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New City Church - Austin

Faith That Works: Listeners, Doers & Devotion (James 1:19-27)

In the midst of cultural challenges and interpersonal conflict as Christians, James steps in to give us guidance from the gospel of Jesus. Much of our strife comes from the recurring pull to think too highly of ourselves, to be quick to give our opinions, to even be angry in giving them at times. This creates division among people and James calls us to 'be quick to hear, slow to speak' and he encourages us to do two things 1) Listen to one another and 2) Listen to God through his gospel and scriptures. In this text James calls us to devotion to God, rather than to devotion to ourselves. He shares how we deceive ourselves and the damage it causes, and he calls us to be devoted to what God is devoted to, to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Through all of this, he calls us to remember the gospel, the implanted word, able to save our souls.