Sermon Snap Shot August 6, 2017

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Sermon Snap Shot August 6, 2017

The reformer Martin Luther didn’t like James because of its implication that someone’s salvation was in any way connected to someone’s works. The Epistle of James, sounding a lot like Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount, makes the claim that believing and acting on those beliefs go hand in hand. You really can’t call yourself a Christian – you can’t believe that you are “right” in the eyes of God – if you’re not putting your faith into practice. Caring for the poor. Remembering the widows and orphans. Visiting the prisoner. Clothing the naked. Welcoming the stranger.
 
To claim faith without works is like claiming to be a marathon runner…and you never run marathons. It’s like claiming to be a fisherman…and never catch any fish. It’s like claiming to be a golfer…and you haven’t played or practiced in 12 months!
 
Belief and action are inextricably connected. You can’t have one without the other. This is one of the reasons why I think James’ voice is so essential – especially in light of how much Luther’s teaching has influenced our thought and action (or lack thereof) over the last 500 years.
 
If we claim to believe Jesus – if we claim to be his disciple – then we will spend our lives doing the things he did. We will hang out with people he hung out with.
 
From Sunday August 6 message based on James 2:14-26, “I Love to Tell THE Story: Faith = Belief + Action”
 
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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