Weekly Winter Word 18

Feb 28, 2013

Faith vs. Works

Highlighted SFC Value:  B.R.I.D.G.E.

“Doing” – We selflessly demonstrate our love for Jesus by putting others ahead of ourselves and serving one another, the local communities we live in, and the entire snowriding culture. Matthew 5:16

 Applicable SFC Brah-verb:   Brahverb #27

“Prove it Bobby Bigtalker, point it, huck it and stick it…”

Faith without action is dead. Faith and works must exist together.

STORY:

When I was just a grom, I wanted to prove that the Bible was not always true. So I started reading and found a contradiction between Ephesians 2:8-9 and James 2:24. Paul writes in Ephesians, “For it is by graceyou have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works,so that no one can boast” (NIV). Whereas James writes, “a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone” (NIV). Faith and works are often placed in opposite corners of the ring ready to battle because of these two verses. However as I studied the scripture I learned that faith and works are not opponents but different players on the same team.

Faith is invisible. It is the “confidence in what we hope forand assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). By this faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved as the apostle Paul says. Faith gives us the capacity to do good works. Works are visible. They prove faith exists. “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17, NIV) and works without faith is legalism.

Take it to the jump line in your local park. Bobby Bigtalker is calling a switch rodeo nine off the booter. He has confidence and hope that he’ll land this trick even though he has never tried it. He believes he can do it. He has faith. I tell Bobby to quit jawin’ about it, point it, huck it and stick it. But he just straight airs the jump and never tries the trick. Unless he tries it (works) his belief that he can do it (faith) is simply empty. Bobby has faith without works and it is dead, useless and pointless.

Again faith and works are different players but they are on the same team. We are saved by faith alone for good works. If we don’t do anything about our faith, our faith is not real and has not saved us. Faith that is saving is faith that moves you to action. If faith is real and saving, then works, actions and behaviors will prove it.

Application for SHRED LIFE:

Titus 1:16 brings the heat, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good” (NIV). John 13:35 gives us clear simple direction, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, [if you do something] if you love one another” (NIV). This is my challenge for you: you say you believe in God? Prove it! What are you going to do about it this week? I dare you to.

Look up these scriptures:  Ephesians 2:8-10James 2:14-26

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