Faith and Works

James 2:14-26


James 2 states that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone; Romans 3:28 states that a person is justified by faith and not by the works of the law. The point is you can make the Bible say whatever you want if you take verses out of context. In context, both Paul and James believe that faith and works are important. Both preach that faith in Christ is the basis for salvation, but works for Christ are the fruit for salvation. ‘You say you’re a Christian’, James says, ‘then show me’.

Good works do not lead to salvation, but salvation leads to good works. Works are the evidence of what marks a true Christian, but they are not the means of salvation. James writes to expose counterfeit Christianity and phony faith. Dead faith cannot save us, it is the type of hypocritical faith that drives people away from church.

Authentic faith draws people in to the church. It marks a people whose works point to the reality of Jesus. Authentic faith is costly and more than words, it identifies the needs of the people around us and strives to bring in the resources to satisfy the needs of those people. Authentic faith is a journey that involves putting our life in Jesus’ hands and displaying a life of obedience through good works.



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25 Jun 2015

Luke Nelson

Luke is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He joined City on a Hill in its early days, serving as the Community Pastor in Melbourne, before being asked to lead his own church plant. Having grown up in Melbourne's western suburbs, he has a deep knowledge of and passion for the area, and a great desire to see the gospel bring transformation. A gifted communicator, he loves the work of pastoring a church, opening God's word each week and seeing the Spirit work. Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University, has a Grad Dip in Divinity from Ridley College, and is close to completing a Masters of Ministry. He is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Melbourne and an active member of the Acts 29.

31 May 2015

Dave Miers

Dave Miers is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill: Brisbane. He is the husband to Rowena, and they have three children: Sam, Tom, and Beth. He loves Jesus and is passionate about using new mediums to communicate the timeless message of Christ crucified and risen. Dave is a member of Acts 29 and also an ordained Anglican Minister. In his downtime, he enjoys soccer, sushi, and sunsets.

24 May 2015

Dave Miers

Dave Miers is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill: Brisbane. He is the husband to Rowena, and they have three children: Sam, Tom, and Beth. He loves Jesus and is passionate about using new mediums to communicate the timeless message of Christ crucified and risen. Dave is a member of Acts 29 and also an ordained Anglican Minister. In his downtime, he enjoys soccer, sushi, and sunsets.