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Faith without works is dead

December 16, 2009

I had an amazing discussion with Pastor Bob this morning.  He really reminded me that we aren’t here just to preach things.  We need to live the things we preach as leaders, as followers, as husbands, as wives, as children – in all of life.

So the thought for today:

We (the Body of Christ) spend so much time discussing and fussing about what churches preach and say.  I wonder how much time we’re spending actually putting into practice what’s been said.

I’m just sayin’

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4 Comments
  1. tim permalink

    thanks for “just sayin”. i hope u can get some rest this week.

  2. Scott! Just thought I’d add my here! here! to the ‘just saying’ idea. Blessings & He is altogether lovely.

  3. The Annoyed Elephant permalink

    >> We (the Body of Christ) spend so much time discussing and fussing
    >> about what churches preach and say. I wonder how much time we’re spending
    >> actually putting into practice what’s been said.

    Well, it depends on whether they’re saying good stuff or not. Most churches are saying great things – and most people in there ARE paying attention… they’re just not perfect.

    That’s why it’s so critical for us to remember grace. Faith without works is dead, but faith without grace is useless, hopeless, and dangerous.

    Fortunately, Jesus didn’t come to save fake sinners. He came to save real people who really don’t pay attention in church and really screw up on a daily basis.

    -5minutes

  4. Totally agreed 5. The statement does presuppose that what is taught is sound. And we all, in our imperfection, fall completely short anyhow. I was making a little poke towards a couple blogs I came across where believers where chewing one another like rabid dogs over doctrinal and practice issues instead of discussing and exploring scripture together. (Fear and trembling man, fear and trembling) As far as putting things into practice, I don’t mean that we always get it right. I am referring to our reasonable response to the mercy and grace we have received (Romans 12:1).

    I can only say a resounding amen to your thoughts. Your line, “Faith without grace is useless, hopeless, and dangerous” will most definitely be repeated. I recently had a status on facebook that said, “we all fall short, all of our righteousness is like filthy rags, and we all desperately need Jesus.” Thank God for grace!

    Thanks for the input buddy. Good stuff.

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