Sermon Notes 2023 04 02 AM

April 02, 2023 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#15 in series)

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Undivided: Faith That Works (Part 2)


James 2:14-26


Key Truth: It’s possible to have works without saving faith, but it is impossible to have saving faith without works.


What does this passage teach us about faith that works?


  • Saving faith is always accompanied by sanctifying works. (vv. 14-18)


Warren Wiersbe taught this section by describing three different kinds of faith:

  1. Dead faith (vv. 17, 20, 26): “faith without works is dead” A type of faith that impacts the mind alone.
  2. Demonic faith (vv. 19-20): “the demons also believe, and shudder” Faith that impacts the mind and emotions.
  3. Dynamic faith (vv. 21-26): “faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected” Faith that impacts the mind, the emotions, and the will.


Current obedience is a stronger indicator of salvation than past profession.


  • Intellectual __ is not saving faith. (vv. 19-20)


Saving faith has three essential aspects: __, conviction, and __ resulting in reliance.

  • By understanding, a person fully __ the claims of the gospel.
  • By conviction, a person has __ that the content of the gospel is true.
  • By trust resulting in reliance, a person relies __ upon the gospel as his or her only means of salvation


  • Sanctifying works prove and __ saving faith. (vv. 21-26)