“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.
If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,”
but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
I remember vividly reading these verses as a teenager, and God speaking to me in a powerful way. I felt deeply challenged. But I also felt a little confused. I had been taught that you are not saved by your “good works” so what was James saying? Since reading those verses as a teenager, I have been privileged to meet many incredible Christians who devote their lives to supporting those in need. John Sapieha comes to mind. I met John whilst we were living in Rio. He attended our church, always accompanied by several dishevelled looking people. As a young man, John had ended up in an African prison for several months, alone and with no outside help or advice. This experience in prison impacted him significantly, and he felt God prompt him to go to Brazil with its high incarceration rates and appalling prisons to support prisoners with visits, practically, financially and with prayer. John did this faithfully for twenty years. He explained to me, “Jane, it is irrelevant to me whether they are culpable or not. The point is they find prison an incredibly tough experience and need help. And so, together with God, I will help them.”
John sadly died in Brazil last year, and I have no doubt he is with Jesus now. But John’s life wasn’t about earning salvation by the good deeds that he did. Rather, John’s faith in Jesus Christ was demonstrated by how he lived, how he loved, and how he practically helped those in need. There was a unity in John’s life of believing and doing. Faith and action walk hand in hand.
Love Jane Cacouris (Ministry leader for the Community Go Group)
Please continue to wear face masks
While social distancing and mask wearing in a place of worship is now a personal choice, we would love to ask you to continue to wear a mask in church to recognise higher cases in Dorking at the moment and recognise others in the church family who adopt a more cautious approach.
So, let's continue to look out for one another - do remember to bring and to wear a face covering on Sundays