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Functionings That Further Our Faith (5 of 5)
Series: Loving Right For The Righteous Lord
James 2: 14-26
I. There Is No Profit In The Poverty Of Faith
A) The Standard Declared
B) The Situation Defined
C) The Sensitivity Demanded
II. There Is No Profit Without The Performance From Faith
A) A False Faith
B) A Foolish Faith
C) A Flourishing Faith
III. There Is No Profit Without The Progression From Faith
A) Academic Faith
B) Adversary Faith
C) Advantageous Faith
Through the years, there has been a great deal of controversy concerning the supposed implications of this section of verses. Much of that controversy comes from the performing of a surface study, as opposed to conducting a thorough study. One of the best methods of exposition is to first look for natural divisions, always answer any questions that are present, always ask your own questions of who, what, where and why, and most importantly, identify, define and apply key words. With these techniques in mind, the key word contained in this passage is the word "profit". This word is defined as "to increase, to make advantage". It's particular use is only found in one other place in the New Testament. By setting the stage of these verses with the theme of "where is the profit?", then the statements that are made are of far less controversial in nature. Pastor James is not dealing with establishing the presence of faith, but is dealing with the proof of faith. His emphasis is directed at a problem that undoubtedly existed then, and definitely exists today. That troublesome problem is concerning people who say they have faith, but never display or exhibit that faith to the degree that it is manifested outwardly in good works. We should keep in mind that the first 13 verses of this chapter dealt heavily with the presence of the sin of favoritism, and now James is simply continuing on with another challenging problem, which is that faith that does not pr ...
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