A Faith of Action
OBJECTIVE: To read and discuss the idea that faith without works is dead.
Feasting on the Word:
Verse 14 presents two very important questions. What are they?
What is the example of faith without works that James uses, in verses 15-16?
What value does faith have, alone, according to verse 17?
In verse 18, James anticipates that some may argue this point. (And they do
to this day!) What challenge does James present to them?
Verse 19 drives home the point. Even demons believe, and shudder!
Are demons saved by their belief in God and Jesus? No! Think about that as
you read Mark1:21-27.
What word does James use to describe those who argue that faith alone is
enough? (verse 20) Discuss the incredible faith of Abraham as he offered his
son, Isaac, on the altar. (verses 21-23 and Genesis 22) Because of
Abraham’s faith and works, what was he called? (v. 23)
How does James restate the truth again in verse 24? Does this mean that
faith is not important? Of course not! What does it mean?
Read the story of the woman named Rahab in Joshua, chapter 2. Because of
her faith in God, and her actions that proved her faith, what happened to her
when the walls of Jericho fell? (Joshua 6:20-25)
Now read what James says about Rahab in verse 25.
James uses a “word picture,” in verse 26, to further prove the fact that faith
without works is dead. What is it?
Look again at verses 15 and 16. This week, donate food or clothing to a
needy family, or to an organization that helps the needy. Show your faith by
what you do!
Family Project: Take time to work on your family project. (Refer to list.)