Study Questions

Sermon Text: James 2:14-26

Sermon Questions

  1. Why are Christians so careful to make the point that no one is good enough to be saved?
  2. Are works done before you are saved different from works done after you are saved?  Explain.
  3. Why does James talk about the faith of the demons?  Why doesn't the faith of demons save them?
  4. In what four ways do our works validate our faith?
  5. What do our works prove about our faith?

Additional Scriptures

Romans 1:17; 4:1-3
In these verses, the author talks about being saved by faith.  Is this the opposite of what James is saying?  Why or why not?

Galatians 2:15 to 3:7
In these verses, Paul talks about the difference between being saved by obeying the Old Testament law, versus being saved by trusting in Christ, by exercising faith in him.

Small Group Discussion

  1. How is a person saved?
  2. What does it mean to be righteous?
  3. Verse 15 condemns the practice of offering nice words without offering any tangible help.  Have you experienced this?  How did you feel at the time?
  4. What kinds of works prove that we love Christ and are walking under the direction of the Holy Spirit?
  5. Who decides which works we should do, since we are all so busy?
  6. How do you keep the need to demonstrate "works which validate our faith" from becoming a new legalism?

Going Deeper

  1. What evidence would you cite to demonstrate that your faith is true and sincere?
  2. How do you deal with a situation where you feel you should have done more, but failed to do so?
  3. How do you keep from feeling shame that you can't do more, or even as much as you would like to do?