Sunday School Perspective:
Action Speaks Better Than Words
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of James Chapter 2: Verses 14-26 and it offers insight in studying about faith that must be matched by demonstration and action.
Key Verse: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:17, KJV: This verse emphasizes that faith and works are congenial with each other.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 is “Action Speaks Louder than Words” and it offers assurance that the successful Christian walk must embrace, emulate and demonstrate faith and works.
The objective for students and readers is to serve with action that matches faith unconditionally.
Faith Facilitates (James 2:14-17)
The lesson unfolds with the writer revealing that having faith alone is empty. It is significant that true faith is the demonstration of caring, assisting and loving others. The God we serve allow us to work because we are saved, therefore, we must in all earnest be of good support, a comforter and facilitator of good will. “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” (Verses 14-17)
Faith without Works Is Dead (James 2:18-22)
It is significant in these verses that the writer addresses very clearly that faith without works is dead. When believers really surrender to seeking Jesus Christ, their faith enables compassion developing goodness and a distinction of good growth as good fruit compared to bad fruit. “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?” (Verses 18-22)
Justified Faith (James 2:23-26)
It is significant in these verses that Godly works are the product of faith. Justified Faith cause one to exercise their talents, gifts and service to mankind. There is no personal satisfaction in doing little or nothing. Students, teachers, and all believers must be willing to encourage and enable all people regardless of their level of understanding. “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (Verses 23-26)
PRAISE THE LORD.