Sermon ❯

Pastor Ron Sunday Service May 12

Primary Text: James 2:14-26

This is the heart of the book of James. James does not imagine that work is at odds with faith. There can be no “justification by works” be¬cause there can be no good works unless there is already faith (trust) in God. James doesn’t mean that faith can exist without works yet be insuf¬ficient for salvation. He means that any “faith” that doesn’t lead to works is dead; in other words, it is no faith at all. “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead” (James 2:26). James doesn’t command Christians to work for the benefit of others in need instead of placing faith in Christ, or even in addition to placing faith in Christ. He expects that Christians will work for the benefit of others in need as a result of placing faith in Christ.

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