September 3, 2000
Volume 10, Number 36

Faith-in-action or Faith inaction?

Do we have a faith that demonstrates itself by action or do we possess a faith that is characterized by inaction? Webster defines inaction as "a lack of action or activity: idleness". Simply put, is your faith active or inactive? The Scriptures often emphasize the need for a faith in action. Paul exhorted the Galatians to have a faith which worketh by love (Galatians 5:6). He also declared, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

Those listed in God's Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 are remembered because their faith was active. By faith Abel offered, Noah prepared an ark, Abraham obeyed and sojourned; Abraham offered up Isaac, and the list continues.

Certainly, the most famous section of Scripture dealing with this subject is James 2:14-26. James asks the penetrating question, "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can that faith save him?" (James 2:14). The question is rhetorical. The answer is obvious. Faith that isn't put into action is worth absolutely nothing! Yea verily, faith that is inactive is dead (James 2:17, 26). Just as a dead horse will not ride one to his destination, dead faith will not lead one to an eternal destiny in heaven. The faith that saves is the one that obeys.

What is the application for us today? If we would be pleasing to God we must have a faith that is active. It is not enough to talk the talk. We must also walk the walk (1 John 3:18). It is not enough to see the need. We must also perform the deed. This performance will not earn us our salvation (Luke 17:10, Ephesian 2:8,9), but we cannot be saved without it (James 2:24; Acts 10:35, Hebrews 5:9). FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS A FARCE! FAITH WITH WORKS IS A FORCE!

B.J. Clarke

How did he die?

It seems that there is a morbid part of man that causes him to be more interested in how people die than in how they live. When we see a funeral procession, the first question usually asked is, "Whose funeral is it?" then the second question follows, "How did he die?"

I recently mentioned to a friend on a given occasion that I had a funeral to preach within a few minutes. He asked, "Whose funeral is it?" I told him. Then he asked a very unusual question: "How did he live?"

All the way through the funeral that question kept coming to my mind. It is far more important how people live than how people die. There are a thousand and one different ways to die. As we stand before God on Judgment Day, the supreme question will not be, "How did you die?" Rather, it will be, "How did you live?" The Lord has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Psalms 116:15).

Bobby Key

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Just 13 more days, less than two weeks, till we will be hosting the Bible Bowl.

How many cards do you know?

Remember in Prayers:

Nephew of Elizabeth O'Connor - Andrew Seamsn - Cathy Jenson - Naomi Morton

Leslie Johnson - Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier

Surgery Update ... We would like to thank everyone who contributed toward helping the three young people in Ghana. Lord willing we will have the funds needed and will be able to transfer the funds soom. Please continue to remember them in prayers. The 5 year old boy with a club foot will have to undergo at least one surgery followed by physcial therapy. The 15 year old girl will be having extensive plastic surgery to remove a tumor on Sept. 28th. The daughter of bro. Dampah in Takoradi is scheduled to have a metal plate removed from her hip in October. She had been involved in an automobile accident and had a her hip, or upper thigh, broken in two places.



Building Program: This past week the engineers have submitted all the changes and corrections requested by Southwest Florida Water Management District. So the permitting process is continuing.
Click here for a preview of some of the work that is being done.

Ladies Class: Ladies be sure to mark your calendars. Ladies Class will resume on Monday, September 11th. Time: 11:00 am.
Fellowship Meal : Next Sunday afternoon.
Song Service: Sunday evening.
Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 21. (6:30 pm)

Sunday’s Lessons:

"Faith" (Hebrews 11:1-6)

"Song Service " ()

When you reach the bottom ... stop digging.

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Jim Dougan

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Delbert Leavens



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

Kerry Keathley


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Jim Treece


Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week


Song Service

Closing Prayer:

Wayne Vowell



$ 1170.00
Larry Jenson
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Dougan
Ernest Bowker
Weekly Average (yr):

Carl Rigney

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