Faith has been biblically defined like this; "to be sure of the things we hope for, and certain of the things that we do not see" (Heb 11:1), while deeds can be described as "physical acts that an individual performs in light of the faith that they proclaim." In his letter, James calls out the contradiction between those that have a clear faith, yet do not manifest it through good works. In a blunt, fatherly tone, we are challenged to wrestle with his statement found in verse 26: "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead." Friends, it may be time for a resurrection of sorts…If we are to grow as believers, we cannot have one (faith) without the other (deeds).
From Series: "Back to the Book - A Study in James"
In the month of November, we will have the opportunity to examine and consume selected portions of each chapter of the book of James. James is an upfront and blunt leader in the early Christian movement overseeing the church in Jerusalem.
The key message in James' Epistle is a call to spiritual maturity. He challenges believers to a Godly lifestyle in the areas of personal sin, trials, speech, obedience, faithfulness, self-sufficiency, anger, actions, and patience to name a few. He is the half-brother Jesus, and was martyred for his faith in A.D. 62 according to the historian Josephus. James is both challenging and inspiring, and a "must study" for any believer who desires to mature in their faith. Because we desire to become the type of worshippers the Father seeks, we must spend time looking intently into his perfect law and displaying what we have learned in our daily lives. Let's do this together!