MOORE — Greetings American readers, welcome back to our weekly visit. We hope you’ve had a good week.
It’s only mid-week, but we’re already looking ahead to the Lord’s Day, Jan. 12, when the Lord’s people at the East Ridge church of Christ meet at 10 a.m.
This study has been taken from the pages of the living Word found in Hebrews 4:12 (ASV) “For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
One of the things you will hear taught in Moore is a difficult and probably unpopular lesson. It is that “believing in the Lord alone is not enough.”
Of course, we all understand the beauty of that wonderful scripture: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Additional passages also explain the power of believing, as well as Romans 10:9 and Acts 16:31. As the Holy Spirit points out in the book of Hebrews, “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.” (Hebrews 11:6).
While faith is an essential part of the Lord’s plan of salvation, faith alone is not enough. James says, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” (James 2:17). James goes on to explain that Abraham’s faith was backed up by his works, thus the Holy Spirit inspired James to record this truth: “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James 2:24).