For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
This is the first of 3 sermons I will preach about our need for good works to show that we have faith in God. My next sermon will come from Matthew 25:31-46 and the final from Acts 2:42-47. I am grateful for the lectures on “Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy” from Father Andrew Stephen Damick for inspiring me to preach on this topic. I pray that I will correct myself by the grace of the Holy Spirit and lead others to correction as well.
THE FLAW OF FAITH ALONE: (PART ONE) LACK OF EVIDENCE
(Introduction) The Protestant Reformation leaders were right in pointing out the abuses of Medieval Catholicism, including the sale of indulgences and stressing works as a means to salvation.
(antithesis) In many of our doctrines, we ignore the point that good works are necessary as they are evidence that we have faith in Jesus Christ. As a result of our lack of this sound evidence, we run around looking for false ones.
(thesis) We must commit ourselves to good works as well as having our faith secured by believing in the Gospel.
(relevant question) Why are good works important?
- evidence of compassion (vv. 15-17)
- evidence of distinction (vv. 18-20)
- evidence of awareness of God’s will (vv.21-26)