Dead Faith vs. Living Faith

Dead Faith vs. Living Faith

Sermon:. James 2:14-26

                14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 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. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Dead Faith vs. Living Faith

“What good is it?” and “What good it is!”

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James 2:26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. Fruits of Faith.

TWELTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Sunday, August 11, 2013

TLH 235 : O Holy Spirit, Enter In Hymnary.org link

Invocation

P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen

Confession and Absolution

LSB 616 : Baptismal Waters Cover Me Hymnary.org link

P: In peace let us pray to the Lord!

C: (Spoken): Lord have mercy.

P: For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C: Oh Christ thou Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

P: For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C: Oh Christ thou Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

P: For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C: Oh Christ thou Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant us your peace.

P: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C: Amen.

Hymn TLH 23 (v 2): Hallelujah! Let Praises Ring Hymnary.org link  

The First Reading – Jeremiah 7:1-11

The Second Reading – Matthew 7:21-27

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

TLH 398 : Renew me, O Eternal Light Hymnary.org link

Sermon…………….………………………………….. James 2:14-26

                14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 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. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Dead Faith vs. Living Faith

“What good is it?” and “What good it is!”

TLH 394 : My Faith Looks Up to Thee Hymnary.org link

The Offering of Thankful Hearts

Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction

TLH 293 : O Holy Spirit, Grant us Grace Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements