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Lesson - May 14, 2017

What We Do Reveals Who We Are! 

James 2:14-26

 

14 (NLT)  What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?

15  Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing,

16  and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”--but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

17  So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

18  Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

19  You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.

20  How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

21  Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?

22  You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.

23  And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God.

24  So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

25  Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road.

26  Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

 

1.  What is wrong with having faith without action? (2:14)

 

2.  What good does it do, for your community, when your faith does not produce action in your life?

 

 

3.  The Message paraphrases 2:17 as, “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?”  In what ways is God-talk with God-acts outrageous nonsense?

 

 

4.  What did Abraham do to show his faith? What made Him righteous? (2:21-23) (Gen 22)

 

 

5.  How did Rahab show faith? (2:25) (Joshua 2)

 

 

6.  How is being a follower of Jesus supposed to change the way we live?  

 

7.  How should your being a Jesus follower be helpful to the people around you?                                  

 

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