In Psalm 1:3 the person whose delight is the law of the Lord is compared to a tree planted by streams of water. Fresh streams result in fruitful seasons and healthy growth. Being Grounded in Truth & Growing in Grace provides the same spiritual benefits. The constant stream of truth from God’s word, coupled with His grace provides healthy spiritual growth - Christ in us, the result of the cross. Truth and grace are essential ingredients as we seek to make disciples of one another at LJBC and of others within our sphere of influence.
James, one of the pillars of the early church (Galations 2:9), penned the practical epistle that bears his name. He wrote about the good works that a biblical faith produces. James 2:18 says, “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works. Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” When comparing James’ faith that works, with Paul’s faith that is not of works (Ephesians 2:9 & 10) a rightly divided balance must be carefully maintained. Throughout church history James’ writing has been confusing to some because of their understanding of good works. Some would say: grace through faith + good works = salvation. This should be rejected according to Ephesians 2:9-10.
A careful biblical understanding shows good works to be the product of biblical faith. Grace through faith + nothing = salvation → good works (James 2:18 & Ephesians 2:10).
A careful consideration of New Testament texts that address good works shows there is no contradiction between faith and the good works that follow. In our verse by verse study of James we will discover the norm for genuine believers is to not only to “talk the talk,” but also “walk the walk” of a salvation that is by grace through faith, which results in the works of faith James writes about. Join us as we become grounded in truth and grow in grace together.
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