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The Dead Christian
Series: Christian Living in Today's World
As you may have noticed over the past few weeks, faith has been our focus. James led by the Holy Spirit wrote some very challenging things concerning faith for us as Christians.
From last weeks sermon we are just coming out of James 2:1-13 where it talks about the sin of favoritism and what it means to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. James doesn't waste anytime connecting the dots in our text today.
James 2:14 (NASB95)
14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
We immediately see what conclusion James wants us to come to. He wants us to understand that faith without evidence is empty and does not save. This kind of faith is worth nothing to us or to God or to those in need.
So James continues to connect the way we respond to people as a way of proving that our faith is real. This time he makes the change from favoritism to meeting people's needs.
I. Dead Faith is Inactive Faith
People have tremendous needs. Not only does a person need food, shelter, water, clothing but it needs love, attention, affection, encouragement, direction.
Without anyone to fulfill these needs a person falls into depression and is unable to work and move effectively. If someone doesn't come along and provide those things necessary for that person to live healthily eventually hope is lost and all dreams are dead.
As Christians we should be very open to helping those in need. James starts out with the very basic needs of all humanity.
James 2:15-17 (NASB95)
15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
If we tell people that have needs ...
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