On the Wednesday, the 14th of February, 2018 which happened to be a Valentine day, the church was blessed to fellowship in love in what was a Bible study time. Service took place at the Queens Hall dining hall and all was set for the word of God to be rightly divided.
The topic for discussion was Faith and Works, and indeed the study proved to be an interesting one. The main Scripture reference was from James 2:14-26 and the introduction of the study gave a brief picture of what was going to be discussed. The concept of faith in the Christian journey cannot be downplayed and as sons and daughters of God we are of born of faith through the grace given us.
Notwithstanding, the faith that has been imparted unto us, has to be made manifest by its operation when we produce good works. Thus the attitude of the believer should be that of obedience which tends to show that faith and works are inseparable. One cannot substitute the other and as the body without the spirit is dead, so is faith without works (James 2:26).
Moving on with the study, the church was made to understand that anything done outside the spirit of God is considered as a dead work. Since the foundation of faith hasn’t been established, thus the need for one to be saved. Then again if you are saved by grace though faith and there is nothing to show for your faith then your faith is shaken and questionable.
For we have been created in Christ Jesus that we may produce good works and glorify our Father in heaven. (References from Ephesians 2:10 and Matthew 5:16). Our faith can be demonstrated in many ways was another section the study sought to address:
- By our trust in the Lord even in difficult times.
- Through our giving
- Through our sacrifice and obedience to the word of God.
- Our prayers for each other.
In conclusion, it was established that we indeed prove the genuiness of our faith by the works we produce, and not only by our confession. Thus even as we express our faith in the Lord, let’s yield to Him so that we produce works worthy of a workman.