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Summary: Some people do not see any benefits from being a Christian. Our faith is profitable, and we need to be able to share that in convincing manner. In this passage James gives some illustrations concerning a provable faith.

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A Profitable Faith.

James 2:14-26 C:\MyData\JAM-OLD But Good\JAMES2-2.WPD

{14} What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that

faith save him? {15} If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,

{16} and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not

give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? {17} Even so faith, if it has no

works, is dead, being by itself. {18} But someone may well say, "You have faith, and I have

works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works."

{19} You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. {20} But

are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? {21} Was

not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

{22} You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was

perfected; {23} and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED

GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the

friend of God. {24} You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone. {25} And

in the same way was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works, when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? {26} For just as the body without the spirit is

dead, so also faith without works is dead.

INTRODUCTION:

When I was a newer Christian a person I was witnessing to asked me what do you get out of going to church? I had never really thought about that before, I went to give and never ask what I was getting. When I stopped to think about that question I came up with several answers.

I received from my church instruction, inspiration, opportunities of service, and opportunities to be involved in carry out the great commission. That experience caused me to ask how my faith profited me. James asked the question about faith "what use is it, my brethren, . . .". I want to answer some questions about a profitable faith.

1. A Profitable Faith is . . Practical.

2. A Profitable Faith Is . . Provable.

3. A Profitable Faith Is . . Philosophical

1. A Profitable Faith is . . Practical. v 14-16

{14} What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that

faith save him? {15} If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,

{16} and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not

give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

EXPLANATION

A. Practical Faith Will . . Save Sinners. v 14

{14} What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that

faith save him?

ILLUSTRATION

The salvation of the Apostle Paul serves as an example of one saved through faith.

B. Practical Faith Will . . Satisfy Shortage. v 15-16

{15} If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, {16} and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?


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