Jubilee Evangelical Church
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked... For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.
Psalm 84

God’s Faithful Servants

Date

August 2, 2020



Summary

God’s Faithful Servants

James 2:14-26

My Sermon Notes from August 2, 2020 Full Text:

雅各書 James 2:14-26

14 我的弟兄們,若有人說自己有信心,卻沒有行為,有什麼益處呢?這信心能救他嗎? 15 若是弟兄或是姐妹赤身露體,又缺了日用的飲食, 16 你們中間有人對他們說「平平安安地去吧,願你們穿得暖、吃得飽」,卻不給他們身體所需用的,這有什麼益處呢? 17 這樣,信心若沒有行為就是死的。 18 必有人說:「你有信心,我有行為。」你將你沒有行為的信心指給我看,我便藉著我的行為,將我的信心指給你看。 19 你信神只有一位,你信的不錯!鬼魔也信,卻是戰驚。 20 虛浮的人哪,你願意知道沒有行為的信心是死的嗎? 21 我們的祖宗亞伯拉罕把他兒子以撒獻在壇上,豈不是因行為稱義嗎? 22 可見信心是與他的行為並行,而且信心因著行為才得成全。 23 這就應驗經上所說「亞伯拉罕信神,這就算為他的義」,他又得稱為神的朋友。 24 這樣看來,人稱義是因著行為,不是單因著信。 25 妓女喇合接待使者,又放他們從別的路上出去,不也是一樣因行為稱義嗎? 26 身體沒有靈魂是死的,信心沒有行為也是死的。

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Discussion Questions:

1. How do we now practice our God-given faith in Christ?
2. Is our faith alive? Do the people we serve feel loved by God through our lives and our design? Do they see our faith in Christ at work?
3. What kind of Christ honoring good works are you engaged in?