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May 13, 2018

 


 

A Life Transformed

James 2:24-26 (Hebrews 11:31)

 

James 2:24 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.

 

Hebrews 11:31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

 

James 2:24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

 

James 2:25 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?

 

Hebrews 11:31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

 

Joshua 2:8 Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof 9 and said to the men, "I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. 11 And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.

 

Joshua 6:24 And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25But Rahab the prostitute and her father's household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

 

26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

 

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

 

James 2:20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?

 

CS Lewis - ‘Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good, but dead people live.’

 

SO WHAT?!

 

James 2:25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute…

 

Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab…

 

Joshua 6:24 And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25 But Rahab the prostitute…

 

Hebrews 11:31 By faith Rahab the prostitute…

 

LifeGroup Notes - A Life Transformed

 

This past weekend we looked at the topic of works and how they are a fruit of your salvation. James 2:24-26 tells us that it is impossible to have a true faith and not have works that support that faith. Where most people mistake this truth is that they think that they are saved by their works. Our works are not a means unto our salvation--they are a fruit of our salvation! Conversely, a lack of works points to a lack of faith.

In Jeremiah 2 the prophet Jeremiah paints a portrait of the faithful bride, Israel; that had become unfaithful. Israel followed GOD in their youth, but quickly abandoned Him to chase after worthlessness and therefore became worthless themselves. Having every right to be done with them, God instead decides to contend with them, and bring them back unto Himself. He showed them grace, in spite of their works and their past.

Have you ever-experienced grace when you know you where in the wrong? How did it make you feel?

 

As a group Read Luke 18:9-14
1. What is the difference between the Pharisee and the tax collector?

 

2. Why was the tax collector justified and the Pharisee not? How can you see grace in this parable?

 

3. Have you ever found yourself trying to justify yourself before God with acts of obedience and ceremony? Explain.

 

4. As group read Titus 3:3-7. What can we learn about grace from this passage? How does grace justify us from this passage?

 

5. Have you ever considered what the opposite of grace is?

 

6. So the question remains, do you really want God to settle your debt?

 

Impact Statement

We must always remember how important Grace is to us as followers of Christ and never forget it was God who showed us favor when we were completely worthless and dead in our sin. It was God who reached down to give us worth through His beloved Son. Pride will be one of your biggest deterrents in experiencing the fullness of God’s grace. You’ll either be the Pharisee who thinks that their acts of obedience and ceremo- ny will make him right with God or you’ll be the tax collector who realizes that they’re a sinner in need of the forgiveness of God. A person who is justified by Grace walks humbly before the Lord, because every time they gaze upon the cross of Christ, it reminds them “Jesus in my place” which is more than enough to keep the proud heart humbled. 

 

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