Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Description: James 2:14-18 defines the doctrine of faith and works and their inter-relationship. This bulletin insert for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time asks: Is Jesus Christ truly your Lord and Savior? Are you doing good works because you adore him so much you want to what he does wherever he leads you? Works without faith, no matter how good the works are, don’t get us into heaven. Some of us try to earn our way into God’s heart by serving in church activities, saying all the “right” prayers, and so on. This idea comes from our childhood when we learned: “If I’m good enough, Mom and Dad will reward me” and “If I do well in school, the teacher will give me a gold star” or smiley face or whatever it is they paste on homework today. The problem is, we can never be good enough for heaven.
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for September 16th, Ministry Fair, stewardship hand-out, Small Christian Communities, RCIA, etc.