• Faith is the key in Christian life.
– Sinner is saved by faith (Eph 2:8-9)
– Believers must walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7)
– Faith pleases God (Heb 11:6)
– Apart from faith is sin (Rom 14:23)
• Faith is obeying in spite of consequence, not believing
in spite of evidence
• Faith is a confidence that God’s Word is true and
conviction that obeying the Word will bring His
• Relationship between faith and works
• Three kinds of faith
– Dead faith (James 2: 14-17)
• Believers have responsibility to help those in basic needs
• Gal 6:10 -As we have therefore opportunity, let us do
good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the
household of faith.
• Matt 25: 40 - And the King shall answer and say unto
them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done
it unto me.
• Gal 5:6 - For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth
any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by
• Luke 10: 25-37 Good Samaritan and dead faith
• James 2:14 - What doth it profit, my brethren, though a
man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save
– Dead faith doesn’t show changed life and good works
• James 2:17 - Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead,
– Alone means by it itself
– The saving faith brings life and life produces good
– Dead faith relies on intellect (mind) and is not saving
faith: a counterfeit faith
• Demonic faith (2: 18-19)
– Devils also believe the existence and deity of God
• Sonship: Mark 3:11-12
• Existence of hell: Luke 8: 31
• Jesus as judge: Mark 5: 1-13
– Faith is based on intellect and emotion (heart)
– James 2:19 - Thou believest that there is one God; thou
doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
– Being a Christian involve trusting Christ and living for Christ
– Receive and reveal life
• Dead in Greek means barren or idle
• Dynamic faith (2: 18-19)
– Real saving faith that is based on the Word of God (Rom
– This involver the whole man: intelligent (mind), emotion
(heart), and will.
– The mind understands the truth
– The heart desires the truth
– The will act upon the truth
– Dynamic faith leads to action and obedience on the part of
• Reveals good work
Abraham, a Jew – God called to move to make out of him a great
nation: Israel where Jesus was born.
Genesis 15 – God showed stars and said and make a promise to him.
He believed (15-16)
– Counted – a legal or financial term meaning “to put to one’s account”
– Justification is an act of God which is once-for-all event, not
– Justify by faith: justified before God and righteous
– Justify by work: justified before men as in demonstrated
How? Isaac on the altar
James 1:16 - Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Titus 3:8 - This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that
thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God
might be careful to maintain good works. These things are
good and profitable unto men.
Rahab: a Gentile who responded mentally, emotionally and
Will – protected the Jewish spies and shared the good news
of deliverance with her family members
Harlot – host in Joshua 2
immoral person in James 2
• II Corinthians 13:5a
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the
faith; prove your own selves.
1. Was there a time when I honestly realized I
was a sinner and admitted this to myself and
2. Was there a time when my heart stirred me
to flee from the wrath to come? Have I ever
seriously been exercised over my sin?
1. Do I truly understand the Gospel, that
Christ died for my sins and rose again? Do I
understand and confess that I cannot save
2. Did I sincerely repent of my sins and turn
from them? Or do I secretly love sin and
want to enjoy it? Or do I hate sin and fear
5. Have I trusted Christ and Christ alone for
my salvation? Do I enjoy a living
relationship with Him through the Word and
in the Spirit?
1. Has there been a change in my life? Do I
maintain good works, or are my works
occasional and weak? Do I seek to grow in
the things of the Lord? Can others tell that
I have been with Jesus?
2. Do I have desire to share Christ with
others? Or am I ashamed of Him?
3. Do I enjoy the fellowship of God’s people?
Is worship a delight to me?
4. Am I ready for the Lord’s return? Or will I
be ashamed when He comes for me?
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try
me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.