TEXT: James 2:14-26
- Share a time when someone, who you thought was taking action, failed to come through for you.
- How did that make you feel?
- Now, share a time when you failed to come through for someone else.
- What was your reasoning?
- James is pretty blunt in this passage: Faith without works is dead. He is talking about a “living faith,” but it is our faith, not our works, that saves us (See Ephesians 2:8-9). From James’ perspective, what role do works play in conjunction with our faith?
- Read James 2:14-17. Give some examples of actions that you believe are shaped by a living faith.
- Read James 2:18-20. How do our works prove that we believe in God?
- What kind of belief is James talking about here? (Remember, the demons believe, too.)
- Discuss why mere belief in God is not enough.
- Read James 2:21-26. How did Abraham and Rahab demonstrate their faith?
- No one wants to be seen as a fraud, but the truth is if we have faith but not works, then a fraud is exactly what we appear to be to others. Identify specific areas where you as an individual can live out your faith by your actions this week.
- How can you practically make or allow that to happen?
- What is something you can do as a small group?
Daily Bible Readings for the week of 11/13/2016:
Day 1: James 2:1-7
Day 2: James 2:8-13
Day 3: James 2:14-17
Day 4: James 2:18-20
Day 5: James 2:21-24
Day 6: James 2: 25-26
Day 7: Ephesians 2:8-10