Faith and Works

Posted on November 12, 2013

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SharingAuthor: Ken Lytle

What does being a Christian mean to you?

There are many churches and denominations in the world today.  Some promote salvation by works and others salvation by faith.  We do not see very many churches that have a healthy balance of faith and works.  This is what the Word of God says on the subject.

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without yourworks, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.  James 2:14-24

I think our local churches and communities would look a lot different if we had this healthy balance of faith and works.  Going to church once a week for a couple hours and heading home for a nap and then focusing on self the rest of the week is not sacrificial Christianity.  We need to begin praying for heavenly wisdom in developing strategic plans to gain victory in the lives of those who are living for the devil.  Satan has claimed souls that belong to Jesus and it is time for us to boldly fight the fight to take light into darkness in an effort to win these souls for the eternal kingdom. 

Here is a good example to follow…

There is an Adventist church on the east coast that took discipleship and accountability to a whole new level and reaped a spiritual and physical reward.  The pastor and other leaders decided that “Professional Spectator Christianity” was not acceptable.  They “kindly” made it mandatory for the members to be signed up for at least one in-reach and one outreach ministry each year.  The church would conduct a Ministry Roundup Day once a year for the members to choose where and how they wanted to serve.  The Ministry Roundup Day consisted of 50+ booths for people to learn more about the various ministries.  This type of mission-driven leadership caused the church to go from having a handful of members in attendance for the midweek meeting to over 250 people in attendance.  When it came to the midweek meeting, they conducted a full praise music service and sermonette.    

What will you do today and everyday to be intentional in shining for Jesus? 

What will your local church do in developing intentional plans to boldly take Jesus to a hurting and broken community?