It is Wednesday morning again and I am getting ready to teach my staff this afternoon. We are continuing to walk through Saint James’ epistle on the differences between dead/useless faith and living/saving faith. Here are the previous lessons that we have covered. If you have been following along, you already know them. If you are new to this series, it would be helpful to read through them to get some context for this lesson.
Our staff is going to meet later on today and continue our walk through the book of James. Our topic this week is faith and works. Our main passage is James 2:14-26. Are the two separate or do they have anything to do with one another in God’s economy? Some teach that you have to work for your salvation. Others say that faith alone is enough and works have nothing to do with salvation. There are some who argue that James and Paul contradict each other in their epistles, claiming that Paul teaches faith alone and James teaches faith with works. Is this true? Continue reading →
Well ladies and gentlemen, it is Wednesday once again and I am preparing to teach my staff James. We are in chapter 2, learning about the differences between living faith and dead faith. It is hard to believe that we are already on lesson 7 of 16. It is amazing how time seems to fly by as we busily serve the Lord. Here are links to the previous lessons.
James has shown us real life situations that reveal of our faith is genuine or not. How are you doing with your daily exam? Are you learning to run to God and ask for wisdom, the One who gives liberally without reproach? How do we do it? Run to His Word, the fount of all wisdom! Continue reading →
I am getting ready to teach during #VBS2015 next week. All the action begins on Monday, June 1. I am working with the pastors of our church to teach through this VBS. I get to kick off the festivities with the first lesson. VBS this year is called Journey off the map. The focus of this week’s study is going to be the life of Daniel. The first lesson introduces us to the only person who can enable us to be like Daniel. That person is Jesus Christ.
In order to understand who Jesus is and what He is able to do to us and for us, we need to read the following passages.
Since tomorrow is Wednesday, I am getting ready to teach my staff on the book of James. This lesson is the 6th lesson of 16. We still have a long ways to go and for that, I am very excited. We have already learned so much, yet God has so much more to teach us. Here is a review of the previous lessons:
This lesson is powerful because of what it teaches us about living faith. We are turning the corner from chapter 1 to chapter 2. Take a moment to read over James 2 and then we will see what we can discover about living faith. Continue reading →
I am preparing to teach my staff the next lesson on James. This has been an eye opening experience for all of us as we examine ourselves and the faith that we claim to have in the light of the Word of God. James was written to people who claimed to have faith. James does not try to convince people to have faith. He wants the people who claim to have faith to examine their faith in the light of God’s Word. In our modern world, just like in the ancient world, there were many different faiths. As a result, people were confused about which one was correct. Like today, the motto was, “well, there must be nuggets of truth in all faiths so let’s just take what we like from each one and make up our own”. James, on the other hand, reveals that although we divide the world up into many different faiths, God’s economy is a little different. God teaches us that there only only two kinds of faith, living faith that transforms from the inside out and dead faith, which is useless or worthless. Upon studying James, you will know if your faith is living or dead because he uses real, life examples of how the two kinds of faith manifest themselves. Here are some of the previous articles. Continue reading →
Well, it’s Tuesday afternoon once again and I am preparing to teach James during my staff meeting tomorrow. It has been neat to see how God explains so clearly through His Word what genuine faith is and how it is manifested in daily life.
Here are a few articles that explain genuine faith from James’ perspective:
During our previous staff Bible study, we covered chapter 1 of James. The title of the article was Living faith vs. Dead faith, part 2. The entire book of James is all about distinguishing between living and dead faith. James wrote to people of faith, not wanting them to examine themselves to see if they have faith or not, but, instead, they were to examine their “faith” and discover if it is living or dead. Continue reading →
Last week, we started our journey through the book of James. It is neat that this short letter written close to 2,000 years ago could be so relevant to 21 Century mankind. In the previous article, living faith vs. dead faith, we saw that James is an example of a person who has living faith by the fact that he is a bondservant of God and that Jesus Christ is his Lord. He takes advantage every opportunity to use his spiritual gift of teaching to teach those around him. We saw that the trials that come our way actually reveal to us if our faith is living or dead.
This lesson is a continuation of what we began learning last time. We are not born with living faith. We are not born with any kind of faith. We have to learn faith from an outside source. Most people learn faith from their parents. Again, we will even learn to have either living faith or dead faith. If the faith that we have comes from any other source other than the Word of God, the Bible, then that faith is dead. Living faith comes from the Lord. Continue reading →
As a staff, we began studying James last week and it is neat to see how clearly God speaks to us through His Word about relevant things to our lives. While doing the overview of James, we discovered why James wrote what he wrote and what we need to learn from this epistle and how we should apply what we learned to our lives.
Based on the evidence that James puts forth, there are two kinds of faiths according to God. People have many different kinds of faith and there is great confusion about whose faith is correct. Some say that all faiths are correct, as long as they help people try to do what is right. Others claim that only their faith is the real one. There is much confusion in the world today. God is not the author of confusion and therefore, he clarifies things for us. There are just two faiths in the world today; living faith that changes lives and dead faith that is useless. As we look into James’ epistle, we discover what living faith looks like and we discover which faith we have, of the two mentioned. Continue reading →