Study 6 of 13 on The Book of James
“It’s about as useless as a screen door on a submarine
Faith without works, it just ain’t happening
One is your left hand, one is your right
It’ll take two strong arms to hold on tight”
That’s from the Rich Mullins song Screen Door…illustrating that faith and works go together…one doesn’t exist quite without the other.
Scriptural Basis: Josh. 2:1–21; Rom. 3:27, 28; 4:1–5; 2 Cor. 4:2; Titus 2:14; James 2:14–26.
Key Text: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26, NKJV).
1. This week’s topic of study is entitled “Faith That Works.” Why do you think it is worded in that way?
2. How do we understand James 2:14 in the context of salvation by faith alone?
3. What does James 2:19 tell us about what true faith is?
4. James 2:25 speaks of Rahab’s justification for her act in saving the spies in Jericho. How do you explain this?
5. It is often said that faith and works should be kept in “balance.” In light of this lesson, how would you respond to that statement?
6. How can we learn to better express our faith through our works while protecting ourselves from the deception that our works save us?