Good morning. When I arranged for Ivan to speak today, and indeed Matt to speak two weeks ago, I little imagined we would still be unable to physically meet together as a church. It’s a great sadness that we still are not permitted to meet together, but it is my hope that as things continue to improve the restrictions will be eased in July enough for us to be able to recommence services in some way. We will be keeping a close eye on developments.
It’s a great pleasure to have Ivan bringing God’s Word to us today, I’m certain it will be a blessing. Before that here is a worship video from The Mandate led by Robin Mark, Amazing Love.
God bless you, Andy.
Faith Without Works is Dead by Ivan Daniel-Sam, 7th June 2020:
James 2:14-26 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.