Spiritual Integrity (3 of 6) by Dave Gustavsen

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Spiritual Integrity (3 of 6)
Series: The Book of James - Faith Does
Dave Gustavsen
James 2:14-26

Alright, we are walking through the book of James-which is actually a letter that James, the brother of Jesus, wrote to a group of Christians in the first Century. And it's a letter that gives us a vision of what it could look like if we live out our faith. So in chapter one he talked about how faith changes the way we respond when life kind of blows up and goes badly; then in the beginning of chapter two he talked about favoritism-how faith affects the way we look at people and evaluate people.

So today we come to the part of the letter that's the most well-known. For a lot of people, when they think of the book of James, this is what they think of. Martin Luther, the great reformer and theologian of the 1500s, didn't really like the book of James, and it was mostly because of this section we're going to read today. Lots of other Christians absolutely love the book of James, because of the section we're going to read today. So…let's read it-and then we'll talk about it. James chapter two, beginning in verse 14:

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, ''Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,'' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 But someone will say, ''You have faith; I have deeds.'' Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that-and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his a ...

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