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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:

  1. Once saved, can we live like the Devil?
  2. Aren’t we saved by grace alone, through faith alone (Eph. 2:8-9)?
  3. What of those who never have an opportunity to demonstrate their faith through good works?
  4. What is the difference between the faith of the demons, and the faith of the thief on the cross (Luke 23:42-43)
  5. Was Abraham saved by his faith (cf. Romans 4) or by his actions (James 2:21)?
  6. 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!



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