Yesterday was Palm Sunday and at C3 and we celebrated with our very first C3 Loves Africa Sunday! We were blessed to have the Africa Children’s Choir with us. The choir is made up of precious children from Uganda, Africa who will grow up to lead the cause of Christ! The Choir has performed for the Queen of England and have appeared on American Idol and shared the stage with numerous artists. It was such a blessing to have them here at C3!
Jean Ohlerking and Ben and Susan Rodgers from Children’s Cup were also here with us this weekend. Jean and her husband, Dave, who went to Heaven last year, began Children’s Cup over twenty years ago, and Ben is now the Children’s Cup president. They have Care Points set up all over Swaziland, Africa where they minister to the children and families in those communities to care for their physical and spiritual needs. And, Gary Sapp, of Mission of Mercy, was at C3 with opportunities to sponsor children from Swaziland and over 220 children were sponsored by the generous families at C3!
James 2:14-20, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?”
Matt talked about DYNAMIC faith and how there are two types of faith – dead faith and dynamic faith. Dead faith is all talk and no real action. Dynamic faith is real faith. When our faith is active and dynamic, there will be fruit and value will be added to others. We are saved by God’s grace, but then the overflow of our salvation is faith in action!
James 2:21-25 “Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”He was even called the friend of God. So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”
Abraham and Rahab were two people that James credited as men and women of great faith even though they had very different pasts! Matt reminded us and encouraged us that when we have dynamic faith, we care deeply for others and will be willing, like Abraham and Rahab, to go beyond ourselves to extend the love of Jesus!