Faith requires works.  (James 2:14-26) Works alone are unable to save us. (Ephesians 2:8-10). Small Groups are uniquely positioned to grow the Church. Small groups are the Church. The church needs to discover the true Scriptural nature of Small Groups.

Faith requires works is a way of saying that our life needs to reflect what we believe. If the way we live does not reflect what we say we believe something is wrong. If God and Satan are polar opposites, one perfectly good and the other absolute evil then a person who ceases to follow Satan and becomes a Christian should experience a 90 degree change in the way she lives.

 

 

 

Life is based on the choices we make and choices impose commitments. If we choose to believe in God we are logically required to commit ourselves to Him. A commitment effects all of our choices. If we are Christians we need to live as Christians otherwise the commitment is not there. This is not said in an effort to convince anyone. We all know and believe this to be true but what happens is that our human nature conflicts with what God wishes. We are to do good and we are to place our love of others above our love of material things but the problem is that we are limited in the material things we have and if we actually gave to all who were in need, because there are so few willing to give and so many who have need Christians would impoverish themselves. Does this mean that giving is wrong or that our giving is wrong?

There is need for works of charity but is charity the fulfillment of our mission? Assuming it is why does the church falter? Are we lax in our giving? Would greater gifts bring people to God? Is our level of giving a measure of our commitment to God and a measure of the work we do for His Kingdom?

 Lets assume Christians repented and gave all they had to the poor and the poor in their gratitude blessed God and believed. Has anyone been saved? Works do not save us. Yet, faith without works is dead.

Rationality enables us to discern the truth and the truth is reality as God devised it. Charity has a purpose. Nothing God determines is without reason. Charity is performed because of the need of others. We are to help one another. But charity is not the fulfillment of Gods plan for us. This is why giving away all we have, everyone of us, becomes something of a contradiction and seems to lack sense. Charity is not the last word in helping others. We help others so they can help others. We do not just teach others about God but bring them into the fullness of His Word.

 

 

Theory Of Church

The Rules of Power

  • God created all things.

  • God is All-Powerful.

  • God is under no compulsion, necessity or restraint.

  • All He does He does by and through choice.

  • God created the universe and humanity from choice.

  • Humans have choice referred to as free will.

  • Choice allows us to choose

  • We have a choice between truth and lies

  • Truth is the reality God created lies are choices not based in reality.

  • Truth produces choices lies destroys them

  • Truth improves the earth and lies create tyranny.

  • A person who does not make the right choices harms the earth.

  • We are to be stewards of th eearth and do good works

  • Good works are the right choice and aligned with the truth.

  • Good choices are good in an objective sense or it is not possible to choose to do right.

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James 2:

14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 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? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 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. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.

2:20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 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. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.

 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

 

Ephesians 2:

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

 


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