A Working Faith (5 of 6) by Daniel Rodgers

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A Working Faith (5 of 6)
Series: Defining Faith
Dan Rodgers
James 2:14-26
March 12, 2003

INTRODUCTION:

1. Not long ago, in our series, we talked about "Saving Faith", how that people are saved by simple faith in God's redemptive plan of salvation through Christ. We understand that it is the believing part that saves us, not the working part: Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

2. Although we understand that good works have no part in our salvation, we do know that salvation will produce good works, and if there are no good works, then according to Scripture, salvation never took place.

3. Let me careful to say, "A man can work himself to death in the church, but if saving grace has never taken place in his life, he will work himself all the way to hell.

a. Matthew 7:22-23, "Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.'"

QUOTE: Leadership Ministries writes concerning this point: "Millions profess faith in Christ and belong to the church, yet they do not live for Christ. They live for the world and self. They have been baptized and confirmed, joined the church and attend worship services, but they do what they want when they want. They just go on and live like everyone else in the world. The only difference between their lives and unbelievers is that they sometimes get up on Sunday mornings and attend church. There is little if any difference between their behavior and speech during the week.

4. I want to give you three things to think about as we consider the message, "A Working Faith."

I. Good Works are an Integral Part of Faith
II. Good Works are an Inseparable Part of Faith
III. Good Works are an Invaluab ...


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