Is your faith in Christ real? Examine yourself with these 2 Lists

In light of the fact that we’re covering James 2:14-26 at CrossView Church tomorrow, I wanted to post these lists for our members and friends.

The two lists that distinguishes saving faith from dead/damning faith [1]

  • Stuff that neither prove nor disprove the authenticity of one’s faith
    • Visible morality- Matt. 19:16-21; 23:27
    • Intellectual knowledge- Rom. 1:21; 2:17ff.
    • Religious involvement- Matt. 25:1-10
    • Active ministry- Matt. 7:21-24
    • Conviction of sin- Acts 24:25
    • Assurance- Matt. 23
    • Time of decision- Luke 8:13-14
  • Stuff that is proof of authentic faith.
    • Love for God- Ps. 42:1ff; 73:25; Luke 10:27
    • Repentance from sin- Rom.7:14ff; 1 Jn. 1:8-10
    • Genuine humility- Matt. 5:1-12; Jam. 4:6, 9ff.
    • Devotion to God’s glory- Jer. 9:23-24; 1 Cor. 10:31
    • Continual prayer- Eph. 6:18ff.; Phil. 4:6ff.
    • Selfless love- 1 Jn. 2:9ff, 3:14; 4:7ff.
    • Separation from the world- James 4:4ff, 1 Jn. 2:15-17, 5:5
    • Spiritual growth- John 15:1-6; Eph. 4:12-16
    • Obedient living- Matt. 7:21; John 15:14ff. 1 Jn. 2:3-5

If list 1 is true and list 2 is false, there is cause to question the validity of one’s profession of faith.  Yet if list 2 is true, then the top list will be also.


[1] Taken from John MacArthur, The MacArthur Study Bible, (Nashville: Word Publishing, 1997), p. 2191.

 

Advertisements

About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
This entry was posted in Christian living, CrossView Church, lessons learned, Sunday Teaching or Prep and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s