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Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17b

Read: James 2:14-26
Listen: James 2


James writes to the early church which is scattered due to persecution. New Christians living in this stressful environment need guidance and assurance they are following the truth. James wants them to understand that believing Jesus died in their place to give new life is just the beginning. Their new beliefs should actually change who they are and how they act. James doesn’t sugarcoat his words. If they say they are a Christ follower then their lives should change to mirror his behavior. If their new faith doesn’t demonstrate action, it is dead.

James provides three ways to know whether or not their faith is dead. Their faith is alive if it moves them to action, changes their habits to be more Christ-like, and if they feel challenged to trust God and do what is right according to God’s truth. This week, we will take a closer look at these three indicators and let James challenge us to demonstrate faith that is alive.

TODAY: Real faith is more than simply saying, “I’m a Christian.” As you begin this week, consider areas of your faith-walk that may need to come alive. With an open heart, ask God to show you where you need to grow and change to become like him.


Read Genesis 3-5. Highlight anything that points to Jesus. Note the promise given in Genesis 3:15 and how this points to Jesus.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.