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Faith: The Key to Pleasing God (4 of 8)
Series: Facing Life with Faith
James 2:14-20; Hebrews 11:6; II Corinthians 13:5
This morning I want you to turn to James 2:14. We have been talking about faith for several Sundays and today we want to talk about "Faith: The Key To Pleasing God." Several times we have referred to Hebrews 11:6 that says, "without faith it is impossible to please God." Faith is the premium in the Christian life. It is not according to your fortune, not according to your friends, not according to your finances; it is according to your faith so be it unto you. Jesus put a great, great premium on faith. And He said to His disciples, "How is it that you have so little faith?" So you have real faith this morning, I pray and trust that you do because it is the key to pleasing God. The question is, what is real faith?
So the Bible teaches us to be sure that we have the right kind of faith because not everyone who says they have faith has Bible faith. What is real faith? Well, some say real faith is in rituals. The sign that you are a Christian, the sign that you have a real faith in God is if you go to certain religious rituals and that verifies and confirms that you have faith. But we know people who have been through all kinds of religions and religious rituals but we can tell by their lifestyle that they don't believe in what those rituals represent.
Other people believe that faith is in just simply believing intellectually the right thing, the right doctrine, the right teaching. And there are people like that. There are people who believe everything exactly as it should be. And they believe the Word of God and they believe all the doctrines of the faith and yet their lifestyle doesn't reveal that their life has been changed by the power of God. Can that kind of person say that they passed the test?
And other people believe that if their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds then one day they will go ...
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