These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

James 2:14-26: Just Works

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of James.

"It is easier said than done" is a cliche that certainly applies to our Christian life. It is much easier to talk about God than to obey him. James said that even the demons believe there is one God. But that certainly does not make them Christians! That's why someone can have all his or her doctrine perfectly straight and still have missed out on God's will. James helps us stay on target.

Warming Up to God

What has God been asking you to do that you have been ignoring? Talk to him about it.

Read James 2:14-26

Discovering the Word

  • According to James, what good is faith without deeds (vv. 14-17)? Explain why he says this.
  • How does James answer the objection "You have faith; I have deeds" (vv. 18-19)?
  • James gives two Old Testament examples of faith in action. The first is the familiar story of God testing Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham obeyed but was stopped by an angel at the last minute. How was Abraham's faith made complete by what he did (vv. 21-24)?
  • The second Old Testament example is Rahab, the prostitute who hid two Israelite spies sent to Jericho before Israel's attack. How did Rahab's belief affect her (v. 25)? 5. How does James's closing analogy (v. 26) summarize his teaching on faith and actions?

Applying the Word

  • How do your actions demonstrate the reality of your faith?
  • In what ways can you bring your actions more in line with your beliefs?

Responding in Prayer

Ask God to help you follow through with the works that will reveal your true faith.