:
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:2
THERE IS MORE TO BELIEVING:
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
FAITH WAS NOT MENT TO BE QUIET:
We should not walk around silent. Anyone can say "I believe in God" It's time to act like it.
We are all called to show and share our faith. We need to try our best to live our lives as an example of faith. Faith and action working together. Never be ashamed of Jesus.
"The grace that does not change my life will not save my soul." Charles Spurgeon.
It's not a holier then thou kind of thing, It's a right with God kind of living thing, it is real, it's how we are supposed to live for Christ.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
CALL TO ACTION:
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2 Corinthians 13:5
SO THERES TWO KINDS OF FAITH, DEAD FAITH OR LIVE FAITH....
WHAT KIND DO YOU HAVE?
Don't just say you have faith, but have something real.
Graphic Art and Blog content by Matthew Law, inspired by Pastors and visiting speakers messages.