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Faith and Works (4 of 6)
INTRODUCTION: In our first lesson, we talked about faith and salvation, how that people are saved by simple faith in Christ. We understand that it is the believing part that saves us and 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."
We've talked about Faith and Security, and last week, we talked about Faith and Doubt.
Tonight, we want to look at Faith and Works. Although, we understand that good works have no part in salvation, salvation will produce good works; and if there are no good works, then according to Scripture, salvation has never taken place.
With that, let me give you a brief outline:
I. Works are an Integral Part of Faith
II. Works are an Inseparable Part of Faith
III. Works are an Invaluable Part of Faith
I. WORKS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF FAITH
A. The Example of a Destitute Brother (vv. 14-17)
1. The point is, if we see a destitute man and we have the ability to help him, but the only help we give is a "God bless you," then what have we accomplished? He's no better off than he was before he met us. The application? If we say we believe in Christ, but our life has never produced any evidence of our faith, of what value is it? Can we see how good works are an integral part of our faith?
B. The Example of a Devoted Brother (vv. 21-24)
1. We all remember the story of Abraham and the offering of his son, Isaac. Was there ever a more poignant and moving illustration of a man's faith in God? Abraham's faith was intertwined with his obedience. When he obeyed God and attempted to offer his son as a sacrifice, he was demonstrating his absolute and unquestioning devotion and faith in the Lord. In Genesis 22:12, God said, "Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fe ...
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