Sermon for October 11th, 2020 James: A Practical Picture of Faith From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in the entire Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a difference in the needs of the world around us. Week 5: Sacrifices This is one of the most difficult passages in all of Scripture. Faith is presented from two different perspectives. It seems as though James and Paul contradict each other, but maybe they stand back to back fighting different enemies. This is not about maturity levels of faith. James says there is faith and then there is dead faith, the kind even the demons have (which really isn’t a faith at all). Living faith does save. Righteousness also needs to be understood. God makes us right by what he has done this is perfection. There is a second kind of righteousness, how we are living. This is not perfection because we keep sinning. The term “Works” can be used negatively like legalism, but James uses it positively as the fruit of faith. We need to distinguish faith, righteousness and works. Faith creates works. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.