Doing the WORD
SEPTEMBER 9 - OCTOBER 14
6 weeks
 
James 1:22   “But don’t just listen to God’s word.  You must do what it says.  Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
 
The book of James is often referred to as the how-to book on Christian living.  In its pages, the author (James, brother of Jesus) confronts, challenges and calls us to commitment.  Each week, as we hear James’ exhortations, we are reminded of Martin Luther’s famous words:  “You are saved by faith alone, but if faith is alone it is not faith.”
 
 

September 9, 2018
WHAT'S A CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE?
Isaiah 35:4-7a;  James 1:17-27; 
Mark 7:24-37

SUMMARY
Where do I begin?  When faced by large and challenging situations, we sometimes hesitate to begin.  James reminds us of the old saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.  Today we examine foundational principles of Christian living as an excellent first (or next) step.

September 16, 2018
IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF IT

Micah 6:6-8;  James 2:1-10, 14-17; 
Mark 8:27-38

SUMMARY
Our title reminds us that we are citizens of heaven, yet we are called to live faithfully as witnesses to the Love of Christ Jesus while we are here.  Justice, mercy and kindness are important steps on our earthly journey!

September 23, 2018
SHARPER THAN A TWO-EDGED SWORD

Hebrews 4:6-5:10;  James 3:1-12; 
Mark 9:30-37

SUMMARY
One of the great challenges we Christians face is the often daunting task of taming our tongues.  We are all aware of the power of words to either build up or tear down.  We have been both the givers and receivers of both.  What would our lives, and those of folks around us be like if we took James’ cautions seriously and treated the gift of vocal communication as the gift from God that it is?

September 30, 2018
COCONUT IS NOT A FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

Galatians 5:22-23;  James 3:13-4:3,7-8a;  
Mark 9:38-50

SUMMARY
Today, James reminds us that selfish ambition, bitter envy, and worldly wisdom are the breeding ground of evil.  James would, I believe, call us to a lifestyle that focus on other-focused priorities and values such as expressed in Paul’s description of the Fruits of the Spirit.  Note that Coconut is not a Fruit of the Spirit.  When I am tempted to think that my own choice of fruit substitute is sufficient (after all, coconut is tasty, looks good and causes no harm), I am reminded that God neither needs nor wants my edits to His plan.

October 7, 2018
NEWS, OR GOSSIP

Genesis 2:18-24;  James 4:11-17; 
Mark 10:2-16

SUMMARY
Judging others is one of the tools we often use to elevate ourselves at another’s expense.  The painful reality is that we too often take it upon ourselves to create value and meaning for our lives, and that often occurs as we compare our life to others, favoring ourselves at their expense.  James reminds us of the folly and futility of trying to accomplish what God has already done.  Instead he calls us to live as the infinitely valuable children of God that we are.

October 14, 2018
FIRST THINGS FIRST!

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15;  James 5:13-20; 
Mark 10:17-31

SUMMARY
We’ve all heard a variation of the phrase, “All I can do is pray.”  Such statements are a vivid testimony to our hope that the power of prayer is real.  James, however, tells us that God desires to be intimately involved in every aspect of our lives, and not just invited into our lives when we realize that our own capabilities, skills and talents are inadequate for the current situation!  Today we look at how different our lives become as we develop the habit of praying first and praying in all things.



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