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Justified by Works

Date: April 28, 2019 ()

Bible Text: James 2:14-26 |

James 2 has caused many people a lot of confusion, chiefly because within these verses James teaches that we are, "...justified by works and not by faith alone." (Jam 2:24) First, how do we reconcile this seemingly contradictory idea with the great number of passages that teach justification is by faith and not by works? And second, how do these verses apply to our walk with God? Learn the answer to both of these questions!

James 2:14-26—Justified by Works

Lesson 1: James describes __________ types of __________:

Part 1) ________ faith substitutes __________ for actions. (Jam 2:14-17, 1 John 3:17-18)

Part 2) ______________ faith proves that ____________ alone doesn’t save. (Jam 2:19)

Part 3) ____________ faith is justified by __________. (Jam 2:21 & 25)

Lesson 2: We are justified by __________, and our works are the _______________. (Jam 2:22-24, 1 John 2:3-4)

Lesson 3: If you don’t understand ______________________, you’ll misunderstand justification by works. (Ez 36:26-27, Deut 30:6, 1 John 3:9, Eph 2:1-7)


Family Worship Guide

Memory Verse: James 2:14

Day 1: Read James 2:14-20 and discuss: What are the characteristics of dead faith? What does it substitute for actions? What are the characteristics of demonic faith? How does James use demonic faith to show dead faith can’t save a person?

Day 2: Read James 2:21-26 and discuss: What is the difference between the way James uses the word “justification” and the way Paul often used it? What verse in James is most crucial in forming the context of “justification by works?” Who did James use as examples of living faith? If a person has living faith what is the evidence?

Day 3: Read Jam 2:24, Ez 36:26-27, Deut 30:6, 1 John 3:9 and discuss: What is the error of Legalism? What is the error of Antinomianism? What doctrine must we understand to avoid falling into either of these errors? We are saved by grace through faith, so how can the Bible say God will “give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds”? (Jer 17:10)

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