First Fifteen

Faith and Action (James 2:14-26)

November 08, 2020 Ron Oltmanns Season 4 Episode 10
First Fifteen
Faith and Action (James 2:14-26)
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First Fifteen
Faith and Action (James 2:14-26)
Nov 08, 2020 Season 4 Episode 10
Ron Oltmanns

There’s an expression that says “Talk is cheap”, and the point is that it’s easier to say something than to do it.  James would have liked that expression.   James 2:14-26 focuses on the theme of faith and action, expanding on being both a hearer and a doer of God’s word.  Don’t just say you believe or trust God, follow it through with action and do what he says.   

If you are trying to have a quiet time, getting started in a relationship with God or seeking guidance at this point in your life, you're in the right place.

In fifteen minutes or less you will listen to God's word for you, reflect on it and learn to pray to God as well as carry that word with you through the rest of your day.  It's a perfect way to get started!

In season four we are praying through some of the letters in the Bible.  We continue praying through James, one of the General Letters filled with practical teaching and wisdom.  Like the Proverbs and wisdom Psalms, James makes us think deeper about our faith and also challenges us to act on our insights.

The last half of James 2 shifts from talking about the rich and the poor and fulfilling the law to talk about faith and action.  Traditionally, some readers have noted the similarity between Paul's discussion of faith and works in his letters  and tried to explain why James seems to have the opposite emphasis.  This is a misreading because Paul and James really aren't addressing the same issue.  Paul is concerned about people relying on works of righteousness for their own salvation.  James is focused on demonstrating the sincerity of faith.  

What James does here expands on what he said in 1:17-27 about hearing the word (only) and doing the word.  He will return to this theme of faith and action again before he finishes the letter, so it is a major point of his teaching.  He uses two examples to illustrate his point:  Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac, and Rahab sheltering the spies in Jericho.  

We are using the letters to grow closer to God in season four.  We can't exhaust the riches in each part of scripture we cover, but you can go deeper into them on your own using our four step process.  You can download the helpsheet that details and demonstrates the four step process we use on First Fifteen using Psalm 1.

If you want to get more daily encouragement you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @WordofPrayer15 .  Go ahead and get started listening and follow/subscribe to this podcast to hear more from God's word.   You can also find us on Facebook at Word of Prayer 15.

We have a course on Philemon and Colossians for in-depth Bible study called "Christ Supreme".  If you are interested in going deeper, check out the links on our website or the Facebook page.

 Additional resources at the Word of Prayer website https://word-of-prayer.com

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=30142397)

Show Notes

There’s an expression that says “Talk is cheap”, and the point is that it’s easier to say something than to do it.  James would have liked that expression.   James 2:14-26 focuses on the theme of faith and action, expanding on being both a hearer and a doer of God’s word.  Don’t just say you believe or trust God, follow it through with action and do what he says.   

If you are trying to have a quiet time, getting started in a relationship with God or seeking guidance at this point in your life, you're in the right place.

In fifteen minutes or less you will listen to God's word for you, reflect on it and learn to pray to God as well as carry that word with you through the rest of your day.  It's a perfect way to get started!

In season four we are praying through some of the letters in the Bible.  We continue praying through James, one of the General Letters filled with practical teaching and wisdom.  Like the Proverbs and wisdom Psalms, James makes us think deeper about our faith and also challenges us to act on our insights.

The last half of James 2 shifts from talking about the rich and the poor and fulfilling the law to talk about faith and action.  Traditionally, some readers have noted the similarity between Paul's discussion of faith and works in his letters  and tried to explain why James seems to have the opposite emphasis.  This is a misreading because Paul and James really aren't addressing the same issue.  Paul is concerned about people relying on works of righteousness for their own salvation.  James is focused on demonstrating the sincerity of faith.  

What James does here expands on what he said in 1:17-27 about hearing the word (only) and doing the word.  He will return to this theme of faith and action again before he finishes the letter, so it is a major point of his teaching.  He uses two examples to illustrate his point:  Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac, and Rahab sheltering the spies in Jericho.  

We are using the letters to grow closer to God in season four.  We can't exhaust the riches in each part of scripture we cover, but you can go deeper into them on your own using our four step process.  You can download the helpsheet that details and demonstrates the four step process we use on First Fifteen using Psalm 1.

If you want to get more daily encouragement you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @WordofPrayer15 .  Go ahead and get started listening and follow/subscribe to this podcast to hear more from God's word.   You can also find us on Facebook at Word of Prayer 15.

We have a course on Philemon and Colossians for in-depth Bible study called "Christ Supreme".  If you are interested in going deeper, check out the links on our website or the Facebook page.

 Additional resources at the Word of Prayer website https://word-of-prayer.com

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=30142397)