Workers in God’s Kingdom (July 2017)

pastorterryDear Church Family:

This morning during my devotional time, I read a passage of scripture in James 4 that reminds us of the need to be workers in God’s kingdom.

As you read the Newsletter, we are reminded of the many areas of service, where we can put our faith into action. Also, the Nominating Committee is hard at work seeking those willing to serve in various leadership positions. Serving
together we can continue to expand God’s kingdom.

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has not deeds?
Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and
daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well
fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same
way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by what I do.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that-and
shudder.

You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without works is useless? Was
not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered
his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working
together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was
fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as
righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see a person is justified by
what he does and not by faith alone.

In the same way, was not even Rehab the prostitute considered righteous for
what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different
direction? As the body without the Spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is
dead”

(James 2:14-26NIV).

Put your faith alive by finding a need, and meeting that need.

Pastor Terry

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