Faith and works

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: Matthew 25:31-46 and James 2:14-26

Key Verse: James 2:18-19 But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.

Society in general sees faith as a private belief that should not show itself in public in the way you act. However true Christian faith is not a belief divorced from actions, but is the cause which results in Christian action.

God’s work for us and through us does not stop when He saves us from the coming judgement, but He has also prepared good works for us to do. These will show themselves naturally in the life of the Christian, and be an evidence to onlookers of the reality of our Christian faith. Someone cannot have faith without works. They can claim to have faith without works but it is not true faith.

These works will be those motivated by love, and be expressions of love to others and especially to the Christian family – our Christian bothers and sisters.

Sermon Points:
A: Faith and works
B: Faith that works
1 Faith loves other people
1.1 Bad example v15-17
1.2 Good example v25
2 Faith loves God
2.1 Bad example v18-19
2.2 Good example v20-24

Series: James

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service, 30 November 2014

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Don’t judge a book by its cover

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: James 2:1-13

Key Verse: James 2:8-13 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself,’ you are doing right. 9 But if you show favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as law-breakers.

Living in the West human rights is taken for granted. We may be tempted to think of human rights as just common sense. But throughout history and now throughout the world it is not so.

The Bible does not speak of human rights per se, but speaks of all humans having the same dignity which is found in the fact that we are all, although fallen and damaged, made in the image of God our Creator.

As fallen humans we naturally discriminate for people in our own group and against those in other groups. But as children of God, we are to welcome and befriend people regardless of outward appearance. When a person becomes a Christian we join a family where we are all one in Christ Jesus. There is no division between, rich/poor, educated/uneducated, cultured/uncultured – where the highly educated and paid surgeon can have fellowship with a bin man.

The Christian is to discriminate between truth and lies, but not what we cannot the see the motivations of a persons heart. If we are not to judge a person’s motivations behind an action, because we cannot see a person’s heart, how much worse is it to judge a person not even on actions but on just mere appearance.

Sermon Points:
A: Problem v1-4
B: Solution
– 1: Gospel v5-7
– 2: Character of God v8-13
– 2.1 The problem here is a lack of love
– 2.2 We can not pick and choose between commandments

Series: James

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Noon Service, 23 November 2014

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Hear and Do

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: James 1:2-27

Key Verse: James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Being fed such a vast array of information but in sound bite chuckes, this generation is suffering from decreasing attention spans, causing people to struggle to concentrate over lengthy periods. This can have spiritual implications since God is calling us to hear and meditate on what is heard. Christian meditation/pondering takes time and thought.

We need to think thought the issues raised in a sermon. What does this look like in my life – how to apply this to my life.

Are we really listening?
Are we acting on what we hear?

Resource: http://headhearthand.org/blog/2013/09/04/20-helps-to-sermon-listening/

Sermon Points:

A: Mission v18
B: Mirror v 23-25
C: Make-up v26-27

Series: James

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan

Preached: Noon Service, 26 October 2014

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