Amen Mom- without faith it is impossible to please God. Works are the children of faith and not vice-verse.Amen , Mellow .... a renewal of mind., and like C. C. says one can call themselves a Christian and do all the right things but not dispay any fruit of the Spirit . By their fruits you shall know them. It is a daily inpouring into the Word , prayer and walking with Christ. and letting the Holy Spirit pour into our lives. , so that we can minister into others lives. Without that like you said faith is dead and so are good works.
A branch may bear fruit only as it abides in the Vine. Without the life of the vine flowing into it that branch is dead and dry indeed.