Faith and Works

Nicholas Hor

Scripture: James 2:14-26

Discussion Questions

1. In verse 23, James writes '... “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.' Who else was called a "friend of God" in the Old Testament? How about the New Testament? (see: John 15:14-17)  Why is this significant?

2. How can we reconcile Paul's writing in Galatians 2:16 ("... yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ...") and James' writing in James 2:24? Can we find some internal evidence from Galatians to show it?

3. Share an experience where someone you know had chose to have their faith only without works. Why is that kind of faith bad, useless and dead?   

4. What is the danger of emphasising works in our lives without examining our faith/heart? How can we avoid falling into such a trap?