The sin of moral superiority is so easy to fall into today. Society as a whole is openly committing or condoning flagrant sins. Because we don't commit those sins, we tend to feel morally superior and look with a certain amount of contempt on those who do. We can also get a kick out of discussing how awful the culture around us is becoming. We can be guilty of the pride of moral superiority, and slide right into self-righteous. But no human being can cover up what God will reveal. There will be no possibility of standing before Christ but by standing in Christ. When we truly understand our own nature, we should come to the realization that repentance is not dry doctrine, or some kind of spiritual downer! It is, as the early church fathers said, a gift God grants which leads to life. John Donne had it right: "Every man feels more comfort and spiritual joy after true repentance for a sin, than he had in that innocence before he committed the sin."
Reading and hearing the Bible day in and day out can change your life. And then again...it may not. Whether or not God's Word has its impact on your life depends on whether you are a genuine doer of the Word.
How much of an issue is gossip in the local church? Considering the topic of gossip flows throughout the Bible, it is safe to say that gossip is a problem for the people of God. Gossip is something to be avoided. But what exactly is gossip and why do we do it? What are the effects of gossip and what does it produce? Finally, what should we replace gossip with?
As new creations in Christ, believers should practice their position in Christ by putting off the old life of corruptive speech and putting on the new life of constructive speech that they may give grace to the hearers.
In the last two weeks we started looking at the end section of Chapter 1. If God gives good gifts, then we should live differently, we should be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath. We should be ready to hear the Word of God. Tonight we want to finish this looking at James 1. James is going to return to a theme of his. Christianity must be real, to be real. You can't just talk about it, but it must be lived out. The reason is that if you truly believe in what God has said, it will show itself in your life. Join us as we look at being doers of the Word and not hearers only.
In the wrap-up to the Revelation of John, Christ further identifies Himself, proclaims blessings upon those washed in His blood and reminds us all of the final warnings of Scripture. In Him we have life. Apart from Him we have nothing and face destruction.
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for January 26, 2022. Today we continue our series on James in chapter 1 and come to further application of what it means to not only hear God's Word, but to follow it! It's obvious, but not easy! Thanks for joining us.
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for January 24th, 2022. Today we continue with our series on James in chapter 1 where we find teaching that is oh so obvious! Yet, at the same time, this teaching is also very easy to forget. Thanks for joining us!
If you hear a sermon, do you automatically do what you hear? If not, then you are only a hearer of the Word and not a doer. Listen as Pastor Steve gives the difference between those who hear only and those who hear and do.