CELL NOTES 13/10/08
Are you more likely to act without thinking or think without acting?
Faith and deeds
Reading; James 2 ; 14 – 24
1) There is an obvious close link between what we think and what we do. ( e.g. our opinion about a place etc determines whether or not we go there.)
2) It also works the other way. What we do illustrates what we really think, or value ( e.g. actions speak louder than words relating to matters such as generosity, honesty etc.)
3) James is making this point with specific reference to our faith. It’s not about a vague belief in God ( see v19), it’s recognising that Jesus is Lord of all, committing our lives to follow Him, and allowing him to shape our inner lives.
4) So how does this work in practice?
In daily conduct e.g. in how we relate to others, deal with money, speak to people, view the poor etc etc.
Two very practical projects, giving us ways to respond, were also presented – the Shoebox appeal, and the Compassion child sponsorship scheme.
QUESTIONS OF APPLICATION
1) Read the passage. What does it say to you? Is there an area of encouragement, challenge or warning you need to heed?
2) When has your faith been put to the test? What happened?
3) In what way should the lifestyle of a Christian mark them out from others, and verify their faith?
4) How did you react to the opportunities presented on Sunday?