James 2:14-26, « Are We Saved by Faith or Works? »
On this 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, it fell to me to preach from James 2. My study raised a lot more questions than answers:
- Once saved, can we live like the Devil?
- Aren’t we saved by grace alone, through faith alone (Eph. 2:8-9)?
- What of those who never have an opportunity to demonstrate their faith through good works?
- What is the difference between the faith of the demons, and the faith of the thief on the cross (Luke 23:42-43)
- Was Abraham saved by his faith (cf. Romans 4) or by his actions (James 2:21)?
- How much “works” do we need to genuinely be saved?
All of these, in addition to the handout I produced would make great material for a small-group discussion and study!
Also, you can watch my sermon on YouTube here, or view it below or listen to it here.
NOTE: for some reason YouTube and WordPress don’t seem to be getting along. I am putting in the right link, but it is sending you to my Sermons Playlist, with the highest-rated sermon at the top. Here’s how to find the right one: 1) Click on the triple lines in the top-left corner of the video pane, 2) scroll through all my sermons until you find the right one, 3) click on it and enjoy. My apologies – I don’t know why this error is happening, and hope that future updates will alleviate it!
For the first half of the sermon, my son Tobias team-preached with me! 🙂
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With all the hoopla on social media about a news anchor working from home that got hilariously « gatecrashed » by his kids, I thought it’d be fun to put some pictures of me preparing and preaching. Working from home, with four kids, this is just kind of a way of life for me!