James then provides his central theme -- faith without works of faith is not faith at all. What Christians say they believe must be carried out through action, such as caring for the poor. James offers a couple of examples from the Hebrew scriptures -- Abraham not only believed, but lived out his belief when he was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac; Rahab not only believed, but sheltered and protected the Jewish spies.
[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read James 2 today.