James 2:20 – 26 – Faith Risks – David Hill

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Theme sentence: True faith acts in ways that are self-sacrificial and often risky.

Aim sentence: Are you willing to sacrifice and risk so that God’s glory might be known to the ends of the earth? True Faith Risks!

We have to be clear about what James means by “justify” in this passage. Are we justified by faith in Jesus or by works?

James uses “justify” to emphasis the way in which works demonstrate that a person is justified, as evidenced by the good works that the person does.

Our good works do not save us, only Jesus can do that, but good works are clear evidence whether a person is saved or not.

Faith Sacrifices

James uses Abraham as an example of faith in action.

Abraham’s faith in God was willing to sacrifice his own son in obedience to God.

True faith is willing to sacrifice anything to God because God has made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Faith Risks

James also uses Rahab as an example of faith in action.

She risked everything to protect the Israelite spies because she feared God Almighty and wanted to glorify Him.

True faith is willing to risk anything for God because God’s great glory is our greatest joy.

Now what?

This passage is massively challenging in that it shows that true faith acts in ways that are self-sacrificial and often risky.

Are you willing to sacrifice and risk so that God’s glory might be known to the ends of the earth?

True faith risks.

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