Topic: Christian Living Scripture: James 1:18–1:27,
ACCEPT THE WORD
James 1:18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
THE WORD OF TRUTH
- GIVES US REBIRTH AND LIFE
- WE SHOULD LISTEN TO IT
- WE SHOULD ACCEPT ITS TEACHINGS AND RID OURSELVES OF MORAL FILTH
OBEY THE WORD
James 1: 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.
WHO IS BLESSED
- DON’T JUST LISTEN, OBEY
- LOOK IN THE MIRROR
- DON’T FORGET WHAT YOU LEARNED
James 1:26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
- DOGMA AND RITUAL ARE NOT REAL RELIGION
- YOU CAN DECEIVE YOURSELF
- PURE RELIGION IS EVIDENCE