We're going back to elementary school for a minute. Somewhere around 4th-grade you learned about mixtures and solutions. Small disclaimer, in case you didn't know, I'm not a chemist (surprise!). Yet, I know that some of you are. I may explain this far too simple, but I hope you still get my point.
If you'll remember back to 4th-grade for a moment, there are different types of mixtures. If you combine two or more things you get a mixture. One type of mixture is like a fruit salad. Each piece of fruit is a separate item put into the same bowl. Without much effort, they can be separated and reorganized into apples, oranges, pears, and cantaloupe.
But the type of mixture I want to focus on today is called a solution. It's a mixture where two types of particles are evenly distributed in a container. The two things seem to become one new thing, but they aren't. While it's hard to tell, each thing is still distinct from the other. One such mixture is coffee. So this is how a coffee solution is made in gifs and pics.
Step 1: Grind coffee beans into a powder.
Step 2: Boil water and pour it into a gooseneck kettle so you can control the pour better.
Step 3: Pour boiling water over ground coffee.
Congrats you've made a coffee solution!
Step 4: Transfer your coffee solution to your favorite Mosaic Boston mug.
Even though the coffee and the water seem like a whole new thing, they aren't. They are still distinctly coffee grounds and distinctly water. If you were to boil your coffee until all the water evaporated away, you would be left with a dark powdery residue. Those are coffee grounds. Theoretically, you could recapture the evaporated water and you would have both coffee grounds and pure water again.
Tomorrow we're exploring one of the most difficult passages in the New Testament. James 2:14-26 speaks about faith and works in a way that seems contradictory.
Stick with me for a second as we make a little gospel coffee. Faith, or believing, without action is a little like dry coffee grounds. There is a lot of potential, but it's disgusting by itself. In a sense, do you have coffee? Yes. But do you really have coffee? No.
Works, or actions, without faith is a little like hot water. Again, there is a lot of potential, but do you have coffee in any way? No. It's water.
Faith and action are still distinct things. Faith is not action and action is not faith. James says, "...faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." So take those actions and pour it through faith and you get a beautiful, robust, three-dimensional, genuine gospel faith.
There is so much more to talk about, and I can't wait until tomorrow. Faith and works are incredibly beautiful when we understand what James is saying.
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