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2016: A Year of Action
December 13, 2015      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons


Discipleship is not discipleship without practical risky action.

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Notes

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.

I have heard repeatedly during the closing months of this year that 2016 is to be a year of ACTION.

It is to be a year of making faith alive by WORKING!

Discipleship is not discipleship without practical risky action.

In fact, one teacher taught - How do you spell faith?  RISK

Many are waiting and few are working.

But only the working learn while the waiting just watch - and often criticize.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

I believe that phrases like “I’m waiting till the Spirit moves me”, “It’s just not my time yet”, and “Friendship Evangelism” end up immobilizing us and eating the years away in inactivity.

So how do I move into Action?

- Change your mindset to one of action.

1 Peter 1:13

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

- Pray for the Spirit to move you.

- Commit to practical accountability and mentoring in your learning.

- Try, Fail, and Try again over and over until you succeed.

- Decide that active experience will be your resume not just studied theory.

It is time to “showoff”

James 2:18

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.

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.


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