Service or Serve Us?
Rev. Jackie Love Prim
SERVICE or Serve Us?
14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that-and shudder.
20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,"[Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.] and he was called God's friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
How many of you remember the old full-service gas stations? One of my parent's friends owned an Exxon gas station in South Dallas. I remember going to fill up nearly every Saturday morning. I remember Mr. Jordan and his crew of about four men wearing their navy blue pants and blue pin-striped shirts with the Esso logo on the pocket. Each one had a pocket protector with pens and a tire gauge protruding from it. We'd get excited every time we pulled up and hear the f ...
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