Lesson 36 - How Faith Works

JAMES
LESSON 4(36)
HOW FAITH WORKS
JAMES 2:14-26

I.    Getting Started

How many would agree that faith is a key element in the Christian life? Take a look at the following passages

A. Ephesians 2:8- 9

B. 2 Corinthians 5:7

C. Hebrews 11:6

D. Romans 14:23


II.    Read James 2: 14-17

A. What does James teach about the relationship between faith and deeds?

B. What illustration did James use to explain how real faith affects a person’s deeds?

C. How did James describe faith that has no accompanying deeds?

III.    Read James 2:18-20

A. What would you say to a person who claimed to have faith in Christ but was living an unrepentant lifestyle of sin?

B. What is the difference between faith and belief?


IV.    Read James 2:21-26

A. In what ways are Abraham and Rahab different? In what ways are they similar?

B. Why do you think Abraham was called God’s friend? What did Jesus mean when He called those who follow Him “My friends” (See John 15:14)

C. James offers Abraham and Rahab as two examples of genuine faith. What did Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac prove? (See Genesis 22:12)  

D. Why do you think Rahab did what she did?

V.     Questions for thought

A. What help do the following passages give concerning what we have studied tonight?

1. Hebrews 1:1-2

2. James 2:20

3. John 14:12

4. 1 Peter 1:5-7

5. 2 Thessalonians 1:11

 

B. Abraham showed faith by holding nothing back from God, not even his most valued treasure, his son. Is there anything in your life that your are holding back from God? Is there anything in your life that you wouldn’t sacrifice for Him?

 

C. What kind of faith really saves a person? Is it necessary to perform good works in order to be saved?

 

D. How can a person tell whether or not he or she actually has true saving faith?

 

E. What examples of faith can you point to in your life?

 


F. With what do you need to trust God even though you can’t see what the future holds? How can you show this trust?

 

 
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