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What Kind of Faith (15 of 24)
Series: How to Do Life
• I suggest we live in the "MENU AGE." That is to say, we desire to have a choice about anything we do. We drive up to McDonald's, are asked "what would you like" only to say, "Wait a minute, let me look at the menu." As a culture, we have decided that we 'deserve' to have a choice. Maybe this is good and maybe it's not, but it's true - we want to choose.
• Sadly, too many are carried this idea of 'the menu' into matters of faith and church (and yes, there is a difference). More than ever before I encounter people who make decision of faith and family based on 'their' menu for God, church, and even eternity. (Give examples)
• Tonight, let's consider matters of 'faith' in the menu driven culture of which we are a part. When it comes to faith, James tells us that some options exist, but only one will have the desired outcome.
• It's like going into a restaurant and looking down the menu to decide that one thing which will satisfy your hunger. You are in the mood for something different, something new, and something special, so you order what you have never eaten before. The food is served and with the first bite you know that you have made a huge mistake. This is not what you want to do with faith.
• Let's read our text and ask the question, "What Kind of Faith do I Have?"
• (READ) I submit that verse 26 be burned into our spirit.
• "What good is it?" That question is a tough and can be a sarcastic question. How many times in our lives have we had someone to ask us this question? Most of the time this question possesses a negative feeling as if to says, "There is really no or nothing good at all." James asks, "What good is it, brothers (he keeps the family connection) if someone SAYS (don't miss this inflexion) he has faith, but does not have works." Bound up in this question is that this individual says one thing with his mouth and lives out another thing with ...
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