I have been struck recently by the insistence of James in his letter that faith without deeds is dead. (James 2v14-26). Living faith does things, it doesn’t just believe things. Our beliefs should result in actions, and our actions show what we believe.
It is very interesting to apply this principle to our lives as individuals and as a church.
On Easter Sunday, we showed a video produced by our kids work team. I asked myself the question, what did the video say about what we believe? The answers I came up with was that kids work should be fun, that it should be inclusive (kids from all backgrounds having fun together), that it is important as demonstrated by the gifting of those who lead our kids work.
Over the next while we will be asking the same questions about other activities of Hope Church, who do they demonstrate our living faith as per James 2v14-26
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Written by Tony Thompson