Church
of the
Good Shepherd
Faith in Action Group
Introduction
We are a group of Good Shepherd parishioners who are trying to understand better what St James means when he tells us that faith must issue in deeds:

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 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? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?
21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend.
24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?
26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

(James 2: 14-25; NIV)

Every Christian who tries to live as Jesus teaches us is expressing faith in action. However, we understand that we cannot define our Christian identities exclusively by private or domestic actions: we are part of the larger world in which God places us, and the actions of each of us may affect many others. Just think of the damage that can be done if one person uses Twitter to tweet negative comments about someone else: in minutes, one bad thought could be right round the world.

The foundation stone of our work is Catholic Social Teaching: it is this that helps us to understand how to move beyond the purely private and in to God's wider world as people who seek to inform their citizenship with their Christian beliefs.

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We would be delighted to hear from you whether you want to join us (all welcome) or to make suggestions.

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