Sermon on Sunday August 19, 212 by Pastor Thomas Tate
FAITH IN ACTION
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
- You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.
- And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
– And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
- And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered at their unbelief.
– Mark 6:5-6a
- FAITH OFTEN INVOLVE SUFFERING AND SACRIFICE
- Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
- For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
- FAITH IS TRUSTING GOD FOR HIS GLORY IN THE RESULTS NOT OUR HAPPINESS
- Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
- “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ “And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. “The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.
- FAITH IN ACTION IN MARRIAGE
- Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.
- Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
- Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.
- FAITH IN ACTION AS YOUTH
- Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.
- And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
- FAITH IN ACTION IN FINANCES
- “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?… “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
- “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
- FAITH IN ACTIONS STARTS WITH PRAYER
- Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Sermon-based Bible Studay Questions
1. Read James 2:14-23. What does James mean when he says that faith without works is dead? Why do you think James is saying this (read James 1:22)? What does dead faith look like? What does active faith look like?
2. Read Hebrews 11:6. What is necessary to please God? Read Matthew 13:58 & Mark 6:5-6. What surprises you about these verses? What was necessary for Jesus to do miracles in that situation? How does this relate to our world & churches today?
3. Read 1 Peter 2:18-24. What is pleasing to God? How much faith does it take to please God in this way? When was a time your faith took this kind of action and how did it turn out? What does this passage say our purpose is according to Christ example? Who did Jesus trust these mean people to? How can we do that with our faith?
4. Read Matthew 26:38-39. What do you think of the statement, “Faith is trusting God for His glory in the results, not our happiness”? What did Jesus want to do? What was He willing to do? Was Jesus ultimately seeking His own happiness or the Fathers glory?
5. Read Matthew 21:28-31. Which son honored his father, how? Is being faithful at the moment always an enjoyable moment? Why do you think Jesus said that prostitutes and tax collectors would get to heaven over these churchgoers He was talking to?
6. Read Ephesians 5:33. What is a husband called to do for his wife unconditionally? How difficult can this be? What is a wife called to do unconditionally for her husband? How difficult can this be? Why do you think there is a distinct difference between what each is called to do? How much faith does this take and what kind of actions display this in a marriage? In Colossians 3:1-19 who should we do this for, especially when we don’t feel like our spouse deserves it? What does this look like in real life?
8. Read Philippians 4:6-7. What is necessary for faith to begin to work? What is the result? If you don’t have peace what might you need to do more of?