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Summary: In the Christian life faith and works go together like inhaling and exhaling. Billy Graham stated it in these terms: Faith is taking the Gospel in; works is taking the Gospel out."

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A very young boy .....crippled since birth ......was hurrying .....to catch a bus.

Carrying gifts under his arm, .....he was struggling .....with his crutches.

Suddenly, .....a man bumped into him,..... knocking his parcels ......in all directions.

The man then paused ....and scolded the young lad..... for getting in his way.

Another gentleman,..... seeing the youngster's distress, ....quickly picked up the scattered gifts .....and slipped a 10 dollar bill into his pocket, saying, ...."I'm sorry! ....I hope this makes up ....for your trouble."

The boy couldn't remember..... being shown such kindness,.... called after him,..... "Mister, thank you! .....And sir, .....are you Jesus?"

"No," replied the man, ....."but I am one of His followers." (Pause)

If your faith in Jesus ....was put to the test, .....which person .....would you be?

I am sure ....we would All immediately align ourselves ....with the kind gentleman, ....and say.... we would help ....the young boy.

Yet, ....maybe the first man .....was hurrying.... to also catch......his bus.

Maybe the boy wasn't paying attention ....to where he was going.

In today's world, ....these would both pass.... as valid excuses for most people to simply cuss out the poor youngster..... and be on their way.

However, ....the Lord holds those that are Believers... those that call themselves Christians .....to a much higher standard.

And James very boldly and directly .....teaches us .....that our faith in Christ ....is to be abundantly more....... than mere words. (Pause)

The book of James.... is a pastoral letter ....concerning the attitudes and actions .....affecting the spiritual life ......of the church.

As the leader of the great church, in Jerusalem, .....estimated to be about 20,000 to 30,000 at the time, .....James felt an enormous responsibility ....for the spiritual growth..... of Christ's followers.

This epistle ....was written ....to encourage Christians who were suffering because of their faith in Christ, ....and it was circulated ..... .....throughout Christendom.

James writing may seem.... on the surface .....to contradict Paul's emphasis .... in the letter to the Romans .....of salvation ....by faith alone.

However, ...his letter to the Churches.... is simply ....a protest ....against hypocrisy.

Beloved... James is clarifying to the Church .... That a faith in Christ....is a transforming faith.... A transforming force.

Salvation by faith .....results in a new person... a new creation.

This does not oppose Paul's teaching...... Beloved....it compliments it!

The two teachings.... are the essence.... of a full Christian faith .....redemption..... and a changed life.

Let us examine this passage more closely. BIBLE 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? END James 2:14

It does not state "...if someone has faith..." His words are "...if someone Says ...they have faith..."

There is ... a Tremendous difference .... remember James is trying to refute those..... that have abused the doctrine ......of justification by faith.


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