In the name of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
In Ephesians, Paul writes “by grace you have been saved.” The Epistle of James states that “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” And therein you can see the foundation being laid for the debate over what faith is all about. Are we saved by Christ’s faithfulness, regardless of our own thoughts and practices? Are we saved by thinking the right things? Are we saved by doing the right things and not doing the wrong things? It’s the classic case of grace and works.