Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
August 26, 2018 at 10:45 AM
The Authentic Faith

The Authentic Faith
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being along” ( James 2:17 ).
There are core, also known as key words used in all classifications of
units of knowledge. The expression GPA is used academics to denote the
academic studies, vital signs in the medical arena refers to breezing related
actions, code refers to a cessation of life sustaining functions, and faith is used to describes one’s to belief and dependancy on the Almighty God.
There are innumerable other code words in addition to the three just
however, one of them – faith – is the most widely used word in the area
of Religion. The word “faith” appears 336 times in the King James Version.
Other bible versions have varying counts: Faith appears 458 times in the New
International Version.”     In addition to these biblical definitions of faith there are countless lay
views on and definitions of faith. Our sermon for today was prepared to
offer some guidelines for knowing the context within which faith is being
claimed and, secondly, to apply biblical teachings on faith when evaluating
the outcome of its application. It will include the following three considerations,
namely: the theological definition of faith, the array of views/types of faith, and
the authentic faith.
As background for the analysis, attention will focused on two New
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Testament writers whose contents included teaching faith. First Paul whose
teaching is found Chapter 11 of Hebrews and second writer was James in
Chapter 2 of the book that bears his name. Each of these had an unique, or
real with Jesus before beginning the writing and proclaiming the good
news regarding the Risen Savior. Paul, then known as Saul, met Jesus on the
Damascus Road and was thereafter changed while James, an half brother,
who failed to devote full attention until after the Resurrection of Jesus; he then
became and ardent follower of Jesus, praying to often and long that he
developed callouses on his knees and became known as the man with the
camel knees. James later became a pillar at the church at Jerusalem and
he wrote the book that bears his name from which the textual anchor was
lifted for the sermon for today.
Against this background, attention will now be directed to the earlier
dimensions of the sermon, the first of which is -The theological definition of
faith. In Chapter 11 of his letter to the Hebrews, Paul penned the definition
of faith as “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen” ( 1 ). Paul tells humanity how the elders obtained a good
report of their good report -i.e., that there perception and use of faith were
correct. He provided an extensive list of persons who epitomized faith holders,
how they clung to their faith, and how they died in the faith. He, also, wrote
about the role of faith in person commitment to God as specified in the
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words, “For without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to
God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently
seek him.” ( 6 ). James, in contrast, places emphasis more applications of
faith than how it is defined. This fact will be in the third  division of the
sermon; in the meantime attention is called to the second aspect focus which is
– The array of types and views on faith. Writers in the is a student in the
field of Religious studies, as would be expected, cover a wide range of topics
in this area. One of the more popular investigation, augmented by much
speculation is a classification of faith types. This pastor will today join
with group, but will seek to present a plausible orientation. His analysis
contains a faith topology based primarily upon how one views and seek
to use it. From this stance, there are the following types: The Naturalistic
Faith –
this is faith in the natural and mechanic orders, examples include: pressing
the brake to slow or stop an automobile, sitting in a chair without holding
ascertain that is remains in place, next, there is the exploitative faith as
reflected in the belief that whatever one wants or needs can be attained
by approaching with a needs list without any consideration for his/her
active pray life, a third approach to faith is know as the ‘demonstrative’
faith – it is the type where an individual having received seeks to explain
it in terms of having received it by having faith when, in fact it was ap. 4
gift of grace. This list no means exhaustive, but the focused must now be
directed to the third, and final, component of the sermon which is – The
authentic faith. It is deemed necessary to first define authentic, hence, let
us start there. This word refers to – “authentic, genuine, bona fide mean being
actually and exactly what is claimed. authentic implies being fully trustworthy
as according with fact…” Using this definition of authentic, attention will be
focused on its application to James teaching on faith as found in Chapter
2 of his book. He, first, reminds of “authentic – but so calling it by that term –
“ My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory
with respect to persons” ( 1 ). He, next, with an extensive description in which
faith is put to test ( 2-8 ) There is a vivid illustration without an authentic
faith, instead such an individual may profess to have faith but fails to
put into action. James warns of the danger in this type of faith. In so
acknowledging that one may assert the possession of faith, James,
writes in essence that faith alone is insufficient. Hence James, noted,
“Even so faith, if it hast works, is dead, being alone” (17). He, further,
warns, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hath faith, and I have works: shew me
thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” ( 18).
James teaching on faith and works ( authentic faith ) encompasses the rest
of Chapter and it closes at (26) that echos across the anal of time and
beacons a reminder to contemporary humanity the message, “ For as the
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body without the spirit is dead, so faith works is dead also”.
In closing, beloved this sermon, in length, is somewhat shorter than the
usual length, but its somber message is longer in implication that any of those
much longer in length. In this connection, any urgent appeal is herein made
for us to remember warning from Paul and one from James. Paul wrote –
“ But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently
seek him. ( 11:6 ) and from James ( 2:6 ) “ For as the body without the spirit
is dead, so faith without works is dead also”. God bless You!


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