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First Christian Church, Abingdon, VA

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then our actions as disciples, when they reflect the faith we have, should be worth far more. You cannot live by faith without taking charge of your thought life. Only when you understand this and begin using it this way will your life truly prosper in God. Toms sermon tomorrow, “FAITH AND WORKS” will be taken from JAMES 2:14-26. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 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? 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 your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 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. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. If we believe God truly loves us, cares for us, wants a relationship with us, wants to adopt us and have us as his children. Then why don’t we believe that what he tells us to do is for our own good? Why do we go on living like the world except on Sunday? We have a faith problem don’t we. My friends, unless we see the prize, the chase is just too difficult. The life of a disciple is a difficult life demanding faith that leads to actions. Unless we put our eyes on Jesus, we’ll lack the passion to keep up the chase. Unless we put our eyes on Jesus, we’ll never have faith that leads to actions. You cannot live by faith without taking charge of your thought life. Only when you understand this and begin using it this way will your life truly prosper in God. Tomorrow is the Lords Day...dont make excuses to miss worship and put other things before God. He sacrificed more than you can ever imagine just for the chance at a relationship with you. Follow Gods lead. He will never direct you wrong!