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Title: How to Develop Real Faith


1
How to Develop Real Faith
  • (James 214-26)

2
A Brief Review
  • Todays lesson represents our ninth installment
    in this series of lessons taken from the book of
    James.
  • The theme for our series is How To
    Christianity. We are seeking to learn practical
    ways in which we can address various spiritual
    matters.

3
Previous LessonsHow To
  • Survive Trying Times (12-4)
  • Obtain Wisdom (15-8)
  • Survive Temptation (112-18)
  • Address Our Anger (119,20)
  • Secure Salvation (121)
  • Become Doers of the Word (122-25)
  • Embrace Pure Religion (126,27)
  • Stop Showing Partiality (21-13)

4
How to Develop Real Faith
  • Discuss the Importance of Faith
  • Examine the Two Kinds of Faith Mentioned in Our
    Text
  • Learn How to Develop Real Faith

5
The Importance of Faith
  • Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
    (Hebrews 111,6)
  • We cannot be saved without faith. (Ephesians 28)
  • As Christians we are to walk by faith and not by
    sight. (II Corinthians 57)
  • If we do anything apart from faith it is sin.
    (Romans 1423)

6
Two Types of Faith Mentioned in Our Text
  • Profitless Faith (214-17)
  • This kind of faith believes, feels, and says all
    the right things but has no ACTION!
  • It is the kind of faith that leaves needs unmet
    and peoples lives unfulfilled. (214-17)
  • It is the kind of faith that is equal to that of
    demons. Yes, they believe in Jesus (Mark
    311,12), but it does not bring about change in
    who they are!
  • Our text tells us this kind of faith is dead,
    useless, and vain (217,20,26)!

7
Two Types of Faith Mentioned in Our Text
  • Powerful Faith (220-26)
  • This is the only type of faith that can save us!
  • It is a faith based not only upon believing the
    right things and saying the right things but also
    DOING the right things! (Matthew 721 Luke 646)
  • This is illustrated in our text by two powerful
    examples that of Abraham and that of Rahab
    (221-26).
  • The key to a powerful, perfect, and righteous
    faith is OBEDIENCE! If God wills it, we should do
    it!

8
How to Develop Powerful Faith
  • The first step in developing powerful faith is to
    examine ones own life. (II Corinthians 135)
  • The second step in developing powerful faith is
    to pray that God will give us the courage to
    develop a working, obedient faith. (Matthew
    2122)
  • And the third step in developing powerful faith
    is to involve ourselves with those who are
    actively seeking to do the will of God in their
    own lives.
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