Bible Verses

“So too, faith by itself, if it does not result in action, is dead. In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” – James 2:17

Faith without works is dead because true faith transforms a life. It is also true that works without faith are dead. Jesus said that some would call Him “Lord, Lord,” but would not enter the kingdom of heaven”  – Matthew 7:21-23

“Works do not justify us or make us righteous before God, nor are they the means to salvation. Rather, our deeds are the fruit that grows from one who is obedient to God’s commands and transformed by His grace. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”  – James 2:26

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

The way we live demonstrates what we believe and illustrates if the faith we say we have is real.  Faith without works is not real because true faith affects life.  It is important that we demonstrate the fruit of good works.

True faith will lead to a transformed life, faith is defined by our actions.  What we do reflects what we believe and whether our faith is true.  True faith changes life, supported by works.

Christian Lesson For Today

Sarah with college professor

Sarah was a college student at the beginning of her second year.  She attended a Christian Church weekly and believed she was a strong Christian.  It was important to Sarah to do well in her classes because she planned to attend graduate school. 

Sarah worked very hard in her classes to make sure she continued to advance toward her degree.  She knew that the higher her ranking in school, the better her chances of being accepted to graduate school.  She avoided spending time with her classmates because she wanted to finish the class ahead of as many other students as possible.

As Sarah worked harder and longer, she began to feel the stress of supporting a heavy burden.  The harder she worked, the more stress she felt, and she did not have any sense of accomplishment. 

Sarah began to feel discouraged.  She did not understand how she could work so hard and not feel good about what she was doing.  She talked to one of the Elders at her Church, Denise.  Denise listened to Sarah explain the depression she was experiencing. 

Denise told Sarah that Sharah went to Church weekly and applied the teachings to her home life, but she did not do the same with her school life.  She was working hard at school to make herself get lots of credit and did not give any effort to helping any other students.  If she did not apply her faith in the Church to her entire life, her faith would not have meaning.  Denise told Sarah to treat other students just like she would treat people from the community in need.  Denise told her to apply her faith to everyone, even those that competed against her.

Sarah thought about Denise’s suggestion and decided she was not applying her faith to her college work.  Sarah started working with other students in study groups and helping the other students with some of the projects.  The other students began to support Sarah as well. 

Sarah may not have finished as high in her college class, but she felt so much better about her life.  She understood that she must apply her faith to her entire life. 

Christian Lesson Summary

Faith and Works are critical for you to succeed as a Christian.  Both must be applied to all your life, not just at Church, or when it is convenient.  Be consistent throughout your entire life.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

2 replies on “Christian Bible Lesson 107: Faith And Works In Your Entire Life”

    1. No, the actual person was a student, but with a different name. Thank you for your comment.

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